Thursday, July 29, 2010

Cocojour Cooling Pad

In an effort to keep Paddy cool (and our energy bill down), this summer we took the leap and invested in a cooling pad. After doing some research, we decided to try Cocojour's Hawaiian Sun Cooling Mat from GW Little because it came in an apartment/Paddy friendly extra-small size (13" by 18"), and wasn't going to break the budget at $24.99. Just like the Shake Weight, in theory, it sounded like a great idea: designed to stay at a cool 65 degrees for 3-7 days, we thought it would be great to stick in Paddy's tote bag to prevent overheating while traveling on the subway. 

Unfortunately, we never got that far in our experiment…. here's why:

Made from non-toxic cooling crystals sewn into little square pouches, the instruction card told us to soak the pad until the crystals had expanded. What we hadn't considered, when purchasing said item, was that once soaked, the crystals get HEAVY. We're talking, going from zero pounds to like 3-5 pounds. That being said, we quickly realized it was going to be too heavy to carry around.

After removing it and putting it outside on our laundry rack to dry. Once it was dry to the touch we set it down and waited for Paddy to thank us profusely for bringing this latest indulgence into our home…. and waited… For the life of us, we could not get Paddy to sit on it. Maybe it was the texture? (Which honestly, felt like it would be pretty comfy to us…) Maybe it was the fact that Paddy is super stubborn? (Possibility, but even after a week of it being around, she wouldn't touch it.) Or maybe, it was the fact that any time you apply pressure on the pad a dampness comes through? We thought that after a few days of being outside in zero humidity, 90-degree temperatures it would stop…. but nope. 

While we understand that this moisture transfer might be part of the pad's cooling effect, we can't blame Paddy for not wanting to lie on an unfamiliar damp mat. And again, also something that we wished had been mentioned in the product description.

Overall, the cooling pad is probably a great option for less fussy Barkistas. We do wish however, that we had known in advance about the weight and dampness issues. But alas… lesson learned and at least we can now share our experience with you! (... and if anyone wants to purchase a cooling mat....) If Cocojour's Cooling Pad is something that you think would of interest to your pup, you can visit their website for more information.

xoxo The Barkistas

Disclaimer: We footed the bill for this review.

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