Tiny dogs now wear neon body armor with spikes to avoid being kidnapped by hawks
In the UK, dog walking is a pretty quiet affair. But in the United States it’s a whole different ball game, with the constant threat of coyotes, hawks and other predators in some states.
Now, some dog owners dress their beloved pet in an eye-catching vest topped with spikes to deter potential predators – and the outfits have gone viral on TikTok.
Protective suits are sold by a company called Coyote vest which markets a velcro vest on which spiked accessories can be attached.
The company appeared on Shark Tank a few years ago and states on its website: “Birds of prey are a serious threat to small animals. Unlike a coyote which attacks with canines, a raptor uses sharp talons to attack from above. Once the victim is under control, she is swept away never to return. It’s a terrifying storyline, so we’ve created an accessory that has the potential to help your dog survive a bird attack. “
It’s made from three layers of Kevlar and the company claims it’s able to withstand a bird attack with sharp talons.
If a bird decides to try to take away a pet rather than attack, the Velcro tie will loosen – meaning the bird will only escape the expensive attachment, rather than the dog. invaluable.
It’s a great idea if you ask us.
A user shared images on TikTok recently saying they look like tiny landmines, and the montage got an impressive three million views.
When we shared an image of the outfit on Twitter, we were inundated with responses from people saying predators are a very real threat to dogs – scary stuff.