Charlotte Pet Adoption Centers

Every time that we at The Waggle Company hear the opening bars of Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel”, we immediately reach for tissues. It’s a hauntingly beautiful pop ballad. However, it’s not the lyrics or music that makes us curl into the fetal position. What makes the tears flow is that that song will forever be associated with a commercial for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) that shows images of sad animals that have been abandoned or abused.

As animal lovers, it is hard to imagine that people would intentionally mistreat and/or abandon their pets. However, it happens – a lot. Animal shelters and rescue groups need help finding loving homes for animals.

If you are looking to bring a new dog or cat into your home, here is a list of some of the local animal adoption and rescue groups.

Greater Charlotte SPCA

The Greater Charlotte SPCA (GCSPCA) does not own or operate a shelter facility. It operates as an autonomous organization and all pets are fostered in volunteer’s home until they are ready for adoption. GCSPCA maintains an updated list of the animals available for adoption that includes pictures and details about the animal’s personality. When adopting from GCSPCA, interested parties must agree to home visit amongst other requirements.

For complete information on adopting, volunteering and donating at GCSPCA visit their website: https://www.charlottespca.org/

North Meck Animal Rescue

North Meck Animal Rescue (NMAR) is a non-profit, no kill animal rescue group serving the northern portion of Mecklenburg County. NMAR utilizes fosters until the right owners are found for adoption. They maintain a website with pictures of available dogs with details about their temperaments and any medical issues.

Some of the requirements for those those interested in adoption from NMAR are:

Be at least 24 years old
Do not apply if you plan to leave your pet outside
Never allow your pet to ride unsecured in the bed of a pick up

For complete information on adopting, volunteering and donating at NMAR visit their website: http://www.northmeckanimalrescue.org/

South Charlotte Dog Rescue

The South Charlotte Dog Rescue (SCDR) is a non-profit, no-kill organization that serves the south Charlotte area. SCDR does not have a physical facility as they strive to keep administrative costs low. SCDR prefers that you’ve had a pet in the last five years and they require that you provide two references that are not in your immediate family.

SCDR has information available on their website (www.southcharlottedogrescue.com/) and they also have a very active Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/SouthCharlotteDogRescue/

Halfway There Rescue

Halfway There Rescue (HTR) rescues high-risk dogs and cats from overcrowded shelters in Mecklenburg, York, Lancaster and Chester counties. Their dedicated volunteers secure loving fosters and forever homes. They also provide transportation to other parts of NC and surrounding states. HTR has a listing of their adoptable pets with details about their personalities.

For complete information on adopting, volunteering and donating at HTR visit their website: http://www.halfwaythererescue.com/

You can also visit the Humane Societies of Charlotte, York County and Concord & Greater Cabarrus County.

The Humane Society of Charlotte
2700 Toomey Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28203
704.377.0534
humanesocietyofcharlotte.org/
Hours of operation:
Monday – Sunday: 11:00am – 5:00pm

The Humane Society of York County
8177 Regent Parkway
Fort Mill, South Carolina 29715
803.802.0902
humanesocietyofyorkcounty.org/
Hours of operation:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Tuesday and Friday: 1:00pm – 6:00pm

The Humane Society of Concord and Greater Cabarrus County
2010 Wilshire Court SW
Concord, NC 28025
704.784.7387
http://www.cabarrushumanesociety.org/
Monday – Thursday: 11:00am – 6:00pm
Friday: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

After you’ve adopted your furry love nugget, remember that The Waggle Company is here to help you give them the best life.


Frozen Treats To Help Your Dog Beat The Heat

Ahh, summer in the South, a time when our desire to be outside enjoying events that end with fireworks is only outweighed by our desire to not melt into a puddle on the sizzling hot sidewalk. However, don’t worry fellow southerners, it should start to cool down around Thanksgiving.

In the summer, we humans tend to strip down to as little as possible without getting jailed and we are always looking for ways to beat the heat. Can you imagine what it must be like for our four-legged nuggets of love? They are also walking around in the same heat and humidity that we constantly complain about, but they are doing it with a fur coat and an inability to sweat.

