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  2. Извините, за невнимательность. Запостил по ошибке не в ту тему. Прошу модератора переместить топик в нужный раздел.
    Ресурсов в России три: земля, нефть и газ. Газа осталось на 30 лет. Нефти на 50.
    Так что же произойдет с российской экономикой после того, как ресурсы закончатся?
    Срок службы реактора Нововоронежской АЭС – 25 лет. После этого необходима его остановка. Реактор был запущен в 1979 году. Это расчет советских инженеров и проектировщиков. На данный момент в Нововоронеже строят второй блок. Но с ними может произойти история, аналогичная Саяно-Шушинской ГЭС, поэтому нас ждут более печальные последствия. АЭС должна проработать еще какое-то время без аварий, по крайней мере, до тех пор, пока в наших недрах остаются нефть и газ. Потому что есть еще один ресурс, который нужен Западу. Это наша земля. Земля на данный момент невыгодна – нет дешевой рабочей силы. В перспективе она появится – наши дети, окончившие школы, платные программы которых приводят к деградации ребенка как личности, и не позволяют получить дальнейшее послешкольное образование. Когда не будут иметь значения ни нефть, ни газ, ни деньги… Останется самое ценное, что есть на планете – ЗЕМЛЯ. Она будет давать натуральные и полезные продукты. Главный ресурс на планете – как ни банально – еда. И достанется она не нам, так как Россия, в недалеком будущем, будет раздроблена на мелкие удельные княжества, где люди будут существовать в сумрачном свете керосиновых ламп и полном невежестве. Выращивая экологически чистые продукты для наших потенциальных противников, которые давно уже стали друзьями нашей власти. Об этом же свидетельствует и сокращение численности Российских Вооруженных Сил в десятки раз. Нам больше не нужно воевать. Мы проиграли войну. Это была информационная война, но многие этого даже не поняли.

    Стабильная Россия нужна для того, чтобы выкачать нефть, газ и забрать нашу землю.

    Все закончится в 2018 году. Окончание срока правления путина. Избыточное население России – 143 млн. человек. 10 атомных станций. Все произойдет как в Крымске. Виновных найдут и накажут. Жить на зараженных территориях будет невозможно. Без воды и света. Люди будут умирать от лучевой болезни. В районе озера Байкал будет экологически чистая зона, потому что им нужна вода. Им – это золотому миллиону, мультимиллиардерам и их слугам, которыми будут лучшие представители нужных профессий: врачи, ученые, учителя, общей численностью около 4-8 миллионов человек. К сожалению, только так человеческая цивилизация сможет выжить. Схема не сложна в реализации. Для тех у кого есть власть и деньги. Для мировой мафии.

    Бобылев Виталий Владимирович 1979г.р. 1996-2002 курсант ТВВАИИ, Факультет АСУ. С 2002-2004 ст.л-т ВВС, инженер СПК 10232ЦБУ (на настоящее время часть расформирована). С 2004 по настоящее время – индивидуальный предприниматель. В моем профиле “В контакте” дополнительная видеоинформация по вышеизложенному материалу. Название видео: “КОБ-Концепция общественной безопасности”. http://vk.com/bobylew
    Отправляю этот текст на просторы Сети. На Ваш суд админы и модераторы.

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  5. Isabel Herran · · Reply

    thanks a lot for your help,
    brgds,
    Isabel

  6. Isabel Herran · · Reply

    good afternoon, I’m writting you from Madrid,spain. I have a 2 years old labrador with elbow displasia. After triying different pautas she had surgery and now she is in the rehbilitation period. She’s not allowed to run or jump for aporx 20-30 days, she can go for walks if possible in grass, and a soft path. As
    do you think you rboots may help her in her recovery and could act as a “soft sniker”, I mean act as a cushion and absorb the impact of walking in the sidewalk ?

    1. Hi Isabel,

      Thanks for asking. We are sorry to hear about you lab’s elbow. All of our boots have many features that benefit dogs for multiple reasons. The sole provides great traction on all types of surfaces and protection from sharp surfaces. Unfortunately there is not really any cushioning in the sole so we cannot claim that our boots will help absorb impact and assist in the recovery for your dog. I hope this helps and we are all hoping for a speedy recovery for your canine companion!

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    1. tarareynvaan · · Reply

      Thanks so much Sneeden!

      We love helping out working dogs because we know what it’s like to work like one! We appreciate all of your support and enthusiasm for the brand! Thanks again!

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  9. The new style boots….oh how I wish I knew this was taking place before my local retailer ran out. I would have bought hundreds. I have a special needs beagle who HAS to have these boots to allow her to enjoy her outdoor activities (even just a plain old walk). The new boots do not work at all for her & I’m scrambling to find the old style on the net to get her through the next 6-8 years of her life. I’ve had custom boots made from all over…nothing worked like the GripTrex until now. Very, very disappointed they were changed. I understand that the company had feedback asking for longer boots & that you can’t accommodate every need…but what a sad time for my little dog.

    1. Diane Powell · · Reply

      I have a pair of the older Grip Trex boots that my beagle, Daisy, never liked. I bought these boots probably in 2006 [we adopted our girl in 2005]. I still have the box for them. I know how wonderful the beagle breed is. So….if we can get in touch with each other, I will send these to you. Your sweet little beagle needs to enjoy her walks. We walk both of our beagles everyday. I have never put these boots on Louise, my other beagle. She is just the type that would never wear them….more so than Daisy.
      The boots are great. It’s just that my girls would rather wear their Ruffwear harnesses.

  10. Mark Staples · · Reply

    Well, I don’t have a Siberian Husky, Water Spaniel, Saint Bernard or anything….I have a Miniature Pinscher (big for her breed…lol). She’s all dog attitude through and through. Anyway, we moved to Golden, CO from Dallas, TX (thank you, God).

    She’s great up here as long as there isn’t more snow on the ground than she is tall (14″ to her shoulder). When there is three feet of snow on the ground, it is a little puzzling for her…lol.

    So, she has the full lineup of Ruffwear products. I mean almost every coat, fleece, etc. you sell and working on the boots. The chain dog stores just don’t carry anything that’s not crap, even around here. I just looked and you do have some retail locations here, but I doubt they would carry size XS. Ha.

    I’m also a marketing professional by day and think you ought to send along some bumper stickers with your orders. People in Denver are serious about bumper stickers and have LOTS of dogs. Cheap promotion.

    Thanks for all you do!! (and for catering to the small dogs with big hearts)

    Mark and Trixie

    1. Thanks for your comment. We have lots of online retailers that offer our entire product line and most of them offer free shipping, too. But it’s best to find a retailer that carries the boots so your dog can try them on.

      We used to send bumper stickers with the orders and every now and then we’ll still find them on cars in random cities. As part of our eco-friendly approach, we have since discontinued doing this, but will occasionally add them to an order per a customer’s request.

