With coyote sightings on the rise, Ohio pet owners scared of having their small dogs and cats snatched by hungry predators, have started outfitting their beloved pets in heavily-adorned, protective Kevlar vests.
Made by a California couple who watched as their own dog was killed by a coyote, CoyoteVest Pet Body Armor is an unsubtle mix of an old school punk rocker’s studded jacket and colorful Mohawk hairstyle, and a school crossing guard’s hi-vis vest.
Ohio dog owners Carlton Ross and girlfriend Cassie Smith told WJW that they bought two of the lightweight, flexible Kevlar vests for their pair of Jack Russell terriers after spotting coyotes near their home.
The standard CoyoteVest — made for both dogs and cats — come with two rows of sharp plastic spikes along the spine area. Additional spikes at the back of the neck are meant to protect the most common coyote bite point, while the optional CoyoteWhiskers, long colorful nylon bristles, are aimed at warding off bird of prey strikes. The Kevlar portion of the vest can withstand sharp canine teeth and bird talons.
Neither the spikes nor the bristles are ‘dangerous to handle,’ the company says.
Ross said that he thought the vests ‘were crazy looking for sure,’ but added that ‘nothing’s gonna want to bite that.’