Therefore, to help our furry best friends beat the heat, we’ve put together a list of our favorite frozen dog-friendly treats. They all follow the same instructions, so just pick the ingredients that you like best!

Frozen Peanut Butter Banana Treats

Ingredients:

  •  32oz plain yogurt

  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter

  • 1 large banana, sliced

  •  1 tablespoon honey (optional)

Frozen Pumpkin Spice Treats

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Greek nonfat plain yogurt

  •  1/2 cup canned pure pumpkin puree

  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

  • Water as needed

Frozen Strawberry Banana Treats

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sliced strawberries (or 16oz bag of frozen strawberries)

  • 1½ cups plain Greek low fat yogurt

  • 1-2 sliced banana

  • ¼ cup of almond/skim/soy milk

  •  3 tablespoons honey (optional)

Frozen Watermelon Treats

Ingredients:

  • ¼-½ seedless watermelon

  • 12 oz coconut milk

 

Instructions:

  • Combine all ingredients into a food processor or blender.

  • Blend until creamy.

  • Pour mixture into a silicone mold or an ice cube tray and freeze for 2-4 hours.

  • Pop out of molds and serve to your furry best friend.

Tips:

  • For less mess, place mixture into a plastic bag and cut a small piece off of the corner and then squeeze into silicon mold or ice tray.

  • Place remaining treats in an air-tight container or freezer bag and save for up to two months.


Have some fun with it!:

  • Break bone shaped treats in half and place them in the ice trays before freezing so that your frozen treat will look like a popsicle, or better yet, a “pupsicle”!

  • Use bone and paw shaped silicon molds so that your treats look pup-themed!

King of Pups

For those times that you don’t have time to make homemade frozen treats, you can always pop into King of Pops (and, let’s face it, we’re all looking for an excuse to stop at King of Pops) and grab some of their delicious frozen dog treats.

Another fun way for our furry love nuggets to beat the heat is to place their favorite toys in a silicon mold (such as a bundt pan) and fill it with water. Once it is solidly frozen pop it out and watch as your pup cools down while trying to reach their favorite toy.

The Waggle Company is always more than happy to provide these and any other special treats to our clients during our visits. Just mention it to us when you schedule an appointment and we’re happy to help your pup cool down with one of your homemade frozen treats!


Evolution of Dogs

Dogs are such a integral part of lives that it is hard to imagine a time when weren’t starting Instagram accounts for them or feeding them organic homemade dog treats or sending them to doggie day care. And, although our four-legged best friends may not have always been given the same kind of royal treatment that many of them receive today, smithsonian.com reported that new genetic evidence shows that you would have to go back 27,000 to 40,000 years to find a time when dogs split from their wolf counterparts and began their relationship with man. Humans raised dogs long before kittens. Dogs were part of mankind’s life before we herded goat, cattle and sheep.

Dogs are descendants of wolves, but that is easy to forget considering that there are so many different breeds of dogs (the American Kennel Club officially recognizes 178 breeds, but there are more than 400 breeds worldwide), some of which look no more alike than a zebra and a donkey. Jack Tseng, a paleontologist at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, said in article for Live Science, “If you were a biologist who comes from a society that never had any dogs associated with humans and you looked at these dogs, you would immediately think that these were different species.”

Charles Darwin believed that dogs were so diverse because they bred with several different variations of wild dogs. However, the dozens and dozens of breeds that exist today reflect focused and purposeful interbreeding by man.

For years, the prevailing theory about dog domestication is that man domesticated wolves to help them hunt. As the two groups began to work together, the wolves physical features began to change. Its frame became smaller and its jaw shortened. Wolves that were friendly and well-behaved with humans began to travel with them and that is how they passed on their genes.

Over the last 27,000-40,000 years, dogs and humans have grown and evolved – together.  The mutually beneficial relationship between them has even fundamentally changed both species. The dog-human bond has grown so tight that dogs are now able to pick up on human cues and emotions that other animals, even those with advanced intelligence, are unable to understand.

