'Lucky' name for the First Dog
We’ve discussed dog names in the past, but recently Wendy Diamond – a well-known author and one of the judges on the recent “Greatest American Dog” TV show – offered her own thoughts on the subject.
Frankly, we’re not sure why there’s a rush to pick out a name – after all, the First Family is still at least a month away from rescuing a new pet – but Diamond informs us that Lucky has been the most popular dog name for many years in this country. In fact, her Maltese rescue is named Lucky Diamond -- not because of its popularity, but, as Diamond notes, “I felt so lucky to have rescued the cutest little dog that to date has completely changed my life.”
There have been some unusual names for presidential pets through the years, she says. George Washington, for instance, owned a number of Foxhounds and gave them names like Mopsey, Taster, Vulcan, Sweet Lips and Tipler. Abraham Lincoln, whose dogs’ breeds were unknown, named them Jip and Fido (a name that became so popular it became a cliché).
As we’ve noted before, readers of this site like the name Chief for the new Obama dog. But Lucky’s not bad, either.