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Barkitecture — a cornucopia of delightful designer doghouses — is coming to an end at Norfolk Botanical Garden this month. That means you have one week left to view, vote, and bid on these awesome abodes.

Check out a small sampling of the doghouses I saw recently (and see if you can guess my favorite!)  — Jen

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Nationwide Reveals the Wackiest Pet Names of 2019

Winners selected from a pool of 750,000 dog and cat monikers 

Beige cat wearing a crown

When only the wackiest name will do…
[Photo by Katarzyna Modrzejewska via Pexels]

DJ Skribbles and Bits and Jean Clawed Van Damme earned the distinction of owning the Wackiest Pet Names of the year. DJ Skribbles and Bits nosed out Stella Bean Dip in the dog division, while Jean Clawed Van Damme purred past Boba Fetticini to be crowned champions and receive a basket of goodies.

Each year, Nationwide, the nation’s first and largest provider of pet health insurance in the U.S., celebrates the most clever, creative and quirky pet names across the country. After a thorough selection process, the top 10 wackiest dog and cat monikers were chosen from Nationwide’s database of more than 750,000 insured pets and put to a public vote.

[See last year’s winners here!]

Below are the top 10 Wackiest Pet Names of 2019:

Dogs
1. DJ Skribbles and Bits
2. Stella Bean Dip
3. Big League Chewie
4. Ruff Bader Ginsburg
5. Bilbo Beggins
6. Nostadogmus
7. Albus Dumbledog
8. Grampaw
9. Indiana Bones
10. Captain Morgan Freeman

Cats
1. Jean Clawed Van Damme
2. Boba Fetticini
3. Henry Hissinger
4. Avocato
5. Wu Tang Cat
6. Schtinky Puddin
7. Hairy Pawter
8. Reece Whiskerspoon
9. Dave Meowthews
10. Alclawchino

“The results from our Wacky Pet Names competition illustrate the thought and creativity pet owners put into naming their furry family members,” said Carol McConnell, DVM, MBA, vice president of chief veterinary medical officer for Nationwide. “We’ve learned that some of these names are assigned just for laughs, but many hold a special meaning or story behind them. These unique, yet specific, names exemplify how pets are a part of the family.”

For photos and background stories of the top 10 wackiest dog and cat names, visit www.wackypetnames.com.

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About Nationwide pet insurance
With more than 750,000 insured pets, pet insurance from Nationwide 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. Medical plans are available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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 (2016); National Casualty Company (all other states), Columbus, OH, an A.M. Best A+ rated company (2016). 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 visit petinsurance.com

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From our inbox to yours:

White dog in garden

Photo by Yuliya Strizhkina (Cartier) from Pexels

WE LISTENED! 
By overwhelming demand, Norfolk Botanical Garden is extending SUNDAY DOG DAYS – all year!

EVERY SUNDAY!

EXPLORE THE GARDEN WITH YOUR CANINE BEST FRIEND.

MEMBERS AND MEMBERS’ DOGS ARE FREE
NOT-YET-MEMBERS’ DOGS: $5 (HUMAN ADMISSION APPLIES)
– BECOME A MEMBER TODAY.

YOUR DOG MUST REMAIN ON A LEASH AT ALL TIMES.

Dogs are not permitted in the Children’s Garden or Butterfly House.
Dogs are not permitted on Trams or Boats.

Fresh water is available throughout the Garden. Look for indoor and outdoor drinking fountains and bottle fill stations.

Forgot your bowl? Try our gift shop, and from March – October visit the Marigold & Honey Cafe terrace where your dog can enjoy a drink.

THOUGH DOGS ARE NOT PERMITTED DURING MILLION BULB WALK, YOU CAN BRING YOUR DOG TO BARKS & BULBS – COMING UP JAN. 3 & 4.

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October is chock-full of dog-friendly events in Hampton Roads. We’ve listed Pet Blessings already — now get ready for fun runs, costume contests, adoption events, and more!

French bulldog smiling

Hey! Let’s hit the road and have some fun this month! [Photo by Pixabay via Pexels]

Barktoberfest 2019 at Mill Point Park in Hampton 
Saturday, October 12, 11:30 AM – 6 PM
Details here

Pets and Pumpkins Fall Festival at Oozlefinch Craft Brewery in Hampton
Saturday, October 12, 1 PM – 5 PM
Details here

Barks and Brews at Norfolk Botanical Garden in Norfolk
Sunday, October 13, noon – 6 PM
Details here

Canine Carnival at Quarterpath Park in Williamsburg
Sunday, October 13, 1 PM – 4 PM
Details here

Pawchella at Pembroke Mall in Virginia Beach –
Pet costume contest during MALLoween on the BOOlvd
Saturday, October 19, 11 AM – 2 PM
Details here

Pet Day at the Buckroe Market in Hampton
Saturday, October 19, 9 AM – 3 PM
Details here

Mutt Masquerade 5K at 24th St. Park in Virginia Beach
Sunday, October 27, 9 AM – noon
Details here

Is your pet ready to socialize? Contact Us to find out if he or she is up-to-date on vaccinations.

