Protection for pets

James Minton with his dog Pepsi. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d427723
James Minton with his dog Pepsi. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d427723

The Gazette has reported on two dog attacks in the past four months, although comments made online suggest they are quite common.

That was substantiated somewhat by Cockburn services manager Rob Avard, said in June dog attacks were more common than the City would like.

While he does not have the answer to stopping the attacks, local resident James Minton believes his idea could at least provide protection to vulnerable targets if attacked.

That idea is to line standard dog jackets with cotton Kevlar. Mr Minton said the material was light, flexible, breathes and, most importantly, was strong.

He said he had been working on the harness since picking up his Maltese silky terrier Pepsi 11 months ago.

‘I pretty much wanted something to protect her against bigger dogs,’ he said.

‘I was looking on the internet and there just wasn’t anything available. The only ones were hunting ones and stuff with leather and studs and things like that, so I just wanted something that was normal yet still pretty tough.’

A friend who had worked with the material previously suggested cotton Kevlar and he went from there.

He made a prototype when Pepsi was a pup, then made adjustments as she grew.

Feedback from friends who have trialled it have prompted Mr Minton to start the venture Dog Eat Dog Kevlar.

While in its infancy, his hope is that it makes people feel more secure about their pets.

‘If it saves a dog’s life then it’s worth it,’ he said.