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Ron Grover
08-16-2006, 11:43 AM
Here is a pic of my Lexi. She is definitely spoiled and makes herself right at home in the MC. She not only has to be on the float, she knows how to get on it and MUST have her ball.

However, the dragonflies are her distraction. She must have spotted one when the pic was taken.

ntidsl
08-16-2006, 12:13 PM
At Cumberland A Guy Had A Rottweiler With 3 Orange Life Jackets And 2 Noodles Strapped To Him...they Were All Perfectly Placed As The Owner Had Spent Months Perfecting This Set Up....the Dog Floated Level And Could Still Swim Perfectly And When He Got Tired He Could Falls Asleep In The Water And Float...no Raft Or Anything...he Would Even Snore...this Dog Weighed Like 125 And Was A Year Old...his Head Was The Size Of A Basektball I Couldnt Stop Laughing

slink976
08-16-2006, 12:13 PM
Does he know how to put his own PFD on?

atlfootr
08-16-2006, 12:17 PM
At Cumberland A Guy Had A Rottweiler With 3 Orange Life Jackets And 2 Noodles Strapped To Him...they Were All Perfectly Placed As The Owner Had Spent Months Perfecting This Set Up....the Dog Floated Level And Could Still Swim Perfectly And When He Got Tired He Could Falls Asleep In The Water And Float...no Raft Or Anything...he Would Even Snore...this Dog Weighed Like 125 And Was A Year Old...his Head Was The Size Of A Basektball I Couldnt Stop LaughingWished ya had taken a picture of 'em :cool:

Ron Grover
08-16-2006, 12:33 PM
Doesn't put it on by herself. But once she learned what it did she really liked the PFD. She works a lot less swimming and when she swims up to you all you have to do is hold her front paws and she stops paddling. If she is still trying to swims those front toenails can really put some nasty scratches on your back.

She actually recognizes the vest. When I pulled it out of the boat to hang up when we got home from vacation she got all excited like I was putting it on her to swim.

michael freeman
08-16-2006, 12:42 PM
She actually recognizes the vest. When I pulled it out of the boat to hang up when we got home from vacation she got all excited like I was putting it on her to swim.

Yep mine to. If I pick up her life vest she jumps and can't wait to go to the lake.

Mine prefers the teak deck to the floats. She doesn't swim unless she thinks I am leaving the boat and she is going to get left behind.

Mine is a 95 lb Giant Schnauzer, and she gets anything she wants when she bats her brown eyes at me. :)

Upper Michigan Prostar190
08-16-2006, 01:01 PM
DOG'S RULE!!!!!!

Nice Dog Ron! :D :D

shepherd
08-16-2006, 01:26 PM
My dog would jump in the water and swim after me if he saw me driving off in my boat. I'd have to turn around and pick the idiot up before he drowned himself. :cool:

R.I.P. Buddy

RexDog1
08-16-2006, 02:00 PM
DOG'S RULE!!!!!!

Nice Dog Ron! :D :D

Yes they do

chudson
08-16-2006, 02:35 PM
Who has a good life jacket for dogs? Are the ones in Barts and Overtons ok or is there a more specialty jacket made for dogs somewhere? For a Choc Lab.

bcampbe7
08-16-2006, 02:50 PM
Who has a good life jacket for dogs? Are the ones in Barts and Overtons ok or is there a more specialty jacket made for dogs somewhere? For a Choc Lab.


We bought our life vest at Pet Smart and yes it is built for dogs. It fits our yellow lab great. I can't remember the name at the moment though...:confused:

chudson
08-16-2006, 02:56 PM
Thanks

http://www.petsmart.com/global/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=84552444177 8579&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302032065&ASSORTMENT%3C%3East_id=2534374302023689&bmUID=1155754424868&itemNo=0&Ntt=life+jacket&In=Dog&previousText=life+jacket&N=2023689#detail

bcampbe7
08-16-2006, 02:59 PM
Thanks

http://www.petsmart.com/global/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=84552444177 8579&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302032065&ASSORTMENT%3C%3East_id=2534374302023689&bmUID=1155754424868&itemNo=0&Ntt=life+jacket&In=Dog&previousText=life+jacket&N=2023689#detail


Thats it... We bought the large size.

chudson
08-16-2006, 03:01 PM
Can he just stop paddling and stay afloat?

bcampbe7
08-16-2006, 03:04 PM
I don't know about that...
Once her feet hit the water she paddles and won't quit till she is on the swim platform.:D
I am in the process of designing and building a means for her to get out the swim platform without our help. Got a bit side-tracked on that though so haven't gotten too far.:)

chudson
08-16-2006, 03:09 PM
Thanks again, good idea making a dog step to add to the swim platform.

michael freeman
08-16-2006, 03:09 PM
Can he just stop paddling and stay afloat?

I'm not sure. I think their head might get a little too close to the water for them to feel comfortable, but it does help float them.

Be sure to get one with a Handle on their back. I have had my dog do the splits at the dock and having the handle to pick her up with is a lifesaver. Curling a 95 lb dog isn't easy with a handle, but would be impossible without one.

bcampbe7
08-16-2006, 03:15 PM
Yes the handle is very...well...handy.:)

I agree with Michael. She can still dunk her head if she is not careful.
She loves jumping off of the platform and she can do it well with this jacket.

