Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Picking Pet Names

The Cozy Chicks are big animal lovers, and it shows up in our writing. In Plan Bee (which came out yesterday), Story Fischer dates a cop who has a K-9 partner named Ben. I love that dog, and can't imagine 'tales' without him.

I know finding the perfect name for a new pet can be just as difficult as naming a newborn baby. But to make the process easier, here is a list of the most popular dog names in 2011 according to this poll:

  1. Bella
  2. Max
  3. Buddy
  4. Daisy
  5. Bailey
  6. Lucy
  7. Molly
  8. Coco
  9. Charlie
  10. Rocky
 And for cats:
  1. Kitty
  2. Tiger
  3. Bella
  4. Kitten
  5. Smokey
  6. Max
  7. Tigger
  8. Shadow
  9. Chloe
  10. Lucy

So what is the name of your favorite four-legged friend?


Mirjam said...

My cats are called Buffy and Tungdil. I also have had cats called Gimli, Pippin and Willem (but I didn't name the last one).

Aimee said...

Our two rescued black lab mixes are Karma and Bogie. :)

Anonymous said...

Our much loved Lab/Dalmatian mix was named Miss Demeanor (Missy). Lost her last year to cancer. We have a black tortoiseshell tabby named Miss Cleo The Psychic Kitty.

Booklady said...

We have two mini schnauzers Pepper (because she's salt & pepper colored) and Hannity (she got that name because we watched a lot of Sean Hannity at the time.) Since then I've progressed in my career as a school librarian and so pets now tend to be named after children's book characters. In addition to the pups, we have a cat named Olivia (for Ian Falconer's adorable pig character - though the cat refuses to acknowledge that is her name), a hedgehog named Ramona and a library beta fish named Percy Jackson. We are not quite a zoo, but we're working on i.

Maggie Sefton said...

Sampson (Sam) who I featured in Dying To Sell, Carl, in the Kelly Flynn books, also mentioned Border Collie mix Katy. My youngest dog Max, Blue Tick Coon Hound hasn't appeared yet.

Jeannie D. said...

I have a Persian named Scooter whom my daughter named. We also have a Maine Coon polydactyl cat named Clawdine Girlie Girl. She has extra toes and is very prissy!

Brittney said...

Our black cat we saved from a shelter 4 years ago is named Ben/Benjamin. The shelter named him Ben and we actually really liked it. Early in 2011 we got a 2 month old kitten and named him Jerry (Ben and Jerry :) ) Unfortunately he had a unknown heart condition and passed away when he was neutered. Broke our hearts. We just saved another kitten from the same shelter as a Christmas present for our 3 year old. Since she was a holiday surprise we named her Eve (Evie).

Anonymous said...

Our three dogs are Romeo, Juliet, and Melody!

Deb said...

I love the creativity of these names. Keep them coming. Coco is on the list (#8). Growing up, we had a miniature Dachshund named Coco.

Laura W said...

My present cat is Muffy. The two before were Moppet and Moofka. They have to be "M"names!

Barbara said...

We have five feral cats who semi-live here or in the barn across the road. They are Scaredy Cat (the mother), Molly, Buster, Miss Emily, and Cookie. I used to have two Great Danes named Duke and Duchess, not very original but I didn't name them.

BW said...

My beloved Westie is named Blithe and I use her initials BW for Blithe Westie as my identifier.

Katreader said...

At the moment I have 11 furkids-someof them had names when I adopted them and I liked them so I have Harley (horse), Sam (dog), and Wallace (rat). I've named all the cats-Seneca, Aleister (after Aleister Crowley-he's all black), and Calumet (after the racing stable-she was born in my horse's barn). My other rats are Harrison (after George) and the Polish Beer Boys-Tyskie, Grodziskie, Okocim, and Zywiec. Some of my Rainbow Bridge animals include Barrett (after Syd Barrett), Brioche (her fur was the color of the bread), Kokishin (he was very curious) and Bandit...and many others.

CherylR said...

The rescue named our basset Homer and that seemed the perfect name for a country dog.

