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No, it wasn't because they were fighting. Thank goodness for that. Abel and Xena were playing yesterday outside in the backyard when I heard Xena yelping bloody murder. (She's a drama queen because she knows its a way to get her brothers to back off). Dh peeked by the window and saw Abel dragging Xena around the yard and Xena squealing to get away. He called me in panic and said the dogs were fighting. I was still in my pyjamas and it was snowing yesterday, I went outside in panic. Dh managed to get near the dogs and he tried to get in between, I was preparing to grab Abel by the leg (thank god I didn't coz its going to hurt them more!). Dh stopped me and said "No, his tooth is stucked inside Xena's tag holder".

Abel's gum were bleeding bad, Xena's nose is bleeding because Abel was dragging her nose on the ground. After we were able to get Abel unstucked, we both checked the dogs to see if there are any other injuries. Other than Abel's bleeding gum and Xena's slightly scratched nose, everything was ok.

Poor Cain was traumatized by what he saw. Normally, him and Abel (or him and Xena) tag team during play. Yesterday, Cain, didn't know what to do, he tried to approach the two (maybe trying to help?) but then immediately backed off whenever Xena squeals (this squealing tactic of Xena works really well with the boys, one squeak and its enough to send the boys to go on hiding thinking they will be in trouble).

After the whole incident, we cleaned the two bloody dogs. After they were cleaned, Abel went to check his sister, licking her scratched nose. They both looked very sorry (I dont know if that's what they are feeling, I am no dog expertLOL!)

So, now I am contemplating whether to get rid of the stupid tags. Maybe I'd take it off if they are just inside the backyard. My only worry is that our fence is really old and there's been a few times the boys managed to get out, they dont run away, they try to get back in but I dont want to risk it. I want to make sure that IN CASE it happens, that the people who finds them can call us right away.

Tough decision to make. But I certainly dont want anymore of this incident to happen. I was crushed when I saw the blood gushing from abel's gums and xena's little nose. :(
 

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I would think it was one of those "once-in-a-million" occurrences and probably will never happen again. I certainly would not get rid of the tags, although you might want to look at alternative ways to attach them to prevent it from happening again.

I once had a Doberman who managed to get his foot stuck between some paneling and a wall stud (how do you prevent something like that?). It is the only time that one of my own dogs has bitten me; the poor animal was in pain and I was trying to free him.
 

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Wow! Im trying to picture what happened to your dog. Must have hurt him alot.

Yeah, I guess I'd keep the tags until i get them the ones attached to the collars. I remember Shaina showed me a site that carries those kind of collars. maybe its time to get them those. :D
 

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The same thing has happened to us, only Shiner had his whole bottom jaw stuck under someones collar, can't even remember who now...they were thrashing around and screaming and I was sure his jaw was going to be broken before I could get them undone. Turned out ok, though mine don't wear collars in the house and yard anymore. It's a risk either way imo.
 

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That sounds very scary! I'm glad they were both ok. Thankfully, you were there! My dogs are naked on our property. They are micro chipped, which has all the relevant information anyway.
 

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Oh my goodness I'm glad everyone's okay. I don't think I'd take the tags off though. But it really does make you think twice about having the regular collars with tags that dangle.
 

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I don't know what kind of collars you have but you can order some collars that have the name tag riveted on either end so nothing is hanging loose. It's usually a brass nameplate with brass rivets. You probably know this already but I thought it would not hurt to dump it in here. It's the only type used on my bird dogs as you really don't want anything loose in brush etc.
 

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Thanks guys for the suggestion! yeah, im still unsure about what im going to do right now. I have been browsing for websites to get the one you are describing WVASKO. Mine all wear the dangling tags, so the embedded tags on the collars make more sense. What sucks is that our city requires that the dog wears his RABIES VACC tag and their license tag. I dont know what im going to do right now..
 

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I'm so sorry Mudra!

That happened one day to Charlie and Kaya - you know how dogs play rough and they were chewing on each other's necks and BOTH their mouths were stuck in the other one's collar. I think. But they were a screaming, yelping, ball of dog at that point so I'm not really sure. I couldn't get them separated. But they wear the collars that clip on and off (they are always naked in the house) so luckily I was able to just squeeze the thingie to pop the collar off one of them and they were able to untangle.

It's so scary though! And only one of mine were bleeding - Charlie had a pretty good puncture wound. I'm glad yours are okay! Thank goodness dh saw what happened so you could get them apart relatively quickly! That's another reason mine aren't uncrated when we aren't home. I would hate for some freak accident like that to happen and one of them to get seriously injured!
 

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Thanks guys for the suggestion! yeah, im still unsure about what im going to do right now. I have been browsing for websites to get the one you are describing WVASKO. Mine all wear the dangling tags, so the embedded tags on the collars make more sense. What sucks is that our city requires that the dog wears his RABIES VACC tag and their license tag. I dont know what im going to do right now..
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The link is to Lion Country Supply, I don't know for sure if these will help. I actually like them because the regular dangle type tags usually get caught or just fall off after a while. If I was going to do this I would order leather collars and then some rivets and drill holes in the rabies tag and rivet it right to the leather collars also. This can be done with proper tools. That's the advantage of a good leather collar.

http://www.lcsupply.com/
 

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Oh MyC, I feel your fear at that moment. When you see your little puppy getting her face dragged helplessly on the ground by her big brother, it was some kind of fear I never knew existed in me. LOL!

thanks WVASKO! I will definitely check that website!!!! I knew you are some kind of an angel in disguise. Now I see you with wings instead of that guy wearing a hawaiian shirt. :D
 

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You can get collars with their name and phone # on it. Might be a different alternative.
 

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Yikes! I'm glad everyone's okay! I hate dangly tags for that reason, as you know...

Yeah, I guess I'd keep the tags until i get them the ones attached to the collars. I remember Shaina showed me a site that carries those kind of collars. maybe its time to get them those. :D
Yup :) that link was boomerangtags.com
I get this kind:

Because I like being able to use them on adjustable or buckle collars, whichever I want, and they are stainless steel. My dogs both lost their dangly rabies tags (as a result I didn't even put Kim's recent one on her collar...just keep it here), but haven't had any trouble losing these.

There are also the collars with the names/numbers stitched right into them...found a pair of lab once with those, and it helped immensely. I like being able to trade the tags to a new collar if they wear out the old one, though, so I'll stick to my collartags :)
 

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You said that your city requires you to include your dogs' rabies vaccination tags and their dog license tags, so maybe you could consider gluing them onto the collar. You would have to use really good hardware store glue, and how well it worked would depend on the material of the collar, but this could be a solution. I'm a fan of all things DIY, so this is the first thing I thought of.
 
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