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What would you call your group?

A woman in my running group was going to band practice after our workout, and we were talking about her music as we left the track. (First we talked about her sweet new dog, Gray, but then we moved on to music.) She sings in a band made up of people she works with at W. L. Gore, which is a company that manufactures medical devices. Her band has had several names over the past year, but the one I liked best was The Distal Olives. “Distal” refers to being away from the heart, and an “Olive” in this case refers to a part used to make a catheter. I love the name because it sounds very funky and cool, but relates to their work. If you didn’t know they worked for W. L. Gore, there would be no way to associate “The Distal Olives” with medical devices.

 
It got me thinking about what I would call a band if I were the lead singer and wanted a name with a dog theme. This, by the way, is a highly unlikely contingency, because along with virtually everyone else in my family, I am a horrendous singer.
 
The names Three Dog Night and The Hounds of Soul are already taken. Here are some possibilities I came up with:
 
The Great Danes
Music Setters
Music Pointers
The Howlers
Liver of Dreams
The Beagles
Music on a Leash
Pavlov’s Bells
The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers
The Dandie Dinmonts
The Barkers
 
Looking over my list, it appears that I am as good at generating band names as I am at singing. What would you call a band if you wanted the name to reflect your love of dogs?
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Karen B. London, PhD, is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist and Certified Professional Dog Trainer whose clinical work over the last 17 years has focused on the evaluation and treatment of serious behavioral problems in dogs, especially aggression. Karen has been writing the behavior column for The Bark since 2012 and wrote The Bark’s training column and various other articles for eight years before that. She is an adjunct professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Arizona University, and teaches a tropical field biology course in Costa Rica. Karen writes an animal column, The London Zoo, which appear in The Arizona Daily Sun and is the author of five books on canine training and behavior. She is working on her next book, which she expects to be published in 2017.

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