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CoyoteVest safeguards your pets and gives them a seriously cool look in the process.

Growing up in the Southwest, you get used to seeing coyotes prowling around yards and driveways at dawn and dusk. You know to keep your distance, but our four-legged friends don’t always get the memo. 

In 2016, the Espinoza family had a close call. During an early morning walk, our 9-year-old Jack Russell Terrier, Chiquita (like the bananas!), lunged at some bushes along a wilderness trail. It turns out a coyote was lurking in the brush -- maybe waiting for its next meal.

Nine-year-old Jack Russell Terrier Chiquita narrowly escaped a coyote attack. | Jesús Espinoza

After a terrifying brawl, the coyote fled. To our surprise, Chiquita ran back with minor bite marks that landed her in a vet-ordered quarantine for 10 days for potential rabies. She ended up fine, but it was too close a call.

Sadly, not everyone’s pooch is so lucky. For Paul Mott, Pam Mott and Nicole Mellom, the loss of their beloved Buffy to a coyote was an unforgettable tragedy. But they soon turned tragedy into something inspiring. They went on to create CoyoteVest: Pet Body Armor.

These lightweight, American-made Kevlar vests are studded with sturdy metal spikes and flexible plastic whiskers to keep coyotes, and even raptors, at a distance.

As Chiquita’s vet said after the attack, coyotes usually aim for the backs and necks of smaller animals. The CoyoteVest shields those exposed areas, so predators aren’t tempted to get an inch closer.

The vest could mean the difference between life and death. They start at $69.95 -- a worthy investment to keep your lovable pets safe. Read what CoyoteVest users have to say here, and find the perfect fit for your furry friend on their website.

Next time you see or hear a coyote in your neighborhood, know that protection for your small pets is only a few clicks away.