A furless cat, a reclining chair — and good work by an Austin veterinary team

Many of you are aware of our annual Hambone Award, which calls out the most incredible pet insurance claims among the many thousands we work with every year at Nationwide. As Nationwide’s Chief Veterinary Officer, I make it a point to give my kudos to veterinary teams that make the miracles happen.

I’m a little late getting this one posted, because (to be honest) I did something that’s a first for me.  My husband and I took an actual Spring Break vacation.  Now, I’m feeling refreshed and happy to be back doing the work I love. Like sharing the accomplishments of our colleagues!

Rosie1The latest of our nominees is a cat named Rosie, cared for by  the team at the Austin Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center. From our Hambone Award announcement:

For Karina Salinas of Bee Cave TX., finding a family pet was a challenge. Her love for animals was secondary to her daughter’s asthmatic condition. […]  After a bit of research, Karina made the decision to bring home a hairless Sphynx cat, naming her Rosie. Since that fateful day, Rosie has provided the family with incalculable amounts of happiness countered with a many moments of rebelliousness. In fact, her mischief nearly caused her demise after she hid inside a reclining chair and was crushed upon its close. Rosie’s memorable misfortune and heartening recovery have earned her the title of November’s “Most Unusual Claim of the Month” by Nationwide, the nation’s first and largest provider of pet health insurance.

The Austin Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center will now be eligible for a $10,000 grant to help animals whose owners can’t afford care, if Rosie ends up getting the most votes when all 12 nominees are chosen.