The Wind in the Willows Dog Names

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Introduction

The Wind in the Willows was written by Kenneth Grahame in 1908. It started out as a collection of letters that he was writing to his son, Alastair, while he was away at boarding school, and blossomed into a story that has gone on to inspire and delight children of all ages for over a hundred years, and it expanded its reach even further when Disney created a short animated film based on the novel, which they packaged together with a tale of Ichabod Crane. The Wind in the Willows follows the adventures of a young mole who makes friends with several of the animals that live down by the riverbanks, including a poetic but practical mouse, a badger that hates society, and a toad with an irrepressible desire for the newest thing. 

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People use many different methods in order to choose names for their canine companions. Some people start their search by looking for names that reflect their dog's heritage or breed, while others may choose names based on a specific definition or meaning. Alternatively, a name can be based on a person they admire, either someone they know personally or someone famous, or they can pick a name that is related to something that interests them, like a favorite book, television show, or movie. There are several ways in which to narrow down a list of names based on a book or show, such as the novel The Wind in the Willows, a book that has been influencing children for over a hundred years. Some may choose a name from the characters listed in the book, giving a wild or impulsive dog a name like Weasel, Otter, or Toad, or a dependable but aloof canine a name like Badger, while others may prefer to reference items or places mentioned in the novel, such as Canary for a yellow-coated dog, in reference to his canary yellow carriage, or Victoria in honor of the statue of Queen Victoria that can be found in Mole's small, cozy abode.

Male The Wind in the Willows Dog Names

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Alastair
Author Kenneth Grahame originally wrote the story to entertain his blind son Alastair
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Badger
A stoic and solitary animal who makes his home in the Wild Wood
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Basil
The theatrical film produced by Disney, The Adventures of Ichabod Crane and Mr. Toad, was narrated by Basil Rathbone
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Beech
When Mole was lost in the Wild Wood, he took shelter in the roots of a Beech Tree
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Billy
A young hedgehog who finds himself at Badger’s house in the winter
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Chairman
The chairman sentences Mr. Toad to twenty years in prison
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Garibaldi
Mole’s home, Mole End, had a statue of the Italian General Giuseppe Garibaldi in it
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Graham
The frontpiece of the original novel was illustrated by Graham Robertson
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Kenneth
The author of this book is Kenneth Grahame
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Lion
Toad stops at The Red Lion Inn when he travels into town
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Milne
The first stage adaption of this book was produced in 1929 by A.A. Milne
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Mole
A sensible and loyal mole who becomes fast friends with rat
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Motor
Toad becomes obsessed with motor cars
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Otter
A bright animal with a quick mind who is friends with Mole and Ratty
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Pan
The Greek demigod of music and nature who rescues Portly
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Patrick
Patrick Benson illustrated William Horwoods sequels to the story, The Willows in Winter, Toad Triumphant and The Willows and Beyond, in the 1990s
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Pistol
Rat took a pistol with him into the Wild Wood, for protection
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Portly
Otter’s son who goes missing for part of the story
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Ratty
Rat or Ratty is a kind and sociable water rat who acts as a mentor to Mole
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Reed
Rat and Mole hear singing among the reeds that Portly was found in
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Sixpence
The rabbits on the road demand a sixpence from Mole in order to pass
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Stoat
Weasels, ferrets, and stoats from the Wild Wood invade Toad Hall while he is in jail
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Thames
The river in the story is said to be reminicent of the River Thames
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Toad
An immature and impulsive animal with a great deal of charisma
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Trickster
Toad is a bit of a trickster, particularly when he attempts to fool the barge woman
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Ulysses
The last chapter is titled “The Return of Ulysses”
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Weasel
Weasels, ferrets, and stoats from the Wild Wood invade Toad Hall while he is in jail
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William
William Horwood wrote sequels to Wind in the Willows in the 1990s, including The Willows in Winter, Toad Triumphant and The Willows and Beyond
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Butler
The tunnel under Toad Hall wound up in the butler’s pantry
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Seafarer
A seafaring rat tells Ratty about his adventures in Italy and other countries

Female The Wind in the Willows Dog Names

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Birdie
Mole and Rat can see the silloette of a bird in the window of a house in the village
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Bubbles
A line of bubbles in the river is all the others can see of otter until he surfaces
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Canary
Toad’s caravan is described as canary yellow
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Caravan
Toad has a yellow horse-drawn caravan
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Carol
Caroling field mice sing at Mole’s home every winter
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Crinan
Some of the scenes in the book are said to be inspired by Crinan Canal
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Dawn
Chapter seven is called “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn”
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Duck
Rat makes up a song about ducks while sitting on the river bank in the summer
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Dulce
Chapter five is called Dulce Domum, meaning sweet home
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Elspeth
Kenneth Grahame’s wife Elspeth encouraged him to turn his letters to Alastair into a book
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Ferret
Weasels, ferrets, and stoats from the Wild Wood invade Toad Hall while he is incarcerated
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Flora
Kenneth Grahame described an area filled with interesting flora and fauna
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Freedom
Toad delights in his freedom after escaping from the jail
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Gipsy
According to the novel, Toad sells the stolen barge horse to a gypsy after escaping jail
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Lerryn
Some say that the village in the book is based in the town of Lerryn, Cornwall
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Mayfly
In the first chapter, Otter leaves the picnic in order to chase mayflies
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Piper
The Greek demigod Pan plays the pan pipes
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Porridge
Badger served porridge to the wayward animals who had shown up on his doorstep in the winter
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Rabbit
Mole encounters rabbits that demand payment to let him pass in the first chapter
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Red
Mr. Toad’s favorite color is red
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River
Mole starts his adventures by travelling to the wide river
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Scribner
The Wind in the Willows was published in the US by Scribner Publishing
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Sparrow
Rat felt he would be happier if the sparrows would stay
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Spring
Mole’s adventures start when he becomes restless after spending too long at spring cleaning
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Summer
The second to last chapter is titled “Like summer tempests came his tears”
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Victoria
Mole’s home, Mole End, had a statue of Queen Victoria in it
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Washer
A washerwoman helps Toad to escape incarceration
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Wayfarer
Chapter eight is named “Wayfarers All”
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Willow
The name of the children’s book is The Wind in the Willows
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Winter
Rat naps a great deal and writes poetry during the winter

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