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REVEALED! The most popular cat and dog names for 2018

Yesterday we brought you the list of the most popular baby names of 2018, now we present to you… the most popular pet names of the year!

Just like picking a name for your newborn child, deciding what to call your new furbaby can also be a very serious task.

Luckily, our friends at Pet Insurance Australia have compiled a list of the top dog and cat names for 2018, so if you’re still looking for some inspiration you’re in luck!

The company came up with the list after gathering data from more than 150,000 pets who were newly insured in Australia in the last 12 months.

Top 10 female dog names

  1. Bella
  2. Luna
  3. Ruby
  4. Molly
  5. Coco
  6. Daisy
  7. Lucy
  8. Rosie
  9. Lola
  10. Poppy

Top 10 male dog names

  1. Charlie
  2. Max
  3. Archie
  4. Buddy
  5. Ollie
  6. Milo
  7. Oscar
  8. Bailey
  9. Alfie
  10. Cooper

Top 10 female cat names

  1. Luna
  2. Bella
  3. Coco
  4. Molly
  5. Lilly
  6. Cleo
  7. Mia
  8. Willow
  9. Lucy
  10. Lola

Top 10 male cat names

  1. Charlie
  2. Simba
  3. Oscar
  4. Max
  5. Milo
  6. Leo
  7. Jasper
  8. George
  9. Archie
  10. Tigger

Unusual new pet names

  1. Kiki
  2. Narla
  3. Arschar
  4. Arya
  5. Babushka
  6. Moxi
  7. Cheeky
  8. Porkchop
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WATCH: NightQuarter is having a Pooch Party this Saturday!

For the first time ever, you can paw-ty with your fur-baby at NightQuarter!

This Saturday the shipping container city is allowing guests to bring their canine companions along to enjoy an epic Pooch Party.

The Street Paw Fest will feature pet stalls, competitions, dog skills demonstrations, and a photo booth for you and your pet.

The fun doesn’t stop there, as you can enter your pet into the coveted Dog Fashion Show, or join in a paw-fect Treasure Hunt and go scavenging for both human and dog treats.

There will also be loads of pooch-friendly treats available from pupcakes to pup fries, tacos, burgers, cakes and even a ‘Pup-Up’ bar with Bark Brew dog beer.

All of NightQuarter’s regular vendors will still be operating, and there will be plenty of entertainment too including live tunes from Thando.

The Animal Welfare League QLD will be the charity of choice at the event, and will have a stall set up where they will be raising funds and giving out cuddles with some rescue puppies.

The Pooch Party will be held at NightQuarter on Saturday, December 1 with gates opening at 4pm. Find out more here: nightquarter.com.au/

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RSPCA issues warning after more than 1000 pets left in hot cars

RSPCA Queensland is desperately pleading for motorists to leave their pets at home and not in the car, with temperatures set to rise dramatically over the coming days.

The animal welfare organisation says they’ve already received an alarming number of calls from people reporting animals suffering heat stress in cars and backyards since the beginning of the month.

They say the weather is hot enough already that if a dog is left in a parked car for even a short amount of time it can die.

“If it’s thirty degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can potentially rise to well over forty degrees in less than five minutes,” RSPCA spokesperson Michael Beatty said.

“We tested a light coloured sedan and the temperature rose to 57 degrees in twelve minutes. Any animal left inside would have been dead.”

Mr Beatty said the amount of pets left suffering in the heat since the beginning of the year is shocking.

“We’ve had 1,126 reports of animals being left in hot cars and 2,026 of animals being left with no shelter or shade, ” he said.

“A dog can survive for days without food, but in these temperatures, if they don’t have shade or can’t reach water they’ll die.”

He warned that dogs left in backyards can also be in danger.

“A rope or a chain can easily become entangled in furniture or plants and that can be fatal. It’s far better to make the yard or courtyard secure and then it won’t be necessary to tether the dog in the first place.

“We would also recommend that there are at least two to three containers of water in case one gets knocked over.”

If you see an animal in distress, contact the RSPCA’s 24/7 Animal Emergency Hotline 1300 ANIMAL.

Hot weather dog

‘Without shade or water, they’ll die’ Pet owners urged to keep furbabies cool as temps soar

AS temperatures soar on the Gold Coast, pet owners are being warned to be aware of the dangers of heat stress.

RSPCA spokesperson Michael Beatty said several dogs succumbed to the heat in Queensland last year.

Two of them died after becoming entangled while tied up in the backyard, while a number of others died after being left in hot cars or on the back of utes.

Mr Beatty said a dog’s rope or a chain can easily become entangled in furniture or plants and that can be fatal if the dog is unable to reach its water.

“A dog can survive for days without food, but in these temperatures, if they don’t have shade or can’t reach water they’ll die,” Mr Beatty said.

“It’s far better to make the yard or courtyard secure and then it won’t be necessary to tether the dog in the first place.

“We also recommend that there are at least two to three containers of water in case one gets knocked over.”

Mr Beatty warned leaving dogs in hot cars or on the back of utes was another fatal mistake.

“People simply have to be aware of the dangers. If it’s thirty degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can potentially rise to well over forty degrees in less than five minutes,” Mr Beatty said.

“We tested a light coloured sedan and the temperature rose to 57 degrees in twelve minutes. Any animal left inside would have been dead.”

Mr Beatty said exercising dogs in the middle of the day could also be dangerous at this time of the year.

“They tend to overheat very quickly and once their temperature rises above forty degrees they can die,” he said.

“If a dog is suffering from heat stress it’s imperative to get its temperature down as quickly as possible.

“Hose them down with water and better still place ice packs on their head and stomach.

“It’s no good rushing them to the vet in a hot car because the chances are their temperature will continue to rise. Try to cool them down first.”

Pups on SUPs: The adorable puppy paddleboard race is back this weekend!

Get excited Gold Coasters, because the adorable Stand-Up Paddle event ‘Pups on SUPs’ is back this weekend.

After a hugely successful event last year in Currumbin, Surfing Queensland has announced the competition will again take place, this time at the much-loved Gold Coast Broadwater in Southport on October 28.

“Last year’s event was great for the community, we’re incredibly excited to be hosting Pups on SUPs again,” Surfing Queensland CEO Adam Yates said.

“It should be a fun day for everyone, and we encourage everyone to come down and get involved.”

The event, which is the first of its kind in Queensland, was designed to allow the community to have some fun in the water alongside their furry friends.

There will be an open men and women’s 2km race, along with an open men and women’s 500m sprint.

“It’s always great to see everyone having fun with their dogs,” Australia’s Dog Whisperer and former World Champion tandem surfer Chris De Aboitiz said.

“It’s like you’re taking your dog for a walk, but you’re on the water. It’s an awesome way to give your dog a bit of exercise and structure”

Chris will be on hand during the event, offering a 3-minute training session for every dog, as well as a Q&A session. He will also be attempting to break a world record – to see how many dogs he can carry on his 17ft SUP board.

Throughout the action-packed day there will be a number of prizes and giveaways, along with plenty of pet stalls and food vendors. Each dog registered will also receive a free Gummi pets lead, with $5 from every registration going towards Animal Welfare League Queensland.

If you want to join in on the fun but don’t have your own SUP board, don’t stress! You can hire a board on the day for two hours.

Can’t wait to see you there with your pup in tow!

Vision supplied to myGC by Surfing Queensland.