A total of 850 dogs were licensed in the Parksville area in 2019 — including Yoda, Ceasar D’ Great, Coolhand Luke and Mr. Bean, to name just a few.
Daisy and Bella tied for the most common pooch name of the year for the area, at 11 apiece.
Some letter-by-letter highlights from the list, provided by the City of Parksville:
A: There were five dear Abbys, an Ace and pair of Angels. Also, a trio of Annies.
B: Those 11 pooches named Bella topped the list. There were nine Baileys, a Baker, a Banjo and four Bears. For car buffs, a Beamer and a pair of Bentleys. Don Cherry would love the two Blues. Also a Bogart, a Bongo and OK, there were four Boomers. A Bongo, a Bowser, a Bono and six Buddys.
C: A couple of Caramels, a Cashew and 10 Charlies. A Chopper, a Chipper, Coolhand Luke and six Coopers.
D: Two Diesels, two Dukes and the 11 Daisys made the list. Also one Dre and one Dudley.
E: There were just 12 dogs with names beginning with E. Perhaps to be expected, there are two Echos. Then three Emmas, two Ellies and an Esther.
F: Fantasy lovers were all about the F names. Frodo and Freya show up a couple of times. Then, there are eight dogs named Finn or Finnigan.
G: Don’t feed the two dogs named Gizmo after midnight! And maybe some punk rock fans will get a kick out of the dog named GG. Four Gingers and Four Gracies round out the list.
H: Motorcycle enthusiasts are represented on this list by four dogs named Harley (and one named Harley-Biscuit), then there are three named Heidi, four called Henry and there’s also a pup named Homer (d’oh!).
I: Only three dogs with names beginning with I: Isben, Ivy and Isabelle.
J: There are two pooches (or should we say cool cats?) named Jazz. Also a Jasmine, a Jazmin, six named Jack and three Jacksons.
K: There are plenty of Special Ks, including Kasey, Kaslo, Keeper, Kirby, Kona, Kody and Kiva. Perhaps pooch Karma enjoys yoga.
L: Parksville loves Lucy! Eight were registered in the area. There’s also a Legend, a Lego and four Lokis.
M: Hot dog! There are more than 100 pooches with M names. Eleven named Maggie, seven named Max (well actually one of them is named Maxx, but who’s counting?), there’s one that ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog named Memphis, and we found three dogs with the Holy Grail of dog names: Monty.
N: Has anyone found a pooch named Nemo? We’re having trouble seeing one. But those “super” dogs named Nova aren’t so hard to spot.
O: We have 21 dogs with O-names. There’s a couple of rock star dogs named Ozzy, one a piece of Odin and Oden, and finally, there is even an Ooshka.
P: Maybe some dog owners have actually been lodging bears. There’s a Paddington and two named Panda. Then there’s a garden of four Peppers, five Poppys and one each of Peanut, Peaches and Pansy. Also a Popeye a Polly Pocket and three Pippas.
Q: No Q dogs! Who’ll step up next year?
R: Ruh-roh! A trio of Rascals start the Rs off with some fun. There’s four Rosies, two Rubys and three Rorys. Also, a pup called Rocket, a Rolo and a pair of Remingtons.
S: Sams and Sadies abound! Eight of each top the list. Pay attention to Sarge and say hi to Sailor, Scout, Shogun and Shorty. There’s four Shylos two Snickers a Snoopy and a Snowflake. Swayze may like to dance.
T: Get started with a Taco.There’s a Trigger and a Titan. Also five Tobys, four Tuckers and three Tessas. One piece named Toffee, Tulip, Tiffany and Twyla.
U: Unfortunately, no pooches for U.
V: Just one V – Vegas.
W: Watch out, there’s a Willow Wisp, a trio of Winstons a Wolfie and a Woody. Also hello to Wilbur.
X: Xeena marks the only X on the 2019 list.
Y: Hey, Boo Boo! Just a pair of Ys, with Yogi joining the aforementioned Yoda. On the list, they are.
Z: Last but not least, six Zoes made the list, as well as two Zoeys. Also a Zeke and a Zack, a Zinny, a Ziggy and a Zipper. Last on the list, just behind Zorro, was dog 850 — Zeuss.
All dogs older than six months are required to wear a dog tag administered by the municipality, which has to be renewed yearly. Licensing fees prior to Jan. 31 are $30 for a dog that isn’t neutered or spayed and $20 for one that is. After that date, it’s $35 for an unneutered dog and $25 for pooches that are fixed.