TOP ANIMAL NAMES OF 2009

Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI), the nation's oldest and largest provider of pet health insurance, has declared Bella the most popular dog name of 2009. VPI crunched the numbers on its more than 475,000 insured pets to determine this year's most common names.

  Dogs                     Cats
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  1. Bella                  1. Max
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  2. Max                    2. Chloe
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  3. Bailey                 3. Bella
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  4. Lucy                   4. Oliver
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  5. Molly                  5. Tiger
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  6. Buddy                  6. Smokey
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  7. Maggie                 7. Tigger
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  8. Daisy                  8. Lucy
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  9. Chloe                  9. Shadow
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  10. Sophie                10. Angel
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The folks at AOL's PawNation.com polled readers to find out their favorite TV canine. The results:

Frasierdog Eddie (Frasier) -- 27%
Brian Griffin (Family Guy) --  22%
Flash (Dukes of Hazard) -- 16%
Petie (Little Rascals) -- 13%
Comet (Full House) -- 5%
Huckleberry Hound -- 5%
Jack (Little House On The Prairie) 3%
Blue (Blues Clues) -- 5%
Tiger (The Brady Bunch) -- 1%
Reckless (The Waltons) -- 0.7%

Some obvious omissions: Lassie and Rin Tin Tin were included in the movie category, and Snoopy in the comic-strip category.
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