‘Cuteness overload’: Florida sheriff’s office seeks name suggestions for K-9 puppies

Need a distraction from this pandemic, asks the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office?

Calling it a case of cuteness overload, the agency is asking for the community’s help in naming their new “four-legged team members,” namely two female bloodhound puppies.

Name suggestions are accepted through Thursday on the Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page.

“A Fernandina Beach family donated two 6-week old female bloodhounds to the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit,” the Facebook post said. “We are asking our citizens to help us name the pups.”

One bloodhound is black and tan, the other is red. And as of Tuesday, there were more than 1,400 suggestions.

One person suggested “Erica” and “Olivia” for Dep. Eric Oliver, struck and killed in 2016 while chasing an illegal immigrant across Florida A1A in Yulee. Versions of Oliver’s name appeared in other suggestions.

One responder had a silly streak, saying if the Sheriff’s Office doesn’t name the dogs “Corona (Rona) and Quarantine (Teenie), you’re missing an epic opportunity!” Another said their suggestion was “showing my age” by proposing “Cagney and Lacey,” the title of a 1980s TV police show. Others were more serious, like a suggestion for Hope and Faith.

“We have Faith in Bloodhounds and they give us Hope,” the person wrote. “They are the cutest.”

The Sheriff’s Office said it will announce the two names once they are chosen.