Years ago, a friend told me about their forestry worker relative who's job was cutting down very tall trees on Vancouver Island. After the trees were fallen, the workers found several dog leashes and collars.... stuck on the tops of the trees! It was clear evidence that birds had literally carried these pets to such heights and sadly, consumed them. I'll never forget that image. Horrifying.
Recently I received an email from Michael Caruso, outlining his new invention. "Raptor Shield was created after a Red Tail Hawk attacked my 9 lb. Silky Terrier, Daisy. Luckily, Daisy survived the attack. After the incident, I went on the Internet to see if there was anything out there to protect small dogs from hawks or other birds of prey, but I found nothing. The web was full of “ideas & techniques” to try and scare a bird away in a potential attack. I needed a solution, not distraction techniques."
I wanted to help him get the word out. Note: I haven't seen the product myself but if you are concerned for your pet, I'd certainly encourage you to check out his website. Bird attacks are real and I can't help but think how devastating and heart-breaking it would be to lose a pet this way.
Photo source: CBC News
What Is Raptor Shield Made Of?
Raptor Shield is constructed with polycarbonate plastic, which is the same type material used to make bullet proof windows. Raptor Shield is designed to be breathable for keeping your dogs cool in the summer, and warm in the winter.
Should I Be Worried About Hawks or Owls Attacking My Small Dog?
As we continue to interfere with natural habitats, the likelihood of a attack by a bird on your small dog, continues to rise. Often these birds are very territorial of their nests, and/or killed prey. The number of reported bird attacks on dogs has continued to rise over the years, as birds of prey are moving into suburban area’s in-search of food.
How Much Should My Dog Wear It?
Raptor Shield was designed to be very comfortable for everyday use when walking your dog or leaving them unattended outside.
When Should My Dog Wear It?
We recommend that your dog wear our Raptor Shield anytime they are outside, or exposed to the elements. Raptor Shield was developed to be comfortable, and breathable for your dog, this should allow your dog to wear the shield comfortably for long periods of time.
Raptor Shield has been examined by a professional Naturalist at our local Forest Preserve District. It was determined that the talons of a Hawk and/or any other Raptor would not be able to penetrate the Raptor Shield material, and injure the dog. Raptor Shield’s colors are a deterrent to hawks and other birds of prey.
What Does It Do?
Raptor Shield was designed to protect small dogs from Hawks, Raptors, and all other birds of prey. It works by preventing a bird of prey’s talons from puncturing the skin. Typically birds will latch onto the prey with its talons and fly away. With this in mind, Raptor Shield prevents the talons from puncturing the skin, which prevents the birds from flying away with your beloved animal.
Will Raptor Shield Protect Against Other Predators?