Today, it is widely accepted that there are many positive aspects to the human-canine relationship. Blood pressure is found to lower when petting a dog, particularly so when it is your own dog. Dog owners are shown to have higher levels of the feel-good hormones like oxytocin, beta-endorphins, prolactin, phenylethylamine and dopamine. Pet owners have also been found to have lowered cholesterol, resulting in fewer doctor visits, and a reduced level of loneliness due to the social interaction with their pet. Indirectly, dog owners also report that they are more likely to talk to strangers when they are walking their dog, as the pet seems to be an icebreaker in initiating social contact.

Here’s to another 40,000 years of snuggling with our furry love nuggets.

 

 


Benefits of Using In-Home Pet Care

Dogs are more than our pets. They are our friends and our family members and because of this, we want them to live their best lives. Dogs are social animals that crave routine. To keep them healthy and out of mischief, they need to be consistently mentally stimulated. According to WebMD, dogs, much like their human counterparts, receive many benefits from regular exercise.

However, between long hours at the office, after work activities and family commitments there are times when we are unable to give our dogs the attention that they need and deserve. And, that is why dog walking services be very beneficial for dogs and their owners.

What are some of the mental, emotional, and physical benefits of using in-home pet care? 

  • Regular walks keeps dogs healthy. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, approximately 54% of dogs are obese. Many canine health issues can be avoided with daily exercise. One of the easiest ways to keep your pet healthy is to give them three 20 minute walks a day.
  • Daily walking helps to get rid of your dogs excess energy and resulting in calmer behavior at home. With frequent, lengthy walks, your dog will be less inclined to engage in undesirable behaviors such as barking, chewing, biting or using the bathroom indoors.
  • Walking stimulates a dog senses. Dogs get to see, smell, feel and hear new and interesting things when out for a walk. This stimulation often includes meeting other people or animals, which can be an excellent way to encourage proper socialization for your pup.
  • Hiring a dog walker can relieve pet owners’ guilt and provide them with a valuable commodity – time.
  • A nurturing dog walker who is consistent and reassuring can help build your dogs confidence and ease their anxiety. One of The Waggle Company’s very own clients, Evie, experienced this first hand:

Evie is a shy pup who had a lot of anxiety when she was introduced to new people. When she first began her Waggle visits, it took a long time and plenty of encouragement for her to even come out of her crate. However, after regular visits, the caring, nurturing Waggle sitters began to gain Evie’s trust. Eventually, her dedicated pet-professionals coaxed her outside and then on short walks.

Now, Evie is going on long walks and her mom, Lucy, is impressed and happy about her progress. Lucy said, ”Evie was really shy around people and The Waggle Company has patiently won her over! It’s been wonderful for us to know that Evie has some time outside on our longer work days, and it wasn’t easy at first for Waggle’ team members to get Evie to even come out of her crate, but she loves her Waggle walkers now and we are thrilled. Evie is a dear girl who is slowly becoming a more social dog thanks to Waggle’s help!”

Look at the difference in Evie’s disposition! In a photo from one of her earlier visits, Evie looks visibly afraid and stressed. She was anxious and nervous around people who were not her owners!

But after much patience and loving encouragement from her Waggle team members, Evie began to be more comfortable and less stressed. She has become less anxious around new people and has begun to love her Waggle visits. A picture from a recent Waggle visit with Evie shows that she is visibly less stressed. She is relaxed and at ease with her Waggle team member!

The Waggle Company was born when Meggie and Sebastian Williams were unable to find a in-home pet care service that combined vetted pet professionals with advanced technology. They want to start a service that provided peace of mind to pet-owners, while their dogs enjoyed the benefits of regular walks by loving pet-professionals. When they couldn’t find one, they started their own.

And, now the Waggle Company is here to give you happy pets and peace of mind. Every time.

 


A Definitive List of Charlotte's Best Dog Parks

Take a quick pick peek at some local Instagram accounts and you will find that Charlotteans love: craft beer, Uptown sunsets, popsicles melting in Prosecco and dogs.

