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What’s in a name?

Shakespeare famously wrote in Romeo and Juliet, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”  When you choose to bring a dog into your life, sometimes they already have a name and some new owners choose to change that name, too.

In my massage practice, I have found that the dog’s name often matches his/her character.  Havoc by name, Havoc by nature – for example!

Website Rover.com has published its survey on the top dog names for 2017.  There are clear trends showing the influence of media and movies:  Star Wars, Wonder Woman, and Game of Thrones inspired names are featured.

So too are the names of influential and powerful women (yeah!)


Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand