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Top Dog Names of 2015: Max and Bella Top the List Again

By Leah_Pet on Jan. 5, 2016

It seems like each year our pets become more and more a part of our family. (Rightly so, of course.) Nowhere is that more evident than in what names have been trending as most popular. Check out the top dog names of 2015 and you’ll notice something surprisingnearly every single one would sound right at home in a dog park OR a kindergarten class. Whether that means we’re more open to using pet names for humans, or vice versa, it does give you plenty of options in deciding what to name your furry family member. 

So long, Zeus. Hello, Jack.

First up, let’s take a look at what names were the most popular in 2015. These don’t change drastically year to year, but we did see a few of last year’s favorites get nudged out. For example, Jack made its way into the top 10 this year, while Zeus plummeted from number 8 to number 24. For girl dogs, the list was a bit more static. Favorites changed places, but the only new contenders in the top 10 were Bailey and Maggie, both of which were in the top 15 last year.

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Top 25 Boy Dog Names

  1. Max
  2. Charlie
  3. Buddy
  4. Cooper
  5. Jack
  6. Rocky
  7. Toby
  8. Duke
  9. Bear
  10. Tucker
  11. Oliver
  12. Jake
  13. Bentley
  14. Teddy
  15. Riley
  16. Milo
  17. Bailey
  18. Buster
  19. Dexter
  20. Leo
  21. Winston
  22. Murphy
  23. Louie
  24. Zeus
  25. Lucky

Top 25 Girl Dog Names 

  1. Bella
  2. Lucy
  3. Daisy
  4. Molly
  5. Lola
  6. Sadie
  7. Maggie
  8. Sophie
  9. Chloe
  10. Bailey
  11. Luna
  12. Lily
  13. Roxy
  14. Zoey
  15. Stella
  16. Penny
  17. Coco
  18. Gracie
  19. Zoe
  20. Abbie
  21. Ginger
  22. Ruby
  23. Mia
  24. Sasha
  25. Lilly

Now let’s see which names were trending as new contenders. This is where the list, especially for girl dogs, gets very “ human” sounding. Only caveat is we think people are a bit more likely to choose Disney-inspired names for their pets than they do for their children. After all, dogs don’t have to deal with their friends singing them the theme song to “Frozen” every time they walk in the room.

Top 10 Trending Girl Dog Names in 2015

  1. Elsa
  2. Bella
  3. Stella
  4. Quinn
  5. Sophie
  6. Ivy
  7. Charlie
  8. Aurora
  9. Avery
  10. Lila  

Top 10 Trending Boy Dog Names in 2015

  1. Sawyer
  2. Jack
  3. Hudson
  4. Finn
  5. Emerson
  6. Bear
  7. Puppy
  8. Max
  9. Kai
  10. Cooper 

What's next?

Wondering what names will be big next year? We can only assume pets will keep following the trajectory human names have. If so, our prediction is there will be a lot of old-fashioned classics on the list. Think Otis, Henry, Emma and Edith. Recent years have seen a strong trend of gaining name inspiration from great-grandparents and even great-great grandparents. What better way to keep a good family name going than by bestowing it on a beloved furry family member?

Another trend in baby naming that’s taken off are food-related names. From Olive and Pepper to Kale and Ginger, your dog doesn’t have to eat your favorite food to be named after it. That being said, we think drinks should get in on the fun too. Just imagine introducing your dog Chai, Rye, Martini or Bellini to friends. They’re guaranteed to be the life of any party.

We also think Star Wars is (obviously) going to be huge for 2016. That means you’ll be seeing more pets named Luke and Chewie at the dog park. In fact, Chewbacca is up 10% from last year. However, we wonder if more obscure characters will gain traction. Finn is already high on the list, but don’t be surprised if you meet a few puppies named Poe and Maz next year. We particularly think Rey would make a great name for a scrappy rescue dog.

Basically the new rules in naming your dog isthere are NO rules. If you want your pup to have a human moniker, you’re in good company as nearly 50% of dogs now have people names. If you’d rather name them after a pop cultural reference, you’ll be among the 10% of dog parents who go that route. Or if you’d prefer sticking to something traditional and calling your canine Fido, we bet no one will bat an eye. In fact, with the resurgence in classic human names taking off, Fido and Spot may end up having their day again too.

