It’s sobering to think of all the things that could go wrong, especially when you think you are doing the right thing. That’s why it’s important that I share with you some information I was given on PetSafe’s Collar Safety Awareness Week (which is this week, October 18-24).
We’ve been lucky that as many times as Shadow and Rowdy play with each other or get in “trouble” out in the backyard that their collars haven’t resulted in a horrible accident.
Tenney Mudge was not so lucky when her dog, Chinook, got strangled due to a stick slipping through the collar that then got twisted. Even though her strory has a sad ending, Mudge turned her tragedy into the design of the PetSafe® KeepSafe® Break-Away Collar, with hopes to prevent entanglement and strangulation.
According to PetSafe, the KeepSafe Break-Away Collar features a patented break-away safety buckle that releases when pressure is applied or it gets caught on something, allowing it to fall off harmlessly and reduce the risk of strangulation or injury to the pet. The KeepSafe collar also has a metal D-ring on each side of the breakaway buckle, which can be used to attach ID tags and can also be clipped together with a leash so pet parents can safely walk their dogs using the collar. (Information provided by PetPR.com).
Our dogs, Shadow (who wears a large) and Rowdy (who wears a medium) started wearing the collars last week, just in time for Collar Safety Awareness Week, and as a precaution while headed to the doggy day care while we were away. We felt this was a good opportunity to try out the features because of the car ride (they bounce all over the back seat and often get in each others’ way), the crate time, and the leashes. Greg noticed that they disconnect easily when tugged on (but stay together for normal day-to-day use) – this is exactly what they were designed to do. His only concern with the collars was for dogs who don’t love taking walks and pull against a leash, however, Mudge and her engineering team were smart about this and created the collar with the D-rings for safety while walking.
You can find out more about the collar via this YouTube video or the infographic, below. My hope is that this information will help spread the word to fellow pet owners, especially those of you like us with two or more dogs who love to jump and play.
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