The Boy purchased some dog harnesses that were marked X-SMALL for puppies and Toy dogs. It turned out that the puppies are more like XX-SMALL. The problem was that the store didn’t sell any XX-SMALL harnesses. There is a good chance that I’ll be taking them to their first vet visit and I was a little concerned about how I’d control all the wild puppy action if they weren’t on leashes. That got me searching the internet for answers and I found a great one on a blog called, “Dog Under My Desk.”
The blog owner is Erin. She is very good at sewing, and giving directions so others can sew her great projects. One of her projects is a “Little Dog Harness.” (I’m linking to the tutorial for the harness, but be sure to look around her site at all the other great ideas.) I printed out her smallest pattern at 75% of its original size and made a couple of harnesses using left over bits of fabric in my stash. It has been way too long since I did much sewing and my wobbly curves and top stitching show it. Other than that I think they turned out pretty good.
Doesn’t it figure, I’m the one who did all the work and Recliner Man is the one who gets all the grateful puppy love from Batman.
I’m sure that has nothing to do with the fact that I was behind the camera and it was Recliner Man’s job to dress and display the puppies. It looks like Sasha knew who to give her attention to. I didn’t have the puppies with me while I was sewing so I couldn’t measure exactly where to put the Hook & Loop tape. I worked around that by putting longer strips on and making the harness adjustable. It worked out pretty well.
With their new harnesses, the puppies were ready for their first walk on a leash. It went pretty well but their attention span isn’t very long yet. They didn’t get far before they decided it was time to frolic in the tall grass and wrestle with each other.
Part way through the project we got to thinking that we may have been able to fit a cat harness on them. I think the little cloth harnesses are adorable and a better way to go. When we tried the X-SMALL harness on the pups they immediately started trying to bit it off, but when we wrapped them in these harnesses they didn’t mind them at all. The fabric harness also gives you more options to personalize and there is a rumor afloat that the next one may have a tiny Batman cape on it.
(Edit: I’ve made a second set of harnesses for when they want to be a bit more fancy – LOL)