Archive for January, 2014

Free to a Good Home



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Free pile of snow. U haul away.

Special consideration given to Eskimos in need.

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Save the date!

On May 8th, Alexandra Whiteside, a local builder and artist — and Dr. Miele’s eldest daughter — will reveal the secrets hidden in the ornate hand-carved woodwork throughout the historic Hermitage Museum. Once the private residence of Florence and William Sloane, the house was designed by the couple to live on as a museum for the benefit of our community.

As a Hermitage docent some years ago, Alexandra took advantage of the opportunity to study the intricate wood carvings up-close. Now, after delving into the museum’s archives — including Mrs. Sloane’s carefully preserved notes, letters, and receipts — Alexandra reveals the secret symbols that are ingrained in the soul of the Hermitage Museum.  

May 8: Ingrained: The Symbolism of Woodwork at the Hermitage

HermitageAlexandra Whiteside, Owner, Chelsea Custom Contracting 
The master woodcarvers who plied their craft at the Hermitage were among the last of their kind. This lecture will explore and rediscover the history and, in some cases, the long-forgotten symbolic meanings behind these ornate carvings.

Suggested donation to the museum is $3.
Details here 

May 8th seems a long way off. Looking for something to do in the meantime?

Lucky you:  The Second Annual World of Pets Expo is right around the corner!


Click to enlarge for details.

Come to the Hampton Roads Convention Center* (Hampton) on Saturday, February 15th or Sunday, February 16th for all kinds of animal fun and learning opportunities. Admission is $9 for adults, $5 for kids 5-12, and free for kids under 5. You can even bring a well-behaved pet on a leash, if you follow the rules.

Visit the World of Pets Expo website to find out when you can see dog agility demonstrations, cat agility demos (yes, really!), rare exotic birds, and adorable fancy mice. You’ll also see the latest pet products, adoptable pets, and dog shows including the famous Dock Dogs and Johnny Peers and the Muttville Comix

For a little extra, treat the kids to a pony ride and petting zoo fun. There’s so much more, we can’t possibly list it all!

*Bonus treat: You can see one of Alexandra Whiteside’s large-scale abstract paintings, titled “Monroe Battery 1,” featured in the HRCC’s Halls of Art!

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Nation’s Largest Pet Insurer Reveals Top Pet Names of 2013

Pet Owners Continue Trend of Giving Pets Human Monikers


Brea, Calif. (Jan. 8, 2014) – For the second straight year, “Bella” and “Max” reign as ‘top dogs’ as the modern-day monikers led the list of most common dog and cat names in 2013. Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI), the nation’s first and largest provider of pet health insurance, sorted its database of more than 500,000 insured pets to determine the most popular pet names of 2013. Following are the top 10 most common names for dogs and cats:

Dogs Cats
1. Bella 1. Bella
2. Max 2. Max
3. Bailey 3. Chloe
4. Lucy 4. Oliver
5. Molly 5. Lucy
6. Daisy 6. Charlie
7. Charlie 7. Sophie
8. Buddy 8. Lily
9. Maggie 9. Shadow
10. Sophie 10. Tiger


“The majority of the top 10 pet monikers are also among the most popular baby names in the United States,” said Curtis Steinhoff, director of Corporate Communications at VPI. “This trend illustrates the close bond that pet owners have with their pets. Many people view their dog and cat as family members and they are naming them to reflect that human-animal bond.”

Last year, “Bella” topped both the most common dog and cat name list with “Max” coming in as the second most common moniker in the VPI database. The majority of the names that made the top 10 dog and cat lists also made the list in 2012. Names that are trending upward include “Coco” and “Lola” among dogs, and “Jack,” “Luna” and “Milo” for cats.

While human names continue to dominate VPI’s pet name popularity, there are plenty of pet owners who opt for a moniker of the less conventional variety, such as “Sir Knuckles da Dragon” and “Cheeto Burrito.” To view some of the more creative monikers selected for VPI’s Top 10 Most Unusual Pet Names of 2013, visit


About Veterinary Pet Insurance

With more than 500,000 pets insured nationwide, Veterinary Pet Insurance Co./DVM Insurance Agency (VPI) is a member of the Nationwide Insurance family of companies and is the first and largest pet health insurance company in the United States. Since 1982, VPI has helped provide pet owners with peace of mind and is committed to being the trusted choice of America’s pet lovers.

VPI Pet Insurance plans cover dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets for multiple medical problems and conditions relating to accidents, illnesses and injuries. CareGuard® coverage for routine care is available for an additional premium. Medical plans are available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Additionally, one in three Fortune 500 companies offers VPI Pet Insurance as an employee benefit. Policies are offered and administered by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company in California and DVM Insurance Agency in all other states. Underwritten by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company (CA), Brea, CA, an A.M. Best A rated company (2012); National Casualty Company (all other states), Madison, WI, an A.M. Best A+ rated company (2012). Pet owners can find VPI Pet Insurance on Facebook or follow @VPI on Twitter. For more information about VPI Pet Insurance, call 800-USA-PETS (800-872-7387) or visit

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Closed today!

