|This not-so-great cell phone picture expressed exactly what Bentley was thinking that morning, "MOM, why have you locked me in over here? I ALWAYS sit on your lap in the car! How could you do this to me?"|
Just as we entered Austin the sun came up. I turned off the freeway to avoid the awful Austin traffic and was winding around to get to the facility when Bentley put his front paws on the console and gave me the MOM look. I was surprised that the harness allowed that much movement. But that wasn't the case. When we reached the facility I really looked at him - he was out of the harness. How did he do that? Little Houdini!
Last Wednesday night we headed out to the little ring training/practice we sometimes go to. There was yet another cold front blowing through and I knew we would have to walk across a windy parking lot to get inside so I put his little red jacket on him and then put the harness over it. I had tightened the straps a little and with the thickness of the fleece jacket it was snug. No escaping this time. We drove over to the class, but the facility was closing up (I should have called to confirm since there was a local show going on this week and everyone was already there) so I turned around and we drove back home.
Imagine my surprise when we pulled into the garage and I came around to his side of the car to let him out and instead found a little dog hopelessly tangled in a show lead and a car seat harness. He was in a mess. The strap was in such a bind that my weak fingers could not get it to unclasp. The clasp on the harness was even tighter and the show lead was way too tightly untangled to get it loose. As I wrestled with the mess I had the thought of having to figure out a way to safely cut him out! I finally managed to get the jacket undone and pulled through the mess which gave a little room to work with (the lead was still threaded through the jacket neck, but at least the bulk of the fleece was out). I somehow got his legs through the harness and pulled it over his head. He was free!
|The tangled mess after I got Bentley out!|
So, when we headed out to the show this weekend once again I hitched him in and attached the strap as shown in the diagram. We've had short rides back and forth to the event facility and on each one he has laid down and snoozed. In fact on the way home today I put him in the seat and didn't bother to put on the harness. He stayed on his side of the car and laid down and fell sound asleep, he was so tired from the show! But I need to try it out on a longer ride to see if he really is comfortable and if it doesn't tangle up again! I have a suspicion that this harness is really designed for a larger dog and just may not work for us. We'll see.