Wizard Dog Names in Pop Culture
From “The Amazing Wizard of Paws,” Wag! has decided to feature the movie’s star, Little Bear. He’s a rare Japanese Kai Ken, and he’s so cute. He’s a famous dog now, but he was also rescued by a famous person in history that you’ll almost certainly recognize.
Little Bear received his name because “forever owner” Bryan Michael Stroller (Hollywood director, producer, and screenwriter) took him home as a pup and noticed that he looked exactly like a sweet bear cub. Bryan eventually found out that Little Bear had been fostered by a U.S. presidential family. Indeed, Nancy Reagan had rescued Little Bear from the streets of Los Angeles when the pup was only a few weeks old. He was sick with parvo and even starving. The Reagan family rushed the fur baby to the vet, and within a few days, the soon-to-be “Little Bear” was ready to play.
When Bryan made the connection, he contacted Nancy, and Bryan and Little Bear headed to the First Lady’s (and dog-lover’s) home in Bel Air. They spent several hours talking and playing with Mrs. Reagan. In fact, it was this experience that led Bryan to write the film “First Dog.” Nancy was always amazed that the rescue actually became a dog actor! That is pretty cool when you think about it. A sick, starving doggo grows strong and healthy enough to star in films. A true Cinderella kind of story!
Bryan says that Little Bear took to the screen and acting very quickly. Bear works for treats and is always eager to begin the day of direction and different takes. He’s a service dog, and Bryan and Bear screen the dog’s films when they travel to different schools and hospitals for visits.
So, you can see: there was magic in Little Bear’s story before he even starred as Ozzy in “The Amazing Wizard of Paws.” In the film, a young boy discovers that his dog is actually 600 years old and at one time belonged to a powerful wizard. Ozzy is actually a therapy dog in the movie, helping his young owner with an anxiety disorder. On the boy’s 12th birthday, he learns much about Ozzy’s past. The boy and his mother hold a magical future that the faithful pet reveals.
What a life! What a career! Little Bear is one of those classic and inspiring reminders that rags to riches (and loneliness to love) is possible!
Wizard Dog Name Considerations
It seems that the film industry and literature itself have always been amazed by magic and the wonderful worlds of wizards. From childhood, we see names like “Merlin,” “Harry,” “Gandalf,” “Albus,” “Fantasia,” and more! We’re fascinated by the spells they cast and the power they possess in something as simple, slim, and small as a wand. Wizards take part in everyday tricks for giggles as well as great battles that determine the fate of our world and beyond. All in all, wizards are a pretty huge deal, and your pup would truly “dig” holding a title that represented a famous wizard we all know and love (or maybe even one of a famous wizard villain who makes the story interesting).
For some general wizarding names, you might select “Warlock,” “Wanda,” “Star,” “Moon,” or “Charm.” If you’re looking to strike chords of delight in all who hear the name, try a moniker like “Potter,” “Weasley,” “Dumbledore,” “Prospero,” and even “Yoda.” Instead of the common name Misty, try “Mysti,” short for mystical. You might like “Visi,” short for invisible. Spend some time sifting through all the famous wizards you know, and see if you can land on one that absolutely howls! When your pup’s eyes light up and they give the name two paws up, then you know you’re right on track in this naming process!