December 15, 2014

Dashing Through the Snow with Ruffwear



I'm fairly new to the world of dog outerwear, since my previous dogs - a Norwegian elkhound and a Chow/GSD mix - were built for the snow with thick, double coats. Ruby shivered through her first snowstorm and I quickly acquainted myself with winter clothes for dogs. 

Since Boca came from a tropical island in The Bahamas, I knew that a coat would be an absolute necessity for her first Colorado winter. Already having several of Ruffwear's products - including my favorite leash for Ruby - I was very excited to try out their K-9 Overcoat.

Following the sizing guide, I measured Boca and ordered size small in the Cinder Cone Red color. We were still having unseasonably warm weather by the time the coat arrived, but yesterday gave us a great opportunity to put the coat to the test as snow fell from morning to night. 

I love the color, the reflective piping, and the durable material of the K-9 Overcoat. It is very easy to take on and off since you can unbuckle both sides and slip it over the dog's head. Boca started wagging her tail as soon as the coat was on - she seemed to know we were off on an adventure!

One of the issues I've had with Boca's other coat is that it starts to come off if she is very active. We gave the Ruffwear coat a thorough trial by racing all around on the snow-covered lawn. The coat did not slip at all and Boca was able to run, jump and play comfortably.

The outer material repelled the falling snow and kept Boca dry during two wintry walks. The coat is lined with a soft fleece which offers added warmth for my potcake's ultra short fur. The coat could easily be layered over a sweater in extremely cold temperatures. I'm very pleased with this coat overall and think it will help Boca get accustomed to her new climate. I'm sure we will be getting a lot of use out of it in the coming months!

Disclaimer: I was provided a Ruffwear K-9 Overcoat in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own and I only publish reviews for products I feel comfortable using in the day to day life of my pets.

15 comments:

  1. Looking good! We have a set of the ruffwear boots for our most extreme adventures. Well made stuff that really holds up to the test.

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    1. It seems very well made - now both dogs have coats that should last a while!

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  2. That coat looks so good on her!! :D

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    1. It's a great fit - the teensiest bit long, but I love the way it fits across her chest.

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  3. Ruff wear has some good looking clothes
    Lily & Edward

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  4. I not only like the coat, I love the color choice on her also.

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    1. I almost went for pink, but I think the red looks so festive!

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  5. Very nice coat. I need to drag out our coats for the dogs.

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    1. We've had such mild weather but I know we have some cold months ahead.

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  6. They've either improved the fit, or she's just more of the expected shape. We have the previous model of that coat for Silas, and the *only* place it fits is the rib area. Although he's beefed up a bit since we tried it last time; it might be better now.

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    1. It is just a tad long for Boca but otherwise a great fit. She is pretty beefy in the chest. I don't think it would fit Ruby (in a size or two down) as she is more narrow.

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  7. Looking good there Boca! They make such great products!

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  8. I've had great luck with Ruffwear products. But we've never needed a coat for Honey. She rolls in the snow and doesn't suffer a bit.

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  9. Ruffwear makes good stuff. I'd buy one of those coats except that we have a set of coats that every generation of dogs in our family has worn. We love knowing that the coats that we put on R and Shyla are the same ones that our very first dogs wore!

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    1. That's wonderful that you have heirloom dog coats! I think between this one and Ruby's nice Dover coat (designed like a horse blanket), ours will last a good long while now, too.

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