Our office is closed today, due to hazardous road conditions.




Stay inside and stay warm!

View more photos on our Facebook page.

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We’re still waiting on the massive snowstorm headed our way (I don’t want to jinx us, but we’re supposed to get 2-4 snowflakes this evening!), but you can start making plans for after the Great Winter Meltdown.

Mark your calendar for these local events:

Winter Wildlife Festival
WHEN:  Saturday, January 25…….10 AM to 4 PM
WHERE:  Princess Anne Recreation Center in Virginia Beach
WHO:  All ages

COST:  Free
Saturday, January 25 | 10 am – 4 pm | Free & Open to the Public
All ages | Be sure to stop by the Exhibit Hall at Princess Anne Recreation Center and speak with our Winter Wildlife Festival partners and exhibitors, including Virginia Aquarium, Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Virginia State Parks, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Lynnhaven River NOW, and Virginia Beach Audubon Society. You’ll learn ways to get involved with local efforts and find out what environmental groups and businesses are up to. Also, check out the decoy carvers from the Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum, and walk next door for children’s activities at Princess Anne Library!





Pawsitive Reading with Therapy Dogs
WHEN:  Saturday, February 1……..10 to 11 AM
WHERE:  MEO Central Library, Virginia Beach
also at Princess Anne Library……..10:30 to 11:30 AM
WHEN:  Saturday, February 8……..10:30 to 11:30 AM
WHERE:  Oceanfront Library and Great Neck Library, Virginia Beach
WHO:  Kindergarteners through 5th Graders
COST: Free
REGISTER (required):
Practice your reading skills by sharing stories with therapy dogs. Bring your own book or choose one from our selection. Grades K-5. Call 385-2606 to register.


Boys Choir of Hampton Roads Concert
WHEN:  Sunday, February 9……..4PM, reception follows

WHERE:  Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Norfolk
WHO: All ages
Founded in 1997, this group of young men lift their voices in song as they
reinforce positive self-image for youth.



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Typical broken New Year’s Resolutions:

eat less
exercise more
stop smoking
be kinder to mother-in law

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who have already given up their New Year’s Resolutions midway through January, there’s hope for you, yet.
Here’s a resolution you can keep: Protect your pet with pet insurance.

Pet insurance

If your pet is healthy and active, you may not believe that insurance is necessary. But this is actually the best time to buy pet insurance. Here’s why:

*Will you get a telegram announcing that a pet emergency is on the way? No!
Pet injuries and accidents are often unforseen, which means that your healthy, active pet could suddenly wind up in the emergency hospital with a treatment bill totalling in the hundreds or thousands of dollars. Wouldn’t you like to have help footing the bill? Of course you would!

*If your pet is diagnosed with a chronic illness, your insurance options will become limited.
Don’t count on pet insurance companies agreeing to cover pre-existing conditions. Most won’t. Get your pet protected before it develops disease, so that you’ll have help covering the costs of treatment.

Remember: although many illnesses and injuries are unpredictable, it’s a pretty safe bet that the longer your pet lives, the more likely it is to develop an illness — like kidney, liver, or heart disease. You don’t have to handle those long-term care expenses on your own — if you opt to insure your pet before it develops disease.

*Pet insurance premiums tend to be lower for young, healthy pets.
Who doesn’t want to save money these days? And you can opt for coverage for routine care items, such as vaccines, heartworm and flea control, spay/neuter surgery, and annual lab tests. Preventive care is an important part of keeping your pet healthy — and pet insurance can help you pay for that, too!

So where do you start?

Try these three companies, all licensed to insure pets in Virginia:

ASPCA Pet Health Insurance

Pets Best

Veterinary Pet Insurance

Brochures for all three companies are available at our clinic.

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2014 Rebate Roundup and Stock-up Specials, plus a Bonus Sweepstakes!

Find your favorite pet product below, then swing by our office and stock-up!*

P1090169Advantage and Advantix — Purchase a 4-pack, get one matching FREE tube.


P1090162HeartGard Plus — Purchase 12 doses, get a $12 rebate.
(2 boxes = 12 doses; doses must all be same size)


P1090160Iverhart Max — Purchase one 6-pack, receive a $3 rebate.


P1090167Revolution — Purchase 6 doses, get 2 tubes FREE
or purchase 9 doses, get 3 tubes FREE.


P1060833Sentinel — Purchase one 6-pack, receive a $10 rebate.
Offer ends 3/31/14.



P1090166Seresto — Purchase a collar, receive a $20 rebate.
Offer ends 11/30/14.


P1090172VPI Whistle Activity Monitor — Enter at
to win one of over 100 Whistle Activity Monitors.
Sweepstakes ends February 28, 2014.
(No purchase necessary to enter or win.)

*Some pets may be required to have an examination and heartworm blood test in order to be eligible to use heartworm preventative medications. All offers are available on purchases made at our clinic.

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