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Bailey and Maggie are top dogs in town

December 1, 2010

If you live in Walpole, and own a dog, chances are very high that your dog goes by the name of either “Bailey” or “Maggie.” According to public records obtained recently from Walpole Animal Control, 4 percent of dog owners in Walpole have canines named either “Bailey” or “Maggie”, more than any other name. The name “Max” follows closely behind, covering 2 percent of Walpole’s pooches. The name “Bailey” appears to have no gender connotations with it, either, as it is a popular name for both male and female dogs in Walpole.

There were a total of 2528 dogs licensed in Walpole as of November 30, 2010, and names for dogs are highly diverse throughout town. For example, one dog goes by the name “Princess Crumbles,” one is called “Rumour,” another is “Sam Adams,” and still others are named after baseball stars like “Sammy Sosa.” Pride for Boston sports is also evident in many Walpole dogs’ names, including one named “Varitek,” two named “Jacoby,” three who go by “Fenway,” and four named “Bruschi.” Dogs named “Boston” and “Brady” are also currently living in Walpole.

There are five dogs named “Rebel,” presumably after Walpole’s winning sports teams, ranging from a 12-year-old beagle in North Walpole to a 1-year-old yellow labrador retriever in West Walpole.

The most unique dog names in Walpole are “Natty Bumppo,” “Ki’ipu,” “Jackie O,” “Finn McCool,” and “Foxy Cleopatra.” “Bodacious,” “Blanquita,” and “Bocephus” are also on the list.

The most popular breed of dog in Walpole is the Labrador Retriever, which makes up 12 percent of the breeds in Walpole. The next most popular breed are mixed breeds, which make up 11 percent of dogs.

Three of the five members of the Board of Selectmen – Chris Timson, Eric Kraus, Nancy Mackenzie – own dogs, and Selectman Kraus and Selectwoman Mackenzie both own two dogs each.

180 would like to thank the Walpole ACO for providing a list of dogs and dog owners in Walpole. The professionalism of Town Hall staff is remarkable.

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