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🐾 Here are the most “Portland” pet names

Plus, you won’t be-leaf this fall foliage map.

By Cassie Ruud

It’s Friday.

And in case you somehow made it through this week without reading how we celebrated National Matchmaker Day, our Weird Wednesday feature on Portland’s Cold War bunker, and where to find the best soft pretzel in Stumptown, then don’t worry; we’ve got you covered with the links above.

Be warned: Today’s newsletter may leave you with a stitch in your side from laughter. Join us as we pore over a solid lineup of Stumptown-inspired pet names. 🐶

What are you waiting for? Scamper on down and get reading. 

🐾 The most “Portland” pet names you picked

Did your submission make the list? (📸: @bridgeliner

Folks, you’ve been making your editor chuckle for the past 12-odd hours. 

If you follow us on socials (Editor’s note: And if you aren’t, I’ll make it easy for you: you’ll find our Facebook and Instagram at the respective links. 😉), you might have seen this post where we asked you to share the most “Portland” name you’d pick for a pet and why. We opted to go with something like “Rosie” for obvious reasons.

Well, you all responded with some choice material, and I’d be a horrible journalist if I didn’t share them with you. So without further ado, here are the most “Portland” pet names as selected by you, our fine Bridgeliner readers. 

“Tabor, and the dog is a pittie mix.” — Jacinta K. 

“Couch. No, and why!” — Sander S. (Editor’s note: This was absolutely one of the most popular picks, because @madearmoody AND @sadieawesomelady80 also suggested it, and honestly this is a straight up power move if we’ve ever seen one. — Cassie)

“Timber; Dark Roast (DR for short); and last but not least, Willamette (Will for short) — just so I could yell "DAMMIT WILLAMETTE!" when they were in trouble.” — Laurie H.

“Packy.” — Debbie P.

“Umpqua, Thorny (roses, Hawthorne), or Pittock. Or Willamette for sure!!” — Alan S. 

"Colin." — Laura M.

“River.” — @fit_to_swim

“Bigfoot.” — @sandyisservin

“Weirdo.” — @melissaporter3 & Wayne P.

"Simpson." @aohmedia

“Compost.” — @birdiana_jones

“Gentrification.” — @morelipsticklessbullshit (OOOOF, but not wrong.  😅)

“I’d name my doggo Pooch but pronounce it Pouch.” — @tgularte (Second editor’s note: Never mind, this is the power move of the list, calling it here.)

“Hoyt.” — @corheault_makes_things

“Willy-Ahmet.” — @ecotrav (this is pure chaos and we’re here for it.)

And now for our ABSOLUTE favorite submission:

“Bridgeliner… Because I’m edgy.” — @thebestskieronthemountain (We love to see it folks, sidebar, if any of you wind up naming one of your pets Bridgeliner please let us know.)

Thank you to everyone who sent in their suggestions — these were an absolute delight to read, and I sincerely hope they made you smile as much as I did.  

Thank you to our Bridgeliner Unabridged members. Stories like these are made possible with your membership and support.

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🙋 One more thing … 

Thank you for reading all the way to the end. 

(📸: Courtesy of

OK so I know that the “When does summer end and fall begin” debate is a hotly contested one, but quite frankly, I’m always here for an early autumn. 

I’m also biased because my birthday is today (your girl is a cool 29 years-old now, so send me your pushing 30 advice please. Other than that, you'll catch me bopping around town celebrating as safely as possible this weekend).

Regardless of where you fall in that debate (ha, see what I did there?) I want to share this really awesome foliage tracking map created by Smoky Mountains. It shows you when the leaves are expected to start changing colors here in the Pacific Northwest.

It looks like we’ll reach peak foliage fireworks around early October, but don’t take my word for it; be sure to take a scroll for yourself. 

Anywho, that’s all for today folks; have a fun, safe weekend, and when in doubt, follow my buddy @gabsmashh’s advice

Also, quick PS: With Labor Day coming up, you'll catch us back in your inbox on Wednesday.

Virtual hugs,

Cassie at Bridgeliner

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