Skippy Dog Vest

Skippy Dog Vest

“Gear Hound”
Adventure Kayak Magazine
Summer 2004

Dogs are inherently good swimmers – they even have a popular stroke named after them. But if you are putting your dog in any situation where the “doggy paddle” may be inadequate – whitewater or surf for example – it is your responsibility to set your hairy friend up with the best flotation money can buy. There are a few critical details to look for in any flotation device for your dog; a secure method of attachment, proper buoyancy distribution, and a handle. The need for a handle becomes apparent when one tries to help a terrified terrier or neurotic Newfoundlander back aboard a semi-swamped kayak!

4 Salus Skippy Dog Vest
What puts Skippy ahead of the pack is the foam zone; the back of the coat is mesh and foam wraps the belly, chest and sides instead. Doggy floats higher, and when lifted his weight is distributed across the padding – nowhere do straps touch fur. Three clip attachments with buckles on the opposite side for a centred fit in case Dog chews too many sea biscuits and beefs up. One open-topped mesh pocket. Two handles for heaving waterlogged heavies. Canadian made. Red or blue. www.salusmarine.com