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Did you know — Hampton Roads art galleries are a wonderful source for finding artworks featuring pets and wildlife. [Check out this former exhibit selection of animals in art from the Artists Gallery in Virginia Beach.]

The Suffolk Art Gallery is currently hosting an exhibit that features artworks of many different subjects — and as always, I’ve scouted some works featuring animals in art. There are more to see, though, so head out to the Suffolk Art Gallery before the show closes on October 19, 2018.

This slide show features just some of the works currently on view. Frames and artists’ names are not shown; colors may appear different in these photos than in actuality.

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Here’s your chance to attend an official Dog Show — for FREE!

I’ve been to Cat Shows and Bird Shows, but I’ve never been to a Dog Show. Have you? — Jen M.

AKC ALL BREED DOG SHOW – HAMPTON HARVEST CIRCUIT

September 15th -18th, 8 AM – 4 PM
Hampton Roads Convention Center

Langley Kennel Club and Virginia Beach Kennel Club will once again co-host their Annual 4-day AKC Sanctioned Dog Show. This year’s show will be held at the Hampton Roads Convention Center located adjacent to the Hampton Coliseum.

Come out and get up-close and personal with the dogs. Go behind the scenes and talk with the groomers, handlers and breeders. In addition to the Conformation Show, the North American Diving Dogs (NADD) will join us to add a splash of excitement.

You’ll enjoy shopping at the huge variety of dog-related vendors and take something home for your own Champion.

The doors open at 8:00 a.m. and admission and parking are FREE. Come experience the exciting world of an AKC Sanctioned All Breed Dog Show and help cheer your favorite breed to the coveted title of “Best in Show”!

Additional link:
Facebook:  Langley Kennel Club

Event details may change at any time, always check with the event organizer when planning to attend this event or purchase tickets.

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End your summer vacation with a bang — or a growl, hoot, or roar — with these fun things to do at the Virginia Zoo:

Thursday, August 23rd: Cocktails & Conservation
Take your networking to the next level. Specifically, with cheetahs!Join the Virginia Zoo at Cocktails & Conservation for a night of education, drinks and socializing with the area’s top professionals. The special attraction of the night will be three 3-month old cheetah ambassadors making an appearance after a fascinating presentation from Mary Wykstra, Director of Action for Cheetahs in Kenya, about the species in the wild and measures taken to protect their future.
GET TICKETS HERE

Saturday, August 25th: Bowling For Rhinos (at Pinboys in VB)
Come help us strike out extinction at Tidewater AAZK’s Bowling for Rhinos! It will be a fun evening including bowling, a silent auction, door prizes and more! Bring your family and friends to this all ages event and contribute to international rhino conservation!
GET TICKETS HERE

Friday, August 31st: Zoovies Feat. “Zootopia”
Join the Zoo for a night the whole family will roar about! Bring the kiddos or your friends to Zoovies, an outdoor movie night at the Virginia Zoo. This month we feature Zootopia, a comedic animal tale that is fun for all ages.
GET ADVANCE TICKETS HERE

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Nationwide Reveals the Wackiest Pet Names of 2018

Winners selected from a pool of 700,000 dog and cat monikers

BREA, Calif. (May 3, 2018) – – Isabella Miss Worldwide Boo Boo nosed out Franklin Woofsevelt in the dog division, while Pablo Purrcasso purred past Sir Pounce A Lot in the cat category to earn the distinction of the Wackiest Pet Names of 2018. Each year, Nationwide, 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, the top 10 dog and cat monikers were chosen from Nationwide’s database of more than 700,000 insured pets and put to a public vote.

