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:
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
1. Leonardo DiCatprio
2. Fuzz Lightyear
3. Captain Pancake
4. Sir Nigel Meowmittens of Oscelot Court
5. Ziggy Ollyoxenfree
6. Zelda Nacho
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.”
Meet the Winners
Baron von Furrypants
Wackiest Dog Name Winner 2015
Kathy Warren and her family have always found the names of show-dog bloodlines entertaining. So the Warren family decided it would be fun to create their own quirky moniker for their newest member of the family. Wanting something regal yet fun, the Warren’s studied their new Labrador retriever’s attributes and realized the hair on his back legs was longer the front, making it seem like he was wearing furry pants, and the name Baron Von Furry Pants was born.
“Every time they call his name at the veterinary office, everyone in the room turns their head,” said Katherine. “People always laugh when they hear his name and see the long hair on his back legs. It really suits him.”
Baron, as he’s referred to in short, is a massive Labrador retriever that can frequently be seen on walks near his home in downtown Houston, TX. His favorite activity is chasing squirrels, even though he’s never able to catch them. In fact, every year on his birthday their daughter Erin makes him a giant squirrel cake!
However, Baron does have some non-Labrador-like characteristics. He’s afraid of water that’s more than a foot deep and he’s been known to be quite clumsy, which is one of the reasons that Katherine enrolled him with Nationwide. She knows that there’s always a possibility that his clumsiness could get him hurt and she’d rather be safe than sorry.
Wackiest Cat Name Winner 2015
Bailey Norton of Oxnard, Calif. puts a lot of thought into how she names her pets. As a big fan of humorous puns, she tries to tie in her pets’ attributes with something similar sounding. When she noticed that her newest kitty had a lion-like face, she came up with the name “Leo,” and after some brainstorming the moniker “Leonardo DiCatprio” was created.
“People either have a nice chuckle or just give a blank stare when I tell them my cats’ names,” said Bailey. “Leo has a sister named Buffy Sumeowers after the main character in ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer.’ I think my next cat will have a really basic name like Max, to offset his siblings’ awesome names.”
Leonardo DiCatprio’s name isn’t the only thing quirky about him. He uncharacteristically loves water and likes to jump in the shower. He also loves attention and is incredibly social.
This is the first year that Bailey has had pet insurance from Nationwide for her furry family members, and she’s happy with her decision.
“I think having pet insurance is something that all pet owners should look into,” said Bailey. “I feel comfortable knowing that Leo and Buffy will be covered if something were to happen to them.”