Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Barking Mad for Bonnie; Names Our Region's Dog, Cat Owners Thought Were Pawsome in 2016

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Barking Mad for Bonnie; Names Our Region's Dog, Cat Owners Thought Were Pawsome in 2016

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Byline: Sherele Moody Sherele.Moody@apn.com.au

TOP 10 NAMES

For the Northern Rivers (dogs, cats):

1 Bonnie, Pixie

2 Charlie, Ralph

3 Missy, Suki

4 Gracie, Amy

5 Angel, Apollo

6 Bear, Ariel

7 Buddy, Bluey

8 Chanel, Buddy

9 Chop, Caspian

10 Daisy, Cleo

BONNIE for dogs and Pixie for cats - these are the most popular pet names in the Northern Rivers.

Pet Insurance Australia's list of top 2016 animal names for our region also shows pooch lovers embraced Charlie, Missy, Gracie and Angel for their dish-lickers while Ralph, Suki, Amy and Apollo were the city's favoured kitten monikers.

The region's top 10 dog and cat names are short, sharp and simple, reflecting pet owners' innate ability to choose labels that pets will easily recognise and respond to.

Ocean Shores resident Lissie Walton has trained about 200 dogs over the past 15 years.

Ms Walton said getting a pet to understand their name was one of the most important steps in training. …

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