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    It's summer (almost) and I've been doing some research on life jackets for my bullie boy. We went to Petco to try on the ones there, and the vests just did not fit that well. I didn't like the idea of the velcro holding him in and the mesh velcro underside was much too long for Koozer and covered up his "peep"...but we had to try the large size because of his girth. I remember some people on here suggesting some life jackets so i looked into them. The one I really am interested in is the RuffWear life jacket. Seems super durable and well made. Anyone have suggestions or thoughts?

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    I was about to recommendf Ruffwear too lol. Ezydog has a line of swimming vest too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dieMuttivonBifi View Post
    I was about to recommendf Ruffwear too lol. Ezydog has a line of swimming vest too.
    Thanks for info. Do you actually have a Ruffwear jacket? If so, did you find the sizing chart to be pretty accurate?

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    I will tag a member who uses life jackets for her babies. We don't use them, because we never go any place they would need one. @JeannieCO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gfitz911 View Post
    Thanks for info. Do you actually have a Ruffwear jacket? If so, did you find the sizing chart to be pretty accurate?
    no we don't have one but it's has lots of good reviews. it's in my amazon wish list lol. sorry if i no help.

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    Im also curious if they will actually fit our piggies. Looks like a nice jacket though:

    http://www.ruffwear.com/-9-float-coat?sc=2&category=694

    And here is the sizing chart: http://www.ruffwear.com/Life-Jackets

    As you all know - the key to fitting things on our dogs is "adjustability". Doesn't look like these adjust.

    As a side note, I wish there was a life jacket with the majority of the flotation stuff on the underside of the front. That would be ideal for an english bulldog.

    -B-

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    Im going to give this one a try because it has exactly what I suggested above. A front float underneath to support the head above water
    http://www.myoutwardhound.com/2518.html

    I also bought the one mentioned above from Ruffwear. The sizing issue is difficult over the internet. I got a large of the 1st one and a Medium of the 2nd one.

    One might be too big, the other too small. I'll video tape baxter jumping in the water with each one and we can see how ti goes.

    -B-

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gfitz911 View Post
    It's summer (almost) and I've been doing some research on life jackets for my bullie boy. We went to Petco to try on the ones there, and the vests just did not fit that well. I didn't like the idea of the velcro holding him in and the mesh velcro underside was much too long for Koozer and covered up his "peep"...but we had to try the large size because of his girth. I remember some people on here suggesting some life jackets so i looked into them. The one I really am interested in is the RuffWear life jacket. Seems super durable and well made. Anyone have suggestions or thoughts?
    I'm a big fan of Ruff Wear's life jackets. They're the only brand I've used for the last 13 years. Wilson's fit him great as did Emmas. They're stitched great, have clasped and there'a very solid handle at that top. My two Pitties, Ace & Orion, wore there's on the boat for nearly 11 seasons and they were heavy water goers. That stitching and buoyancy held strong. They were 75lbs and I would pull them up by the handle to get them back in the boat.

    Here's a few pics of Wilson and Emma in theirs.

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    Here's good video of Emma swimming in hers.

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=UvWIOGAEEyw


    Wilson does not like to swim so he always stays on the shore line.

    And this is why bulldogs should have a life jacket on even on shore. Excuse my gasp! No idea whose boat that is there either.

    Three Hooligans and 1 Angel - Wilson, Sally, Emma & Jack

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    Oh I love the videos! Thank God for the life jacket!!(and the parents...) When my kids were young we lived near the beach and they and the dogs loved the water!(me,too)
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    Thank you everyone for your tips on life jackets. After much research we bought the Ruffwear lifejacket. It arrived today and I already put Koozer in it, around the house. I think it is going to be perfect!!! I am soooo excited to try it out.

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    Just thought I'd post a quick pic of Koozer in his new lifejacket. It has not been fitted yet, so it looks a bit bulky. -lifejacket-jpg

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    @JeannieCO

    Wilson is adorable!!!! Did he get a face full of rock under that water? Ouch!

    -B-

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