By Mona Sabalones Gonzalez
I looked up some names of dogs and found their origins. Here are some:
Pug – from the Latin word, “Pugness” meaning fist.
Beagle – from the French term “be’guele” because the dog bays when chasing game during hunting.
Terrier – from the French word “terre” meaning earth. The terrier dog burrows during hunting to unearth an animal hiding underground. Mocha Barney, my wire haired dachsund, is arguably a terrier because it digs.
Schnauzer – German “schnauzen” which means “to snarl.”
Huskies – A derivation from “Esky” which is short for Eskimos, who raise them as sled dogs.
Poodle – surprisingly, this dog is not French but German. It comes from the Low German word “pudelen,” meaning to “splash around.”