Every Good Bird Dog Deserves a Cabela's Ripstop Chest Protector
By: Sam Grothe
If there was a golden bird dog vest out on the market, I'd say this would be the one! When my dogs wear them I don't find any more scratches on their undersides, and the only cockleburs I find are where the vest doesn't cover.
I've done enough upland hunting over the years to know that a good bird dog that does its job well will encounter tough terrain. Depending on the region you're working your dog in they'll have run-ins with low-hanging Russian Olive branches, scratchy briar patches, skin-slicing reeds, tall ice-covered grass and, lest we forget, the catastrophic cockleburs that attach to the underbelly and sometimes can take hours to peel off or cut out of your dog's coat.
Before I ever shopped at Cabela's, I found most dog vests at other dog supply outlets inadequate. So I bought rugged materials and had my wife sew together our own. These would hold up for about a season and then begin to fall apart. Then one day, when I was browsing through Cabela's dog gear section at the Sidney, Neb. store, I came across Cabela's Ripstop Chest Protectors. I immediately bought two, a small one for my Brittany pup and a medium-sized vest for my older Brit.
To start with, these vests have blaze orange on the top side for great visibility in the field. This bright blaze fabric along with reflective appliqué strips give you much needed relief when you're hunting over your dog with others in the field. The whole vest is made of a super-tough and slash-resistant ripstop fabric that can handle power slides, tromps through wheat stubble and even cut cornfields. Elastic in the waist keeps the vest snug to reduce snags and for a perfect fit. The easily adjustable nylon straps with snap closures makes putting them on and taking them off a breeze.
My hat is off to the dog product specialists at Cabela's who designed the vest, because it perfectly fits the contours of a dog's chest, legs and tapered waist.
If there was a golden bird dog vest out on the market, I'd say this would be the one! When my dogs wear them I don't find any more scratches on their undersides, and the only cockleburs I find are where the vest doesn't cover. Do your dog a favor and buy them a great quality vest so you can enjoy your hunt the way it was meant to be — carefree and with a good deal of gusto.