Located in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States, Oregon is one of the three states in the contiguous United States to have a coastline on the Pacific Ocean. The geography of the state is diverse, including volcanoes, large bodies of water, evergreen and mixed forests and high deserts. In addition to a myriad of opportunities for outdoor adventure, the state offers urban areas like Portland and Eugene.
For those who feel fondly about the state of Oregon, an Oregon-inspired name may be something to consider when choosing a name for your new pooch. The state’s diversity offers a myriad of naming opportunities, ensuring that you can find one that is just right for your new friend.
Oregon Dog Names in Pop Culture
Bobbie the Wonder Dog is a well-known dog in Oregon. Bobbie went on a trip with his family from Silverton, Oregon to Indiana in 1923, where he ran away after being attacked by three other dogs. After a significant search, his family could not find him and they had to return home to Oregon. They assumed that they would never see their dog, a two-year-old Scotch Collie/English Shepherd, again. Six months later, Bobbie arrived in Silverton, albeit dirty and scrawny. It appeared that he had traveled the entire distance by walking, swimming in rivers and crossing the continental divide during the winter. His trip may have been as long as 3,000 miles. Bobbie’s experience drew national attention and he was featured in newspaper articles and played himself in a silent film called The Call of the West. People who had helped the dog on his journey by providing him with food and shelter wrote to his family to share their experience. Through these letters, the Humane Society of Portland was able to put together a description of the route that Bobbie took.
Another well-known Oregon dog is Velvet, a Black Lab/Shepherd Cattle mixed-breed dog. Velvet’s owner, Matty Bryant and two other climbers became stranded on Mount Hood Oregon in February of 2007 after falling off a ledge during their descent, causing them to be separated from five other members of their group. The three climbers activated Mountain Locator Units, however weather conditions worsened and they had to spend the night on the mountain in temperatures in the 20’s with winds at 70 miles per hour. Velvet took action during the cold night, going from person to person in order to keep them warm as they remained under two sleeping bags and a tarp. The three climbers and Velvet were rescued in the morning.
Social media was helpful in locating and rescuing Felix, a two-year-old Border Collie who was walking with his owner in Ecola State Park before disappearing. His owner, Sarah Stremming, and her friends spend the night trying to find him, however were not successful. Stremming put a post on Facebook requesting help to find her friend. Ultimately, the message made its way to the Hamlet Fire Chief Matt Verley, who is a drone operator. Verley used his personal drone to search the cliffside to locate the dog; within 10 minutes he was found. Felix was then rescued by Seaside Fire Lieutenant Genesee Dennis from a precipice 60-feet from the top of the Clatsop Loop trail.
Oregon Dog Name Considerations
When choosing a name for your new canine buddy, it can be hard to know where to start. Likely, you are seeking a name that suits your dog and has some meaning to you. After all, you plan to call his name many times! If you find Oregon an appealing place to spend time, a name inspired by the state may be the right choice for you. Choosing a name from Oregon will offer regular reminders of a place that has meaning to you each and every time you call the name of your new friend.
Should your dog remind you of a particular dog from the state, whether in breed, appearance or experience, you might also look to an Oregon-inspired name. For example, perhaps your new pet has a history of long journey, like Bobbie or of helping the people in his life like Velvet. For dogs that enjoy spending time in rivers, Oregon will provide inspiration for just the right name.
If you decide to look to Oregon for the right name for your new companion, whether in the state’s rural or urban areas, you will find plenty of naming opportunities.
Community Dogs with Oregon Names
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