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The Biggest Baby Name Trends of 2019

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It may only be a month into the New Year, but there are have already been thousands of babies born. Just on New Year’s Day alone 395,000 new ones were born, according to the United Nations. All these new babies need a name, and while some parents may have names picked out for years before conceiving, others’ names are becoming a bit more trendsetting.

BabyCenter says that new parents are looking to pop culture to inspire their children’s names and looking at everything from nature to celebrities, fashion and the South.

It turns out that some parents are looking toward the southern states for their baby name inspiration. Tennessee seems to be one of the most popular names, with it increasing 31% for boys and 21% for girls. Parents are also choosing popular cities in the state to look for their names. Memphis is on the rise, as well as Nash, which many think is short for Nashville. Raleigh and Georgia are also increasing. The biggest state, Texas, is not forgotten. Dallas, Antonio, and Austin are also increasing in popularity.

Charlotte and Savannah have been popular names for a while, but they are now also names that are inspired from southern states. Charlotte, North Carolina and Savannah, Georgia help with that inspiration.

In addition to places from the south, parents are getting inspiration from footwear. Van, coming from Vans, along with Chuck and Taylor from the popular Chuck Taylor Converse sneakers, are rising in popularity. In addition to these names, there are names inspired by Nike shoes including Jordan, Monarch, Cortez, and Max. The Adidas inspired names, such as Falcon, Smith, and Stan, are also increasing on the popularity lists.

Celebrities are also playing a huge role in trends. Not only for naming their children after some of these unique names, but their names are also becoming popular. Chrissy, after Chrissy Teigen, is up 27% and John Legend, her husband, is also up, boosting the name John 9%.

Video games are always a huge source of inspiration for parents that are looking for unique names. New games are constantly coming out, which gives parents new names to choose from. Some of the top ones include Corvo or Noctis from Dishonoured and Final Fantasy.

It may not just be the name that is unique, but also the spelling of the name. Parents are using some different vowel combinations in order to have the name stand out. Many spellings of popular girls names are ending with a double “e” sound, such as Harmonii. Other vowel combinations that are increasing in popularity include “iy” and “ae.” Names with Ws in them are also becoming popular. These names include Harlow, Arrow, Willow, Winslow, and other unconventional options, such as Crew. Names with a “w” may be getting a moment, but “x” is still the most popular letter. Names such as Max and Xavier have been popular for a while, but now parents are getting even more creative with names such as Onyx or combining two other names and making one new name, such as Maxtin and Daxtin. If there is a way to put an “x” in the name, parents want to find a way. Sometimes one “x” isn’t enough and spellings such as Jaxxon are increasing.

As the trend heads more toward unisex names for girls and people are accepting of more masculine names for girls, boy names are getting an even more masculine feel. Names such as Danger, Titan, Striker, and Chaos are being used.

Naming a baby is a highly personal experience and couples may have names they like that they just don’t feel fit the child once it’s born. Some of these names are definitely unique though.

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This Adorable Pup Finally Got The Chance To Enjoy Snow

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Snow is not something that a lot of us enjoy. In fact, it is a downright nuisance. The prospect of having to get up early to bundle up and clean off your vehicle before work each day is a harrowing one. However, dogs do not view things in the same way that we do. They have more of a glass half full approach at times like these, don’t they?

The dog in this story certainly does, that is for sure. Truffle resides in England and when the first snowfall came, he could not contain his excitement. He’s not one to care about the dirty and slippery aspect of snow. Truffle is here to have a good time and that is all there is to it.

The magical moment was not going to pass this dog by. He’s the type to appreciate life and all that it has to offer. Some of us could stand to learn a thing or two from this pup. Once you have gotten the chance to watch this awesome video, you are going to see exactly what we mean by that.

Jo is his mother and the two live together in York, England. The cocker spaniel is known to have quite the lust for life, too. While he had never experienced snowfall in the past, he wasted no time inserting himself into the mix. He was given the chance to head outside and enjoy it by his mother, running full speed all the while.

Luckily, Jo was willing to record this moment and share it with the rest of us. Try your best not to grin as you watch this dog living it up. There is something about seeing snow for the first time that brings out the inner child in all of us. The dogs that we know and love are certainly no different in this regard. They do not have the same worries that we do.

Truffle does not have to worry about going to buy a winter coat or a set of snow tires. All he has to do is play. Let Jo be the one to scrape the car off when it is time to go to work. Truffle will be too busy dashing through the snow and letting us know just how much fun he is having.

Watching this dog slip and slide around like this is giving us life. Once it was time for the dog to come back inside, he had a very predictable reaction. Truffle decided that he was going to show his mother that he was not ready yet. Instead of racing back inside like some dogs do when they are exposed to the cold, he elected to pout instead. The mental image of this dog sulking is too much! We cannot stop laughing.

While we are not dealing with the same amount of snowfall where we live, we can still appreciate a video like this one. Who wouldn’t love to see Truffle react like this on an everyday basis. This video is making us wish that we could take our dog out to play in the snow, to be honest. As soon as you have seen Truffle enjoying the snow, you will want to share this clip.

