These are the most popular dog and cat names from 2021

These are the most popular dog and cat names from 2021

For cats, Milo and Luna both kept their number one ranking, while Bella has also proven a popular name for female cats – staying in second place for another year.

Lonely, people-loving dog who spent almost all her life in kennels needs a home

Lonely, people-loving dog who spent almost all her life in kennels needs a home

She loves people but only has her cuddly toys for comfort at night (Picture: RSPCA)Meet Bella, the lonely lurcher who is in desperate need of a forever home.‘Bella is a friendly, affectionate dog who loves to spend time with people,’ they added.

These are the most popular dog names of 2021

These are the most popular dog names of 2021

While the main themes of 2021 – travel, sports, entertainment and the pandemic – inspired an eclectic mix of names, Luna officially became the UK’s number one pooch title, closely followed by last year’s favourite, Bella, and top choice for males, Milo.

Dog found drowning in river with rock tied to neck finds ‘forever home’

Dog found drowning in river with rock tied to neck finds ‘forever home’

Bella was cared for by the RSPCA for 15 months before she found her forever home (Picture: RSPCA/SWNS) Bella with her new owners Maggie Mellish and Charlie Douglas (Picture: RSPCA/SWNS) Bella was reunited with her rescuers Jane Harper and Joanne Bellamy at the RSPCA centre (Picture: RSPCA/SWNS).

Retiree killed neighbor’s barking dog because he wanted a lie-in

Retiree killed neighbor’s barking dog because he wanted a lie-in

Mark Mittermeier, 66, has been sentenced to five days behind bars (Picture: Bella Vista Police)A retiree was jailed for killing his neighbor’s barking dog because he and his wife ‘wanted a lie-in’.

Drowning dog rescued after it was tied to huge rock and thrown into river

Drowning dog rescued after it was tied to huge rock and thrown into river

Luckily, a passerby spotted Bella struggling in the water and jumped in to save her (Picture: SWNS) The rock that was found attached to the dog’s lead (Picture: SWNS) Bella has now recovered from the ordeal (Picture: SWNS)She was released on bail until her next court appearance on March 8, 2021 along with a 32-year-old man who denied the same charge.

Dog named nation's most destructive pet after destroying carpet

Dog named nation's most destructive pet after destroying carpet

Bella went on a rampage and left owner Kelly’s pillow in tatters and her walls needing repairs (Picture: Jam Press/ScS/Jam Press)Third place in the competition went to two and three-year-old Pug-crosses Riley and Teddy after owner Lisa Williams arrived home one day to catch them ripping apart her best cushions.

Dog has one of largest litters ever - after neutering appointment cancelled

Dog has one of largest litters ever - after neutering appointment cancelled

(Picture: SWNS)Mary Killing had planned to get her dogs Bella and Archie neutered back in March but the appointment had to be cancelled because of coronavirus.Mary Killing with her dogs Bella and Archie (Picture: Brendan Gleeson / SWNS).

Lonely dog given up for adoption as key worker owner had to work 12-hour shifts

Lonely dog given up for adoption as key worker owner had to work 12-hour shifts

Eight-year-old Shar Pei Bella Boo is up for adoption after her owner’s working patterns in lockdown left her anxious and lonely (Picture: Parrot & Pineapple | Pooch & Pineapple | Rophotographs)Lots of pets have enjoyed extra quality time with their owners in lockdown thanks to a move towards home-working.

Lucy the golden Labrador gives birth to 13 black puppies

Lucy the golden Labrador gives birth to 13 black puppies

Lucy and Catherine (Picture: Murray Saunders/Daily Mail)The brood was actually one short of the English record for the breed set by Bella, who gave birth to 14 black and yellow puppies in May this year.

Deaf dog's pack provides 'protection ears' on outdoor adventures

Deaf dog's pack provides 'protection ears' on outdoor adventures

When Livesey learned the deaf cattle dog needed a new home, he drove with Bella and Bolt to meet her in New Mexico on leap day earlier this year.

Labrador gives birth to one of the biggest litters in history for the breed

Labrador gives birth to one of the biggest litters in history for the breed

‘We know, we’re adorable’ (Picture: SWNS) The litter was made up of four black boys, four black girls, three yellow boys and three yellow girls (Picture: SWNS) ‘Did somebody say food?’ (Picture: SWNS) Proud mum Bella endured a seven-hour labour (Picture: SWNS) The owners have a lot on their plate feeding 14 hungry labs (Picture: SWNS)Hazel said: ‘Bella was scanned when she became pregnant but the numbers are never right and we certainly were not expecting 14!

Orphaned calf thinks he’s a dog after being rescued by German Shepherd family

Orphaned calf thinks he’s a dog after being rescued by German Shepherd family

Buddy and one of the puppies (Picture: Mercury Press & Media)When Coral Algie, 52, and husband Wayne, 61, found a little Santa Gertrudis calf all alone, they took him in.Bella with Buddy and the puppies (Picture: Mercury Press & Media).

Woman jumped in river to save drowning dog weighted down with rock

Woman jumped in river to save drowning dog weighted down with rock

Hero Jane Harper says she was sure Belgian Shepherd Bella was dead until she saw her eyes move (Pictures: Raymonds/Facebook/BPM Media)A woman who threw herself into a river to save a drowning dog that had been weighted down has described the ‘horrific’ rescue mission.

These are the most popular dog names for 2020

These are the most popular dog names for 2020

The Twilight craze led to Bella topping the pet name charts for both dogs and cats the year the final instalment was released, and it’s still the second most popular puppy name seven years later.

Peta being sued by owners of Dog’s Way Home star Bella over ‘smear campaign’

Peta being sued by owners of Dog’s Way Home star Bella over ‘smear campaign’

Shelby stars as young pup Bella in Dog’s Way Home (Picture: Sony) The owners of an adorable mixed-breed pup named Shelby who starred in A Dog Way’s Home are allegedly suing Peta for defamation after what they have called a ‘smear campaign’.

Lady Gaga leaves Critics' Choice to be with her dying horse, Arabella

Lady Gaga leaves Critics' Choice to be with her dying horse, Arabella

She did pick up two Critics' Choice Awards for "A Star Is Born," but later learned that her beloved horse, Arabella, was dying. But it saddens me to say that just after the show I learned that my dear angel of a horse, Arabella, is dying."

Dog walker caught smacking pet on owner’s hidden camera

Dog walker caught smacking pet on owner’s hidden camera

Jacqueline Wilkins is filmed striking the dog (Picture: SWNS) Bella the boxer’s behaviour changed after the incident (Picture: SWNS) ‘I was shocked when I first saw the footage because it’s not something I’d have thought I had to worry about from someone who is supposed to love dogs,’ he said.

These are the most popular names for rescue dogs

These are the most popular names for rescue dogs

(Picture Dogs Trust / SWNS)Bella and Max are the most common names for rescue dogs taken in over the past year. Another crossbreed, four-year-old Max, is looking for a new home at the Loughborough centre in Leicestershire.

Home for Christmas! Stolen dog ABANDONED by sick breeders - 'My best friend is back!'

Home for Christmas! Stolen dog ABANDONED by sick breeders - 'My best friend is back!'

Bella's three-year ordeal left her riddled with mange (Image: Kennel Club/Francesca Sharp)Much-loved Bella as only reunited with her pining owner after being dumped on the streets having been treated abominably by unscrupulous breeders looking for fat profits.

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