Last winter Ruff Wear became a gear supplier for our Expedition Paw Prints series. Keegan was decked out with hiking boots, camp pads, life jackets, fleece coats etc. Now that summer has arrived, we needed some gear that would cool him off.
For summertime fun Ruff Wear sent us a Swamp Cooler™ cooling vest. Here is how it works:
Just soak it in cold water, wring it out, and fasten around your dog. Evaporative cooling (like an actual swamp cooler) exchanges the dog’s heat with the coolness of the stored water in the coat to keep him comfortable and ready to run that extra mile. Auto-lock buckles on each side of the jacket provide easy on/off.
Uses natural evaporative cooling to keep dogs comfortable
Three-layer construction maximizes cooling effects:
- Top air-mesh layer generates evaporation, releasing heat
- Middle layer absorbs and stores the cool water
- Bottom layer cools the dog
Seeing as it was a slow day at the office and the temperature outside was a lovely 96 degrees with a heat index of 114, Keegan and I thought it would be the perfect day to see how the Swamp Cooler™ worked, so out the door we went.
I turned on the water and grabbed the hose and soaked the vest down. Once I had the Swamp Cooler™ saturated I proceeded to wring out the excess water and slipped it over Keegan’s head. Keegan is getting used to putting on clothing and gear so I had the vest over his head and buckled up in seconds.
The only thing left was to get Keegan active. That is a very simple task, all I have to do is have a ball in hand.
After a few minutes of fetch I had Keegan head inside and took the Swamp Cooler™ off of him. It seemed to do what it was supposed to do. Keegan was not overly hot to the touch. He actually felt like he had a normal body tempurature. Now mind you this is a very non scientific test but with Keegans black coat, he normally gets VERY warm to the touch when he is in the direct sun.
Keegan now has another piece of gear to add to his camping equipment. Ruff Wear has another winner in our book. The Swamp Cooler™ cooling vest will comein handy on those hot days, camping, hiking and backpacking. It will be great for him to wear under his life jacket while boating or paddling. If you have ever been in a boat, canoe or kayak on a hot summer day, you know how hot and uncomfortable it makes you, imagine being covered in fur.
A note of caution for everyone, the Swamp Cooler™ WILL NOT KEEP YOUR DOG FROM GETTING HEAT STROKE! By no means is this a substitute for stupidity. You, the pet owner, still needs to moniter your dogs health. I keep activity down in the extreme heat. When we are out, we keep the activity down to short intervals. Remember, a dogs intelligence starts at the top of the leash and works its way down. If you see signs that your dog maybe overheating, stop immediately and take the neccessary steps to insure your dogs safety and health.
We would like to thank our Travel Tails, and Expedition Paw Prints sponsors and suppliers: