In the only recognised survey of pet flotation devices, Whole Dog Journal has awarded this style of dog life jacket "Four Paws" - their top rating.
We've taken the style's basic design approach and modified it - improving components and adding features and enhancements which are unique to our 'Up Buoy' range of dog life jackets.
Wearing their Up Buoy Classic 'Toy' (Extra-small) size life jackets: Clockwise from top left: Cairn Terrier; Patterdale Terrier; Chihuahua; Cat; Yorkie; Miniature Daschund
Elaine Davis of Macclesfield bought two of our dog life jackets and has given permission for us to publish the (unsolicited!) email she subsequently sent.
Received life jackets, thank you.
I was thrilled with them. I had purchased 2 last Thursday from ********* (our asterisks, don't want to offend anybody!) but when I saw yours for sale they looked so much better quality. Hence, I returned ********* ones when I received yours. Yours were far better quality than I had seen anywhere.
I liked the fact that I had the option to exchange them should they not fit. You were very helpful and although the sizing was a difficult choice it was put in such a way that I found it very, very useful. Congratulations on your sizing list. It must have taken hours to figure out but it's so accurate. (If the jacket's too long on the back your pooch can't sit down properly.) Not only quality jackets but brilliant service from you.
The jackets are just quality through and through. They are even good for these dark wet nights so our pooches are seen in the dark and also insulated from the cold! I took them out tonight in them and they look great. You sure could see them in the dark. They look so trendy.
I'm a very satisfied customer... although Molly dog is not impressed with hers she's got no choice, she's wearing it in the house for a few minutes at a time to get her used to it. She will get used to it cos it's so light. And Ellie pup loves hers.
They are fabulous.
We are just starting to go canoeing so I know they will be safe and warm. They are our children to my husband and me so I want the best, and I got it. Thanks to you.
Which made us feel both humble and proud!
Putting it more succinctly, another happy eBayer said:
super fast delivery.good comunicator.brillant item thats quality,sizes spot on.
whilst another said:
Article magnifique. Emballage parfait. Transaction idéale. (Strange how you sort-of understand it even when you don't speak French!)
This auction is for 'Toy' (Extra-small) size dog life jackets
Despatch today - delivery tomorrow!
Buy direct - and exclusively - from the UK importer!
BRAND NEW in packaging complete with our own factory tags!
Supplied with spares pack and free gift!
Now comes complete with a flapped pocket! (Big enough for storing the poo-bags!)
Minimise unforeseen problems in open water
Increase duration of water-based activity
Make lifting out of water or boats easy and safe
Give support during recovery from injury or illness
Assist whilst undergoing periods of hydrotherapy
Offer on-going support for long-term conditions
Help whilst being taught to swim or retrained after surgery
Provide increased visibility at night
Create protection from cold or heat
Quickly adjustable to cater for weight and coat changes
And 'Up Buoy' jackets look fabulous too!
Buoyancy is provided by three high-density expanded polyethelene (EPE) panels fitted along the jacket's length. Two additional EPE panels are located under the dog's head, raising it above the body and keeping it clear of the water level.
The jackets are designed to float your dog in a horizontal swimming position. Whilst the dog's own body shape, with the rear heavier than the front, allows the body to tilt, further raising the head above the level of the body and clear of the water level the jacket is slightly tapered in manufacture - being a little broader at the rear than at the front - enabling the dog to float in the water in a comfortable swimming position. Unlike many other kinds of buoyancy aids on the market these jackets provide an even degree of flotation along the dog's back, offering enhanced comfort and support.
The high luminosity orange fabric offers high visibility whilst additional reflective strips enable identification in poor visibility conditions.
The jackets combine three different deniers of fabric with velcro panels and plastic snap-click fastenings to offer the optimum combination of security and comfort.
Chest and neck straps are fully adjustable and feature tough self-fastening velcro panels.
Every opening uses a double fixing of velcro fastenings and plastic snap-click fastenings. Located over the velcro panels, the quick-release snap-click fastenings create an extra layer of security. Please note: Our 'Up Buoy' jackets have a snap-click fastening at the front of the dog's chest - this critical safety factor is not always present on similar jackets.You can have peace of mind knowing your dog is safely secured with every opening having a double-closure for double safety.
The grab-handle can be used for lifting smaller dogs directly out of the water. Larger dogs may prove too heavy to lift completely (remember how much heavier a dog may become when its coat is wet through!); use the grab handle to retain contact with your dog (maybe using a boat hook or length of rope) while you manoeuvre it into a position where is can be safely returned to dry land.
The front D-ring, conveniently and unobtrusively fitted just in front of the grab handle, can be used to attach a leading leash or other tether.
The rear D-ring, located towards the back of the grab handle, can be used to attach a trailling tether, enabling you to stay in contact with your dog however far he ventures!
