We have to admit, we find it hilarious when our dog attacks the lawn mower. He barks at the wheels and tries to corner the machine as if it were a squirrel or a stray kitty. How dumb! How funny!
But one Belleville, Ilinois, family learned the hard way that the combination of a terrier + sharp blades can be a bad one -- their adorable West Highland terrier actually ended up needing hours of surgery after attacking a chainsaw
That dog, two-year-old Darci, just won third place in the Hambone Awards for her ferocious behavior. The awards, given by the Veterinary Pet Insurance Company
, honor the nation's most unusual pet insurance claims.
Darci's owners submitted their claim after she lunged at the chainsaw while her owner was using it to trim a tree. She needed four stitches after biting the tool, although she's apparently A-OK today.
But if you're wondering how Darci managed to finish third -- just how many dogs get close to working chainsaws, much less are spunky enough to (almost) lose their noses to them? -- well, you've obviously never spent much time around a curious/stubborn/stupid dog.
(And yes, we're convinced that most dogs are a combination of all three!)
Second place, the Post-Dispatch tells us
, goes to Aubie, of Birmingham, Alabama
, who actually lept through a plate glass window to chase the mailman.
And the winner of this year's actual Hambone Trophy? Ellie of Santee, California. This intrepid Labrador retriever attacked a beehive -- and subsequently ate the entire colony of bees
Yeah, that one had to hurt.