The use of animals, specifically dogs, has 220;scientifically” been shown to evoke the greatest emotion from people. I would argue that assigning a cute or friendly name to said animal adds an extra dimension of emotion evocation.
Have you ever noticed that people seem to cry more when a dog dies in a movie than when a person does? There’s now some science to back that up.
Researchers have found people get more emotional reading a story about a beating if the victim is a dog rather than an adult human.