We have a one year old all black Havanese dog, Bailey, who we can not see at the end of his leash when we walk him at night. He literally disappears! It does not help that where we live there are only street lamps on the big roads and not the side streets. We do keep Bailey on a short leash when we see cars approaching, but I still worry that because he is “invisible” at night we need to get him a reflective collar, leash or vest. I am especially concerned now that we have no electricity in our town due to Hurricane Sandy and about Halloween, when we get a ton of trick-o-treaters. For Halloween I have decided we can either lock him up in an upstairs bedroom, which will be a disaster, or deck him out in reflective gear.
To give you an idea, here is Bailey on a recent walk up our street. The flash on the camera makes him stand out a lot more than he really does, but I think you can get the idea..
When I started my search, I was surprised that there were as many “light-up” options as there are. Here are the best items I found:
I ended up getting the NiteBrite Reflective Harness because we like walking him with a harness and there is more reflective material to “light him up.” I also got the Dog Collar Safety Light that we attach to the end of his leash or on to his collar when he is unleashed in our enclosed yard ( unfortunately, I forgot to turn it on for the picture!) Here is Bailey on his evening walk in his new gear.
I hope your four legged family members are safe at night during the aftermath of Sandy and on Halloween!