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In the case of terrier versus chainsaw

A West Highland terrier who attacked a buzzing chainsaw has recovered from her injuries and is now in the running for the Hambone Award, presented annually by Veterinary Pet Insurance.

Darci, a 2-year-old terrier, had a history of lunging at the vacuum cleaner and lawnmower, according to her owner, Barbara Abell, of Belleville, Ill. “She never actually touched them, but she would lunge at them,” Abell says.

Last month, though, Abell’s husband was using a chainsaw to cut up a fallen branch in the family’s backyard when Darci lunged and bit the running saw. Abell rushed Darci to an emergency clinic, where she received four stitches and was sent home.

“By the next day, she was back to her feisty self,” said Abell, who advised pet owners not to assume their pets will keep their distance from dangerous equipment — even if they always have.

Darci’s onwers filed a claim with VPI, their insurer. Of more than 8,000 claims received in June by VPI, Darci’s was judged the most unusual of the bunch. As a result, Darci’s in the running for the  2010 VPI Hambone Award.

Each month, VPI employees nominate the most interesting claim submitted. In August, the public will vote on line for the winner of the Hambone Award, named after a dog  that got stuck in a refrigerator and ate an entire Thanksgiving ham while waiting for someone to find him.

The dog was eventually found, with a licked-clean hambone and a mild case of hypothermia. Like all dogs nominated, he recovered fully.


Comment from Monica McLaughlin
Time July 15, 2010 at 12:33 pm

I love your blog. I especially love Westie Wednesdays since I own 2 Westies. This is another good article; however, I must say I am very offended by the lead in on the e-mail “Westie Attacks Chainsaw. Aren’t you glad it wasn’t a Scotty.” What a horrible thing to write! I am sure you did not intend it to be as offensive as it sounds.

Comment from jwoestendiek
Time July 15, 2010 at 1:13 pm

While we would hope you love our blog, we have no Westie’s Wednesday’s and the headline you mentioned isn’t one that appeared on ohmidog!
Possibly you were reading some other blog that re-presented and re-headlined what we wrote. To see ohmidog! articles as they originally appear, go to

Comment from AnnB of Scottie News
Time July 16, 2010 at 7:38 pm


Monica was referring to my link to your post.

In any case, no, it wasn’t meant to be offensive. The Scottie News does Westie Wednesdays because a number of readers have both Scotties and Westies. We love them both, but do have a bit of a running gag going that Scotties are superior.

And of course, the Scottie News wouldn’t want any dog to be hurt by a chainsaw and are very relieved the Westie in question was fine.

Please keep reading even if this bit of black humour wasn’t for you. Your comment was appreciated.

Scottie News

Comment from Monica McLaughlin
Time July 17, 2010 at 1:02 am

Thanks for responding. I know the joke wasn’t meant to be hurtful. MyWesties are insane. I am not allowed to use a vacuum cleaner at all. It just isn’t worth facing their outrage and eventual asault on the machine. I got rid of the rug. They would so attack a chain saw given the opportunity.

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