Now that summer is approaching, I’ve put away Mr. N’s sweaters and coats and pulled out his summer gear. These products have proven to be very useful now that we’re spending more time at the beach and hiking.
When the Cascadian Nomads visited us last weekend, they gave us their small H2O4K9 (dog water bottle/travel bowl), saying it was too small for their needs. The 9.5 oz stainless steel bottle fits in my
purse and Mr. N will actually drink out of it (the lid doubles as a bowl). He refuses to drink out of non-bowl shaped objects like the
Gulpy. It’s a little heavier due to the material but I prefer it to plastic.
Mr. N has an older model that just barely fits him with the straps tightened as far as they will go. He wears their smallest size (xxs). It would not fit any dogs smaller than him. Mr. N has so little body fat and gets cold easily so even though he can swim, he wears the life jacket as a backup.
I like the handle on the top so I can lift him if need be. Mr. N doesn’t mind wearing the jacket at all. We’ve only used it a handful of times but it appears to be durable and well-made. My only complaint is that the straps hang loose and drag so I have to tie them up in a knot but I think this was fixed in the latest version.
Even though Mr. N’s heat tolerance has gotten better since last year, he still gets overheated sometimes. His Cool Vest cools him down considerably. Last year, I took him down to the park with it on and he was literally running circles around these bigger dogs who were lying down and panting heavily.
It’s usually good for an hour or two. Basically you just soak it in water and use the velcro straps to put it on your dog. It’s shaped to cover the chest and vital organs.
Even though the liner is laminated, Mr. N does get slightly wet when I put it on him. I get the occasional “you are abusing your poor dog by making him wear clothes in the middle of the summer” speech but once I explain, people usually think it’s quite clever.
*The one we’ve been using is no longer being sold in the USA so we’re exploring other options.
What are your canine summertime essentials?
*I paid for all of these products myself except for the water bottle which was given to me by another blogger. There are affiliate links in this post.