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What’s In a (Middle) Name?
We've come a long way from Fido and Spike
Ginger Peach, Julia Ann and Desoto Leopold share a playful moment.

Does your dog have a middle name? All of my animals—even the cats—have one. It’s not something my husband or I planned. The middle names just came to be, easily rolling off of our tongues when faced with yet another destuffed animal or consumed counter treasure.

“Arrrgh, Darby Lynn! How could you chew a hole in my favorite fleece pullover?”
“Cricket Alexis! Oh, that naughty kitty. She TP’d the bathroom again!”
But the middle names are not exclusive to disaster zones. When our late Catahoula would lean into me, I’d gleefully sing, “De-SO-to Le-O-pold!” while scratching between his ears and at the base of his tail. It was one of my favorite, mushiest moments with the big guy.
Do you say your dog’s full name when he’s in trouble or being a love?



Julia Kamysz Lane, owner of Spot On K9 Sports and contributing editor at The Bark, is the author of multiple New Orleans travel guides, including Frommer’s New Orleans Day by Day (3rd Edition). Her work has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Poets and Writers and Publishers Weekly.


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