  11. My dog, an English pointer has feet that measure exactly 2.25″, so I bought a set of XS shoes which are for feet of that width. All the shoes fit quite snuggly–not too tight and definitely not loose–literally just like they were made for him….except for one problem. While the front ones seem to fit snuggly enough to not fall off, the back ones will only stay on for about 10 steps before completely falling off. I have pushed his foot as deeply as it will go in the shoe and have tightened the strap to the point that I hope his circulation is not getting cut off, but it still slips off after a few steps and it appears that the shoe *length* is a bit too short.

    I REALLY don’t want to have to return them, because they are the best shoes for dogs I’ve seen (and we love our other Ruffwear products so much!), but I can’t have shoes falling off almost instantly. The width of the fit is perfect and I am afraid that moving up a size get a bit more length in the shoe will mess up the snuggness of the width fit. (Does that make sense?)

    Just curious… Does Ruffwear have any plans to make a grip trex shoe variety that is just a tad bit longer in length? When you consider how many different breeds and breed mixes there are in the world, it only makes sense that not all paws are built the same. It’s kind of the same concept as human pant sizes–how they make jeans in size 6 regular and size 6 tall. The waist measurement remains the same for both size 6 pants (i.e. the equivalent of the width measurement on the grip trex shoe), but the pant length is different to accommodate different leg lengths on people (and with the grip trex, this would be accommodating different paw pad *lengths*.) Additionally, as with a person who wears a size 6 tall pant will still not have the proper length pant if they move up a size, I would presume that moving up to the next size grip trex boot is not necessarily going to solve the length issue.

    I’d appreciate and advice you can offer me. We really do love all the other Ruffwear products we have!!! We are huge fans!!!

    Heike and Pete (the pointer!)

    1. Hi Heike –

      Thank you for your question. Yes, Ruff Wear is planning on releasing a new version of the Grip Trex boots in April and the smaller sizes are a tad longer to accommodate those with dew claws and longer, narrow paws.

      In the meantime, it is not uncommon for the front and back boots to fit differently. Most dogs have slightly smaller backs than fronts. We do offer single boots on our website so our customers can opt to put smaller sizes on the backs and larger on the fronts. You can also try using the boot liners on the back to make up for the extra volume.

      For further personalized assistance with boot fitting, feel free to contact our customer service team–they are fit experts! 888-783-3932

      1. Thanks so much for your quick reply! All four of my dog’s paws measure 2.25″ wide, so there is no extra volume to deal with, just the length issue. Pete and I can’t wait to check out the new design in April!! :)

        Thanks again!

      2. When you say the new ones are going to be a little longer, do you plan on offer grip tex with a second strap like the polar’s? I have tried the size grip tex my dog is suppose to use and one size above and below and they simply will not stay on. I am thinking a taller boot with second strap (without insulation for summer) would be great.

        1. They will be slightly taller in some sizes, but they will not have a second strap like Polar Trex. Keep checking our blog and Facebook page for more details as we get closer to our release date.

  12. I ordered my golden retriever size small polar treck boots and I measured her feet like was suggested. The boots don’t stay on her feet even after tightening them. I know they are not too large because it appears to be a snug fit..atleast when putting them on. Any suggestions???

    1. Hi Megan – Would you mind giving our customer service a call to help diagnose the problem? They are expert fitters and have tips and tricks for dogs of all shapes and sizes. 888-783-3932.

  13. Hi there! Love your web site …

    Last week I was hiking with my German Wirehaired Pointer, Wyeth, in northern Vermont. Along the way, we met a nice woman who had two dogs – both sporting your red Cloud Chaser jackets. She swore by them. Just thought you’d like to know.

    Just curious: Is that a GWP in some of your web banner pictures?

    I’ll be placing my order soon for both a coat and boots!

    Keep up the great work.

    1. His name is Duke and he is a GWP we believe. He’s not one of ours–he’s a local dog with lots of energy that we called upon for his devastatingly good looks!

  14. 2 questions:
    1. Do you have anything that will fit a 150lb bullmastiff? He’s short and stocky. He has a short coat so we don’t take him out snowshoeing with us…. :(

    2. Would you please check out our website at newenglandcompass.com? Thanks!

    1. Thank you for the link. Yes, I believe we do have some items that would fit your dog. For personalized sizing assistance for hard to fit dogs, we recommend giving our customer service line a call at 888-783-3932.

  15. I’m planning on outfitting my Rhodesian Ridgeback with the Polar trex boots. I measured his feet and he seems to be size large in front and small in back. Is this normal for such a size difference, or am I measuring wrong? He has very thick pads, so I’m not sure if this impacts boot size. Also, do you know if there will be more smalls available soon? I tried to order today, but there is only one small left.

    Thanks
    ps: he loves his Singletrak Pack!

    1. Hi Tricia –

      It is not uncommon for dogs to have different sized fronts and backs within a size of each other. I would recommend re-measuring just to be sure (make sure to lift of the other paw so all the weight is on the paw your measuring). You can opt to order singles of each size you need on our website: http://www.ruffwear.com/Single-Barkn-Boot-Polar-Trex

      For more personalized assistance, don’t hesitate to call our customer service reps at 888-783-3932–they are fit wizards and they can also tell you our current stock levels!

  16. do you know what size golden retrievers typically wear in the Bark’n Boots™ Polar Trex™? I know its important to measure the dogs feet, but i was just curious about what size is typical.

    1. It’s all across the board with Golden Retrievers. We’ve seen an XS all the way to a L. Having personally fit hundreds of dogs over the years, I would say that our most common sizes are XS, S, and M.

      Of course, we always recommend measuring your dog’s paws, and you can call our customer service line for expert help doing this (888-783-3932). We have a joke around here that guessing a boot size by breed is like saying, “I’m 150 pound human, what size shoe do I wear?”

  17. I’m a huge fan of the Roamer leash–use it for running with my Aussie. I’m looking for another for my younger Aussie and am having a hard time finding one (it’s out of stock on your website and isn’t available from my usual favorite outdoor stores). Are you discontinuing this leash? I love the bungee-like leash and love that it has a handle near the collar so I can grab my dog if need be.

    1. We have a shipment coming in this week, if you can hold on.

  18. My fiancé and I love mountain biking and whenever we have vacation days or a three day weekend we head to Moab or St. George for some slick rock fun. However we have to leave our boarder terrier Wicket at home. We would love to take him but we don’t want to hurt his paws. What type of shoes should we buy for him and is there a good type of messenger bag or backpack that we can carrier him in when he gets too tired? He weighs 24 lbs. Thanks, Mel and Wicket.

    1. If his paws are big enough to fit in them, we would recommend the Grip Trex™ boots. They have extra traction perfect for rocky mountain bike rides. As for a messenger bag or backpack, we are not sure which would be the best, but would love to hear about a good one if you are able to find one.

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    1. Great read. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Hi,I’m a fan of your stuff and thought you might like to read this article I’ve written over at google knol. http://knol.google.com/k/garry-jenkins/five-ways-in-which-dog-boots-protect/19tjln1ywaolr/256#

  21. cynthia Golembeski · · Reply

    Ruffwear in NYC

    I was thinking that you should have more of a presence in NYC. Owners would love the gear and only a few stores in Brooklyn carry current items. I am ordering some items through your website, but it would be nice to be able to see them in person. EMS, a big sports store, does not have a good selection and many of the styles are a season or two old.

    1. ruffwear · · Reply

      Thanks for the comment. We are working on it and have just hired a sales rep in NY to help establish more of a presence there. Thanks for your input!

  22. Panuck and Jason · · Reply

    It’s been a while since we’ve posted, but I assure you, adventures continue. After a hot, dry Summer, we are getting good weather for cani-cross and getting ready for mushing/skijour season. We are in our second season with our original Palisades pack, and although I am happy with the actual product, I have to point out a lack of service. This is not to bash Roughwear. I am in retail, in fact, I sell a lot of rough wear where I work, and I understand what you guys are up against in manufacturing, etc.
    My point is this. Serious outdoor dog sports athletes go through product. Even the best products have their limits; however, I have tried repeatedly to get the pack repaired or find a replacement for the webbing harness, and have been told that there is nothing that rough wear can (will) do. I am disappointed in this, and have repaired the harness myself. Twice.
    Rough wear, take note. Other companies see your success, and want your share of the market. I personally know of two others that are developing products like the clip-in pack system that have thus far made rough wear my choice. I am picking up a prototype this weekend at the New England Sled Dog Expo to test this Winter for one of these companies. Again, I love your innovative product. i just wish you had taken better care of us along the way. It’s a shame that I have this in the back of my mind when customers ask about your product. I assure that I have never disuaded a customer by mentioning any of this (after all, I want a sale, too), but when other options hit our stores, I will have other reccomendations for my fellow dog/human outdoor athletes. Here’s to you and your future, I am sure you will try harder in the upcoming years.

    PS- The Palisade is still our first choice for packing a load for two and three day trail runs, as it is the best!

    1. ruffwear · · Reply

      Did you speak with our Customer Service or was it someone else who was unable to help you?

      1. Jason Latham · · Reply

        Both; first I spoke with the retailer (I did not work there then, but I do now), they recomended I contact you directly, as they do not do repairs on anything other than their own product. i contacted you through the dogblog, and was told there was no warranty available for a chewing incident. I can appreciate this, as it is not a defect. I was also told that it could not be sent in to you for repair, as you outsource your manufacturing. I repaired the harness myself, but after continued use, my repair has not held. What I would love to do, is to be able to get the harness potion of the Palisade pack by it’s self. I have considered a pro purchase through my employer, but I honestly don’t need the whole set-up, as the pack is still in great shape. We use the harness almost daily, and the pack gets used, on an average of once or twice a week. We run cani-cross, hike, bike/ski jour, and my dog runs with the Kohlmeinen Kennels sled team, we are serious about our sport, and appreciate your quality.
        As a side note, and so that you know that I am not just sour grapes, I sold a webmaster, two roamer leashes, a safety track coat and a couple turnips this last weekend. I will continue to recomend your product.

      2. ruffwear · · Reply

        Hi Jason. Our customer service was correct–chewing is not covered under our warranty and we do not repair because of where our manufacturing is located. But we do offer replacement parts for our packs, including a replacement harness for the Palisades Pack. Seeing how you are in the industry, you might qualify for a discount on a replacement part. Please contact our customer service at 888-783-3932 for information on ordering replacement parts and our Pro Purchase/3Point5 program.

      3. panuck and jason · · Reply

        Thanks, guys and gals, this helps tremendously. I’m glad that you will work this out. Winter’s coming, and we will hit the skijouring trails with our favorite setup.

  23. Hi ruffwear,

    bought 2 doggy BA’s for our 2 Jack Russell puppies as we wanted to take them canoeing at just 3 months old and your BA’s were the only ones that went small enough.
    They are fantastic and Tik and Tok love them.

    Thanks

    ps have cool photo but dont know how to put it on.

  24. I have two of your products (the Roamer leash and Approach Pack) and absolutely love them. The Roamer is perfect for jogging with my Aussie, Bailey. The elastic does a great job of absorbing shock and

    We recently use the Approach pack on an overnight hike into the Castner Glacier in the Alaska Range. I was very impressed with the durability and security of the pack. Attached are a few photos of Bailey sporting her pack. The lopsided pack photo was staged. I was very impressed with how well the packed stayed centered even while hiking through brush.

  25. ace blackler · · Reply

    I’m a disabled Iraq war Vet, my dog Lucy is not only certified to work for me, but she’s my best friend.
    i have boots for my dog which I would REALLY like her to be able to wear in houses with wood floors, and hot pavement… I’ve tried 5 different styles and brands of boots and none of them will stay on her feet. I’m looking at the Ruffwear boots but I cant afford to continue to spend so much money on yet ANOTHER pair of boots that might not stay on.
    Has anyone had this problem?
    I could REALLY use some input.

    1. First, I would recommend checking out the reviews on our boots (available at ruffwear.com, altrec.com, or rei.com). Second, if you are going to buy them, I would make sure to either test drive them at the store, or call our customer service department for personalized help because proper fit is KEY! Finally, if your dog is a certified working dog, you may qualify for a discount. Please feel free to inquire with our customer service department at: 888-783-3932.

  26. Keith Shank · · Reply

    I absolutely love RW products and the thoughtful design that goes into them. I’ve been hoping for a long time that you would create a dog safety harness for car travel. The harnesses on the market are just so/so; I really think RW could do a better job.

    Are you concerned about liability issues, or just haven’t got around to designing one yet?

    1. Hi Keith –

      Thanks for comment. We have heard from some customers that they would like to see a dog safety harness for car travel from Ruff Wear.

      Currently, Ruff Wear makes gear for dogs to be used in the outdoors and while vehicles do transport us and our dogs to our favorite outdoor destinations, car travel doesn’t fit our “outdoor adventure” focus. Also, if we were to design and sell a harness for car travel, extensive testing would need to be done (probably in a crash lab with a dog “dummy”). We would need to devote significant resources to making a car safety harness safe and functional. This product is not a priority for us right now. We do appreciate your feedback! Thanks for taking the time. :-)

    2. Keith,

      I use my webmaster harness and a leash from bamboo – http://www.bamboopet.com/products/detail/dog/1/7/810045
      It works great and there’s no chance of me flying through the window if my owner stops fast. Hope this helps.

      Woof,

      Hinckley the Dog

      1. Hi Hinckley –

        The Web Master has plastic buckles so in the event of a collision or accident, these buckles may not hold. The Web Master is not designed to be used for this purpose! Please use at your own risk.