Fortunately, Mecklenburg County Parks and Recs provides some incredible dog parks for all of its dog loving citizens.

William R. Davie District Park

Source: Instagram @lifewithmutts

Located off Pineville-Matthews Road near the Arboretum, William R. Davie District Park boasts the popular Davie Dog Park, an impressive five acres of grassy (read: not too muddy or dusty) off-leash fun for your pooch. It also has a separate area for smaller dogs. Honeysuckle is abundant in this park which covers up some of the other not-so-pleasant smells found in dog parks.

4635 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte, NC

McAlpine Creek Park

 

Source: sevendaysvt.com

McAlpine Creek Park’s dog park, Ray’s Fetching Meadow, was Charlotte’s first off-leash park. While convenient for South Park residents and providing plenty of benches for humans to rest while their dogs frolic, this park is smaller than some of the other parks and there’s not as much grass. Grab some towels before you go because it can be a muddy/dusty ride home.

8711 Monroe Road, Charlotte, NC 28212

Frazier Park

Source: basilstravels.com

Although parking can be somewhat of a nightmare, Frazier Park is easy to access from Uptown and I-77. It has plenty of doggy swimming pools, water stations and lots of room to play fetch. It also has separate areas for big and small dogs. Be sure to leash your dog back up and check out Frazier Park’s great trails before or after visiting the dog park.

1201 W 4th Street Ext., Charlotte, NC 28202

Reedy Creek Park

Source: apartments.com

The University area of is home to Barkingham Park one of Charlotte’s largest dog parks. Considering Barkingham Park’s location, there are always plenty of young pet owners ready to socialize. This park has swimming pools and toys for the pups and benches and picnic tables for their people.  Additionally, there is a well-worn walking path and some great trails that provide on-leash fun.

2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte, NC 28205

Ramsey Creek Park

Source: Pinterest

In addition to providing a laid back off-leash space with plenty of shade, Ramsey Creek Park also has a public Lake Norman access where dogs can cool off after running and playing. Additionally, on certain weekends there is a free tick check for dogs. The grass is fairly sparse in this park, so prepare for dust or mud.

18441 Nantz Road, Cornelius, NC 28031

Shuffletown Park

Source: doggoes.com

Shuffletown Park is a big park – if you can find it. It is classified as being in the “North Park” region, but it is definitely not as easy to locate as the other parks. In addition to providing plenty of room to run about, it provides plenty of shade. However, most of the park is covered in gravel and that is not the best for dog’s paws.

9500 Bellhaven Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28214

Some things to remember:

  • Dog parks are free and they are open from 7:30am until sunset every day.

  • Dogs must be current with vaccinations (Rabies with Tag Number, DHLPP & Bordetella).

  • No children under the age of 12 are allowed in the off-leash dog parks.

  • You must scoop your dogs poop (bags and trashcans are provided).


Human foods that you should never feed your dog (and a few that you should)

The Doggie Diaries: Food Confessionals

“Hello. My name is Bella. I’m a Boxer and I once ate half a bag of self-rising flour. There were biscuits starting to form in my mouth.”

“Good evening. My name is Copper. Proud mix breed here. I once ate a giant bag of Starbursts – wrappings and all.”

“Hey there. My name is Max. Golden Retriever. A couple of years ago I ate 3/4 of a Thanksgiving turkey.”

It goes without saying that if opportunity arises for dogs to get their paws on some human food most are going full-on carpe diem. And, most dog owners probably love to see the joy on their dog’s face when they slip their little furry love nugget a steak bone or an abandoned pizza crust.

However, there are some foods that humans digest without any problems that can wreck havoc on a dog’s body. Before giving your dog to a special treat, owners must know which foods they should never give their precious pups.

Chocolate: Chocolate contains both theobromine and caffeine, which can speed the heart rate and stimulate the nervous system of dogs. Even small amounts of chocolate, especially dark chocolate, can cause diarrhea and vomiting. A large amount of chocolate can cause seizures, irregular heart function, and even death.

