Four years ago, Paul Mott experienced a major trauma when his poodle, Buffy, when snatched by a coyote while out on a walk. Paul tried to intervene, but sadly, there was nothing he could do. The coyote grabbed Buffy by the neck and shook her to death, running off with the dog. Paul was unable to catch up and he never saw Buffy again.
Paul is still haunted by the experience and for years, along with the help of his wife Pamela, has tried to come up with a solution to ensure other pet owners don’t have to go through the same thing.
Their solution was creating a line of studded and spiked dog collars, harnesses, and vests – all of which draw inspiration from porcupine quills – in order to prevent coyotes (or big birds of prey or even larger dogs) from getting too close and causing damage.
Paul’s dedication to his mission is so strong, that he even ordered a coyote skull off eBay in order to make sure that his distribution of studs/spikes could deter a coyote from getting a good grip. Should the coyote actually get a hold of your pet, there is also an option with an electric zapper that is intended to shocking the coyote into dropping the dog. The product line also includes spiked collars and harnesses – there is even a version available for cats!
Since launching CoyoteVests in 2015, the products have become popular among small dog owners, who appreciate the extra protection, just like Paul intended. In fact, after donning his new vest, a Jack Russell name Jazz easily survived an attack by a larger dog while at an off-leash park. A pair of Havanese dogs named Maverick and Sierra wear the studded vests during their daily walks around their neighborhood which is known to have a high number of coyotes. And one little dog named Kupcake wears her coyote-proof vest on her daily walks after having lost her dog sibling Chewbacca, to a coyote attack three years earlier.
If you are worried about keeping your small dog protected from coyotes, large dogs, and even birds of prey, then this product is probably for you. Plus, if you have cats you can keep them safe as well – protection for the whole family.