Naming a dog is proof that anything can be over thunk.
There was a time when naming a new dog was relatively simple. You brought the hound home spent some time with it and eventually the perfect name materialized.
Sometimes the name would be based on appearance (Rusty), or personality (Sparky), or even humor, like the dog that had one eye, one leg and couldn't hear that was called Lucky.
Often times a dog's name isn't even about the dog; it's about the owner. I already know if I ever own a female dog I am going to call it Stella. The reason, obviously, is so I can work on my Stanley Kowalski impression when I stand on the back porch and call her in: "Hey Stella. Stella." (What do you think?)
Another example of owner-centric dog naming can be seen in the affected titles attached to highfalutin dog-show dogs, you know like "Roundtown Mercedes of Maryscot" and "Courtenay Fleetfoot of Pennyworth." I mean, who are you kidding? Given the opportunity, any of these dogs would still drink out of the toilet.
According to a recent article in the New York Times, even naming a regular run-of-the-mill mutt has become much more complicated. There are now all sorts of rules.
For one thing, you should not give a dog a human name because experts say it will increase the risk of you "anthropomorphizing" the animal. I'm not 100 percent sure what anthropomorphizing is, but I think it has something to do with how owners and their dogs often end up looking like each other.
You should also not give your dog a name that can be confused with a command. So this would rule out Joe (no), Wit (sit), and Ray (stay), as well as any name that might even remotely sound like (stop licking yourself).
Lengthwise, a dog's name should only be one or two syllables, which makes sense given that many people lack the aerobic capacity to repeatedly shout: Here Roundtown Mercedes of Maryscot.
In addition to a syllables limit there are also guidelines involving names ending in a long vowel or short "a," or a long "e" or a … To be honest, I never got this phonics stuff in school, and just reading about it now is putting me to sleep all over again.
Bottom line: Dogs, well most dogs anyway, don't care what their name is.