Very recently we read the incredibly sad story of Freddy, as told by his big brother Franks. As a result of an accident, Freddy lost his life and no doubt, Frank also suffered tremendously. We spoke with Freddy and Franks’ humans, who gave their permission to republish this story. It is their deepest hope that by sharing their sadness, a death may be prevented. And, that would be a wonderful legacy for Freddy to leave.
We know this story may be distressing to read but we urge you to do so to help understand what a risk some collars can pose to dogs.
Hi everyone, Franks Human here. I never thought I would have to write about something like this, and how I wish I wasn’t. But I think it is time I make you all aware of how we lost our beautiful sausage Freddy, because I couldn’t bare the thought of anyone else going through what we had to.
In December 2015 we picked up the newest addition to our little family of three, Freddy. He was a tiny but big at heart miniature dachshund. We loved him, Frank finally wasn’t lonely anymore and he had a best mate to play with. Everything was perfect.
It was in August when something horrible happened, Freddy passed away. I blamed myself for a really long time and I still have trouble accepting that it wasn’t my fault and that it was just a freak accident. It was an accident we didn’t think could happen, but an accident that could have been prevented. If you have an animal, or know of anyone that has an animal, please read on, I really want to make you aware of the danger with collars.
When you get a new dog the first thing most do is purchase a collar and a shiny little name tag. You do this with all the right intentions, you want to keep your new love safe. But a collar didn’t keep Freddy safe, it killed him.
My partner came home from work to find Franks lower jaw stuck in Freddys collar. Frank was visibly in pain and distressed and Freddy was not breathing. My partner tried to bring Freddy back to life but it was too late, he was already gone. What was fun play resulted in Freddy being choked to death by his own collar.
I don’t know what the answer is. I’m not telling you stop your dog from wearing a collar because they do serve a great safety purpose. All I want to do is make you aware that something like this can happen. There isn’t a day that goes by where we don’t think about beautiful Freddy and we don’t want anyone else to have to go through that heartbreak.
Forever in our hearts Freddy boy. I’m so sorry. We miss you. X
Thank you to Millie, Frank and Freddy’s human, for so generously allowing us to republish their story. We hope you can share your comments of support for the family below and on their original post. You can continue to follow Frank’s story on Instagram here.