James never saw it coming. Dusk had just settled and the TCU junior was headed back to Ft. Worth with Gus as his co-pilot, his four-year-old black lab and hunting buddy. He was traveling on one of Texas’ two-lane county roads – the kind where the speed limit is higher than some states’ 4-lane highways – pushing 75 mph when he rounded a curve to find himself playing chicken with a Dodge Dually and a 25-foot horse trailer.
James' totaled F-150, After The Wreck (submitted by James)
Not having much time to react, James swung his F-150 into the parallel ditch to avoid collision. The Ranch Hand bumper took the full impact – actually cracking – before bouncing the truck to the other side of the drop-off, and rolling sideways onto the passenger side... right where Gus happened to be riding in his G1™ Large.
James was able to crawl out through the truck’s shattered window, rattled with a concussion and some bruises.
But he wasn’t able to extract the kennel right away – it was facing the back seat passenger door in the cab, right where the F-150 had finished on. And the drunk driver that ran him off the road never even stopped (he was eventually apprehended, an hour later), so James had to wait until the EMT arrived to help get Gus and the kennel out of the truck’s mangled metal.
James says that not only did the G1™ safely contain Gus, but that it also protected him from bodily harm and trauma.
“Physically, Gus was fine after the wreck. And 10 minutes afterwards, you would’ve thought that he’d just played in the park.”
Thankfully James was good to go for the rest of duck season, and looks forward to spending another year watching Gus retrieve.
“I am forever in y’all’s debt. Gunner Kennels really saved my dog’s life. He wouldn’t be here today if weren’t for y’all.”
James' F-150 (submitted by James)
James' Kennel After The Wreck (submitted by James)