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Nation’s Largest Pet Insurer Announces Wackiest Pet Names

Brea, Calif. (Aug. 12, 2015) The results are in – Baron Von Furrypants nosed out Artoo Dogtoo and Leonardo DiCatprio purred past Fuzz Lightyear to be named the Wackiest Pet Names of 2015. Each year, Nationwide (formerly Veterinary Pet Insurance), the nation’s first and largest provider of pet health insurance, recognizes the most clever, creative and quirky pet names across the nation.

After a thorough selection process, 50 kooky canine and 50 comical cat names were chosen from Nationwide’s database of more than 525,000 insured pets. The top 10 dog and 10 cat monikers were put to a public vote, where Baron Von Furrypants and Leonardo DiCatprio were chosen as the wackiest. Following are the 10 Wackiest Dog and Cat Names of 2015:

Most Unusual Dog Names Most Unusual Cat Names
1. Baron Von Furrypants 1. Leonardo DiCatprio
2. Artoo Dogtoo 2. FuzzLightyear
3. Rosie Picklebottom 3. Captain Pancake
4. Parker the Barker 4. Sir Nigel Meowmittens of Oscelot Court
5. Abigail Carmichael Spartacus 5. Ziggy Ollyoxenfree
6. Smiley Cyrus 6. Zelda Nacho
7. Nutmeg Spice O’ Paris 7. Sophistikitty
8. Abraham Lincoln Continental 8. Cornelius McPudness Vandercat
9. Bizkit Au Chocolat 9. Sir Theodorable Purrsalot
10. Scuddles Unterfuss 10. Star Wars Steve

“Every year our database expands, and we see more and more creative pet names,” said Curtis Steinhoff, director of pet insurance communications. “Many times the most interesting aspect of a pet’s name is the story behind it, and this competition gives us a chance to share those tales. Whether the moniker is a simple pun or an eccentric mixture of terms, all the names on our Wacky Pet Names list are one of a kind.”

For photos and background stories of the winners and the top 10 nominees, along with the full list of the 50 wackiest dog and cat names, visit


About Nationwide pet insurance

With more than 525,000 insured pets, pet insurance from Nationwide, formerly known as Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI), is the first and largest pet health insurance provider in the United States. Since 1982, Nationwide has helped provide pet owners with peace of mind and is committed to being the trusted choice of America’s pet lovers.

Nationwide plans cover dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets for multiple medical problems and conditions relating to accidents, illnesses and injuries. Wellness 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 pet insurance from Nationwide as an employee benefit.

Insurance plans 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 (2013); National Casualty Company (all other states), Madison, WI, an A.M. Best A+ rated company (2014). Nationwide, the Nationwide N and Eagle, and Nationwide Is On Your Side are service marks of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. ©2015 Nationwide. Pet owners can find Nationwide pet insurance on Facebook or follow on  Twitter. For more information about Nationwide pet insurance, call 800-USA-PETS (800-872-7387) or

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The local police have been notified. Angry letters have been sent to the mayor. The sheriff has been warned.

The Little Theatre of Norfolk is opening a bordello on Friday, September 4th — and you’re invited to witness the fun! If you can’t make it Opening Night, you have until September 27th to see what everyone’s talking about. After that, the working girls pack up and move out, for the last time.

Catch this rollicking, rowdy bunch of girls and guys as they try to dodge the law in “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, ” a musical based on a true story.

Get tickets here.

Best Little Texas

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Puppies and kittens aren’t always perfect, and urine and stool pet accidents in the house are often the result.  Follow these tips to clean a soiled rug:

  • Remove feces and soak up urine with an absorbent towel.
  • Soak the area with club soda and let it sit for a minute, then blot with a clean, dry towel.
  • Repeat the club soda application until the odor is gone and any liquid absorbed by the towel is colorless.
  • Treat the rug pad and subfloor beneath the soiled rug.
  • Spray an odor eliminator on the affected area of the rug.  Hint:  test a hidden area of the rug or floor to make sure the spray will not damage it.
  • If your pet sniffs at the area after you’ve cleaned it, there is probably a scent remaining.  Begin the cleaning process with club soda again.

Try these odor eliminators and let us know what you think:
Odor Eliminator Candle – we use the Limited Edition Evergreen Scent.

Clear The Air

Pure Ayre

Tips for how to clean a rug are from DVM Newsmagazine, November 2011, page 7S.

This article first appeared on Nov. 17, 2011.

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Bayer Animal Health, the makers of Advantage II flea control products have amassed many years of research, trial and error, to develop the Seven Habits of Highly Effective Flea Control (as I call it.)

They are:

1. Treat all cats and dogs in the home.
Why? Because cats and dogs can get fleas from each other or from an infested environment.

2. Apply Advantage II once a month, every month, all year-round.
Why? Because flea infestation can be a year-round problem —  especially in a region such as ours, which does not experience a deep freeze in the winter.

3. Choose the correct product for your cat or dog.
Why? Because products for different species and weight bands deliver different volumes of the flea treatment.

4. Use one tube per cat or dog; be sure to apply the tube’s entire contents.
Why? Because each tube is designed to be one full application for one animal only.

View application videos for cats and dogs.

5. See package insert for complete product and application instructions; read instructions carefully to be sure you apply the product correctly.*
Why? Because different products have different application sites; in order to aid distribution, the product must be applied directly to the skin on the correct application site.

Bayer recommends a soap-free shampoo like HyLyt.

6. Keep pets separated immediately after application.
Why? Because pets could groom the product off each other if they’re not separated.

7. Continue to use the product on a monthly schedule.
Why? Because treating monthly, all year-round helps prevent flea reinfestation.

*Your best source of information for proper flea control application is your veterinarian and staff. You won’t get extra tips and information (which is not always listed on product inserts) when you buy flea control at the store or online. On your next visit to our clinic, ask us what else you need to know about proper flea product use.

Bonus tip: Also treat the house and yard for the best protection against fleas.

This post originally appeared on August 29, 2013.

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     Have you noticed sores or “acne” on your dog or cat’s chin? If your pet is eating or drinking from plastic bowls, it could have an allergy to the petroleum in the dishes. Plastic allergies can lead to mild or severe sores at the lips, chin, and nose.    

A plastic dish may not be right for your pet.

A plastic dish may not be right for your pet.

     Quick fix: swap out all plastic bowls for stainless steel or crockery (make sure it’s food-safe and not lead-based.) Your veterinarian may prescribe a pet-specific topical antibiotic to use on the affected area.

(Look for stainless steel pet dishes, like this cute bowl at WalMart.)

     If your pet continues to have sores, also check for and remove plastic and rubber toys.

     Inform the veterinarian if the problem persists or if you see signs of infection, such as pus, swelling, inflammation, or bleeding. Sometimes other allergens or bacteria are the cause of the problem. However, it is a good idea to remove plastics first, so they won’t exacerbate any existing allergy or bacterial infection.

This post first appeared on December 23, 2010.

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UPDATED: Zach has found a warm and wonderful new home. So wonderful, in fact, I’m trying to figure out how to get the new owner to adopt ME!  ~~  Jen M.

Zach’s parents are moving and can’t take him along. They’d like to find him a new, loving home where he will be properly cared-for. If you can take him in, please Contact Us. Serious inquiries only.

Note: This pet will not be shipped out of town. New owner should be local to Norfolk/Virginia Beach area.

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