        Thanks for your comments! :-)

  27. We’re planning on taking our two dogs backpacking for the first time. Any advice? Should we worry about attracting animals? Maybe a blog post would be helpful.

    1. Hi Nick – some good questions! Here are some links to previous blog posts that might be helpful:

      http://dogblog.ruffwear.net/2010/07/15/pack-in-pack-out/

      http://dogblog.ruffwear.net/2010/07/07/high-and-light/

      http://dogblog.ruffwear.net/2010/07/01/dog-friendly-camping-and-backpacking-interactive-map/

      Regarding attracting animals, bear-resistant containers are recommended when backpacking, REI or other outdoor outfitters can help you plan accordingly. Many times, having a dog around will cause most wildlife (small critters, deer, birds) to flee.
      Thanks for your questions! Let us know if you have more.

  28. Sean Anderson · · Reply

    Anyone from the Baltimore area? I’m just moving to Towson, MD and would love to find some places to take my dog. Any suggestions?

  29. Ruffwear Flophouse Foam Pad Review

    This is one amazing product! Ruffwear claims it dries quickly and is waterproof to help keep dogs from getting wet from top to bottom. It is supposed to be used while camping, boating or in your car.

    Well…I work with a dog named Tucker. He finds whale poop for me from the bow of a boat here in the San Juan Islands. While Tucker is resting between shifts, he sleeps in a crate on the boat on the Ruffwear Flophouse Foam Pad.

    He and I couldn’t like it more. The Flophouse keeps Tucker dry from the water on the bottom of his crate and dries quickly after it has been splashed from larger waves. It is so comfortable that he can often be heard snoring as he’s resting!

    I washed it the other day for the first time and couldn’t be more pleased! After taking the foam out and rinsing it down, it dried within minutes. The outer layer fit into the washer and came out smelling and looking wonderful. I air dried it and had no problems with the foam losing it’s shape or the Flophouse becoming lumpy.

    It’s now back to it’s home inside Tucker’s crate and he’s more than happy to hang out and rest during his breaks.

    Thank you Ruffwear!

    Liz Seely
    Conservation Canines

    1. This is so helpful! Thanks for letting us know how it meets your nautical needs!

  30. Hey Ruffwear. I am an adventure bloggin’ dog named Seppi. I love your stuff! Check out my adventures at http://www.travelswithseppi.blogspot.com

    Cheers!
    Vince

    1. We’ll check it out! Let us know if you would like to do a guest blog entry!

  31. It’s difficult to tell from the pictures of the new SingleTrak pack, but does it have an aluminum ring for leash attachment like the other two Ruff Wear packs?

    1. It has a PVC-coated webbing ring for leash attachment between the nape of the neck an the start of the handle.

      1. I was considering the SingleTrak for short endurance activities with my Alaskan malamute such as running, bikejoring, and short day hikes, it seems like the perfect combination of a pack and a harness except for this lack of a metal leash attachment. My dog, being a sled dog, tend to pull a lot on a leash, so I don’t think a PVC coated webbing ring will be strong enough to hold her. And I don’t want to use a collar because the same pulling issue.

        The aluminum rings on the Palisades and Approach packs are really nice and strong (I already have a Palisades pack), but I like them better for longer hiking and camping trips. For shorter trips I like something more compact and streamlined, like the SingleTrak.

        I hope Ruff Wear will add an aluminum ring on the SingleTrak in the future, then it will be a perfect harness/pack combo for the active dog and their person. I’ll sure to get one them. For now I have to stick with my Palisades pack for its strong aluminum ring.

      2. Something to keep in mind. Even though the Palisades and Approach pack have a metal leash attachment, the metal piece is attached to the actual harness with a piece of webbing, much like the SingleTrak Pack. So they should function similarly. Another option would be to attach the leash to the reinforced handle.

      3. Reading the 7/13/2010 review for the SingleTrak, the PVC-coated webbing ring is not very strong as I have feared. Being a rock climber, I have a gut feeling about strength of material and stitching. While it’s true that the metal ring on the Palisades and Approach is also attached by webbing to the harness, the webbing is much wider (thus more and stronger stitching) compare to the webbing ring on the SingleTrak. Unless Ruff Wear reinforce the stitching on the SingleTrak’s webbing ring like a climbing harness’s belay loop, I’d still like to see the metal leash attachment on the SingleTrak.

        1. Thanks for letting us know. We will pass this on to our design team.

  32. Desiree Townsend · · Reply

    I just read one of the posts about the Bark n Boots and have been thinking about buying them for awhile. I have taken my dog (a 3 yr. old Lab/Chow/German Shepherd) hiking in the middle of West Texas in the summer without anything on his feet and he did just fine. I’ve also taken him walking on sidewalks, and through Montana snow with 8-in-1 protecting wax on his paws and we had no trouble. He’s brushed into cactus and climbed up the side of a canyon. Does he need something more than the wax (like boots), or do I not have to worry about it since it hasn’t been a problem so far?

    1. It’s different for all dogs. Some are fortunate enough to never suffer from any sort of paw injuries. Bark ‘n Boots are really about preventing injury that may occur–cuts sharp rocks/glass, worn pads, or street chemicals. Wax works for some dogs and can prevent certain injuries; Bark’n Boots are for those looking for a little more protection.

      Speaking from experience,we had a incident recently where one of the office dogs went for a hike on a new type of terrain and tore his pad because he was not wearing boots. It was thought his paws wouldn’t need boots because they were worn in and tough. It was a long 2-mile haul back to the car!

  33. Joss Heideman · · Reply

    Wondering, is it possible to put a larger size water bladder in the Single Track packs? It comes with two .5 litre platypus but with my dogs size and activity level she needs at least 2 litres a day.. So i thought maybe those pockets could fit a 1 litre platypus bag in each? Anyone tried, or are the pockets to small??

    1. The capacity of the saddlebags is 1.2L on each side, so assuming that you can find the right shaped bladder, you would most likely be able to fit it inside. We tried to make the saddlebags big enough to accommodate all sorts of water containers, such as bike bottles, aluminum bottles, and bladders.

  34. Hi,

    I have to say I love your producst, and was very excited to see your new spring products. Unfortunately, I’m a smaller dog and they are just to big for me. Are you going to be coming out with smaller versions of the Singletrack Pack, Headwater Collar, and Hydro Plane? I have about 17″ girth and 12″ neck. I spend a lot of time out on the boat and around the water so I’d love to have them. Thanks again for your great products.

    Woof,

    Hinckley

    1. We are working on it. We’re sad that your dog is just a few inches shy of both products, but we are looking into ways to maximize the adjustment of our collars and packs so we can accommodate more dogs. Thanks for the bark!

  35. Paul Field · · Reply

    Can you make the harness using blaze orange? I have a wirehaired dachshund I use for blood tracking deer. Since this is always in hunting season and her coat is wild boar, I am afraid someone might shoot her for a varmit if she gets away from me.

