Farm Crew, Foster Dogs

What’s In a Name

I have over a decade of experience naming foster animals, and then after deciding on two human names, I felt tapped out. After deciding on names with my husband for our daughters, I’m very glad we didn’t always have to agree on foster animal names!

untitled-6A dog’s name is important and often the first thing they learn. It needs to suit their personality, not just their appearance.


My track record with naming fosters is pretty good. I would guess about 80% of our foster pets kept their names (Myrtle, Billie, Eddie, Vera, Calvin, James, Betty, Ethel, Steve, Abe, Chip, Wilbur, Louie, Norman … the list goes on).

DSC_0491As goofy and silly as this puppy is right now, I wanted to name him based on what he could become.

DSC_0115His breed, the Great Pyrenees, has been used a livestock guardian for many years. Originally the breed worked with Shepherds in France and Spain. The breed is known for their impressive size, gentleness with children, and loyalty to their family (herd and human). Obviously, you can see here he is definitely cut out for guard work. 😉

DSC_0613The Great Pyrenees will guard their territory by using the least amount of aggression/force possible, often times just their bark is enough to scare off an unwanted guest. Because of this, I like to refer to them as a peacekeeper.

untitled-5RANGER … is what we are calling him. It’s a strong name meaning “protector.” Sorry for those of you who voted for Fluffy, Puff, Cotton, or even my daughter’s favorite, “Huppy.” Although “Ranger Huppy” will be his full name. 😉

9 thoughts on “What’s In a Name”

  1. Love it! Ranger is the name of our 1/2 irish wolfhound 1/2 giant schnauzer
    He was severely abused and discarded, I saw in him what he would become and now what he became. Love him! Love The Tucker Farm!

  2. It is hard to pick a name, and like you said you have to think of everything. But Ranger Huppy suits him well. My father in law has a great Pyrenees, and he is the best companion he could ask for.

  3. What a sweet baby!! I know you are a very busy mama and farmer, but if you are on Instagram, you should check out @fancyfarmgirl. Kelly is amazing! She has a farm with goats and chickens and she breeds Great Pyrenees and Mini Aussies. They are fed naturally and holistically including using essential oils and very thoughtful diets.

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