Back in the day, you owned a pet and you named him Blacky or Bear or Bandit. Now you live with a companion animal. Jack or Sadie or Chloé.
Clearly, names matter. Ian Hallett, the county's animal services director, named his childhood dog Buttons. As an adult, he and his wife picked the name Sofie from a baby name book for their dog.
Hallett sees this trend to humanize dogs played out over a dozen years in the county's records.
Elisabeth Parker, Times staff writer
Leading the pack
For 2012, the top 10 names for dogs registered through the county were:
Back in 2000, the top 10 names for dogs registered through the county were:
Source: Hillsborough County Animal Services