Time to vote … for the Wackiest Pet Names in the Nation!

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Kanye Westie? Butch Catsidy? These are just two of the contenders in one of my favorite annual events at Nationwide®, our Wackiest Pet Names. Through Aug. 8, you can vote for your favorites, one cat and one dog.

Last year’s winners were Leonard DiCatprio and Baron Von Furrypants. This year’s contenders:

Dogs Cats
Kanye Westie Sharkbait Hoo Haa Haa
Scrappin Scruffy Macdoogle of the Highland Macdoogles Agent Jack Meower
Mcloven The Stud Muffin Princess Poopy Paws
SuperFunCoconutDog Butch Catsidy
Aggie Von Schwaggie Shakespurr
Lieutenant Colonel Be Back Soon Macaroni Bob
Parker the Barker Meowmadeus
Optimus Prime Rib Pickles Pennybottom
Angus Von Wigglebottom Zelda Nacho
Maximus Waffles Ziggy Snowdust

I’ll have the winners here after voting closes. Go vote for your favorites. Mine? I keep my votes secret, no matter the election!

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This month’s Hambone Award nominee is a tale of “puppies do the darndest things.” Just when you thought you’d heard it all!

Ilona Segedy of Pittsburgh, Pa., was working in her her garage when she heard frantic scream from inside the house, Our Hambone Nation blog picks up the story from there.

As she entered the house, she discovered Ludmila the Tibetan Terrier puppy had lodged her head through a small opening in the design of an oak coffee table in the living room and was violently contorting her body attempting get out.

“It was absolute chaos,” said Ilona. “Ludmila was freaking out and spinning around to the point that I thought she was going to break her neck. When we finally got her calmed down, it became obvious that we couldn’t get her head out. I didn’t know what to do so I called 911.”

Afraid for her dog’s life, Ilona called the emergency line and within minutes the fire department arrived at her doorstep. After a few unsuccessful attempts at freeing Ludmila, and giving further inspection of the coffee table trap, the emergency crew recommended that the curious canine be taken to an emergency veterinarian. Ilona wasted no time and called the local Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Clinic Inc., who advised her to bring Ludmila in immediately.

“They told me to bring her in, table and all,” said Ilona. “So we carefully loaded her in the back of the car with the table still attached and I rode with her while Mark drove. I tried to keep her calm, but I was worried sick. We didn’t even care about the game anymore. We just wanted Ludmila to be okay.”

Upon arrival at the veterinary hospital, the medical team was waiting with a gurney. As they wheeled the terrified puppy into the room, attendees gasped at the odd site. The veterinarians recommended putting Ludmila under heavy sedation to try and relax her neck muscles and squeeze her out, but warned that if it didn’t work, they would have to cut the table off with a saw. Luckily after administering the sedative, Ludmila relaxed enough for the veterinary staff to squeeze her head back through the small cutout in the table and free her.

Great work, team! If Ludmila is voted the winner after all 12 monthly nominees are named, the Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Clinic Inc. will be awarded a $10,000 grant to help pets whose people can’t afford veterinary care.

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