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And the most outrageous pet insurance claim is...

Sep. 22, 2011 at 3:45 PM ET

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Harley the rock-pooping pug is the winner of the 2011 Hambone Award!

The rock-pooping pug!

As TODAY predicted, Harley the pug, who ate and then eliminated over 100 rocks (to the shock and awe of his owner) took home the 2011 Hambone Award.

As the winner of the "prize," given to the pooch with the most outrageous insurance claim, via animal insurance company VPI, Rhode Island-based Harley (who is fine, it should be noted), will receive a bronze trophy shaped like a ham and a swag bag (take that, Kardashian wedding!) filled with toys, non-rock treats and an emergency pet kit. Because, well, Harley has a history now.

He got over 1,800 votes to nab the trophy, named for a pooch who ate an entire ham while accidentally locked inside a fridge. Second place goes to Chico the Chihuahua, who survived a squeeze from a Great Horned Owl's talons and Stella Artois the black lab, whose dive in a dumpster yielded a metal can in her mouth that needed to be dislodged.

Congrats to all the lucky (and healthy) pooches!

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