Russell Terrier Dog Names in Pop Culture
Skip was a special dog, and he came along at a time when nine-year-old Willie needed him most. An only child, Willie does not have a wide group of friends. Of course, there is Rivers Applewhite, whom is the object of a school-boy crush (on Willie's part). For some reason, Skip is also quite fond of Rivers. In the book, Willie is a part of a band of rag-tag friends who are as different as can be. They share a love for adventure, and when Willie is gifted Skipper (he will later become known exclusively as Skip), the dog accompanies them on a variety of quests. Some are quite dangerous.
Of course, Willie is known to tell some tall tales, and at times, it is difficult to discern fact from fiction. One such story takes place when Rivers is kidnapped by some ancient Yazoo Indians who just happen to be giants. They have taken over a home rumored to be haunted. Willie and his friends sneak out and go to the haunted mansion, where they find Rivers tied up. The boys, with the help of Skip, enter the house, free Rivers, and manage to foil the real kidnappers - a group of moonshiners.
Skip accompanies Willie almost everywhere he goes. He easily scales tall fences, so, after some time, Willie's parents don't even attempt to keep Skip enclosed anymore. He even joins Willie at a baseball game, where he attempts to grab the ball and help.
Although Skip might be a character in a movie (and some of Willie Morris' tales might be a little extraordinary), the author maintained until his death that Skip was a special dog.
Russell Terrier Dog Name Considerations
First, the Russell Terrier is highly energetic. Therefore, a name that has to do with the awesome energy of this Terrier breed will fit a new pup. For a male puppy, names such as Barnaby or Murphy have both an old-world European feel (the Russell Terrier was developed in southern England and further developed in Australia). In addition, the names depict an energetic dog. The name Dash would fit a puppy who has a propensity for moving quickly. Also, the name Rory relates to one having a lot of energy (and it's a cute, fairly original name as well). Of course, female Russell Terriers are no less energetic than their male counterparts. A peppy girl might deserve a name such as Clancy or Mitzi. The name Juniper is original, and it refers to an evergreen bush (the energy of the Russell Terrier is often never-ending, so this is an appropriate name). Another rather unique energetic name for a Russell female is Dasha (pronounced "Day-sha").
The Terrier breeds (Jack Russell, Parson Russell, Russell) are closely related and were originally bred to hunt, so a hunting name is also appropriate. Names like Ranger and Scout are not only a nod to this canine's hunting nature, but also to the adventurous side of the breed. Known for digging out of enclosed areas and jumping over high fences, the Russell Terrier is always up for a quest.