Being the dog-crazy people we are, we watched the first night of the Westminster Kennel Club dog show last night as we do every year. We don’t pay much attention to the toy group, but the parade of herding, non-sporting and hound group dog breeds is always entertaining.
We couldn’t help but notice the official AKC name of one of the hounds, specifically the Treeing Walker Coonhound.
The AKC describes Treeing Walker Coonhounds this way . . .
Few things can quicken a coon hunter’s pulse like the sight of this swift, tricolored hound in full stride—the long, muscular legs, the powerful and propulsive hindquarters, and the streamlined frame all working to cover maximum ground with minimum effort. Later, basking in the warmth of a campfire after an honest night’s work, this sweet-faced hound will look up and stir your soul with his gentle, pleading expression. Mercy, what a pretty picture! No wonder Treeing Walkers are called the People’s Choice.
OK then. And no, we don’t know if the governor of Virginia owns one.
Anyway, the TWC best-of-breed winner that showed in the hound group last night was named Bolt Action Concealed Weapon (we forgot to note his call name…duh). We don’t know a lot of bolt-action concealed carry guns, but it’s still a great name and we appreciate the effort.
We’ve always had Labradors (none have ever been duck hunting) and named them after NHL goalies (long story). Some in search of the perfect name go with more generic options like Dakota, Rocky, Zeus, Shiloh, Rex, Brutus or Maverick.
But plenty of gun people we’ve met give their best friends — actual hunting dogs or not — ballistic monikers. We’ve heard true gun names like Remmy (Remington), Winchester, Ruger, Trigger, Gunner, Gauge, Magnum, Chase, Mossy and Colt. And Kimber. You know, real gun dog names.
We suppose those aren’t the most politically correct names these day, but couldn’t possibly care less. Do you name your dogs or other pets after your guns (or ammo or hunts or something else ballistically oriented)? Would you? What’s on your list of best hunting dog names?