This is a little something somewhat out of the ordinary for a beautyblog, but then, who wants to be ordinary? It’s like that disease, you know? Normal, I think it’s name was. Anyway, I don’t think I’ve done anything remotely outfit related since I showed yous my new Nikes. Well, I’ve been putting them to good use, even going for runs, which is something I’ve done for periods of time until my bone membrane inflammations flare up, and getting back on track afterwards is always such a chore, as it’s no fun starting anew every time – I always feel like I’m worse off than I was the last time I started.
It’s fun once you start seeing progress, and while I haven’t been going for long runs, it’s starting to become addictive once more. This time, however, I’m doing it for my little girl, here. It’s not that we don’t take her for walks, but she loves to run, and she does so more easily when wearing her harness and not pulling at her leash from the neck. It’s a lovely sight, really, and it makes her happy.
When we started out, I held her leash in my hands, but I soon found that a handheld leash impaired both our movements, so while not ideal, I tied it around my waist instead. Improvement.
Then the BF came home with a simple hiking belt. This was better as she now would be getting a longer leash, and we could both move more freely. That belt didn’t last long, however, and we started looking for another design. She’s very strong, in spite of her size, and given momentum, we’d now learned that she’d destroy anything that didn’t counter for strong tugs.
We talked to the folks at XXL, and eventully landed on a hiking belt from the brand Kennel Equip meant for large dogs, and I’m very pleased.
The belt’s got two hooks for to fasten the leash, attached to the ends of an elastic strap. The whole thing is padded with neoprene, and very comfortable to wear.
It also counters some of the safetyissues I had with the previous belt we had as well as the solution I used before that. The most obvious being the reflective material, which also spares me of wearing a reflective vest – yes, I do find those to be a hassle, as they’re noisy and, well, bright. Always hated wearing them. Next is the way the strap goes around the waist inside the padding, so there’s no danger of the plastic clasp fastening it breaking due to strain. Finally, the elastic strap really makes this thing comfortable to wear as it prevents jerking and so allows me to keep a steady pace, even when she wants to turn it up a notch as it gives. The downer being that I lose the advantage of her pulling me up the hill.
Two added bonuses are that this lessens the strain on my arms, as it’s a handsfree for pets – My holding the leash in these photos are purely an attempt to keep her within the same frame as myself. And the neoprene helps to keep me warm, which I don’t mind with the temperatures we’re currently having. Some reported-15 degrees today, which really doesn’t encourage any activity on my part that doesn’t involve a sofa and a blanket.
Oh, and apparently it’s washable, which is a huge plus with anything dog or outdoors related.