Keep your canine cosy and your car virtually fur-free
Melanie Cassidy is on a mission to keep dogs drier and cosier. And cars a little cleaner. Inspired by the playful antics of her often-muddy six-year-old golden-doodle Reuben, she created Dog-Cozy last year: drying sacks for dogs. The baggies protect cars and homes from muddy footprints and fur, she says, and help heat up four-legged friends after a dip in the ocean or a walk in the rain. Reuben is a fan of the bag, says Cassidy. “He's actually really happy in it,” she says, of the poncho-like sack. “I think it has a sort of swaddling effect.”
We asked Cassidy to answer some Questions about her Dog-Cozy line: Why did you decide to start Dog-Cozy? “The Dog-Cozy was developed as a direct response to taking care of my big, often wet dog, Reuben. Reuben is an avid swimmer, grass-roller, and general ruffian who starts out our walks white and comes home in various shades of dirt.”
How do dogs typically respond to the cosies? “I’m often asked how the dog feels about being contained, and this was my biggest concern in trying it out on Reuben --but he loved it. Most dogs try to take a step or two, realize that their mobility is limit- ed, and then they have a seat, lie down and enjoy the warmth. It’s a bit of a learning curve but, with positive reinforcement and rubs, I've never found a dog that doesn't enjoy it after they've had a good walk and are ready to relax. For small dogs, they really enjoy the feeling of being swaddled.”
Check out dogcozy.com.