Things continue to unfold for Richard Hendricks, as his small but earth-shattering app draws the attention of friends, enemies, millionaires, and Erlich - an eccentric owner of an "idea incubator." With colorful characters and awesome names (we're looking at you, Gilfoyle), it's no wonder why you'd want to pick your next pupper's name from the hit show!
Silicon Valley Dog Names in Pop Culture
While Jack the human is on the scummy side of moral code, Jack the dog is a much purer of heart character from recent fiction. The beloved book series Little House on the Prairie features a sweet, little French Bulldog named Jack, who lives with the Ingalls and serves as their beloved pet pooch. Jack was a constant in their lives, coming with the family wherever they went.
Just to prove that the book is always better, in the written series, Jack gets to live out a long life with his favorite human and pass of old age. In the TV series, the poor pupper dies due to an infection in his ears caused by foxtail seeds! He then is promptly replaced by Bandit, a Border Collie mix. It's also interesting to note that in the show, Jack was not a French Bulldog at all, but instead was played by a big, shaggy dog!
The producers of the show knew that the breed wasn't right, but apparently, the doggo that played Jack (a good boy named Barney) was so amazing, they couldn't resist casting him. We think that's a pretty valid excuse.
With a name like Jack Barker, it's hard not to touch on the barkiest Jacks around - Jack Russell Terriers! (We should also mention that another wealthy character trying to benefit off of Richard is named Russ Hannerman -- how fitting.) Jack Russells have been hogging the silver screen for some time now, with films like My Dog Skip and The Artist bringing the breed to our attention.
This small-sized family of dogs is not like many of their tiny counterparts. Most minis were bred to be companions - cute, tiny, and low-energy. Jack Russells were bred to work, meaning they have absolutely oodles of energy and make a great pet for people with active lifestyles. A high prey-drive is what keeps these little guys going, and they thrive when given a task, small as it may be.
Once again, it's easy to conclude that our canine pals have us beat when it comes to heart. No wonder we're so crazy about them!
Silicon Valley Dog Name Considerations
The next point to keep in mind is how the name actually feels when you say it. Many a moniker looks good on paper but sounds strained when coming out of your mouth. Say the name you're leaning towards out loud to a friend, or even try calling it in your house. If it's not a good fit, you'll know pretty quickly.
Another important factor in naming your new fur-baby is, well, them! Take a good look at your four-legged friend. What are their unique physical features? What makes them different from all of the other dogs? By focusing on your pooch's quirks, you can match them up to the character that best represents them in spirit, body, or mind, making anyone who knows the show giggle each time they are in your canine's presence.