So I flipped on the light, still wondering what was going on. Then she started chewing (or so I thought) on something. My first thought was - Lego's! The boys had played with the Lego's the night before and we always have a few stray ones that the dogs try to munch on. As I reached down to extract the Lego from her mouth I realized what was really wrong - her collar had somehow expanded and slipped down around and into her mouth. Thank goodness she stood still while I fumbled with the release on the collar. Since I don't have real strong fingers I always have problems squeezing those releases, but managed to keep her calm and get the collar off.
Yes, my little BFF got a lot of lovin' after that. I know she had not been hung up very long, but it was scary for both of us! For now her collar is off and it may stay off. I'm not sure how it expanded enough to slip down like that, but I don't want it to happen again! I've always thought that dogs need a collar, with a little ID tag just in case they get lost. But she is micro chipped and only goes out when I'm home so I think we may just leave the collar off when we are at home. What if this had happened during the day while I wasn't at home? That's scary, too.