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Top Pet Names of 2019


How did your pup get his name? From Harry and Honey to Lily and Louis, we love each and every dog that brings a special twist to their name. Even though every dog is unique, many pups share the same names that we hear time and time again. These names are common sights on the yearly popular-puppy names lists, and 2019 is no different. Here’s Rover’s top dog names of 2019 for both male and female dogs.

Male Puppies

  1. Max. Meaning “greatest”, this name has held the top spot for some years. Even if not always #1, Max has remained one of the most popular international dog names for decades.
  2. Charlie. Short for Charles, this name is a fan favorite. While not every name suits every dog, Charlie perhaps has the most versatility to suit small pups and large dogs alike.
  3. Cooper. If your dog is big, burly, or loves the outdoors, he might be a Cooper. While not all Coopers are hunting dogs, we’d save this name for a more active pup.
  4. Buddy. This one doesn’t need much explanation. You might as well name your little buddy, Buddy.
  5. Jack. During the middle ages, Jack was such a common name it simply referred to a man or a boy. Even since then, Jack has remained popular among the dog-loving community, and you may have even had a Jack in your house at one point or another.

Female Puppies

  1. Bella. This name is popular because while it’s beautiful, it can have roots from Italian, Spanish, Greek, or French. So, whether it’s a Catalan Sheepdog or a French Bulldog, you’ll be nodding in the right direction to your pup’s roots.
  2. Luna. Meaning “moon”, this name is a fan favorite especially among dogs with moony blue eyes. While not every Luna is the same, Luna is sweet, simple, and beautiful name to give a dog.
  3. Lucy. We love Lucy! Because Lucy is more common among older generations, we recommend this dashing name to a dog that has calm energies that reveal she’ll be a dream senior dog.
  4. Daisy. Sweet, simple, and fresh, flower names for dogs rarely go wrong. If you’re not sold by Lilly, check out Rose, Tulip, or Petunia.
  5. Lola. Originating from Spanish and German, Lola is a name for a spunky and sassy pup that’s always ready for adventure.

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Thanksgiving Gathering: Activities for Fido during dinner


Thanksgiving is a time for family to be together, and dogs are no exception. Whether you’ve had your dog for years or introducing a new puppy into the home, the holiday excitement can be quite a lot for your pooch to process.

Many houses have multiple guests over, and some participate in high-energy activities that can last all day. While these festivities occupy most of our attention, let’s not forget the members of the family who we may be most thankful for: our dogs. So, we’ve compiled 6 tips for how to keep your pup busy during Thanksgiving dinner, so everyone can enjoy a delicious, stress-free holiday.

1. Distract your dog with toys.

While everyone is busy eating, your dog might be comfortable simply laying with some of his favorite toys. As Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks, consider getting your pup a new toy as a thank-you for all of their cuddly cuteness.

2. Cook your dog some special food.

Thanksgiving gives us time with friends and family, but it also gives us some of the yummiest food we’ll eat all year! Your dog might want to share in the festivities and could appreciate a special bowl just for him. Most dogs have no trouble digesting sweet potato, carrots, pumpkin, turkey, and bread in moderation, so get creative! (Remember to always check in with a trusted veterinarian before changing your dog’s diet).

3. Ask Aunt Fran to bring Fido along. 

While some dogs are comfortable in crowds, others can be more at ease if they have a furry friend present with them. This can also keep your dog distracted enough to keep the noise levels down during dinner and the evening that follows. However, we recommend putting two dogs together who already know one another, because not all dog-to-dog introductions are initially peaceful.

4. Allocate your dog to the kid’s table.

For many holiday occasions, families will segregate the crowd into adults at one table and children at another. If this is a tradition in your family, consider introducing the kiddos to your dog. This can be especially helpful if your dog is high-energy and loves attention, because this can help your dog feel like he’s getting the love he needs when many people come into his living space.

5. Keep your dog in an enclosed space. 

If your dog has high-anxiety and does well away from the action, consider keeping your pup in a bedroom or crate where he would feel comfortable. Some families who have multiple dogs opt to let them roam free in an enclosed yard, which can allow the dogs to play together but steer clear of a busy household that could induce anxiety.

6. Give your dog some extra love.

At the heart of the festivities, your dog may feel as if he’s being swept under the rug. Spending some time talking to family while petting your beloved pup can let him know that no one is being forgotten. This can also be a helpful tool in introducing your dog to many family members, which can be scary the first time.

National Dog Show: Who’s in the running for Best in Show?


It’s almost time for one of our favorite events of the year: the National Dog Show! From Pulis and Pumis to freshly-groomed terriers, we simply can’t wait to see what this year’s show brings us. While many viewers have their favorite group to watch, nothing compares to the coveted “Best in Show” title.

Last year, the whippet won Best in Show for the 2018 National Dog Show. From its sleek coat to bright eyes, whippets are famous for their perky personalities and outstanding snuggling capacity. As the countdown continues to the National Dog Show, many speculate who will take the title this year out of the 193 breeds recognized as of 2019. Here are our top five picks for Best in Show contenders.

  1. The Wire Fox Terrier. A favorite in the dog show community, the wire fox terrier is well-known for its upbeat attitude and active lifestyle. These pups are especially good contenders because of their lean physique and strong muscle composition that sets them apart from many other terriers. The wire fox terrier brought home the Best in Show title in both 2011 and 2012, and we think it’s high time we see another one take the crown.
  2. The Labrador Retriever. While not a predicted contender for best in show, the Labrador Retriever has a history of success. A lab brought home the title in 2001 for best in show and has the ability to snag the crown again. As one of the most popular breeds in North America, labs are well-known for their playful, peaceful nature that often demonstrates them as the true “man’s best friend”. They’re also highly alert and love to exercise, which makes them a strong contender for the title in 2019.
  3. The Doberman Pinscher. Apart from being a ferocious-looking softie of a dog, the Doberman Pinscher has been on many predictive radars since one won Best in Show in 2003. Dobermans are commonly alert and admired for their characteristically light-footed step. Their distinct stature and muscular body make them a great breed to take the title once again.
  4. The Skye Terrier. These small, adorable, medium-energy dogs are a favorite in the dog show community. Skye terriers are especially famous due to their difficult-to-train personality, which makes them a harder breed to compete in dog shows. Nevertheless, a Skye terrier swept the show floor in 2015 to bring home Best in Show showing a bright future for this distinct breed.
  5. The Azawakh. The what? That’s right, the azawakh is a new breed that now has the ability to participate in shows as of 2019. While we haven’t seen this breed before, azawakhs have a distinct, shiny coat and a quick pace that makes them a strong breed among crowd favorites. These beautiful dogs are notoriously loyal to their owners and a bit aloof around strangers, but nevertheless are ready to take the National Dog Show by storm in the coming years.