• How Murphy Got His Name

    July 23, 2013

    This dog…


    I love him more than anything and, boy, does he make me happy. I honestly can’t imagine my life without him. I also can’t imagine him with any other name than “Murphy.”

    When Mal and I took Murphy to the dog park this past weekend, we met another Murphy there (an older Yellow Lab), which got us thinking about his name. We agreed that “Murphy” is the perfect name for our dog. It fits him so well, and no other name would make sense.

    pug after the park

    Before we got Murphy, Mal and I almost named him “Barney” because, at the time, we loved the show How I Met Your Mother, and Barney Stinson was our favorite character.

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    Well, when we told a few of our friends about our potential pug name, quite a few of them made jokes about Barney, the big, purple dinosaur.

    Orginally created in 1969 by Dallas native Sheryl Leach, the big purple dinosaur existed mainly on video tape until Public Broadcasting System began airing the show. Suddenly parents found a new babysitter for their toddlers, and the sing-along creature spawned a merchandizing boom, prompting some criticism of using public television to promote toy sales.<br /><br /><br />
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    Uhh, crap. We definitely didn’t want to name our dog after an annoying purple dinosaur, but we didn’t have any other names we liked… until we picked up Murphy from the breeder: Gloria Murphy of Murphy’s Pugs.


    Ok, it wasn’t the most original name, but it fit our little pug puppy so well. He’s definitely a Murphy. And he’s definitely not a Barney.


    Health News & Views

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    Question of the Day

    How did your pet get their name?

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    Sarah G. July 24, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Aww, I love the name Murphy! One of my best friends named her black lab puppy Murphy as well. :)

    We have two cats:
    1. Bateman – named after Patrick Bateman – the character from the movie American Psycho
    2. Dahlia – named after a band my husband and I listen to called Black Dahlia Murder (she’s a black cat with silver stripes)


    Amy @ Healthy and Fit for Real July 24, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Sadly I can’t remember if we named Aspen after the town in CO or the tree. I know that we were looking at the road atlas on the drive up to get her but then I know we also were talking about names of trees and random things. So Aspen it was! It’s funny how they just sort of fit into their name, right?


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    Julianne @ LifeOffLeash July 24, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    My dog’s name is Murphy too!! It’s seriously the best name ever. When I rescued him his name was Lil’ Dude which I quickly changed. Even at the age of 5 he was totally on board.


    Tina July 25, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    My dog’s name is ‘Momo’ – that’s the name he had when we adopted him. It fits him SO perfectly – he is SO cute and sweet! I guess his ‘real’ name is ‘Almos’, which is an older name (my dad had a friend named Almos when he grew up in West Virginia in the 50s!), but it’s ‘Momo’ for short. He’s a Vizsla…such an amazing dog!


    kate@kate marrin life + style July 26, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Santa Claus delivered our yellow lab with his name tag attached-Sullivan “Sully” McGreevy. Saved a lot of debating that morning;) Thanks Santa!


    Danny August 15, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Your dog is almost as cute as my two puddles keep up the good work!


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