Posts Tagged 'leash'

A leash for all seasons

I walk my dogs with simple, 6-foot leather leashes with brass clips. One is black. The other is brown. They feel substantial and responsive in my hand but there is nothing exciting about them. No bright colors, paisley, flowers or rivets. And lately, I’ve been thinking about the fact that I’m pretty much set with these leashes for the long haul. Barring any visits from crazed chewers, I can see these outlasting not just my current dogs but all the dogs of my life and eventually me. While I’m sorry to miss out on shopping for one of the truly blinged-out leashes on the market, I realize that these are the choice for our time. No “green” label. No eco-friendly ad campaign. Just a promise of quality and durability that would satisfy my frugal New England aunt (a woman who reused paper plates from parties and split open flattened toothpaste tubes).

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Cool tool for dog walks

I love people who don’t just talk about problems but figure out solutions — especially to little, nagging everyday challenges, such as where to carry dog waste during a walk. Well, last year, Lynn Kern of Edmonds, Washington, came up with two simple, elegant solutions. The first was to clothes-pin a bag (filled with her Cockapoo’s poo) to the leash. I love that. But Lynn wasn’t satisfied. She eventually sewed a strip of Velcro to a leash to anchor plastic bags (as demonstrated in the photo). She calls them Kakaduty Leashes. Unfortunately, since finding a solution, Lynn says her dog Maggie seems to be withholding her “gifts.” I guess that’s a third, unintended fix.

Available only from Kakaduty online, the leashes cost $13.50, with 50 cents from the purchase of each donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.