In choosing character names for The Marriage of True Minds, a novel of (among other things) animal rescue, one of the trickier tasks was naming the dogs. Fortunately this job belonged not to me, but to my (among other things) protagonist Nick Ward.
When Nick arrives at the animal shelter to perform his community service, the dogs are listed only by number and description:
3224 Bloodhound mix male.
3226 Spaniel male neutered.
3227 Alsatian female.
3228 Beagle male puppy.
3231 Sheepdog/husky mix male.
3232 Shepherd mix female spayed.
3233 Schnauzer mix female.
3234 Labrador retriever mix male neutered.
3211 Wolfhound male.
But for the compusively visionary Nick, such a world canot be allowed to exist. Soon the dogs have both names and stories:
Watson: A male bloodhound mix, Watson loves long walks on the beach in search of anything.
Alonzo: This spaniel male was neutered while training for an Olympic fencing medal. He loves children, riding in the car, and the films of Frank Capra.
Fanny: A wily Alsatian female best known for her impersonations of French cabaret singers of the 1950s.
Pal: Beagle puppy. He's a puppy. Everybody loves puppies.
Rufus: This male sheepdog/husky mix is a champion chaser who can find a tennis ball in any kind of weather. Rufus is housebroken and prefers Plato in the original Greek.
Grendel: This female shepherd mix needs no leash and loves other pets. She recently saved Timmy from a burning barn.
Annabelle: Female schnauzer mix. A loving mother of twenty-seven, since retired, Annabelle has a wild side and can frolic through a meadow with the best of them.
Huck: Labrador retriever-mix male. Sweet-natured and very playful, Huck is a wonderful swimmer, loves to play in water, and recently received critical acclaim for his existential novel Woof!
Wolfram: This well-fed male wolfhound is quiet and compassionate with children and possesses knowledge beyond human understanding.
Interestingly, many of the names Nick chose also belonged to dogs I grew up with. But I can't vouch for the stories.