Saturday, December 22, 2012

How common is your dog's name?

In Seattle, one out of every 83 licensed dogs is named Lucy, according to a recent story in the Seattle Times. That's 540 dogs in the city's license database and does not include the much larger county database where my dogs are licensed.  The reporter consulted for the country's most popular dog names. No more Rex, Lady and Rover. Now they're Bella, Daisy, Lucy, Molly, and Chloe for the girls; and Max (in my son's generation, 1 out of 10 human boys seems to be named Max, too), Buddy, Charlie, Rocky and Cooper for the boys.

 I have never come across another dog named after the Spanish artist Joan Miro.  He doesn't look much like my dog but the artwork definitely reflects Miro's mind and personality.
Joan Miró, photo by Carl Van Vechten, June 1935
I didn't name Alanis but assume she was named after the singer Alanis Morissette, mostly because she's the only other Alanis I've ever heard of. Sadly, with her hoarse, one-note bark, the dog doesn't sound much like a singer.

Sometimes, no matter what your dog's name, the best name to yell is COOKIE!

I don't hear you.
I don't hear you, either; I'm squirrel-watching.

Somebody said cookie!


  1. Oh SQUIRREL watchin'!! That is indeed the favorite past time of all Airedales! Okay, maybe not ALL Airedales, but it is MINE!! Even (sadly) more than cookie eatin'....(can you say OCD...)
    Oh, I just LOVE your new furcut! You look FABulous!!


    1. When varmint hunting at night (when the human wants him to come inside so that she can get to bed), Miro totally forgets the meaning of the C-word.

  2. I have not met another Broo who I named, but I think Bentley and Ozzy are pretty popular....they came with those names :)

  3. BOL!! Too true! "Treat" is a good name too!

    1. There's an actor named Treat Williams. Now we know why.

  4. "Cookie" is a good thing to come to. So is "dinner"! The word "bath" makes me go in the opposite direction...


  5. Cookie works for us - every single time!
    Our dad likes the common names seeing as he named both Molly and Maggie. Mom named me!

    Love ya lots,
    Mitch and Molly

  6. we think our name is "No."
    Benny & Lily

  7. It is always interesting to read why owners name their pets the way that they do and it was interesting to read about your dog's name origins. I never heard of Joan Miro until now!
    Thank you for your well wishes for Daisy's surgery recuperation. It was quite a traumatic time for us but thankfully the worst is over!

  8. We have always loved your names. Fun and original, our Constanza, 'Stanzie' would agree, except for the folks that think 'she' is a 'he'. ho ho ho!
    Merry Christmas,
    Wyatt's family