Back in late April, we participated in a blog hop called “Park Day”, where we had to visit a park in April and then blog about it. We had a very fun day! Not only did we get to blog about our fun, but there was a random prize drawing for all participants, and we were lucky enough to win!
We won a Kumfy Koatz thermal pet harness, made by KumfyTailz. You can read all about this harness, and the science behind it, on their website.
This harness comes with a gel pack which can be frozen, to cool your dog down, or heated to keep him warm. The pack goes in a pocket on the underside of the harness, and that part of the harness is against the dogs chest, to keep his core cool or warm as needed.
I had received the size to fit our Beagle Kobi, and we have been waiting for a hot day so we could try it out! You can see here how it goes on:
That is the first thing I loved about it: it was easy to put on. Hubby always laughs at me, but I am really challenged when it comes to putting harnesses on dogs. The less straps and hooks the easier it is for me. Kobi hates having anything put on him, even harnesses, so the quicker and easier it is for him, the better.
In typical New England fashion we had a spell of 2-3 very hot days, reaching 90 degrees just this past week. Kobi and I still got out early on Sunday morning, before it was too hot, but it was hot and humid enough even early to give this harness a try. We had a 45 minute walk, and I really think Kobi was panting less than he normally would have in those temps, and he even had a burst of energy towards the end of our walk, actually running up the hill!
Sometimes the front of the harness sagged down from his chest some, and I wasn’t sure if it fit right. I adjusted it a little and it seemed better, and I also realized that because Kobi often has his nose to the ground, that was why that happened. All of his harnesses do that to an extent.
When we got home I felt inside the harness and it still felt cool, and so did the gel pack when I removed it. Besides the ease of putting it on, I see other advantages: the neoprene fabric would do fine with dogs that want to go in the water also. Kobi is not a water dog, but he does like to get his feet wet and I think the fabric would be an advantage for that, as it would dry more quickly. I’d also like to try it in the Winter for the warming factor….Kobi is getting an older and doesn’t have as much meat on his bones as he used to! Because it is so easy to deal with, I would gladly use it anytime, even without the gel pack.
I have read that they are changing the fabric on this to a mesh, but you can order this exact harness at Drs. Foster & Smith, one of my favorite online pet shops. They are even on sale, so you can click on this link to order one if you cared to.
Kobi wants to give a big thanks to Gizmo and Finn, who hosted the Park Day blog hop, and to EventBarkers who sent the prize to us! It’s always fun to try out new things!
We are joining up with the FitDog Friday blog hop hosted by SlimDoggy, Peggy’s Pet Place, and To Dog With Love. Please enjoy their posts and others by following the links below.
Wyatt Airedale says
That is a fine looking harness, Kobi. That color is very fetching on you 😀
Oh, thank you so much, Wyatt!!
Roxy the traveling dog says
Hmmm, very cool. LOL. Seriously we have those and love them too.
LOL. Oh, that’s great you have some! We had never heard of them until Gizmo blogged about it.
Great prize Kobi, sounds like it did a good job on the cooling. We won a prize – the mystery box – for Park Day 2.0, we’re pretty excited to see what it is.
Oh yes, we saw that you won the mystery box, can’t wait to see what that is!
Jackie Bouchard says
I was going to say “Very cool!” but then I realized what a bad pun that would be. But if I take “cool” out of my vocabulary… what am I left with??
Oh, I know – Totally pawesome!
I love “totally pawesome”! But I was OK with “very cool” too….I love a good pun, and I tend to use “cool” a lot also! 🙂
I don’t wear harnesses but I wear a Kool Kollar when it is hot out and that helps me out a lot, probably similar to the harness cooling feature.
That sounds very similar, Emma. It is great all the things they come up with for dogs (and humans) these days!
Nice!! Thanks again for playing with us on Park Day!
You’re welcome! It was lots of fun!
Cool!! (I’m being a little punny today 🙂 ) I’m going to have to look into this—Sage doesn’t do heat well at all. And that’s after around 70 degrees!
Someone had to say it, Sage’s Mom! 🙂 I imagine with all that black fur it is harder to stay cool, so this might help her.
Yippee! I am so happy you and Kobi Like your prize and that it seems to work well for you 🙂 I’m a fumbler with harnesses too and agree that this one is super simple to put on
I’m glad it’s not just me that is challenged by harnesses!
We thought the time would never get here where we could try it out…..now we’re back to cool weather again, so glad we got to try it during our short window of heat!