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Let’s play the name game!

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Just a day after the Inauguration, Barney and Miss Beazley are out, but who’s in?

Joe Biden and Champ (

Joe Biden and Champ (

The new first family is settling into their White House digs, but everyone is still eagerly awaiting the introduction of the new first dog.

Vice-President Biden didn’t keep us guessing. He quickly chose an adorable German Shepherd puppy to accompany him and his family to Washington. He later named him Champ.

From Obama’s famous assurance during his acceptance speech to his daughters that they had “earned the new puppy coming with them to the White House” to recent news that they’ve narrowed the choice down to a Labradoodle or a Portuguese Water Dog – America seems fascinated by the selection process. Almost as much as the election itself!

The American Kennel Club wrote a letter to the Obamas with a short-list of breeds they thought would suit the family. They also established where you could vote for your choice. After 42,000 votes were cast, the Poodle won out.

Petitions, emails and entire websites were devoted to encouraging they adopt a dog from a shelter or rescue organization. The popular animal rescue, Best Friends Network, has one of the most popular sites –

Being staunch supporters of dog adoption, we’d LOVE to see them visit a local shelter and pick out the pup of their dreams, but what to name the luckiest dog this side of the Potomac?

Our clients are some of the most creative people around when it comes to clever dog names as I documented in the recent post “What’s in a name?” .

So we ask you, the awesome and creative clients of Dogtopia of Tyson’s Corner -what are your name suggestions?

Submit your best selection via the comments section here (remember to include an email) before Friday, the 30th and our favorites will be rewarded with cash and prizes!!

Okay NOT cash, but we will give a cool Dogtopia prize. :)

What’s in a name?

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009
Mr. Chubbs the English Mastiff

Mr. Chubbs the English Mastiff

Our customers have been pretty creative when it comes to name their dogs. Some of my favorites include, Tivo, Mr. Chubbs, Muffin, ESPN and Firetruck. I also really enjoy the human names like Michael and Bob. Who wouldn’t love a dog named Bob?

From comes a list of 2008’s most popular and most unsual dog and cat names of 2008.

Not surprisingly, Max still tops the most popular list – along with Maggie, Bailey and Buddy.

Most unusual honors? Rush Limbark. :) Low Jack and Peanut Wigglebutt made the list as well.

Full story here.

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