Good animal owners know that the first step of pet care is to pick out a name for their new family member. While some families choose to let the children do it, other adults and single owners put themselves up to the task. In the event the animal is adopted, sometimes the name is chosen for them.
However, with this decision comes the possibility that your animal might not be the only one on the block with the name.
As the year draws to a close, the Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts, recently released the top pet names for 2009, according to the Boston Herald.
Not surprisingly, Twilight fanatics may have helped Bella top the list for female dogs, while Kitty was the most popular female cat name. Sophie and Lucy were also popular names among cats and dogs.
Max was the go-to name for both male dogs and cats. Specific to male dogs, the names Bailey, Jake, Buddy and Charlie all topped the list, with Tigger, Tiger and Oliver at the top for male cats.