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When you have a service dog, there are a lot of things to think about including diet, service dog training, and believe it or not, wardrobe.  The type of vest your service dog wears is actually a big decision and it has a lot of factors to consider.  Those factors include the weather where you live, the type of dog you have, and your lifestyle.  Today, let’s look at 4 favorites and which dogs they fit best.

First there is the Tiny Service Dog Cape Vest.  This one is made for all your littlest companions.  Most of the dogs that would use this vest would fall into the teacup, toy, or mini range with a chest girth of 11″-24″ which spans all 4 sizes available.  This is your most basic mesh vest.  It can be used for therapy dogs, service dogs, or emotional support dogs. A patch can be added to clarify what type of working dog is wearing the vest.  The material is very lightweight though still durable.  IT is also edged in reflective material to help make your dog more visible.

Next, let’s look at the Regular Service Dog Cape Vest. This one is like the Tiny Service Dog Cape Vest, just in a larger size.  This one is for dogs with a chest girth of 26″-34″ and comes in 2 size options.  Like the smaller version, it is made of high quality, lightweight mesh trimmed in reflective material.  One of the most attractive features about this basic vest is the cost since this one is going to be at the lowest price point.  This is really a determining factor for some, especially when working from a budget.

Third, there is the Reflective Service Dog Harness Vest.  This one is made of 2 layers of industrial high denier cross-link mesh making it even more heavy duty.  It also has the reflective edging for visibility.  One really nice added feature of this vest is the welded rings.  There are 3 of them which are great for attaching your dog’s service ID card, and a leach.  This vest also can be labeled with patches denoting service dog, therapy dog, or emotional support animal.  This is also a great choice for large dogs with 4 sizes that range from 24″ to 42″ which is a massive chest girth.  It is important to remember that the cross-linked mesh does make the vest less breathable so it could make temperature a factor for your service dog especially in warmer climates.

Finally, there is the Alpha Service Dog Harness Vest.  This one is top of the line and also the best service dog vest, which also means that it comes with a slightly higher price tag.  First it is padded for maximum comfort.  This one also moves away from mesh into poly coated fabric making it water resistant as well as seriously durable.  Like the Reflective Service Dog Harness Vest, it comes with the 3 welded rings for ID and leashes but it also features a handle.  This one comes with 2 patches to clearly identify whether you have a therapy dog, service dog, or emotional support dog.  It also comes in 4 sizes from 20”-42”.  The one thing this one lacks it reflective edging so that may be a deciding factor if you and your animal spend a lot of time outdoors at night.

Making sure that people clearly know you have a working dog is such a benefit to you and your service dog.  A service dog vest is an easy way to convey that information to those you may encounter as part of your life and travels.  These service dog vests do the job in style with the comfort of your animal in focus.

Remember, a vest is not just for a service dogs. You can use a different patch for your Emotional Support Animal or Therapy Dog!

Tiny Service Dog Mesh Cape Vest

Regular Service Dog Cape Vest

Reflective Service Dog Vest

Classic Service Dog Harness Vest

 

Pets of the Homeless is a nonprofit animal organization that ensures the animals that provide companionship for homeless men and women are well-fed and healthy. These are the pets who follow their masters every single second of the day. They move from place to place with their humans to seek shelter and a good bed to sleep at night.

It might not be easy to fathom why the homeless would want to have a dog around when they can’t even have enough provisions for their basic needs. But this is a situation happens and Pets of the Homeless knows they can do something about it. Here are three things you should know about the nonprofit organization:

1) Pets of the Homeless was established by Genevieve Frederick. She saw that even when the homeless have no material belongings, it is remarkable how they can keep special bonds with their dogs. Incredibly, many of these homeless pets walk side by side with their masters without any leash, and Frederick observed that the dogs are usually happy too, per Just For Media. She had to urge to at least help make their conditions better.

2) Frederick learned that the homeless are sometimes turned away from shelters because they have pets, when it’s the only thing that they have besides the clothes on their backs. Hence, she was inspired to set up a food donation drive for the homeless and their pets and this was how the organization started in 2008.

3) Pets of the Homeless soon got in touch with veterinarians and volunteers to continue their work. They have expanded their cause to different programs, helping at over 13,000 animals. Aside from giving free pet foods, the organization offers free wellness clinic treatments, emergency care and pet crate provisions.

“For shelters that say ‘yes,’ we will send that shelter free collapsible sleeping crates, so that these people can get in out of the cold, out of the heat, off the streets, for just a little bit,” said Frederick via Huffington Post. “This keeps them in a secure place and keeps everybody safe.”

You can extend help, volunteer or learn about Pets of the Homeless here.

A service dog that accompanies a young girl was given the “Best Day Ever” celebration. George, a two-year-old Great Dane, enjoyed his special day by eating treats given to him by humans and playing in the snow without abandon.

George has been taking care of Bella Burton, 11, who is afflicted with Morquio syndrome. Bella’s rare disorder has caused the slowdown of the growth of her bones, thus she’s not able to sit, stand up or walk normally. George helps her do that instead.

“The first time I walked with George, it was amazing,” said Bella via Barkpost. “It was like I haven’t walked in so long, and now I get to do it again.”  It was Barkpost that organized George’s “Best Day Ever” in recognition of his work and his special bond with Bella. They wanted to give the dog the “ultimate day off.” You can watch the video here.

George and Bella celebrated at the Fairmont Hotel and ate at the Walburgers. They also went skiing at the Blue Hills Skills Area and feasted on doggie treats at Polka Dog.

“George deserves the world’s best day because he had changed the life of my daughter,” said Bella’s mom, Rachel, via Inside Edition.

The Burton family acquired George via the Service Dog Project in Massachusetts, where they are volunteers. It took a while for the Burtons to finally decide Bella needed to have servce dog companion, but they finally let it happen after watching the girl around the dogs.

“Once we saw Bella being around those dogs, how she was always in such a great mood and she loved going there, we thought, ‘What are we waiting for?'” the Burtons said via Today. “When she was visiting George and he didn’t want her to leave his kennel, they were like, let’s try them.”

Having George around helped Bella also overcome her condition in amazing ways that she eventually was able to ride a bicycle. “Seeing Bella gain strength is amazing! Is she pain free? No. But she has been doing more things lately then we ever thought. But then again we were told that she will more than likely never ride a 2-wheeler and last year she proved everyone wrong with that!” the statement read on the Bella and George Facebook page, where there is a video of the girl biking, with George following and keeping watch over her.