Choosing a name for your new pet can be an exciting yet challenging task. Bringing home a new pet often feels as magical as opening the door to a fantastic and enchantment filled world, bringing you a new perspective, laughter, and unconditional love. Like the Pevensie children in C.S. Lewis’s “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” the two of you are embarking upon a new adventure together and there will be trials as well as triumphs before the end is reached. Giving your new pup a name based on the extraordinary world of Narnia can help you to remember the magic between the two of you, even on the most trying of days.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Dog Names in Pop Culture
The names of all four of the Pevensie children can be found in prominent canine stories within the last century, all in the children’s native country of England. Lucy the dog played herself in the award-winning movie “Wendy and Lucy” in 2008, an English drama about a woman named Wendy and the dog she is trying to support as they travel to Alaska for work, while several puppies were featured at St. Edmund’s College in Cambridge in 2013 when guide dog-to-be puppies came to visit the college. The visit was beneficial to both the students and the young dogs as the dogs were able to help relieve stress for the students and the students were able to help socialize the puppies to a new situation. Queen Susan is represented as well, although her canine counterpart was not a queen herself, and was named slightly before the book was written. Susan was a Pembroke Corgi King George VI gave to his daughter Elizabeth on her 18th birthday. Apart from being the constant companion to Queen Elizabeth for 15 years, a period of time that spanned the first seven years of her reign as Queen, Susan also had the honor of being the common ancestor to all of the Queen’s Corgis, with the current royal Corgis, Holly and Willow, believed to be the 14th generation after her. King Peter the Magnificent also had a canine counterpart in England prior to the publication of the book, in fact, Peter the dog was a search and rescue dog during the time that the book was set in, active from 1945 until World War II ended, a service for which the brave and determined Collie received the Dickin medal with a citation that read “For locating victims trapped under blitzed buildings while serving with the MAP attached to Civil Defence of London.”
Aslan, though, is by far the most popular dog name from the book, and it seems that most of the dogs named Aslan are just here to help! There’s Aslan the white German Shepherd in England who picks up litter, there’s Aslan the newly trained hearing aid dog who was just paired with a woman in Wales, and there’s Aslan the Leonberger in Falls Church, VA, a therapy dog who visits cancer patients to help improve their mood. Aslan was also the name of a military explosives detection dog from Malmstrom Airforce Base, a hardworking and devoted German Shepherd who was memorialized in June of 2017 as a part of a mural in the main headquarters building. Since starting his career in 2009, Aslan performed more than 9,500 hours of installation security and responded to 25 bomb threats in the state of Montana, assisted both federal and local law enforcement agencies in many prominent explosives missions, as well as serving a deployment in Iraq in 2010 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom where he accepted multiple base security operations and combat patrols. At his memorial service in June, an American flag was folded in his honor and a bell rung to signify bringing a dog home.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Dog Name Considerations
Picking the right name for your canine companion can help improve their training and response time, give them more confidence, and encourage and strengthen the bond between human and dog. The best name for your specific canine is one that both you and the other members of your household are able to easily enunciate and one that your dog responds well to. Some people may narrow down their choices based on the dog’s appearance and personality, for instance, a particularly attractive or gentle dog might be given the name Susan, a red-coated dog the name of Beruna, or a fleet-footed white dog the name Stag after the mythical White Stag. Other pet parents may let the animal’s history be their guide, dubbing a dog that was adopted in late December with the name Christmas or giving that dog who never wants to get out of the water the moniker of Naiad. This book is great source of inspiration if you have multiple dogs to name as well; the siblings’ names work well in pairs or groups, there’s plenty of creature names from either Aslan’s army or the White Witch’s army to deploy if you are trying to name a whole litter of puppies, and there are even choices like Mr. and Mrs. Beaver or Adam and Eve for those special canine couples. Whatever your circumstance, there’s sure to be some magical names on this list for your dog or dogs.