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Thu, Dec 3 | By Haley Finnegan | 154

This month is huge because it marks the end of the decade! Most importantly, it is the end of the “turn of the century.” In light of this, we’d like your opinion on the best of the best! In the past ten years, we have heard names … more ›

Pet Name Categories - Top 10 of the Decade
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Debby
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Debby
4 years ago

naming many animals can get tough after awhile especially when involved with animal rescue when you can get one or ten animals in in one day.

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Debby
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Debby
4 years ago

I go to very serious brainstorming and research upon naming one of my animal kids but then it always ends up what fits them the best.. I usually have a few that I watch the animal in action before I actually name it.. most times they pick their own name.

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Christine R.
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Christine R.
4 years ago

I love names that fits the dogs personality...My dog is such a Bully and of course his name is Bulliyo!

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Hokyung K.
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Hokyung K.
4 years ago

What kind of people name their dogs "Oreo" or "Peanut"? They should be more responsible, because they don't want to be called "Irresponsible."

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Gail S.
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Gail S.
4 years ago

My sister in law names all of her cats and rabbits after food. In fact, on of her cats was named Oreo!

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di
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di
5 years ago

As I read through the comments, it is just about the same, the animal is asked what he or she wants to be named, and it just pops into my head...and it probably associates with their breed and personality. to many to name, and to many years having been so blessed with furry friends. gosh to think of the kid that did NOT have a pet, what kind of adult did they become>u misd somthin grt.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
5 years ago

yes i agree it is all about the personality. but never silly

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Chelsea c.
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Chelsea c.
5 years ago

i like to pick out a few names for the pet i am getting and when i first see it i pick the name that suit it best by its looks and personality..

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
5 years ago

i will name themin what suites their personality unless it is to silly

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Gregory H.
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Gregory H.
5 years ago

We tried to pick a cat name for our cat that fit her personality. My wife felt she was a sophisticated cat so she named her Sophi. Right now we are having a hard time coming up with a name for our new dog. She keeps thinking of Sadie, not sure why, but that will probably be the name.

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Lisa B.
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Lisa B.
5 years ago

I have a cat named Squeeks because that is what she sounds like when she meows. It is such a cute sound.

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Rescue12304
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Rescue12304
5 years ago

I had a hard time choosing which charcter to vote. We mostly name according to their personality, and their traits though. We have never named an animal after food though, however, it is cute.
Dog-Lily
Cat-Medjai
Rabbit-Patches
Turtle-Dude

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Johnnynalex
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Johnnynalex
5 years ago

deseil,ebony,ricky,oliver and sasha...i guess we just name them to something we think suits their personality.

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Spongebrooke
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Spongebrooke
5 years ago

My pet names include:
Petey, Patch, Twiggy, Squirrely, Tessa, JuJu for my guinea pigs.
My dog is Nicky (after Nick Stokes of CSI), and we recently found a stray and named her Paris to complete the pair ;)

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Tessa
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Tessa
5 years ago

I usually pick traditional celtic names and/or names from the characters in the book I happen to be reading at the time but it has to fit the animal's personality.

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Amber
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Amber
5 years ago

except for Gracie (who came with her name), all of my pets are named based on "who they are"...some aspect of themself. for some (Pepper & Spot), it's about their appearance, for Scooter it's about personality, Butterball is really about looks + personality, and for Churp, it's about the sound he made when he was a tiny kitten.

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Kris
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Kris
5 years ago

I would say the names for my dogs came from something about them, too. Eboni is obviously named for her color. Bleu, even though it is not spelled the same, I am sure is named because of his blue eyes. He came to me with his name.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
5 years ago

darn still now new news. so once again i go by personality

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
5 years ago

i guess i have said about all i can here except that i wish there was some fresh news

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Peggy W.
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Peggy W.
5 years ago

I also agree. :)

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Nancy W.
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Nancy W.
5 years ago

after 10 years, we're running out of ideas with the rescue group I work with. I'll be watching to see if I can snag any good names for us to use!

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Shay E.
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Shay E.
5 years ago

Food names and drink names are also so cool !

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Linda B.
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Linda B.
5 years ago

When we got Suzy I didn't really care for the name, but didn't know what else to call her. Lucy (which sounds similar) is my neighbor's name, so I didn't want to use that. The other day I was thinking I could have called her Sushi, which sounds the same and would have fit her perfectly! But everyone is so used to Suzy I don't think I can change it now.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
5 years ago

i think the tone of voice you use when calling them is the most important thing

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Tina P.
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Tina P.
5 years ago

I presently have cats but when I was growing up I had many dogs and cats too.

My dogs's names were: Gumbo (after the New Orleans Saints Mascott), Boots (he was part Shepherd and had these brown boots on his feet), Midnight (he was a jet black cock-a-poo). I may have had more dogs too but, honestly I'm not remembering things too well these days. LOL

So, none of my boys's names were on the list so I voted under "OTHER".

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Kris
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Kris
5 years ago

I have a tough time coming up with names, but I like to see unique names.

