To infinity… and beyond the dog park! Push Pushi Raincoats prepare your dog for rain and space adventure (or at least just look like it)
I’ve never been one to dress up my dog unless it’s necessary. She’s a cattle dog mix and doesn’t really need all the cute outfits one would put on a Chihuahua. I put a jacket on her when she’s cold, and I’m always on the lookout for rainwear. Being a professional dog walker, I load up the car with towels when it’s icky out to wipe down wet dogs. But I think I’ve found a solution that can prevent that awful wet dog smell all together.
Push Pushi offers a wide selection of dog sweaters, bandanas, carriers, and my personal favorite: space raincoats (okay, so they don’t call them space raincoats, but I think they should). Because of the umbrella-like hood, the raincoats remind me of the plastic bonnets old ladies wear to keep their curls dry… only way cooler. But despite their odd appearance, they are made to repel the elements – it features an outer fabric made from water repellent nylon and have a warm fleece lining that isn’t usually found in rainwear.
Singing (or Howling) In The Rain
If your dog isn’t used to wearing clothing, I suggest starting small. The key is to get the dog used to the raincoat slowly, so they get excited when they see it. When I first slapped it on Maria, I got the picture on the left.
She was not happy. Remember when you got your pet spayed or neutered and they were forced to wear the cone of shame? It was like that. First she refused to move; she looked at me like I had broken her. Then she bumbled around and walked into the door. So I decided to start slow, and put on the Push Pushi bandana – it’s super adorable!
She was fine with that. I made a big fuss and we took a fun walk. The next step was the Push Pushi jacket. It offered a little more coverage and it got her used to wearing a coat. She wasn’t thrilled at first, but with some encouragement (yes, the food kind), in no time she was prancing about like the diva she thinks she is.
Tip: If you don’t have a super cute jacket, the head piece of the raincoat does snap off and you can transition that way.
The last step was the raincoat. It fit perfectly because it comes with size adjustable chest and belly straps. I put it on her and immediately got out her favorite toy. I ran around the backyard and eventually she followed. She trotted around begrudgingly at first, but eventually, she got used to it. The nice thing about the jacket is that it has a loop for the leash. We tried it out and went on a quick walk. By the end, she was happy.
My last mission was to check how it actually worked out in the rain: it was amazing. I waited until a downpour, put on my poncho and wellies, and then dressed Maria in her space raincoat. Out we went, and we walked for about an hour. When we got back, she was drier than I was! I only had to wipe off her paws… and she didn’t stink like a swamp monster!
To Buy or not to Buy? – BUY! Maria did have some issues of uncertainty at first, but now she struts around like her poop don’t stink when she’s wearing the Push Pushi raincoat. If you follow my instructions, and slowly get your dog accustomed to the raincoat, I highly recommend it. It is functional and cool looking.
I also liked out the rain hood pops on and off. It’s an innovative design that protects your dog’s head and ears from the rain without impairing visibility or totally covering their ears so they can’t hear what’s going on around them. If you’re out on a walk and it stops raining, you can just fold the hood back, because it has magnets to hold it down. One less thing to carry on my walk!
The come in a variety of sizes and colors and start in price from $39.95. You can order one online at Push Pushi’s website.
Rachel Leavy lives in Rochester, New York with her dog, Maria, and her gecko, Nigel. She has loved animals all her life, and has owned her own dog training and walking company for five years. When she’s not playing with puppies, she can usually be found writing short stories, riding horses or out at a play.
Rachel Leavy lives in Rochester, New York with her dog, Maria, and her gecko, Nigel. When she’s not playing with puppies, she can usually be found writing short stories, riding horses or out at a play.