Pet Body Armor: Protect Your Furry Friends With This Tough American-Made Vest

Jesús Espinoza

Jesús Espinoza Press Secretary, AAM

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.

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.

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Reposted from AAM

Posted In: Allied Approaches, From Alliance for American Manufacturing

Union Matters

Human Service Workers at Persad Center Vote to Join the USW

From the USW

Workers at Persad Center, a human service organization that serves the LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS communities of the Pittsburgh area, voted last week to join the United Steelworkers (USW) union.

The unit of 24 workers, ranging from therapists and program coordinators to case managers and administrative staff, announced their union campaign as the Persad Staff Union last month and filed for an election with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

“We care about our work and the communities we serve,” said Johanna Smith, Persad’s Development, Communications, and Events Associate. “We strongly believe this work and our connections to our clients will only improve now that we will be represented by a union.”

The Persad workers join the growing number of white-collar professionals organizing with the USW, especially in the Pittsburgh region. Their membership is also in line with the recent work the Steelworkers have been doing to engage LGBTQ+ members and improve contract language regarding issues that affect their lives.

“Workplaces are changing and evolving, and the labor movement is changing and evolving along with that,” said USW Vice President Fred Redmond, who oversees the union’s LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee as well as the USW Health Care Workers Council. “This campaign gives us an opportunity to diversify our great union while uplifting and empowering a group of workers who give their all for others.”

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