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Sarah  W.
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Sarah W.
5 years ago

interesting....I voted for human names! =)

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
5 years ago

hmmmm what to say here that i haven't already said for days.. oh i know how about some new news

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Debra B.
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Debra B.
5 years ago

New "Pick of the Litter" webisode also?

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Michele Z.
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Michele Z.
5 years ago

I see that human names are currently in the lead with 45% of the votes!

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Michele Z.
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Michele Z.
5 years ago

And "Famous People" has the LEAST votes (3%). I think mentioning Paris Hilton's name may have turned off a lot of people.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
5 years ago

aince bb scoot is so famous i think i will change his name to tushy, no i won't that would be terrible. maybe tushy z

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Shay E.
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Shay E.
5 years ago

LOL

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Linda B.
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Linda B.
5 years ago

Yeah, that would do it for me! I think the less we hear about Paris the better and I certainly wouldn't name my pet after her!

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Tina P.
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Tina P.
5 years ago

Linda, I voted for your comment! I wouldn't name even a frog after Paris either. Celebs...they get enough attention already right? LOL

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Peggy W.
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Peggy W.
5 years ago

I'd have to think twice before insulting a pet with Paris Hilton's name. LOL.

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Debra B.
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Debra B.
5 years ago

Maybe you should pose the question how many people have named their cat or dog Michele?

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Tina P.
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Tina P.
5 years ago

Oooh, picking on MZ again huh? LOL POOR MZ!

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Debra B.
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Debra B.
5 years ago

Who me? I should name the next foster "Sandals" or "Flip Flops".

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m s.
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m s.
5 years ago

If you know how to care for a pet who is happy and healthy -- you've got what matters. Names? they all sound good -- my favorites? Human names and book/movie characters.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
5 years ago

i called my first tiel skeet because that was the sound she made. not as in a skeet shoot

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Denise L.
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Denise L.
5 years ago

I think it depends on the personality of the pet. My dogs were rescues, so they already had names. Well, Kali was pronounced "Cali" (like in California-with the short "a" sound), but we didn't like that, so we pronounce it like the Hindu goddess. Brandy seems to kind of fit my other dog, but we have nicknames for both of them, which get used more than their original names :)

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
5 years ago

i remember the great cali from a tv show. my piper knows his name piper but also knows i am talking to him when i call him poop de doo. doc also leardes to say it just by hering me call piper. i never tried to teach it to him

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Linda B.
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Linda B.
5 years ago

Ours were already named, too. Athena was a pretty name - I think they gave it to her because she was so plain. Jimmy was originally Jeminy (not sure why they spelled it that way) and his twin sister Cricket (clever huh?). We didn't really care for the name, but weren't sure how long he had it, so we shortened it to Jimmy because it sounded similar. Suzy was 2-1/2 so we kept her name the same too. We have lots of nicknames for them anyway so they answer to a lot of things.

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Liz B.
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Liz B.
5 years ago

My dogs name is Millie, it was Mia but I hated that name so my fiance changed it to something that was a little closer to it. I love her name becuase shes worth a million dollars to me, and its a lil wayne song haha. =]

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Peggy W.
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Peggy W.
5 years ago

MY pets are named after names in Beatles songs. Max is from Maxwell's Silver Hammer and Sadie is from Sexy Sadie. LOL.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
5 years ago

mine just suit their personalities

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Peggy W.
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Peggy W.
5 years ago

LOL--Trust me--Max and Sadie are well suited to their Beatles song names. LOL.

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Debra B.
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Debra B.
5 years ago

I have a preference for food names for my feline fosters. I am not a big fan of human names for cats, because they are are too elegant and noble to be given a common human name. For dogs, though, I would go more with the human name route.

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Michele Z.
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Michele Z.
5 years ago

But there are "elegant and noble" human names, like "Michele"!

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Debra B.
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Debra B.
5 years ago

In the ears and eyes of certain beholders.

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Michele Z.
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Michele Z.
5 years ago

That's a compliment, right? (HA HA)

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Stephanie
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Stephanie
5 years ago

I have used traditional and human names. I just try to find a name that fits the pet's personality. I like all my pets' names.

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Lilyrose
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Lilyrose
5 years ago

I almost always prefer human names for my furbabies...after all, they are a part of my family!

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Michele Z.
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Michele Z.
5 years ago

That makes perfect sense to me.

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Linda B.
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Linda B.
5 years ago

Right on!

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Kaytee
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Kaytee
5 years ago

I prefer different names that you do not hear alot. And human names :)

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
5 years ago

almost anything that is not silly

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Michele Z.
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Michele Z.
5 years ago

Not just "silly", but "offensive" or embarrassing (like after certain bodily functions).

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Lilyrose
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Lilyrose
5 years ago

I agree, Kaytee. I like human names too, but I can't imagine why anyone would want to name their pet after Paris Hilton!

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Michele Z.
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Michele Z.
5 years ago

Some people do think their pets are rather "dumb"...

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Linda B.
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Linda B.
5 years ago

I think most pets are smarter than Paris!

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Shay E.
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Shay E.
5 years ago

Yes , I do too , who wants to here the same ol mames all the time different names are cool too !

