HOW DO YOU CHOOSE A NAME FOR A PET?
Is it down to taste? emotional attachments to the name? or do you think your pet looks like a Ben or Lady?
The most common pet names for 2016 are: –
My own dogs are called Holly because she was born on Christmas Eve and Mr. Darcy because he was an unwanted rescue and I wanted him to have a name to be proud of. We recently lost our boy Alfie who was named just because it suited him.
I also have nicknames for my dogs which naturally evolve over time. I fostered a Jack Russell with a black mark in the middle of his head and he became Spotty Man. I could not possibly repeat the names I have for Darcy!
I do tend to go for old-fashioned names with a comical twist, there was a guinea pig called Mabel and a house rabbit called Albert. The hamster who lived to a grand old age was called Malcolm. There was also a grey rabbit called Macy (not the most original I must admit).
Paris Hilton has owned Chihuahuas called Tinkerbell and Peter Pan. Barack Obama has a Portuguese Water dog simply called Bo. We don’t tend to hear the more traditional nonhuman names like Patch, Rover, Spot, and Lady these days. If you think the pet will bring a source of luck to you then Lucky is an option, especially if the pet has come from a rescue situation. Maybe something more unusual like Bijou, Latte or Phoenix?
Experts tell us to pick a short, snappy name that the pet can easily pick up. Watch out for names that sound like a command i.e. No and Joe. Consider the pet size and personality when they are fully grown and of course don’t pick a name you would be ashamed of shouting in public!