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It’s Vampire Corgi!
Ok no not really, just Zora in her new CoyoteVest.
Over the past few weeks I’ve heard report after report within 20mile radius of small dogs being attacked by coyotes. One image of a large tomcat in a Coyotes jaws in the middle of a very urban area really scared the crap out of me. Then about 2wks ago when a client was dropping her dog off for the weekend she mentioned how just days earlier her next door neighbor’s dog was attacked and bit by a coyote in the middle of the day in their BACK YARD!! And my anxiety went into overdrive. I’ve seen their neighbor’s dog before, it’s not that small! It’s a dog about Zora’s size. And that’s less than 10miles from where I live. Often if I’m walking early early in the morning, there will be 1-2 coyotes in my across the street neighbor’s cow field. Yes I live in the middle of suburbia in a town 20 miles outside of Boston and my neighbor has 3 head of cattle, on main street. It’s lovely. But my point is I’m not in the rural middle of no where. This is a fairly densely populated suburban area.
We walk in the woods multiple times a week. Zora is most often off lead. While she usually stays within a 50′ or less radius of me, she will go off the trail into the woods to sniff and muck about. I could keep her on leash, but that would seriously reduce her enjoyment of the walks and it’s all a balancing of factors. Pros and Cons.
So I finally caved and we got her a Coyote Vest. If anything to just assuage my anxiety somewhat. One of my friends who I walk with after she heard the panic in my voice as I called Zora last week, said straight up, “Katrin, get her the vest. You will be less stressed. It’s worth it. Order it today.” So I took her advice, and Zora is now the rather annoyed wearer of a bright yellow punk rocker meets vampire CoyoteVest.
The vest material is supposedly stab resistant Kevlar fabric. The spikes are all attached via velcro. The spikes are rather flexible at their base and not sharp, so I think if a dog bumped into Zora while they were all running around it wouldn’t be injured, but if something went to actually grab her I think the spikes would make it hard to actually grip and bite her.
I figure any coyote in their right mind won’t know what to make of this weird looking creature and stay far far away. Here’s hoping anyway!