“As I went to the back of the car the damage was devastating, yet I was so relieved to see a very bewildered young dog standing up and staring through the bars of his Variocage out of a now missing rear window.” – Anita Shwarts
The accident occurred whilst driving on the interstate approaching the tollbooths. A flatbed tow truck that was carrying a car hit us from behind travelling over 30 miles an hour. As I was hit, I remember hearing Dash, my 14-month-old Malinois, letting out one long horrifying squeal and also a horrendous crunching noise.I was a little dazed as I got out of the car and anxious about Dash who was now completely silent. As I went to the back of the car the damage was devastating, yet I was so relieved to see a very bewildered young dog standing up and staring through the bars of his Variocage out of a now missing rear window.
There was no way of opening the tailgate and the rear passenger door had to be forced open. Dash stood silently & safely in his Variocage, which I will say with out a doubt saved his life!
Not only did the crate save him from the impact of a tow truck, but it also held up so well that it allowed him to stay safely inside the vehicle. This was critically important since we were in 6 lanes of traffic so the Variocage was by far the safest and most secure place for him to be until someone could help me get him out of the car to safety.
I called my husband, knowing that the best thing for the dog was to be taken out by people he knew. When he arrived we forced open the passenger door and folded down the rear seats. We were then able to remove the Variocage escape hatch panel from the crate as designed. Dash was then lifted through the gap and up over the top of the front passenger seat to get out of the car.
Whilst definitely very bewildered, Dash was safe in his Variocage without any injury, for which I am vey grateful. The biggest effect on him was the fact that it was really tough to get him back in the car for a few weeks, and really I can say I blame him, I felt the same!
Dash is a working dog and my K9 search and rescue partner. I made the decision to buy a Variocage based on the amount of driving I do and the amount of additional time the dog needs to spend in a crate whilst out working or training. Variocage was without a doubt a very wise decision and one I believe kept my partner and I safe to enjoy each others company for many years to come!!!!
My husband and I are both thankful and very grateful that the Variocage really did do the job it was designed to do.
Anita & Dash!