Roller sports may not have the tenure of more traditional sports, but they certainly have a cult following few others in the world come close to. Though it took two rounds of popularity to really catch fire, the headliner of roller sports, roller derby, has been a major outlet for amateur players all over the world and with it, developed its own culture and lexicon. Through a glossary of sport-specific terminology and a titling technique that has more fun than nearly any other, it has provided some of the greatest names the world of sports has ever known, all of which are perfect for dog-naming fodder.
Roller Sport Inspired Dog Names in Pop Culture
There are numerous ways to describe roller sports and roller derby in particular. It’s been called everything from fast-paced, action-packed and non-stop to aggressive, tough and high-contact. But there seems to be one word that encapsulates the sport more than anything: rough.
For anyone who hasn’t witnessed or attempted it, the sheer amount of energy needed to propel yourself around either a flat or banked track is strenuous enough, let alone the amount of awareness and balance needed to maintain a proper trajectory to execute the complex moves necessary to complete a successful campaign. And if all that wasn’t enough, there’s also the constant threat of being knocked over, run into or just plain flattened, which is what makes a good team so important.
But there’s another team of “ruff” and tumble players who have been embracing trouble since their inception over half a century ago: Dennis the Menace and his dog Ruff.
Originating as a single-panel comic strip back in 1951, Dennis the Menace saw success early on. It spread like fire through both local and national newspapers and within nine years, quickly transitioned into a live-action CBS television sitcom. It soon developed into several television movies, feature films and two animated series.
Although Dennis was undoubtedly the most popular character, his partner in crime, an Airedale-mix named Ruff also received a fair amount of fanfare. Unlike a few other characters featured throughout the many iterations of Dennis the Menace, Ruff was a mainstay even from the very first cartoons. Though he remained a typical, non-anthropomorphic character, Ruff accompanied Dennis on many of his adventures, including everything from bike rides to helping to perpetuate both intentional and unintentional mischief — which was even more fun when his long coat carried some of the evidence home (not unlike our own less-than-subtle furry troublemakers).
Since Dennis was relatively limited in terms of friends, at least outside of Tommy and Joey, Ruff was one of Dennis’ most consistent companions, receiving the kind of affection normally reserved for a best friend or a brother and even without an articulate way to respond, seemed to understand and communicate with Dennis nonetheless. Though he was “voiced” by nearly 10 different human actors, Ruff’s most endearing qualities were his actions, proving that the most reliable companions are not always the ones who offer the right words at the right time, but never fail to appear by our sides — even if we’re making trouble.
Roller Sport Inspired Dog Name Considerations
Attempting to come up with an appropriate roller sport inspired name for your dog can be tricky business. Our best suggestion is to start by compiling a list of your dog’s most defining traits to use as a shortcut.
One direction you could take would be naming your dog after one of the sport’s greats, specifically one that shares similar characteristics. If you have a dog with golden hair and or is tough as nails, then the names Blonde, Bomber, Golden, Amazon or Weston, after the “Roller Derby Queen” Joan Weston, would all be perfectly suitable. If they’re particularly small but are tough or have a feisty personality, the names Midge or Toughie would work just as well.
Naming them after roller sport terminology is an option as well. If they’re super fast, the names Hotlap, Abec and Bearing would all be decent fits. For dogs that always seem to play a certain role when interacting with other dogs, such as bumping into them or racing away, then the names Blocker, Jammer and Pivot would all be good fits, depending on their style.
There are numerous ways to go, so be creative and keep your options open until you roll your way to a winner.