Tennessee Dog Names in Pop Culture
Shiloh tells the tale of a dog with no name who runs away from his abusive owner. Sad and alone, the unnamed pup is found by a boy named Marty. Although Marty tries to shoo the pup away, the dog follows him home anyway. Knowing his parents will not allow him to keep the dog, Marty begins preparing an unused shack nearby as a home for the dog, which he names Shiloh.
Although Marty tries desperately to keep Shiloh hidden, Ray, Marty's dad, finds out that Marty has Shiloh. After being approached by Shiloh's original owner, Marty reluctantly returns the dog. However, when the original owner mistreats Shiloh, the dog knows exactly where to go to get away from the abuse - to Marty. This time, Marty puts Shiloh in a shed to avoid detection.
Of course, it isn't long before Marty's mother sees the boy and the dog together. Although she warns Marty that his father will be upset, she does not force the boy to return the dog to its original owner. However, Shiloh is attacked by a German Shepherd, and Marty is forced to ask for his father's assistance. At the time, Ray insists that the right thing to do is return the dog, but he relents after he realizes that the original owner is abusive.
In the interest of doing the right thing, Marty's father encourages him to ask the original owner's permission to keep the dog. After working out a deal in which Marty will work for the owner in exchange for keeping Shiloh, the owner backs out and demands Marty return Shiloh. This time, however, Marty's father intervenes, but the original owner attempts to simply grab Shiloh and leave. Surprisingly, he only drives a short piece down the road before he changes his mind. The original owner opens the door of his truck and lets Shiloh out, who then runs straight to Marty. Shiloh is finally with his rightful owner. Shiloh was adapted to a movie format in 1997. There are two sequels to the movie. Shiloh is portrayed by a Beagle named Frannie.
Tennessee Dog Name Considerations
According to a Time magazine article, the most popular breeds in Tennessee are the Labrador Retriever, the German Shepherd, and the Beagle. (It is no surprise that two of the top three are hunting dogs.) The Labrador Retriever is an all-around hunting dog, but his chief purpose on the hunting field is to retrieve fallen waterfowl. Citizens of Eastern Tennessee particularly enjoy duck and goose hunting, and the Lab is invaluable in this area. The Beagle is generally used for small game hunting, very popular in middle and Eastern Tennessee. However, some deer hunters use the scent hound for his tracking ability.
The German Shepherd is especially popular around Nashville. His experience as a guard dog and a police dog make him invaluable in the country music mecca. In addition, designer dogs such as the Maltipoo and the Pomchi are popular across the state.