Some pet owners like to think of their animals as children.
Pets and kids surely have some overlap, from the good—love and affection—to the bad—mischief and bodily accidents.
One Janesville cat has a name honoring that dichotomy. He’s named after the German phrase for “naughty, talkative child,” said Brenda Treat, the daughter of the cat’s owner Juanita Mowry.
The cat is called Schnickelfritz.
Janesville pet licenses for 2018 are now available through March 31. The licenses cost $15 for spayed or neutered animals and $25 for those that have not been spayed or neutered.
A license verifies the animal has received a rabies vaccination.
A city spreadsheet of 2017 pet licenses includes breeds, owner information and the often-typical, sometimes-unusual animal names within Janesville’s boundaries.
State statutes require all dogs to be registered. Janesville city ordinances require cat registration as well, but other communities vary, Janesville Clerk-Treasurer Dave Godek said.
“The reason for the requirement is so that the community can be ensured the pet has been vaccinated against rabies. That’s the main driver of that,” he said. “Secondarily, when you license your pet, that’s the money used to fund animal care and control in the city.”
Despite the legal requirements, not every dog or cat in Janesville is licensed. The city knows this, but Godek declined to speculate how many unregistered animals were out there.
Dogs make up more than three-quarters of all pet registrations in Janesville. That doesn’t necessarily reflect a large discrepancy between dog and cat ownership—people might not know their cats need a license because it’s not a statewide requirement, he said.
While human names such as Bella or Lucy dominate among the 4,425 dogs and 1,175 cats, Schnickelfritz is among many standout pet names in Janesville.
Thanks to Disney’s reboot of the popular movie franchise, plenty of “Star Wars”-themed names dot the spreadsheet. There are cats named Obi Wan Kenobi, Han Solo and C3PO. There’s Kylo the golden retriever, Princess Leia the miniature Pinscher and four dogs named Chewbacca.
Some are puns on celebrity names, such as Lisa Catrow, Catrick Stewart and Pawdrey Hepburn.
Nine animals named Lambeau suffered through the Packers’ first missed playoff appearance in nine years.
Don’t forget Oscar Mayer, an appropriately named Dachsund.
Then there’s the bizarre ones—Prof. Wiggles, Mr. Quincy Adams Magoo and Chief Big Cheeks.
Jessica Marick calls her lab mix Mashed Potatoes, or MP for short. It’s a reference to a fictional dog in the movie “Sisters,” starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
Some animals might go by new names in 2018’s registration spreadsheet. Cindy Viney’s cat Bumblemuffin was a holdover name from the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin.
The old name was funny and unusual, but it was too hard for her grandkids to pronounce. Now she calls it Bessie for its cow-like appearance, she said.
Sheets for 2018 license registration will be mailed with upcoming water bills and also are available online. Godek said the city wants to make it as convenient as possible for residents to register their pets.
If an owner loses an unlicensed animal, the person is liable for a fine of more than $260. The city council might also consider in January a proposal to charge a reclamation fee for lost animals turned into the humane society, Godek said.