semi-truck vs gunner dog crate
03-12-192 mins read
This past winter, Charlie was guiding in Oklahoma when he loaded Hook in the car for a quick scouting trip. He was making the turn off of the highway when something in the rearview mirror caught his eye. A semi-truck was barreling down the road towards him and Hook. The semi smashed into the back of his Toyota Tacoma–right into the truck bed where his 10-month-old dog Hook, a Springer spaniel, was traveling in a G1™ Intermediate crate. Here's the story, in his own words.
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Story by Charlie Barberini | As Told by Gunner

TRAVELING WITH DOGS: HOOK’S GUNNER KENNELS SURVIVAL STORY

Me and Hook are on the road, a lot. I’m a hunting and fishing guide who spends time in Alaska, Oklahoma, Kansas & California, depending on the season. A few months ago – not long after I picked up my new pup – I invested in a Gunner dog crate and accessories for that cross-country travel and miles on the road.

traveling with dogs: hook's gunner kennels survival story
Hook, in a photo taken by Barberini after the wreck

THE MOMENT OF TRUTH OF GUNNER KENNELS

This past winter I was guiding in Oklahoma when I loaded Hook in the truck for a quick scouting trip. I was making the turn off of the highway when something in the rearview mirror caught my eye. A semi-truck was barreling down the road towards me. The semi smashed into the back of my Toyota Tacoma – right into the truck bed where my 10-month-old Springer Spaniel was traveling in his G1™ Intermediate crate.

The impact of the semi, combined with my travel speed, spun the Tacoma into a nearby bank and was enough to launch the Gunner Kennels dog box – with Hook inside – from the bed of my truck (I didn’t have the crate strapped down, learned that lesson).

I ended up hitting my head pretty hard. When I looked up to see the dog crate laying 30-40 feet from where I ended up in the Tacoma. My first thoughts weren’t pretty ones.

THE GUNNER KENNELS G1™ INTERMEDIATE SAVED HOOK’S LIFE

Hook went for a ride. It launched the crate pretty far and then rolled. The picture I sent to y’all was staged – the kennel landed at least twice as far as the photo shows. The Gunner Kennels door stayed locked the whole time too.

The bird dog was shaken up, but just fine thanks to the Gunner Kennels crate. Hook was able to finish out his first waterfowl season strong, and I’m confident trusting the safety of Gunner Kennels with him here on out.

In the end, Hook’s lucky he was in the Gunner. If it had been any other kennel, I’m sure it would’ve been smashed. He owes his life to it.

Side note: Check out this Tanglefree video, starring Barberini.

Gunner Kennels is the only double-wall rotomolded crate on the market, and that extra layer matters – our only kennel is the only crash test certified crate, per the Center For Safety.

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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
  • 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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06/14/2021
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
  • What's your primary use of the product? Travel
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.