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Scrappy dog from Goleta in the running for Nationwide's 'Hambone Award'

Posted at 3:09 PM, Nov 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-13 18:55:52-05

A dog from Goleta is a finalist in a competition called the "Hambone Award."

Nationwide Insurance, which offers pet insurance, created the Hambone Award to recognize the most unusual pet insurance claims. It was originally named after a dog who ate an entire Thanksgiving ham while stuck in a refrigerator.

Among this year's finalists for the award is Max, a Shih Tzu who got into a fight with a coyote in his Goleta backyard.

The other finalists are:

  • Chopper, a boxer from Burke, Virginia, who broke through a glass window while home alone in order to greet a visitor who was standing outside
  • Olive, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel from San Diego, who ran up a tree after a squirrel and fell 12 feet to the ground
  • Penny, a tabby cat from La Jolla, who fell from a two-story balcony
  • Pistol, an Australian Cattle Dog from Los Angeles, who was injured in a mouth-to-mouth collision with another dog at the park

Nationwide says Max and all of the other finalists have made full recoveries.

The winner of the competition will receive a trophy and other gifts from Nationwide and all five veterinary practices that treated the pets will receive a portion of a $30,000 award from Nationwide and the Veterinary Care Foundation.

Nationwide says it selected this year's finalists after a review of more than two million claims filed in 2019.

To learn more about the finalists and place your vote, visit Voting is open from November 14-18, 2020.