a car pulled in front of me on the highway, i couldn't stop
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It was nighttime in Moultrie, Georgia, but still daylight when I was hit in a 2020 Toyota Tundra riding down the road. The guy turned right in front of me and the four dogs I had riding along in their GUNNER kennels.
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Thanks for saving my dogs’ lives with your kennels. I had more than $40,000 worth of dogs in that kennel.”

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I had four of my English Cocker Spaniels in your GUNNER G1™ Large dog crate, worth probably $40-to-50,000 all in, when I was hit by this driver outside a town just north of Thomasville. I had a Ranch Hand on the front of the truck at the time and after this wreck it was all bent up, it looked like a pretzel. 

 

 

My truck was totaled, but the dogs are completely fine. I got banged up more than they did – my shoulder, my knees, and my back were all messed up. I have hunting season coming up too, but it’s okay… we’re used to playing hurt down in the SEC, ha.

The crate was in the bed of the Tundra, and though I didn’t have it strapped down at the time, that kennel did not move with the weight of the Large crate combined with the weight of the four cockers.

Gunner Large Kennel in Wreck Truck Bed

My dogs being unharmed was very important to me, because I have been breeding cockers for about 7 or 8 years now. 

One of my dogs, Parker, was in the accident. He’s the dog that started it all for me. He’s one of the largest ones at 38 lb. I’d bet he has about 500,000 miles in a truck, traveling over the years.

Parker Gunner Save Story Road Warriors

I first bought my first GUNNER kennel about four years ago and own several of them now of all sizes. 

I also run a private quail hunting business and have a timber business, and I usually have at least three dogs on me at any time as I’m out every day managing land. I deliver a lot of dogs to Texas and Pennsylvania, and I can tell you that these GUNNERs are cheaper than insurance. 

I used to hunt with labs until I made the switch to cockers about a decade ago. They are huntable, and for me easier to get around with. I never kept more than a couple labs before, and now I keep four or five cockers on at a time in the truck. They hunt wide open, and so hard that they give out faster, so you need more on hand. But they are great inside dogs too.

English Cocker Spaniel Quail Hunting

Thank you to GUNNER for saving my dogs’ lives with your kennels. It’s much appreciated. 

"Quail hunting has changed so much in the last 40 years . We have had to adjust to the change and we have from our early release program our feeding program. Also the introduction of the flushing dog had changed things. I started with labs in 1984 after my close friend got shot and killed guiding flushing birds for clients. I decided to try it and have specialized in it ever since. About 10 years ago the English Cocker (Spaniel) caught my eye and I started using them to flush with. We have some of the best blooded field Cockers in the country that we flush and retrieve with. Our hunting is 2nd to none." 

English Cocker Spaniels Saved by GUNNER Kennels Large Dog Crate

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G1™ KENNEL
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5 Star Crash Tested. The original.
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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.

Read why it's important to use GUNNER straps for safe travel.

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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.
United States United States
  • What's your primary use of the product? Travel
  • How would you describe your dog? Gun or Bird Dog
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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06/14/2021
Kris T.
United States United States
  • What's your primary use of the product? TravelHomeHome & Travel Equally
  • How would you describe your dog? Family or Companion Dog
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.

AL
05/31/2021
Alec L.
United States United States
  • What's your primary use of the product? Travel
  • How would you describe your dog? Family or Companion Dog
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.
United States United States
  • How would you describe your dog? Family or Companion Dog
  • What's your primary use of the product? Travel
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.
United States United States
  • What's your primary use of the product? Travel
  • How would you describe your dog? Gun or Bird Dog
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.