Nexus (Ch Tiara Nexus) owned by Patricia Williamson, is wearing his Reflector backpack on a day trip to a mountain lake near his Palm Springs, California home. He wears his backpack daily during conditioning walks in the morning and evening. Trish says: "The reflective tape is a terrific safety feature during the evening outings".
Bonnie enjoys hiking with her friend Zach. This picture shows her exploring the Art Loeb Trail. She is wearing a small orange Reflector dog pack. This scenic trail is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Zach sent us this message about Bonnie's dog pack: "Just wanted you guys to see how Bonnie is doing with her pack! My friends and I did the Art Loeb Trail last month, out in Western NC. About 40 miles of hiking, Bonnie just loved it!! She fought putting the pack on at first, but then really started to like it. She wears it on every hike, just in case! Plus one day it began to rain, and we didn't think the pack would be waterproof- but once we opened it up, nothing was wet! Awesome work!!"
Dolly is a South Russian Ovcharka. (Sheepdog) who enjoys having a job. Here is her story as told by her owner...
The first time I tried to put the pack on Dolly, she got up and ran to the other room. The second day I petted her while Mary got the pack on her. The third day she barked the cat away when he sniffed at the pack. "Bark, that's my pack kitty". I was able to put it on her as if it was just routine.
We got the Reflector pack for her daily walks in the Texas summer heat. She needs good exercise despite the heat, because she is a large working breed without a farm to work. Also the exercise I get helped lower my blood pressure, and has me off the blood pressure medicine now. She carries water and ice in 0.5 liter Platypus and wide-mouth Nalgene water bags.
The pack moves with her nicely. She trots along beside me as I ride a razor scooter (people powered one, not the electric one). Started in September 2007 and got Wolf Pack in June. By November of this year 2008 we will have scootered a thousand miles on our daily walks.
Part of the walk we leave the sidewalk, and I carry the scooter and take her where she can have earth under her paws. The picture [below] is at her favorite place, wind in her face at the top of the only hill in the area in a field out west of the neighborhood.
Devo (Lab cross) and Ty Bo (Poodle/Pomeranian cross) trained by Dogs for the Deaf in Oregon. They are wearing their special orange ID Capes to identify them as Hearing Dogs. Here is some more information about the wonderful organization that trained these two special dogs.
For over 30 years, Dogs for the Deaf has been rescuing dogs from shelters, professionally training them, and placing them nationwide and in Canada with people who can benefit from their special training. Dogs for the Deaf trains Hearing Dogs to alert people who are deaf or hard of hearing to environmental sounds around them, Autism Assistance Dogs to provide increased safety and emotional bonding for children with autism, and Miracle Mutts who provide emotional support, therapeutic benefits, and a reason to live to people with a variety of physical, mental, and emotional challenges. These dogs are placed free of charge with applicants who need their assistance. Dogs for the Deaf is a non-profit organization funded totally by donations.
Samoyeds Reef, Fierce, and their owner Diana Steele joined in an event for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) by participating in a fund-raising walk. Their team raised the most money. The dogs were very popular and looked sharp as they wore their ID Capes. Fierce has his head turned so that you can't see his cape in this picture. Diana is almost hidden behind his tail. This picture was taken after the walk, and as you can see, it was a hot day. They'll be doing this again in May 2009.
Here is a close-up of Reef wearing his ID Cape.