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Old 07-07-2013, 02:32 PM
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Thanks for the suggestions, guys!

All I've ever seen on dogs around here are the chamois ones, but always on smooth coated breeds. I remembered last night that my Dobe breeder had a few cooling coats. Maybe I'll ask her if she has a spare one that she might have used on a smaller girl and see if it works for Journ before I actually buy one. I think she just has the chamois ones too, but it's still worth a try I think. If she has one little enough. If not, I'll look around more at the Swamp Cooler/Hurrta/Saratoga and see which one people seem to prefer.

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The chest/belly piece is one of the most important in my opinion. Easier to cool a dog by keeping their belly cool.
Yeah, that's what I was thinking too after looking at them some more. I just thought it was a little crazy how much of a price difference there was between ones with belly straps and ones without. But that was maybe just that one company.


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Following this because Fuzzy B&W dog thinks I should buy him an AC unit....
Pretty sure Journey would love that as well haha. She's always so hot. Even if the house doesn't seem hot, she's generally panting a bit.
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Old 07-07-2013, 05:49 PM
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I STILL haven't used my Hurtta one, but I can't say enough about the fit and quality. Quinn is notoriously impossible to fit - everything long enough just HANGS off of her and slides because she is so narrow, everything that fits in the belly region is way too short. Journey may have the same issue although she's probably shorter backed than Quinn. I am incredibly impressed with the fit of the Hurtta.
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Old 07-07-2013, 10:10 PM
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What they borzoi people do so they dont wreck the coats is take a bag of ice and put in against her tummy at shows. If the coat does happen to get wet you dont notice it on the belly.

I had a clot one for Jazz. The kind that when they dry out the get stiff like there is cardboard in them (there isnt) I loved it .
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Just a heads up, but REI has the Ruffwear cooling coats on sale right now for cheap!
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Old 07-08-2013, 12:11 AM
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We have been the most impressed with the Ruffwear Swamp Cooler as well (but we have not tried the Hurtta). I also like that the company seems really great to work with!!
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Old 07-08-2013, 06:04 AM
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It does depend on how you use them. If you keep them wet with decent airflow to get the evaporative properties, then many of them are good. I use mine both wet and dry, so I like the saratogas because they are white and breathe well -- little danger of compounding the problem, and they have excellent reflective properties so my black dog doesn't become a frying pan in the sun. I also have some dog ice pack things so I rotate those through the crates as well -- they can lay on them if they wish (and they do) or move off them if they get chilly. Gives them the option to somewhat self-determine their needs.
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Just a heads up, but REI has the Ruffwear cooling coats on sale right now for cheap!
Say what!? In store only? REI.com still has them at $55--or is that cheap?

http://www.rei.com/product/855790/ru...oling-dog-vest
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Old 07-08-2013, 09:07 AM
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This link says $37 http://www.rei.com/product/859914/ru...-2012-closeout
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