Stephen King is by far one of the best known American horror, suspense and fantasy authors. With 54 novels, six nonfiction books, more than 200 short stories and several feature film, television series and miniseries credits to his name, he is one of the most successful authors of his generation. If you are a fan of the horror master, you may want to consider giving your dog a name inspired by one of his books. Maybe your dog loves spending time by your side while you read your favorite book, or maybe you would just love to have one of your favorite characters living in your home. In any case, a Stephen King inspired dog name is a great way to show your love for the legendary writer.
Stephen King Inspired Dog Names in Pop Culture
Dogs appear in several Stephen King books, but few are as well known as Cujo. Owned by the Camber Family, Cujo is the gigantic Saint Bernard in the novel, Cujo. He was once a playful, friendly companion, but a bite from a bat turned the once loveable pooch into a nightmare. The bite infected the dog with rabies, and over the course of a few days, Cujo kills two characters.
When a woman and her son visit the Camber’s farm to have their vehicle repaired, they are attacked by the dog and are forced to spend the next three days trapped in their vehicle. The mother is forced to escape to save her son, but the bloodthirsty dog outside does not make it an easy task.
The Cujo novel was adapted into a movie of the same name. The dog was mentioned in several other Stephen King works, including The Tommyknockers, The Body, Needful Things and Pet Sematary.
Another well-known dog from one of King’s novels is Kojak. Originally known as Big Steve, Kojak is an Irish Setter in The Stand. After the superflu wipes out most of Woodsville, New Hampshire, Kojak is adopted by one of the city’s survivors, Glen Bateman. Bateman recognizes the dog from around town, but decides to “rechristen” him as Kojak instead of using his previous name. When Bateman and Stu Redman begin their journey west, they abandon the dog. However, he turns up later in the story when his loyalty drives him to follow his master across the country.
A flashback reveals that the dog faced many dangers on his journey, including being attacked by wolves set upon him by Randall Flagg, the novel’s antagonist. He survives, though, and later helps Stu after he breaks his leg and falls behind. In the end, he returns to Boulder, Colorado with Stu and lives to an extreme old age.
Though described as an Irish Setter in the novel, Kojak is a Golden Retriever in the 1994 TV miniseries based on the book. Stephen King’s success as a novelist has made him a pop culture phenomenon, and the many dogs present in his works have made their mark on pop culture as well.
Stephen King Inspired Dog Name Considerations
Choosing the perfect name for your canine companion is no easy task. The name you select will be his or hers for 10 to 15 years or more, and it’s the name you’ll find yourself calling out the door during late night potty breaks and providing to your veterinarian when making appointments. If you’re thinking about choosing a Stephen King inspired name, remember to avoid those that could be deemed offensive. Think about your dog’s breed and characteristics. An Irish setter would make a great Kojak, for example. Cujo works well for Saint Bernards, as well as dogs with intimidating personalities. Be creative, and come up with a name that honors your dog and the horror master himself.
You may also want to consider your favorite Stephen King novels or books and their characters. If you have a favorite, it will really narrow down your options. Be creative! While the names of characters are great ideas, think about settings, themes and even book titles. For a more subtle tribute to the author, you could even choose to name your pet after one of his children or family members. Stephen King provides plenty of opportunities for the perfect pet name. Check out some of our favorites.