Pet Insurance Provider Trupanion Recognizes Veterinarians in ‘Tru Hero’ Contest

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Nearly 100 pet owners entered their veterinarians into the contest in recognition for helping pets live longer and healthier lives.

The story of a Pomeranian named Dinglehopper and his veterinary clinic, the Downtown Animal Hospital in Toronto, ON, was the winning submission of a contest hosted by Trupanion, North America’s fastest growing pet insurance provider. The contest encouraged pet owners to write about how their veterinarian was their ‘Tru Hero’.

The contest ran from mid-August through the end of September, and received nearly 100 entries. Finalists were announced on October 3 and each story was promoted on Trupanion’s blog. The winner was based on the number of comments received on that entry’s blog post.

Dinglehopper’s story received 340 votes, winning readers’ hearts with his heartbreaking account of a puppy mill survivor that frequented the veterinarian because of all the complications from his past. As the grand prize winner, Dinglehopper’s owner received $500 cash and the Downtown Animal Hospital received $500 to treat needy pets as well as the “Tru Hero 2011” plaque.

The following is a summary of the other four finalists:

1.    Scooter the Great Dane lost a significant amount of weight and was rushed to the emergency vet where they learned he had Addison’s disease.
2.    Zedd became ill and was taken to a new veterinarian, the only one open at the time, who graciously took him in and brought him back to health.
3.    Kumbi suddenly passed away but his compassionate veterinarians kept in close contact with his owner to provide her with necessary support and information.
4.    Johnny fractured his knee in two places and took an emergency trip to the veterinarian for orthopedic surgery.

“Our policyholders consider their veterinarians their true heroes because they help keep their beloved pets safe and healthy,” said Stacy Kowalchuk, Social Media Manager at Trupanion and the person who ran the contest. “This contest was designed to give these pet owners a chance to show appreciation for their veterinarians for all they do.”

All finalists received a $50 cash prize. For more information about the ‘Tru Hero’ contest and finalists, visit

About Trupanion™
Trupanion™ pet insurance offers cat insurance and dog insurance in the United States and Canada. Trupanion™ is self-underwritten by the American Pet Insurance Company, allowing Trupanion™ to offer a simple, customizable pet insurance policy with no payout limits and 90% coverage of veterinary bills. Enrolled pets receive lifetime coverage for diagnostic tests, surgeries, and medications if they get sick or are injured, with no incident, annual or lifetime limit. Trupanion’s mission is to deliver fast, simple and user-friendly financial support to pet owners. For more information about Trupanion™, call 800-569-7913 or visit

About the North American Pet Health Insurance Association
Trupanion™ is a founding member of the North American Pet Health Insurance Association (NAPHIA). Founded in 2007, the North American Pet Health Insurance Association is committed to educating and promoting the values and benefits of quality pet health insurance to North American pet owners, the general public, and the veterinary community. As an association, we are committed to high standards and transparency in all of our actions and products. To learn more, visit the North American Pet Health Insurance Association website at


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