Chances are, you or someone you know has a pet named Max, Bailey, Buddy or Bella. These names have topped the most popular pet name list for the past five years.
But for many, Max is mundane and Bailey is boring.
Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. recently dug into its database to find the 10 most unusual dog and cat names. From among more than 470,000 pet names, employees voted on these as most avant-garde.
1. Doogie Schnauzer MD
2. Sargent Sausage
3. I Am Sparticus
5. Angus Sir Loin
6. Bam-Bam Noodle Butt
7. Mouse Meat
9. Kanye East
10. Inspector Foo Foo
1. Snag L. Tooth
2. Clawed Monet
3. Velvet Elvis
4. Eartha Kitty
5. Blue Man Chew
7. Thurston Picklesworth III
10. Polly Prissypants
"Nearly every pet owner whose pet made the top 10 reasoned that a distinct name was only appropriate for their distinct pet," said Curtis Steinhoff of Veterinary Pet Insurance. "Snag L. Tooth, for example, has a noticeable 'snaggle tooth' that juts out even when his mouth is closed, and Lunchbox the English bulldog has the stature of, well, a lunchbox."
I reached out to pet owners to sniff out my own favorite list of names. They include Abu, a 6-year-old Italian greyhound belonging to Dan Oropesa of Fort Lauderdale.
"I always wanted to have a little dog to call 'my monkey,' and when I saw the Disney film 'Aladdin,' Aladdin's pet monkey's name was Abu. Perfect!"
Bill Cosby is a Chihuahua cared for by Bethanie and Joel Kaiman of Orlando.
"For a family tradition we needed a name that started with 'B.' Bill Cosby is a favorite comedian of ours. Now when we hear the name we always think of the dog before the person."
Arnold is a 9-month-old poodle who "co-owns" The Recycled Retriever in Provincetown, Mass., with Billy Flannery and Rich Close.
"I know that on the surface, Arnold doen't seem like an unusual name," Flannery said, but people react as though it is.
"Arnold spends his days 'working' in the store and gaining the attention of many admirers. They all love his name and have never heard of another dog named Arnold."
W is a 5-year-old black Lab. Yes, that's W, as in George "Dubya" Bush.
Angela and Jeff Backus of Lansing, Mich., have a tradition of naming dogs after Republican presidents. W's predecessors include dogs named Nixon and Roni (after Ronald Reagan).
"I spent days trying to come up with a less obnoxious name that would still be Republican, like 'Teddy' for Teddy Roosevelt, because I didn't want to be calling to make vet appointments for W," Angela says. "But W stuck, and now I even like the name. I tell everyone he's much smarter than the human W."
Bacon, short for Baconius McCheese, is a 7-year-old beagle from Los Angeles.
Jennifer Latkiewicz and Andrew England adopted the beagle and named it in honor of the Bacon-Bacon Cheeseburger at Jack in the Box restaurants.
"Bacon has certainly lived up to his name," says Jennifer. "He just IS Bacon!"
Brie, Gouda and Aziago are "cheese dogs" belonging to Cindy Giles in Wisconsin.
"We've always named our dogs after cheese because I'm from Wisconsin," she says.