How about your dog? Do they come running (sometimes) to the tune of Max or Bella or did you deviate from the norm in naming your pet? We love hearing where you got your inspiration from as it may just spark some new names to top the charts in the coming year.

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‎01-06-2016 03:55 PM
I have 8 ,yr old sister labs and they were named after my elder Irish friend from Mayo whose name was Anna May Lee so I named my girls after her Annie May and Samantha Lee. She loved them and passed away at 97!
I have 8 ,yr old sister labs and they were named after my elder Irish friend from Mayo whose name was Anna May Lee so I named my girls after her Annie May and Samantha Lee. She loved them and passed away at 97!
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‎01-06-2016 04:31 PM
We named our 7 month old shepherd maddie. We had a few names on the list but maddie stood out.
We named our 7 month old shepherd maddie. We had a few names on the list but maddie stood out.
Posted on Jan. 6, 2016
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‎01-06-2016 04:41 PM
All of our dogs had Disney names. Thumper, Lady and now GusGus and Simba. My grandkids have a sweet dog named Disney.
All of our dogs had Disney names. Thumper, Lady and now GusGus and Simba. My grandkids have a sweet dog named Disney.
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‎01-06-2016 04:42 PM
Nina,my albino American Pit's name not on the list.
Nina,my albino American Pit's name not on the list.
Posted on Jan. 6, 2016
by melissathemathematician
‎01-06-2016 05:30 PM

I named my dog Einstein. The human Einstein and I share a birthday (on pi day, March 14th) and that is when I got my dog. And I'm a huge nerd lol.

I named my dog Einstein. The human Einstein and I share a birthday (on pi day, March 14th) and that is when I got my dog. And I'm a huge nerd lol.

