PADuckhunter wrote:MacMan wrote:I have a Hodgman neoprene - it's been used 3 weekends and is tearing at several seams - it's the right size; however, Jaz movement is quite impeded. I need something else that will fit and protect without chaffing her. I heard there is one on the market with a handle on top for lifting the dog.
Here is one that has handles cut into it available from Mack Prairie Wings http://www.mackspw.com/Item--i-AVE031S
# The Boater's Dog Parka Features 5mm neoprene
# Sewn-in webbing harness
# Exclusive grab handles
# D-rings eliminate the need for a collar
# 16 cubic inches of closed cell foam floatation
# DuraStretchTM is the toughest outer fabric available
# #10 molded zipper & cold- weather pull tab
# 1" Velcro for torso adjustability
# Neoprene zipper protector
# Tapered cut for maximum body coverage
# Double bar tacked seams
# Glued & stitched just like waders
# 5 sizes to fit any dog
HNTFSH wrote:A poster that responded to the Hypothermia post had this to share which quite frankly - about made me sick as well (putting myself in the situation he describes). While most would have figured out the danger before the deed - it's possible to get caught up in the excitement sometimes:
I almost lost my dog last year to Ice! I found a pocket of open water that was holding some birds. When we rounded the corner, the sky went black from the amount of birds using this hole. I got two, and my buddy got one. The dogs immediately went to work to retreive the ducks.
One duck that I shot landed back in the hole, my dog went in to get it, but then could not get back out of the hole onto the ice. The ice kept breaking. I knew she was in trouble when she dropped the duck and was only concerned with getting out of the hole she was in. She could not get out, and I could not go get her. She eventually stopped trying, and just lay with her head on the ice whinning.
I wanted to throw up!
I asked my buddy if I should shoot her. That's when he stood up and said lets go. We started to walk away as if we were just going to leave her there. She got so upset that we were leaving her that she somehow summoned the strength to get herself up onto the ice.
When she reached shore, we dried her off with our extra clothes, and got her running around. She was fine after that. Ducks were circling overhead trying to get back into this hole, but we wouldn't take anymore shots. We went home!
If it hadn't been for my buddies quick thinking, I would have shot her. It was that gut wrenching!