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Nationwide highlights furry, feathery and scaly friends with Wacky Pet Names celebration

Public voting for wackiest dog, cat, and exotic pet names runs June 5-9

Choosing a name for your pet is the perfect time to unleash your creativity and embrace the unconventional. Whether a name is playful, pun-tastic or just preposterous, it signals thoughtfulness about a pet’s special place within a family. 

Each year, Nationwide® hosts a public vote to decide the most imaginative names among the pet insurance leader’s recently enrolled pets. This year’s Wacky Pet Names celebration spans species beyond dogs and cats to include avian and exotic animals with rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, a bird, a tortoise, and a pot-bellied pig represented among this year’s honorees.  

Voting is open June 5-9, 2023 at petinsurance.com/wackypetnames. The wackiest names in each category will be announced on Tuesday, June 13, 2023. Below are the nominees with their home states and links to their personal profiles:  



Exotic Pets  

Barkimedes – Georgia 

Business Cat – Pennsylvania 

Audrey Hopbun - California  

Boolaloobalala - Florida 

Evil Twin - Georgia 

Birdie Sanders - New Jersey 

Captain Good Boy - Colorado 

Green Bean Catserole - South Carolina 

Leapus Maximus - Alabama 

Doc Pawlliday - Oklahoma  

Homeboy Thumbs - Alaska 

Me’Shell - Illinois 

Everybody Loves Raymond Orr Else - Ohio 

Inigo Meowtoya - Texas 

MooMoo Mozarella – Georgia  

Maple Bacon on a Biscuit - Florida 

Moira Rose McMurderpants Queen of Hearts – Oregon 

Peanut Butter Pancake – Rhode Island 

Scooby Moo - New Jersey 

Prison Mike - Minnesota 

Piggy Smalls – Florida  

Sir Arthur Cowvin Moo Moo the Great - Pennsylvania 

Sir Catrick Stewart - Missouri 

Rabbit Downey Jr. – North Carolina 

The Dude LeBowWowSki - California 

Sir Woodrow Agustdus Scuttlebooty the Third, Esquire - South Carolina  

Spicy Queso – New York  

Whiskey Tango Furball – Virginia  

Spicy Beef Purrito - New York 

Will Ferret -Virginia  

Tips for choosing a pet’s name  
Taking into account the science behind how pets hear and respond to different sounds, keep these naming tips in mind.   

  • Use hard consonants and vowels. These are easier for pets to hear and respond to. 
  • Consider a nickname for any names longer than one or two syllables. 
  • Avoid names that sound like commands. Subtle differences in sounds confuse pets. 
  • Test it out first to make sure you’re comfortable saying the name loudly in public. 

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