POP­U­LAR POOCH NAMES

In Wind­sor, Bella and Buddy top list

Windsor Star - - FRONT PAGE - DON­ALD MCARTHUR

Bella, Buddy, Molly and Mag­gie are the top dog names in Wind­sor, where dog own­ers are fond of nam­ing their pooches af­ter booze, bikes and a buf­fet of food­stuffs. Lucy, Max, Bai­ley, Char­lie, Cooper and Daisy rounded out the Top 10 most pop­u­lar names given to the more than 8,500 dogs regis­tered with the City of Wind­sor be­tween Au­gust 2016 and Au­gust of 2017. Har­ley landed in 11th spot, a tes­ta­ment to Wind­sorites’ fond­ness for chrome and the open road. A mas­sive pack of dogs was named af­ter al­co­holic drinks. There were at least four Mol­sons; three Coronas; two Jaegers and a Bour­bon and a Brew, but no Scotch. There were 29 Stel­las though it’s un­clear if they’re named af­ter the mouth-wa­ter­ing Bel­gian pil­sner or a char­ac­ter in a Ten­nessee Wil­liams play. There were 10 dogs named Whiskey, eight named Brandy and three named Guin­ness. There was a Jack Daniels in ad­di­tion to a Blaz­ing Jack Daniels. Dogs were also named Sam­buca, Kahlua, Bud­weiser, Mich­e­lob, Moose­head and Mer­lot.

You’re go­ing to need some food to soak up all that sauce and Wind­sor’s dog own­ers have got you cov­ered, with names run­ning the gamut from Burger and Beans to Big Mac and Ba­con. There were 26 Peanuts, 12 Oreos, a Taf­fee, a Tater and a Tim­bit and even an Olive, a Turnip and an Apri­cot. There was a Wheaton ter­rier named Whole Wheat Muf­fin, a mini poo­dle named Dim Sum and a husky named Kim­chi, a tra­di­tional Korean side dish made from salted and fer­mented veg­eta­bles. For cho­co­late lovers, there were 10 dogs named Snick­ers and three named Twix to go along with an Oh Henry. There was also a Cad­bury and a Peanut But­ter Cup. If break­fast is more your speed, there was a Jack Rus­sell ter­rier named Pan­cakes.

A sym­phony of dogs was named af­ter mu­si­cal icons, in­clud­ing Ozzie, Slash, Zep­pelin, Beethoven, Abba, Alice Cooper and Dixie Chick. There was also a Sha­nia, a Su­per­tramp and even a wise­crack­ing Bea­gle named Sammy Davis Ju­nior.

Dogs sport­ing some unique names along with some of the more pop­u­lar monikers were dart­ing around the Me­mo­rial Park dog park in south Walk­erville Thurs­day.

A husky owned by Den­nis Dun­seith is named Lucy, tied with Max as the fifth most pop­u­lar dog name in Wind­sor. Dun­seith was given his first husky as pay­ment for some me­chan­i­cal work decades ago and Lucy is now his fourth.

Lucy hap­pily splashed around with the trio of dogs owned by Izzy Bombardier — Har­ley and her two chil­dren, Mindy and Qeeva, which Bombardier said is the Swahili word for “gen­tle soul and pro­tec­tor.”

Josh El­liottt named his dog Kylo, af­ter Han Solo and Princess Leia’s evil off­spring in The Force Awak­ens, be­cause it was a unique and “in­trigu­ing name” and, so far, he has yet to meet an­other Kylo. There is an­other Kylo listed in the dog data­base along with a host of other Star Wars char­ac­ters, in­clud­ing Lando, Yoda, Obi, and Chew­bacca.

The names of other fan­tasy char­ac­ters made ap­pear­ances in Wind­sor’s dog registry as well. There is a Khaleesi and a Cer­sei from Game of Thrones along with Bones McCoy from Star Trek and even an Op­ti­mus Prime from the Trans­form­ers. Comic book char­ac­ters made the registry as well, in­clud­ing Bat­man, Thor, Loki and Mys­tique.

Ox­ley wasn’t on the registry list yet be­cause he’s just a 17-week old pup but he’s al­ready got his own Instagram page and was min­gling with his fans at Me­mo­rial Park Thurs­day with his “grand­mom” Sharon Davis­son. Wind­sor dogs

in the registry were named af­ter other places, too, in­clud­ing Dal­las, Bos­ton, Ken­tucky, China, Lon­don, Aspen, Utah, Yukon, Austin, Gimli, Nashville and Sa­van­nah. Dogs were named af­ter fa­mous his­tor­i­cal fig­ures like Sig­mund Freud, Socrates, Cleopa­tra, J. Edgar Hoover, Al Capone, Ernest Hem­ing­way and Charles Dick­ens and char­ac­ters from The Dukes of Haz­zard, in­clud­ing Rosco, Daisy Duke and Boss Hogg. Mytho­log­i­cal fig­ures made the list, too, in­clud­ing Apollo, Zeus, Perseus, Perse­phone, Odin and Her­cules.

So did sports fig­ures — Bo Jack­son, Lord Stan­ley, Wen­dell Clark and Ronaldo — and gam­ing terms like Three Spot, Black­jack, 8-Ball, Gam­bit, Ace and Domino.

PHO­TOS: DON­ALD MCARTHUR

Har­ley, left, and her off­spring Mindy and Qeeva re­lax at the Me­mo­rial Park dog park Thurs­day. Har­ley is the 11th-most pop­u­lar dog name in Wind­sor but Queeva, Swahili for gen­tle soul and pro­tec­tor, is unique.

Lucy, poses for a close-up Thurs­day at Me­mo­rial Park.

Casey takes a breather at the Me­mo­rial Park Thurs­day.

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