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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
  1. Bailey
  2. Buddy
  3. Molly
  4. Sadie
  5. Max
  6. Zoe
  7. Lucy
  8. Bella
  9. Sophie
  10. Maggie