Cinnamon: Cinnamon and its oils can irritate a dog’s mouth. It can also lower a dog’s blood sugar too much and can lead to diarrhea, vomiting, increased, or decreased heart rate and even liver disease.

Garlic: Garlic is part of the Allium family along with onions, leeks and chives. And, while the whole Allium family should be avoided by dogs, it is important to note that garlic is five times more toxic to dogs than the others. Garlic can create anemia in dogs.

Grapes and Raisins: Although the exact substance in grapes and raisins that causes a toxic reaction in dogs isn’t known, the toxicity is well documented. Ingesting the fruit can cause acute and even sudden kidney failure.

Fried and Fatty Foods: Fried and fatty foods aren’t good for humans but they are particularly bad for our canine friends. Just a few bites of a high-fat food can cause a painful, dangerous condition called pancreatitis.

However, there are some human foods that are actually beneficial to your dog. Here are three of the top ones:

Peanut Butter: Peanut butter is packed with protein, healthy fats, niacin, vitamin B and vitamin E. Pups usually love peanut butter right off the spoon, or tucked in a toy for them to work on for hours.

Cooked Chicken: Cooked chicken provides great protein and most dogs love the flavor! Be sure to stick to chicken meat, avoid giving your dog cooked chicken bones.

Carrots: Carrots are high in fiber and vitamin A while being low in calories. Chewing raw carrots is also beneficial for your dog’s teeth. Sometimes, giving your dog a carrot stick can occupy them just like a chew toy!

Food is a great way to enjoy life – for humans and dogs. When it comes to our best friends just make sure you’re careful and selective as to what you give them. Always talk to your vet about the best food options for you pet and stick to pup-healthy options!


Thoughts Your Dog Has During a Waggle Visit

My human is a little nuts this morning – she spilled coffee on her favorite shirt – and, now she is going to be late to that place she goes every day. I miss my human when she is gone.

Mom’s halfway out the door but runs back in, gives me a big kiss on the head and says, “Now, you be a good boy on your Waggle visit today!”

My WHAT? My Waggle Visit? Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! This day just got so much better. My Waggle human is so cool. We play and go for walks. I love her and I know that she loves me – she tells me all the time. And, she calls me Super Cooper! That’s my favorite.

Now, what to do until she gets here? I guess I’ll just go around and around in a tight circle until I find the exact right spot to lie down. Yeah, there it is, there’s the spot. Wow, I’ve been up for 75 minutes. I better get a good nap in.

Wait, what’s that I hear? Is it…could it be…?

“Hey Cooper! Where’s my Super Cooper?”

I run to her screaming, here I am, here I am! I show off my sweet hops and lick her right on the face just like she likes.

She gives me the best pets and even hits that sweet spot right behind my ear!

I’m a little embarrassed to say this, but I got so excited that I peed just a little, but my Waggler said, “No worries, Coop. Happens to the best of us,” and then she went and got some paper towels and cleaned it right up.

“Are you ready, Cooper? Let’s go for a walk!”

Am I ready? I was born ready!

And, we’re off!

The sunshine! I love the sunshine! The sunshine is the best.

SQUIRREL!

“Hey there, Super Cooper! You leave that squirrel alone. He’s our friend, not a squeaky toy!”

Yay! A stick. Sticks are the coolest. Especially the big ones.

Waggle human is laughing, “Cooper that stick is bigger than you!” “Ok, let’s get a picture of you, you silly pup! Your mom is going to love this one!”

Gosh, I hate getting my picture taken. My smile is always weird, but she’s right, my mom does love the pictures that my Waggle human sends her. And, when she bends down to show me the picture, I have to admit that it is pretty stinkin’ cute. This one will for sure make it to Instagram! #bestdog

It’s time for us to head back home. I’m sad for my walk to end, but I am pooped. I am going to nap so hard.

As soon as we get through the door, I beeline to my water bowl and drink until I think I’m going to throw up. My Waggle human gets my bowl and puts fresh water in it so that I’ll have some this afternoon. She gives me a treat and sits down beside me and gives me so many great pets.

I’m so sleepy. So warm and fuzzy.