    1. We have a blaze orange coat called the Track Jacket™ but unfortunately it does not have an integrated harness. I will pass your suggestion along to our product team.

      http://www.ruffwear.com/Track-Jacket?sc=2&category=12&leadsource=SM2010TrackJacket

  36. Mary Beth Murray · · Reply

    In the summer of 2010, Ken Shaw, along with his dog Gracie, will thru-hike the Finger Lakes Trail from the Catskill Mountains to the New York, Pennsylvania border in Allegany State Park as a fundraiser for Theatre Of Youth (TOY) located in Buffalo, NY. Ken is the Head of Design at TOY.

    Gracie, a Whippet mix, was adopted by Ken in 2009. She has been training in RuffWear boots, pack and trail leash. She loves her hikes with Ken and is very comfortable on the training trails with her gear. Gracie will begin their 50 day journey on May 15, 2010. Each hiking day is 8 to 18 miles. Gracie will join Ken on the trail that has been deemed safe terrain for pooches. Ken has arranged for Road Spotters and Trail Angles to take care of Gracie for the unfriendly parts of the trail. Gracie and Ken will cross rivers, climb mountains, descend into ravines, cross 1 National Forest, four State Parks, 41 State Forests and 3 Wildlife Management Areas. Additionally, their adventure will have them pumping and filtering water, cooking food on a portable stove, sleeping in tents or open front shelters, hanging bear bags, building fires and hopefully not get lost in the woods! The Kids at the Theatre think this is all very exciting and most especially are interested in Gracie’s adventures

    (I am a friend of the Theatre and a strong supporter of animal rescue programs, the Theatre and the Finger Lakes Trail. I love this story and wanted to share a taste of it.)

    1. We wish Gracie the best of times on her 50-day adventure and hope you will keep us updated on your progress! Happy Trails (or tails!).

  37. stephanie · · Reply

    Your dog beds are the only ones my blue heeler does not try to destroy. I have the Mt. Bachelor pad and Urban Sprawl. I would like to get another Urban Sprawl but appears you have discontined them? Any chance another style may be coming out with the additional padding like the Sprawl?

    1. Yes, the Urban Sprawl has been discontinued. You may be able to find it online still, or through your local retailer. No plans on replacing it with a similar bed for the time being, though we recommend the Flophouse Foam Pad as a nice replacement. Though a much lower profile, the Flophouse has two layers of foam density that provide similar comfort without the bulk. The other bonus is the Flophouse can be washed with a squirt of the hose and hung out to dry.

      1. I am so sad that you have stopped making the urban sprawl. I bought 2 of these in 2007 for my canine rehab business and all my patients love them. Thick, warm, perfect for old dogs and dogs with sore elbows, hips, knees. Especially the big dogs. I always used to recommend them to my owners, and now they can no longer buy them for themselves.

      2. ruffwear · · Reply

        For those of you love the Urban Sprawl, might we recommend the Big Shrimpy…very similar in size and structure: http://www.bigshrimpy.com/our-products/all-products/original1

  38. bobderiemacker · · Reply

    Hello, I just bought the Web Master Harness and older style “the Beacon” (yellow/red single LED). Does the Web Master Harness have a specific spot for the beacon or just where ever you can clip it on??
    thanks
    Bob D

    1. Because the Webmaster™ is often layered with other products, and because it is used for working dogs who don’t want any added pieces that have the potential to get caught on brush, there is no light loop on the Webmaster™.

      We recommend placing the Beacon™ on the top of the Webmaster™, centered at the front (just below the nape of the neck). There are many other options, however, such as placing the Beacon™ on the collar, or on the tow loop on the back of the Webmaster™

  39. FRANKLIN HARRINGTON · · Reply

    i just wanna say that my dad loves your products!!! he has been buying me all this really cool stuff since i was a pup and i thank you so much for building such a solid product. i am a service dog (husky/aus shep mix) and travel quite a bit. we live in colorado mostly but spend our summers on marthas vineyard fishing. my dad has me on the only 100% natural diet on the market (NATURES LOGIC) and it gives me the overall health to just run and play all day. i would be so bummed if your gear and toys were poorly built. i really count on you everyday. i just wanna say thank you so much. YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME!!!!!!!

  40. Camilla · · Reply

    First a few comments about your coats; I find it a bit odd that all of them only cover the front parts of the dog, as it is in my opinion very important to keep the muscles in the back legs warm. I understand that there is not always a need for a “proper” coat, but here the temperature goes at times below -30 and the wind from the sea makes it even worse.

    But then my question; I am interested in the DoubleBack™ Collar, but I have 2 questions. Because we do not have them here in stores I need to order them so I can’t check them before ordering :(
    1. Is it hard to put them on and take them off? I do not want my dogs to wear collars inside, so I would need to put them on and off many times a day.
    2. Does it hold the size adjustments? I read a comment that the plastic part would not work properly? I have two very strong dogs and I can’t afford any accidents.

    Best regards from Scandinavia:
    Camilla

    1. Hi Camilla –

      To answer your questions, the DoubleBack™ collar is not as quick to take on and off as a collar with a with a side-release buckle because it requires to be laced every time. There are two ways to lace it (straight-thru or double-backed). The straight-thru method takes less time but the double-back method ensures the webbing will not budge, and has a strength rating of 2,000 lbs–so your dogs will not slip out of this one.

      The other benefit of this collar is you are able to size it down to the micro-meter. When doubled-back, the color will absolutely hold the size adjustment. I’m afraid the reviewer had this collar mistaken for another–the buckle is strength-rated metal, not plastic, so it will not break.

  41. OK, so I now own the Cloud Chaser also which is ideal for snowy days in the Big Apple (see pics on the blog). It’s kind of like wearing an insulated Speedo or a wet suit and the form fitting nature of if took some getting used to but when snow happens, I happen. And my human doesn’t have a pile of black filthy wet towels at the end of a romp.

    1. One of our favorite features of this jacket is the belly coverage, which protects the underside from dirt, debris and snowballs!

      Way to pick up on the look of the jacket. Often customers buy the coat too large, but it should in fact have a fit similar to a “wetsuit.”

  42. I really like the reflective thread in the Knot-a-Just collar for that extra safety for my dog at night. I would love to see this feature on the other styles of Ruff Wear collars as well!

    1. Stay tuned. We have a new reflective collar that will be available in April.

  43. Hi, I’m posting to get in contact with marketing or whoever deals with your website.

    I work for http://www.fitnessfootwear.com -a UK sports and outdoors retailer.
    We’ve started sponsoring canicross events in the UK.

    Can someone get back to me about a cross promotion please.

