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Monday, July 26, 2010
When naming a canine addition to the family, we often feel we are able to choose a name that is unique to our little guy or gal. For example, “Sparky” might result from a little ball-of-energy Jack Russell Terrier that resembles a severed power line, sparking and hopping around with a level of vigor that is as infinite as it is unstoppable. Perhaps “Eeyore” is your beloved Basset Hound, so lazy and full of droopy-eyed melancholia that even a trip to the dinner bowl seems like a mighty chore. As individualized as our pooches’ monikers may seem, there are certain names that tend to be significantly more popular than others. Here is a look at the most popular dog names and meanings:

Girl Dog Names:
1) Bella
2) Molly
3) Lucy
4) Maggie
5) Daisy

Male Dog Names:
1) Max
2) Buddy
3) Rocky
4) Bailey
5) Jake

Dog Names by Breed:
1)Labrador Retriever
Male Dog Names: Bailey, Lucky, Bandit, Jake, Boomer
Girl Dog Names: Millie, Luna, Bella, Molly, Abby

2)German Shepherd
Male Dog Names: Kaiser, Rex, Schwarz, Dieter, Rudolph
Girl Dog Names: Adelina, Roxy, Fredrika, Heidi, Mathilda

3)Yorkshire Terrier
Male Dog Names: Bear, Blue, Max, Duke, Buddy
Girl Dog Names: Bailey, Ruby, Gracie, Maya, Bella

It’s always fun to speculate on the correlation between dog names and meanings. Over the years, as pups have elevated from “doghouse resident” to “sofa-dwelling member of the family” in most households, so too have dog names evolved from very canine-specific titles like “Fido” and “Buster” to much more human designations like “Lucy,” “Max,” and “Jake.” In the last few years, especially, there is a strong trend toward awarding dogs “people” names. Pop culture trends often influence dog names as well, which could account for the popularity of the seemingly Twilight-themed girl dog name “Bella.” When looking at our three most popular breeds, it’s easy to see that the beloved Labrador Retriever is often given a name associated with silliness, friendship, and fun. As you can see above, German Shepherds tend to be named with their country of origin firmly in mind. The regal stature and dignified composure of the German Shepherd seems to be a fitting explanation for the popularity of the male dog name “Kaiser,” or “king” in German. Yorkie owners often award their companions names that reflect their heritage as well, with “Duke” and “Ruby” both evoking images of royalty and the British monarchy.

by Joy Randel


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Monday, July 12, 2010
Throwing a tennis ball with your dog can lead to his death. When you throw a tennis ball (or any other small dog toy) in the air, it can get wedged in your dog’s throat. If this happens, it is almost impossible to get out, and your dog could choke to death before you can get him to the vet. Many of us have read stories in pet magazines or heard stories of this happening to friends’ or neighbors’ dogs. In fact, one of Oprah Winfrey’s dogs died in May 2007 by choking on a plastic ball. The full story can be found in the August 2007 issue of The Oprah Magazine.

A more common problem is when a dog is allowed to sit there and chew on a tennis ball. The dog can shred it into pieces and ingest them, and pieces get stuck in the dog’s intestines. Any vet will tell you they have had to operate on dogs many times to remove intestinal obstructions caused by chunks of tennis balls.

To reduce the risk of these problems:

First, if possible, try to make sure the tennis ball (or other toy) is too large to get wedged in your dog’s throat. A standard size tennis ball is probably fine for a small dog. The oversize tennis balls available in pet stores are probably fine for larger dogs. There are also cylinders made from tennis ball material that can be thrown like a stick, or balls with ropes attached to them.

If these solutions don’t work for you, at least try to keep the ball low and away from you near the ground, rather than high in the air, so the dog is not opening its mouth to catch a ball that is dropping vertically. We also never use a tennis ball in the water for this same reason. If you are not sure if your dog’s toy is the right size for your dog, then please check with your veterinarian.

Dogs should never be left alone with any ball, small toy or shreddable object. A tennis ball is not a chew toy. It should be used for fetch games only, then put away where the dog cannot get it. Always watch your dog when playing with a tennis ball and if he or she sits or lies down and starts shredding it, take it away.

I hope this information will help you and your dog have many hours of happy and safe play!

by Joy Randel

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