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I got Draco the Ruffwear Webmaster Harness with Brushguard attachment. Is the back attachment of the harness supposed to go behind his ribs/absomen area or underneath his chest? Because with the brushguard, it's only so long enough to cover Draco's chest and not anymore past it. Without the brushguard, the back part of the harness can reach behind his ribs/abdomen area. 

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Can you send or post a photo of what it looks like?  Haha that's my excuse for asking for a Draco photo fix 😉 But really, it may help us figure this out for you.

Here's what it looks on Wyatt Ray:

It sounds like the chest straps aren't all the way adjusted so it slides a bit further back on your big boy. 

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I found out today that my 11 year old boxer has the same disease. My heart is broken and i don't know what to do. She just had a battle with what was diagnosed as pancreatitis but in retrospect may be linked to this cancer. I feel like i can't help her and am so so afraid of doing the wrong thing. Since she is older if i amputate and it causes her alot of pain and she passes soon after then i have hurt her during her last days. If i don't i will always blame myself for not doing everything to fight for her. The one thing is right now she limps but does not seem in much pain. She eats, drinks, pees and poops well. I just spent $2,000 on her pancreatitus treatment and so that factors into the picture. I am so dejected and afraid of doing the wrong thing for my precious girl. Thank you for this blog as it helps me understand my options. I just pray i make the right decision.

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Welcome Kelly and best wishes for your pup! What's her name.

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Can you send or post a photo of what it looks like?  Haha that's my excuse for asking for a Draco photo fix 😉 But really, it may help us figure this out for you.

Here's what it looks on Wyatt Ray:

It sounds like the chest straps aren't all the way adjusted so it slides a bit further back on your big boy.   

Thanks for the video, I did see that a while ago before getting the Ruffwear Webmaster with brushguard, but it's good to see it again now that I've had it on Draco for a week. 

I haven't been able to get a picture of him wearing it yet, but soon I will! I guess Draco's body is just really long. I have to have his front part of the harness that goes around his neck, adjusted to the max width so that the entire harness can go back further down his body. Without the brushguard, the strap that wraps around him can reach around his waist area at a 45 degree angle like I've seen in other videos/pictures. But with the brushguard, that strap at the end is set at a 90 degree angle. I hope I'm making sense! Also, Draco doesn't have a skinny waist, so that's probably why I feel like that end strap is still under his chest but after closer inspection, it is around his waist now with the front strap width set to max width. Or maybe he's losing some weight with his diet and now I'm just noticing his waist?laughing I weighed Draco today at the vet's, he's at 117.2 pounds now. Before the amputation he was around 127 pounds. I didn't get to check what his weight was right after the amputation. 

Is the end strap at the waist supposed to be tight like a belt or loose?

Kelly, sorry to hear about your boxer! I'm sure she will be getting the best care you can provide for her!

Draco's dad - RJ

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Hmm. Well Wyatt is pretty long himself so I'm wondering what's going on. I kinda know what you're saying but a picture would really help. See when you can do it. Don't worry about the functionality of using the Webmaster without the Brush Guard, it still works well without it. If you need to return that piece it's not a big deal, we can work that out over email if it needs to happen.

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I was able to get some updated pictures of Draco. His incision site, and with his Ruffwear Webmaster Harness with brushguard. I was lucky to get a few pictures of him standing up, he'd always lay down when I try to get a picture of him standing up. I'm also glad that the Ruffwear Webmaster harness isn't in the way of his incision area on the side. Makes me feel like I should have gotten this earlier and used it instead of the Help Em' Up harness. With the HEU harness, the strap would slide forwards against his incision area when I'm helping Draco walk forwards. Draco's fur is starting to grow out in the amputation area, still a little bit of scabs left on the skin that I'm waiting for his fur to grow out, instead of me picking at it.

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Draco, you are absolutely stunning looking! What a very handsome boy! Gongases!laughing

that harness looks great. And his scar is looking fantastic! Stewie wants to pass on a "2 paws up!" Keep up the good work, both of you!

Sloppy kisses from Stewie👅🐾
& all the very best from Petra, Paul & Stewies feline siblings,
Sr. Spike🐾 Chester Molester🐾 & Miss Lily🐾❤️

Stewie adopted his Pack in 2015. He has 3 feline siblings, Mr. Spike🐾 Chester Molester🐾 & Miss Lily🐾He was diagnosed with OSC on July 5th 2017 and had his left front leg amputated on July 10th 2017. He is our Tripawds Super Hero!🐾❤️                                         http://stewie20.....pawds.com/

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Draco!!  Look at your handsome smiling self!!!   You really know how to work the camera 🙂  Draco looks like quite the Fashionista in his  stunning harness!   And his incision really does look good too!  

These pictures made my day!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂  

Hugs! 

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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