    Kind regards
    Adam Smith
    http://www.fitnessfootwear.com

  44. Ruff ruff to you, I have a question about your boots, I’m aprox 1.5 years old, a 65lbs Weimaraner and a very energetic wild wild fun boy. I live in beautiful Teton Valley area of Eastern Idaho, if you know the area then u know we kinda have it all here :^), the problem that I’m experiencing is with my paws :-( the snow, ice and extreme temps. My mom is very concerned about running me because I start dancing and crying (ahhh don’t laugh, it hurts) just after being out for 10 minutes. I saw your really cool boots on your web site and was wandering which style would be the best for my environment, level of energy and my love of chewing, mind you I am a clever clever boy but I am learning the value of cool new things too make my path more enjoyable, my mom helps alot with this:-). Would I need liners for either pair for the region in which I live? I also plan to be a river/mountain dog come the warmer season as I like to blow bubbles and fish not to mention the cool boat rides and high altitude weeee!!…. so if you could help me out that would be sooo great :-) Happy Trails ~~~~ Jack

    1. Hi Jack! Sounds like you live in Ruff Wear paradise! Lots of fun outdoor adventures to be had in the Teton Valley area.

      For packed snow and ice in the winter and rocky trails in the summer, the Grip Trex Boots will be your best bet. The Boot Liners make the fit more precise, so we recommend using the Liners with the Grip Trex boots. Tell your human companion, Michelle, to carefully measure your paws to make sure you get the right size! Fit is critical to the performance of the boots.

      If you need help with sizing, please contact us at support@ruffwear.com or call us at 888-783-3932. Thank you!

  45. As a generously proportioned bloodhound I just want to let you know how much I appreciate the cut of your XL coats. Most coats XL and above do not fit we deep chested guys, but yours fit perfectly! I have your cooling coat and now your winter fleece model. I will be posting pictures of me in the winter fleece on my blog, Wimsey’s Blog: Diary of a Manhattan Bloodhound at http://wimseyblog.blogspot.com. Keep up the good work. (would suggest making the coat in a darker green, however; my humans think I look like a giant pea)!

    1. Hi Wimsey! Thanks for the feedback. I agree with you that us big-chested hounds need good-sized coats. I’m a big fan of the green Climate Changer fleece too…I’ve even been known to sleep in mine. :-) I do think of split pea soup sometimes when I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror. Thanks Wimsey! Stay warm this winter.
      – Donovan, the greyhound

  46. I absolutely love the Knot-A-Leash concept, but it would work a lot better with a swivel clip. The leash gets twisted easily with my little guy, Niko, a terrier mix. He doesn’t like to stay on one side, there’s too much to see! So I am constantly untwisting it. I love the “lock” of the clip as he has gotten loose several times from the conventional clips on leashes. Any chance you will be upgrading to that design?

    1. Hi Niko –

      We’re always looking for ways to improve our products…thank you for your suggestion! We have heard from other Ruff Wear fans that a swivel on that carabiner would be great to have. We will take that into consideration the next time we redesign the Knot-a-Leash!

      Thanks again for taking the time to comment!

  47. RUFF WEAR

    I am wondering why you switched the color of your frisbees from an easy to see red color to a green and blue color that is easily lost in the color schemes of either an evergreen forest or the aspen groves my dad and I play in all the time?

    1. We changed the colors for a few reasons. First, the new colors match the new colors of the Portage Float Coats, so your dog can experience the outdoors in coordinating colors. We also thought this color combination was a nice change for the red. But one final reason was that dog’s actually have great difficulty seeing the color red, so the red choice was actually more for the humans than the dog! See more information about dog’s vision at: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/canine-corner/200810/can-dogs-see-colors

  48. Hello! Can you help with more information on the SunShower coat? In particular, how does it work with leash, collar & harness. We live in Seattle and are thinking of one for our new Westie, but he is currently using a harness that attaches to his leash at the back of his neck.
    THanks!
    Dawn

    1. Hi Dawn –

      As fellow Pacific Northwesterners, this coat was created with these climates in mind!

      To answer your question, the collar will ride higher on the dog than the coat, allowing you full access to both the collar and leash. If you decide to use the hood attachment, there is a slot for the leash to feed through the hood. If you choose to use the coat in combination with a harness, we recommend putting the harness over the coat, as with all of our harness/coat combinations.

  49. Cynthia Pinholster · · Reply

    I’m interested in purchasing the Beacon light. Our dog, Alakazam, is a chocolate American Water Spaniel, and it’s difficult to see him at night, especially when we’re walking, or running to dry land for a potty break from the marina.
    Does the Beacon light “blink” or stay on continuously?(with the on/off switch.)
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Cynthia – the Beacon has three settings, slow flash, fast flash, and an always-on setting. You can click the On/Off button to cycle through the settings as well as turn it on and off. Thanks!

  50. Dan Reyer · · Reply

    I love Ruffwear product’s and have a smaller dog. I have your approach pack, webmaster harness, cloud chaser jacket, roamer leash, and flat out leash as well as a few other things. Needless to say, I’m a big fan of your products. I love the flat out leash, however I wish it was a littler smaller i.e. use 3/4″ webbing instead of 1″. The roamer leash is offered in two sizes so I was hoping you’d offer the Flat Out in a smaller as well. Please consider this as smaller dogs need cool gear too.

    Thanks,

    Dan

  51. I just got a lightly used palisades pack for my 110 lb bernedoodle puppy but, since it was used, it didn’t come with any instructions. I was just wondering what the proper placement was for the pack so that he is as comfortable as possible on our long hikes :)

    1. Hi there! We have Palisades Pack instructions that we can email you.
      Please send me your email address and I can respond with that document.
      Thanks!
      Susan
      susan@ruffwear.com

      1. HI! My name is Abbie and I am an 80lb German Shepherd. I am very active and love to be outside. I was recently given the Approach to use on hikes, but the pack did not come with the instructions. I want to make sure it is being put on correctly. Is there any documentation you can send that will help?

        Thank You,
        Abbie

        1. All our packs are designed on the WebMaster™ harness frame, so the instructions are the same for our packs and harness. Please go to to:
          http://www.ruffwear.net/popUps/tips/3010_tips.html to see how to fit your pack.

  52. For many folks the family dog is much more than a pet. It’s a companion and a loving member of the family to share life’s experiences – experiences such as . . . going to the beach.

    The powdery, white sand beaches at Dauphin Island, Alabama are known for being the most pet friendly on the Gulf coast. “We love animals here on Dauphin Island,” said Mike Henderson, executive director of the Dauphin Island Parks and Beach Board.

    Dog friendly public beaches have been a major draw of Dauphin Island for many years, and as neighboring destinations have restricted the canine companions, the number of dog loving visitors has steadily increased. “To be perfectly honest, we may be the only dog friendly beach left along this part of the Gulf coast,” Henderson said. “I don’t believe that you can bring your dog to the beaches at Gulf Shores or Orange Beach anymore, and because of that we are getting more visitors with their dogs than ever before.”

    The Island’s dog friendly public beach policy is simple – owners are required to keep their pet on a leash, they must clean up any mess that the dog might leave behind, and the animal must not disturb other beachgoers.

