how gunner kennels large dog crate saved diesel
06-01-192 mins read
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.
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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.

A Series Of Unfortunate Events

The truck was up to its frame rails in snow, so we called for reinforcement from a local friend and hit the river for some fishing while we waited for the backup. After several hours of failed attempts and a couple snapped straps, we ran out of time. The fundraiser was nearing and the truck was still stuck, so we caught a ride back in town and decided to deal with the situation the following morning.

The next day we spent 7 hours on site digging and jacking the truck to one wheel at a time before finally freeing it. Pretty frustrating. As soon as I could back up the vehicle and find some pavement, I pulled over to the side of the road and walked over to see if our friends wanted a late lunch after all that work, leaving Becky and Diesel in the Dodge.

The Car Crash

When I was about 20 paces away from my truck, I heard what sounded like an explosion behind me. In seconds, a Nissan Pathfinder going over 70mph had lost control and ran straight into our stationary truck. When I turned, I saw our vehicle being thrown more than 15 feet away from where I had parked it. My wife and dog were inside. The SUV that had barreled down on our truck landed about 400 feet from the impact.

It was one of the loudest and most intense sounds I’ve ever experienced and it was terrifying. I could hear Becky screaming in horror as I sprinted to the truck – she was in shock, and said her first thought was that I was pinned between the truck and the SUV. Fortunately, she still had her seatbelt on and was okay.

We could also hear Diesel in his large dog crate back there crying. As soon as I knew Becky had no bodily harm, we went to grab him.

Gunner Kennels Saved Diesel’s Life

The Gunner kennel, which was tied down to the bed with tie-down straps, never moved and Diesel was safe inside. He jumped all over us, barking and licking as soon as we opened the door. He was scared but didn’t seem to have any physical damage beyond that. Without the dog kennel, I truly don’t even want to imagine what would have happened.

Even though our big RAM 2500 crew cab was deemed a total loss after being struck by an SUV going over 70 MPH, our Large Gunner Kennels never received a scratch.

“If Diesel had been loose in the car – or in another crate back there in the bed – I don’t believe he would still be with us. I would never want Diesel traveling in any other dog box, and no dog of mine will ever ride in anything else. Gunner has surpassed any and all expectations we had. Thank you.”

Read more: Traveling With Dogs: Hook’s Gunner Kennels Survival Story

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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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Kris T.
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  • How would you describe your dog? Family or Companion Dog
  • What's your primary use of the product? TravelHomeHome & Travel Equally
Wow, Just Wow

Wow, this kennel is the Yeti of dog kennels! everything about this kennel is first rate. Yes, there are cheaper, but none can compare to a Gunner kennel.

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05/31/2021
Alec L.
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  • How would you describe your dog? Family or Companion Dog
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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
Angus O.
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  • How would you describe your dog? Family or Companion Dog
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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.