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MaggieDog
07-19-2009, 01:00 PM
The temps have dropped significantly the past two days, so with a high only in the mid-80s I decided to take the dogs out on a run at the school field across the street at a time of day where I could get decent pics. :) The field is huge - probably a good 10 acres I would guess - and we saw no one out there while we were walking.

Kes is now about 8-9 months and you can see him starting to mature. His ears still haven't decided what they want to do: both tipped, one up with one tipped, or both up, so you'll see a lot of different "ear-dos" in the pics.

Starting Out
http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/eandmaggie/Summer%2009/IMG_5376.jpg

Z being her cute self
http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/eandmaggie/Summer%2009/IMG_5378.jpg

Posing for a record album ;)
http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/eandmaggie/Summer%2009/IMG_5383.jpg

The handsome boy
http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/eandmaggie/Summer%2009/IMG_5385.jpg

The girls
http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/eandmaggie/Summer%2009/IMG_5387.jpg

Size comparison
http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/eandmaggie/Summer%2009/IMG_5393.jpg

Happy Maggie!
http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/eandmaggie/Summer%2009/IMG_5399.jpg

Running
http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/eandmaggie/Summer%2009/IMG_5396.jpg

The brat pack
http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/eandmaggie/Summer%2009/IMG_5389.jpg

Belgrael
07-19-2009, 04:46 PM
Beautiful happy faces Erin, I love the photos! What a lovely outing for them all.

I've never used a long lead, do the dogs get tangled at all?

nschiro
07-19-2009, 05:03 PM
Where did you get those long lines? They look tubular?

Nicole

MaggieDog
07-19-2009, 06:46 PM
I made the longlines myself out of round climbing rope. I bought the clips and double knotted them on, then knotted each rope about every 18 inches to allow me to step on lines to stop them if needed. I also tied a handle onto each for ease of use. Both are between 25 and 35ft - I still have enough to make another line or two since the rope I bought came in 100ft lengths. :)

The dogs have for the most part figured out how to keep from getting tangled because that means they have to stop to get untangled lol. On our walk today the dogs got tangled together once because I didn't handle the lines well when one of them crossed over the other's line, but other than that we only had a few minor "Kes stop so I can untangle you" moments when Kes managed to wrap a line around himself somehow lol. Maggie's an old pro at longlines so she never gets tangled herself and Ziva just knows when to jump over a line if it's moving past her.

Open fields are easy for lines, the woods makes it much more difficult because of all the debris that can get caught up.

Two important notes with longlines:

1. Do NOT grab a moving line with a bare hand, it *will* burn you, possibly badly.
2. Do NOT affix lines to collars, use harnesses. If a dog takes off and then hits the end of the line on a plain collar, the forces on their neck can be dangerous (before I knew better, I accidentally flipped Maggie when she hit the end of a line). Harnesses will distribute that force more evenly, thus reducing (but not eliminating) the risk.

Dominique
07-20-2009, 08:05 AM
Great looking dogs. Where did you get the harness that is on the red one? He is sure a cute boy.

lucystrauss
07-20-2009, 08:19 AM
Very cute pups!! And more importantly, they look so happy !! :)

Bluerules
07-20-2009, 12:54 PM
Aw! I love Maggie! :-D ! but they are all very good looking the 'brat pack" :) I love the harness on 'Kes' I want one!

KAKZooKpr
07-20-2009, 01:00 PM
I love the harness on 'Kes' I want one!

Me too! What kind of harness is it? Great looking group! :biggrin2:

Kristina

MaggieDog
07-20-2009, 02:27 PM
:) The red harness is the new version of the Ruffwear WebMaster harness. I really like the design and it fits nicely. Kes certainly thinks it comfy enough and i like the handle over the shoulders (so I can lift him if needed) and the extra strap that makes it harder to escape from.

The harness is also the base for Ruffwear's back packs I believe.

k9blueheeler
07-20-2009, 11:36 PM
Nice photos. It looks like your dogs were having a great time. The long lines are nice lookin'. I used cotton rope like you used for halter ropes on horses when it was easy to get ahold of. It didn't burn the hands as bad. At least there is a variety of colors to make your own long lines nowadays.