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Ruffwear Swamp Cooler™ Reviews

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Additional -4 Swamp Cooler™ Ruffwear Reviews

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June 29, 2013

Ann O

from Grand Junction, Colorado

Great item! I have a 10 year old Labrador retriever who doesn't tolerate the extreme (often triple digit) heat of our summers. This cooling jacket gives him a chance to enjoy his summer without being housebound. It is well constructed, fits well, and is easy to put on. Best of all is that my dog is very comfortable in it and seems to know that when we put it on he is going to go for a nice cool, comfortable walk.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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June 13, 2013

Anonymous

from United States

My dog is all black with a longer coat. On warm days, he gets overheated really fast and it really shows on walks. This vest is a lifesaver! Tried it out for the first time yesterday on a hike. It was easy to use (just get wet and wring out before putting it on), and easy to put on/ take off and adjust. It seemed comfortable - my dog didn't seem to mind wearing it, and he could move around easily. Best of all, it seemed to help him a lot with the heat. He had much better endurance and recovery than usual on a hot day. It does dry out and needs to be re-wet if you're going to be hiking for a while in the hot sun, so make sure you have enough water for this as well as for drinking (unless you are hiking near water). Also, the vest gets dirty and smells like wet dog, but it is washable so that's fine. I highly recommend this and only wish they made them for people so that I could stay cool too!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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May 20, 2013

Broctune76

from Alpharetta, ga

I have an all black lab mix that cannot handle the hot humid Atlanta summers. Taking her for runs would have been impossible without this jacket! If you have a black dog, this is a must have to keep the sun of their back! And Zappos as always is fast and efficient, the best company online to buy from by far.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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March 22, 2013

Anonymous

from DC

We have had this cooler vest for the past two years and it has made summers in Washington, DC bearable. It gets pretty hot down here and way humid. Without the vest, our dog usually cannot even make it around the block with out stopping to cool off. A few times we've had to carry all 65lbs of him home. Now we can go for normal length walks and he can even play at the dog park without overheating. Before a walk, I hold it under the faucet, get it thoroughly wet and then put it on him. I also carry a Nalgene and pour water on the vest to keep it wet - which is where it gets its cooling capability. At the end of a long walk, I will often put my hand under the vest and his back is always surprisingly cool. The water keeps him cool by evaporating from the vest much the same way sweat evaporates from a person's skin. It's really pretty neat. This past summer a bunch of people at our dog park purchased a vest after they saw how lively our dog was compared to all the other dogs just lounging around. No one wants to take their dog to the park only to have him return to the house with tons of energy because he was too hot to play. Anyway, the only problem really is the strange looks you get for putting a coat on your dog in 98 degree weather. Sometimes I feel a little self-conscious about it, but nobody's called animal control on us yet!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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September 7, 2012

Shelley

from Dallas

This jacket is wonderful for my squirrel obsessed Cavalier. You would never know she has serious heart disease the way she runs wildly after her prey. This jacket helps to give her some time outside for the chase in the excessive heat we have in Texas before I have to bring her inside to cool down & calm down. If I keep her inside all the time she runs around the house crying to go outside, she's so OCD about squirrels, so I had to try something that would allow her some time to run but also keep her from getting too hot. I dip her in her kiddie pool but she dries out in minutes she runs so fast but this jacket holds water well enough I don't have to dunk her in her pool every 5 minutes. It's easy to re-wet the jacket when I put her in her pool to get her feet wet. Pairing this Swamp Cooler with her Kool Collar that holds ice cubes has given my little girl lots of time this summer outside when she otherwise would have had to be kept inside. My 16.5 lb Cavalier fits well in the XS. Her harness fits over it easily, I simply enlarged it some to fit over the jacket. The head opening is a little snug but my girl lets me put this on without too much objection (she wants to get to the squirrels & has no patience). The reflective nature of this jacket also helps when I take her on walks, it's the difference between a three minute walk and a 10-15 minute walk. That may not sound like much to someone who has a healthy dog but for my little girl it helps to give her the time outside she craves. I don't know how many months or years my little girl has or how long she'll be able to run wildly after squirrels but with her wearing the Swamp Cooler I get her "Mommy, that was so much fun" fabulous huge smiles many times a day, even in the hot summer. Her smiles are priceless & this jacket helps to make them possible! Thank you Ruffwear!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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August 2, 2012

Janet

from Pennsylvania

Love this vest. My 32lb. Cavalier wears a small and can now walk without getting overheated.The vest measures 18" from top of neck to the tail. I can now walk in the summer weather and not wait till fall. Wonderful product, highly recommended.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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August 30, 2011

Duane S

from Phoenix, AZ

Item was received timely and size was appropriate per sizing chart. Less hassle to order through Zappos than other online stores.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 19, 2011

Froli D

 

Our black coated Portuguese water dog loves to go sailing in this swamp cooler. Once in a while we mist it with ice water and you can tell how comfortable the dog is - she gets excited and doesn't mind wearing it at all...

Brands I'd also recommend: Puppia, Surf'sUpDog, PetSafe, Earthdog

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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May 20, 2011

Emily

from Maryland

We haven't had a warm enough day to use it yet, but the fit is better than any other jacket or coat I've ever bought for my dog. I would have preferred a darker color that won't show dirt as much, but I understand why it's light. If it works on the hot days this summer, it would have been a steal at this price.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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May 12, 2011

Lindsay T

from Chicago, IL

First, I wanted to add that I have never used any type of cooling jacket for my canine before so I have nothing to compare to. (and may have given all five stars if I had) I've used it a few times now that the Chicago summer is warming up and it seems to work pretty well although it's been hard to tell. My main issue is the fact that I use a harness for my dog and it's almost impossible to use both at the same time. I love the convenience of evaporation working to keep your dog cooler and also the protection from the sun the jacket offers (my dog has black fur).

Brands I'd also recommend: Not necessarily other brands but I would check out other RuffWear Products... relatively affordable and most of them are really great!

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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November 25, 2010

Erica S

from Las Vegas, NV

This vest makes all the difference for my dog when it's hot out. Without it, he takes a long time to recover from hot weather even though he's drinking a lot. Once he started wearing it, his recovery time after getting home was about half an hour. Once the vest dries out, I just pour more water on it. He doesn't mind wearing it and doesn't try to get out of it. He is 70lbs and a M in Ruffwear items, he's a boxer mix with a broader chest so I would go according to their size recommendations and measure around the chest for the best fit.

Brands I'd also recommend: Granite Gear

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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