Pennsylvania is the 33rd largest US state when it comes to land mass, has the 5th largest population among the country’s states. The Appalachian Mountains run through the middle of the state, which offers 140 miles of shoreline along Lake Erie and the Delaware Estuary. The city of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania is the location of Independence Hall, where the United States Declaration of Independence and United States Constitution were drafted. As you look for just the right name for your new family member, the state of Pennsylvania can be a good place to turn for inspiration. Within its borders you will find plenty of potential naming opportunities.
Pennsylvania Dog Names in Pop Culture
A famous dog in Pennsylvania is actually a statue; known as Morley’s dog, the statue is located in Johnstown, across from city hall. While there are many stories about the dog, to include how he rescued people in the Johnstown Flood of 1889, in actuality, there never was a dog in the first place. The stories are local folklore; the statue, made of zinc, was a mass-produced lawn ornament that was owned by an employee of Cambria Iron Works by the name of James Morley. The dog was in his yard when it was washed away in the flood of 1889, which occurred when a dam burst, leaving the city in ruins. After the flood, the statue was found in a pile of wreckage.
The city of Johnstown gradually was rebuilt and the statue, called “Morley’s Dog” became a symbol of the city’s resilience. Also called “Johnstown’s Best Friend”, the statue had a place of honor in a park downtown. Over time, legends developed. Some said that the statue represented a dog that saved a family from the flood, others believed the statue was actually a real, petrified dog.
While the statue made it through the catastrophic flood, after a century of Pennsylvania winters and being sat on by tourists, it was in disrepair. In 2004 the statue was removed for preservation and replace by a replica almost exactly like the original. Over the course of seven years, the statue was analyzed, take apart, reassembled, patched, sealed and painted in what was thought to be its original colors. The original is back in town, displayed behind glass. This piece of lawn art cost less than $200 from a catalog, however $14,000 was needed for its repairs.
Abby is another well-known dog in Pennsylvania, however in this case the dog is real. Abby, a Black Labrador mix, went missing from her home in Apollo, Pennsylvania in 2008. While her family conducted an extensive search, she was never found and it was assumed that she had died. Ten years later, Abby appeared on the front porch of a home in Lower Burrell. While not interested in food, Abby drank a lot of water. The couple whose house she arrived at took her to an animal shelter in New Kensington, where a microchip was found.
Debra Suierveld was confused at first when she got the call about her missing dog. After all, she had been home with her dog, Cedona, who was obviously not missing. Upon learning that the dog’s name was Abby, Suierveld was understandably surprised. After all, Abby had gotten lost ten years ago. Abby, now 10 to 12 years old, was examined and found to be in good health. Upon arriving home with Suierveld, Abby proved that she still remembered the commands she learned many years ago. It is not clear where Abby went for the time she was gone, though no one in the area has reported a missing dog.
Pennsylvania Dog Name Considerations
So now you have a dog and your dog needs a name. Some people look at their new dog and a name immediately comes to mind, for many others, however, choosing the name for their new pal is quite the challenge. When trying to decide where to start, one path to the perfect name is to consider places that have meaning to you. With a name that is inspired by a place that you care about, you will enjoy ongoing reminders of it when you call the name of your pooch. If the state of Pennsylvania brings about good feelings, it can be a great place to turn to seek inspiration.
Should your dog enjoy outdoor activities, turning to Pennsylvania for ideas may also make sense. There are a myriad of outdoor opportunities available in the state, one (or more!) of which may bring to mind your pooch and what he loves to do. Adventures in the mountains in the state are available, thus, a Pennsylvania-inspired name may be a good fit; and represent future adventures for you and your companion to enjoy together. Regardless of why you choose to look to Pennsylvania for name possibilities, you will quickly see that it offers plenty of inspiration.