A Dog Named Inigo, A Cat Named Scully… and Other Pets Named After Movie Characters

“My name is Scully. The truth is out there. That’s why I stay inside.”

A few days ago, I asked people to speak up about the pets that they’ve named after characters from movies.

And I introduced people to my own — Jonathan “The Duke” Mardukas, named for Charles Grodin’s white collar criminal in Midnight Run.

Sure enough, I began to hear from pet owners. Not many, but some.

And if you’re now inspired to respond, feel free to post comments and link to images of your pets.

Let’s begin with the Birthday Girl… Susan Bettger.

Susan is an extraordinary travel agent, a dear friend, and a fellow veteran of The Glen Workshop.

I’ve met her cat, and I was apparently quite privileged to find myself in this feline’s favor. So I’m delighted to introduce her to Looking Closer readers.

Susan writes:

This is Scully….who you have met and bonded with. She’s a very shy kitty.  She’s named from The X-Files movie and TV show.  I didn’t name her, my nephew did, and to be honest, I mostly call her Baby-Kitty.  There used to be a Mulder cat who belonged to my niece, but his life came to an untimely end.  So sad…

Happy birthday, Susan! My best to you and your extremely discerning house-mate.

Next I heard from another friend I met at the Glen Workshop: Poet and recently retired firefighter Bob Denst.

Bob writes:

This is Inigo. Yes, as in “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”

Here he is doing what he loves to do more than anything else in the world: retrieving a stick that we have thrown into a lake.

He would do this all day, if we let him. Or if we had a lake that was closer. I’m convinced that he would do it until his exhaustion led to his drowning if we did not force him to take a break. He considers these breaks to be a form of punishment.

He continues:

It’s been amazing to see how well he does this as a behavior of the breed (Flat Coat Retriever) and how it is indistinguishable from OCD.

People who are unfamiliar with The Princess Bride think his name is Indigo even though we take pains to pronounce it correctly and explain the difference.

He is not the brightest of dogs and on many levels could barely give fungus a challenge in the intelligence department. However, he has the sweetest and most gentle of dispositions you could imagine. But now he wants you to throw his toy or kick a tennis ball so he can bring it back to you, thank you very much.

And by the way, he picked us out at the Humane Society.

But that is another story and one with the hand of God very much in evidence.

I also heard from blogger Julie Davis, who writes:

Our dogs are named after Serenity (Firefly) characters. Wash and Zoe were so named because we were looking for a married couple to name our Boxer pair after … and our family is nothing if not loyal to pop culture.

Then we picked up a little scrapper from the SPCA who has had a hard time but loves the good things in life … and what could we do but call her Kaylee?

Go ahead. Tell us about your pets, the movies that inspired their names, and link to a picture if you like.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • http://skidmore.parabolos.com paul andrew skidmore

    Larry (the mother with the grey beard) is named after Geena Davis’s character from Fletch. Mathilda (Larry’s only child) is named after Natalie Portman’s character from The Professional.

    i wrote about Mathilda here:

  • Christalena Berry

    Is it weird that we don’t yet have any pets, but my husband and I have already decided what to name them? Yeah, it is. But we both agree that the best name for a dog is Rufio, and the best name for a cat is Mr. Smee.