As a big fan of all things Disney, Jill Hicks of Frazier Park, Calif., found the perfect name for her Queensland heeler in the moniker Zippity Do Dawg. Coincidentally, Jill was inspired years earlier by another pet owner who had the same affection for the Disney tune.
“My husband and I were camping in Pismo Beach sitting around the campfire and a lady walked by with her dog,” Jill explained. “We asked her dog's name and she said Zippity Do Dog. We decided right then and there, our next dog's name would be Zippity Do Dog. When we adopted Zippity we tweaked the spelling to Dawg. Her name fits her perfect because she is very quick and zips around the yard.”
Jill currently has three dogs insured by VPI. Although 1-year-old Zippity Do Dawg has yet to incur any major accidents or illnesses, Jill is glad she is protected should her pup get sick or injured.
“We want all of our pets to be healthy and happy,” she said. “We know from past experience how expensive veterinary bills can be and we don’t want to be overwhelmed with unexpected costs.”
VPI Policyholder since 2012
When adopting a pet, many pet owners want to choose a new name for their furry friend. That was not the case for Shuo Yang of Redwood City, Calif., who couldn’t resist keeping his feline’s “punny” moniker, Walter Croncat.
“We adopted Walter Croncat (and his sister Cinderella) from a shelter in Berkeley,” said Shuo. “The name was so interesting and fun that we decided to keep it. Plus, he looks so stately and dignified that I can really imagine him being ‘the most trusted cat in America.’ He's a really relaxed and casual cat at home, and he only makes noise if something really important is happening, so his journalistic integrity definitely matches his name.”
Unfortunately, not everyone is familiar with the former anchorman of the CBS Evening News, creating confusion at times. “It's interesting to tell people our cat’s name because I think my wife and I are at that age where friends our age or older understand the reference,” explained Shuo. “However, younger friends often have no idea who Walter Cronkite was, which makes explaining his name kind of awkward.”
The proud owner of three cuddly cats, Shuo appreciates the peace of mind that pet insurance provides.
“Our pets are definitely a part of our family, and we want them to be covered in case they need any medical attention,” said Shuo. “The cost of pet insurance is a small price to pay for having them protected in case something bad happens.”
VPI Policyholder since 2007