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Terrified-we learned a lesson!

Last night was HORRIBLE!! Scooter had his collar on because we're struggling with the eating poo thing and our daughter carried him to his crate to put him to bed for the night in our bedroom. I didn't realize he still had his collar on and she didn't notice since he's so fluffy. (Just had a bath.) Around 1:30 we were startled awake by Scooter's shrieks, his name tag had apparently become caught in the wire of the bottom of his crate! Being totally disoriented it took a few minutes for us to figure out what was going on but my husband finally broke the loop on the name tag and we got him out. He shot out of the crate into my lap and wouldn't move. After feeling all around his neck and back with no more crying we took him out to potty, snuggled with him for a few minutes and then attempted to put him back in the crate-WITHOUT his collar-but he cried for over an hour before I gave up and brought him down to the couch with me. For most of the rest of the night I sat and stared at him while listening to his breathing.

How is it we've managed to raise three children, aged 16, 13 and 11, but have such difficulty with this sweet little puppy? My husband I are heartbroken after what happened last night! Thank God he has an appointment with the vet this morning. We feel like the worst puppy parents ever!

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Don't beat yourself up about it. I know it must have been horrible for you. Thank goodness Scooter is OK and now you will be more aware of things.

I have wooden blinds in my living room and Shelby likes to sleep on the window shelf (supposed to be for my plants). One day I heard the most horrible shrieking, yelping noises I have ever heard. When I went into the living room, she had gotten her tail tangled up in the blind cord and she was hanging off the couch by her tail . Who woulda thunk it?! Now, we make sure the cords are out of reach of anything. Also a good lesson with a new grandbaby on the way.


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Ann, Don't beat yourself up. Puppies get into things. When Jasper was 4 months old he was chewing on a carpet remnant I gave him to lie on and who knew there was a staple in it... Poor little Jasper got the staple stuck on upper and lower jaws...he stapled his jaw shut. We didn't know what was going on, but rushed him to our Vet who had to put him under breifly to remove the staple. I really felt like a bad mom too and DH looked at me like I was the most unfit mother in the world. But in the end, like you and your DH, it was how we responded to the situation that really counts.




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That is very scary. I know somebody who's cat got hung by a blind cord. They can be very dangerous.

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You are not bad puppy parents. Things happen to all of us at one time or another. Glad he is ok.

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Oh poor Scooter, glad he is ok. Iím sure that must have been scary

I would definitely start working on him today about going back in the crate though, you have to help him realize it is not a bad place. I would sit on the floor and put him in leaving the door open given him lots of loving praises and treats. If he comes out try and lure him back in with a treat or favorite toy what ever he loves the most.
Does Scooter have a blanket or pillow in his crate? My crates have a plastic tray on the bottom over the wire, they also have a pillow and blanket to snuggle into.

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How frightening. We've all had those moments with our four and two legged little ones. Bailey managed to fall off my high bed one night right after I got him. At the time I had his crate at eye level on top of a plastic bin. He fell in the small space between the bed and the bin and looked like a twisted heap. He screamed a blood curdling scream and I thought I've gone and killed him. Thankfully he was better within a short time and all his parts seemed to be working, but I didn't get very much sleep that night.

It was a good lesson to check for the collar before putting him in the crate again. There are warnings with every crate I've bought so it's obviously something that's happened many times in the past. Don't beat yourself up. I'm happy you're going to the vet today if only for your peace of mind.

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How is it we've managed to raise three children, aged 16, 13 and 11, but have such difficulty with this sweet little puppy?
You're certainly not alone in that thought. I have heard similar questions in the last couple of years by several puppy owners.

I'm glad it all worked out.

Leeann has a really good point about getting him back to the crate right away. If you can toss one of his favorite treats inside and then lure him in with another, it should go quickly.
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OMG - how scary. You aren't bad puppy parents - accidents happen and now you just have one more thing to add to the checklist. I've become so afraid that this will happen that I quit using collars years ago. Now I use a slip lead with a stop or martingale to walk mine or use the leash and never leave a collar on. There are some special breakaway collars designed exactly for this situation, but I don't have the link handy.


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OMG - how scary. You aren't bad puppy parents - accidents happen and now you just have one more thing to add to the checklist. I've become so afraid that this will happen that I quit using collars years ago. Now I use a slip lead with a stop or martingale to walk mine or use the leash and never leave a collar on. There are some special breakaway collars designed exactly for this situation, but I don't have the link handy.
Glad to hear he is OK.
Lisa I use a collar with their name and phone number on it (no tags) in case they get out at night Just because we live in earthquake country I was in the Santa Cruz mountains during Loma Prieta quake and know people whose dogs ran away. They are microchipped as well

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