If I hadn't already picked the name Pancake years in advance, my dog could very well have been named Splinter, since he bears a striking resemblance to Master Splinter from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Master Splinter Biography - He is the Father and Ninjutsu Master to the beloved Ninja Turtles. Splinter AKA Hamato Yoshi traveled to New York from Japan after a dark encounter with former friend Master Shredder.
When the turtles were old enough Master Splinter told his sons of his master Yoshi and of their true origin. Now that he was old and believed not long for the world he asked that the turtles track down and kill the Shredder.