Mish said...

Our dogs: Sheba & Baily

Our cats: Bandit, Dusti, & Shady

I think Baily is the only name on the list.

Chaplain Jan said...

I once had a tiny mixed breed dog named "Podunk" & have had cats named "Lady Jane Grey" (silver Persian), "Zonker" (a black & white with a very quirky personality), & "Tinker" (a Morris lookalike). No pets now because of dander allergies, unfortunately. :-(

Gayle Carline said...

Our dog, a Corgi, is named Duffy. Our ragdoll cat is Katy. I also have two Quarter horses, Frostie (registered name One Zip in Time) and her son Snoopy (My Flashy Investment). All of my animals, like yours I'm sure, are characters, but Snoopy has his own blog,

Deb said...

Snoopy is beautiful, Gayle!

Dru said...

my cat Fluffy

Suzanne said...

My two 3 year old cats now are Kayla (after Kayla on Days of our Lives which I haven't watched in over 7 years) and Juliet (I just liked the name).

Previous cat is Jensen (who we put to sleep at 18 in October - he was named after the Jenson brothers who won the doubles French Open many years ago.

My favorite cat of all was Olivia named after Olivia Newton John who passed away unexpectedly 3 years ago at age 10.

Before that we had cats named Teddy, Tabitha, Pocahontas, Cinnamon and Snowball.

Fred said...

My Westie's name is Duncan Tryon(Duncan). He named after the "yapping white terrier" in Miriam Grace Monfredo's series.

ev said...

Charlie, Isis, Max, Bubba, Rascal, Spike and TK.

Anonymous said...

I had a tortie polydactyl named "Twinkie" short for "Twinkletoes," also torties named Pinkie, Winnie, Pennie Peanut, Snickers, and Sookie.

Shirley in Baltimore

BusyMom said...

My sweet Jack-A-Bee pup is called Proxy.

We used to have a yellow lab, her name was Shakerlady (she loved to shake things in her mouth)

ozone3 said...

My kitty (who I lost 6 years ago) was named Tabitha..she was a tabby cat.

Aryn said...

What happens when you let your husband name your cats - you end up with them named after R&B singers. We have Ike, Tina, Marvin and Smokey.

We also have two boxers named Roxy and Boone. Both were adopted from boxer rescue. Roxy was an owner surrender and we just kept her name. Boone came from the local shelter via the rescue group and we got to name him. It was 2006 and the show Lost had just started. We loved the show and loved the character Boone, so the boxer was honored with the name. And then Boone was killed off the show. oops.

Aurian said...

Lol, I just read a blog post / interview with an author whose cats were named Willow and Buffy the mouse Slayer! My parrot is named Lorre, and my canary is Sunny.
My dogs were named Basko and Blackie.

Linda McDonald said...

My dog's name is Sandy. It's a perfect fit for her. Thanks for posting the popular dog and cats names. Fun list!

Breaunna Miller said...

My little Rat Terrier/Chihuahua is named Phoebe Sue. I just love her name & couldn't imagine her with any other one. She has many nicknames too such as Boo, Punky and Baby Cake just to name a few.

Paula Miller said...

I tend to like people names for my animals. I also have a couple of dogs that were named by someone else when I got them. We have five dogs, here are their names:
1. Savannah, a black standard poodle
2. Junior, a black bull mastiff/lab mix
3. Molly, a black lab mix
4. Koko, a brown and now gray (she's 10) chi-weenie mix.
5. Sam, a small black toy poodle
They keep the house a mess, and life very interesting. I love them all, and think they are worth all of the mess they cause :D

HaveFaith said...

Four cats ... Sunny, Teddy, Daisy, Annie

Two dogs ... Jessie Rose, Penny

Unknown said...

My adorable pooch is Isabella. It is a name that lends itself to a bunch of cute nicknames, too. I have also found through the years that all of my pets have to have a middle name. When they are in trouble I HAVE to be able to use their full name or I am just standing there stuttering.... :)

Pooch said...

A bouncing Boxer named Lailah.