Getting a dog is always exciting because you are adding a new member to your family. However, one of the biggest questions that most new dog owners have is “How to name him?”. If you are having trouble thinking of a name for your male four-legged friend, here are some ideas based on popular trends of 2020.
If you are a fan of Star Wars, this name is familiar to you. In 2020 it is one of the most popular names for male puppies. Moreover, Luke was also the name of Staffordshire Bull Terrier who acted in silent films at the beginning of the 20th century.
If you grew up in the 90s, you must be familiar with the Scott Wolf’s character in Party of Five named Bailey. Puppies named Bailey are characterized as strong, good-natured and loyal canines.
If you want to have not just a dog but a best friend, name your pooch Max. It was the dog’s name from the movie of the same name Max released in 2015. The movie was about the dog who has to relocate from Afghanistan to Texas after his owner passed away.
It is another great name for a loyal dog. It is also a great choice if you have Jack Russel Terrier. Fans of the NBC drama This is Us might also want to name their male dog Jack after the heroic character played by Milo Ventimiglia.
It is a great name for a dog because it is classic, and is easy to remember and pronounce. Milo was the name of the orange tabby cat in the 80s movie Adventures of Milo and Otis that tells about the friendship between a cat and a pug.
According to the statistics provided by PetPlace, dogs named Toby are loyal, friendly, and playful. Even though it is a human name, it is more known as a male dog name in 2020.
Charlie is the third popular dog name today. Charlie was also a dog character in the animated comedy series Looney Tunes produced by Warner Brothers in the period from 1930 to 1969. Therefore, if you are looking for a really old, classic name for your pooch, here is the one.
If you have a large and strong dog, you can name him Rocky – after Rocky Balboa. You might also remember the animated comedy The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle – one of the most iconic shows in the 1960s. Rocky was the name of one of the main characters – a flying squirrel.
For those who do not like the name Jack but still want their dog’s name to start with J here is an option – Jake. It is among the top 10 most popular names in 2020. If you are a fan of animated television series Adventure Time, you should remember its main four-legged character named Jake, who is a great example of a human best friend.
Being a classic name, this name is good for both dogs and babies. It is also capable to produce many different cute nicknames, such as Ollie, Olly, or Olley. Most dogs named Oliver are active and curious pooches with a lot of energy.
TikTok’s Talking Dog
People have wanted to communicate with their pets ever since humans started keeping pets in the first place. We always like to image the secret lives that they have when we’re not around and they’re socializing with other dogs and cats. Cats and dogs are certainly capable of communicating with their owners through body language. You can learn about feline and canine body language yourself, which could help you understand so much more about them.
Still, it’s hard to let go of the fantasy of genuinely talking to your cat or dog using verbal language. Characters like Dr. Dolittle wouldn’t be as popular otherwise. We also probably wouldn’t have TikTok celebrities like Bunny, a Sheepadoodle who seems to have used technology to gain the power of speech.
Dogs can be trained to recognize up to 165 words on average, although the smartest dogs may recognize as many as 250 words. Sheepadoodles are definitely smart dogs. Poodles are usually ranked second after Border Collies on all of the lists of the smartest dogs. Old English Sheepdogs are in the top thirty on that list, which is a respectable ranking. Sheepadoodles are mixed breeds with Old English Sheepdog and poodle parents, making them notably intelligent dogs. Bunny demonstrates that this is the case each time she looks like she’s having an actual conversation with members of her family.
There’s a series of soundboard devices on the floor of their house. Each one of the devices has a recorded word that it plays when it’s pressed. Bunny has learned how to press different soundboards in order to seemingly express herself. She seems to know if she presses the button that says ‘park,’ she might get taken for a walk. If she presses the boards that say ‘love you’ and ‘mom,’ she’ll get a hug out of it.
It’s almost as eerie as it is adorable to watch. You might really feel like you’re watching a dog who has learned to talk. Bunny may not understand the details of human language, but she does associate certain sounds with certain soundboards. She knows that if she activates one of these soundboards, she’ll get a concern of hers addressed.
Even more remarkably, the soundboard is giving her the chance to report any medical symptoms that she has. Bunny was able to tell her owners that she was in pain by pressing a soundboard that said ‘ouch.’ They brought her to the veterinarian’s office immediately, and sure enough, she did have a pronounced nasal infection.
Dogs have always been able to tell us things in their own way. We know that when our dogs keep trying to lead us to the door or grab their leashes for us, they want to go for a walk. When they whimper, we know that they’re upset. Thanks to modern technology, Bunny is capable of using those skills in a way that’s more accessible to humans.
Being able to train dogs to use soundboards like this could change everything we know about pet ownership and care. Some dogs are easier to train than others. Many dogs aren’t able to learn many commands at all, and they certainly couldn’t direct them back at us. However, there have to be plenty of dogs like Bunny, who could be given something like a voice.
