Rover.com, a network of pet sitters and dog walkers, has unveiled its sixth annual report of the year’s most popular dog names. Human names for dogs topped the 2018 list, and many of the year’s top baby names are also popular dog names. Pop culture names were once again among the most popular, with names inspired by movies, musicians, and the royal family standing out as trendsetters for 2018.
This year’s data highlights the powerful influence of pop culture. Names inspired by newsmakers like Cardi B, Childish Gambino, “Fortnite,” “Black Panther” and celebrity babies rose dramatically. The name Cardi rose more than 1,000 percent, Nakia of “Black Panther” is up 560 percent, Gambino rose 190 percent and Stormi (daughter of Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott) increased 240 percent.
These trends echo a new survey from Rover, which found that 33 percent of pet parents named their dog after a character from a TV show, video game, movie or book, and another 12 percent took inspiration from famous or historical figures.
“Nine out of ten pet parents consider their dogs full-fledged members of the family. They’re not just pets, but part of the family we choose,” said Halle Hutchison, vice president of marketing for Rover. “Our dogs and what we choose to call them is part of our self-expression, which is why people name their pets after the things they love and admire, from pop culture icons to superheroes.”
The humanization of dog names also continued in 2018, as 36 percent of all dog names are decidedly human. Using one of the largest databases of dog names in the country, Rover examined this year’s data to learn where Americans draw their naming inspiration.
Pop Culture Trends
This year pop culture names made up 16 percent of all dog names.
- Dog owners are enamored with the royal family. The name Harry is up 133 percent and Meghan rose 129 percent.
- Superdogs: “Guardians of the Galaxy” names rose 97 percent, with the name Drax leading the pack (up 186 percent). Dogs named after “Black Panther” – including Shuri, Nakia, and Zuri – are up 25 percent.
- Pet parents are also taking inspiration from famous villains. The name Thanos rose 215 percent and Pennywise increased 500 percent this year.
- “Westworld” characters are more popular this year, with Maeve up 127 percent and Dolores up 87 percent.
- Harry Potter is celebrating its 20th anniversary and pet parents still love the boy who lived. The name Draco is up 123 percent, Albus Dumbledore rose 200 percent, and Albus Dumbledog increased 29 percent.
The internet is shaping the culture and dog names trends. This year, pet parents are naming their dogs after trends that went viral.
- Dog names from the video game “Fortnite” are up 16 percent, with Zoey being the most popular.
- The popular dance moves, Whip and Dab, increased 40 percent over last year.
- Following the popularity of the “In My Feelings” Challenge, the names JT, Kiki, and KB are all trending up this year.
Foodie pet parents are picking names from their food and beverage favorites, with five percent of all dog names being food-themed this year.
- Millennials’ obsession with brunch has crossed over into dog names. Brunchy names like Biscuit, Muffin, and Waffles are up 12 percent.
- Booze-themed names like Guinness and Whiskey are up 17 percent in 2018, but Rosé has fallen from favor — it decreased 44 percent.
Dog Name Selection Trends
A new survey from Rover also revealed trends in how pet parents select names for their dogs.
- Three out of four pet parents picked their dog’s name after meeting him or her, so they could find one that was a fit for their dog’s personality.
- Thirty-eight percent of dog owners chose to change their dog’s name from the name given by the shelter or previous owner.
- Eighty-one percent of pet parents give their dogs nicknames, with more owners giving their dog three or more new monikers.
Americans are choosing smaller dogs — and that creates a challenge for pet food manufacturers, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Small dogs, of course, eat less, so the trend could depress sales growth.
U.S. pet ownership is rising, the Journal notes. It’s now at close to 74 million homes, up from about 66 million homes in 2010.
But the proportion of dog owners with dogs weighing less than 25 pounds is rising. It’s now at about 50 percent, compared to about 37 percent in 2006, according to a chart published by the Journal. The newspaper relied on data from Simmons Research and the APPA National Pet Owners Survey.
Many food companies are looking to the pet-food market to offset falling sales from people food, according to the Journal. Major corporations such as Nestlé SA, General Mills Inc. and J.M. Smucker Co. have all acquired pet-food brands recently.
People who are desperately looking for their lost pet have a new tool at their disposal.
It’s an app called Finding Rover that uses facial recognition to help find lost animals, ABC News reports.
