Last Man Standing Inspired Dog Names in Pop Culture
Perhaps the most well-known Baxter in pop culture today is the furry co-star in the Will Ferrell comedy Anchorman 2: The Story of Ron Burgundy. Baxter is the television newscaster's "furry sidekick" in the sequel. Baxter adds to the punchline of the film over and over. In fact, his trainer speaks of having to teach Baxter how to get Ron's attention for a scene depicting Ron and Baxter traveling together in an RV. In true Ron Burgundy style, the newscaster thinks that putting the RV on cruise control means that the vehicle can drive itself; Baxter has to grab the actor's arm to get his attention and show that the RV is not driving itself. Baxter also had to perform in a few scenes involving water. Perhaps the most entertaining scenes that Baxter carried out had to do with drinking from a straw or being dressed in a wide variety of outfits. Baxter's role in the comedy was so pivotal - and so well-received by fans - that there are discussions of creating a Baxter-as-the-star film.
Baxter's exact breed is not known; the actor who portrays Baxter, Quince, was one of three dogs tapped to play the role. Quince's big personality won the role, and fans just can't seem to get enough of his antics.
Last Man Standing Inspired Dog Name Considerations
First, the Baxter family owns a small Maltese dog named Muffin. Muffin may appear to be a sweet, innocent pooch, but, like his owner Mike Baxter, Muffin is actually quite the rounder. Muffin has been the subject of a few episodes that detail his adventures. On one particular episode, the audience learns that Muffin might have mated with the neighbors' German Shepherd. The punchline involves the idea that Muffin, a small dog, would be able to woo the German Shepherd female. Eventually, the puppies are revealed to the audience, who adore the sweet pooches.
Actress Nancy Travis is a proud pet owner. In a recent People.com article, Travis introduced her rescue pups - a Golden Retriever mix named Amy and a dog Travis describes as a "mutt." She calls them her misbehaved dogs, and she loves their antics. She compares her two fur babies to the twin pups Teddy and Freddy, who play "Muffin." She admires the training of her on-set pup, but relishes in the raucous behavior of her own fur babies.