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‎01-06-2016 06:17 PM
I have Casper, Jethro, Dinozzo, Abby, McGee and Probie. Except for Casper, can you guess what show he others were named after? NCIS.
I have Casper, Jethro, Dinozzo, Abby, McGee and Probie. Except for Casper, can you guess what show he others were named after? NCIS.
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‎01-06-2016 08:06 PM
We have a 6 year old pit bull/American bull dog mix named "robot dog"...we got him when our son was 3 and he had the honor of christening the now 90 lbs of lap dog.
We have a 6 year old pit bull/American bull dog mix named "robot dog"...we got him when our son was 3 and he had the honor of christening the now 90 lbs of lap dog.
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‎01-06-2016 08:24 PM
I have a long haired miniature dachshund, we got her after my wife survived one of terrible health issues. We named her Mira, short for miracle. My wife's no longer with us, but Mira has been by my side.
I have a long haired miniature dachshund, we got her after my wife survived one of terrible health issues. We named her Mira, short for miracle. My wife's no longer with us, but Mira has been by my side.
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‎01-06-2016 08:30 PM
I have a girl red lab named bear and a boy heeler terrier mix named tucker
I have a girl red lab named bear and a boy heeler terrier mix named tucker
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‎01-06-2016 08:48 PM
See have a Ella & a Sally. Both ate Westhighland Terrors.
See have a Ella & a Sally. Both ate Westhighland Terrors.
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‎01-06-2016 09:50 PM
I have a long haired miniature dachshund, we got her after my wife survived one of terrible health issues. We named her Mira, short for miracle. My wife's no longer with us, but Mira has been by my side.
I have a long haired miniature dachshund, we got her after my wife survived one of terrible health issues. We named her Mira, short for miracle. My wife's no longer with us, but Mira has been by my side.
Posted on Jan. 6, 2016
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‎01-06-2016 11:22 PM
My dog, Ginger, was named for the color of her coat. Her male litter mate was named Fred for obvious reasons.
My dog, Ginger, was named for the color of her coat. Her male litter mate was named Fred for obvious reasons.
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‎01-06-2016 11:25 PM
WE named our 5 week old pit bull terrier JOURNEY.... He's 8 months old now.... He's GORGEOUS!!!!! I had a Max & Bella, love those names.... BUT REALLY LOVE JOURNEY💞💞💞💞
WE named our 5 week old pit bull terrier JOURNEY.... He's 8 months old now.... He's GORGEOUS!!!!! I had a Max & Bella, love those names.... BUT REALLY LOVE JOURNEY💞💞💞💞
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‎01-06-2016 11:26 PM
When we named our German short hair (male) we had originally picked out Cleadus as his name, but our daughter was learning to talk and as she cuddled him she kept calling him Odie... So guess what his name is lol.
When we named our German short hair (male) we had originally picked out Cleadus as his name, but our daughter was learning to talk and as she cuddled him she kept calling him Odie... So guess what his name is lol.
Posted on Jan. 6, 2016
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‎01-06-2016 11:26 PM
What no sassy or Loco or peanut
What no sassy or Loco or peanut
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‎01-07-2016 12:15 AM
Hi,my Jack Russell / Chihuahua her name is Pippa and my pom/Chi his name is Bleu their baby pom /chi/jack russell his name is Taz and last but not least Toy Chihuahua is Baby i love my babies
Hi,my Jack Russell / Chihuahua her name is Pippa and my pom/Chi his name is Bleu their baby pom /chi/jack russell his name is Taz and last but not least Toy Chihuahua is Baby i love my babies
Posted on Jan. 7, 2016
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‎01-07-2016 12:30 AM
I've always been a disney fan so I named my blue chihuahua Stitch (lilo and stitch) and my black chihuahua Nani (lilo's sister) my husky phoebe (non disney) and my calico cat tiger lily (peter pan)😆
I've always been a disney fan so I named my blue chihuahua Stitch (lilo and stitch) and my black chihuahua Nani (lilo's sister) my husky phoebe (non disney) and my calico cat tiger lily (peter pan)😆
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‎01-07-2016 12:33 AM
My beautiful tri-color border collie is named Patches. Not trendy at all, but sure describes him well!
My beautiful tri-color border collie is named Patches. Not trendy at all, but sure describes him well!
Posted on Jan. 7, 2016
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‎01-07-2016 12:38 AM
My good friend is named Barnaby.
My good friend is named Barnaby.
Posted on Jan. 7, 2016
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‎01-07-2016 06:32 AM
My boy dog's name is Rockie...
My boy dog's name is Rockie...
Posted on Jan. 7, 2016
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‎01-07-2016 06:50 AM
My sister had a dog named David. I thought that was odd. Then, I found out she started with two dogs.... David and Galioth. Galioth was run over soon after she got them. Hence, she was left with one dog named David.
My sister had a dog named David. I thought that was odd. Then, I found out she started with two dogs.... David and Galioth. Galioth was run over soon after she got them. Hence, she was left with one dog named David.
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‎01-07-2016 07:12 AM
I adopted a German Shepard/hound mix 4months ago. I am a big game of thrones watcher and named her after a character on the show that was considered to me the "mother of dragons". Her name is khakeesi.
I adopted a German Shepard/hound mix 4months ago. I am a big game of thrones watcher and named her after a character on the show that was considered to me the "mother of dragons". Her name is khakeesi.
Posted on Jan. 7, 2016
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‎01-07-2016 09:10 AM
I have a 6 year old miniature schnauzer and her name is Zelly. Cute and loves to sit on my lap, and loves the snow
I have a 6 year old miniature schnauzer and her name is Zelly. Cute and loves to sit on my lap, and loves the snow
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‎01-07-2016 09:11 AM
Anna Bella Scarlett Pug and Mr Moses Stallone Pug. She has a popular name but My Moses is as unique as his name!
Anna Bella Scarlett Pug and Mr Moses Stallone Pug. She has a popular name but My Moses is as unique as his name!
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‎01-07-2016 11:07 AM
My pups name is Copper, both due to his coloring and the fact that both my husband and I are police officers. The name fits him perfectly!
My pups name is Copper, both due to his coloring and the fact that both my husband and I are police officers. The name fits him perfectly!
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‎01-07-2016 12:00 PM
How the heck is "Rusty" not in the top 25, lol it's a perfect name Smiley Happy Smiley Happy
How the heck is "Rusty" not in the top 25, lol it's a perfect name Smiley Happy Smiley Happy
Posted on Jan. 7, 2016
by DMDoyle
‎01-07-2016 12:27 PM

I am a musician and just adopted a dog with a heart murmur. Since he didn't respond to the name the pound gave him, I decided a music-themed name would fit him better. A quick Google search gave me a list where Disco stood out and became his name. Not quite a week later, he recognizes and responds to his name. 

I am a musician and just adopted a dog with a heart murmur. Since he didn't respond to the name the pound gave him, I decided a music-themed name would fit him better. A quick Google search gave me a list where Disco stood out and became his name. Not quite a week later, he recognizes and responds to his name. 

