Short-haired dogs are relatively new to our family. For most of my life, I have owned German Shepherds (okay, lets call them mutts of GSDs to be fair). Then along came our latest addition about eighteen months ago, a Rhodesian Ridgeback (without ridge) that we’ve named Riley Rogue. Shortly after coming to live with us, he hopped in the Jeep and off we went to Overland Expo East in the mountains of North Carolina. While he was quickly becoming part of the family and acclimating to his new adventure dog life, he was also shaking a LOT. The experience of owning a puppy without his own thick coat was something new to us and we knew we had to start looking at jackets for Riley.
We decided to get Riley a green and grey Ruffwear Cloud Chaser ($79.95). The Cloud Chaser is like a cross between a soft-shell and fleece jacket. It is has a waterproof, windproof, breathable 3-layer soft-shell upper fabric that protects your dog from the elements. Combine that with a Dupont Teflon coated lower fabric, and you have the recipe for a great coat. If you don’t know anything about Ridgebacks, they have their own ways of doing things. While most of my photos show him lying around, that’s mainly because those are the only times he will actually sit still enough to get a picture. Riley goes everywhere with us. From camping to events, friend’s houses to rides in the Jeep, he’s part of the family. Not to mention, we also knock out a lot of five-mile runs and hikes just to get him to burn off some of that energy.
To be honest, I checked out the Cloud Chaser a lot more than some of my own jackets. I really wanted to make sure it was going to comfortable for Riley. After the initial fitting and some test outings, there appeared to be zero points where it rubbed or poked him. After each time he wears the Ruffwear Cloud Chaser, I give him a once over from tip to tail. I like to make sure that the most enthusiastic member of our family hasn’t hurt himself or is rubbing or catching on the jacket. It’s blended style has come in handy in several climates, day and night, and in both rain and shine. After all, if it’s not raining, it’s not training! Right? Ruffwear has a solid reputation for their kit and a love for pets that match our own. They focus on allowing Riley to accompany us on all our adventures, whether it’s a trip to the mountains to the drop zone and be comfortable. This is something I can definitely get behind.
Along with Riley, several of our other friends tried the Ruffwear Cloud Chaser on their four-legged companions. I’m happy to report that they also experienced zero issues. Some dogs don’t like wearing coats as much as others, and then are some like Riley that don’t care as long as its part of the adventure. My advice to you is if you’re looking to get your dog a coat or layer, work them into it slowly. Don’t try to force wearing a coat on your dog too fast, but the earlier you start the better. Most importantly, if you’re going to do it, don’t do it with substandard kit that gives your pet any reason at all not to like it. Get something that is both comfortable and well made like the Ruffwear Could Chaser. It’ll make the process fun and as low stress as possible for both of you!