From Captain Gary Ziltoid to Lady Flora Penelope, meet Battersea’s dogs and cats with the quirkiest names

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Oct 21, 2017 in Rat News | Subscribe

We all like to get creative when it comes to naming our pets, right?

My first pet was Oink the guinea pig and I went on to name a naughty pair of pet rats as Harry and Ron, before re-homing Skunk – a very fluffy black and white hamster.

The team at Battersea Dogs Cats Home welcome a lot of adorable furries through their doors and as you can imagine, not all of them have the well, the most normal of names.

To celebrate the launch of the sixth series of the award-winning show, Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs which aired on Thursday evening (October 19), the charity animal home has released its top five most unusual names.

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Out of the 3,600 dogs who were welcomed to the shelter in Battersea Park Road, Black Trouser was crowned this year’s canine with the quirkiest name.

The smiley six-month-old mongrel arrived in May because his owners could no longer care for him and he has since been re-homed and renamed Fudge.

Captain Gary Ziltoid, an eight-week old puppy who came to the centre in March, was a close second while Peewee the tiny Jack Russell who arrived weighing just 2.8kg came third in the weird name stakes.

Food-based names also seemed to be a theme of 2017, with Wasabi, Poptart, Popcorn and Nacho among the more unusual appetising canine names.

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The full list of unusual dog names:

  1. Black Trouser
  2. Captain Gary Ziltoid
  3. Peewee
  4. Wasabi
  5. Miss Doris Badger

Say hello to Peewee, the tiny Jack Russell
(Image: Battersea Dogs and Cats Home)

But let’s not forget the gorgeous felines who are also homed at the Battersea shelter.

The cats have also had their fair share of eccentric names including one-eyed Captain Cat Sparrow, the sophisticated Tortoiseshell Debbie Hairy and the three-legged Mr Wobbles.

The full list of eccentric cat names:

  1. Captain Cat Sparrow
  2. Debbie Hairy
  3. Mr Wobbles
  4. Captain Pugwash
  5. Lady Flora Penelope

Captain Pugwash is still looking for a loving home, but he isn’t the only one.

Can you give Captain Pugwash a loving home?
(Image: Battersea Dogs and Cats Home)

Centre manager Robert Young said: “Our staff name all the strays that are brought into Battersea – but two thirds of the dogs and cats that arrive here are brought in by their owners, who can no longer care for them.

“These pets already have names of their own, and we’ve certainly seen some unusual ones over the years, including a Staffie named Lord Farquaad and a cat called Beetlejuice.

“Considering we care for more than 7,000 animals each year, it’s inevitable that there will be a few quirky names among them and we’re always on the lookout for the next unusual entrant.”

Article source: http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/local-news/captain-gary-ziltoid-lady-flora-13790411

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