Every year for the past 15 years, Nationwide Pet Insurance does something called the “Hambone Award,” for the most unique injury claim. It was named after a dog that once got into a fridge, ate an entire holiday ham, and ended up with mild hypothermia.
Since they insure over a million pets, they hear a lot of insane stories. And they just named their finalists for 2023. Here are the highlights . . .
Giles, a cat from New York City, got smooshed in a sofa, when out-of-town visitors inadvertently closed the folding couch, with Giles underneath. Giles didn’t suffer any lasting effects.
Grayson Haze, a Labrador retriever from Texas, took an “unexpected jump” off a 36-foot-high bridge and landed on a concrete embankment. He survived.
Jax, a pug from Las Vegas, was wrapped up in a comforter at home while recovering from surgery, and then got in MORE trouble when he became dangerously overheated and suffered heat stroke. He’s okay.
Josie, a mixed breed pup from California, lost four teeth and got a broken jaw while aggressively chasing a ball during a game of fetch. Josie collided into a pair of cast-iron stadium seats, which were taken from historic Candlestick Park.
Miko, a cat from New Orleans, got bitten near the eye during a fight with some DOVES. Miko was not seriously hurt.
Last year’s winner was Rafa, a cat from Seattle, who was rescued, after falling 45 feet down a storm drain. He was in the ICU for four days, but now he’s back to normal.