Monday, August 26, 2013

Safety First - a public service announcement from Yours Truly and Momma

No need for shorter days to interfere with your daily constitutionals, but safety of both your four legged person and that of the sluggish two legger on the other end of the leash is imperative.

Thus I encourage all of my pals to insist on proper gear when leaving the house at dawn or dusk (and certainly when it is fully dark).

Here I am setting out on my evening stroll as the sun is getting lower in the sky. As you can see, I am outfitted with my stylish jacket. Momma is similarly dressed but as she looks more like a DPW employee who missed the last truck home, we'll skip the photo.

Cars have their headlights on. That means I have my safety gear on.

One mile into our excursion, you can observe that despite there still being some natural light (this photo was taken without benefit of a flash), I would be virtually invisible were I clothed in just my harness.

Can you see me now?

Your safety gear is not just to alert motorists to your presence, but also other walkers. When I see an amorphous shape looming out of the darkness towards my momma, well, nothing to do but go on full AR AR AR alert until I determine if it is friend or foe. This can be disconcerting for all involved.

If you don't care for jackets, you can opt for a nice bandanna made of reflective material. There are many sources for all your evening walkie needs, but start by shopping Night Gear (which also offers a wide variety of options for your humans).

Dexter done!

P.S. For anybody keeping score, Master harvested the apples today and set to making applesauce. Thus ending the cycle of estate fruit for the season. He likes to pick them a little on the green side to give his applesauce that extra zip.


  1. Oh c'mon - your Mom can't look as goofy in her reflective gear as she does in her Elmer Fudd hat... ;-) But very good advice, Dexter! Our Mom has been bemoaning the shorter days, and while it hasn't affected our walkies yet, it is affecting Mom's stroll from her parking spot to her office, and is back to wearing her jacket with the reflective strips (it's in the 40s-50s when Mom leaves at 5am so a jacket is warranted). Stay safe, and keep your Momma safe, too!

    *kissey face*
    -Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus

  2. Will he make some apple cider, too? Because we're all for that stuff!

    I have a harness that's reflective that I walk in and I also wear a flashing light. Mom wears one, too. It is very important for other people and dogs to be able to see you!


  3. definitely a good clothing option for you at night time - we wonder if people passing by wonder why a jacket is walking along in mid air :) :) :)

  4. That is a very good PSA. All must stay safe.
    Benny & Lily

  5. We can't go in the dark...SHE needs enough light to untangle the leads..

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  6. We like that you and your Momma match!!

    -Bart, Ruby and Otto

  7. Excellent PSA. We can only imagine what Momma must look like in her reflective gear. I must remind Gail to go and stock up on batteries for my wee disco lights thingie.
    Toodle pip!
    PS Seems like there is a bit of a safety theme developing today - see my blog for further ideas for personal protective equipment...

  8. You are one smart boy to wear your reflective jacket, Dexter! We can see you in the dark!
    Applesauce - yummmmmmmmmmm!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

  9. Great Post Dexter Dude!

    I has a flashy collar, muzzer wears her silly headlamp, and Teka has a bandannnaannnnaaa...but maybe we should get Dad a jacket or penny, just in case.

    thank you for the reminder


  10. THIS is a very Timely PSA... since the NIGHTS are getting LONGER now.. SADLY!

    OMD Mr. Master's apple crop is gonna make some DELICIOUS Apple Sauce.

  11. I love love love applesauce! :)

    You look pretty cool as you glow in the dark!

  12. I like to blend into the darkness in case someone is stalking us - makes it harder for that serial killer to find us! ;)

  13. Sissy is noting that at least YOU got a walk. Yesterday, there was no walk (oh, how quickly the 6+ and 5+ mile walks of the weekend are forgotten!), because Mama left the house in a fussy lace dress and then wouldn't let us hug her when she did get home. RUDE.

    We have reflective gear, blaze orange gear and the LED leashes for the true night walks, and yet... why was there no walk yesterday!?

  14. You are mighty handsome in your gear! I need to look into that stuff as Miss Mabel is seriously slowing down and we may be relegated to street walkies!

