Pets and people flock to Marymoor for some on-leash fun

Huskies, Boxers, and Pugs…oh my! We spotted hundreds of dogs this past Saturday at Marymoor Park for the annual PAWSwalk. This fundraiser is hosted by the Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), and through the donations from participants, about 6,000 animals will receive direct care provided by PAWS.

The WALLY team was excited to meet so many new furry friends -- including a few off-leash dog ladies, and we even had the opportunity to meet the top-raising dog, Vincent. This dog alone raised over $9,000 worth of donations with the help of matching funds – now that’s one hard-working dog! After speaking with Vincent’s owners, we learned how he got his name. When Vincent was a puppy, his ears were clipped off so the owner found it fitting to name him Vincent, after Vincent Van Gogh.

Here's Vincent on the left, with friend Stella on the right.

Vincent’s story made us curious about how dog owners decide what name to give their pets. The WALLY team did some investigating and found that there isn’t just one answer to this question. Owners use all kinds of criteria to determine what their dog’s name will be, and here are the top three.

Names based on appearance or personality: We met dogs who are named: Patches, Shadow, Sparky, and Smiley. That day, we met a French bulldog who goes by the name of Biscuit.

Biscuit earned his name based off of his appearance and the owners’ love for French pastries. Their favorite French café in Vancouver, BC has these biscuits that they love, which are the exact same color of their dog. How fitting, a French bulldog with a French food name!

Names inspired by family: Dogs with names that sound very human like Micah, Lucy, or Jake are mostly inspired by people who are close to the owners. We learned that owners will name their dog after a grandparent, or even a best friend they had growing up. One dog owner told us her dog’s name was inspired by a name that she would have named her daughter if she had a girl, but instead she had two boys.

Names based on a story: Whether you name your dog based on your favorite movie character, or of a member of your favorite band, there's often a story that goes along with it. This is Ammo.

Ammo's unusual name sparked our curiosity, so we learned that he got his name because he was found at a gun range.

These are the top three ways we learned that owners choose their dog's name. During our time at Marymoor Park, we met hundreds of dogs, all with different and interesting names. Surprisingly we didn't meet any two dogs with the same name. If you're curious to see the top male and female puppy names, look here

Do you have a dog? If so, what's its name and what’s the story behind it?

by  Christa VanWieringen



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