    The public beach near the Red School House and the old fishing pier is the largest area on Dauphin Island set aside for dogs and their owners to romp and play on the sand and in the surf. “There are at least a couple of miles of beach there, and with Sand Island now connected to Dauphin Island, we have another three miles of undeveloped beach jutting out into the Gulf on that barrier island,” he said.

    “The Dauphin Island Campground is a very, very dog friendly location,” Henderson said. “There is a public beach connected to the campground that welcomes dogs and their owners year ‘round. In fact, sometimes it appears that our winter Snowbirds average at least two dogs per couple because of our openness toward their pets.”

    Henderson added that he has never witnessed a dog fight at either public beach. “It’s like the dogs really enjoy being there and playing together,” he said.

    “Families contact us throughout the year just to say thanks for allowing them to bring their dogs to the beach,” he said, “and, word must be spreading because it’s amazing the number of dogs our campers are now bringing in.”

    Though dogs are allowed at Dauphin Island’s primary public beach and at the Dauphin Island Campground, pets are not allowed at the West End Beach Park on the Island’s extreme west end.

    Located just 22 miles south of Mobile at the mouth of Mobile Bay, Dauphin Island is Alabama’s Family Beach Within Reach ®. For more information, please visit http://www.dauphinislandcoc.com or call 251-861-5524.

  53. Hi,

    I have a corgi crossed with a duck toller. I want to get him a jacket for this fall , being a long and low he gets very wet and dirty on his underside. He stands about 12″ tall at the shoulders, about 27″ long and 22″ for his girth. I am not looking for warmth as much as I am for coverage. Between the Cloud Chasre and Sun Shower which would fit my needs better?

    Regrads,
    Karyn

    1. We would recommend the Cloud Chaser. It offers collar-to-tail protection from the elements and full underbelly coverage which prevents dogs from getting wet and dirty underneath. The Cloud Chaser is good for use in in wet conditions, because it’s made with windproof, water resistant and fleece-lined upper to combat all the elements.

  54. P.S. I almost forgot that Abby’s vet was so impressed with the way she is now walking, that she video taped her and shows it to other clients with aging canine friends.

  55. I have a 13 yr. old Lab who is diabetic and arthritic. My daughter bought her some Ruff Wear Boots and it has made all the difference in her ability to get around. Because of the diabetes, she had lost some feeling in her rear feet. With the boots coming to her ankles, she now “knows” where her feet are and lifts them up when walking – far better than dragging as she was prone to do. The boots also protect them from injury which, because we live in the country, is a major worry for diabetic canines. Thanks for coming up with such good and practical products for our canine friends.

    1. We are so glad to hear the boots are helping Abby get around better. Best wishes to you both!

  56. Dianne Coleman · · Reply

    I love the new Sun Shower rain coat. When will you have it available in the same blue as all my dog’s other Ruff Wear? Soon?

    1. I’m afraid there are no plans for a blue Sun Shower as of now. The red and green colors were chosen to provide optimal visibility in the rain.

      But some good news. Starting today through October 31, 2009, we are offering Facebook and blog customers the Sun Shower at a 35% discount. Just type in the promo code: FW09-SunShower(FB) at checkout to receive the discount.

  57. Thanks Ruff Wear for the great fitting Portage Float Coat I recently used on the Pocomoke River in Snow Hill, MD. I felt very protected while I went canoeing with my parents on this lazy running river. Had we had any problems and I went into the water, I knew I would be protected! You Rock! Woof!

  58. Panuck&Jason · · Reply

    Thanks for the response, will call the number for customer service.The harness still works for now, and we’re off on our next adventure…!

  59. Panuck&Jason · · Reply

    Panuck has a person named Jason. Jason bought Panuck a Palisades pack. They both love it, climb mountains, run cani-cross, go mountainbiking together and snuggle up at break time. The only problem is, Panuck eats everything(Jason is not much better), but Panuck ate the straps of his pack, do you have areplacement policy for hungry Husky puppy protection?

    1. Unfortunately our warranty does not cover chewing. We do, however, carry a selection of replacement parts such as the buckles and belly pads. If you would like further help with replacement parts, please contact our Customer Service department at: 888-783-3932.

  60. Leeloo the crag dog · · Reply

    any chance of a down winter camp-coat coming out soon? leeloo wants to go out camping in the 4th season… but is acclimated to cozy house temps.

    1. This is a possibility for the future. For the time being, we recommend use of our Cloud Chaser™ storm jacket which provides water resistant, full body coverage. It’s fleece lined to maintain core heat. In fact, these coats were used by one of our ambassadors for the Iditarod where temperatures reached below -40 degrees F, so it should work for 4th season camping and backpacking as well, as long as you insulate your dog from the ground while sleeping.

  61. I recently purchased the Swamp Cooler vest for my standard silver Labradoodle. She overheats easily in the South Carolina heat and I hoped this might help her. I’ll have to admit, when I unpackaged the vest, I was not impressed. This didn’t look like anything that would keep her cool. I thought, well, since it’s here I’ll give it try, so I did. IT IS MARVELOUS!! It exceeded all expectations and keeps her remarkably cooler. She is now MUCH more active at the dog park, and her panting is negligible after coming home versus 45-60 minutes of heavy panting before using the vest. If we stay out a long time, I may have to re-wet the vest, but it does an EXCELLENT job of keeping her cool. Every item I’ve ever ordered from RuffWear has been of the highest quality. I should have had more faith! Thank you–and my dog thanks you, too!

  62. Tommy Adkins · · Reply

    We waited until she was a year old before we got her a frisbee. I guess jumping is bad for the joints before then. All the while I researched the best dog friendly disc. Abbey could not be happier. This is by far her new favorite game. The Hover Craft is ideal, flies great, floats, and is soft yet has held up well. Big fan, two thumbs up.
    Tommy and Abbey
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  63. Anne Alaman/Cassius · · Reply

    Just wanted to say a big THANK YOU for your Grip Trex dog boots. We are the owners of a 18 month old Boxer boy named Cassius. When he was 6 months old he was injured in an auto accident resulting in life long front limb nerve damage and a chronic open wound (no pad) on a toe. Your boots have are the best thing. We use them as you would a shoe for a child. The boot fits well over bandaging and his withered ankle and Cassius feels very free with the boot on to run wild like every other pup. Thank you again. We will be customers for the life of our Cassius.

  64. Whereis the link to your catalog? I want to order a life jacket for my whippet.

    1. Our entire product line is available at http://www.ruffwear.com, or through any of dealers in your area. Go to: http://www.ruffwear.com/store_finder to find a dealer in your area.

