Most popular dog and cat names of 2016…#PetsInSpace

By Cara Bristol

When I was a child, the Peanuts cartoon was very popular, so Snoopy was a popular name for dogs. It seemed like every kid I knew had a dog named Snoopy. Like baby names, pet names follow trends and pop culture. I’ve always named my pets by what struck me at the time, although a few of them I named after characters in books.

The cat I have now is named Hannah. The name is a palindrome (spelled the same forwards and backwards), and I’ve always liked it.

Dog and cat on white background

According to, most people choose masculine or feminine names for their dogs and cats; they don’t tend to go gender neutral. The top ten most popular names for kittens in 2016 were: Luna and Oliver, Bella and Milo, Lucy and Leo, Kitty, and Max, Chloe and Charlie, Callie and Simba, Nala and Smokey, Daisy and Tiger, Lily and Jack, Gracie and Kitty.

You can see the influences of pop culture (Nala, Simba, Bella, Milo). Kitty is the only name in the top 10 that was shared by male and female cats.

For puppies, Vet Street’s top ten names were: Bella and Max, Daisy and Cooper, Luna and Charlie, Lucy and Rocky, Sadie and Duke, Molly and Buddy, Lola and Bear, Chloe and Zues, Maggie and Jax, Zoey and Tucker.

I think the popularity of those names pans out. I know at least ten dogs with names on that list.

Many of the authors of Pets in Space 2 wrote about birds. According to the top bird names are: Charlie and Stella, Angel and Matilda, Max and Coco, Chuck and Sunny, Red and Willow, Skittles and Baby, Bogart and Dahlia, Indy and Kiwi, Jet and Gale, Shadow and Cleo.

What kind of pet do you have? What’s his/her name?

The kitten in Rescued by the Cyborg, my story in Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2, is named Mittzi (with two “ts” ) because she has four white socks (mittens).

Cara Bristol Mittzi

Rescued by the Cyborg

A Novella in the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance Series

A cyborg’s haunted past and a Faria’s clouded future entwine…

Hostage and sole survivor Solia waits for death at the hands of vicious predatory aliens when Cy-Ops agent Guy Roarke disobeys orders and charges in. A former medic, he initiates emergency medical procedures before rushing her to Cybermed.

Guy is taken with Solia, but the guilt of a past mistake won’t allow him to plan for a future with the delicate, brave beauty. Life is so uncertain, he can’t even keep Mittzi, the kitten his niece gave him. What he can do is see to it Solia gets the help she needs for a full recovery. But when best intentions place her in greater danger, it’s up to a little kitten to make everything all right again.

Rescued by the Cyborg Excerpt

Guy pushed into his cabin. Next to his bags was the gift—a box tied with a big red bow. The carton was moving. And mewing. “Oh, Jessamine, what did you do?”

The box bumped into his foot. Atop the lid his niece had written: LIVE ANAMUL. OPEN IMED IMID SOON!

He ripped off the bow and peeled back the top. Inside, an angry, frightened kitten hissed. Jessamine’s cat had birthed a litter, and he recognized this baby by its gray coat, four white feet, and a blotch shaped like a star on its button nose.

Sighing, he reached into the carton.

The kitten growled and swiped its claws across his skin.

“Ow!” Guy yanked his hand back. The kitten leaped out and dove under the berth.

Great. Just great. How could his niece have done such a thing? She shouldn’t have boxed up a live animal—even if she did punch air holes in the carton. If she hadn’t contacted him and insisted he open the present, the kitten might have remained inside for quite a while.

In the corner of the container, he spotted a slip of paper, partially shredded. He unfolded it.

Dear Uncle Guy,

I know you are sad, and I want you to be happy. I am giving you one of Fluffy’s kittens so you won’t be lonely. I named her Mittzi becuz she has four wite white mittens. Pleez come home again, soon.



His sister worried about him, but Carter, too, and now Jessamine? He hadn’t hidden his feelings well enough if his seven-year-old niece could pick up on them.

Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2

The pets are back! Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2, featuring twelve of today’s leading Science Fiction Romance authors brings you a dozen original stories written just for you! Join in the fun, from the Dragon Lords of Valdier to a trip aboard award-winning author, Veronica Scott’s Nebula Zephyr to journeying back to Luda where Grim is King, for stories that will take you out of this world! Join New York Times, USA TODAY, and Award-winning authors S.E. Smith, M.K. Eidem, Susan Grant, Michelle Howard, Cara Bristol, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Laurie A. Green, Sabine Priestley, Jessica E. Subject, Carol Van Natta, and Alexis Glynn Latner as they share stories and help out, a charity that supports our veterans!

10% of the first month’s profits go to Hero Dogs raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge with US Veterans to improve quality of life and restore independence.

Cara Bristol Bio

USA Today bestselling author Cara Bristol writes steamy science fiction romance with an emphasis on the characters and their romance, with a little humor, heat, and danger added for fun. She is the author of three science fiction romance series: sexy cyborg Cy-Ops Scifi Romance series, the dark erotic Breeder series, and the new humorous Alien Mate series. She likes to say that she writes science fiction for readers who don’t like sci-fi. Cara lives in Missouri with her alpha hero, her husband, and Hannah, her cat, aka her writing supervisor.


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