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‎01-07-2016 01:24 PM
I named my little dog Cash after Johnny Cash.
I named my little dog Cash after Johnny Cash.
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‎01-07-2016 03:23 PM
Rommie was named after the avatar from a Sci if dhow called Andromeda.
Rommie was named after the avatar from a Sci if dhow called Andromeda.
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‎01-07-2016 04:06 PM
We had lots of dogs when I was growing up. When I got my first dog of my own, I named him Oliver (twist) years later and now a new dog, I named him Oliver (maxwell ) I guess I like the name Oliver.
We had lots of dogs when I was growing up. When I got my first dog of my own, I named him Oliver (twist) years later and now a new dog, I named him Oliver (maxwell ) I guess I like the name Oliver.
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‎01-07-2016 04:34 PM
Mr Beans started as Beanie Baby but got shorter cause he lives up to his name! Really stinky farts lol! But he's a sweetheart?
Mr Beans started as Beanie Baby but got shorter cause he lives up to his name! Really stinky farts lol! But he's a sweetheart?
Posted on Jan. 7, 2016
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‎01-07-2016 04:58 PM
My little toy fox terrier dog her name is peanut
My little toy fox terrier dog her name is peanut
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‎01-07-2016 09:04 PM
I have a 10 years old rat terrier mix named Achilles. Part of the family.
I have a 10 years old rat terrier mix named Achilles. Part of the family.
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‎01-07-2016 09:41 PM
Our 14month border collie is named Dena, poppi had a b.c. named Dena, it just seemed right!!!
Our 14month border collie is named Dena, poppi had a b.c. named Dena, it just seemed right!!!
Posted on Jan. 7, 2016
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‎01-08-2016 12:19 AM
My bestie name is Hachi..after the movie..
My bestie name is Hachi..after the movie..
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‎01-08-2016 12:28 AM
we named our boy dog xazian , the girls are aurora noel shewas born christmas day remarkable ivory, thumper baby, sparklng serina, brindi belle, and somer breeze they are all unique with two names so if getting their attention you say both names jusz like a kid and they know
we named our boy dog xazian , the girls are aurora noel shewas born christmas day remarkable ivory, thumper baby, sparklng serina, brindi belle, and somer breeze they are all unique with two names so if getting their attention you say both names jusz like a kid and they know
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‎01-08-2016 01:27 AM
My big boy, is Casey, and my little girl is Josie.
My big boy, is Casey, and my little girl is Josie.
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‎01-08-2016 01:34 AM
My dogs nsmes are Tiny, Tinkerbell, and Poppy!
My dogs nsmes are Tiny, Tinkerbell, and Poppy!
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‎01-08-2016 03:11 AM
.my German Shepherd is named Jagger, after a character in a book l read.
.my German Shepherd is named Jagger, after a character in a book l read.
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‎01-08-2016 03:45 AM
I have three dogs two females and one male their names are PrincessCali, Alpha, and Tuxedo
I have three dogs two females and one male their names are PrincessCali, Alpha, and Tuxedo
Posted on Jan. 8, 2016
by Petco Ambassador
‎01-08-2016 07:30 AM

Well, Brownie Buttons didn't make the list for girl names... not surprising though!! Smiley Happy

Well, Brownie Buttons didn't make the list for girl names... not surprising though!! Smiley Happy

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‎01-08-2016 08:42 AM
I have a German Shepherd Dog a sweet girl Named
Raven Black in color.
strong smart loyal & my best friend
105 pounds 2 years young

German Shepherd Dog.
Shasha a beautiful saddle back 88 pounds
A rescue my baby girl

2 Great Pyranise
1 Reece a big gorgeous female
1 Isaac male a handsome sweet heart a player

A black lab mix name BAMA an older girl but deeply loved.

Benji a wire hair terrior something red in color.
He did not like being called Benji
He cotton to the name of Oscar
He is a rescue as well.
A good looking short round skuffytbat don't take no gruff from his fur buddies. Adorable

2 indoors
A Sheltie age 10
Abbie Suzanne precious

A 2 year old Yorkie that runs the show.
Meanest little critter that ever pooped between 2 paws.
Teasing she is our youngest baby girl. A really good doorbell and security system.
Can't watch family feud though
The door bell flips her switch.
It gets loud in the house.

