Fido Float Life Jacket for Dogs

by Keri K. on July 23, 2010

mo_vestI had a few vacation days recently, so one gorgeous midweek morning my husband, the dog and I walked down the hill to Lake Nokomis. Mojito enjoys the beach, because it offers so many new things to smell and maybe roll in.

However, he’s not a fan of swimming (or even the bathtub, truthfully). Since he is a Chinese Crested and doesn’t have any hair, he lacks the built-in buoyancy that heavier-coated breeds have. Plus, his narrow shape seems to make him a little tippy in the water, like an overbalanced canoe. In summary, Mo does best on dry land.

Of course they make life jackets for dogs! I picked out Mo’s in a snazzy hunter orange, making him very visible either in the water or on the sand. It’s lightweight, with a step-in design and a wide zipper along the spine. The built-in handles were useful for helping him down the rocky shoreline and into the boat. It’s all for my peace of mind should he somehow end up overboard.  

If you have a smaller or elderly dog, or one that’s wary of the water, I highly recommend a life jacket. Best part… during the summer sale they’re 50% off!

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Keri is a lead catalog designer for Drs. Foster and Smith and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from UW-Stout. She shares a small home with her husband, two Chinese Crested dogs, two cats, two ferrets, several reptiles and amphibians, and 30-some gallons of freshwater planted aquariums. See more articles by Keri K.

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Liz M. July 23, 2010 at 9:25 am

I -love- Mojito’s name! He’s such a unique, neat-looking dog. You say he’s a landlubber, but he looks right at home in that photo. I bet it’s nice and (relatively) cool in Wisconsin. There are several words I could use to describe the July heat in the Mid-Atlantic, but this is a family-friendly blog.

I have a question: We have an 11-month-old beagle named Nena. In addition to living near the ocean and several bodies of fresh water, my dad has a little boat and likes to go out in it. How do you suggest we get her used to the idea of being a water dog? Or is she, as a beagle, better suited to splashing around in a kiddie pool?

Peggy July 23, 2010 at 10:11 pm

Mo’s lifejacket is adorable! And so is his hairdo! My spaniel mix loves the water and swims, but isn’t a strong swimmer. I have to make sure she’ll come back before she tires.

Keri K. July 26, 2010 at 8:58 am

Thanks Liz! Beagles are generally considered good swimmers, but of course every dog is different and has her own likes and dislikes. Try slowly introducing Nena to the water with her favorite person and lots of treats, just like any new situation. And heat is relative, isn’t it? We do get days in the 90s here, but I personally think anything over 85 degrees is too hot!

Peggy – it’s taken a lot of self-restraint to not buy Mo the yellow life jacket while it’s on sale, so that he has both colors. I almost hate to admit how much I enjoy coordinating his collars, and sweaters, and t-shirts, and coats…

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