Would You Name YOUR Dog Voldemort?

Roz Warren, Would You Name YOUR Dog Voldemort?

So you don’t want to name your dog something ordinary — what, then?

So you don’t want to name your dog something ordinary like Fido or Spot. And you love books. So, naturally, you turn to your favorite literary classics when it’s time to name the new puppy. The result? This list of actual canine names inspired by literature (from The Giant Book of Dog Names):

Auntie Em

Bandersnatch

Bloomsbury

Boo Radley

Byron

Chekhov

Dr. Watson

Galsworthy

Gatsby

Gunga Din

Hemingway

Ibsen

Jeeves

Kafka

Kilimanjaro

Mrs. Danvers

Nietzsche

Romeo

Sam Spade

Voltaire

Voldemort

A Labradoodle named Kafka? A pug named Nietzsche? Well, why not? Still, it takes a very special — or just very bookish — person to name their dog Voldemort.

Not that I have anything against literary dog names. In fact, we named our own Yorkie-poo Captain Colossal, after a character in a young adult novel by Daniel Pinkwater, thus going with both literature and irony. Does Captain mind being saddled with a (gently) mocking moniker? Not at all.

He’s probably just glad we didn’t name him Mrs. Danvers.

(Roz Warren is the author of Our Bodies, Our Shelves: Library Humor And Just Another Day At Your Local Public Library , both of which are terrific books to read out loud to your dog.)

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Roz Warren
Roz Warren Roz is the author of Just Another Day At Your Local Public Library and Our Bodies, Our Shelves: A Collection Of Library Humor. She writes for The New York Times and The Funny Times. Her work also appears in Good Housekeeping, The Christian Science Monitor, The Philadelphia Inquirer and of course, the Humor Times. Connect with her on Facebook, follow her on Twitter or visit her website.
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