Happy Thorsday! We had a rather scary moment on our walk Sunday evening. I use Flexi retractable leashes almost exclusively. (I use short, webbed leashes for vet trips and have light-up LED leashes for night walks.)
Gretchen HAD a cord version, while Sis has the belt version. (Gg’s has a thin cord up in the retractable portion. Sis has that “ribbon” belt from the clasp to whatever it attaches to inside the leash.)
Now, I’ve used Flexi for nearly two decades. It was the only brand that would contain/hold up to Mugsy, my first JRT, who was literally twice Gg’s size and MUCH stronger. The cases have survived being dropped on gravel, concrete and paved roads, being dragged and stepped on along the way. The internal workings have survived countless walks in the rain, through the mud, through grassy fields, on the beach…
The same style as Gg’s broken leash
Ironically, I noticed a small “flaw” in Sissy’s leash while we were at the beach and the Knight is looking for a new purple belt Flexi in the 50 lb. + range. (Flaw is in quotes because that leash is almost 6 years old, so it’s very much normal wear and tear.) So imagine my surprise when Gg made a hard turn towards home while Sissy and I were heading on our normal route, and suddenly, Gg froze and the whole 15 feet or so of cord fell limply in the road!
Thankfully, the right dog’s leash broke. (And yes, I inspect Sis’s before every walk and the fray doesn’t appear to be progressing.) Gg stayed frozen in terror until I got to her, and then I had to figure out how to hold onto the cord without getting more rope burn while we went back to the house. (I did get a small bit of “sting” on my wrist, as the cord broke from the base, within the leash somewhere.)
I grabbed a spare (a different brand that I can’t recommend; the brake doesn’t hold!) and we finished our walk without incident. The Knight bought yet another brand – with the belt system – that isn’t a Flexi, but it’s pink and it’s functional, but I’ll be ordering both girls new Flexis next week, when life has settled down and I have time to have fun with the “design your own” features!
Gg may get switched to the belt style if they make it small enough, because I’ve had two cable burns over the years. I don’t remember whether baby Sissy or a still full of himself Mugsy wrapped around an ankle and I thought the scar would never heal (it did) and then last year this time, Gg zigged when I wanted her to zag, and I was on the phone, and I had a painful, impossible to avoid “burn” on the back of one thigh, into the bend at my knee.
Are you leash-loyal? Have you ever had a Flexi brand leash fail? I ask, because both boy dogs Flexis are still in circulation as spares (we keep at least two leashes in every vehicle we own, by each outside door in the house, etc.) and I’m now worried that they should be discarded due to age alone.