I needed to go out to check on the chickens and take them a treat, so I left our 6 month old GSD, Jax, loose in the house instead of putting him in his crate. I've done this a few times before and he's always waited right inside the kitchen door for me to return. Today, I guess he decided to explore the forbidden room (the bathroom) while I was gone. When I came back in - I swear I don't think I was gone more than 5 or 10 minutes - the first thing I noticed was the cats acting freaky. Then I called Jax and he didn't come. I ran thru the house and found him hanging by his collar from the door handle on a bathroom cabinet. The collar was snagged in the center of it, not just hung over. I can't lift him anymore and the tension on the collar was too tight for me to be able to unhook it. His eyes were rolling back in his head and he was gasping for air. I grabbed my scissors from my sewing cabinet and cut the collar off. Lesson learned - No more collar in the house and always in the crate when I have to step out. Silly mutt! Bad Mama! I'm now at least 10 years older than I was just an hour ago!