August 26 is National Dog Day, which means many people will find themselves with a new canine family member! But what to name the little direwolves in training? Websites like Whistle and Rover.com have been compiling data on the nation's most popular dog names and it turns out the "in" thing right now is to take some inspiration from HBO's mega-hit Game of Thrones.
Ever notice how the coolest musicians have dog names (Snoop Dogg, Pitbull), and the coolest dogs have musician names? (Beethoven, Cujo)— Jeff Biggerstaff (@Jaseeber) April 16, 2014
Game of Thrones love has also led to an increase in popularity of Huskies and Northern Inuit Dogs, the species used to represent the Stark's direwolves on the show. However, these huskies, bought on impulse from breeders, often wind up in shelters, and one star of the show, Peter Dinklage, wrote a statement making sure owners avoid this scenario:
Not only does this hurt all the deserving homeless dogs waiting for a chance at a good home in shelters, but shelters are also reporting that many of these huskies are being abandoned — as often happens when dogs are bought on impulse, without understanding their needs...always, always adopt from a shelter.
The names of other species (Moose, Bear) remain popular alongside food names (Taffy, Twix). Coffee-themed names (Mocha, Kona) are sadly declining, while boozy names like Brandy and Whisky are seeing a resurgence. If you feel like you're prepared and are ready to adopt a young direwolf, perhaps National Dog Day is a sign that the time is right? Get out there and find your direwolf!