Choosing a name for your new canine companion is an enjoyable but important part of pet ownership, with a great variety of names to choose from. Some people may choose to name their pets after a family member or friend while others may choose from the names of favorite characters in books, movies, or television. Another good way to pick a name for your dog is to choose a name that has a specific meaning or connotation, often a trait or quality that we see in our dogs or that we value. For this purpose, names related to sweetness can be a great source of inspiration.
Sweet Dog Names in Pop Culture
Sweet names seem to be very popular names to give to rescued dogs and many of them turn out to be exceptional animals. Jasmine, named after the sweet smelling flowers that the plant produces, was found starving and filthy in a shed in 2003 and taken to the Nuneaton and Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary. With their help not only did Jasmine survive, but she became a surrogate mother to dozens of injured, ill, and orphaned animals at the sanctuary, including foxes, rabbits, badger cubs, and even a fawn named Bramble. Sugar was rescued from the streets of Oakland as a six-month-old pup and brought to Huntington Beach where her she was taught to ride a surfboard. Since then Sugar has become a surfing superstar, bringing home nine trophies, winning the International Surfing Championships twice, and even being inducted into the International Dog surfing hall of fame.
Then there is Dulce, a dog found on the streets of Tijuana struggling to survive with a paralyzed back. Dulce’s rescuer, Ruth Ann, was told that euthanasia was the best course of action, but she simply could not give up on the little dog. Now, with daily massages and back stretches, along with water therapy and a specialized back brace, Dulce not only won Instagram’s “Best Rescue Oscar” in 2015, but she is also walking and running. Mango, a tiny dog with a crushed spine, was also slated for euthanasia when she was rescued from the shelter by Emma’s Cleft Palate Chihuahua Rescue and nursed back to health and given a canine wheelchair. She is now a therapy dog, helping veterans who are recuperating from their own injuries.
When Michael Bosch adopted a five-month-old English Cocker Spaniel and named her Honey he thought he was rescuing her, but it turns out she would be the one doing the rescuing. Just two weeks after bringing the pup home Michael and Honey started out on a drive but when Michael misjudged a corner, the SUV tumbled down a ravine, flipping over five times and landing on the top, trapping them inside with Michael hanging upside down, his legs pinned by a tree. With no other option available, he pushed the puppy through a hole in the windshield and told her to go get help, not really expecting her to understand. Honey knew just what to do. She traversed half a mile of thick forest and bramble, then ran another quarter mile to the nearest neighbor’s home to get help, and led them back to the scene of the accident, where they contacted a rescue crew to extract Michael from the car, saving his life.
Sweet Dog Name Considerations
Picking a new name for your dog is an important early task of pet ownership. Not only will you be saying and hearing their name on a daily basis, you may also be writing it on forms, putting it in social media posts, or even yelling it across a busy dog park. A name that is difficult for you or other household members to pronounce consistently may confuse your new canine while a name that your dog naturally responds to may improve the efficiency of training. If you have already decided to use a name that is related to sweetness that still leaves many options open for naming your pet, particularly as sweetness can refer to a number of things. Some people are more likely to associate sweetness with fruity flavors, choosing names like Mango, Jujube, or Cherry, while others think to the sweetness of chocolate, leaning towards names like Cocoa, Cadbury, or Godiva. Sweetness, however, is not always a flavor. Sweet scents can provide a great deal of inspiration for dog names as well, encouraging more floral names like Magnolia, Sunsprite, or Cosmos. Some pet parents may choose a name that includes sweetness in the definition like Jarah, Esti, or Vevina, or a name that is actually the word for sweet or sweetness in another language, such as Doux, Magus, or Misti.