ST. PAUL, Minn. - A St. Paul dog with an all-consuming hatred of vacuum cleaners is up for an award that could benefit pet owners who struggle to pay for vet care.
Nationwide, America's largest provider of pet health insurance, picks one dog each year worthy of The Hambone Award, which honors the most unusual insurance claim of the year. One of the 11 finalists for 2016 is Lily, a rescue border collie whose attack on the family vacuum cleaner left her with significant mouth injuries. The border collie was rushed to an emergency vet, and then to Companion Animal Hospital in Eagan where she was treated for a number of broken teeth that had to be removed, and deep cuts that needed mending.
“We noticed Lily’s dislike for the vacuum immediately after bringing her home,” said Louise Vai, whose family adopted Lilly after she was rescued from an abusive situation. “As soon as I would turn it on she would snarl and try to attack it. Even though she had made so much progress with everything else, she never got over her vacuum issues.”
Lily has since recovered, but now has what her family refers to as a Minnesota hockey smile.
Nationwide helped the Vai's cover significant veterinary bills, and if Lily is chosen as this year's Hambone Award winner Companion Animal Hospital will receive a $10,000 grant to help low income pet owners get their animals the care they need.
To vote for Lily, go to the Nationwide website and click on Vote For LIly.