Happy little friday, dogs on thursday and thankful thursday!! Be sure to catch Sissy’s post – yes, the DIVA herself bothered to write a post – on an easy way to support shelter pets.
Today’s post is about walking, pulling and harnesses. I think I’ve mentioned before that my dogs walk in harnesses, period. We started with the boy dogs, first because of Fred’s back problems (didn’t want to move lower back problems up into his neck, now did we?!), then because of Mugsy’s collapsed trachea.
Then came Sis. Sis got switched to a harness in obedience school, because if you’ve been to either blog more than once, you’ve probably realized DIVA likes to be in charge, even if she is sweet about it. No amount of training has broken her of her urge to pull, and now with glaucoma, a harness is necessary to prevent straining which increases eye pressure.
Gretchen Greer went in a harness right away because she was so dang tiny. I’d never had a 4 lb. puppy before, and we still view her as tiny and fragile. (Go ahead and snort and guffaw, other terrier owners!!) However, she’s developed an annoying pulling-hop when she sees something ahead she wants to get to faster, so my big project for the weekend is finding a no-pull harness that fits her tiny selfdom.
There is more than one brand of no-pull body harness out there. We’ve used two of the brands, and most likely, Gretchen will go in the brand Sissy’s wearing in her “purple harness” photo. Ironically, that brand isn’t the best fit for Sis, and the one she’s wearing in the top photo is one of Mugsy’s old harnesses. Yep. Sis is THAT skinny; she weighs more than double what Mugsy did, even at his heaviest, but she can wear his “clothes”. I can’t find THAT style locally, nor can I find a size chart, so Gg will get what I can get my hands on.
(Why no, I’m not linking to brands, because I’m not sure the all-black harness Sis is sporting in the first photo is still available and because I’ve learned that despite great designs and customer care, no single style fits all dogs. You can ask questions in the comments and I’ll answer honestly, one-on-one.)
That’s my thankful too. I’m so glad there are options and many companies out there that have our pets’ safety and well-being in mind. I’m also thankful for my two personal trainers, who don’t believe in rest-days, but the do allow for varied intensity and duration of said walks. Hem.
What are you thankful for today?