I was on a way to a hunt in Kentucky when a drunk driver crossed lanes and hit me as I was cresting a hill. My truck was totaled, and Gunner Kennels saved my dog’s life. Here’s the story. By Ashley Guthrie.
I was driving in Ohio on a state route with my lab, Bear, who was riding in the back of my Toyota Tundra in a Gunner G1™ Intermediate dog crate. We were on one of those country roads that wound pretty heavily and I was going into one of the curves in pouring down rain when I smashed into a kid driving a Chrysler head on, going about 55 mph.
My wife (Becky) and I were in Bishop, a town in the eastern Sierra Nevada mountains – an area we try to visit several times a year. We were traveling with our one-year-old birdog Diesel, a Bracco Italiano who’s home on the road has been a G1™ Large dog crate since he was a pup. We usually come for the hunting, hiking, and fly fishing, but this time around we were in town to attend a California Waterfowl Association dinner. The afternoon of the fundraiser the three of us took off on a scouting trout to Owens River and ended up getting our Dodge RAM 2500 stuck in the snow. The situation lead to one of the scariest moments I’ve had.
Late one afternoon Spencer and Candace loaded up their 1-year-old yellow lab, Tuck, and their 4-year-old Yorkipoo, Si, in their friend’s Toyota Tundra to head back home. They were first going to drop off the truck and a Polaris Ranger, and were traveling about 60 MPH on a four-lane highway towards Northport when disaster struck.
This past winter, Charlie was guiding in Oklahoma when he loaded Hook in the car for a quick scouting trip. He was making the turn off of the highway when something in the rearview mirror caught his eye. A semi-truck was barreling down the road towards him and Hook. The semi smashed into the back of his Toyota Tacoma–right into the truck bed where his 10-month-old dog Hook, a Springer spaniel, was traveling in a G1™ Intermediate crate. Here’s the story, in his own words.
James never saw it coming. Dusk had just settled and the TCU junior was headed back to Ft. Worth with Gus as his co-pilot, his four-year-old black lab and hunting buddy. He was traveling on one of Texas’ two-lane county roads – the kind where the speed limit is higher than some states’ 4-lane highways – pushing 75 mph when he rounded a curve to find himself playing chicken with a Dodge Dually and a 25-foot horse trailer.
Josh Moore had his cruise control set to 58 mph when he smashed into a cow in the dead of night. The GMC Denali was totaled, but he and his lab Chazz came out okay, thanks to Gunner Kennels. Here’s how it all went down.
Robb Moore’s wife was on a two lane highway, traveling at the 55mph speed limit, when a car ran a stop sign, going about the same speed, and very nearly T-boned her in the driver’s side, impacting the forward left side, knocking her off the road, up an embankment, and flipped her upside down. Here’s what happened next.
Because each Gunner Kennels customer story, and relationship with their dog, is different, we’ve started to document a few for you. This week we’re with Leah Shamos Twitchell, a Maine resident and dog trainer with a soft spot for rescue dogs. Unfortunately, two of Leah’s rescues are escape artists – due to separation anxiety and what she says could be PTSD – and she went through as many as 6 different crates before the G1™. Read on to see why she describes Gunner Kennels as “bomb proof.”