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DOG: KASE

OWNER'S NAME: Kody Van Pelt

DOG'S BREED: Labrador Retriever

VEHICLE: Pickup

G1™ PRODUCT: Large

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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

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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

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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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DOG: GUS

OWNERS NAME: James Thompson

DOG'S BREED: Labrador Retriever

VEHICLE: Pickup

G1™ PRODUCT: Large

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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. Not having much time to react, James swung his F-250 into the parallel ditch to avoid collision. The Ranch Hand bumper took the full impact, cracking in half 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. Fortunately, once the EMTs helped James pulled the kennel from the wreckage, he found Gus safe and sound in his G1™.

"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 THOMPSON

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DOG: CHAZZ

OWNERS NAME: Josh Moore

DOG'S BREED: Labrador Retriever

VEHICLE: Pickup

G1™ PRODUCT: Intermediate

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Josh Moore was sailing down a four-lane Tennessee highway in his GMC Denali, cruise control set to about 58 mph, when an airbag exploded in his face. It was the dead of night and Josh wasn’t sure what had happened. Something had blindsided him, smashing him straight on and busting up his truck beyond repair. Spoiler alert: it was a cow, who had wandered out of bounds. The driver’s side took the majority of the impact, but thanks to a seat belt and some help from above Josh says he only came out with minor injuries that didn't tell the full story of the scary situation. Who he was really concerned about when he came to his senses, he says, was Chazz – his 1-year-old lab that was riding in a tied-down Gunner Kennel in the bed of his pickup. But when he got back there, he saw that both his dog and the kennel did not suffer a scratch – and said he feels that had everything to do with the build and design of the G1™.

"If I had gone with a lesser quality kennel, it would’ve been completely smashed back there, there's no question. I really want to give a testament to what your kennel did for me. I want to thank y’all very much for that."

- JOSH MOORE

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DOG: BLITZ

OWNERS NAME:  Khara Schuetzner

DOG'S BREED: Labrador Retriever

VEHICLE: Pickup

G1™ PRODUCT: Intermediate

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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. With the help of a K9 cop, Khara finally got to Blitz – who, when released was unharmed, and went about business as usual.

"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."

- KHARA SCHUETZNER

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