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DOG: KASE

OWNER'S NAME: Kody Van Pelt

DOG'S BREED: Labrador Retriever

VEHICLE: Pickup

G1™ PRODUCT: Large

  • Kody Van Pelt, Roll Over Accident, Gunner Kennels, Dog

Kody Van Pelt said he had a weird feeling when he was rolling through Russellville, Arkansas, on his way home one morning – so he pulled over, and put his dog Kase in his G1™ Large kennel (Kase had been riding in the passenger seat). 

Not long after, Kody was traveling down a mountain in a light rain when his backend lost traction. Kody spun 180 degrees into the cliff side – which was fortunate, as it could have been the canyon side. His bumper caught part of the bluff, causing the front end to pick up and lay over. 

Kody found Kase – in his Gunner Kennel – about 15 yards down the road.  

Both walked away without injury. Kody continues to use that same kennel, pictured here. 

"Kase got his Started Title this weekend, and he wouldn't be here if not for his Gunner. I am very thankful to Gunner Kennels for keeping Kase alive."

- KODY VAN PELT

DOG: GRIZZ

OWNER'S NAME: Peyton Bullard

DOG'S BREED: Labrador Retriever

VEHICLE: Pickup

G1™ PRODUCT: Intermediate

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Peyton Bullard – a resident of Hoisington, Kansas – was rounding a curve one evening when he lost control of his truck. As the backend of his pickup crashed into the guardrail of a bridge, one of his first thoughts was his dog: he knew immediately that the majority of the damage would be sustained in the exact spot where his labrador retriever, Grizz, was riding. 


Fortunately for Grizz the dog was protected in Gunner Kennels' G1™ Intermediate. As a hunting guide, he works alongside Grizz nearly every day. He told Gunner Kennels he did not think the lab would not be alive if not for Gunner Kennels.


Though Peyton's G1™ Intermediate took the full force of the guardrail, he was able to continue using his kennel.

"Gunner Kennels saved his life that night. Grizz walked away from the situation without any injuries, and he was riding right where the blow happened. You never expect something like that to happen to you. You can’t tell me your dog’s life isn’t worth a kennel."

- PEYTON BULLARD

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DOG: CLYDE

OWNER'S NAME: Scott Deaton

DOG'S BREED: Labrador Retriever

VEHICLE: SUV

G1™ PRODUCT: Intermediate

  • Car Accident, Truck Wreck, Dog, Pet Travel, Dog Saved
  • Car Accident, Truck Wreck, Dog, Pet Travel, Dog Saved

Scott Deaton and his two-year-old lab named Clyde were on their way home from training for an upcoming AKC Hunt Test in Birmingham, Ala., when it happened: at a near stand-still stop during 5 o’clock traffic – waiting behind a car who was signaling a turn – his Chevy Tahoe was suddenly rammed from behind by a Ford F-150 going approximately 50 mph. 

Clyde was riding in his G1™ Intermediate at the time, located in the cargo area of the Tahoe. Though Scott walked away from the accident with some injuries (including whiplash and a concussion), he said Clyde was completely unharmed.

Scott assumes that his SUV will be totaled, but says the kennel remains in good shape. In fact Clyde used the kennel the very next weekend, when he competed as the youngest dog in a local AKC contest for Master Hunter (Clyde already maintains a HRC title). 

Keep gunnin', Clyde.

"I was sitting there when WHAM! This truck came out of nowhere, completely destroying my back end. I couldn’t open the trunk it was so smashed in – I had to climb in through the back to get to Clyde. When I opened the door he came out of the crate with his tail wagging. If he had been sitting in the car he would’ve gone through the windshield. There was glass everywhere in the trunk, but no glass in Clyde. Thank you for making such a high-quality product."

- SCOTT DEATON

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DOG: COY

DOG'S NAME: Will Dunnam

DOG'S BREED: Labrador Retriever

VEHICLE: Pickup

G1™ PRODUCT: Large

Will Dunnam has a co-pilot named Coy who hasn't left his side since he got them. The one-year-old pup just finished his his first season in the field – and one that could've been his last, according to Will. Here's his #GunnerStory:

A resident of Mobile, Ala., Will was driving into town looking for the local Waffle House. As he rolled through the middle of a busy Intersection, his pickup hit a patch of black ice – causing Will to lose control of the truck. He initially T-boned another pickup, in turn causing the back of his vehicle to slam into a nearby power pole, breaking the structure in half and caving the back corner of the bed into the Gunner Kennels G1™ Large, where Coy was riding. 

Fortunately, no serious injuries were sustained for Will, or any of the passengers riding with Will that day – including Coy. 

Though Will’s G1™ Intermediate took the full force of the power pole, he said his crate sustained only cosmetic damages and a slight dent where the bed caved into the crate – a similar note he couldn't make about his truck. 

"The wrecker service had to cut my truck to get the Gunner Kennels out, if that tells you anything. No doubt in my mind that if Coy had been in another plastic kennel it would've been bad – and the scary thing is, I had him in one of those cheaper ones recently. Y'all helped save my pup's life.

Coy picked up 46 birds with me the very next day."

- WILL DUNNAM

AFTER WRECK PHOTOS:

CARTER 

COLEMAN

DOG'S NAME: Jackson

DOG'S BREED: Boykin Spaniel

VEHICLE: Pickup

G1™ PRODUCT: Intermediate

Carter Coleman was traveling on the Interstate when a Jeep on 40" tires with a steel bumper rear-ended him at approximately 40 MPH, while Carter was at a dead stop. His G1™ Intermediate took the full force of the truck's tailgate – and according to Carter, most likely prevented the tailgate from breaking out his back window.

** Fortunately, no serious injuries were sustained for Carter, and his dog was not in his kennel that day.

Cater's G1™ Intermediate took the full force of the jacked-up Jeep, but said his crate didn't sustain any damage, even cosmetically  – a similar note he couldn't make about his truck. 

"I can say without a doubt that a standard travel kennel would have shattered. Before owning your kennel I used a standard metal dog box at the end of my bed, that would have been completely gone. Will recommend Gunner Kennels for life."

- CARTER COLEMAN

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