Growing up, I had a number of kitty cats. I gave them various names through the years. One I named Tiger and another I named Snowball. Snowball was almost pure white.
Another cat I had was named Kittymaus Cat. I’m not sure on the spelling or even how I came up with the name. It was born with no tail and my parents got it from some friends at the First Baptist Church.
A few years after marrying Debbie, we got our first dog. We promptly named him, Rex, after my aunt’s border collie. Later on, I figured out that Rex was actually the name of my uncle’s border collie. My aunt’s dog was Danny. I liked them both and have fond memories of being around them as a youngster.
Five years ago, we purchased three mini horse from a family in Benton County. They are Sophie, Gazer and Harmony and are all precious to us.
We have also had a number cats with names such as Smokey, Sooner, Gizmo, Hercules and Princess Buttercup. We have an outside Tom cat who keeps the mice at bay. We love the little fellow, who we affectionally named Oscar, because he loves to get into the dumpster. I enjoy giving him rub downs when he comes around.
Anyway, I was driving home the other day listening to the radio when the announcer started talking about popular pet names. He referred to the top dog names for 2021, according to submissions from Rover.com readers. I checked it out and here some of the most popular pet names according to the website article.
Top dog names
Female: Bella, Luna, Lucy, Daizy, Zoe, Lily, Lola, Bailey, Stella, Molly; Male: Max, Charlie, Milo, Buddy, Rocky, Bear, Leo, Duke, Teddy, Tucker
Top cat names
Female: Luna, Bella, Lily, Lucy, Nala, Kitty, Chloe, Stella, Zoe, Lola; Male: Oliver, Leo, Milo, Charlie, Max, Simba, Jack, Loki, Ollie, Jasper
The article went to share the top trending dog names such as Grogu from “The Mandalorian” and Raya from “Raya and the Dragon.”
And there are even celebrity-inspired pet names such as Bozeman, Chadwick, Oprah and Yeezy. And sports/Olympic-inspired names including DK, in honor of Seattle Seahawks wideout, DK Metcalf; Kittle, named in honor of San Francisco 49ers tight end, George Kittle. And my Kansas City friends should consider naming their next pet, Mahomes, in honor of the Chief’s quarterback. How about Gronk, in honor of former Patriot and Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end, Rob Gronkowski? Based on what is going on with the Oklahoma Sooner football program, I doubt any fans will be naming their pets either Lincoln or Riley any time soon.
The article also touched on space-themed names such as Elon, Solstice, Aster and Nebula.
We all love to eat, so why not a food-inspired name? The article suggested Caviar, Dijon, Baguette and Raclette. I’ve heard of Caviar and Dijon, but Baguette (a French bread) and Raclette. I’m not sure about that for a pet name.
I would rather go with something more simple when it comes to food such as Porkchop, a name I used as a CB handle, or Blackeye Pea or Okra, favorite Southern foods I like.
I like Culver’s so I could name my dog, Culver. Other food names that come to mind are Taco, Popcorn, Frito, Ruffles, Oreo, all kind of catchy names.
After rattling off all these names, Debbie shook her head and said, “I’m glad I’m the one who names the pets.”
No matter what you name your pet, be sure to take care of them, especially with winter just around the corner. Make sure they have a warm place to sleep, food, fresh water and lots of love.
Have a great week and always remember that “Good Things are Happening,” every day and always.