You upload a picture of your cat or dog, and the app evaluates it against a database of found or rescued pets. The database includes more than 1 million animals, according to ABC News.
John Polimeno, founder of the app, told the news outlet that it’s “reunited over 15,000 pets with their owners” so far.
In evaluating for a match, it examines a number of features, such as fur color and space between the eyes.
More than 600 animals shelter in the U.S. and Canada, along with Australia, are using the app.
The Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) reported Dec. 10 that, on Dec. 7, the Pennsylvania Veterinary Laboratory, in Harrisburg, confirmed equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy (EHM), the neurologic form of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) at a Snyder County facility.
The EDCC said one affected horse was exhibiting hind-limb ataxia (incoordination) and subsequently tested positive for EHV-1 (G-strain).
“As of Dec. 10, two horses were affected and both horses have been euthanized at this premises,” the EDCC said. “The premises, a pleasure horse barn in Snyder County, Pennsylvania, has been quarantined by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Bureau of Animal Health.
“Eight horses remain on the premises and are being monitored for clinical signs of EHV-1 infection and biosecurity precautions have been implemented to prevent the spread of the virus off the premises. No additional clinical signs have been noted in the remaining horses.”
Herpesvirus is highly contagious among horses and can cause a variety of ailments in equids, including rhinopneumonitis (a respiratory disease usually found in young horses), abortion in broodmares, and EHM (the neurologic form). In many horses, the first or only sign of EHV-1 infection is fever, which can go undetected.
In addition to fever, other common signs of EHV-1 infection in young horses include cough, decreased appetite, depression, and a nasal discharge. Pregnant mares typically show no signs of infection before they abort, and abortions usually occur late in gestation (around eight months), but can be earlier. Abortions can occur anywhere from two weeks to several months following infection with EHV-1.
Horses with the neurologic form usually have a fever at the onset of the disease and might show signs of a respiratory infection. A few days later, neurologic signs such as ataxia (incoordination), weakness or paralysis of the fore- and hind limbs, urine retention and dribbling, loss of tail tone, and recumbency (inability to rise) develop.
Herpesvirus is easily spread by nose-to-nose or close contact with an infectious horse; sharing contaminated equipment including bits, buckets, and towels; or clothing, hands, or equipment of people who have recently had contact with an infectious horse. Routine biosecurity measures, including hygiene and basic cleaning and disinfection practices, should be in place at all times to help present disease spread.
As humans become more tech-connected and embrace alternative health practices and diets, these trends are extending to pets, a new survey has found.
Michelson Found Animals Foundation, which commissioned the research, predicts that the top pet trends for 2019 will be smart tech, alternative therapies, and pets eating more like their owners. Michelson Found Animals is a non-profit social enterprise committed to saving pets.
“Pets bring so much joy to our lives, it makes sense that we would treat them as we treat ourselves. But this goes beyond the humanization of pets; these predictions are about people leveraging emerging trends to make it easier to be a good pet parent and take the very best care of their pets,” said Aimee Gilbreath, executive director of Michelson Found Animals Foundation. “The macro trend of health and wellness and the increasing number of millennial pet parents are changing the way we care for our pets, and it’s an exciting time.”
A particularly interesting finding: More than half (52 percent) of owners believe they feed their pets better than themselves. Millennials are more likely to say this (60 percent vs. 48 percent for 35+), as well as dog owners (56 percent vs. 48 percent for cat owners).
The survey included 1,000 dog and cat owners.
Intrigued by pet tech and its ability to give them a better grasp on their pet’s health and wellness, pet parents are motivated to give pet tech a try, according to a press release from Michelson Found Animals. Of those who do use health-related pet tech, they are interested in nutrition apps (47 percent), vet telemedicine (46 percent) and fitness trackers (31 percent) to maintain the health of their fur babies. Over half (53 percent) are interested in getting a pet tracking device or a microchip (52 percent) and four in 10 (40 percent) are interested in pet monitoring cameras. With one in four pet parents admitting they spend more on tech for their pets than for themselves, the future of pet tech is very bright.
Pet owners who have tried alternative therapies themselves are likely to use them on their pets as well, so it can be expected that pet applications will grow as the human trend continues its explosive growth. For instance, CBD- and hemp-based products are a growing trend among humans, and of those who have used these alternatives themselves, 74 percent have used them on their pets as well.
