large gunner dog crate saves charli the lab
06-17-211 min read
My lab, my daughter and I were in a head-on collision. I broke my arm, but my daughter and my dog – thanks to GUNNER – are fine.
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Words by Derrick Payne| As Told By Gunner

“Thank you for making such a good product. I was made fun of by some of my buddies for having such an expensive kennel, but we all know that I got the last word when it saved my dog.”

One Friday afternoon, I loaded my English lab, Charli Grace, into her Large GUNNER Kennel in the bed of my truck to take her around the corner for an annual checkup and shots. One of my twin daughters wanted to join, so she jumped in the cab for the ride.

We were rolling through an intersection at about 50mph – nearly to our destination – when an older gentleman hit me head-on going about the same speed.

The impact felt incredible. Thankfully, the airbags deployed and saved my 9-year-old daughter. As soon as I was able to check on her and make sure she was ok, I looked around for the GUNNER kennel and saw that it had been thrown 30 yards from the wreck. 

I ran over to check on Charli. Thankfully the door to that Large kennel stayed closed before, during & after the collision, containing my dog. I opened the door and Charli was completely fine. If you knew the impact of this wreck (just look at the pictures), you’d be shocked at the condition of the kennel. It’s a little scratched on top, and barely at a corner, but it’s functional.

I ended up breaking my arm in the wreck, but I’d take that any day to ensure that my other passengers ended up safe.

By the way, I usually tie the dog crate down with your straps… but the vet was just around the corner, so I didn’t bother this time. The crate was tossed into the intersection and GUNNER protected my dog thoroughly, but you can bet I’ll be tying the kennel down with your straps every single ride, from here on out. They say a majority of wrecks happen within a couple miles of your house and the statistic proved right in this case.

Thank you to Gunner for saving my dog.

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G1™ KENNEL
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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
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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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05/31/2021
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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
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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.