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“don’t cheap out on a single-wall kennel. you’re saving $100 for nothing.”
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"If the price point is keeping you from buying [a GUNNER], I am a testimony on why you should go ahead and get it. They are obviously worth the price."
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Words by Hunter Bertrand | As told by GUNNER

My black lab Hitch and I were in Fort Worth headed back from Arlington on a 4-lane highway. We were cruising around 75 mph when all of a sudden a car cut across 3 lanes, got behind the vehicle in front of us, and slammed on their brakes because they got too close. I had about 5 feet to stop at that point, so there wasn’t much I could do to avoid a collision. I remember trying to hit the brakes but hit him almost immediately which threw us into the far left shoulder. 

I never lost consciousness, but I got smoked with the airbags so I was a bit dazed. There was an off-duty officer behind us who saw the whole thing, and by the time I gathered myself and opened the door, he was running up to check on me. The cop tried to stop me to have me sit down but I remember telling him, “I don’t know where we are, but I have to check on my dog.” I dropped the tailgate to open the kennel door and Hitch walked out like nothing happened. The only way you could tell the kennel was in an accident was that it had moved a few inches forward from the impact. Hitch was a little shaken up but thankfully didn’t have a single scratch on him.

For being in an accident going over 70 mph, the kennel only moving a few inches is just crazy. I was using the Gunner tie-down straps and won’t use anything else. They look way better and obviously do the job. I put Hitch back in the kennel until the first responders got there. After that, he got to hang out in the fire truck which is pretty cool. He was one happy dog for just being in a major wreck. The first responders were just amazed we did not need any medical treatment. The Gunner and the F-150 did their jobs, to say the least. It’s funny, both of them have a 5-star crash rating so the way they both performed shouldn’t be surprising.

We were both a little sore the next few days after the accident, but I think I was more bruised up than he was, which is just how I would like it to be. I am so thankful I had him in a Gunner. 

When I got Hitch, the breeder had a single-wall kennel and told me to buy a similar one simply because they are cheaper. I took one look and knew the quality wasn’t anywhere near that of a Gunner. Buy a Gunner. Don’t cheap out on a single-wall kennel. You’re saving $100 for nothing. My brother and I both have kennels, and now my step-dad is getting one. I live around 20-30 minutes from Anahuac, Texas, so of course I had to get the Anahac kennel from the 2022 Flyway Series collection. If the price point is keeping you from buying one, I am a testimony on why you should go ahead and get it. They are obviously worth the price. 

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