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Old 01-26-2009, 05:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm sitting talking on the phone to my sister, and the dogs are laying down. Katie gets up, Titan gets up to follow her, and does his usual hanging on her collar routine he always does to bug her. Well I guess from doing it alot, he's loosened her collar up a bit, and his whole bottom jaw slipped in the collar, and when Katie went to move away from him, it twisted around his jaw so it was stuck. He starts howling and screaming, and she starts screaming, I toss the phone and jump up to see what was going on. They were only a step away from me, thank God. Katie is gagging and having a hard time breathing, the collar was basicly strangling her, and Titan is pulling on his jaw and her collar to get out. I grabbed him by the scruff to get him to stop, release her collar, and freed him. It took me a good 45 seconds to get him out of it. During all this he lets his anal glands go so now my house reeks. Scared the crap out of me, now I think we'll have to check Katie's collar every morning to make sure it doesn't happen again! Just glad I was there to see it happen and make sure they each didn't get hurt more. They're both fine now, Titan seems to be hiding in the corner, and Katie is lying next to me.
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Old 01-26-2009, 05:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Wow... and ewww. Glad it worked out ok. That is very scary.
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Old 01-26-2009, 05:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I NEVER have my dogs wearing collars in the house for that exact reason.

Went through the same thing with my two boys - Remi and Riggs - years ago. They were both wearing fur savers and Remi got his lower canines stuck in one link of Riggs' collar. Luckily I was able to calm them and free them.

Collars and leashes are hung by the back door. They only go on when we are going outside and if the dogs are going in the field to play they come off once they are inside the field.
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Old 01-26-2009, 05:38 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I'm glad the pups are okay... This happens more than you think.

My pups don't wear their collars in the house for this reason and they have breakaway collars for day care...

Here's one type: (Not an endorsement but example's sake only)

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Something to consider.
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Old 01-26-2009, 05:43 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I think we may be going to the no collars in the house soon. Only thing I worry about is them slipping out the door. Its only happened once, and it was my niece who happened to let her out. I guess it'd be less of a worry to have them strangeled than have her slip out without one on. Awww I'm still freaked out from it. So glad I was there to help it.
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Old 01-26-2009, 05:45 PM   #6 (permalink)
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are the dogs microchipped? My 1 is but my other is not.
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Old 01-26-2009, 05:52 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I lost my Jake that way. I'm glad you were there to save yours.
It's horrible. No collars in this house anymore.
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No they aren't, we were thinking of having Titan microchipped when we take him in for neutering. I had asked my vet when we had Katie spayed, but she said not many people in RI were using it, and it wasn't standardized yet, so different companies were making different chips and readers, so I was a bit weary of paying money and having it not work. I'll have to look into it again.
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Old 01-26-2009, 06:20 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I don't use collars in the house either an although I am very strict as to door behavior, I have an x-pen outside and if one did push out they are inside a pen which would stop them long enough for me to get there. The cost was worth it for my peace of mind and everyone just gets used to pulling it shut when they come in. Just an idea
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Old 01-26-2009, 06:37 PM   #10 (permalink)
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thats scary
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