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Ottawa County's top dog names of 2011 have something in common with West Michigan's top baby names of 2011.

I'm not sure this is a good thing.

Call me old fashioned, but I like when you can tell if a living creature is human or canine from first name alone.

 

No offense to Randy Jackson.

 

Human-sounding dog names cause unnecessary confusion.  What if someone says: "Sophie was running after the bus this morning". Was Sophie was late for school?  Did Sophie break her leash?  Should I be concerned?

 

I prefer dog names to sound like dog names and human names to sound like human names, but it appears I am in the minority.


Ottawa County's top ten dog names of 2011 from mlive.com:
  1. Bailey
  2. Buddy
  3. Molly
  4. Sadie
  5. Max
  6. Zoe
  7. Lucy
  8. Bella
  9. Sophie
  10. Maggie