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Before my wife and I had children, we got a puppy together. Preparing for the dog was an elaborate process that involved reading everything we could get our hands on, picking just the right bedding and toys, and, of course, choosing a name. We asked friends, made lists, and Googled foreign language baby names to get ideas. The name had to be just right.


Ever since that 1st-time pet parent ordeal, I get a special kind of joy from meeting pets that have been wonderfully named. I love pet names that are descriptive, unique, creative, funny and/or fun to say. Recently, I asked my Facebook fans to share names of pets they know that fit this description. Here are my 25 favorite responses.


Rambo Casserole (English Bulldog/Boxer mix who has “lots of muscles like Rambo, but is short and wide like a casserole.”)
Pepsi (Owner’s last name was DiCola)
Will Feral (Cat)
Barking Chicken (Rottweiler)
Staphylococcus (Golden retriever owned by a microbiologist)
Dr. Taco (Cat)
Strawberry Shortcake (100lb male American Bulldog)
Alice Pooper (Rabbit)
Cat Benatar (150lb male Mastiff)
Devo (Whippett)
David Hasslehops (Rabbit)
Granny Clampett (16 year old Yorkshire Terrier)
Kevin the Destroyer (Cat)
Rhino (Yorkshire Terrier)
Barbeque (Pot Bellied Pig, owned by a vegetarian)
Lord Frumpy of the Pantaloons (English Bulldog)
Penny Pie Sparklepants (Kitten named by 2 little girls)
Feline Dion
Doogie Schnauzer
EggRoll Freyer (Japanese Chin)
Chicken Thunderbolt
Donatella Versausage (Dachshund)
Spartacus the Warrior (Pomeranian)
Reverend Phatty McBiscuit (Cat)