Ron Grover
08-16-2006, 03:37 PM
Here is a picture of my daughter's dog, just as spoiled as mine. She got a life preserver for her dog at PetsMart. It seems to be a later version and much better than the yellow one on my dog.

The one I have is several years old and came from Overtons or Barts, one of those places. It works but does not hold the dog up as high as the one from PetsMart.

The yellow jacket only has straps go under the dogs chest and belly that snap like an adult vest. The red vest has complete material that goes under the dog and velcros plus the snaps same as mine. In additon it has the part as you see that velcros in front under the dogs chin and it really hold their head out of hte water better.

If I was buying now I would get the PetsMart PFD but when I was buying for my previous Golden, Overtons was about the only place I could find one.

Ron Grover
08-16-2006, 03:38 PM
Pic didn't post on message

Upper Michigan Prostar190
08-16-2006, 03:42 PM
NOw that you posted that pic, Mag ought to be around anytime now to hit on your daughter.....:uglyhamme

Ron Grover
08-16-2006, 04:12 PM
She gets her share of attention. Here's one out of water. Cousin's wife on left, their daughter and my daughter on right.

Too bad they are both married.

I'm in the foam business, made a special custom pool float. Just a bit oversized than normal 5.5' x 7' but everyone loves it.

chudson
08-16-2006, 04:19 PM
Thanks to everyone for the help and Ron you need to start marketing that floating mattress, that looks like alot of fun. I'd get one, looks like a great thing to start skiing off of.

Datdude
08-16-2006, 05:34 PM
. If she is still trying to swims those front toenails can really put some nasty scratches on your back.





My dog shredded my shorty wetsuit with her toenails while swimming earlier this Spring:rolleyes:

michael freeman
08-16-2006, 07:15 PM
Thanks to everyone for the help and Ron you need to start marketing that floating mattress, that looks like alot of fun. I'd get one, looks like a great thing to start skiing off of.

I was thinking the same thing. I was even trying to figure out where I could carry it on the boat. ;)

Ron Grover
08-17-2006, 09:29 AM
I was thinking the same thing. I was even trying to figure out where I could carry it on the boat. ;)

The way we move it is on ski platform. I put holes on the corners, you can see and countersunk pvc pipe with adhesive to make them solid and then we just tie it on and we also tie it to a dock using the holes.

TMCNo1
08-17-2006, 12:27 PM
Why hasn't HB posted any pictures of his sheep? They have to be spoiled by now!

hacker
08-17-2006, 03:05 PM
our min-pin, sarah loves to go for boat rides:

hacker
08-17-2006, 03:06 PM
happy dog!

Ron Grover
08-17-2006, 04:38 PM
Glad to see I'm not the only one with a spoiled dog

WakePowell
08-17-2006, 05:01 PM
Our Golden's are spoiled also. Once they see the boat pulled out of the garage they start dancing with excitment.

Blair
08-25-2006, 12:59 AM
our dog as were making a run for calm water

http://img226.imageshack.us/img226/5277/aug1906086mo5.jpg

she obviously wasnt to impressed with the surfing

http://img244.imageshack.us/img244/7951/aug1906060nq5.jpg

Mag_Red
08-25-2006, 07:46 AM
our dog as were making a run for calm water

http://img226.imageshack.us/img226/5277/aug1906086mo5.jpg

she obviously wasnt to impressed with the surfing

http://img244.imageshack.us/img244/7951/aug1906060nq5.jpg
Maybe she fell asleep waiting for her turn:D

Mag_Red
08-25-2006, 07:46 AM
NOw that you posted that pic, Mag ought to be around anytime now to hit on your daughter.....:uglyhamme:rolleyes:

H20skeefreek
08-25-2006, 07:57 AM
Here is a pic of my Lexi. She is definitely spoiled and makes herself right at home in the MC. She not only has to be on the float, she knows how to get on it and MUST have her ball.

However, the dragonflies are her distraction. She must have spotted one when the pic was taken.
It cracks me up to see Retreivers with life vests on. They are water dogs! No, i'm sure it makes it so they can swim much longer, but I still find it funny.

Just a tip, make sure you fully dry your dogs. My lab has a condition called Hot Spot, it's basically Athletes Butt. He's on a bunch of steriods, and his hind quarters are shaved to help in get better, but it's all b/c we didn't get his undercoat dry.

billr
08-25-2006, 08:48 AM
I use a yellow vest on our chocolate lab for two reasons. First, he's hard for other boaters to see without the vest, and second, I have a handle to help get him up on the platform.

River Rat
09-07-2006, 01:39 PM
Here is Saddie on our July 4th trip to Lake Livingston, she hates to swim but loves to ride

chudson
09-07-2006, 01:46 PM
"Great Lookin Pooch"

michael freeman
09-07-2006, 01:58 PM
It cracks me up to see Retreivers with life vests on. They are water dogs! No, i'm sure it makes it so they can swim much longer, but I still find it funny.



I know they can swim, but the handle is priceless when trying to lift them out of the water, and even people who are very good swimmers should wear a life vest. I figure same goes for dogs.