All of the dog owners in your life are sure to appreciate this one. There is nothing quite like seeing your first snowfall and this is an experience that needs to be shared. Please take a moment to pass this one along to your Facebook friends as soon as possible. It is time that the rest of the world got to know our good friend Truffle. 

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This Beloved Police Dog Took A Bullet In The Line Of Duty

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While there are many people out there who love to offer negative commentary on the police, few stop to realize the amount of risk that they are taking on each day. This level of risk even extends to the four-legged officers who assist the police force with important busts. Mikey the police dog is a prime example.

He took a bullet in the line of duty back in 2017. The shooting took place during a SWAT call in Fresno, California. Mikey was shot when a bullet passed through the dog it was meant for and hit him as well. He bled out for some time and lost two toes as a result of the incident. 

Deputy Jerry Kitchens was his handler at the time. He made sure that Mikey received the medical assistance he needed but he did not think that the dog would ever return to duty. The shooting was severe. Jerry just wanted to make sure that the dog would be able to recover. The idea of him returning to active police duty was too much to fathom.

However, Mikey had other ideas. He wanted to return to his post and did not care about his own safety. The dog eventually recovered from his initial wound and made his way back. These are the police-related stories that are not always told. These officers are willing to risk life and limb to make sure that their communities remain protected.

Mikey received the surgery that he required so that he could keep his leg. This was the first step to a full comeback. If not for the work of this surgeon, who knows what might have happened to Mikey? We shudder to think. Dogs are just like the rest of us, after all. They need to have a sense of purpose in order to be happy.

He proved all of his doubters wrong in no time at all. This is one dog that was bound and determined to return to his regular duties. Many animals would have been content to live out the rest of their days as a police hero. Mikey would have had all of the biscuits he could eat and a nice, warm bed. Instead, he pushed through the pain and found his way back.

The rehab and training processes were challenging. He did not allow them to break his stride. He was back on his feet again and ready to assist his fellow officers once the rehab and training were complete. Can you believe that he was back and ready to work within just four months?

These are the stories that remind us how resilient dogs can be. When they put their minds to something, there is nothing that can stop them. The initial injury took place in July and Mikey was back on the front lines by November. Most humans would not be able to replicate the speed of his recovery. That’s what makes this story such a special one.

If you would like to see how excited Mikey was to return to the police force, please be sure to check out the video below. He is not even showing signs of the injury. Mikey came back, good as new and ready to rock and roll. The officers are also happy to have him back, as you would expect.

This is the type of video that you will want to share with your closest friends and loved ones. They are sure to appreciate all of Mikey’s hard work. Mikey lives to help keep people safe and he does not know what to do with himself otherwise. In the meantime, please take the time to share this story with your Facebook friends today! 

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Zookeepers Set Up Camera And Capture Pregnant Rhino Giving Birth Without Any Assistance

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For a whopping sixteen months, Asha carried her baby in her womb. Asha, a rare greater one-horned rhinoceros, lives at the Chester Zoo in Cheshire, England. Luckily, her labor and delivery were much quicker than the gestational period was for her baby Rhino to come into the world.

After only about 20 minutes of labor, Asha successfully delivered a healthy male calf in the early morning hours on May 3, 2018, at her home at the Chester Zoo. The staff at the zoo were able to capture Asha’s labor and delivery on video. The mama had an easy delivery on the floor of her enclosure and did not require assistance from the staff as she labored and brought her 132-pound baby boy. Once he is fully grown, Asha’s son will balloon to an eye-popping two tons plus in weight!

Guests of the Chester Zoo were excited to visit the little rhino and his mama in their exhibit. Asha’s baby is named Akeno which means “beautiful sunrise.” Along with his birth, Akeno’s first steps were also caught on tape along with snuggles with his 11-year-old mother Asha. They are a hit at the zoo and seem to be getting along well.

The staff at the well-visited zoo have been working towards keeping beautiful animals like Asha and baby Akeno together and better protected. One-horned rhinos are one-horned rhinos that are endangered at this point in a critical way and the staff is hoping the miraculous birth will not only attract visitors to the zoo but will draw attention to their work on this front. Animals like Asha and baby Akeno are the object of hunters who illegally poach them to be able to obtain their horns and sell them. There is a market for them as they are used in traditional Chinese medicine. A hunter can sell a single horn on the Asian black market for around $65,000 United States dollars. Even more offensive is the fact that wealthy hunters simply want the horns to hang on their walls and show off to friends as a status symbol of wealth and popularity.

According to a staff member of the Chester Zoo, not long ago there were less than 200 greater one-horned rhinoceros in the wild.

“They were hunted almost to extinction. Just in time steps were taken to protect them. Now there are about 2,600, but they still face threats in India and Nepal… it’s important we do all we can to stop their numbers going down to critical levels again.”

As the staff and many others work hard to fight against the illegally poaching of these beautiful animals, Asha and Akeno, who appears like he is dressed in a dark gray suit of armor, are enjoying their stay at the zoo and the many delighted visitors they come into contact with each day. The birth of Akeno on video has drawn more new visitors to the Chester Zoo and everyone seems to be happy with this new situation.

