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Most popular, strangest pet names

It’s time again for the most popular — and most unusual — pet names, as determined by Petfinder and its adoptions list of 145,242 dogs and 140,269 cats

For the dogs, Buddy was the number one name, and Max was number two, for the second year in a row.

The rest of the top ten, in order were: Daisy, Jack, Lucy,  Molly, Charlie, Sadie, Jake and Lucky.

For cats, the top ten names were Lucy, Molly, Oreo, Kittens, Smokey, Princess, Shadow, Tigger, Angel and Missy.

Petfinder also picks the most unusual pet names, which, the organization notes, often can help a pet find a home. A Massachusetts rescue, for instance, was having trouble finding a home for a dog named Buck. After they changed his name to Joe the Plumber more people began viewing his picture and he was quickly adopted.

Among the favorite unusual names were: Woe Izmee, Gwyneth Poultry (a duck), Ms. Cornflake Especially, Bon Jo Flea and McLovin.

Petfinder singled out some group names, as well. Those included: Domino, Ditto, Etcetera, And-so-on and An-so-forth; Ebay, Google, Yahoo and Spam; Felony, Warrant and Trespass (in honor of the police department, which supervises the shelter); Chiclit, TicTac, Extra, Wrigley and BigRed; and a twosome that were named Footloose and Fancy Free.

The survey includes more than 12,000 shelters and rescue groups in the Petfinder network. You can see the full list of the most unusual names and group names here.

(Photo: McLovin, now available from the Humane Society of Harrisburg)


Comment from Anne-n-Spencer
Time December 5, 2008 at 11:21 am

When BREW has a litter of Beagle puppies to rescue, the babies are always named as a group. They’ve had the salad dressing babies, the cereal babies, the cookie babies–whatever someone’s imagination can come up with. Of course dogs can be re-named when they are adopted. My favorite was the Elvis babies. How could anyone resist a Beagle puppy named “Hunka-Hunka Burnin’ Love?”

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