Boonville dog with curious name finalist in wacky pet name contest

Dumptruck playing in the snow

There are some common pet-dog names that just make sense: Fido. Buddy. Gizmo. And Bella, apparently, if you own one of these “dogs.”

Then there are dog names that make you scratch your head. Some of those names are so “wacky,” they just might win a contest.

National insurance company Nationwide, which dabbles in the pet insurance business, announced a list of 10 finalists for its “Wacky Pet Name Contest” on April 4. Included in that list is a Boonville, Indiana, St. Bernard named “Princess Dumptruck.”

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Amanda Fischer, Princess Dumptruck’s owner, said she saw an email about the contest from Nationwide, who she uses for pet insurance, and knew she had to enter in her dog’s name.

“It just fit perfectly because who names their dog that?” Fischer said.

She makes a valid point. Why in the world is that her dog’s name?

“My husband I are were talking about getting a puppy, but he had two rules,” Fischer said. “It had to be a female, and it had to be named Dumptruck.”

Dumptruck resting her face on a table

The “princess” part came later, Fischer said, and is more of a title than a nickname. Not that the dog doesn’t have a slew of them; Fischer said they also call her “Chonky Butt,” “Floofy Butt” and “Dumper Doofus.”

“Dumper Doofus” earned that title from the odd way she sometimes “smiles” at her owners. Her top lip sometimes gets stuck between her teeth, Fischer said, making her look a bit … odd. 

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