Lost Dog Means More Than Baby's Name

Julie Ryan Evans

Bernese Mountain DogPeople find their baby name inspiration from a variety of sources. Many honor family and friends by naming their progeny after them. But Canadians Dan and Sara Cannon are offering to name their dog after a stranger ... any stranger who finds their beloved dog who has gone missing.

On January 4, their Bernese Mountain dog, Molly Jane, went outside to do her business, but never came back. The couple searched, put up posters, set up a Facebook page, and even offered a reward, but still they haven't seen Molly Jane. As they got more desperate, they got more creative and have offered to name their first-born child -- due in just weeks -- after the person who finds their dog.

For real.

That's a pretty brave offer, especially considering the dog may have been stolen. Can you imagine what kind of crazy-named individual could show up with your dog? And you'd have to name your child after him or her. Then for the rest of that child's life when asked about his name, he'd have to tell the story about how his parents loved their dog so much they gave him that awful name.

But the couple doesn't care.

"There are some strange names out there, but Molly's that important to us so we'll consider what we have to consider," Sara told cnews.

I love dogs and understand how they're like part of the family. But to offer up your child's name for one? That's going a little far I think. If my child went missing, I'd certainly offer to name my dog after whoever returned her, but the other way around? Not so much.

They're likely not legally bound to the agreement, and even their offer is a little vague:

"It's been a week and we miss her dearly," said Sara. "We're nine months pregnant, and we're due in three weeks, so we have said that there's a possibility that the person who safely returns her will have their name in our child's birth certificate."

So perhaps they'll just seek inspiration from the finder's name. Because as we know, people give their children some pretty dumb names. So if the finder's name is "Pajamas," perhaps they could go with something like Patricia; if "Marijuana Pepsi Jackson" shows up, then perhaps Mary would be acceptable.

Even then, I don't know. Dogs are great, but a child's name is pretty important. Do you really want it to be for the sake of a dog?

And, of course, the question must be asked: Is this really an incentive? I can't say I'd care if some random couple's baby was named after me. It's a nice thought, but I'm not going to go out searching for a dog because of it. In fact, I might be scared to contact someone who's offering such a strange reward.

I truly hope this couple finds their dog, and I truly hope that when they do, the person who brings her to them has a nice, normal name.

What do you think about this couple offering to name their unborn child after whoever finds their dog -- crazy or understandable?

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