“Bye, my sweet boy! You’re mom is going to be so impressed with how far you walked today when she sees our route. See you soon!”

Bye, Waggle human. I woof you.


Four Ways to Use Essential Oils With Dogs

This is a guest post written by Real Food Carolyn at realfoodcaroyln.com!

Essential oils aren’t just for people! Our beloved fur babies can also benefit. Here are my four favorites ways to use essential oils with our pup.

CALM THE CRAZIES :: Our Charley is a pretty low-key pup but when we travel by car he seems to stay on high-alert. It’s like he feels that he needs to watch where we’re going in case he needs to take over the driving at some point. Ha! But this translates into him being overly active and wanting to be up toward the front of the car which can block my view. So to help him settle in the back seat where its safer for him and for me, I like to apply a mixture of doTERRA Lavender essential oil (diluted with water) to his back. My recipe is 20 drops Lavender in a 2 ounce spray bottle of water. I spritz a little of the mixture on my hands then run my hands over his fur along the spine. Within minutes, he’s calmer and settled in for a lovely – and safe – drive.

SOOTHE THE ITCHIES :: As the seasons change from Winter to Spring or Summer to Fall, Charley can develop “the itchies” … Poor guy! I’ve found that a mixture of doTERRA’s Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint essential oils (heavily diluted with water or coconut oil) can be applied topically to the itchy areas and he stops the scratching pronto! A safe dilution ratio is 1 part essential oils to 50 parts carrier for an average-sized, healthy dog. See more about dilution below.

DEFLECT THE PESTS :: The fleas and ticks are gearing up for quite a party this summer – yuck – so we will be diligent with my combo of doTERRA’s Terrashield outdoor blend mixed with Peppermint, Cedarwood, and Lemongrass essential oils. Again, following the ratio of 1 part essential oils to 50 parts carrier. This mixture will be applied to Charley’s legs and paws when we venture out to risky areas.  Another great spot is on the collar or using an oil-diffusing tag!

EASE THE EARS :: The unique design of a dog’s ears can sometimes result in some ear yuck, especially as the seasons change or when our pups are in contact with water. At the first sign of issues, I create a mixture of fractionated coconut oil with these doTERRA essential oils: Lavender, Melaleuca, Geranium, and Frankincense. One to 2 drops of each with the appropriate amount of carrier oil; then I apply the blend around the base of each ear, front and back, two or three times a day as needed.

Observe these safety precautions, please:

  • Essential oils are highly-concentrated volatile aromatic compounds that have been distilled or pressed from plants. Please note that all essential oils are NOT created equally therefore when using an essential oil around your dog, carefully research the quality and favor safe, certified pure essential oils. I only use doTERRA essential oils on our dog.

  • When getting started, consider spot testing first. And always dilute with a carrier oil (such as fractionated coconut oil) at a ratio of at least 1 part EO to 50 parts carrier. Double that dilution rate for dogs under 20 pounds and for senior dogs.

  • Use essential oils in moderation. Every dog is different, so carefully observe how your fur baby responds to the essential oils. Approach them slowly and allow them to become accustomed to the aromas.

  • Avoid getting the essential oils anywhere near the dog’s eyes and never drop in their ear canals or other soft tissue areas.

  • Use essential oils with caution around puppies, pregnant dogs, and very old dogs.

  • Use common sense and good judgment as you try different methods.

Want to learn more? Lots of helpful resources can be found at myDOTERRA.com or reach out to me by email at RealFoodCarolyn@gmail.com. My beautiful community of essential oilers is a wonderful place in which to learn more about natural solutions for vibrant health & wellness. You are welcome to join in!

Check out Carolyn’s original article here.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.


The Name Game: What to consider when naming your dog

The Name Game: What to consider when naming your dog

A dog’s name is often a reflection of its owner’s personality and interests. Although it is not as intimidating as naming a child because you don’t have to worry about their dog friends rhyming their name with bodily functions, it is important to remember that a puppy’s response often depends on the name that you choose for it.

