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    ruff n tumble crew is offline Senior Member
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    DefaultSafety warning - paper shredders.....

    This is something that I would never have thought of......until now.

    - -- this one comes from a well respected Borzoi person, and veterinarian,
    Elizabeth A Coney, DVM of Kentucky.

    She wrote:
    Now - for every one of you that has a home paper shredder with an
    "auto on" feature, I want you to go turn it off and unplug the
    paper shredder right now. Because night before last I was
    presented with a paper shredder containing most of the tongue, ripped
    out by the base, and a very pretty sweet 1 1/2 year old lab cross
    whose owners euthanized her.

    She always watched the paper go into the shredder, she thought it
    fascinating. The "auto on" feature means the shredder sits there
    waiting for something to get placed into it. Like an inquisitive tongue.

    I told them, "Dogs can do fine without a tongue, they have to learn to drink
    and eat differently", but the owners didn't want to go there. The look in
    her eyes said, "I'm sorry, I guess I wasn't supposed to do that, it's all my
    fault". We all cried.

    I cried when I read this, myself. In subsequent posts Beth says she has
    learned that dogs who have lost more than half their tongues *don't* do
    as well as she had been taught. According to the veterinary literature
    it is also possible for animals to be injured other places than tongues - a
    Basset
    lost an ear, a long-haired cat most of the skin on its side, a kitten a
    foot, etc.

    This is worth passing on to other dog lovers.



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    DefaultRe: Safety warning - paper shredders.....

    I don't have one, but what a terrifying thought.

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    DefaultRe: Safety warning - paper shredders.....

    That's just to sad :'( A very scary story!
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    DefaultRe: Safety warning - paper shredders.....

    I'm so glad you passed this on. Dutch seems interested in the shredder when I'm using it... I just unplugged it.

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    Yikes! What a sad story! We always leave ours unplugged. I would have never thought of that. Thanks for posting this story.

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    Thanks for the info. I just unplugged mine. I would have never even thought of that.

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    Would never have thought of that. Thanks for posting. Just unplugged ours. How sad. :'(

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    :'( :'( :'(

    I just unplugged ours, after a mini-sermon on the evils of paper shredders. It's in our upstairs office, and the door is usually closed, but not worth the risk.

    That's just so sad. So, so sad. It breaks my heart. :'(


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    DefaultRe: Safety warning - paper shredders.....

    Oh how sad!!! :'( :'( :'(

    Mine is always unplugged anyway...but I ran to check!

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    DefaultRe: Safety warning - paper shredders.....

    Thank You I never thought of that I am turning it off now!

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