in the wild
& Friend Test PFDs from Ruff Wear
Keeping your dog safe on the water
our little Shih Tzu, tried out a pfd from
Ruff Wear designed for the smaller outdoor
canine companion. Thomson isn't your average
poofy little dog. He loves to swim and has
a habit of getting muddy. He likes to hike
and can keep up with the big dogs. While
he is a great little swimmer, I am a firm
believer that everyone in our canoe be in
a pfd, the family pet included.
I have to admit
that I went into this review being a bit
leery. The pfd seemed like it would be too
small for him and after a bad experience
with another brand I didn't expect much.
To my delight the Portage Float Coat
fits him perfectly and because it has a
better design we find he is able to swim
more comfortably. The pfd is standing up
to all the abuse he can give it.
Eddy Float Coat
Wearing a life jacket was an entirely new
experience for the Labrador Retriever who
tested it for us. The first time we put
Ruff Wear's Big Eddy Float Coat on
him, we had to bribe him with a snack. Not
because he was unsure or afraid, but because
he was so excited that we needed to get
him to stand still.
As with any
new gear for a pet, we did a few trial runs
on dry land before testing it in the elements.
The first few times he wore it he would
stand there as stiff as a board with an
excited yet perplexed look on his face;
the only thing moving would be his tail.
After a few minutes, however, he would settle
into it and was comfortable walking around,
sitting and laying down like normal. We
found the Big Eddy Float Coat very
easy to get both on and off Thomson's canine
pal (once we subdued his excitement).
Big Eddy Float Coat comes in multiple
sizes and in two bright colours with added
3M Scotchlite reflective trim
for increased visibility. The abrasion-resistant
materials are made to withstand extended
use in rough and fast moving waters for
active water-loving dogs.
life jacket is secured by one clip on the
chest and two clips around the belly. Unlike
other canine life jackets, Ruff Wear has
designed this so the PVC-free foam buoyancy
cells wrap entirely around the dog's body
with built in straps rather than just a
few lengths of webbing. This allows the
dog to float in a natural swimming position.
It has a contoured, athletic fit allowing
free movement in both the water and on land.
this boy is a 78 pound Labrador Retriever,
the heavily reinforced assistance handle
made it very easy to lift him out of the
water into the canoe. The handle is low-profile
which is less likely to get caught on obstacles
in the water or during portages.
The Big Eddy
Float Coat by Ruff Wear is a top-of-the-line
canine life jacket, ideal for active dogs
who frequent the water. It comes highly
recommended by the dog owner for the pet's
comfort and safety, and for peace of mind
when participating in water activities with
added note, if you are looking for a fantastic
floating toy for your dog that compliments
the Big Eddy Float Coat, Ruff Wear
has just the ticket: Their Hydro Plane
fetching toy is a soft disk designed for
dogs who love to play fetch in and out of
the water. The dogs give it two paws up.
you have a big boy or a little powder puff
like Thomson, check out the line of water
safety products from Ruff Wear-you won't
by Laurie March
Labrador Retriever photo courtesy of Bryan
Thomson's photo courtesy of Laurie March