Teaching your dog to respond to his/her name is a crucial part of establishing communication lines between your pet and you. If the name sounds too much like another family member’s name or a frequently used word the dog may have a hard time differentiating the words causing the dog to respond inappropriately or not at all. Another piece of advice for naming your dog is to choose a name with a sibilant consonant or blend (an “s,” “sh” or “zh”) or commanding consonant (a “k” or hard “c”). These sounds help your dog distinguish its name from ambient sounds.

According to petmd.com, the best dog names are easily spoken words consisting of two syllables. The two syllables provide a rhythm that is easy for the dog to understand. Although we may want to name our new four legged family member, Daenerys Targaryen or Benedict Cumberbatch, it is best to stick to names such as: Bella, Buddy, Lucky and Rocky.

Pet owners should also consider social norms when naming their dog. Although a name may be a hilarious inside joke for your family and friends, it would be wise to see if you are comfortable calling this name out in a crowded dog park. Once a dog learns their name, it is very difficult to teach them a new one.

I’ll help you to be popular

The Charlotte Observer analysis of the 170,000 pets registered with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Animal Care & Control Division found that the most popular dog names in Charlotte-Mecklenburg are:

Female

Male

1. Bella

1,600

1. Max

1,224

2. Lucy

1,017

2. Buddy

887

3. Daisy

844

3.Charlie

764

4. Molly

786

4.Rocky

663

5. Maggie

726

5. Jack

566

6. Sadie

708

6. Cooper

553

7. Chloe

698

7. Toby

476

8. Sophie

622

8. Jake

462

9. Lola

580

9. Bentley

450

10. Coco

548

10. Bear

426

Other popular dog names in Char-Meck, showed pet-owner’s devotion to the Carolina Panthers. There were 45 dogs named Cam, 44 named Newton and there are 13 dogs sporting the name Kuechly.

The names that the Waggle Company sees the most often are: Cooper, Charlie and Bear for the fellas. Popular names amongst the ladies are: Bella, Lucy and Callie.

However, it may be best to avoid the most popular names because it can cause a chaotic traffic jam if everyone at the dog park is calling the same name.

Ultimately, while naming suggestions are helpful tools, you should name your new dog something that is endearing and that you won’t mind repeating over and over and over again.


The Waggle Company - Stay Warm At These Pet-Friendly Locations

We’ve all lamented over the recent ban excluding dogs from inside of breweries, but, it’s time to dry our eyes, folks, because we’ve compiled a list of places that (still) allow dogs in the Charlotte area… 

As dog owners and lovers, there’s nothing better than soaking up the rays on the patio of your favorite restaurant or bar with your furry friends but it’s officially winter and winter means no more warm sun, no more patios, and ultimately making it more difficult to bring the pups out and about.

If you’re anything like us here at The Waggle Company, we want to take out dogs everywhere. Here are some places to continue to fun all year long!

The Dog Bar – Climate controlled. Off-leash play time. Drinks. And lots of local take-out to enjoy. Just be prepared for the $10 membership fee for your dog (all vaccinations must be up-to-date).

Lucky Dog Bark and Brew – With two locations (Charlotte and Cornelius), you can enjoy a drink with your furry friends all year round! Just remember to bring your pup’s shot records.

The Charlotte Checker’s Pooch Party –  Nothing beats watching our Charlotte Checkers take on the Chicago Wolves while also cuddling your favorite pup. (Bonus: this game is also Chubby’s Birthday Party and Daddy/Daughter Day!)

Gallery Twenty-Two – Bring the art connoisseur in yourself out along with your dog at this pet-friendly, contemporary art gallery located in Plaza Midwood.

Crowder’s Mountain State Park – For those more mild days of Charlotte’s winter, working up a sweat is sure to keep you warm. Climb one of Crowder’s mountains many trails with Fido by your side, he’s sure enjoy the exercise and fresh air!

Bonus Event:

Puppy Bowl 2017 – Hosted by A Plus Garage Doors, this event is sure to be great! Mingle with local pet owners, “rent-a-puppy” for a day, and meet some adorable shelter pups looking for their fur-ever home on January 28th in Pineville.