High fives all around as a giant panda cub just got officially named "Po" in Madrid! No matter the babe, this ceremony happens the same time in captivity . . . but do you know when that is?Take the Quiz
Or, at least, a couple thousand Facebook fans! This adorable baby dolphin at the Minnesota Zoo has been having an identity crisis since her birth in July, but luckily, the zoo’s Facebook fans stepped in and submitted their votes to give the bottlenose calf a name. Taijah, the winning name with 37 percent of the votes, is four feet long and 60 pounds — some baby! — and the zoo describes her as "spunky, inquisitive, bold, and sassy."
Check out more photos of Taijah after the break!
"Sit, Marilyn Monroe, siiiiit" was commonly overheard at my last apartment. My neighbor named his dog after the late movie star and only referred to her full name at all times. I know that presidential surnames remain popular and adored celebrities like Robert Pattinson (or Cattinson) inspire name choices since when else can you demand that he come over here and snuggle immediately?! Something tells me not everyone picks a famous name based on love for a celebrity — like 50 Cent's Oprah Winfree — but let me know if you'd do it either way.
Sure, most of our pets have nicknames, whether mean or not, but do your pets have a first, a middle and a last? Registered dogs have monikers on the longer side but some people give all pets lengthy names sometimes with multiple middles . . . are you one of them? After you vote, share what you consider to be your pet's full name in the comments below!
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Inspired by a neighbor — but not this one — who explained that her dog is "kind of a bitch to other dogs" as she lunged for North, I was wondering what not-so-nice names you call your pet. I often refer to my pooch as "the brat," but that's as far as I go. Share yours in the comments below!
Now that I've solved the mystery of the missing pooch, I'm curious to find out the dog's name! I've already spotted a couple other dogs around the building and the new neighborhood, but I'm yet to get on a first name basis. Do you know the names of the pets you see regularly or have you never even thought to ask?
I'm hoping to become a pet parent in the next few months. I haven't settled on a breed yet, though I adore Pomeranians, Boxers and American Eskimo Dogs (although I don't have room for an Eskimo dog at the moment). I've been thinking about names to build excitement and settled on one of the two below. I'm aiming for silly and fun. Which do you prefer?
It might be sort of pretentious, but apparently using the pronoun "we" when referring to you and your partner is good for your relationship. Those smug people over at UC Berkeley say so anyway — researchers there found that couples who use we/us/our are better at solving conflicts and experience less psychological stress. Do you use the royal relationship "we"?
In my mind, the pet or name debate rivals the chicken and egg one: what comes first? While catching up on some TV after North's photoshoot, I picked up on a funny scene from the latest episode of How I Met Your Mother.
The sometimes neurotic Ted dreamed about his doomed future without Cindy (guest spot by real-life animal lover, Rachel Bilson), saying “Bye bye, triplet schnauzers ‘Frank,’ ‘Lloyd’ and ‘Wright.’” Not only was it a silly dramatic thought, it got me thinking about pets with matching names. Since I'm in no rush to add to my family . . . even for a pup named South, I'm asking have you (or would you) ever name pets as a group?
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Could this be an extension of Twilight mania?! Hard to say for sure but, for the first time in years, Bella has replaced Max as the most popular dog name from 2009.
Like they've done in year's past, Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) crunched numbers for all their insured pets — more than 475,000! — finding that Bella beat out the number two by over 400 dogs. (Note: Edward and Jacob are still nowhere to be found in the top 10.)
See the top 10 lists for both dogs and cats from 2009 when you read more