To make sure a poo-bag is always to hand, the jacket incorporates a flapped pocket - big enough for a small stock of emergency bags!
The life jacket can be worn with a collar or over a harness (if you plan to use it over a harness, remember to allow for the harness when you're measuring your dog's chest).
What you don't see won't hurt you - but it could hurt your dog
Most dog life jackets contain one slab of buoyancy material in each panel. The photo above shows a section through one of our jackets, showing the three layers of buoyancy material contained in each of our jacket panels. One of these three layers is stitched into the seams of the panels, ensuring that the buoyancy material remains spread over the entire jacket. The remaining two layers 'float' within the panel, not only creating naturally champhered, comfortable, panel edges but also, by use, increasingly taking on the shape of the dog. In this way our jackets will offer your dog both effective long-term buoyancy and comfort. You'll probably never see this sophisticated panelling system - but you'll be very comfortable knowing it's there!
Every jacket is supplied with two replacement fasteners! One two-part fastener is conveniently attached as a permanent docking station on the jacket - so where the jacket goes, a spare fastener goes with it! And we supply a second replacement fastener too! You'll probably never need to use either one of your spare fasteners - but it'll be worth its weight in gold if your do! Relax knowing that you've got a spare readily to hand. (No need to go hunting for a DIY store!) If you want to remember where you put the second spare, why not pop it in the jacket pocket!
After-care: These resilient life jackets can be either hand rinsed in cool tap water or machine washed in a normal 40 degree wash. Tumble or hang dry.
Storage: Each life jacket is supplied in a rope-handled, zip-closed, clear pvc bag - ideal for storing the jacket, and any associated bits and pieces, when not in use.
Choosing the best size of life jacket for your dog
The shape and size of every dog varies. You're very welcome to email details of your dog's breed/s, chest measurement, length and weight to us at email@example.com and we'll help you identify the best size of our life jackets.
To give you a general impression, here's a selection of the breeds which we know suit our 'Toy' (Extra-small) size life jacket (but please remember, some of these breeds may also be suited to other sizes):
To see photos of a range of dogs in our 'Toy' (Extra-small)size life jackets click here. (The page will open in a new browser window.)
To confirm that this is the correct auction for you, use the table below to check the minimum and maximum size and weight limits.
But before viewing the table, measure around your dog's chest. This is the most important measurement - if the jacket doesn't fit around your dog, it's not going to fit! As shown in the illustration above, from behind the front legs measure all the way around the widest part of its rib cage and over its back. Remember to add an inch or two if you're planning to use a harness under the life jacket; also, bear in mind if your dog has a heavy seasonal coat, or whether its size may increase.
Whilst you've got your dog and a tape measure to hand, also measure the length of its back - from the shoulder blades to the base of the tail.
If your dog's chest is smaller than the range indicated in the table then you'll be able to fit the jacket on the dog but you won't be able to secure the jacket firmly around your dog's body. In addition there will be excessive room at the front where the jacket fastens around the dog's neck. Also, the jacket may protrude unnecessarily at the rear, making sitting uncomfortable. You should probably be considering the next size down.
If your dog's chest size is bigger than the range indicated in the table then the two ends of the snap-click fastening clips won't reach each other - the jacket just won't fit on the dog. You most definitely need to be considering the next size up.
Now look at the 'Essential' part of the table below, and you'll see that your dog's chest measurement will have either determined the appropriate size of life jacket or, possibly, left you with a choice of two sizes. If, for example, your dog's chest measured 32" you'll see from the table that the suitable life jacket is a 'Large' size. If the chest measured 30", then both 'Medium' and 'Large' are suitable sizes. Where there are two suitable sizes, the better size will become evident when you look at the 'Essential' (neck), 'Desirable' (maximum weight) and 'Preferable' (minimum length) parts of the table.
Please note: Every manufacturer's sizes will vary - one manufacturer's 'Extra-small' is another manufacturer's 'Small'. The instructions above are relevant to only our life jackets!
This auction is for a 'Toy' (Extra-small) size life jacket. We have six other auctions currently available for other sizes in this prestige range of dog life jackets. The complete range of seven sizes is: Micro (Extra-extra-extra-small); Tiny (Extra-extra-small); Toy (Extra-small); Small; Medium; Large; Giant (Extra-large). If you're looking for a particular auction please go to 'View seller's other items'.
Import duty and taxes already paid
The price you bid is the price you'll pay! These jackets are manufactured outside the EU. They have already been imported into the UK and all relevant import duties and taxes paid. These import costs have added around 25% to the cost of the item. When buying a product which is being supplied from a location outside the EU (for dog life jackets this is usually the far east) the relevant import duty and taxes will not have been paid - the buyer becomes responsible for paying these charges.
If you buy the wrong size, the life jacket can be returned within 7 days of receipt for a size exchange. The returned item must be returned in new condition complete with original tags and have not been in the water.
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