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:
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
Inigo Meowtoya - Texas
MooMoo Mozarella – Georgia
Maple Bacon on a Biscuit - Florida
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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