Some consider bravery to be the quality of fearlessness, while others will tell you that it is continuing on in your quest despite feelings of fear. Although bravery can become detrimental when used without thought, it is also the spark that allows us to reach outstanding goals, to face even the toughest of days and the mightiest of disasters, and every once in a while, to become heroes. It is a trait that many people aspire to and that they desire for their pets as well, and some pet owners may choose to give their canine companions a boost in that department by picking a name that means brave.
Dog Names Meaning Brave in Pop Culture
Names that mean bravery are seen quite often in popular culture in many different areas. The popular 1990s children’s television show from Australia, Bananas in Pajamas, featured a wise old dog by the name of Bernard, although the character was not brought back for the 2011 remake of the show, and another example of a dog with a name that refers to bravery was a television character by the name of Kelly, the titular character in the 1991-1992 television show, Kelly. This was another children’s show from Australia which centered around a recovering former police dog, a highly trained German Shepherd named Kelly, and his adventures with the grandchild of Sergeant Mike Patterson, Jo Patterson, and her friend Danny Foster.
In 1999 the world was introduced to the animated series Courage the Cowardly Dog, a show about a pink Beagle dog that must overcome his many fears in order to protect his farm and family from all sorts of paranormal and supernatural events. While Courage is not at all fearless, he does exhibit bravery by overcoming his cowardice to protect even those that treat him poorly. Riley, an Irish and Gaelic name referring to courage, seems to be a fairly popular name. Riley, a mixed breed dog in Maryland, was listed as one of America’s most prolific canine blood donors in 2013, donating lifesaving blood to veterinary blood banks every six weeks, and in Hollywood the up and coming canine actor who played alongside Ryan Kwanten and Alicia Silverstone in the canine-centric romantic comedy Who Gets the Dog? in 2016 is also known by the name Riley.
While the Call of Duty video game series has always featured dogs, the military canine featured in Call of Duty: Ghosts plays a larger part than in the other series games. Riley, a 14-month-old German Shepherd with military training, is an important part of the squad, sniffing for explosives and assisting during hostile conflicts, he is even able to be controlled by the player remotely for certain parts of the game. Television and movies are not the only places that brave names are found, however. Connie Paulgrave, often spelled Konni or Koni in the media, was a Labrador Retriever who lived up to her name as a brave advisor and the right-hand dog to the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, from 1999 until Connie’s death in 2014. Putin even stated during a press conference that he too has bad moods and said that "In those situations, I try to consult with my dog Konni, who gives me good advice." Connie was regularly seen at his side during staff meetings and greeting foreign dignitaries and in 2008 she became the first dog whose collar was tracked by the Global Navigation Satellite System.
Dog Names Meaning Brave Considerations
Picking a name for our new pets is an exciting and essential part of having a new canine companion and choosing one that your dog naturally responds to and that is simple for you and your family to pronounce often has a positive effect on bonding and training. Many people choose names for their dogs that are defined by traits that they desire, either for themselves or for the canines they are naming, and bravery is an often desired trait. Narrowing down your list to exactly the right name can be challenging, but there are many ways to do that.
You may choose a name that describes not only the dog's bravery but their appearance or circumstances, such as the name Bernard for a large, bear-like dog, Aquamarine for a dog that relieves your anxiety or has blue eyes, or even Diyon for a dog that was born under difficult conditions. Your heritage or the dog’s breed or heritage may also guide your choice and you may choose a name from certain regions, and there are many options with names like Conrad out of Germany, Diata from Africa, and Kitchi from the Algonquin tribe of Native America. Choosing a name that means something to you help to improve not only your bond but in some cases, your overall outlook. Choosing a name from this list may even help to remind you to live your life in a brave and courageous way, even when bravery isn’t easy.