Bubba’s Improvised Cooling Vest

As the temperature continues to rise, we all are feeling the brunt of Mother Nature and no, Bubba is not exempt from it. I feel so helpless when I see him breathing hard because of the heat and how uneasy he gets as he tries to find a cool spot to rest in. Then I remembered that I once saw a dog cooling vest in a store somewhere here in Manila but I couldn’t afford it. It was around Php 5,000.  However, as the heat intensified, I began to reconsider that decision.

I turned to the ever trusty Google search engine and typed in dog cooling vest then I saw a whole bunch of options. All, however, still ranged from $50-100 plus shipping. I was set to get the Php 5,000 one but then inspiration struck! I remembered that I was able to avail once of a six pack chill-bag from Kamiseta (when they still had promos for purchases made!). I filled 2 water bottles with ice (I also prepared some in the freezer! Now I have several empty plastic bottles that have iced over!) and stuck it in two of the sleeves. In the middle, I put one of those resuable ice packs.

Violá! My own cooling pack…all for free!!! 🙂 I tried it for a while and it did help make me feel cooler. I put it against Bubba and I think he was relieved. I liked how the chill bag didn’t get soggy and wet ( I had tried a pillowcase once, but ended up making a mess because as the ice melted, well…you get the point!) although it did get damp.

The only drawback of this compared to a vest is that I can’t strap it on him. The vest would be great for a beach trip or a walk when it’s hot, don’t you think? Hopefully I can find a more affordable option soon.

For a homemade product, however, I’ll give this an A for effort!

  • #1
    Posted by zoan on May 21st, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    hello pasensya na ngbakasyon ang top ocmmenter mo hahaha cute ni bubba.. andito pa rin ako sa hk

  • #2
    Posted by melandriaromero on May 21st, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    ooh, this is really cool, bigla ko tuloy naalala si dog namin, will let hubby check her tomorrow, grabe talaga ang init ngayon even me, umaatake ang migraine ko.

  • #3
    Posted by Lourdes Espanol on May 22nd, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Dogs are very sensitive to heat so this improvised cooling vest is a good idea.

  • #4
    Posted by yapatoots on May 23rd, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    wow @zoan nasa HK ka??? saya naman 🙂

  • #5
    Posted by zoan on May 23rd, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    andito na ako sa Pinas Ria.. kararating ko lang din sa Bukidnon.. ehehe grabe yung wifi kahit sa hotel o airport sa HK hindi libre huhuhuhu

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