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AST or Ruff-wear Harness?
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4 September 2008 - 11:14 am
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My Mom wants to get me harness...I am 12 1/2 with a left front leg amputation. I have moderate hip displasia but am feisty and active. I live on a lake and can't wait to get back in the water once I heal.  I weigh 83 lbs and have a 33 inch chest diameter. Anyone have suggestions for my Mom on which harness might work best for me! THANKS!! Cody

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4 September 2008 - 8:12 pm
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Hi Cody,

We think that the AST Harness is great for less mobile tripawds, with more severe displaysia, who need more help getting up off the ground. I like the AST because it's custom made, and very, very durable. But it might be a little more than a feisty tripawd like you needs.

The Ruffwear harness is great because it's not as bulky, and you can wear it all day long in comfort. I wear mine morning to night. The harness acts not so much as a support for you, but as a support for your human, to help them help you get in and out of tricky situations, stairs, steep descents and climbing, etc. It was made for search and rescue dawgs and we found it to be great for tripawds too.

I know what you mean about swimming, I sure love it too!

 

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