  15. That is one stylish jacket, Dexter! Glad you are able to keep Momma going on her evening constitutionals, even if she does look like an escapee from the DPW crew.

  16. Howdy Dex. Good advice mate. We don't walk at night cause our footpaths are nearly non existent and mum would fall flat on her face. Our cousin Tyler has a flashing collar which is cool. Sorry your days are getting shorter but we're so darn glad ours are getting longer and warmer. Its been a long, long winter here in Oz. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

  17. Hey Dexter!
    Wow, what an important post! I love your visible outfit and I gotta admit I'd love to see your Momma in hers. BOL Anyway, very fashionable and safe at the same time. I bet that applesauce is tasty!
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, COP

  18. Dexter, you are a smart cookie. It's always good to err on the side of caution, especially for you dark coated chaps. However, I am devastated that we do not have a picture of Momma in her safety gear. Hope you got some of that applesauce! Ann TBL

  19. Yuuuuummmmmmmy APPLE SAUCE!!!!!!! Oh, I LOVES the apple sauce!!! What? Oh yeah, Ma says I should say 'Good Job' abouts the reflective vest Dexter! You are one cool Safety Dog!!
    Now....when do I gets apple sauce??
    Ruby ♥

  20. Hi,Dexter! I know we haven't been around for a long time but it is great to see you. You are the bestest safety dog I know! I sure hope you got some applesauce!

    I wanted to tell you that I'm so sorry about the loss of your brother. Momma is all weepy after reading about it. We are sorry we weren't around when it happened to show our support. The idea of him and Twix hanging out at the bridge makes me happy though.

    Hugs and Happy Tails!

  21. That's some very impawtant info, Dex. We don't go outside for walkies, but if we did, we would want to wear a cool vest like yours.

  22. Dexter you are extremely sensible wearing all that safety gear. Our biggest problem at night are the dykes and rivers where we are. Falling into them is not nice in the winter.

    Molly, Taffy, Monty and Winnie

  23. EXCELLENT post, Dex! Safety first! We say that all the time around here. I need to have our mom whip something up with cool reflecto tape on it for me and the Camster!
    Play bows,

  24. You sure are bright (in more ways than one), Dexter! The dark walks are one thing about autumn that I don't like... But, applesauce sounds great!

  25. OMD, Dexter...peach pie? Apple sauce? Coming over to visit you is starting to be like reading Little House on the Prairie! ;-)

    But yes, we agree with you about the safety thing - very important, especially for black/dark doggies. Great public service announcement!

    Honey the Great Dane

  26. BARK! Hi Dexter, Mom just guided me over your way to say hellow. Ironically, she was just talking to a friend last night at the dog park, about how us white doggies can be seen better at night. After reading your safety notice, I see that is a good thing for my safety. I havent seen mom where her safety jacket yet, but she said when we start walking in the dark and in the rain, it will come out.
    The Count!

  27. Wow Dex, that is a very important point you are making! We have blinky lights and reflective collars for our evening walkies, but we think a reflective jacket may be a very good idea for Arty, cause he becomes invisible at dusk too!!

    PLUS...we can't even get our Mama out to harvest the millions of berries off our our berry bush in the back!! We hope you got a taste of that applesauce and the pie that your DOH and Master have been cooking up!!


  28. Good advice dexter. Mum bought a few flashy thingies last year and they just melt into my furs. We might have to go full on vest this winter!
    You know, I has been wondering why you not posting and I just realised you wasn't in my feedly list! tsk!
    ~lickies, Ludo

  29. hello dexter its dennis the vizsla dog hay wow it is like yoo hav sum sort of glow in the dark sooper power!!! also dada harvested froot this week too he pikd two whole figs off the littel fig tree hay dada do not eet those all in wun playse!!! ha ha ha ha ok bye

  30. I can see you in the dark! Very cool, Dexter!


  31. Dexter, thank you for this very wise PSA. You do all doggies proud with your safety gear, not to mention Momma's DPW ensemble!