Below are the top 10 Wackiest Pet Names of 2018:

Dogs Cats
1. Isabella Miss Worldwide Boo Boo 1. Pablo Purrcasso
2. Franklin Woofsevelt 2. Sir Pounce A Lot
3. Ruffy the Vampire Slayer 3. Mewpocalypse Yarn Killer
4. Vladimir Poochin 4. Edward Scissorpaws
5. Sir Lix A Lot 5. Sir Reginald Fluffybutt
6. Chauncey Von Poops a Lot 6. Princess Consuela Bananahammock
7. Madame Squishy Van Wrinkleface 7. Bobcat the Builder
8. Lord Stanley the Pup 8. Colonel Puff Puff
9. Little Bunny Foo Foo 9. Majesticoons Carefree Dior Blue Knight
10. Sylvester Stud Puddin’ Pop 10. Banana Pawz

“The results from our Wacky Pet Names competition illustrate the thought and creativity pet owners put into naming their furry family members,” said Scott Liles, president and chief pet insurance officer for Nationwide. “Pets hold a special place in our members’ hearts, and while some of these names are assigned just for laughs, many of these monikers hold a special meaning or story behind them.”

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

 

 

About Nationwide pet insurance
With more than 700,000 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.

Nationwide and the Nationwide N and Eagle are service marks of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. ©2018 Nationwide.

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From our inbox to yours:

Join us for a rockin’ good time
with live soul-beach-rock music
featuring The Rhondels!

Bring your blanket and your lawn chairs! Enjoy live soul-beach-rock music. Visit exhibits after-hours: Asia – Trail of the Tiger, the ZooFarm and the World of Reptiles. Summer fare, refreshments, beer and wine will be available for purchase. 

Location: Virginia Zoo  [Event page] 

Date: Friday, July 13, 2018

Time: 6 to 8:30 pm

Gates open at 5:30 pm

Cost: $4 members, $10 non-members

No outside food or beverage permitted. Rain or shine.

(Please note:  Virginia Zoo concerts are NOT open to pets.)

 

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Sunday Dog Days 2018 at Norfolk Botanical Garden

June, July & August 

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

Your pup is going to have a great time and will be thirsty.
Please bring water for your dog

We have fill-up stations throughout the Garden.

PLEASE pick up after your dog.
We will have extra doggie bags if needed.


World of Reptiles and Friends
Now Open at the Virginia Zoo!

Cobra VA Zoo World of Reptiles

This King Cobra is one of the newest residents at the World of Reptiles (VA Zoo).

 This is the slithering, creeping, crawling and curious adventure you’ve been waiting for. World of Reptiles and Friends is now open daily! Come face to face with reptile giants, watch hatching and newborn reptiles being nurtured and raised in the Reptile Nursery or meet our newest addition, the King Cobra. Visit our website for more information! CLICK HERE

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Weatherford, TX

Just before Halloween, area man Sam Fletcher adopted “Buck,” a young Dalmatian who was hit by a car and left on the side of the road. Dr. Hank Baxter of Baxter Veterinary Clinic treated “Buck” for a broken leg and sent him home the following day.

Fletcher’s housemates, Phyllis Newsom and Carolyn Wilbarger, baked a batch of dog treats for the veterinarian’s other four-legged patients as a way to say “thank you” for the care “Buck” received. The treats were delivered to Baxter Veterinary Clinic in time for its annual Halloween party.

To the shock of everyone gathered at the popular event, police arrived and arrested Dr. Baxter for the murder of his wife, well-known surgeon Dr. Susan Baxter. Susan’s sister and brother-in-law, Meredith and Jack Carlyle, expressed their strong belief that Dr. Baxter had killed his wife, who was found bludgeoned to death in her office.

Convinced that the police were barking up the wrong tree and that someone’s been burying evidence, Fletcher begged Newsom, whose son is a Parker County deputy sheriff, to help him find the real killer. Joined by “Buck,” the friends engaged in a dogged pursuit of the murderer, who attempted to muzzle them permanently when they got too close to the truth.

Perhaps no one was more surprised than Fletcher and Newsom when Dr. Susan Baxter’s murderer turned out to be…

To find out how the story ends, click here.

What I’m reading now:

“Trick or Deadly Treat” by Livia Washburn

Bonus: This book contains recipes for delicious treats for dogs and their owners!

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