Most unusual dog and cat names of the year revealed

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The results are in – Baron Von Furrypants nosed out Artoo Dogtoo and Leonardo DiCatprio purred past Fuzz Lightyear to be named the Wackiest Pet Names of 2015.

Each year, Nationwide (formerly Veterinary Pet Insurance), 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, 50 kooky canine and 50 comical cat names were chosen from Nationwide’s database of more than 525,000 insured pets. The top 10 dog and 10 cat monikers were put to a public vote, where Baron Von Furrypants and Leonardo DiCatprio were chosen as the wackiest. Following are the 10 Wackiest Dog and Cat Names of 2015:

Dogs
1.  Baron Von Furrypants
2.  Artoo Dogtoo
3.  Rosie Picklebottom
4.  Parker the Barker
5.  Abigail Carmichael Spartacus
6.  Smiley Cyrus
7.  Nutmeg Spice O’ Paris
8.  Abraham Lincoln Continental
9.  Bizkit Au Chocolat
10. Scuddles Unterfuss

Cats
1.  Leonardo DiCatprio
2.  Fuzz Lightyear
3.  Captain Pancake
4.  Sir Nigel Meowmittens of Oscelot Court
5.  Ziggy Ollyoxenfree
6.  Zelda Nacho
7.  Sophistikitty
8.  Cornelius McPudness Vandercat
9.  Sir Theodorable Purrsalot
10. Star Wars Steve

“Every year our database expands, and we see more and more creative pet names,” said Curtis Steinhoff, director of pet insurance communications. “Many times the most interesting aspect of a pet’s name is the story behind it, and this competition gives us a chance to share those tales. Whether the moniker is a simple pun or an eccentric mixture of terms, all the names on our Wacky Pet Names list are one of a kind.”

For photos and background stories of the winners and the top 10 nominees, along with the full list of the 50 wackiest dog and cat names, visit www.wackypetnames.com.

— PRNewswire

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