  65. Ellen Perlson · · Reply

    Our corgi Boo loves to kayak. We have a 21 foot Tandem kayak and Boo has his own cockpit. Of course we would never go out on the water without PFD’S and neither would Boo. He loves his k9 coat float. It fits better than any other vest out there and I have peace of mind knowing if he goes swimming we can eaisily get him back in the boat. Boo needs a little help as he didn’t pass his paddle float rescue class! We took a picture of the three of us in a friends pool for a joke for our corgi club newsletter. Currtent designs put it on their website.
    Here is Boo in his Ruff Wear vest
    http://www.cdkayak.com/gallery/gallery.php

    1. Ellen – Your Corgi looks great in his Float Coat! Love the pool set up. :-) Thanks for sharing!

  66. Hi I’m Dojie the river dog,
    Just a few tips for summer,
    For the dogs that just received there new PFD float jackets or back pack. Let your dog get used to the new gear. In the back yard no more then 5 minutes the first time. Does this at least 3 times the first day increase the time by 3 to 5 minutes? Repeat for at least 3 days in a familiar place like the back yard or in the house. . ALWISE MAKE THIS FUN FUN FUN FUN TIME play games. The first time out let your dog be in the gear for short times. Take it off on breaks let them run free for a bit. Do not show your dog the gear in less you are going out. This will make it a treat to weir the gear. When the gear comes out that means that we are going out COOL.

    For the pups out there.
    Please don’t throw me in I scared enough.
    Go in with them about waist deep, praise them for doing a good job. You being there will create safety and security for your pup. Let them swim around you have fun and they will have fun. let me figure it out my self whether it is a log, a hill or water don’t help them in less it is necessary by doing this you are making them think on there own. A dog that thinks for it’s self. Will think safety it’s self.
    May all the dogs have great adventures and fun times?

    Human: Whitewater raft guide.
    Marlin Starr

    DOG: whitewater raft Guide Dog

    Dojie R Starr

    1. These are GREAT tips and we couldn’t agree more. We get lots of comments from customers saying “My dog hates boots,” or “My dog freezes in clothing,” and we always recommend trying out the gear ahead of time and then engaging the dog in their favorite activity immediately. This helps them associate the gear with a fun activity, and pretty soon they’ll be jumping up and down when you break out that lifejacket, boot or harness!

  67. Check out a picture of Shrek uploaded to your Flickr site. He is wearing one of your Float Coats, spending time in the river during one of his days off from helping us conserve Northern spotted owls in California.

    Thanks Ruff Wear!

  68. Hi my name is Dojie or D. O. G.
    I have many names that the humans call me.
    D.o.g. the river dog,
    D.o.g. the wonder dog.
    They call me a mixed bread dog. My best friend my dad or what they call my master. His name is Marlin Starr; he thinks that I am a Border collie lab mix. I guess you could say that I’m not your normal dog. I started rafting, swimming, cliff climbing and cliff diving at an early age. 5 or 6 months old. At about 17th month old I started my new career you see I love to work I’m a river guide dog I take the humans in the raft down the river. Making shore that they are all there and ok, well dad dose. My mane job is to look cute and help the scared humans. I point them out dad takes care of them. We have used your products I’m 4 ½ now so for 4 years. At least the back pack and KFD or K9 flotation device. Do you have pro deals or have rep dogs. Out there where it counts in the wilderness testing the gear if not I would love to be a tester feel free to contact me at face book.
    Type Dojie R. Starr in the search and look for me.
    You will recognize me by my picture. I’m the black dog take a look at the photos that my peeps sorry my human friends posted on my face book.
    Looking forward to meeting you in dog I mean in person soon.
    D.O.G

    1. We do have a pro purchase program. Please contact our customer service department at luckydog@ruffwear.com to find out more. Happy Travels!

  69. corey,larah and meadow · · Reply

    This is our dog meadow on the entrance to part of the Appalacian Trail in PA she is our pride and joy and she loves her ruffwear approach pack.
    http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m244/mtnmax600/DSCN0742.jpg

    1. She looks amazing in her pack!

      1. corey, larah, and meadow · · Reply

        We are getting meadow ready becuase this time next year we hope to hike the AT from Georiga to Maine for 6 months. And thanks so much meadow appreciates the compliment.

        1. What an amazing adventure. Please send updates and pictures. We would love to feature you on our “Dog Tales” section.

      2. Leeloo the crag dog · · Reply

        the at is a great place for pups! get the boots too, she’ll need them in pennsylvania with the rocks… also helped a whole heap in the white mountains! her paws will thank you!

        thru in 2002!

  70. Aaron · · Reply

    This last winter my wife and I took our choc lab/gsp to get some Bark’n boots. We sat on the floor of the store and tried on different sizes till we found one (M 2.75″) that seemed to fit. My friend was looking to buy some boots and I recommended the Bark’n boots and sent him the link to read up on them. In doing so I noticed the how to measure your dog’s paw size and I couldn’t recall measuring her paw like that so I just did and she was just shy of 2.5″. She only wore them once last year but they never came off. I am wondering if her paw is going to slop around in the boot causing chaffing or something.

    1. Because the measurements for each size are so close, sometimes dogs fall between sizes. While we usually recommend to size down in this scenario, the fact that the original boots you bought stay on are a good sign they fit just fine.

      We recommend using our Bark’n Boot Liners (http://www.ruffwear.com/dog-boot-liners_2) to help the fit the in-between sizes and prevent chafing and rub. Just like a human shoe rubs without a sock, dog boots sometimes do too.

      We would also recommend taking her out close to home before a long adventure to make sure the boots will stay on, and to confirm that they aren’t causing any abrasion. If you notice abrasion or if they come off, I would recommend sizing down.

      Happy Trails!

  71. Since we were marketing the NRS flotation vest on our website, http://www.MonsterDogz.com and agreed to use RuffWear as the supplier, have you replaced the NRS with the Big Eddy? My concern is that our clients (and we) own only giant breeds and the Big Eddy doesn’t appear as large as the biggest NRS vest. Is it?? The largest NRS vest is modeled by one of our own English Mastiffs on our site. He’s 190 lbs. and it works! He’s featured on Team Canine’s site swimming in it, too. As you may know, many big dogs love the water, but sink like rocks. The NRS keeps our Mastiff’s head and back up and doesn’t allow “flipping”. We would really like to continue our relationship with RuffWear, so let me know. Definition of a MonsterDog is any giant breed over 100 lbs. Mastiffs, Bouviers, Newfies, Saints, Pyrenees and all the giants that are left out of the general marketplace.

    Wags!
    Mary Watson

    1. Our Big Eddy Float Coat™ is sized to fit the majority of dogs, topping out at a 40″ girth for a size Large, which is almost identical to the X-Large NRS coat for a 41″ girth. We found that our Big Eddy Float Coat™ suited breeds such as large-sized Goldens, Labs, Malamutes, and even smaller Mastiffs and Saints.

      However, for those dogs that are even larger, we do offer our Portage Float Coat™ in an X-Large, which will fit up to a 48″ girth–similar to the old K9 Float Coat™ and probably better suited for a Newfie, Saint, or Pyrenees.

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