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