dog kennel vs. truck rollover: crash-tested
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Gunner Kennels owner Kody Van Pelt was in a vehicle accident over a holiday weekend that flipped his truck and tossed his dog crate 15 yards down the road. Here's their story.
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Words by Kody Van Pelt

I was traveling with my black lab, Kase, through Arkansas one day when it began to rain. I had a funny feeling as I was riding through a town called Russellville, so I pulled over to put Kase in his G1 Intermediate dog crate in the bed of my truck, instead of the passenger seat where he had been riding.

Not long after, I was traveling down the mountain in a light misty rain when my backend lost traction, scary stuff.

The Rollover Accident

I spun 180 into the cliff side – luckily for both me and Kase, it wasn’t the canyon side. My bumper caught part of the bluff, causing the front end of my truck to pick up and layover, rolling and laying on its side (see the photo below).

I was shaken up, but as soon as I could get the truck door open, my dog was my first concern. Thankfully he was in a Gunner kennel.

I had not secured the crate to the bed, so I found the Gunner kennel had launched about 15 yards down the road from where the truck landed. Kase was still inside his crate: the G1™ door stayed locked and secure the entire time. You could tell Kase was scared, but happy to see me and didn’t have any bodily trauma. He was back to his old self the next day.

“I am very thankful for Gunner Kennels for keeping him safe and alive.”

As much as we hate to hear about situations like these, we’re proud that Gunner Kennels helped save a dog from a potentially deadly situation. As the only 5 Star Crash Test Rated pet travel crate, we engineered this crate specifically for your peace of mind in scenarios such as this. To watch Gunner Kennels undergo various crash tests – including those from the Center For Pet Safety study – click here.

*note: Gunner Kennels always recommends anchoring the kennel to your vehicle with our strength-rated tie-down straps.

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G1™ KENNEL
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TIE-DOWN STRAP KIT
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GUNNER strap sets are the only ones that we recommend, and have met each of the brand’s crash test standards. They are the straps that the Center For Pet Safety recommends using when anchoring your crate to your vehicle for 5 Star Crash Test certified safety.

Our new & improved tie-downs are made with an extra-thick custom cam buckle for additional break strength and a synthetic material that ensures you can leave these out 24/7: better guarding against fading and stretching, and perfect for high abrasion environments.

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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 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.

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07/05/2021
Brandon M.
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  • How would you describe your dog? Gun or Bird Dog
  • What's your primary use of the product? Travel
It’s like an insurance plan….

This is by far the best kennel made. I use mine daily and they take lots of abuse. They never even seem to wear at all. Hose them off with soap and water and they look brand new. I encourage all of my puppy buyers to get them as well. It’s like an insurance plan for your best friend!

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  • What's your primary use of the product? TravelHomeHome & Travel Equally
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05/31/2021
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Amazing travel kennel

This thing is built like a tank. I have no doubt this will protect our little guy if we are ever involved in an accident. We recently completed an 800 mile road trip with him in the crate. It was well worth the money. This was the first time he was calm in the car and not whining. He slept easily during the drive. We felt calm know he was secure and comfortable. Cannot recommend this crate enough!!

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05/08/2021
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Unlike any other crate I have seen

I purchased two Gunner kennels, a medium and a small, for my pups. Immediately, you understand this is a different level of product compared to what you’ve used before. The construction is fantastic and legitimately heavy duty. I feel so much better knowing I’ve done everything I can to keep my dogs safe in case of a worst case scenario.

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03/18/2021
Patrick K.
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  • How would you describe your dog? Gun or Bird Dog
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Best purchase for my best friends

I’ve been buying cheap kennels for the four years I’ve owned my dogs, none of them seemed to hold up. I’ve wanted a Gunner for a year now, and the more I read stories of how they have saved dogs lives, it made me think of how losing my best friends would damn near **** me. So I made the purchase and will never look back. It is one solid kennel and I will not let the kennel hold me back from traveling farther to hunt anymore. It’s well worth the investment. I’m a firm believer in you get what you pay for, and this will not let anyone down.