12 March, 2011

How do you improve on perfection?

Well, in the case of The Perfect Leash what I custom ordered from Bold Lead Designs, you add a swivel between the collar and the body of the leash.

Yes, I did order a second custom leash, why do you ask? I have been searching for The Perfect Leash my WHOLE DOG-OWNING LIFE and having found it I was not about to be without backup. The Perfect Leash is a multi-function lead with integrated limited-slip collar. Configure it as a normal 6′ lead, and you have a toileting/normal walk leash. Take it down to its shortest length and it’s the PERFECT shoulder-leash to keep Siddy right where I need him for balance work. The swivel-less version is absolutely fantastic, but the addition of a swivel has made it even better, something I did not think could be done.

I will have to get pics of the Perfecter Leash in action, because all you dog owners will be all “Dang, I wish I had a leash that cool.” Helpfully, I have pointed you at the shop where you can get one!

10 March, 2011

A One-Puppy DestructoWhirl.

So Monday my beloved husband crated Sid while I was at work, so he could go to the grocery. We had been having crate-related adventures with Sid, to wit: he had learned how to unhook the front of his collapsible wire crate and go on destructive rampages through the bedroom. Aha! we thought. We are clever, big-brained humans, and we own zip-ties. We zip-tied the crate together, and Daniel went off all trustingly to the grocery on Monday.

When he came back, Sid had broken two bars on the crate, bent a substantial number of other bars, and shoved the crate pan halfway across the bedroom floor. Right.

So now Siddy has a new crate, of the solid plastic variety. It came with a “pheromone pod” pre-installed that has calming pheromones, Ayurvedic essences, aromatherapy oils, and Bach flower essences in it. I did not buy it for this feature and in fact am struggling to take the crate seriously because of it.

But for whatever reason, he’s gone into it happily and eaten his meals more readily in the new crate, so I guess for now we’re calling it a provisional win. We won’t know for sure if it’s a REAL win until he gets left alone in the crate again. Fingers crossed that homeopathic flower essences[1] do the trick, eh?

[1] AKA WATER. I HAVE ABOUT AS MUCH FAITH IN HOMEOPATHY AS I DO IN CRYSTAL HEALING. IT’S WELL-INTENTIONED FOR SURE AND THE SIDE EFFECTS BEAT THOSE OF MOST PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, BUT WHO WANTS TO PAY THAT MUCH FOR WATER?

1 January, 2011

My quest may have ended…

So I am always on the quest for The Perfect Leash. In my mind, it is thick enough to be substantial but not so thick as to be difficult to handle; durable; long, but not too long, and easily shortened for those times when long is not good; also convenient and easy to use. I stand in the leash aisles at pet stores, hefting them, bending them, wrapping them around my hands, running them through my fingers, searching out just that perfect leash. Thus far I had found perfectly serviceable leashes, but not yet The Perfect Leash.

My quest may have come to an end. A couple weeks ago I found Bold Lead Designs on Etsy and got in touch about a limited-slip collar, and wound up talking about leashes, and ended up ordering a custom leash, one of their 8×8 multi-function leads with an integrated limited-slip collar on it.

I am in lurve, seriously. The collar is adjustable, so it works for all the dogs. The leather feels good in my hands, the work and materials are superb. Beowulf used it yesterday and today when we went down to Blackthorn Kennel to ring in the new year, and the leash does just beautifully.

I swear, incidentally, that I am not getting paid by Bold Lead Designs, I am just DEEPLY in love with that leash. I plan to save up for another couple of them, although Tink’s won’t have the limited slip collar on it since she wears a Halti.

In other news, New Year’s Eve at Blackthorn was great fun. There was a big pile of dogs, our three plus two more from other visiting friends, and of course the Blackthorn crew. I was snuggled by approximately a million dogs, managed to stay up to see in the New Year, and ate yummy things and we had champagne and then our goobers let us sleep in until 0700! Which is pretty dang amazing, all things considered. Kate will be here soon, on her way home from her own holiday break, so it will be two days straight of visiting human friends. This might possibly be a record for me if we don’t count the wedding.

Here’s hoping your new year has started off well, gentle readers, and that it continues to bring you all manner of good thing.