A spectacular new hydrothermal vent field, named JaichMatt, has been discovered during an expedition aboard Schmidt Ocean Institute's R/V Falkor. The vents were identified using Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institution's (MBARI) Dorado autonomous underwater vehicle to conduct exploratory seafloor surveys with one meter lateral resolution. Simultaneously, MBARI's new Low Altitude Survey System was used from Schmidt Ocean Institute's remotely operated vehicle SuBastian to map the previously discovered Auka Vent field at centimeter scale resolution. Principal Investigators Drs. Robert Zierenberg from University of California Davis, Victoria Orphan from California Institute of Technology, and David Caress from MBARI, along with scientists from Oregon State University, the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, the Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada (CICESE), and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, allowed the team to efficiently progress from large scale exploratory seafloor coverage to precision targeted sampling on and around the vents. "By using submarine robotics for seafloor mapping in combination with remotely operated vehicles, the science team has been able to interactively explore and sample animals, microbes, rocks, and sediment" said Dr. Caress.
The new vent field name, JaichMaat, translates to liquid metal in an ancient language of the indigenous people of Mexico surrounding the region, in reference to the reflective hydrothermal fluid and seawater interface that was found ponded along the roof of a large cavern in the hydrothermal mound. The new vent field consists of multiple hydrothermal calcite mounds up to 25 meters high that were venting fluids at temperatures as high as 287° C. Groups of animals common in non-hydrothermal settings, including anemones, were also observed for the first time in dense accumulations at the base of the mounds, and many previously unknown species were identified.
This expedition successfully showcased new approaches to multi-scale seafloor mapping allowing oceanographers to more efficiently explore the deep ocean. In addition to identifying sites of hydrothermal venting, the combined mapping and ROV exploration also sampled the first volcanic rocks collected in both the North and South Pescadero Basins, confirming that in these basins the continental rifting that has formed the Gulf of California has transitioned to seafloor spreading and the volcanic formation of new oceanic crust. The detailed mapping will further allow investigation of the geological and geochemical controls on habitat suitability for different animal and microbial communities. The Pescadero Basin vents harbor unique biology and geology compared to other nearby hydrothermal vent sites. This system was discovered in 2015 on a MBARI research cruise, and has been visited by scientists only a few times. Research Specialist Jennifer Paduan observed "The hydrothermal structures here are beautiful. The animals and the bacteria that are supported by the vents are different because the chemistry of the fluids is different than the usual sulfide type chimneys."
Hydrothermal vents are an expression of submarine volcanism that is a globally important process and play a vital part in shaping the surface of our planet. "The deep ocean is still one of the least explored frontiers in the solar system," said Principal Investigator Robert Zierenberg. "Maps of our planet are not as detailed as those of Mercury, Venus, Mars or the moon, because it is hard to map underwater. This is the frontier." Microbes at these vents form the basis of the food web here, and gaining insight into the vent communities helps us understand the whole ecological system. -----------------------------------------
Margaret Slaby lives in a small home, but she makes room for a dog and four cats. What she needs now is more room – not for herself or her pets, but for dozens of older cats in need of new homes.
Golden Oldies Cat Rescue is a nonprofit that provides foster homes for cats ages 6 and up with the goal of finding permanent homes. The animals are not strays, but pets at risk of being sent to shelters because their owners either died or can no longer care for them.
Since the program began in 2016, Slaby and the team of volunteers have helped 31 cats find new homes – 17 this year alone. It may not seem like a large number, considering the volume that shelters deal with, but older cats do not have the same appeal or life expectancy as kittens. The average age of these pets is 12, with the oldest – now in a foster home – at 17.
“When somebody adopts an older cat, that just amazes me,” Slaby says. “They are heroes. They know that they’re going to have grief, but there are so many rewards. These older cats are so happy.”
But there is need for more. “The number of requests we receive to help place older cats has increased dramatically, and currently we do not have enough fosters to meet the demand,” Slaby observes.
Golden Oldies’ Big Idea is to expand its foster program and reach out to people who may be interested in adopting an older pet. Already the group provides food, cat litter, beds, toys and medical care for the foster program, and spends about $900 a month advertising available pets to the public.
