Great Expectations

Happy Thorsday!  Where has this week gone?  I’m sure it was just yesterday that we got our great Lupine box in the mail…  (Hound lovers, be sure to click over and wait for the main photo montage to rotate through to the basset and the pirate!)

Jill over at Pet Expectations mentioned forever and a day ago that she was testing a Lupine prototype for a no-pull harness.  Cry.  Hurry up and wait!   So when her email newsletter announced they were for sale, I bought two, right away.  The girls needed new collars to match the new harnesses too, of course…

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These are unlike any other no-pull harness on the market.  You don’t need to hire an engineer or go find a proficient in dressing babies person to get your dog into the harness.   Simply fit the “waistband” to the just behind the front shoulders, click, clip the front strap clasp into the D-ring on the collar, attach least to the D-ring on the strap, and get ready for one sweet walk.

photo.JPGBoth of my girls are pullers.  It’s in their genes.  Gretchen only pulls when she’s seriously excited, and I’d never found a no-pull harness that fits.  I’ll admit the 3/4″ is ALMOST too big for her, and she isn’t happy about the switch to the 3/4″ collar, but I feel she’s as secure as humanly possible.

Sissy could be a sled dog.  That girl is POWERFUL, and knows how to leverage it.  We’d used two other no-pull harnesses with limited success; one couldn’t be adjusted to stay on her funky, long and lean frame, and the other didn’t really work.  I mean… it was better than a regular harness, but she could still give me a good drag if she saw deer, squirrel, etc.

photo.JPGNot anymore.  This harness stops her on a dime, and if she pushes her luck, she’s suddenly cobbled, with one front leg not doing as she wants, and being a good girl at heart, she then immediately turns to me to make it better, which means I never lose control, not even for a second to set my feet in preparation for the attempt to drag!

Obviously, Sis also moved up to a 1″ size.  I did this for her comfort; it is imperative that she has no strain at all on her head or neck, because of her glaucoma.  Because of that glaucoma, we also can’t risk a harness “failure”, so I just knew Lupine would be perfect… and it is. 


Thank you Jill, for your great customer service, and for your fabulous eye for just the right products.   As your LOYAL customer, I’m also grateful for your connection to Lupine so we didn’t have to wait a day longer for the perfect harness!


9 Responses to “Great Expectations”

  1. New neckwear « Chan Knits Says:

    […] Thorsday, little friday and thankful thursday!  I’ve posted a review of our new Lupine harnesses over on the girls’ blog, but I’m going to continue the Pet […]

  2. gMarie Says:

    Hmmm – now I see how it works a bit better – could NOT navigate the lupine site – frustrated. Love the Pirate and the basset – too cute!

    Have a fabulous Thursday. g

  3. Kari Says:

    The girls look adorable in their new harness and collars 🙂

  4. kn1tty cat Says:

    Pretty and cool!

  5. Maggie and Mitch Says:

    What pretty harnesses! Mitch is the puller at our house. We need to check this out!

    Love ya lots,
    Maggie and Mitch

  6. Bubblesknits Says:

    Hrm….I think I need to order one for my little puller. Stink wants to walk with whoever is in front of us, not with me.

  7. Jed & Abby in MerryLand, USA Says:

    Those are gorgeous designs and an interesting review. Mama’s concern about those ‘leash low in front’ harnesses is she’s seen way too many other doggies with average to long legs [like us, not like Sissy] who get the leash wrapped around their legs without the owners noticing and the dogs are at serious risk for broken legs or bad falls. Glad they work for you.

    Jed & Abby

  8. Mango Says:

    I much prefer the sports bra to that dumb mental leader. Yours are quite stylish and of course if you pull less then you will get more walkies, so its all good.


  9. Nichole Says:

    LOVE Lupine! 🙂

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