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Most Common Pet Names from Movies

Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI), the nation’s first and largest provider of pet health insurance, analyzed its database of more than 500,000 insured pets to find out how many furry, four-legged friends have names in common with famous movie pets.

Below is VPI’s list of the top 10 most common movie pet monikers from its database of more than half a million pet names (total number of pets sharing that name in parentheses):  

Top 10 Movie-Inspired Pet Names 
1. Milo (1,130) – “The Adventures of Milo and Otis”  
2. Otis (558) – “The Adventures of Milo and Otis” 
3. Sassy (532) – “Homeward Bound” 
4. Shiloh (309) – “Shiloh”  
5. Toto (105) – “Wizard of Oz” 
6. Babe (98) – “Babe” 
7. Jinx (88)  – “Meet the Parents” 
8. Beethoven (33) – “Beethoven” 
9. Lassie (21) – “Lassie Come Home” 
10. Snowbell (3) – “Stuart Little” 

To view some of the most creative monikers selected for VPI’s Top 10 Most Unusual Pet Names of 2013, visit

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     We can’t say it enough:  pet insurance can be a lifesaver when a medical crisis and financial hardship intersect.  For Virginians, the good news is, there are at least 6 pet insurance companies registered to provide coverage in this state.  The flip side to such a large offering is that it is up to pet owners to research the companies and their available plans, in order to make the best choice.

     Veterinarian Frances Wilkerson has dedicated her website, Pet Insurance University, to sorting through the pet insurance providers for you.  (Find a list of reviewed companies under the Research Library heading in the left margin.)

     Make no mistake:  You still have to read the information provided, as well as contact the companies for premium quotes, but many questions have been researched for you.  Dr. Wilkerson recommends looking for these components when choosing pet insurance:

  • Coverage for cancer
  • Coverage for chronic disease
  • Continual coverage for chronic diseases
  • Coverage for hereditary and congenital diseases
  • Coverage for medical conditions common to your pet’s breed and species¹

     Dr. Wilkerson also provides links to organizations which can provide financial assistance to pet owners, based on specific guidelines.  Emergency financial assistance may be your best option if you are unable to purchase pet insurance.

     Don’t wait for an emergency to arise – check out your insurance options today.  ~~  Jen

¹Practice Insights, Vol.1, No.1; Pet Insurance 411


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What’s In a Name?

     I once heard a great piece of advice:  when choosing a name for your child, first yell the name about ten times in a row at the top of your lungs.  That is how you’ll be addressing your child for many years, so it had better have a nice ring to it.  The same likely holds true for pets, although I have to believe that not every pet owner has first considered what he or she will sound like when shouting at a wayward cat or dog.  Why do I bring this up?  Because VPI Pet Insurance has released the Top 50 Wackiest Pet Names of 2010.  Here is a small sampling:


  • Pickle Von Corndog
  • Badonkadonk
  • Flopsy Squeakerton
  • Lady Chuckles of West Oak
  • Hunkapapa Honk


  • Admiral Pancake
  • Optimus Pants
  • Chenoa Azure Marshmellow-Puff
  • Aziza Star Rocket
  • Foofoo Tinkerbelle

     I like to think that last one is owned by a big hairy biker dude who often has to call Foofoo Tinkerbelle to come in for her din-din.  You can read the rest of the list here.  Disney movie fans will recognize number 34 on the cat list, Cosmic Creepers, as the cat belonging to Eglentine Price in “Bedknobs and Broomsticks.” 

     Be sure to read the list carefully.  If your pet’s name does not begin to approach the absurdity of Ninjastar Dangerrock or Eskimo Ebony Heather Feather, you’ll just have to resort to calling to it in a loud whisper, the better to save yourself the embarrassment of having a pet with a purrfectly reasonable moniker.   ~~  Jen

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