Nacho Cheese, Oreo Pudding and Peanut Von Strudel….I know what you must be thinking: why are we talking about snacks? Well, actually we aren’t. These are just some examples of the top wackiest dog names provided by VPI Pet Insurance. You can even create your own wacky pet name with their “wacky name-o-matic” machine! But I am getting ahead of myself here….what’s in a name, more specifically a good pet name? I think we must admit that we choose the names of our beloved friends more for our pleasure and enjoyment rather than theirs (I have yet to hear a dog complain). Number 1 on the VPI wacky list is the name Chew Barka. “Due to her husband’s allergies, it had been years since Michele Manzelli of Chelmsford, Mass., had owned a dog. But as her youngest child was turning five years old, she desperately wanted to add a furry, four-legged family member. The Manzellis opted for a poodle since they are one of the most hypoallergenic breeds, and since 2010, Chew Barka has been a great addition to the Manzelli family.”
“The Manzellis came up with a name for their new poodle after observing his behavior on the first night. The first night we had him all he seemed to do is chew and bark, and being the Star Wars fans that we are, Chew Barka just seemed to fit perfectly, explained Michele. We call him Chewy for short and Mr. Chew Barka when we address him formally.”
While wacky names can sure to lead to conversation starters, some families like to stick to traditional names for their furry friends. The top 10 most popular dog names predicted by My Dog Magazine.com for 2012 are:
10. Sophie (personally, I know about 5 dogs named Sophie so I can vouch for this one!)
9. Chloe (yup, I know a Chloe too)
8. Daisy (I don’t know a Daisy—do you??)
7. Maggie (the next 4 end with a Y, see a familiar pattern?)
And the number 1 most popular name for a dog in the year 2012 ISSSSS……
Bella! (hmmm …Twightlight fans?)
Were you able to guess some of them? Maybe not, but I’m sure you weren’t too surprised by this list. Just like with humans, pet names seem to follow a social pop trend. Movies, TV shows, celebrities; you name it, they usually influence our choice.
In a recent post by PetExtreme.com they discussed the pet naming process and how it can really bring families together “So what do these names say about us? Well, I guess they say that we have a sense of humor! Beyond that, I think they speak to our togetherness. Each name has special meaning to us as a family. We bonded with the new family members, but even more importantly, we bonded as a family; our pets brought us closer together as a unit. Those moments, on the living room floor, all together, deciding on a name were priceless.” Just another way that pet bond us together, finding them the right name to fit into our families!
It seems that when asked, most people tend to agree: coming together as a family to name your new best friend is not only fun but a special experience for all of you. Still need help finding Fido the perfect moniker? Check out http://www.wikihow.com/Name-a-Pet for tips!
So what about YOU?
TELL US…How did YOUR dog get their name?