Summer is here! It’s time for Ruffwear Swamp Cooler.
I soaked it in iced water, removed excess water then put it on Xena as directed. The cold water takes the body heat away then the warm water evaporates keeping her cool. When the Swamp Cooler was dry, I repeated. I’ve used it on Xena a few times and I noticed a difference in her energy level. Also, Xena is picky with harnesses (I don’t know where she gets it) but she doesn’t mind when I put the Swamp Cooler on her. So it must be comfortable.
At the beginning of a hike when it’s not too hot in the morning, I don’t wet it. Xena wears it as a vest and it protects her from the sun. It is light, fluffy and airy like wearing a hat with good ventilation. It prevents her from overheating quickly. I wet it when she starts to pant.
I saw negative reviews from people who live in humid areas though. The warm water gets trapped in the vest and doesn’t evaporate. Since we live in dry Southern California, this isn’t an issue for us. I recommend it for all dogs with dark fur or hair who live in a dry climate. Try a Swamp Cooler this summer for your walks and hikes!
Note: This is not a harness.