Gone to the Dogs

Here at Parents, we’re always talking about baby name inspiration. But here’s something not often discussed: the monikers of our pets.

According to Veterinary Pet Insurance, pet names may predict the outcome of the Super Bowl. For the third consecutive year, the company analyzed its database of more than 485,000 insured animals to see which Super Bowl team has the most pets named in its honor. Green Bay Packers faithful sported names like Jennings, Favre and Lambeau, while Pittsburgh Steelers fans named their pets Steeler, Hines Ward and Bettis, among others.

It seems that the Packers have won this battle: They beat Steeler nation by just two names. And if VPI’s streak continuespet names have accurately predicted the Super Bowl champ for the past two yearsthey may also win the war. (As a die-hard Pittsburgh fan, I hope not!)

Yelling, “Hines Ward, come!” across the dog park seems a bit extreme. But then again, inspiration can come from anywhere. I named my cat, Madison, after the avenue here in New York. And my best friend, Mandy (right), named her dog, Huggins, after West Virginia University basketball coach Bob Huggins. (Huggy Bear, as he’s also known, is most noted for consoling injured star Da’Sean Butler during last year’s Final Four.)

So tell us: What did you name your furry friends? Any tips for soon-to-be pet owners?

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  1. by freelance writing

    On February 2, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    isnt he so adoable he dog :) awwww so cute.

  2. by kelly

    On February 2, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Doesn’t Jennifer Garner or some other celeb have a dog named Martha Stewart?

  3. by Karen Snyder Duke

    On February 2, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    You’re right, Kelly! I had no idea. How funny.

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