- November 24 2011
My two year old golden retriever rescue, Petra, was terrified of the water when we first tried to teach her to swim. She would paddle frantically with her front legs while her hind legs sunk. She whined when I went in the pool but would not come in. My good friend and vet Tammy suggested we get a life jacket. Omg! although Petra was apprehensive at first the Big Eddy gave her the floating confidence to start to paddle on four legs and soon she was off to fetch the ball and other toys in the pool. Life is good again! Now about the Big Eddy: it is well made and sturdy, that's Ruffwear for you. It runs on the smaller size though. Petra is 68 lbs. with a girth of 31" and I had to return the medium and get a large. The large fits her perfectly as you can see in the pictures. Altrec, thank you for selling great products, shipping was fairly fast and returns are so easy.
- November 7 2011
Big Eddy Float Coat for Dogs
This is the best product of it's kind anywhere for a dogs life jacket. The material it is made of is tough, and the stitching is done to last. The way it comes around the neck helps to keep the head up out of the water. My dog did not mind having it on at all. I purchased a small, and it was to small for my 42 pound standard poodle, so I returned it to the company. (My dog is 22 inches long, 27 inches around the chest, and 14 inces around the neck.) The straps would be long enough around the chest, but the jacket was about four inches from coming together under my dogs chest. The company was very nice, and helpfull with the return. I did recieve a refund of the total price. I will buy another one when they have a medium in the red.
- October 19 2011
Looks great, works great, enjoys wearing.
My partner in crime, Slate, a water loving Labrador Retriever, would literally spend his entire life in the water if he could. But the big guy is getting a day older and increasingly after a day out at Lake Michigan, he would be so cramped and tired, that he could barely make it up the steps back to the cottage. Now with the Big Eddy Float Coat, he is able to swim in Lake Michigan all day long and still have the energy to get back up the steps, sleep, and repeat the cycle the next day. I think this product takes a lot of the "umph" it requires out of a dog to keep moving in the water out of it. Now he can just sit in the water and float instead of constantly paddling. My favorite feature is the rugged handle on the top. We took him along on a trip to Florida and rented a boat for the day. A school of dolphins approached our pontoon boat several times and finally the old dog had to go investigate. Sufficed to say it was much easier getting him back in the boat. You could just grab the handle and lift. Normally with his 100 lb frame something like that would have been a nightmare. Love the product. By it. It will change your life.
- August 1 2011
Big Eddy Rocks!
I purchased the Big Eddy to be sure my 85lb Golden Retriever stays afloat when swimming around for hours on end or following me on my SUP. We tried for the first time last weekend at Lake Chelan and it worked great. He swam for nearly four hours (w/ small breaks). Once the Big Eddy was on he didn't even notice or miss a beat! I would definitely recommend - for peace of mind for your water hound if nothing else...
- May 18 2011
I ordered a large for my 66 lb mutt and it fit but since he was right in between sizes I am returning it to get a medium. I think it was just a little too big and was going to hinder his movements. When I measured his girth he was right around 30 which was either a medium or a large so I opted large cause he is a big dog. I guess he is skinny for his size cause I cinched all the straps all the way and there was no more room for adjustment. I'll let you know how the medium goes when I get it.