Thursday, October 19, 2017

PETFLECT Reflective Vest - It's Good to be Seen

It's getting dark and darker out earlier now with winter approaching.  Abby's Dad walks her before dinner every night on the leash.  Our street is not lit all that well so sometimes it's hard to see a black dog in the blackness.  So I got a Petflect brand reflective vest from Chewy.com.  It was less than $12 and has velcro straps that secure underneath the neck and belly.  Abby didn't fuss at all when I put it on (she wears a harness while in a vehicle). It's available in orange and yellow.  Some of the sizes in orange are sold out, but yellow appears available on their website today in most sizes.  Abby - at 81 pounds wore the "Large" well, it wasn't too big and it wasn't too snug. The Velcro stays secure but I'm pretty sure if she got tangled up on something she could pull it free without harm.

We got the Blaze orange, the same color hunters wear and recognize.  

The package sizing is a little more detailed: Although it states "Large" goes up to 130 pounds, based on the size fitted for Abby, I do not believe that it would fit a dog that big unless it was fairly small in chest and neck for a dog that big. They have an EXTRA large that is said to go to 130 pounds and an EXTRA small for dogs under 15 pounds.

SMALL                                       MEDIUM                           LARGE
under 25 pounds                        26-60 pounds                    61-130 pounds
neck 16.5 - 20.5"                        neck 20.5-24.75"               neck 24.75 - 28.75"
chest 25.25 - 28.75"                   chest 28.75 - 32.75"          chest 32.75 - 35.5"

Tree-rats Beware!  I'm dressed for the hunt!

I'm glad I got this for her.  It will help drivers see her during nighttime walkies, as the vest is visible from 500 feet and in the winter, when out in the yard, we can better keep track of her (we always supervise from the sunporch even when she in the fenced yard as there are coyotes around here).  The trim and pawprint are a special extra reflective material which is a nice touch and it's lightweight washable nylon. Chewy dot com had the best price but the vest is also available online at Tractor Supply Co., Amazon, WalMart, and Overstock.com. I picked up two of them, one for the house and one for the family SUV, in case we are traveling.

I know I will feel more secure when they're out walking at night now.

NOTE:  I did NOT see this vest for sale any longer at the Petflect website, as it appears they've upgraded to selling much pricier reflective service dog vests so if you want to get a nice, easy-to -wear vest for very little money now would be the time.
I know it's still light out Mom but can we go for a walk?

20 comments:

  1. That is a very smart idea!!! Color looks great on you also. Stella Rose

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    1. We ordered the yellow one too since it seems the manufacturer has discontinued that particular vest. Abby will probably look like a big bumblebee!

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  2. That is a very nice vest and it looks great on Abby. Mom doesn't walk us at night because she is too old and worries she will trip on a crack in the sidewalk:)

    Now you will be all set to go trick or treating too:)

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

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    1. I don't walk her after dark when my husband is gone. Yes, I'm federal LEO and yes, I'm "packing" but I'd rather not walk city streets in Chicago as a single female without backup. We just go play in the fenced yard.

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  3. I've noticed the same thing about the darkness in the morning this time of year when I have the dogs out. I think the jacket/vest is perfect, especially because it's going to keep you (and your Dad) safe, and Abby, you are rockin' it!!

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  4. You're looking pretty cool in that jacket! Did you get one for Dad too?

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    1. No - he carries a flashlight and if he sees or hears a car coming (due to the parking on both side of the street and a VERY narrow passageway in this 120 year old village no one does more than about 15-20 mph on the street) he makes sure they see him.

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    2. Look at you, Abby. Stylin' and profilin'. And safe, to boot!

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  5. That vest is a great idea and she looks very sharp in it.

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    1. She didn't fuss at ALL when I put it on, unlike her Howloween costume that arrived today. She's NOT a fan, but I got some cute pictures for Howloween.

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  6. Oh, that is sooooo cool! I should gets me one! I wear one of those LED lighted collars, and Ma has a flashlight, butts this would be betters I thinks.
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥

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    1. My husband said it lit right up when a car came down the street. It's so lightweight Abby didn't even really notice it was on. For the price, I'd say it was a "win".

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  7. Hmm...might have to invest in a set of three of those.

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  8. that looks great Abby... I have one too but mine is green... I look like a cucumber raised next to mr. burns nuke with it :O)

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  9. I am SOOOOO glad to see that you have that super walkin vest to keep you EXTRA safe when you are out walkin... and I'll bet it even helps keep your DAD safer, too. that's a Double Whammy.

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  10. Being seen is super impawtant! All of our cold weather gear is reflective. Momma has a bunch of reflective gear and lights for when she runs in the dark too.

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  11. That's awesome! Safety first! We have reflect-o tape on our harnesses so we can be easily seen!
    Yours sincerely,
    Margaret Thatcher

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  12. The 'pawfect' vest for these short daylight days.

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  13. That's a good idea. I used to put blaze orange reflective collars on Moonshine and Derby, but we went to collars that have their names and my number printed on them, and they don't reflect at all.

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  14. For safety purposes, high visibility colors and reflective stripes are going to make you far more visible.Safety vest

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