Elegant Dog Names in Pop Culture
Over the years, several dogs in pop culture have born regal names. Today, Max is still one of the most popular names for a male dog and is short for Maximilian. Prince Eric's dog in the Little Mermaid held the name as did Katie's dog in the Secret Life of Pets, a movie that also featured an elegant looking Standard French Poodle named Leonard who was utter sophistication in the presence of his owner but a wild, heavy metal rocking maniac around his animal friends. Benji, which can be short for either Benjamin or Benjean, was a mixed breed dog that did not have the appearance of elegance but certainly expressed intelligence and reserve, not to mention he had a regal name. Another famous dog in pop culture that carries an elegant name but may not always be the perfect picture of elegance is Brian Griffin from the Family Guy. Griffin is a sophisticated name for a male dog and Brian Griffin, who enjoys classical music, painting, and many of the finer things in culture does carry himself with dignity. However, when people think of elegant dogs bearing elegant names, most people are instantly reminded of the famous Disney Cocker Spaniel, Lady from Lady and the Tramp.
The name Lady is sophistication and grace itself, but Lady from the Disney movie Lady and the Tramp exhibits a high level of class. One of the main themes of the movie springs from a sophisticated lady falling for a tramp from the other side of town. Lady's mannerisms are graceful and innocent, and her appearance is well maintained while Tramp is a homeless ruffian from the other side of the tracks. However, the romance of the film is not the true focus. In the animated feature, a naive Lady is introduced to how the lower class lives while a cynical Tramp has only disdain for the upper class. The movie is the classic struggle of two lovers who try to cross class boundaries. Lady embarks on a grand adventure with Tramp but lands herself in jail, seemingly abandoned by Tramp. She comes face to face with others of the lower class but learns they are friendly and just as good of friends as Trusty and Jock, her pedigree neighbors. Lady also learns class struggles and sees first hand what happens to dogs who've reached the end of the "leash." When Tramp comes to make amends with Lady, he is given the cold shoulder and later accused of a crime he did not commit by others. The accusation lands him in jail for the last time. However, when the upper-class pedigree dogs realize Tramp was trying to prevent someone from getting hurt, they realize they have grossly misjudged him and take off to rescue Tramp. The story, beloved by children and adults alike still rings true on class issues nearly 65 years later.