What should they name the dog found 135 miles offshore?

Lucky, Phelps, Wilson, Bob and Gilligan were among the best ideas

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
April 17, 2019 - 6:40 am

The crew on an oil rig 135 miles from land pulled a dog to safety after spotting the pup in the water.


Unless the dog jumped off a boat or was on a vessel that went down, it would appear this canine swam all the way to the rig from the land.  That's one hellova swim.

So, I wanted some help in finding a proper name for the pup.

I put the question to our audience during the Early Edition of WWL First News.  Lucky got the most votes, but some of the other names texted to 870870 were really creative.  Bob (get it bobbing up and down) was among my favorites.  Wilson (the volleyball from Cast Away) was another great one.  Then there was Gilligan.

Here are some of the suggestions...

  • Lucky
  • Name the dog Sub
  • Name him Raft
  • The Goat
  • Water
  • Aqua dog
  • Bolt!
  • Name the dogfish
  • Aquamutt
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  • Lucky Spitz Phelps
  • Felps!
  • Michael Phelps
  • You need to name the dog that swam so far floater!
  • "Lucky Dog " because he wasn't shark bait
  • Name the swimming dog Courage
  • The dog should be named NEMO
  • Dongo Underdog
  • "Bark" Spitz
  • Arthur Puppy
  • Swimmy McSwim Face
  • Gilligan, nickname Gilly!

  • If it was a male dog or even maybe female but definitely if it's a male should name him Derrick
  • In Thailand the dogs name would be Dinner
  • Thailand. Main Course.
  • Doggie Phelps
  • "Paddles" should be the dogs new name
  • Flipper
  • Name the dog Paddle pooch
  • Happy swimmore
  • Champ
  • Gilligan!
  • Scooby Doo
  • Lucky Seadog
  • Bob
  • Aqualung
  • Dog name. Swimmy
  • Schwimmer
  • Name the dog Wilson

Here is the story that started the coversation:

 BANGKOK (AP) _ Think you have a dog that likes to swim? Your pooch has nothing on a dog that turned up more than 135 miles from shore _ near an oil rig in the Gulf of Thailand. A worker on the rig posts on Facebook that his crew spotted the dog heading toward the oil platform last week. Workers lowered a rope, secured it around the dog's neck and hauled it aboard. It's since been taken to shore and is now in good shape. The crewmember who posted about the rescue says the seas were calm when the dog showed up near the rig. He says if the waves had been choppier, the crew probably wouldn't have been able to spot the dog.  

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