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    Does anyone have a favorite brand of life jacket for your bully when in the water. We spend a great deal of time down at the lake in the summer and while Wilson won't be with us on the boat due to the heat, we will be able to take him to the shore in the late afternoon/early evening so I'd like a good life jacket for him. Our dogs DO NOT go in the water without one as you can see from the picture below. I couldn't help but to post of picture of Orion doing what he loved, being on the boat at the lake (he passed on 1/31/11). Hope you all don't mind that he's not a bully.

    I've done a few searches but haven't seen if there's one specifically designed for Bulldogs. The jacket below is from Ruff Wear.

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    Ohhh @jeanneco..I didn't realize you just lost a dear old dog..I am sorry and know how you feel..we lost 2 great guys in less than a year..sigh..but..it looks like he had a great life. We also want a life jacket for Jake. We have a tiny ..I mean tiny..lol..place in our local mountains and a great lake to play in. NOT one of THE great lakes..lol..after all, we are in so California! I will be very interested in what info you get here..thanks for great topic!

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    Thanks Becky on Orion. He loved the lake and that's where he got his spark so to speak - he'd come alive in the water and had the greatest bark when waiting for a stick at the shoreline to be thrown in for him, we'll miss him this year sigh.... I still get teary eyed - he was Ace's litter mate of 12.5 years. So sad it was for him.

    Ruff Wear has really good jackets if you want to check them out. We've had the boys jackets shown above for the last 9 years and they're in outstanding shape still. I'd get one of there's again for Wilson but thought I'd look around for one's designed for top heavy headed dogs.

    Here he is a day after after being on the boat at the campsite (sorry if I'm getting off topic). He just plopped himself in the chair, lol.
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    I need to know what brand/size for bullies!!! I bought an xlarge on the internet -- using the measurements for it to fit Gia's "girth", but it's like 6 inches too long!!! What kind/size are you all using that fits a bullie?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeannieCO View Post
    Thanks Becky on Orion. He loved the lake and that's where he got his spark so to speak - he'd come alive in the water and had the greatest bark when waiting for a stick at the shoreline to be thrown in for him, we'll miss him this year sigh.... I still get teary eyed - he was Ace's litter mate of 12.5 years. So sad it was for him.

    Ruff Wear has really good jackets if you want to check them out. We've had the boys jackets shown above for the last 9 years and they're in outstanding shape still. I'd get one of there's again for Wilson but thought I'd look around for one's designed for top heavy headed dogs.

    Here he is a day after after being on the boat at the campsite (sorry if I'm getting off topic). He just plopped himself in the chair, lol.
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    Wow..Jeanne..I can't believe how much My daughters dog looks like Orion. I will try and get a pic to post tomorrow. Please..never apologize for remembering one of your babies! Also just was thinking we have friends who camp a lot and have a life jacket for their bully?.will see what brand it is.

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    Your baby was gorgeous! Looks like he just loved the water.

    Delilah has a life jacket..she loves to go riding on the boat. She's not really keen on going in the water, though. We'll put her on the kneeboard though and she'll ride around.

    Delilah's jacket is an Outward Hound. I believe it's large, not sure. I'd check but it's on the boat and the boat is in storage.

    If it's okay, here's some images showing Delilah in her jacket




    The only problem I've noticed is that bullies are so top heavy, so it's still somewhat hard to keep their head a float. Delilah can't swim at all..I wouldn't let her go in the water without a jacket. Occasionally if she doesn't try to keep her head up it'll kind of fall under with the jacket on.


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    Thanks Lauren, Orion had beautiful brindle markings and definately was gorgeous . And of course it's ok to post pictures, that's a fantastic photo of Delilah. I love water pictures. I'll check out Outward Hound. Here's another site I found with an interesting concept. crittersinflatable.com
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    We saw some kids swim vests at Menards today that the foam floatation part was triangular with the wide part at the shoulders. I couldn't help but think looking at them that they would make perfect bully vests if the crotch was cut out. slide on over the head like we do HRH's sweaters and such.

    We actually bought HRH a flotation vest last year when it was on sale (again at petsmart) Just in case we ever decided to take her down to the lakefront or something like that. We haven't used it yet though.

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    @JeannieCO that life jacket looks awesome!! Looks like it would support the head really well. I'll have to look into those!


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    Wow, just looked at the prices..don't think I could afford that!! haha. I'll consider it though.


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    Quote Originally Posted by JeannieCO View Post
    Thanks Lauren, Orion had beautiful brindle markings and definately was gorgeous . And of course it's ok to post pictures, that's a fantastic photo of Delilah. I love water pictures. I'll check out Outward Hound. Here's another site I found with an interesting concept. crittersinflateable.com

    Wow..these look great! Are pricey but if you buy one will fit while they grow..and I love how it keeps their head up. We have a swimming pool and would like to get him swimming before trips to lake start. Thanks @jeanneco...did check with our friends..they have a ruffwear one and she isn't thrilled with head support for her bully..I will pass this company on to her!
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    Pricey yes, but if used all the time like anything else a lot it end up only being pennies spent. Our Ruff Wear jackets have been great and I would buy them again. Well we will be because we just picked up a 15 wk old Am Staff. OMG he's so sweet, makes Wilson looks like a, well BULLY.

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