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Shay E.
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Shay E.
5 years ago

I meant names :)

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Kadiquilts
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Kadiquilts
5 years ago

I didn't know that "Trixie" was a traditional name...............I call her a lot of things, tho, especially "pumkin' doodle", so I guess that's sort of a 'food' name?

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jackie
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jackie
5 years ago

I prefer human names or names that are different

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Kaytee
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Kaytee
5 years ago

me too!

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Momba
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Momba
5 years ago

Sometimes I like colors in other languages, too. Like Naranja, which is Spanish for Orange. I'm kind of limited since I only had 2 years of Latin and 2 of Spanish in school.

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Debra B.
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Debra B.
5 years ago

I have liked to use coloring or markings as a starting point for a name.

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Ches21
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Ches21
5 years ago

Oh yeah I forgot One Spagehtti but that is the last one.

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Momba
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Momba
5 years ago

Ha ha ~ that would have to be an animal with stringy hair!

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
5 years ago

momba that is a good one heheheh

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Debra B.
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Debra B.
5 years ago

There is that dog breed that has a coat that looks like the strands of an old cloth mop.

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Ches21
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Ches21
5 years ago

There are so many great pet names in the world and human names as well. These are just some names that present pets and past pets of mine have had that I think are number one names, Skitters, Teddy, Shorty, Spot, Streamer, Cricket, Miss Kitty, Holly, Scranny, Ipea, Squirt, Biff, Lowerence, Storm, Twilight, Tickles, Shasta, Kirby, Lady, Oatmeal, Fiesty, Playful, Waterfall, Ding-Dong, Kiss, Viscous, Mr. Sqeaks, Mr. Cheesey, Blacky, Lepord, Baby, Monkey, Annie, Daisy, Kacy, Tux, Katie, Baily, Chelsea, Thomas and Oscar The Grouch These are just some of the great pet names in the world.

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Kadiquilts
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Kadiquilts
5 years ago

We used to have a cat named "KIDOOS" when I was little.....it was fun to call him.......

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Kavykeeper
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Kavykeeper
5 years ago

We had brother guinea pigs named Quicksand and Tornado....

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Kavykeeper
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Kavykeeper
5 years ago

For some reason, I prefer food names. If I don't choose a food name, I name them after something they look like.

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Momba
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Momba
5 years ago

I like food names, too. Then there are the times when I come up with nothing. Then the poor animals get names like Boy Kitty, Girl Kitty, White Kitty and Orange Kitty.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
5 years ago

oreo and curly fry are cute. i like them but i love your piggys

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Kavykeeper
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Kavykeeper
5 years ago

I love them, too. I really miss them when I'm at work. Isn't that funny? I never worried about them when I worked second shift because someone was home with them. They're kind of like my kids.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
5 years ago

they are our kids.but kids that will never grow up

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Debra B.
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Debra B.
5 years ago

You have come up with cute names for the guinea pigs. I like the name Truffles and Puzzle.

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DevilDawg
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DevilDawg
5 years ago

I enjoy different names. Oh geez I find myself agreeing with Michele IF I had to choose a category, human!!

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DevilDawg
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DevilDawg
5 years ago

But I also believe that you have to observe them for awhile to get a sense of their personality before choosing a name.

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Kaytee
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Kaytee
5 years ago

I agree :)

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
5 years ago

devil i agree too. scoot got his name because he is always scoting somewhere

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
5 years ago

i name by what comes to mind and it usually fits their personality. i don't like silly

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Debra B.
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Debra B.
5 years ago

Agreeing with Michele? Oh, dear, after what she had to say about VWs!

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Michele Z.
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Michele Z.
5 years ago

I prefer unique names--even if I have to make them up (which I do)!

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Michele Z.
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Michele Z.
5 years ago

But of the categories on the list, I'd choose HUMAN names.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
5 years ago

i like the princess fluzzy. that is sso origonal with the l. that is a great name but queen zeta is a goody right devil

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DevilDawg
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DevilDawg
5 years ago

Oh Yeh !!!! :)

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
5 years ago

i like the way you slip in the z

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Debra B.
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Debra B.
5 years ago

That is why Michele is at her cat limit of 6. She can't come up with any more Z containing names.

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Michele Z.
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Michele Z.
5 years ago

That's NOT true. I have several other craZy names in mind.

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Debra B.
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Debra B.
5 years ago

Yes, you are a bit craZy with those names containing "Z" and some variation for "S".

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Debra B.
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Debra B.
5 years ago

In the past I liked to use gerunds--words that can be used as nouns or verbs--that is how I named my first cats Whisper and Tango. It was a way to fit in personality and temperment into the name.

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Debra B.
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Debra B.
5 years ago

Make up and fantasy is part of Michele's world, no? That and creative writing. Tushy! as Scoot would say.

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Melissa S.
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Melissa S.
5 years ago

I like any name as long as it's a good fit for that particular pet!

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
5 years ago

that is the best point

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Bowne
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Bowne
5 years ago

I like the traditional names.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
5 years ago

i once named my dog trouble becsause he was the one of the litter they wanted to keep but i knew he was ment for me. but everyone thought it was because he was trouble.

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