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Old 01-07-2013, 11:02 PM
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Default Scare today with Fable

I think I shall be joining the group of people who keep their dogs' collars off when they are home. This morning Fable was in her crate and partially dislodged the divider (I didn't have it set up straight). She was happy to be getting out for a morning pee and run, so was thrashing about excitedly.
Then she didn't come when I opened the door of the crate. I have a bunch of junk on the crate and couldn't see her, so when I bent down I saw her collar was caught on a hook of the divider. She was pulling away from it but couldn't. I bent around and tried to pull the divider toward me but the hooks kept catching.
She wasn't making any sound, just opening and closing her mouth. My mom brought me scissors but the collar was so tight I couldn't fit the blade under. Soon she stooped struggling altogether and scared me so much. Lucy popped into my mind and I was just thinking I'll be damned before I lose my puppy, too! FINALLY I was able to twist myself in the right position to yank and turn the twisted part of the collar off the hook. (That was the first thing I tried but couldn't.)
She stood dazed for a second but then ran to the backdoor to be let out.

I was just terrified. It lasted about a minute but seemed to go on forever. I've always wanted it to be clear how to get my dogs back home with their tags if they escaped, but I took Fable's collar off and it's been off since.
I'm just so glad my funny little idiot dog is okay! <3
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Old 01-07-2013, 11:06 PM
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Uh oh! Glad it turned out okay! I would be for sure taking out that divider, though.

A breakaway collar sounds like it might be a good idea for her!
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Old 01-07-2013, 11:13 PM
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Thanks, Jen! Yup, the divider is out.
A breakaway collar is definitely in my plans. I much prefer buckle collars over snaps, but I found myself wishing she had a simple snap this morning! A breakaway collar would ease my anxiety. I mean, I can't bear to think of what could have happened if I wasn't there!
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Old 01-07-2013, 11:21 PM
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That is so scary! I'm really happy there wasn't a worse ending. But seriously, I can't imagine how sick you felt.
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Old 01-07-2013, 11:28 PM
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OMG! So glad she is OK!
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Old 01-07-2013, 11:37 PM
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Very scary! So glad it ended well. Poor you and Fable. :-(
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Old 01-07-2013, 11:39 PM
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Oh no! My breath caught several times while reading that. Glad she's okay.
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Old 01-07-2013, 11:41 PM
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Holy crap!! Poor little girl (and poor you!!). I'm so glad she's okay <3
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Old 01-07-2013, 11:44 PM
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Oh wow that's really scary, I've had similar issues before (but with two dogs getting jaws caught when playing). I've had legs get caught under the divider too.

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Thanks, Jen! Yup, the divider is out.
A breakaway collar is definitely in my plans. I much prefer buckle collars over snaps, but I found myself wishing she had a simple snap this morning! A breakaway collar would ease my anxiety. I mean, I can't bear to think of what could have happened if I wasn't there!
The snap collars do not unsnap if it is under extreme pressure, so even then they aren't much help.
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Oh wow that's really scary, I've had similar issues before (but with two dogs getting jaws caught when playing). I've had legs get caught under the divider too.
The snap collars do not unsnap if it is under extreme pressure, so even then they aren't much help.
I agree. Had the same scary experience too. The snap collar was caught in a piece of steel protruding from the chipped off cement block in the yard and I can't remove it as the dog is also struggling to get free. Fortunately, a neighbor arrived and removed the collar. I was so scared and thought Kenny would be a goner.
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