Stunt Puppy's float doggy life vest. SAMANTHA DELLILO/Keys Weekly

Without fail, within 10 minutes of pulling up to any beach or parking the boat, I’m inevitably asked with desperation where I got my dog’s life vest. If that person has a keen eye they usually notice the collar as well. I excitedly reply, “Stunt Puppy.” 

Being a local and a boat owner, our dogs are in the water most weekends out of the month. I spent years – and I mean years – buying, testing and returning life jacket after life jacket for my pups. Either it didn’t help them float much or it just rubbed them the wrong way and would irritate their skin. I swear some even seemed to try and drown them. Both of my pooches are great swimmers, but I don’t want to test exhaustion and I sure hate that occasional mouthful of saltwater that ends up happening without a vest, especially its later effects. 

Cue the best thing I’ve ever bought: Stunt Puppy’s float doggy life vest. It was the first life jacket I’ve seen that actually took a canine’s anatomy into consideration. The handle on top along with the leash loop make keeping your dog nearby easy whether in the water or on land. The real difference is they were the first jacket I’ve seen to have floating material on the chest and near the stomach. My tykes just seem so much more balanced and buoyant. This is very important for keeping their head above water for any unexpected boat wakes. 

Finding this product has completely changed our experience on the water with our doggies and I just felt like every animal-loving local should know. It doesn’t stop there; as if I wasn’t already an impressed lifelong customer, they made a dry collar. It’s a waterproof collar that allows your fur baby to get soaked and not worry about a water-logged, soggy collar around their neck. If you don’t have a pet, this might all not seem like a big deal. Those who are parents of any kind know when you find a product that improves your life in so many ways, it means the world. I don’t get paid or anything like that for sharing this product with you; I just wish someone did me the favor of telling me it existed years ago. 

Go ahead and splurge and get the furry love of your life a premium life vest. They will thank you with puppy kisses and barks. Order yours in time for the dog days of summer at

Samantha Dellilo
Samantha Dellilo has been in the Keys since she was 1 day old, so definitely consider her a Conch. Holding a passion for food since she can remember, while most kids were watching Barney, she was watching Emeril. "Being half Cuban and half Italian, food in those cultures is considered a love language. It's a total experience whether eating out or cooking." She's been with her other half, Marky, going on 17 years. The two met when they were 9 years old at Key Largo School. Samantha owns Florida Keys Eats, which is a blog of "must eat, must see, and must dos" from Key Largo to Key West.