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a cow and a gmc denali dually versus crash proof dog crate
12-31-181 min read
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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 his lab Chazz came out okay, thanks to the GUNNER Bottomland he was riding in.
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Story by Gunner Customer Josh Moore | As Told by Gunner | Customer Testimonials


I was sailing down a four-lane Tennessee highway in my GMC Denali, cruise control set to about 58 mph, when an airbag exploded in my face.

It was the dead of night and I wasn’t sure what had happened. Something had blindsided me, smashing me straight on and busting up my truck beyond repair. Spoiler alert: it was a cow who had wandered out of bounds.

The driver’s side took the majority of the impact, but thanks to a seat belt and some help from above I only came out with minor injuries that didn’t tell the full story of the scary situation.

Who I was really concerned about (when I recovered my senses) was Chazz – my 1-year-old lab that was riding in a tied-down GUNNER Kennel Intermediate crate in the bed of my pickup.

We were hit so hard that the back of the cab kind of collapsed… I mean there was a crease right down the middle. So I was really worried. But when I got back there, I saw that both my dog and the kennel did not suffer a scratch – I feel pretty strongly this had everything to do with the build and design of your kennel. I’m crediting Gunner for making sure that this lab could retrieve his first duck.

As I’m talking to Gunner about this, I’m on the way out of the door (in a new truck – the Denali didn’t make it), making my first trip of the season down to Arkansas with my 12-year-old son, in search of some good luck and better weather. 

We’re bringing Chazz, who is back to my old self after the accident. He's ridign in his Mossy Oak GUNNER. He was nervous around cars at first but now he’s totally fine. This is his first hunting season and we’re excited to get him down there.

Look, here’s what I’ll say:

“If I had gone with a lesser quality kennel, it would’ve been completely smashed back there. When you think about the built-in tie down pins and how heavy duty it is, there’s no question with the force of that hit. I really wanted to give a testament to what your kennel did for me. Thank y’all very much for that.”

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G1™ KENNEL
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"The idea for GUNNER Kennels was inspired by my own best friend, Gunner. I've always felt uneasy traveling with him in traditional plastic crates and was tired of replacing flimsy ones year after year." – Addison Edmonds, Founder View More Details
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TIE-DOWN STRAP KIT
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GUNNER tie-down straps are used to securely anchor your dog crate to your vehicle and are the only ones that we recommend for 5 Star Crash Test certified safety.  Read why it's important to use GUNNER straps for safe travel. 

Made with an extra-thick custom cambuckle for additional break strength and a synthetic material to ensure you can leave these out 24/7. Now offered in two strap length options to accommodate a greater variety of setups.


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PERFORMANCE PAD
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This GUNNER tough-skin insert provides a 3/4” pad of cushion for the crate, as well as waterproof comfort for the sporting dog’s tired joints on the ride home.

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Your dog works hard for you – this fan works hard for your dog. The GUNNER Fan Kit 1.0 is a high-powered device designed to mount easily to the crate, with a stainless steel mounting rod and custom tensions bolts. Built to provide significant ventilation, especially while kennel is stationary. A durable structure, just like our customers are accustomed to.

NOTE: If you're interested in this product, also check out the latest formulation GUNNER Fan Kit 2.0.

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