Often compared to Gary Larson’s The Far Side for its wry sense of humor, Chad Carpenter’s Tundra, a comic strip about nature and the animals that make their home in the great frozen wilderness of Alaska, has become the most successful self-syndicated newspaper comic in history. While a large portion of the comics are single panel gags, Chad also has a few reoccurring characters that include himself, portraying a cartoonist, a bear, a squirrel, a skunk, and a couple of lemmings, as well as an ongoing segment about an organization of sentient moose nugget with an agenda. Tundra appeals to a wide base of fans and if you are one of those fans you may want to consider some of these Tundra inspired names.
Tundra Inspired Dog Names in Pop Culture
Names that could have been inspired by the characters of the Rueben award-winning Tundra comic abound in the TV and movie industry in the last few decades, as well as names inspired by the types of animals featured in the strip. Canine actor Sherman the Dog was featured in the 2014 family holiday movie 12 Dog Days Till Christmas, and the talking dog that plays opposite the character of Tom in the short Me or the Dog is named Dudley. The movie John Wick, starring Keanu Reeves’ in the titular role, stars canine actor Andy in the role of Daisy, a Beagle so charming and adorable that the character melts the heart of John Wick, a hardened former assassin and the dog's death provides the trigger for the action and violence contained in the movie. The onscreen chemistry between the Beagle and Reeves was genuine, and Andy walked the red carpet with his co-star during the premiere in New York.
According to Hollywood, many of the animals that are featured in the comic are also great inspiration for dog names, Person of Interest, a crime drama in the science fiction genre, one of the primary characters, John Reese, has a trained military canine by the name of Bear. Reese met the dog, a Belgian Malinois, during an encounter with an Aryan Nationalist by the name of Byron, where Reese befriended Bear by using the Dutch commands the dog was originally trained with. Carnivores aren’t the only Alaskan animal featured in Hollywood, however, and one of the more famous canine actors of the 1990’s was given the moniker Moose. Moose, a Parson Russell Terrier, was the largest puppy in his litter when he was born in 1990, and his energy and rambunctiousness proved to be too much for his first owner. At two and a half years old, Moose began his training, and within just six months he was chosen to play the role of Eddie Crane on television’s Frasier, a role he played for seven seasons until his son Enzo took his place.
This list of canines with Tundra related names would hardly be complete without mentioning Tundra the Wonder dog, however. Tundra, a white Samoyed dog, was an extremely well known and respected canine actor in the 1970's and 1980's. She was originally gifted to her owner, Ted Baer, for his birthday. Mr. Baer, author of Communicating with Your Dog: A Humane Approach to Dog Training, recognized the pups talent for picking up new commands and by age of six years old, Tundra had learned to respond reliably to over 200 voice commands, 70 hand gestures, and had starred in episodes of The Love Boat and The New Leave it to Beaver as well as performing a major role in the motion picture Against All Odds, starring Jeff Bridges, Rachel Ward, and James Woods. During her career Tundra not only won the illustrious PATSY award for canine actors in 1983, but she also commanded a thousand dollar per day paycheck.
Tundra Inspired Dog Name Considerations
Choosing a name for your canine companion can be a challenging experience for a new pet owner and an important decision. A good name, one that you and your family or housemates can easily pronounce and one that your dog responds well to, can help strengthen your bond and facilitate training and obedience. Picking a name from something that makes you happy or makes you laugh can help lift your mood even more whenever you think about your pup and gives you another conversation starter if you happen to be shy with other people, making it easier to transition from conversations about your dog to other subjects that are of interest. Tundra is a comic strip that makes a lot of people laugh, not just in the United States, but in Canada, Europe, Jamaica, and Trinidad as well, and there are many options for names inspired by the world of Tundra. Some people may choose to name their dog after someone who is key in the creation of the comic, like Karen, Chad, or Darin, while others may choose one of the animal characters that Chad has developed like Dudley, Andy, or even Morry. Considerations such as the canine’s appearance and personality may also influence the decision so that a large brown dog may be given the moniker Grizzly while a fluffy white dog might end up with the name Snowball instead, and that dog that just can’t seem to quit going may be dubbed Honeybee or Beaver, while the extremely quiet dog may end up with a name like Mime.