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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-21-2008, 11:17 AM Thread Starter
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Just wanted to warn you about something that happened yesterday.

I have wood blinds on my windows. I have always had them, and have never had a problem. I have a picture window in my living room with a plant shelf and it is Shelby's favorite place to sleep.

We all know that we can't move without our Havs following us. So when I went to get the paper yesterday morning, I guess they were following me. All of a sudden, I heard the most blood curdling screams coming Shelby. There was only the 3 of us in the house, so I coudn't imagine what was happening to her. I thought she was fighting with one of the cats. When I ran back inside, there she was, dangling from my couch. The cord to the blinds had somehow gotten wrapped around her tail (thank goodness it wasn't her neck), and when she went to jump off the couch, it tightened up. As soon as I picked up my poor, shrieking baby, the tension loosened and the cords fell away.

Happy to say Shelby and her tail are fine. Except for being traumatized for a few hours, all is well. She kept looking at the blinds like they were aliens. She shook and sat on my lap for a while, then gradually made her way back to the shelf. So please be very careful. There are dangers everywhere we don't even think about.

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Michele~ So sorry to hear about Shelby's mishap. I'm glad to know she wasn't seriously hurt. They make "cordless" blinds for that very reason. Children (and I'm sure pups) have been seriously injured, even killed, by those cords.

I have small grandchildren and a pup, so I have been very diligent about looking at everything in and out of our house w/an eye for safety. My DH says he thinks I go "overboard" w/it. But, I feel you can never be too safe!


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Michele, that had to be so scary. I'm glad that Shelby is okay.


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Poor Shelby! What are the odds of that happening? I'm glad she is okay now. Her scream must have been horrible to hear!

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Oh Michele!!!!!

That is SOO frightening I am so glad you were home and rescued her quickly. Can you imagine if that had happened when you were leaving for an hour or more? *shudder* Poor baby. and I know you were probably juse as frightened as Shelby was.

I agree, we have to really keep our eyes open. Like my husband says, they are like perma-toddlers and can get into things we wouldn't expect. I will double check all my windows today, for sure!

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Oh Michele how scary, Iím sure it took awhile for your heart to calm down as well.
Glad Shelby is ok and has no fear of going back to her favorite spot.

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Michele, that must have been scary. I am so glad that you were home.

The dangling cords are dangerous for sure, but sometimes even the most innocuous things can turn into danger with these curious adorable creatures. Lizzie had got into habit of burrowing in our soft throws on our sofa and she got so excited doing it that Benji found it fun to jump on her while she was under the blanket and then she could not get out! Thankfully, that one occasion taught her not to do it again!

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Oh Michele, I was terrified just hearing about it, I can't imagine your fright hearing her screams. Thank goodness it ended well, but they certainly can take years off our lives every once in awhile. Sending calming vibes to both of you.

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Oh I'm so sorry to hear about your scary experience. We have small children in the house and we have these turny things on our blinds. They are wood sticks that a dangle down and you turn them to close or open the blinds. I feel much safer with them as they also prohibited the cords from dangling down.
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I'm so sorry to here about your near miss with the little one. I'm glad Shelby is ok.

I typically warn my new parents with toddlers to child proof their homes. Being a physician (more specifically a pediatrician), I've seen the multiple injuries older window blinds can do to children (and pets for that matter). You can possibly retrofit those blinds: here

All the best.


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