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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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There are plenty of opportunities in June
to show your love for your pets (and wildlife).

American Humane’s Adopt-a-Cat Month®​

ASPCA’s Adopt a Shelter Cat Month

National Zoo and Aquarium Month​

National Dairy Month

Pet Appreciation Week
June 3-9
First full week in June

Hug Your Cat Day
June 4

World Oceans Day
June 8

World Pet Memorial Day
June 10
Second Sunday in June

​​National Pollinator Week​
June 18 – 24

Take Your Dog to Work Day
June 22

How will you celebrate?

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Hello! Dr. Miele will be taking a long weekend, and will be out of the office from Saturday, May 26th through Monday, May 28th (Memorial Day).

Dr. Miele will resume regular appointment hours at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic on Tuesday, May 29th. Call 757-583-2619 to schedule your pet’s appointment. Some openings are still available this week on Friday.

Emergency care for your pets is provided by Blue Pearl in Virginia Beach. Call 757-499-5463 if your pet parties a little too hard this weekend.

And what will you be doing with your time off? We’ve got some ideas for you:

  1. Grab a frozen treat at Penguin’s Snoballs (in front of the Roosevelt Shopping Center on East Little Creek Road).
  2. Let your inner child out to play at the St. Pius X Parish & School Carnival — open to everyone! (At the corner of Halprin and East Little Creek Road).
  3. Go see Solo: A Star Wars Story. No, it’s not Harrison Ford “CGI’d” to look 1/3rd his age. Go see it anyway.
  4. Prefer your entertainment on-stage? Grab tickets to the Sondheim musical “A Little Night Music,” now showing at The Little Theatre of Norfolk.
  5. Take in the awe-inspiring wonders of Lantern Asia by night, only at the Norfolk Botanical Garden.
  6. Visit the Hampton National Cemetery and remember the fallen, including those who died far from home.

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Wedding Planning: Including Pets in Wedding Ceremonies

Posted on April 10, 2018 under Dog Articles

We’ve all heard the wedding tradition for a happy marriage: something old, something new, something borrowed, something furry. That’s right, furry. A wedding is an important event for family and friends to celebrate, including four-legged family. Weddings are stressful, but with a little bit of planning including your best four-legged friend in the nuptials is easy with these ideas.

The Engagement

Before the big day, many couples include their pets in their engagement photos in fun and creative ways. Your engagement photos, engagement announcement and save the date cards will be that much more special and personal if your pet is included. The hardest part will be preventing your pet from stealing the spotlight. See how these pets did just that in this Pet Weddings” gallery by theknot.com. Your pet is probably used to posing for your camera, but make sure that the setting for the photo shoot is safe for your pet. This includes indoor and outdoor settings.

The Ceremony

As the big day approaches, decide what role the pet will play. Some pets play a large role in the ceremony and serve as best canine or best feline. Other pets are honored to be the ring bearer or walk the bride down the aisle. Be creative and make sure your pet’s collar or leash match the colors of your wedding. Bridesmaids shouldn’t have all the fun dressing up, so get a color coordinated satin bow tie for your cat or dog. Remember to be careful and ensure any accessories are safe and do not pose a choking hazard.

Keep Your Guests Comfortable

Keep in mind that not all animals will be suited to participate in the ceremony, so consider how your pet reacts to strangers and unfamiliar situations. Read these couples’ stories on how they accomplished including their dogs in their weddings. Also, consider whether your human guests will be comfortable around your pet. Regardless of the role in the ceremony, make sure that you include your pet in the rehearsal. This will help ensure everything goes smoothly. Also, don’t forget to check with the venue to make sure pets are allowed.

If your pet is not part of the ceremony, your furry friend can still be in the audience or make a special appearance for photos. Either way, make sure to have someone to handle your pet before, during and after the ceremony. That also includes making sure your pet has food and water. It’s best to have someone who is familiar with your pet to keep them comfortable. Consider asking a guest that your pet already knows or a favorite pet sitter to help on your special day.

Including your pet in your wedding can be fun and special but remember that every animal is different. You should decide whether your pet is sufficiently trained to be in attendance. Positive reinforcement training can help significantly in training your pup for the big day. Getting married is a special event and its only natural that you would want to include your dog or cat, but make sure that it is the right decision based on what’s best for your pet.

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Pets Best Pet Health Insurance is available to residents of Virginia. For more information, visit www.petsbest.com or pick up a Pets Best brochure on your next visit to Little Creek Veterinary Clinic

 

 

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