All spayed and or nurtured.
All loved and spoiled a couple acres fenced.
I love them all.
Good loving loyal true friend with no agenda motives ECT..
Good Thearpy
Therapeutic for many conditions
Including - P.T.S.D.


Love and Appreciate you all
I have a German Shepherd Dog a sweet girl Named
Raven Black in color.
strong smart loyal & my best friend
105 pounds 2 years young

German Shepherd Dog.
Shasha a beautiful saddle back 88 pounds
A rescue my baby girl

2 Great Pyranise
1 Reece a big gorgeous female
1 Isaac male a handsome sweet heart a player

A black lab mix name BAMA an older girl but deeply loved.

Benji a wire hair terrior something red in color.
He did not like being called Benji
He cotton to the name of Oscar
He is a rescue as well.
A good looking short round skuffytbat don't take no gruff from his fur buddies. Adorable

2 indoors
A Sheltie age 10
Abbie Suzanne precious

A 2 year old Yorkie that runs the show.
Meanest little critter that ever pooped between 2 paws.
Teasing she is our youngest baby girl. A really good doorbell and security system.
Can't watch family feud though
The door bell flips her switch.
It gets loud in the house.

All spayed and or nurtured.
All loved and spoiled a couple acres fenced.
I love them all.
Good loving loyal true friend with no agenda motives ECT..
Good Thearpy
Therapeutic for many conditions
Including - P.T.S.D.


Love and Appreciate you all
Posted on Jan. 8, 2016
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‎01-08-2016 02:59 PM
I have a 4 year old shih tzu mix. Her name is Zuzu
Named her after the little girl in "it's a wonderful life"
I have a 4 year old shih tzu mix. Her name is Zuzu
Named her after the little girl in "it's a wonderful life"
Posted on Jan. 8, 2016
by Dssmith
‎01-08-2016 03:41 PM

We have an 18 month German Shepard/chow mix who is a boy. Based on his coloring we named him Mocha. Our kids say we gave him a girl name. Did we cause gender confusion? thoughts? Our previous dog was a border collie/ Amercan Eskimo was named Sitka. We don't like people names but love our boy. 

We have an 18 month German Shepard/chow mix who is a boy. Based on his coloring we named him Mocha. Our kids say we gave him a girl name. Did we cause gender confusion? thoughts? Our previous dog was a border collie/ Amercan Eskimo was named Sitka. We don't like people names but love our boy. 

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‎01-08-2016 04:09 PM
My two girls are 14 and 15 years old. They are both all black, Flat Coated Retriever mix rescues. Their names are Shade and Abby.
My two girls are 14 and 15 years old. They are both all black, Flat Coated Retriever mix rescues. Their names are Shade and Abby.
Posted on Jan. 8, 2016
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‎01-08-2016 05:45 PM
Our Jack Russell Terrier's name is Butters, named for a minor character on South Park.
Our Jack Russell Terrier's name is Butters, named for a minor character on South Park.
Posted on Jan. 8, 2016
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‎01-08-2016 05:46 PM
My min pin is named precious she was already named when we got her and my chow and collie mix is named furby because he is a 16year old fur ball and i love all my babies.
My min pin is named precious she was already named when we got her and my chow and collie mix is named furby because he is a 16year old fur ball and i love all my babies.
Posted on Jan. 8, 2016
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‎01-08-2016 06:19 PM
Piper, Romeo & Casper! Guess I don't follow the "Norm" 😊
Piper, Romeo & Casper! Guess I don't follow the "Norm" 😊
Posted on Jan. 8, 2016
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‎01-08-2016 08:49 PM
I'm a foster mom. My foster pups names are Darth, Han Solo, Fin, Poe and Anakin.
My own dogs names are Hera, Maia, Thor, Nyx and Angus (aka: GusGus)
I'm a foster mom. My foster pups names are Darth, Han Solo, Fin, Poe and Anakin.
My own dogs names are Hera, Maia, Thor, Nyx and Angus (aka: GusGus)
Posted on Jan. 8, 2016
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  • As a child Leah used to write in her journal about how she’d like to be an animal when she grew up. As luck would have it, she grew up to be a writer who writes about animals instead. She has worked in veterinarian clinics, had pets of all types and has fostered many cats and dogs. Currently she lives with two cats named Irma and Yuyu and feeds a bevvy of semi-feral neighborhood cats.
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