Back in late April, we participated in a blog hop called “Park Day”, where we had to visit a park in April and then blog about it. We had a very fun day! Not only did we get to blog about our fun, but there was a random prize drawing for all participants, and we were lucky enough to win!
We won a Kumfy Koatz thermal pet harness, made by KumfyTailz. You can read all about this harness, and the science behind it, on their website.
This harness comes with a gel pack which can be frozen, to cool your dog down, or heated to keep him warm. The pack goes in a pocket on the underside of the harness, and that part of the harness is against the dogs chest, to keep his core cool or warm as needed.
I had received the size to fit our Beagle Kobi, and we have been waiting for a hot day so we could try it out! You can see here how it goes on:
That is the first thing I loved about it: it was easy to put on. Hubby always laughs at me, but I am really challenged when it comes to putting harnesses on dogs. The less straps and hooks the easier it is for me. Kobi hates having anything put on him, even harnesses, so the quicker and easier it is for him, the better.
In typical New England fashion we had a spell of 2-3 very hot days, reaching 90 degrees just this past week. Kobi and I still got out early on Sunday morning, before it was too hot, but it was hot and humid enough even early to give this harness a try. We had a 45 minute walk, and I really think Kobi was panting less than he normally would have in those temps, and he even had a burst of energy towards the end of our walk, actually running up the hill!
Sometimes the front of the harness sagged down from his chest some, and I wasn’t sure if it fit right. I adjusted it a little and it seemed better, and I also realized that because Kobi often has his nose to the ground, that was why that happened. All of his harnesses do that to an extent.
When we got home I felt inside the harness and it still felt cool, and so did the gel pack when I removed it. Besides the ease of putting it on, I see other advantages: the neoprene fabric would do fine with dogs that want to go in the water also. Kobi is not a water dog, but he does like to get his feet wet and I think the fabric would be an advantage for that, as it would dry more quickly. I’d also like to try it in the Winter for the warming factor….Kobi is getting an older and doesn’t have as much meat on his bones as he used to! Because it is so easy to deal with, I would gladly use it anytime, even without the gel pack.
I have read that they are changing the fabric on this to a mesh, but you can order this exact harness at Drs. Foster & Smith, one of my favorite online pet shops. They are even on sale, so you can click on this link to order one if you cared to.
We are joining up with the FitDog Friday blog hop hosted by SlimDoggy, Peggy’s Pet Place, and To Dog With Love. Please enjoy their posts and others by following the links below.