When we arrived home yesterday after our vet visits and I opened the crate in the car to get Azule and Brook out, I realized that Azule didn't have her collar on. I know she had it on when she got into the crate because she was leashed coming out of the vet's office.
I am a firm believer in restrained dogs in the car for their safety and having a wire style crate in the car allows them to see out and also has great air flow.
If you have ever used a wire style crate, you no doubt have seen the warning about removing the dog's collar for safety, that is printed on the plastic tray liner. I've seen it many times. Not much of a concern for us I always thought, since none of the pack wear collars at home.
They do however, all wear collars when we go out and they are crated in the back seat of the car. But I'm right there in the front seat. If anything happened, I would know. Right? WRONG!
This is where I found Azule's collar. Hanging near the top of the crate.
I was driving and oblivious to this happening. She never made a sound. What scares me is that she could have choked and I wouldn't know until it is too late. I still feel sick and on the verge of tears when I think about what could have happened.