A Giant Rodent Raising Canine Puppies?
If you have ever seen a Capybara, it looks like an oversized Guinea Pig with slightly longer legs. About the size of a small dog, like an adult pug, the Capybara is gentle creature that tends to be very social with those it is comfortable with, including other animals and humans. As it turned out, a domesticated Capybara can also make a good foster mother for puppies as well.
One winter day in 2016, just before Christmas, Janice found herself suddenly dealing with a litter of puppies that had lost their natural canine mother. Janice was used to animals and different pet needs, running a bit of a farm herself, but a litter of puppies without a dog mother was another story. She was very concerned that the puppies would starve or not develop properly without a caring canine mother to lead them in their critical first weeks alive. Fortunately, her Capybara fondly named Cheesecake, had other plans.
Janice ran an animal sanctuary and frequently found herself dealing with all sorts of animals in different conditions they arrive. Some are old and need a home to avoid being euthanized, some had their masters abandon them, and some can’t be care for due to a variety of reasons. An animal sanctuary gives these animals a chance to live out their normal lives with care instead of being put down as a burden.
In the case of Cheesecake, she was a friendly Capybara who roamed the animal sanctuary and connected with every animal there every day, frequently nuzzling and showing affection when possible. The puppies were suddenly the new show in the sanctuary, and they needed some kind of entity to act a mother figure quick. Without any kind of guidance or training or motivation, Cheesecake seemed to understand the need, and she immediately started guiding the puppies to her pen as a home as well as keeping an eye on them and herding them around as needed. The puppies for their part just assumed Cheesecake was just another dog, granted a bit odd-looking, and all would be good again. The Capybara and the puppies essentially became bonded and could not be separated.
Capybaras, as noted earlier, tend to be extremely social if they are not scared off or threatened. In the case of Cheesecake, she took over the lead role for the young dogs and shared every moment with them. Protecting, nuzzling, eating and sleeping with them, Cheesecake helped the puppies relax and turn into healthy young dogs without issue. And it was pretty clear that the Capybara had adopted the puppies as her own. For Janice it was a welcome bit of relief in what would have otherwise been a very hectic and busy attempt to protect the puppies and help them survive.
Today the puppies have moved on, being set in new homes with family. And Cheesecake still manages the sanctuary like a mother hen, following Janice and socializing with every animal present to keep tabs on things and take care of those animals needing a bit more than just a bowl of food and water.
The Rescue of a 46-years-old Elephant after Years of Life in Captivity
Karma, a 46-year-old blind elephant, had been a captive all her life as a victim of human abuse and neglect. She had been used by her owners as a tool for begging for many years. Karma was also forced to carry heavy loads through the busy and chaotic streets of India and give rides to tourists. Since she was absolutely blind, any interaction in the streets was extremely fearful and hard for her. As time passed, Karma lost her hope of experiencing freedom.
However, miracles do happen. In December 2019, Karma was rescued by volunteers of the group Wildlife SOS. The mission of this non-profit organization is to rescue wild captive animals, help them to rehabilitate, and contribute to preserving India’s natural heritage. They have helped thousands of animals so far, including elephants.
In the touching video Wildlife SOS shared, Karma is getting out the trailer helped by two volunteers and taking the first steps towards her long awaited freedom.
Karma received a totally new life at an animal sanctuary and rehabilitation center Elephant Conservation and Care Center located in Northern India. She loves her new home and environment and feels confident by strolling around the sanctuary’s green grassy plains and peaceful fields. Because of her blindness, Karma is cautious and takes every step slowly by using her trunk to guide her. This is the only tool she has for smelling and feeling the ground in front of her. For now, caregivers are trying not to leave Karma alone and stay close enough while she is becoming familiar with the new environment and discovering the sanctuary.
She has to stay under quarantine for a while, until it will be safe for her to see other animals. However, the staff of the sanctuary hopes that once the quarantine is over Karma will be able to meet other elephants and become a part of her new elephant family.
Caregivers say that she has a long way to recover. However, already after a month at the sanctuary, she is feeling much better, getting stronger and becoming more confident. The organization has also started a fundraising company and has already raised money to cover Karma’s medical expenses.
Karma definitely benefits from freedom and life in a safe, natural environment. She finally looks like a happy elephant enjoying every second of her existence.
According to statistics, there are over 4,000 elephants living in captivity in India today. The average life expectancy of elephants is 60-70 years. However, captive elephants usually die before 40 due to such chronic disorders as tuberculosis, foot abscesses, and arthritis. Moreover, most of the keepers do not understand the needs of these giant animals and fail to provide them with proper living conditions.
Wildlife SOS was established in 1995 as a group of people inspired to preserve India’s natural heritage and protect the wildlife of the country. They have launched dozens of initiatives with the purpose to protect India’s endangered animals and prevent their extinction. Karma became the seventh rescued elephant at the sanctuary in 2020.
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