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7 December 2009
Hi all, thanks a million for all the support to date ! I just did a search and found a number of harnesses to provide rear end support that are no longer available or didn't review so well but are there any that are working really well, especially for supporting giant breeds with rear amp?
Linus is doing fabulous, but he really wants to go with me and his sister Silly on the morning and evening feeding rounds at our barn yard. It just a bit too far there and back from our house and unless he gets support he ends up really pooped out and does a bit of a leg drag every few steps. To date, I have been supporting him by holding my hand cupped under his hip on the amputee side but then the problem is he feels SO good that he takes off RUNNING and I can't keep up and I end up losing him, at which point he loses balance. He really, really, really likes to run to the barn and I really, really, really want to make that possible for him again. I think I could keep up with him if I weren't crouched over to hold underneath his pelvis to keep him supported.
His regular Ruffwear and his custom pet support suit are just too little rear support and too much bulk, respectively, for the regular rounds. I'm super handy and have plenty of leather & nylon strapping and great natural sheepskin covering to use to make a hind end harness — just wondered if there were any good designs that would allow me to give him a bit of lift and wouldn't put pressure on his "soft places." It would be a bonus if he could still do his nature breaks without me having to remove the harness (that way I could leave it on when he's just meandering around the barnyard while I'm feeding and still be ready to help him chase after squirrels at a moment's notice !)
So greatly appreciate any suggestions or direction to a prior posting(s) here that might help !
All the very best to everyone,
Linus' Mum, Linus and his loving sister, Silly
25 April 2007
Thanks for asking! Looking forward to feedback on this topic.