Failing schools, emergency managers, and problems at nuclear power plants have populated Michigan headlines lately.
Important, but not very cheery.
We thought we'd lighten your Friday by sharing a few stats from Banfield Hospital's State of the Pet report. Here are a few of our favorites.
These are the most popular names for dogs in Michigan (based on the 28,975 dogs that were seen in Banfield Hospitals in 2012):
What kind of dog do you have?
Labrador Retrievers, Shih Tzus, Yorkshire Terriers, Chihuahuas and Pit Bulls are the most popular breeds in Michigan.
So, if you have a Labrador named Bella, you're not alone.
Only 6,865 cats checked into Banfield Hospitals in Michigan in 2012.
Perhaps slightly uninspired, the most popular name for a cat in Michigan is - wait for it - Kitty.
Bella, Oliver, Max and Tigger are in the top five names, too.
Most unusual name for a cat in the national survey? Wisconsin takes the cake with Gizmo.
-- Lucy Perkins, Michigan Radio Newsroom