Here’s What You Said: Pets with celebrity names

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Cal Ripken, Jr’.s canine namesake

In our December newsletter, we asked: Do you have a pet named after a celebrity? We found that lots of famous people (or their names, at least) have gone to the dogs — and the cats, too.

Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr., singer Usher, Lucille Ball, and Supernatural star Jensen Ackles all have their four-legged namesakes.

Then there’s a 12-year-old Schnauzer named Samuel L. Jackson and a black-and-white cat named Demimore — not to mention The Shih-Tzu-ation, who also made our list of weirdest and wackiest pet names.

Lynn D. named her lively cats after two over-the-top performers: Janis Joplin and Grace Slick. She also gave a nod to well-known characters from fiction for her two other cats: Archie Goodcat, after detective Nero Wolfe‘s legman Archie Goodwin, and Lily Meowin, after Archie’s lady friend, Lily Rowan. Weasley (named after Harry Potter’s friend Ron Weasley) was honored by Sharon B.


This Usher (at the Beeville Humane Society in Texas) is a female.

Lisa R. named her German Shepherd after Dale Earnhardt (with whom he shares a birthday). Lisa writes that the NASCAR legend “was known in the racing world as The Intimidator, and our Dale has become a 100-lb. force to be reckoned with. He is as gentle as can be, except when strange people come to our house, and then he lets them know they should be afraid. He is definitely our ‘Intimidator.’ “

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