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What Were They Thinking?


Let George Do It My Destructive Peaches Partytymes Hossenfeffer Inc. Penny Pebbles Pebbley Pooh Twisel Dances With Bulls Pinepatch Poor Pitiful Pearl The President


to one of the most recognizable North American ad- vertising slogans of the 1980s.


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the hat to the Manchester’s mischievous nature when she dubbed her Standard Manchester “Naughty” and registered him as Salutaire Notoriously Bad.


But the best names of all seem to hint at a penchant for vocalization. Hidden Hill’s Yap Yap Yap, Nannah’s Bark at the Moon and Pat White’s Ryas You Talk Too Much (not surprisingly called Gabby) seem to insinu- ate that our little black and tan friends might have a lot to say – now, who would ever believe that?! My favourite entry in this category? Artvir’s Damnit Shut Up.


Books, Themes and Letters


Need a little more inspiration? You can always turn to the arts, as did the breeders of dogs like Y-Not Where For Art Thou Romeo, Bell’s Vanity Fair, Tempest’s Sense and Sensibility, Seaquest’s Great Expectations and Gwinny Willow’s Dr. Jekyl (a name that leaves this writer scratching her head!). Nursery rhymes and fairytales brought us Bam-Saw’s Sleeping Beauty, Al- abiss Princess Jasmine, Aldercrest Tinkerbelle, dozens of Cinderellas, and both Van’s Little Jack Horner and his son, Van’s Hop On My Thumb. And music fans will enjoy names like Elmwood’s Boy Named Sue and Miniacres I Got You Babe, while pop culture experts will recognize Here’s The Beef of Canty as a nod


Then we have those who name in themes or sequenc- es. The most famous example of this has to be El- sie Puleo’s prolific Golden Scoops Toy Manchesters, where lines were clearly identifiable by letter. Myrtle Klensche had themed lines, the most famous of which began with Salutaire Word To The Wise who was followed by progeny like Salutaire Mark My Words, Word For Word, More Than Words, Say No More, The Word Is Out, Sweet Talkin’ Man, Now Hear This and Talk To Me. Bred more than 40 times, “Whiz” can be found somewhere behind the majority North American Standards today and his impact on naming conventions can still be felt more than 30 years later.


Mari-Beth O’Neill’s Charmaron’s Cheddar of Toy was the first in a line of cheesy names that included impor- tant producers like Pamelot’s Big Cheese, Charma- ron’s Gouda of Wateroak, Charmaron’s Imptd Cheese Please, Salutaire Better Cheddar, and Saint Lazar’s Velveeta. And Pat Dresser’s money themed names in- cluded Money In The Bank, Night Deposit, Preferred Stock, Mutual Funds, Primerate, Foreign Exchange, Break The Bank, No Deposit No Return and, with a nod to one of the United States’ richest and most notorious characters, Leona Helmsly, there was was Dress Circle’s Queen of Mean. Two of my favourite theme names? The Irish Manchester sisters, Arachne Dominatrix & Arachne Exhibitionist. Try explaining those names to your kids!


Optimists and Pessimists


Those who see the darker side of dogs and dog poli- tics will appreciate the feelings that may have inspired names like Barrcu’s Eavesdropper, Talk of the Town,


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