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Old 04-26-2007, 10:41 AM   #16
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I like Leah and Kenya. I think Kenya would be best for a dog name. Leah is a name I'd like for a daughter.
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The last two cats we had were named George & Gracie . When they were kittens, they always played and it seemed that they were dancing...therefore the names.





Go with Gracie.
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Old 04-26-2007, 11:16 AM   #18
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I like Gracie think that is such a cute name for a dog
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Old 04-26-2007, 11:19 AM   #19
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I like Kenya best. It sounds unique and is pretty. Grace is nice, but I don't think it really fits a German Shepherd....just my opinion, though.
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Old 04-26-2007, 11:24 AM   #20
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Wow, lots like Gracie! When it gets closer, maybe I'll have a poll. In the mean time, any other suggestions not on the list?

If it helps, she's a 3 year old German Shepherd, small and petite for her breed but very smart and driven, from well known European working lines. She has an even-keeled temperament and is more shy/timid than outgoing (but not fearful). I like names that are 1-2 syllables, and aren't too pop culture like Roxy, Jazz/Jazzy, etc. I also want it to be a more female name so people don't assume she's a he.

I've looked through a lot of pet name sites, but most of the names are so weird I get bored and close the site!! I like hearing other people's pet's names for ideas.

ETA: Names that are already off-limits:

- Most of the German names like Gretl, Heidi, etc. - reserved for future dogs
- "Tango" - reserved for my future Mal
- "Radar" - reserved for my future duck toller
- "Alsatian" - why name the dog the name of the breed?
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Old 04-26-2007, 12:03 PM   #21
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How about (this is a list of girl dogs I know) Cindy, Sadie, Brandy, Ellie, Rosie or Murphy?
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Old 04-26-2007, 01:02 PM   #22
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Can I ask why you want to change her name?
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I like Gracie, but I like Sadie even more!

When I got my dog her name was Sissy and I hated it because the previous owners were jerks. So I changed it to Missy. Sounds pretty much the same and didn't feel like I was bringing her past to her new life with me.
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Old 04-26-2007, 01:27 PM   #24
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Can I ask why you want to change her name?
I don't really care either way, but everyone says you should change the name since it's starting a new life. I don't particularly like her current name, so if I do change it, I want it to have meaning for us. I wouldn't ever change her registered name, just her pet name that I call her.
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Old 04-26-2007, 02:37 PM   #25
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If you change an animal's name, aren't you supposed to make it similar sounding the to name they already have? I heard that from someone, don't know if it's true or not.

That being said, Kenya is an awesome name. It sounds spacious and calm, but also strong and grounded.

Kenya


I've always wanted to name a dog Farfel, after the dog in the Seinfeld episode "The Dog', because I LOVE that episode. But that dog was a monster and I don't know if that would be good Karma or Chi or Feng-Shui or whatever it is. Anyway, something to worry about once I actually get a dog! hehehehehe
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If you change an animal's name, aren't you supposed to make it similar sounding the to name they already have? I heard that from someone, don't know if it's true or not.
It depends on your dog, the breed, how it's trained, it's psychology, etc. I personally do not overuse the dog's name. I use a recall command ("come here" or "komm"/"hier") rather than their name. I reserve the name for a praise reward, which isn't exactly rare, but you won't see me saying "Chop, fetch!" "Chop, heel!", "Chop, sit!". You would see me say "Bring!.....Aus!....Sitz, Stopp....good girl, Chop!" (if I use the name at all). I want the dog to associate her name with praise reward, and if she isn't already trained this way, it could only help to start over with a new name. If you want the dog to have a name that really just functions as part of a command or correction, then it might make more sense to keep the name. But in either case, dogs learn extremely fast and it's not like an emotional challenge to change a name.


So now I'm torn between Kenya and Gracie. I sort of like Gracie better, but that's my cousin's name (my closest cousin), and Kenya just sounds so cool...
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I like Kerry for a dog's name, but maybe thats because I know a dog called that and she's really cute lol

From you choices though I would definitely go for Kenya
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let Chop choose between the 2

no but really. i think once you meet her, you'll know what to name her.
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Very interesting that you use German expressions as commands.
There is a German shepherd who raises a special breed that is very good as shepherd dog (forgot its name) and she only uses english terms as commands.
She said the english terms sounded softer, not that harsh as the German language tends to be. So "Come here" she deemed more friendly a command towards a dog than "Komm".

I'm not a fan of old German names, so I would tend to Kenya. That sounds very nice.
Is it with a short or a long "e"?
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So now I'm torn between Kenya and Gracie. I sort of like Gracie better, but that's my cousin's name (my closest cousin), and Kenya just sounds so cool...
I know it's more common now and most pets have people names but she may not like that... Your cousin I mean.

I like Kenya, it suits a German Shepard. I had a wonderful GS/Collie mix named Tasha. Smartest sweetest dog ever
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