Dog’s Coyote-Proof Vest Picture Goes Viral
Maybe you’ve seen it–a little chihuahua named Beanie just taking a leisurely stroll near her home in Sedona, Arizona. All Beanie was trying to do was, you know, her business, and her mama–author Amina Akhtar–took a picture of her that’s now gone viral.
In an interview in The Atlantic, Akhtar says that her eight-year-old girl has to be careful where they live, as bobcats and coyotes are always on the prowel for tasty morsels like little eight-pound Beanie. Akhtar says they even have javelinas–little pigs who are pretty aggressive and have been known to take dogs.
Additionally, there are always birds of prey overhead, many of whom would like to snatch a delicious diva like Beanie up and have her for lunch. After Akhtar moved from New York City to the remote area, she realized that little Beanie’s life was in danger nearly every time she walked out the door. This led her to search for some protection, and boy, did she ever find some.
It came in the form of a vest made by the company Coyote Vest. Coyote Vest’s founder and CEO Paul Mott lost his dog to a coyote in Southern California, and created the spiky kevlar vest. Beanie’s is bright pink, with metal spikes like a porcupine’s and neon-orange wire to ward off potential predators.
There’s a coyote outside. You know what that means: coyote vest time! pic.twitter.com/Pj164giawL
— Amina Akhtar (@Drrramina) December 3, 2018
The vests are quite the deterrents. Starting prices begin at $100 and variations include bite-activated shock devices and ‘whiskers’ that are really wires that stand up and deter anyone from coming. Beanie’s picture showed her protection off in such a way that the image has gone viral and sparked all sorts of chatter.
not today, coyotes https://t.co/maxaMbCLzi
— WeRateDogs™ (@dog_rates) December 5, 2018
Comedian Andy Richter said Beanie had been selected to host the next Academy Awards and WeRateDogs claimed Beanie to be ‘coyote-proof.’ Reddit users were challenged to Photoshop her into various situations that put her in contact with Hellraiser Villians and sea creatures.
Gracious, we’ve never had so much fun telling people not to mess with this bitch! If you’re looking for more Beanie, find her on her new Insta page!
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