New York Dogs in Pop Culture
New Yorkers have long loved the name Max for a male dog. The name tops the list every year as the most popular. For female dogs, Bella is number one. So when Illumination Entertainment, the creators of the Despicable Me franchise, produced The Secret Life of Pets, it was only fitting that the lead male dog's name is Max. The movie takes place in New York City, where a Jack Russell named Max resides with his human owner, Katie, in a Manhattan apartment. The movie, which came out in 2016, has re-inspired the name in New York City and Max topped the list in 2017. The name Max is well-suited to just about any dog breed and is not confined to the males. Females dogs in New York can also easily go by the same name. However, Gidget is Max's counterpart, in a way, in the movie.
Gidget is a small white Pomeranian who lives in the lap of luxury. She is one pampered pooch and demonstrates how New Yorkers take pains to provide safe, luxurious homes for their four-legged companions. Gidget appears to both Max and at first, audiences, as a high maintenance, yappy, and annoying dog with no backbone and completely spoiled. However, her New York attitude and love for Max bring the feisty fighter out of this seemingly docile dog. She goes to lengths to find and save Max from harm and help him reunite with Duke, his adopted dog brother, and Katie after he gets lost. Gidget proves that you can't judge a book by its cover and that she is one fierce New York dog.
If you're looking for a real-life New York dog celebrity to inspire your dog's name, you can turn to Hamilton Pug. Hamilton Pug lives in New York and keeps everyone up-to-date on all the latest Pug-related fun in the city. Hamilton has a rags to riches story. The Pug was a shelter dog who was rescued in Ohio. He was missing a lot of his coat and in desperate need of tender loving care. Thankfully, the Pug met his human companion just in time to move the Big Apple, the city of dreamers, where he became the most famous Pug of all.
Hamilton is an excellent name to give any New York dog. Historically, Hamilton refers to Alexander Hamilton, an American Revolutionary and Founding Father from New York. Hamilton served New York well and was an integral part of business in the state, having also founded the Bank of New York. Hamilton's life ended when he spoke out against Vice President Aaron Burr who was running for governor of New York state. Burr challenges Hamilton to the famous duel that mortally wounded Hamilton, who died the following day. The ever-popular hit Broadway musical, Hamilton, has also rekindled interest in this name.