Cathy MacDowell


Cathy MacDowell is a comCathy MacDowell, author, blog.diycontrols.communications specialist with expertise in marketing. A freelance writer, she has written about a range of topics including portable power solutions, real estate, and the construction industry.


A resident of northern New Jersey, she and her husband bought a vacation home in Vermont nine years ago and recently inherited another vacation home in the Adirondacks. Thrust into the role of custodian for three properties, she was prompted to write articles advising other vacation homeowners on how to get more enjoyment out of their homes and deal with home-related problems that will inevitably arise.

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  1. In your article “Keep Your Dog Safe near the Water — 6 Layers of Protection” your item 5 (6 layers of Protection) provides the reader with link to a BoatUS Foundation Report#33 “Canine PFDs”. However this report is dated November 2000 and does not include information the latest in pet life jackets. Please let me introduce you to Critter’s Inflatable pet life jacket. This inflatable life jacket can be extremely helpful for muscular breeds like the bulldog that have little or no buoyancy in water. The advantage over foam life jackets is that it is very comfortable for the dog to wear and there is buoyancy directly under the dog’s neck to help keep its ears and airway out of the water. Critter’s Inflatable comes in three sizes: small (for up to 15 lbs), medium (10 to 40 lbs) and large (35 to 200 lbs).

    If you have the capability and interest to test/review a Critter’s Inflatable (at no cost to you) and then writing about it or update your article, please get back to me with the size you need and your shipping address.

    Also the US Coast Guard has had more recent articles that include reference to the Critter’s Inflatable pet life jacket. If you are interested I can provide you copies of these articles.

    1. Thanks for the information about Critter’s inflatable PFD for canines. We like the idea that this unique PFD is lightweight and comfortable for the dog to wear, but will inflate instantly should the he/she fall into the water accidentally. DIYControls does not review products such as yours, but we would definitely be interested in receiving links to the USCG articles you mention so we can add them to our article.

  2. I want notification to my cell phone when water rises inside my boat or when an automatic bilge pump turns on. This is a 12v system. Considering buying a WaterBug. Looking for an inexpensive dialer to interface. Other suggestions?

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