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Maremma puppy

Cast your vote, name a puppy

News Article Date: 
Friday, 11 March 2016

Warrnambool’s maremma guardian puppy is one step away from a new name.

Following more than 700 suggestions from the public, a shortlist of 10 names has been selected.

The community can now vote for their favourite name, with the most popular moniker to be adopted by the pup.

Warrnambool City Council Tourism Services Manager Peter Abbott said that the competition had captured the imagination of people from around the world.

“We’ve had hundreds of great suggestions not only from Australia, but from people in the UK, Italy and New Zealand, which shows the reach of Oddball and the maremma program,” he said.

“The puppy’s training is progressing well and he is definitely ready for his new name.

“Head to the Warrnambool Penguins website to vote for your favourite name and learn more about this truly unique project.”

Voting will close on Thursday March 31.

To cast your vote, visit

Amor – “After our late Uncle John Amor who worked for Parks and Wildlife Warrnambool and was very much a part of getting this project up”

Blaise – “The name means patron saint of wild animals - and he has spark in his eyes!”

Fletcher – “After Fletcher Jones, another great symbol of Warrnambool”

Logan – “After Logans Beach” 

Marshall – “My kids think he is a gentleman protecting the Penguins”
Merri – “Penguin Island is near the Merri River”

Otto – “Because when we did the tour of the island we were told that Eudy and Tula were guard dogs 6 & 7. Otto is Italian for 8”

Scout – “Because he will be scouting the island to keep the Penguins safe” 

Ngakee – “Ngakee - local Kirrae Whurrong word meaning “To look and observe” great for visiting tourist and local reconciliation/education”

Caspar – “After cartoon character Caspar the friendly ghost. He is white and quietly looking after penguins”

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