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A Successful Dinner Party is Brought Together by a Garfield Cat

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When it comes to throwing a party, there is a lot to keep in mind. While most people like to think about the food, the guests, and the setting, there are several other key issues to address as well. This story comes from a land were cat lovers are trying to throw the ultimate dinner party. Sure, there are plenty of people out there who love cats. Cats are meant to be pets and they are incredibly popular, just like dogs. On the other hand, this mother was looking for a very specific type of cat. 

This mother has two young children who are absolutely obsessed with the cat known as Garfield. This cat is known for his mysterious stories and has been the focus of books, movies, and TV shows. One of the best-known facts about Garfield is that he has an innate love for all things lasagna. Therefore, this mother decided to go the extra mile for her children. She went out looking for a cat who looked like Garfield to complete the dinner party. Of course, the focus of the party was going to be lasagna; however, a cat that looked like Garfield would help to bring everything together. In the eyes of many, this could end up being the best Saturday night ever.

The mother went out on her search. She posted about her search for Garfield on International Cat Day. She tried to search everywhere looking for an orange cat that would suit her purposes. It turns out that a cat who looks like Garfield is a bit hard to find. Therefore, she became desperate. She decided to make a public sign that would announce her intent to the world.

On the sign, she wrote that she would only need to borrow the cat for a day or two at most. She knew that many cats already had owners and expressed her intent to bring the cat back after the party was finished. She probably didn’t know the attention the post was going to receive when she first put up the flyer about Garfield. The flyer read like a “help wanted” sign! She stated clearly that she only wanted to borrow an orange cat for a day or two at most. She mentioned the need to have a Garfield cat to eat lasagna with her family, including her children. She stated that she would make sure the cat was healthy and not require the cat to eat the lasagna if not desired. 

She even mentioned that she did NOT want to keep the cat! She mentioned that she even might sound a bit crazy but was really only desperate! The post was so funny and heartwarming that it was shared online. For sure, the post ended up going viral. Suddenly, it worked! There was a great Garfield cat that showed up to the house on Saturday night. This Garfield even brought along some cupcakes with orange icing! Without a doubt, the kids were thrilled. They all sat down for dinner and Garfield ate his own food instead. The family got time to play with Garfield after dinner until it was time for him to go home. It turns out, this Garfield already has a happy home.

This Garfield belongs to a medical student located in Oklahoma City. His willingness to donate Garfield certainly deserves to be praised. What a heartwarming story about someone who was willing to go the extra mile to make a family happy on a Saturday evening. Isn’t Garfield the best?

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Firefighters do not give up on horse stuck in mud

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It was a warm summer night in August of 2018 when Chris and Tiffany Flynn of Castle Rock, Colorado, noticed the neighing of their horses out in the pasture.

The beautiful 1,200-pound Tennessee walking horse named Partner had vanished and they knew something was wrong and they needed to find him quickly. The couple made their way down to a nearby pond and found their missing horse.

Partner had somehow managed to slide down a 10-foot embankment into a giant mud pit, where he had become stuck. He simply could not get his ample body loose from the thick, sticky ground that had seemed to swallow him.

At first, Chris and Tiffany could only stand there and look at their poor horse while frozen in shock. As panic and confusion set in, they tried to form a plan of action to save the life of their much-loved yet giant horse.

The couple worked at desperately trying to free Partner but he began to sink even deeper into the thick, sticky mud pit that had consumed him and it seemed like an impossible feat to achieve.

Tiffany made her way into the mud, walking waist-deep in it, as her feet began to sink. The realization that she may not be able to escape the muddy hole herself was not lost on her. As Partner continued to struggle to free himself, the deeper he sank.

Chris phoned 911 for help and by 11 p.m., Castle Rock firefighters and other first-responders were on the scene of the Flynn home in the beautiful suburb of Denver. They had to lug their equipment to the area where Partner was stuck which was complicated by the large distance it was from the main road to the farm.

Hiking with their equipment in tow for about a half of a mile to Partner’s location, the firefighter began digging. The continued into the night for about three hours before they were able to use a sling, which required webbing and a pulley to create, to secure Partner and drag him back up the 10-foot embankment to safety. A local veterinarian was on the scene to treat and hydrate the horse after he was freed.

She specializes in large animals and said it was the most technically difficult rescues she has ever seen.

Lt. Jay Allen, a firefighter with the Castle Rock Police Department, told a local news station that he and the other firefighters would attempt to remove the mud and water from the area in which the horse was stuck to no avail at first.

“We would try to remove the mud and the water from him, but he was just stuck in there, that vacuum that was created from it. And so it took finally breaking that vacuum, that seal that was there for us to pop him up and out,” said Allen.

After hours of working diligently, the firefighters were able to free the beautiful horse from his pit of mud.

“It’s amazing to see Partner out of the pit. We are so grateful to the Castle Rock Fire Department and others for working to free Partner,” said Chris as he put his arms around Partner’s neck to reassure him that he was not in trouble for the freak accident.

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