Dear Fellow Pug Lovers!!! My Dog Harley is nominated for a national contest through his pet insurance, VPI. He ate 100 rocks back in June while he was boarded and was chosen the "Most Unusual Claim" for the month of June by VPI. He is now in the running to win the National VPI Hambone Award!! He's been in 1st place since the contest started and now he's in 2nd place. Please click on Harley's link below, and then click on "VOTE". You can vote once per day per computer. (If you have 2 computers, you can vote daily from each one). Voting ends on 9/20 and the winning dog is announced on 9/21. Harley's story was picked up by the local news and we were on TV this week. It's also on the Associated Press so it has spread across the internet! He currently has a story on The Today Show website! Harley's toughest competition is a Chihuahua that was swooped up by an owl while walking with its owner. But this is the "Hambone" award, which is named after a dog that did something very sillly. Eating rocks is something Harley never did before, but I certainly thing it is Hambone Award worthy!! Thank you from a loyal PUG and his owner! VOTE 4 Harley!!!
Here is the link: Just Click the Link and then click VOTE. (Not the "like" button, because that will not generate a vote. You can certainly "like" Harley's page, but clicking VOTE is what will help put him back in 1st place!) More Than 100 Rocks Make for One Plugged-Up Pug | VPI Hambone Award
Also, here is the link to see Harley's story that appeared on our local news on Wednesday, September 7th. Harley the Pug ate 100 small rocks @LKL333 - YouTube
What a great story, glad to hear that Harley is okay. Thats alot of rocks Harley. I voted, good luck.
Thank you!!! Harley and Chico are so close!! For the love of all things PUG, Harley deserves to win :)
Great story, I voted. Hope he wins, good luck
I voted, good luck Harley.
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Rock-Pooping Pug Wins 3rd Annual VPI Hambone Award
By Nicole | September 21st, 2011 | 2012 Hambone Award, Dog, Nominees
It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for: the big reveal of the 2011 VPI Hambone Award Winner! More than 4,000 votes were cast by the public for the nominees, but only one pet could reign victorious. Winning the hearts of from more than 1,800 supporters, the title of VPI’s Most Unusual Claim of the Year goes to Harley the pug! Harley, who ate, and subsequently passed, more than 100 rocks, is the third recipient of this annual award. The race this year was tight, with Chico the Chihuahua (who almost became supper for a hungry owl) nipping closely at Harley’s heels. However, the pug’s rock-eating incident captured the most public votes, earning him the coveted title and claim to fame. Harley earned his nomination back in June when his owner, Lori Laverdiere of Manville, R.I., discovered that her pug was experiencing some unusual bowel movements. After picking Harley up from the veterinarian’s office after a trip out of town, Lori took Harley for a walk and noticed that his stool consisted entirely of rocks. She could feel several small stones in Harley’s stomach and his condition worsened until he could no longer eat or drink without vomiting. Lori rushed Harley to the emergency animal hospital where X-rays revealed that he had ingested more than 100 small rocks, clogging the pug’s entire intestinal tract and filling half of his stomach. Fortunately, the rocks were small enough for Harley to pass without surgery. He was kept overnight at the hospital where the veterinarian administered medication to help him expel the stones. Within a couple of days, Harley made a complete recovery. “I’ve had Harley for 6 years, since he was a puppy, and he’s never done anything like this,” said Lori. “It just goes to show that you never really know what dogs will do, so you have to be prepared for everything. I love this dog more than anything and I’m so grateful that he’s OK.” As the 2011 VPI Hambone Award winner, Harley will receive a bronze trophy in the shape of a ham, as well as a VPI swag bag filled with toys, treats and an emergency pet kit. The 12 nominees were chosen from the more than 1 million claims VPI receives annually. They were considered along with other uncommon medical claims and selected by VPI as the most unusual of the bunch. All pets considered for the award made full recoveries and received insurance reimbursements for eligible expenses. On behalf of all of us here at Veterinary Pet Insurance, congratulations to Harley the pug and the rest of the 2011 VPI Hambone Award nominees!
PatriciaPV ModeratorMom to Phoebe And the Fabulous Felines
"My little dog - a heartbeat at my feet..." ~ Edith Wharton
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I already have her on my facebook! I received it from someone and then I posted. Incredible what these little guys can do