Every effort has been made to accurately list dates, times, and locations for events, but be sure to check for any changes for your preferred event, especially in case of inclement weather.

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Pet Blessings taking place at area churches in October 2019

Each year in October, Christian churches in Norfolk and beyond celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi by blessing your pets. Don’t miss out: choose a church, click the link, and go!

Friday, October 4

*St. Benedict’s Parish (Ch) http://www.stbenedictsparish.org
Blessing of the Animals at 6 PM

Saturday, October 5

*Christ the King Catholic Church (N) http://christthekingnorfolk.org
Pet Blessing at 9 – 9:30 AM in CTK School parking lot. Donations of pet food for the Norfolk SPCA are greatly appreciated.

*Hidenwood Presbyterian (NN) https://hidenwood.org/
Pet Blessing at 10 AM, outdoors. Please have pets on a leash or in a crate. Exotic and unique pets welcome! Donations of food and money will go to the Peninsula SPCA.

*St. Mary Catholic Church (Ch) http://www.clusterparishes.com/
Pet Blessing Service at 10:00 AM

Sunday, October 6

*St. Andrews Episcopal Church  (NN) http://www.standrews-episcopal.org/upcoming_events
October 6, 1:00 p.m. at the River Road entrance to the church
Join us for this wonderful annual tradition honoring St. Francis’ Day. Bring your animal companion for a special blessing. For everyone’s safety and comfort, please have dogs on leash and cats (and other small critters) in carriers.

*Wycliffe Presbyterian (VB) http://wycliffepresbyterian.org
Bring your pets to this special afternoon service at 4 pm on October 6th. Donations of animal toys, food or other pet-friendly items are welcome and will be taken to an animal shelter. VB Dog Obedience School will demonstrate training for dogs in a variety of situations including protecting, bomb sniffing & military training. Seeing is believing! Rain date: Oct 13

(All animals must be on a leash or in a secure carrier.)

*Emmanuel Episcopal Church (VB) http://beta.emmanuelvb.com
Pet Blessing 3 PM, Side Yard

*Episcopal Church of the Ascension (N) https://ascension-norfolk.org/
Blessing of animals and Holy Eucharist Rite II
11:00 AM
Event will be held outside

*Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd (N) http://goodshepherdnorfolk.org
Pet Blessing and Holy Eucharist Rite II
10:15 AM in the church

Bonus: Click here for a classic post with prayers for pets!

We have attempted to accurately reflect each church’s information for the event, but be sure to check with your preferred church for accuracy and any last-minute schedule changes, especially in the event of inclement weather.

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Join Canine Training Unlimited for a special painting event to benefit Saver of Souls Pet Rescue’s medical fund.

WHEN: September 8th, 12 – 4 PM
WHERE: 873 Clearfield Ave., Chesapeake
COST: $15-25 per craft

Link: Saver of Souls Pet Rescue  (S.O.S.)

Details below:

Charity event flyer

Come paint for a good cause!

Dr. Miele’s reminder:  When socializing your dog or cat with other pets, please be sure your pet is up-to-date on its vaccinations and heartworm preventative.

Not sure if your pet is up-to-date? Contact Us to find out.

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Note: Dr. Miele and Little Creek Veterinary Clinic are not associated with this event. Please direct all questions to S.O.S. at the link above.

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It’s been almost two months since we last gave you a reason to enjoy the Internet. With the most recent news cycle, it seems a good time to find more lighthearted, uplifting content.

Tired of the same old-same old? Wake up to the cutest content on Twitter!
Image by Pixabay via Pexels

Today, we focus entirely on Twitter. Here are the Great Eight Twitter accounts we think you’ll love —

Humor and Animals: “The Feel Good Page Of The Year”

We Rate Dogs: “Your Only Source For Professional Dog Ratings”

Awwww Cats:Adorable photos and videos from all around the world”

pup: “Providing the best pup pictures and videos of all puppies & animals”

The Animal Fight [Ignore the misleading name — these videos are adorable!]

In Otter News: “The very best Water Sausages from around the world”

Good doggos: “Some dogs are Doggos, some are Puppers, and some may even be Pupperinos. But they are all Good Boyes.”

Baby Pups: “Love puppies” [Features kittens, too!]

Go ahead and click on a few — we think you’ll be hooked, and you’ll love going online again!

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