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Post by freebird on 20th October 2012, 7:11 pm

TA DAH!! The lovely Lola modelling her finished-at-last, made from an old quilted jacket, dog coat. It worked out a bit more expensive than I wanted as I found I hadn't any suitable bias binding for the edges, nor had I any fixings, apart from the buttons at the front. But now the poor, neglected and cruelly treated animal will be able to enjoy a crumb of comfort in her made-to-measure apparel.
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Post by Dandelion on 20th October 2012, 8:28 pm

That's brilliant - Lola looks really warm.
She looks a bit like a lurcher...?

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Post by Chilli-head on 20th October 2012, 10:24 pm

The coat looks great ! And I like your hound, too Very Happy
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Post by freebird on 20th October 2012, 10:34 pm

Dandelion wrote:She looks a bit like a lurcher...?

She's a Rhodesian Ridgeback. A lot of people are fooled into thinking she is some sort of labrador cross, because she is a lot lighter than is currently fashionable for ridgebacks.
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Post by Brenna on 23rd October 2012, 1:48 pm

Love it, and she is gorgeous.
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Post by freebird on 23rd October 2012, 3:46 pm

Brenna wrote:... and she is gorgeous.
Sshhh, don't let her hear you say that! She already thinks she is a princess.
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Post by freebird on 6th October 2015, 10:09 pm

Felt a need to make something else for Lola dog.

The man often goes out on his pushbike with her, and with the evenings getting darker, I thought something reflective might be a good idea. I had already picked up out the road a hi-viz XXL size vest and washed it. Turned out to be just the right size - bit of judicious snipping and only a very little sewing and 40 mins later this was the result. Not so elegant as the first coat I made her (beginning of this thread) but it does the job. Apologies for unflattering photo of dog - couldn't get far enough away so that it didn't distort. 'Stay' has never been one of her best commands....

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Post by Chilli-head on 6th October 2015, 10:28 pm

Ingenious bit of recycling ! Very workmanlike Laughing

How does cycling with a dog work out ? The dogs I've met when on a bike have mostly been a bit of a hazard !
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Post by Dandelion on 6th October 2015, 10:37 pm

Genius!!

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Post by freebird on 6th October 2015, 11:29 pm

She was a bit of a hazard at first, CH. But she paces herself with the bike really well now. On the streets she is of course on the lead - slack enough to allow a bit of pace variation but not enough to let her wander. If the man takes her into the local greenspace, then she's off lead and will often stop and sniff, then gallop to catch up.

And of course, ridgebacks were originally bred as hunting dogs, to run alongside hunters on horseback.
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Post by Ploshkin on 7th October 2015, 1:48 pm

Great use of a find. Those reflective strips are brilliant. I was driving one very dark night and was puzzled by what appeared to be fluorescent tennis balls bouncing up and down at the side of the road some way ahead. When I caught up it was a man taking 4 dachshunds for a walk and they each had a reflective circle on the end of their coat. Very effective at drawing attention to the fact that something was there.
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Post by FloBear on 11th October 2015, 8:49 pm

Have been somewhat absent lately so having a catch-up. Love the recycled dog coats! There's no way my dog would be safe on a lead near a bicycle, he's a bit of a weaver.
And as for bouncing tennis balls - hilarious Very Happy
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