NRS Dog PFD
Do you have a dog? Do you like to take your
dog out in the boat? Have you considered getting a pfd for your dog?
When I ask people that question, I always
get a weird look. I'm now prepared for it.
Dog owners always have an idea that their
dog is a great swimmer, that's true most dogs love the water and are very good
swimmers but just like ourselves, they can get tired very easily and just like
humans they can keep swimming chasing after something interesting and not
realize how tired they are until it is to late.
I have personally witnessed a golden lab
come within a hair's breath of drowning. The pooch was retrieving a stick from
the water that the owner threw out when it saw some ducks, which were way more
interesting (of course). The dog decided to swim after them but couldn't quite
catch the ducks. Around and around they went with the owner frantically calling
after the dog to come back to shore.
When a passing kayaker got between the dog
and the ducks, the dog realised how tired he was and started to panic.
Thankfully he wasn't far form shore (200 feet or so) but by the time he swam
back to shore the only thing are the surface was the very top of his head and
little nose breathing like mad. The dog completely collapsed on shore.
If you have a dog that likes the water, get
a pfd. We used to have a dog and she loved it purely because she was lazy. It
enabled her to just float on the surface of the water without having to do
anything. It was very funny to watch how excited she was when she discovered
she could do it.
Where do I find one? They are a little
tricky to find as most shops don't see them. A couple of the larger pet food
supply stores will carry them or can order one in for you. Like human PFD's,
most aren't very well designed. Look for wide straps that don't cut into the
dog's belly. Most have a handle along the back allowing you to easily drag your
dog back into the boat. NRS
sells a great one.
How did this whole thing get started? The
has an article about the crazy, over-the-top rescue of Miss
This little fun fact at the end of the
article was a little sad:
At least two people lost their lives in the
Chicago area over the last year and a half attempting to rescue dogs from local
bodies of water.