For those into adventure sports, kayaking is easily one of the most expansive and exhilarating activities out there. It can range from relaxed paddling on a calm lake to surfing the swells of the ocean or even taking on whitewater rapids. It can be done by those both old and young, experienced and inexperienced, and can traverse through areas nearly impassible on foot, providing rare views of gorgeous natural environments with minimal impact. Of course, to top it all off, it’s also an activity you can share with your dog, which for our purposes is about as good as it gets. It also doesn’t hurt that the sport has a hefty lexicon of great terms that can make a seamless transition into fantastic dog names.
Kayak Inspired Dog Names in Pop Culture
Ok, ok. We cheated a bit. The most famous Eddie is actually spelled with an “ie” not a “y” like the eddies created when rushing water flows past objects and causes an area of calm yet swirling current. Although Eddie from Frasier was known to be a cute, lovable Parsons Russell Terrier, he was actually just as much a terror as a terrier, both on screen and off.
On the show, Eddie was often one of Frasier’s biggest antagonists and his position is cemented in the show’s very first episode. In the pilot, Frasier’s father Martin ends up moving in with him, providing much of the show’s early-season tension, which is upsetting to Frasier enough. But Frasier soon learns his greatest fear has come true: Martin also plans to bring his “friend” Eddie, who remains a mystery early on but seems no less daunting because of it — Frasier is concerned by Eddie’s constant staring. When he finally appears, Frasier’s disdain is prevalent every time he refers to the sassy little pooch and his regard for Eddie remains throughout the show’s 11 seasons, making Eddie one of the most prominent and most frequently featured dog actors of his era.
Surprisingly enough, despite being well-trained enough to perform in front of the camera and convincingly at that, Eddie was known to be a bit of a menace on-set. While his on-screen relationship with co-star John Mahoney, who played Frasier’s father Martin, was well-documented throughout the length of the series, it came out years later that Mahoney was actually not a big fan of Eddie (whose real name was Moose), as he often bit Mahoney every time he was directed to jump on his lap. In fact, although viewers of the show never saw anything to the contrary, it took quite a bit to mimic caring between the two, let alone others on set. Whenever Eddie needed to lick someone or show affection, the crew had to put sardine oil and liver pate on them just to get him close enough to feign his interest.
Moose played Eddie for a total of 7 seasons and eventually retired in 2000. He was succeeded by his son Enzo, one of few bred specifically as a replacement for the old dog actor. Fortunately for the crew, Enzo ended up with very similar markings, especially compared to his siblings who never quite filled out the same in terms of color and size.
Kayak Inspired Dog Name Considerations
When trying to come up with an appropriate kayaking-themed name for your dog, the first step should be creating a list of your dog’s most prominent traits, including their quirks and personality, as these will be the best and easiest elements to play off of. Once you’ve compiled your list, compare it to the terms and definitions on ours and see what lines up.
For instance, if you have a loyal dog who never leaves your side no matter where you go in the house or out of it, the names Biner, Lash or Cam would be appropriate. If you have a dog that loves to swim, the names Paddle, Edge, Wave, Carp and Rip would all be suitable, amongst others. For a dog that’s particularly strong (especially a strong swimmer), the names Couran and Baja would be solid choices. If your dog is particularly easy-going even when things around them are crazy, the name Eddy would be perfect. For a dog that’s great at maneuvering, the names Huck, Boof and Sculling are ideal.
There are plenty of ways you can go with your kayak themed naming ideas, but just like the sport itself, the more effort you put in, the farther you’ll get and more satisfied you’ll be!