Remember the Hurtta jacket we won, that Luke and Sheba showed off recently? That Summit Parka really came in handy this weekend when our temperatures took a sudden plunge to below zero. We tried to tell the dogs it was too cold to play outside, but they insisted. I had a friend over for the weekend so the Dadz bundled up to get the dogs outside for a short play session each day.
Sheba’s fur has mostly grown back in, but Luke really needed that coat, and I wouldn’t have wanted to send him outside without it. He is comfortable and happy in it, you can see that he can easily move around and plays like normal. But a story was shared with us of a dog who it turned out needed that coat even more, but in a different and unexpected way. This story was shared with us by our contact for Hurtta; it was sent to them by a client and it is a true story with a very happy ending.
Carol Bemis of Minnesota has three dogs and last fall she purchased a Hurtta Summit Parka for each of them. The cold winters there require warm and durable coats for their beloved pets. They live on a lake and in the winter it is their playground.
One day when playing there their English Pointer, Captain, disappeared. Each dog had a beacon light on their coats so they could be easily seen when walking at night. They could only see two beacon lights and knew that Captain had fallen through the ice.
What happened next, in Carol’s words: “Jacquie ran to the area where two of our dogs were standing. Captain was hanging on by one paw to the edge. He kept going under and trying to get himself out. Jacquie knew she couldn’t get close to him because of the thin ice. She ran close by and kicked down a post that was marking an area on the ice. She went back to Captain and used the post to push under the strap that goes around the dog body of the coat. She was able to help lift him out of the water with the post under the strap. That strap design, priceless!!”
Carol feels that if it had it not been for that Hurtta coat, there would have been a different ending; and it’s not surprising that she now feels the Summit Parka is “the best coat ever”!
Of course, these coats are not meant to be life jackets, but how wonderful that it worked that way for this happy and relieved family. I’ll be pleased if the only thing we ever need it for is to keep Luke warm and dry, but we never know what life is going to throw at us, or what might unexpectedly save it, do we?