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Pit Bull names

Why, oh why do some people name their pit bulls stuff like "Felony" or "Bullet"? It doesn't bother me horrendously, I just find it to be a minor disservice to the breed.

Then again, why do people ask me "Oh, so you named her Mina b/c she is mean?" I should have named Mina Snuffles or Pinky.

Why do people do any of the things they do?



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Dec. 20th, 2005 10:25 pm (UTC)
I was shocked that so many people said .. I LOVE the name Felony. Odd. However, I do have a big, bad pit bull named Chopper of all things. I wanted so badly to change it to Duncan when we got him because I highly disagree with 'tough' names for these dogs. However, he knew his name too well to make the change.
Dec. 21st, 2005 02:44 am (UTC)
Besides the criminal implication, Felony is the name of the most aggressive dog I have met. She was a Boxer and was rounded up by AC for attacking two people. She was also one of the smartest dogs I have met. I used to have "special" passes to visit the dogs in quarantine (bite ward), give them treats, pet them if they weren't truly aggressive (usually fighting dog confiscatees), etc. While I couldn't get near Felony with my hand, I taught her to sit, lie down, beg, and "shake" (paw the fence) for rewards. But she would have ripped my throat out given the chance. The scary thing? She was released back to her owner, a pregnant woman. The dog had to be escorted to the car on a catch pole b/c Felony kept lunging at people to bite.

Anyway, you have a good reason regarding Chopper (besides, I always think of helicopters, heh)...I just don't get why anyone would willingly name their pit type dog anything with such obvious negative connotations.
Dec. 21st, 2005 02:47 am (UTC)
And I wasn't referring to "Chopper" regarding negative connotations, sorry for not making that clear!
Dec. 20th, 2005 10:47 pm (UTC)
Bella's real name is BiteYourFaceOff EatYourBabies, but that just doesn't flow as well when we're screaming at her and beating her.

I'm kind of getting sick of seeing a million pit bulls a day named "Gotti." It's not a horrible name, just very overused and stereotypical. "Bella" is really popular, but it doesn't have the connotations that "Gotti" does.
Dec. 21st, 2005 02:45 am (UTC)
Bella does flow much easier than her show name (I'm assuming, Bella is the call name, right?) ;)

I can't keep a straight face - Gotti? Gawd, that is SO not a name I would want to call out in public referring to my dog.
Dec. 21st, 2005 04:59 am (UTC)

thank you.
Dec. 21st, 2005 12:11 am (UTC)
In Japanese "Mina" means "Everyone". Whenever I see you talk about Mina it makes me think of Aino Minako from Sailor Moon. Aino Minako means "Everyone's love" her english name was Mina.

Dec. 21st, 2005 02:46 am (UTC)
Aww, I LOVE that! I'm going to have to utilize that definition from now on. Mina was named after Seung-Mina from a video game, but I like the Japanese definition better!
Dec. 21st, 2005 02:08 am (UTC)
How about Chronic? Or, and we did have one of these in petbulls- Cocaine???!
Dec. 21st, 2005 02:46 am (UTC)
COCAINE?!? Chronic?!?

My only thought is they must be on those drugs to even, for one passing moment, consider naming their dog that. Yeck. Now I'm even more disturbed than before!
Dec. 21st, 2005 05:02 am (UTC)
i LOVE your icon. its just SO thoroughly fitting.

meanwhile i have a dog named puppy. i dont think i should be allowed to name pets. but i'm still doing better than "cocaine" or "maneater".
Dec. 21st, 2005 05:15 am (UTC)

Hehe, yes puppy is an interesting name. Definitely better than cocaine or crack. :)
Dec. 21st, 2005 06:48 pm (UTC)
I always felt that a law should be introduced that forced people to change every overly aggresive name for a pet (like the ones you mentioned) into Mit Mit St. Claire or Chew Chew Bonewagon.
Dec. 22nd, 2005 05:17 pm (UTC)
Hehe, Mit Mit St. Claire - that has a nice little ring to it.

Dec. 22nd, 2005 11:05 pm (UTC)
It's a NewsRadio reference. Matthew's cats are named like that. (If you don't know the show: shame on you! SHAAAAME!)
Dec. 21st, 2005 10:56 pm (UTC)
....My boyfriend calls my brother Felony, because he commited one.
But i dont think a name, says to much about a dog. A name doesnt make a dog.
Ive meet many dogs with "vicious" sounding names who turnd out to be big balls of jello.

But, i dont think its beyond stupid to assume people think its "cool" to make their dog something as such "felony", because they DO do it, for that reason...
Its..."thugish" or so ive heard it been put.
just like buying a spike color for your Pit. to make it look " tough"

People are stupid.

Katie was named after the little girlin the family we bought her from.
personally..i think a name is just a name. and some people just put a little to much thought into them.

sadly..some people just dont understand what they do to their dogs anymore.
Dec. 22nd, 2005 05:20 pm (UTC)
You are right - a name is just a name, and I think the issue is the conotations people have with that name.

It may be "funny" to name a Chihuahua Butch or Killer, but I think people find it less chuckle-worthy when they meet a pit bull or pit bull type dog named Felony or Vicious. It just fuels the stereotype of pit bulls being aggressive, dangerous dogs. BUT, I still agree; the stereotyping of the dogs is wrong, and the consequences (like being careful what you name a pit bull) is unfair and wrong too.

Still, I wouldn't want to be on the street asking "Bullet, come here, come here Bullet!" :)
Dec. 22nd, 2005 08:01 pm (UTC)

People are just stupid.
but ive met many, shepards and police dogs named " Felony and Bullet, Vicious"

because well..thats a "police" thing. *rollz eyes*

But there are " thugish" people who thinks it makes their dog look " tough ", like thats a good thing, when they use those names.
I had a friend in my old job, who had 3 pitbulls, 1 foster Pit.
Her boyfriend wanted to name their newest puppy they got which made their total 3'pits, He wanted to name her some stupid name like " vicious, or killer" or w/e.

They ended up nameing her "dymond".
she was a evil little dog.

But i really think its all how you "treat" and train those kinds of dogs.
ive met many crazy pits that werent treated correctly, and made them that way.

I would like one day to have a pitbull. But in chicago, they are ready to ban them.
Because 3 pits killd a little boy in the subburbs.
and wounded a man trying to help the little boy.
I dont know what happend or what the "whole" story was.
Because you know the news they dont tell the truth, they just tell the "half truth" with a little fibbing.

but i think..Its all in how to treat your dog.
Personally, i think if you think its a good idea, to name your dog such stupid "tough" names.
You shouldnt be alloud to bash the pitbulls good nature! :)

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Dec. 22nd, 2005 05:21 pm (UTC)
Whoa! Those POOR children! What a way to scar them for life!
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