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July 7th, 2011 · 4 Comments

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)

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  • 1 Wendy Gunderson // Jul 9, 2011 at 9:57 am

    We had the same size issue with our new kitten. I had hoped to safely control him while he explored his new home. He slipped out of his kitten size harness in less time than it took me to get it on him!

    I love your puppy shots!

  • 2 Chia // Jul 9, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Cats are the greatest escape artists, aren’t they?

    The pups met the Vet yesterday. They were a huge hit with all the ladies in the office and even charmed the Vet a bit. They were little darlings when he was demonstrating training to us and Batman had pretty well mastered sitting by the time we left. They had their bonding moment when Batman kissed the Vet on the lips and the Vet commented on how they both had mustaches! LOL The best guess is that they are Jack Russell / Chihuahua about 8 to 10 weeks old. They each weighed about 4 1/2 pounds with Sasha coming in 2 oz heavier than Batman.

  • 3 Erin Erickson // Jul 9, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Oh my gosh, I love the pups! They are SO cute! I can’t get over how adorable the name Batman is! :) If they are part terrier, be warned, you are in for a challenge and a treat! They will be crazy but make you laugh. I’m so happy you could make them harnesses with my pattern! My biggest issue with webbing harnesses is the hardware – it’s just too bulky for the little guys! The velcro and fabric is so much comfier, especially if I forget to take them off right after a walk. Little Sam is sleeping in hers under my desk right now! It’s also nice to be able to lift them up if you have to – as I sometimes do when the little one tries to lick bird poop or roll on a worm (that’s what terriers do! have fun!) :)

  • 4 Chia // Jul 9, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Hi Erin, thanks for the comment… and the awesome tutorial :) They were a big hit at the Vet’s office yesterday. Most of the people in the office were guessing they are a Chihuahua/Jack Russell mix. They are a crazy little pair, but sure make up for it by how friendly they are. The Vet gave The Boy lots of advise on how to train them and keep their friendly temperament. I’ve got to go visit them again today – I bought them a kiddy pool yesterday because they kept trying to play in their water dish. I can’t wait to see if they like it. :)

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