One of Austin’s animal shelters thanked police for their weeks-long serial bombing investigation as part of their weekly photo series partnering officers and adoptable pets.
On Wednesday, the Austin Animal Center posted photos of Police Chief Brian Manley with a dog named Deena and thanked the police department for their work investigating a series of bombs that killed two people and injured five others in Austin and Schertz. Police confirmed the suspect in all the incidents, Mark Conditt, died after a bomb exploded in his car early Wednesday morning.
“Their tireless work over the last three weeks put an end to the fear our beautiful city has felt. We appreciate them and their work every day, but are especially thankful for them today,” the Facebook post reads.
In the Facebook post, the center shared that the initial dog the chief posed with named Deena was adopted the night before the “#APDRescueMe” campaign launched. The chief redid the photoshoot with another dog named Chin-Chin.
The Austin Animal Center’s “#APDRescueMe” social media campaign has showcased adoptable pets posing alongside Austin police officers since February.
If this year’s top dog names from Austin and the rest of the country are are any indication, it looks like the news and pop culture events of 2016 have spread to the monikers we give our pets.
According to Rover.com, a blog that compiles data on dog breeds, dog names and other pet stories, Americans liked to name their pets in 2016 after politicians, pop culture figures, fictional characters, alcoholic drinks and Pokemon.
As for the city of Austin, the top dog name for males was Max, while the top female name was Bella. But other, more Austin-centric names were on the rise, like Brisket, Pickle and Taco, which saw a 13 percent uptick in 2016.
And as Austin’s tech industry grows, so does the number of technically-named pooches in the city: Names like Mac, Pixel and Tesla were up 3 percent. So-called “hipster” names like Mason, Bowtie, Brewery (seriously?) and Sushi were reportedly on the rise, though there were no numbers available to back that up. Surprisingly, “Willie” and “Nelson” weren’t anywhere in the Austin rankings.
But the more fascinating data comes from Rover’s compilation of national trending dog names, which mirrored America’s pop culture fascinations and political hopes during 2016.
Bella and Max won nationally, as they did in Austin, but dogs named for video game and fantasy TV characters were especially popular among the nation in general and Millennials in specific.
Pet names from “Pokemon Go” (Haunter, Skitty, Bayleaf), “Harry Potter” (Luna, Harry, Dobby) and “Game of Thrones” (Arya, Snow, Khaleesi) saw high increases among pet owners. Netflix’s summer smash “Stranger Things” also found some representation, with names like “Eleven” and “Barb” rising nearly 12 percent (what, no love for Dustin?). “The X-Files” fans also dubbed their pets with higher rates than usual (names like Mulder and Scully were up 10 percent).
Dogs named for powerful women also rose 13 percent this year, where America saw its first major-party female nominee. The biggest increase in that category? Dogs named for Eleanor Roosevelt, rising at a rate of 42 percent. Meanwhile, dogs named for Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump also saw an increase.
Perhaps the most telling way dog names acted as a mirror to America in 2016 was in the “Dogs Named For Food” category. Junk-food-themed names like Taffy, Twix and Milano rose 2 percent, as did booze-themed names like Brandy, Guinness and Whiskey. And dogs named for health foods decreased 17 percent.
Lastly, the infographic from Rover said animal names like Bear, Moose and Tiger grew 8 percent from last year.
The report examines names that were input into Rover.com’s dog name database throughout 2016. Take a look at the full report here.
With firefighters flanked on either side saluting, a 16-year-old dog from Houston walked into a veterinary clinic in Cypress to be euthanized Monday. The golden retriever, Bretagne, was the last known living search dog who responded after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and helped locate human remains in the rubble, the Associated Press reports.
Bretagne was 2 years old when she and handler Denise Corliss were sent to the World Trade Center site where they spent 10 days searching through the rubble. She was nominated for a Hero Dog Award by the American Humane Association in 2014, and met with former President George H.W. Bush last year.
Texas Task Force 1, to which Bretagne belonged, took to Facebook to share pictures of the animal and share a message:“Rest in peace girl. We have it from here.”
Uno the beagle was the first of his breed to win Best in Show at Westminster in 2008 and is still widely considered to be one of the show’s most popular pooches, according to the Associated Press. He beat out six other top dogs on his way to Best In Show all those years ago and was the first beagle to win the hound category since 1939. Which is why what happened Monday night all the more ridiculous.
The beloved beagle was back in New York to appear on the show’s telecast and made it all the way inside, where he began barking — “the howl heard around the world,” as his handler Tristan Huebner once said.
Once Uno started barking, Westminster officials found and ejected him from Madison Square Garden, because he was an “undocumented dog,” according to Fox Sports.
Apparently Uno got no special favors as a former champion. Westminster President Sean McCarthy said Uno was ejected as “any undocumented dog would’ve been.” Harsh.
That shouldn’t get the dog down, though. Uno is now 11 and has ventured into the movie business, according to AP. He was in New York to stop by MSG, sure, but he was also in town to film promotional material for “The Secret Life of Pets,” an upcoming animated movie with voice talent from famous comedians like Louis C.K. and Kevin Hart.
One dog in the Westminster Kennel Club dog show is a long way from Texas, but she’s still making the Lone Star State proud.
Brie, a 3-year-old Wirehaired Pointing Griffon owned by Donna and Gino Troy of Austin, took home the Best of Breed award Tuesday at Westminster in New York City, beating out four other dogs. That means she’ll get to move on to the finals tonight, where she will show in the Sporting Group at 7 p.m. The entire competition will feature about 200 breeds, including No. 1 show dog Rumor the German Shepherd, according to the Associated Press.
Brie is carrying on a family legacy of sorts. Both of her parents won at Westminster back to back in 2012 and 2013, according to a news release. And that’s not all: She can hunt birds, too, and she’s certified by the American Kennel Club as a Senior Hunter.
Will Brie go all the way? Find out by tuning in to USA or CNBC tonight tonight at 7 p.m., and root for the hometown pooch.