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Double Leash Tangles Lost Dogs
Golden Retriever breaks free and leads the way to his brother

I've been fortunate that none of my pets have ever run away from home.  I would be unbelievably panicked if one dog was lost, so I can only imagine the heart attack Penny Blackwell was having when both of her Golden Retrievers disappeared from her yard last month in Sandwich, Mass.  Complicating matters, the two dogs were attached together by a double leash, making it harder to escape any danger they might encounter.

Penny plastered the neighborhood with fliers, organized group searches, and spread alerts on Facebook, but Bailey and Baxter were nowhere to be found.  After two weeks, Penny was just about to give up hope when a friend found Bailey after seeing her Facebook post.

Once Baxter and Penny were reunited, Baxter led her into the woods and directly back to Bailey, who was tangled in the forest.  Bailey was so excited to see Penny that she could barely get him free.  It turns out that the double leash  became intertwined in the brush, trapping the dogs for weeks.  Thankfully Baxter was eventually able to break out to get help and is certainly a hero for going back to find Bailey.  Miraculously both were in good condition despite losing nearly 10 pounds.

In the past I've been tempted to get something like a double leash that would make it easier to walk both of my dogs tangle free.  But after hearing about Bailey and Baxter, I think I'll just stick with two regular leashes.  It wasn't clear from the story whether the two Goldens were supervised when they escaped, but there's always the potential to drop a leash by accident.  Any lead or collar can get stuck on something, but a double leash would definitely make it harder to navigate busy roads or outrun a predator.  

What has been your experience with double leashes? 

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JoAnna Lou is a New York City-based researcher, writer and agility enthusiast.

Photo by Penny Blackwell.

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Submitted by Anonymous | October 19 2012 |

Hmmm....I don't understand why the dogs were out in the yard unsupervised with the double leash on??

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