Buddy, Molly or Coco? Play This Game to Guess the Most Popular Dog Names in Arlington

Have you ever wondered how your dog’s name matches up with other pets in Arlington? How many Mavericks, say, compared to Busters or Rockys compared to Rangers? Thanks to a talented team of teen coders who recently participated in the Arlington Public Library’s Coding with Robots Program, there’s now an online game that lets you guess the most popular dog names in town.

Five teens in grades 8 through 10 helped create the Dog Name Game based on the names listed in Arlington Animal Services’ pet licensing database. This fun game not only allowed the teens to apply their knowledge of coding, it is also designed to raise awareness about the City of Arlington’s pet licensing requirements and pet adoption opportunities provided by Arlington Animal Services.

The 10-question game, which has an “easy” and a “hard” mode, has a simple interface for anyone to easily access and enjoy. Participants are provided with two dog name choices and are asked to pick the one he or she thinks is more popular in The American Dream City. Once a selection is made, the results show up with the number of pets in Arlington that share the name. For example, you’re more likely to find a pooch named Molly than Roxie or Sonia, according to the game.

At the end of the game, participants are invited to learn more about pet licensing. A City license, which is required for all dogs and cats, is $7 a year for altered animals or $30 a year for non-altered animals. Proofs of current rabies vaccination and pet alteration is needed to receive the discounted fee.

The Dog Name Game project aligns with the Arlington City Council priorities to Support Quality Education and Put Technology to Work.