Battle with Burglar Earns Brave Jack Russell Terrier Award for Most Unusual Pet Insurance Claim of the Year

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Kismet, a Jack Russell terrier from Salt Lake City, Utah won the 2016 Hambone Award, honoring the most unusual pet insurance claim of the year. Kismet earned the nomination after he bravely intervened during a violent burglary that left him and his owner in critical condition. The 8th annual Hambone Award is presented by Nationwide®, the nation’s first and largest provider of pet health insurance. After selecting 11 nominees from nearly 1.5 million claims received, Nationwide opened a national vote at to decide the winner, where Kismet proved victorious.

Kismet was treated by the veterinary team at Advanced Veterinary Care in Salt Lake City where they performed a lifesaving surgery to treat a major stab wound that he received during the altercation. For their outstanding work, Advanced Veterinary Care will receive a $10,000 Nationwide-funded award through the Veterinary Care Foundation (VCF) to treat pets whose owners could otherwise not afford veterinary care. One hundred percent of all donations to the VCF are used to treat pets, with no contributions used for administration, fundraising or overhead.

To learn more about Kismet’s harrowing incident that earned him the Hambone Award, go to Kismet’s Story.

Since the incident, Shu and Kismet have made full recoveries and returned to living their lives without fear. Shu is thankful for the aid she’s received from her community and the pet insurance support she received from Nationwide.

“I’m just relieved that we both made it,” said Shu. “The help we received from everyone was amazing. The community helped pay for Kismet’s daycare costs, and I can’t thank the veterinarians enough for saving his life. Having Kismet insured through Nationwide helped tremendously with the costs as well.”

As the 2016 Hambone Award winner, Kismet received the coveted bronze Hambone Award Trophy, as well as a Nationwide gift bag filled with toys, treats and various pet supplies.


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