Pet names are interesting.
I always wonder what inspires people to give their pets the names they do.
Is it the way a pet looks?
Where the pet came from?
Are they naming it after someone famous?
Does the name have meaning in a foreign language?
Or what about theme names for multiple pets such as Smith & Wesson, Abbot & Costello, Ike & Tina, Franks & Beans, Penny & Loafer. I could go on and on. There is even a woman who has named her pups after every spice in her cupboard. That's a lot of dogs.
However, my area newspaper just published a list of the most popular names for male and female dogs and cats.
Amazingly, I thought the names were pretty normal, straight-forward and solid pet names. In other words, nothing unusual.
It made me realize I don't know anyone with a dog or a cat with one of these names. So much for popularity. Or do I just not know enough people?
Anyway here the list...
I have always named my pets by the way they looked.
I had a short-legged mutt who I swear was always smiling. He was named Sparky for his magnetic personality and aura.
I had another mutt, Raisin, that was part Shar-pei. She was named for her many wrinkles.
Then there was my pure bread Shar-pei named Wrigley. He was wrinkly to the extreme for his breed. So much so he needed plastic surgery to remove a lot of the extra skin on his head. This extra skin caused his eyes to close constantly. It was so sad. He was named after Wrigley gum due to all the skin stretchiness.
Then along came my Chow Chow named Yogi. Yes, he looked like a bear.
Anyway, do any of you have or know anyone who have named their pets with these "popular names"?
I think I know more kids with these names than animals.