Khara Schuetzner and K9 Blitzkrieg – a certified North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA) Cadaver Dog – were traveling on a highway when they were hit by another car and pushed into oncoming traffic. Khara’s Highlander was totaled, but Blitz was safe in his G1™. Here's their story.
Khara's totaled Highlander
Khara Schuetzner was traveling on a four-lane highway, just a mile from her home, when it happened.
Just ahead of her, a minivan in the right lane of a stop light suddenly changed its mind, trying to turn left and hitting Khara’s 2012 Toyota Highlander on the passenger side as she passed.
Khara was heading south but the impact pushed her into the northbound lane onto two wheels, switching then to the opposite two wheels and barreling straight toward the concrete median.
The car finally stopped a few hundred yards from where first impact occurred, miraculously without ever rolling over. The Highlander was totaled.
As soon as Khara was hit, she says she began thinking about her dog riding in the car with her. K9 Blitzkrieg, a 3-year-old certified North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA) Cadaver Dog.
Blitz was traveling on the side that took the full impact of the minivan, riding in a G1™ Intermediate kennel.
“My working K9 Blitzkrieg was in the back in his Gunner, when I called 911. I told them I was hurt, but won’t leave my partner behind,” she says. “The first responders sent a K9 unit out. The firemen had to cut the airbags away from me, and when I finally got out of the car the K9 cop assisted me with Blitz.”
The two couldn’t open the door or cut the airbags, so it took a bit to extract the kennel. But when Blitz was released unharmed, he went about business as usual.
“K9 Blitzkrieg came out the kennel, shook himself off, and went to pee,” says Khara, who is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge and Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA). “Great dog!”
Khara says she believes that Blitz would not be in the same condition he is today, if not for the G1™ – and is thankful she found Gunner Kennels through Center For Pet Safety and its certification program.
“The kennel took the direct hit. The K9 officer asked what type of kennel I was using. I said:
“‘It's a Gunner, I won’t trust anything else with my K9 partner.’”
What's more, she says, is that she was worried that after the accident Blitzkrieg would be scared in the vehicle, and/or unwilling to "kennel" again so soon. Not the case.
"He refuses to get in the car if the kennel door is not open. Thank you Gunner Kennels!"
K9 Blitz travels in the G1™ Large kennel.
Khara has worked with animals for more than 20 years, and has over 10,000 hours of dog training and animal care experience. She is a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), a member of the Animal Behavior Society, and a supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She is also a member of North American Police Working Dogs and National Association (NAPWDA). See her website here.