Thursday, February 2, 2012


We know that many of your peeps
use retractable dog leashes
like the ones pictures above.

Today, we received the following email
from our local humane society
and wanted to pass it on to you so
that you could warn your peeps
to be careful - we'd hate for something
like this to happen to one of you.

I want to share with all of you a story of what happened to a couple’s dog while on the retractable leash. This couple was very responsible when it came to their little Rat Terrier named Fifi. Fifi went on 2 or 3 walks a day, slept with her owners every night, ate expensive food, and played with her mommy all day long while daddy worked. Fifi went everywhere with her mommy and daddy, including vacation! One drizzly afternoon, Fifi and her mommy went for their usual walk. They decided to get their mail out of the mailbox on the way back. While holding the mail and umbrella in one hand and the leash in the other, Fifi decided to take off running. Mommy tried to retract the leash to get her back because she headed for the street, however the button seemed to get stuck and she was too late. Fifi ran underneath the wheel of an oncoming school bus and was killed instantly. Needless to say that retractable leash went into the trash and this couple will never use one again. I wanted to pass this story on to you in case any of you currently use one. For those of you in rescue, I hope for the sake of your dogs that you will educate your adopters on the potential danger this leash can be. This freak accident would not have happened with a regular leash. This story has certainly been an eye opener for me, and I hope it will be for all of you as well!

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Ivy


Patty ♣ said...

What a sad, awful accident!!! We use them for our Yorkies and have never had any problems! We will remember this.

Hoke said...

How terrible. She often worried about that...and also that thing breaking in two. I'm sad to read this.

bichonpawz said...

This is such a terrible accident! Thank you for sharing this very important info to prevent others from having a problem.

Bouncing Bertie said...

Very sad, and all to easy to imagine. I have a retractable lead which I use for Bertie on hill tracks when there are sheep but no cars around, and it works fine for that purpose. However I soon learned the dangers of using it near traffic, and of course in the forest, where dogs who like running in circles will soon get in a dreadful tangle...
Cheers, Gail.

scotsmad said...

What a sad story. We love our retractable leads. But when we get near roads or in akca (a known cat area), we have the locks put on. SHE's worried about us running into traffic, so we're very careful.

We also have to sit when cars go past.

XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

Mitch and angel Maggie said...

What a horrible thing to have happen! My heart is breaking for Fifi's family.

Love ya lots,

Ginger Jasper said...

Thats awful and those poor people. When we had two dogs we used those leads all the time and it just makes you stop and think. Hugs GJ xx

Miss Jean said...

How tragic and sad. Thank you for always letting animal owners know the best and safest way to take care of our furry loved ones.

animal lover, quilt lover said...

How awful for Fifi and the Mommy!!!!
I have never use one!!
Spring is here and then it will get real COLD and no more flowers!!! I just sayin ~~~~~~

Anonymous said...

I hate them, I think they teach dogs bad walking habits. Pippi doesn't like the pulling. We do have one that we use with a harness while hiking.

Douglas said...

Oh I am so sad to hear about FiFi. We learned in obedience school that retractable leashes aren't that grrreat, so my Peeps don't use one.


Sue said...

We've heard of people having their fingers cut off with the cords and we even had one break. The cord just came out and didn't catch. We don't use them anymore.

Val said...

A great alternative is the LeashLocket. It has sturdy ribbon (not cord) and only extends 6 feet with a good brake on it. It fits nicely in your hand and it also has an optional wrist strap for added security. The locket-like handle also stows on your dog's collar or harness so it's already on when you open your car door in busy parking lots or at the dog park when too friendly dogs stop by for a visit.

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