North Carolina Dog Names in Pop Culture
Winston is a highly popular name for male dogs; some of whom are rather famous. One Winston in particular is rather curious. Winston the Dog is a Yellow Lab from Oklahoma City. He enjoys putting his nose in the fridge, among other places that it shouldn't necessarily be. Owner Scott Cromwell caught Winston foraging for hot dogs in the refrigerator, so he decided to capitalize on Winston's love of food and make some snapshots. Cromwell placed an apple on Winston's head, then set up a red background. He did the same with a banana, this time using a yellow background. Cromwell uploaded the pictures, and they received quite a following.
Another familiar Winston is featured in the short Disney film, Feast, which proceeded the Big Hero 6 movie in theaters. This Winston is a small terrier who is constantly hungry. The film short follows life through the eyes of the dog. His owner, James, shares human food with Winston, which is a nod to the film's name. Of course, one day, James finds a love interest (Kirby), and Winston seems to fall by the wayside. For some time, Winston cannot understand why James spends more time with Kirby than with him. However, when Kirby and James break up, Winston senses a deep sadness inside of his owner. It is then that Winston finds himself on a mission. Winston becomes a hero when he reunites James with Kirby. The three become a happy family.
There are also a host of "Winston the dog" Twitter handles, and many dog "actors" are named Winston. It is one of the top ten most popular dog names. Ironically, the name Winston denotes independence, which is quite reminiscent of North Carolina's history.
North Carolina Dog Name Considerations
The Plott Hound is the state dog of North Carolina, and, like most other Southern states, hunting is a favorite pastime for the state's citizens. The top three most popular dogs in the state are the Labrador Retriever, the German Shepherd, and the Beagle. (Not surprisingly, two of those dogs are known for their tracking and retrieving prowess.)
Of course, many Southern belles enjoy small "lap" dogs, and North Carolina tends to favorite designer dogs such as the Goldendoodle, the Maltipoo, and the Morkie. Some owners tend to give these pups either a very traditional name. For those with small dogs, the owner may saddle the dog with a name denoting their fragility. The variety of names is fitting for the diversity of this beautiful state.