As much as we like adventuring in the woods, sometimes we like to spend a day exploring our own City. Our heavy-duty outdoor jackets are usually just too much for a little causual exploration. For those times, Chester and Gretel usually just wear a lighter fleece jacket to keep the chill off.
For around town, I had been using cheap, ill-fitting fleeces from the discount store for years that were probably made in China. This fall I decided to purge our jacket collection. I kept only our favorites and looked to upgrade the ones we used but that weren’t ideal.
I’ve admired the Teckelklub jackets for years. They were the first jacket that I discovered made specifically for Dachshunds (although they will fit any breed). A bonus was that they were a very socially aware and responsible company. They took great pride in the fact that, in their 18 years of business, they never outsourced manufacturing overseas. All items are designed and hand-made in Canada. (note: they have a shipping center in both the US and Canada so no one has to pay international shipping costs.)
The Fuzzie Fleece Jacket
For some reason, I just never bought one of their jackets so I was excited when they contacted me and asked if Chester and Gretel would like to try their Fuzzie fleece dog coat. I thought the jacket might be a good replacement for our cheap, light fleece jackets that didn’t fit well.
I chose a red fleece for Chester since that is his signature color. They didn’t have Gretel’s signature color – hot pink – so I went with purple instead (they did have a light pink but I knew it would get dirty fast here in the North-wet). Although they did give me the choice of having their names embroidered on the jacket, I opted not to.
When the jackets arrived, I could immediately see they were better than our cheap little fleeces. The ones we have fit like a shrug sweater – only extending to about their mid back. The Teckelklub Fuzzie fleece was longer; it had a wider panel in the front to cover part of the chest and neck; and it had a reflective collar band to help them be seen on dreary gray days or at night. Also, near the end of the jacket’s back, there are darts to keep the Fuzzie fitted to the dog’s body.
I liked the fit of the Fuzzie jacket. It fits pretty snug around the neck and chest so it didn’t sag when it get a little wet or muddy. Jackets that sag trip often trip Chester and Gretel up when they walk. The length was perfect – ending just before the base of their tail. Also, I’ve already washed ours several times – basically, I need to wash it every time we go out because it’s gets dirty and muddy – and it’s held it’s shape. The fabric hasn’t started to pill at all (I HATE that) so it’s still as soft as when I took it out of the package.
The Fuzzie fleece dog coat is available in sizes 6” through 28” to fit all breeds. Its great alone as a sweater or under another jacket as a base layer for extra warmth. Teckelklub also offers custom coats for Great Danes etc 28”+.
For another opinion about the Fuzzie, and to get a peek at a Dachshund in the plaid version, check out our friend’s review over at My Life With Dogs. You can also check out a lot more jacket photos on Instagram.
What is really fun is that they also sent us a version of the Fuzzie fleece dog coat called the Luxy. It’s got a ruffle around the neck and back hem that ads some extra warmth for girls… and, of course, cutenes! Isn’t it adorable on Gretel?
We do actually use the Fuzzie jacket for short hikes – not just around the City – when there is just a slight chill in the air. It was perfect for this two-mile sunset hike.
We also tried the K9|exo Reflective Harness. Although we have a harness we use regularly, I like to have a “plan B” harnes. Sometimes when we are adventuring their harness can get wet or muddy and start to chafe (see my warning about harnesses and active dogs). For those times, I like to have another harness that fits differently so it doesn’t keep rubbing on the chafed spots. Up until now I hadn’t found a Plan B harness that I liked very much.
My biggest issue is that I need a harness for Gretel that doesn’t put pressure on her neck or windpipe, and choke her, when she pulls. It’s important for her harness to put all of the pressure on her breastbone instead.
The harness Teckelklub sent me was sized for Chester but I tired it on Gretel and could tell it was going to work for her. I’ll be ordering her a harness in the next smallest size.
I like that the harness uses velcro tabs so it’s super easy to take on and off. But one of the coolest things about this harness is that there is a large, reflective panel of waterproof material that wraps over the back and around the sides. The harness is reversible though so the reflective panels can be hidden if I want.
The Burrow Bed
As a bonus, Teckelklub sent us one of their Soho Burrow Beds. I’ve always wanted to try a burrow bed for Chester and Gretel but never bought one of those either. Now they have one.
The bed is made of the same high-quality fleece as the Fuzzie but it’s 4 layers thick. I can flatten it out and use it as thick floor blanket for them to lay on when we go out to a dog friendly restaurant.
Teckelklub products are sold at independent pet boutiques around the globe. In Washington State you can find them at: Pet Elements in West Seattle, Scraps Dog Bakery and Pet Store in Seattle, Crown Hill Pet Supply in Seattle, A Dog’s Dream Natural Pet Supply All the Best Pet Care (several locations) in the Seattle area, East Side Dog in Bellevue, and The Urban Canine in Spokane.
If you don’t live near one of these stores, you can order any of their products online at Teckelklub.com (USA) or Teckelklub.ca (Canada).
Note: I received compensation exchange for telling you what we thought of Teckelklub products. I don’t accept stuff “in exchange for a review” unless I am sure I already like it because I won’t try to make something seem better than it is out of obligation. On the off chance that I don’t actually like something about a product once I try it, I would totally let you know. Thanks for trusting me on that.