With MCGives! funds, the group plans to expand advertising in local media outlets in an effort to get cats adopted more quickly. The average was 34 days from foster to adoption, but recently three cats lingered in foster homes for three months – with the added costs of food and litter.
More importantly, Golden Oldies plans to develop orientation sessions for potential fosters, with a goal of adding homes.
“We have to have foster homes,” Slaby says. “If we don’t have, we can’t help. That’s reality.”
Slaby knows reality all too well. She worked with SPCA of Monterey County as an animal care technician. While she values the work of that and other animal care nonprofits, she saw that older cats were more likely to be euthanized. “I couldn’t do it anymore,” Slaby says. “You care so much for these animals.”
Golden Oldies Cat Rescue helps find new homes for old cats. With a growing demand for their services, founder Margaret Slaby seeks to expand the nonprofit’s foster program.
Game wardens say a bear attacked a woman outside her home in Pennsylvania and dragged her more than 80 yards.
The attack happened Wednesday in Muncy Creek Township, which is located about 16 miles east of Williamsport.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission says the woman was outside with her dog when the bear attacked.
Game Warden Supervisor Mike Steingraber says the woman was able to free herself and call for help.
WNEP-TV reports that the woman has been hospitalized in critical condition.
Her dog was also injured.
It is unclear why the bear attacked.
Steingraber says it may have been attracted to deer parts from a recent hunting trip that were left near the home.
Game wardens are now searching for the bear, and multiple bear traps have been set up.
ENORMOUS poo stains visible from space are helping scientists track the lives of a supercolony of 1.5million penguins.
The birds have lived on the Danger Islands, a remote handful of rocks lodged in treacherous icy waters around Antarctica, for nearly 3,000 years, a new study shows. This giant colony of 1.5million penguins lives on Danger Island in the Antarctic
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But while the huge group of Adélie penguins has thrived on the island for so long, the impact of global warming has killed 375,000 of the birds in less than 40 years, say scientists. The long-hidden supercolony was discovered last year by scientists studying satellite images of the Antarctic continent and its islands.
Marks left behind by the animals' poo, known as guano, revealed an enormous gang of birds living in one of the most remote and hostile environments the planet has to offer.
Trips to the island later confirmed the colony numbered up to 1.5million, squeezed into an area that is so small it doesn't even appear on most maps of the Antarctic.
Satellite imagery showed an enormous stain on a rock (pictured) hidden among Antarctica's Danger Islands. The mark turned out to be a vast poo stain left by the penguins
Penguin chick abandoned by its mum in David Attenborough's new BBC wildlife show Dynasties Because the Danger Islands are always surrounded by thick sea ice, they are shielded from krill fishing and other human activities around the continent.
In a new study presented at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union in Washington, researchers examined four decades of Danger Island poo stains via satellite imagery. Snaps dating back to 1982 suggest the colony peaked in the late 1990s, and has been in steady decline ever since.
As many as 10 to 20% of the birds - between 190,000 and 375,000 - have been killed off by their rapidly changing environment, mostly likely due to global warming's tightening grip on the planet.
Poo stains left by the birds helped scientists to find the hidden supercolony, which is so big it has to split apart into a number of small groups. As many as 20% of the birds have been killed off over the past four decades, researchers found "Nowhere is the climate changing more rapidly than on the Antarctic peninsula," said Dr Heather Lynch, an ecologist at the Stony Brook University, New York, during the news conference.
As part of the study, scientists at Louisiana State University dug holes in the island to learn about the penguins' past. Ancient bones and egg shells found during the digs showed the penguins first settled on the rock as far back as 2,800 years ago.
Scooby the camel has become quite the local celebrity as he regularly roams the streets of Toledo for walks.
According to WTOL, Scooby is over seven-feet tall and about two-years-old and is as tame and well trained as the average dog.
His owner Nabil reportedly dreamed of owning a camel since he was a kid.
The pair can be seen walking up and down the roads in Toledo. A lot of the time, they end up stopping traffic, according to WTOL.
Scooby reportedly even gets his feelings hurt when he doesn't get his one-on-one time with Nabil.
When he doesn't get his way he reportedly hops back and forth doing what Nabil calls "The Scooby Shimmy."
“He is the star, that’s for sure. He’s the alpha camel,” Nabil told WTOL. “I’m definitely not getting rid of this guy. Everybody loves him.”