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Today I took Izzy swimming.  For only her third time, I think she did very well:

Looking at Izzy’s flotation vest, the Float Doggy made by D-Fa, you’d think I bought it for her, but in fact it’s a hand-me-down – and a testament to the quality of the item.

The D-Fa vest was purchased by a client for Ollie, who within the span of days became a quadriplegic in 2010.  Swimming was part of his long-term care program (I won’t say rehab, since he never re-gained the use of his legs and on autopsy it was found that he had a brain tumor).

Ollie in chair.jpg

When Ollie died in September 2011, Ollie’s owner passed his life vest onto me for Daisy.  By then, Daisy was also swimming at the Dog Swim Spa on a fortnightly basis.


Daisy wearing her Float Doggy flotation vest

Daisy passed away in July 2014 and so that vest saw a lot of use from September 2011 to July 2014.

And it came out of storage this year to support Izzy.

I wash out the vest after each use with liquid laundry detergent and cold water; chlorine from the pool can damage fibers of most garments.

Otherwise, that’s all I’ve done to maintain it.

I’d say that’s pretty well made!

Izzy in her D-Fa

Izzy wearing the same Float Doggy, 22 November 2017

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand

Give your dog a hug from us

I love dog people.  I mean – true dog people.  And for that reason, I love doing business with companies that are managed by dog people.

Take D-Fa, for example.  We’re having a very hot summer here in Christchurch and Daisy really needs her cool collar.  Unfortunately, the ice pack insert has lost some of its fluid and is no longer working as well.  I contacted D-Fa and they said they’d send me a replacement pack for only $5.00.

Well, the pack has arrived (Daisy is very happy).  And I’m happy because I got good service from them but also a nice note:

Hope this finds you well.  Sorry you didn’t have these for the screamingly hot day in Christchurch yesterday, but here they are now (hope it doesn’t start to snow as a result).

Thanks and let us know if there is anything else we can do for you.

Cheers and give your dog a hug from us.

I’ve previously endorsed Cool Collars and recommend them to my clients, particularly those that own elderly dogs.  I’m also a fan of their Float Doggy flotation vests.

Thanks D-Fa…from a satisfied dog person (customer)

Cool Collars for summertime heat

In Christchurch, we are starting to get some hot summer days.  I walk Daisy twice each day and our early morning walks ensure that we escape the summer heat.  However, the pavement heats up during the afternoons and even when we walk in the evening, it can be hot for Daisy.

That’s where the Cool-Collar comes in.  Made by D-Fa based in beautiful Wanaka, New Zealand, this collar features a reusable chill strip insert.  As the insert (or ice, if you use it instead) melts, it cools your dog’s neck and chest.  This helps them to manage the summer heat better as panting is really the only other option for them to cool down.

Daisy in her Cool-Collar - ready for walkkies!

Daisy poses for her close up, wearing a D-Fa Cool-Collar

I don’t recommend products often, but this is one that I definitely support.