“Mom, what IS this thing you’ve got on me now?!”
GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!
Notice anything different in the photo above?! Yep, that’s right…Bubbs is sportin’ a new harness, courtesy of PoshPuppyBoutique.com! He’s not so sure, but we think he looks absolutely handsome, don’t you?!
We couldn’t have been happier when Posh Puppy Boutique contacted us to do a product review, and when we went over to their site to chose an item we were so overwhelmed with choices! We knew we wanted to review something that would be useful, practical, and something Bubbs needed, but we still didn’t know exactly what that would be. Soon after we had added half the items on the site to our ‘Wish List’, we finally spotted it! A HARNESS! That was something useful, practical, and something Bubbs definitely needed. So, just as if it was meant to be, a harness was on it’s way.
Before I tell you a little bit about the harness we chose from Posh Puppy, I thought I’d tell you a little bit about why Bubbs needed a harness, and why a lot of smaller breed dogs (and medium and large dogs too) can benefit from using one too.
If you ever came across Bubbs and I at the dog park, you’d probably never forget it. Bubbs, at the sight of another canine, which usually catches me off guard and I don’t have the leash locked, would come running, frantically barking, and at full speed no less. Then you’d see me…frantically running, at full speed about 10ft. behind trying to get him to stop before he chokes himself on the retractable leash, or before I owe you hundreds of dollars in vet bills. Usually, we catch up to him, apologize to you for the scare, and we sometimes even offer to pick up any poop your dog may have dropped during the event. He’s only 11lbs., but in his eyes, and along with most other Chi’s, he’s the biggest dog in the yard and he WILL be sure to let you know it. Typical ‘Little Dog Syndrome’. Yes, he has a problem, we admit it.
Even those these incidents are few and far between these days (we avoid them at all costs), I’m still a little anxious when we’re out in public together, and my eyes are always peeled (as are his, but since I’m quite a bit taller I have an advantage) for potential victims. Because I’m his mom, I do always worry about him, want to do everything I can to make sure he has what he needs and wants, and of course, to keep him from harms way, and THAT is why he needed a harness.
“What’s that moving over there?”
Harnesses are very beneficial for little dogs, dogs who have a tendency to jerk and take off running unexpectedly, dogs who tend to escape their leads, and dogs who require more control while on the move (i.e. Bubbs = all 4). He’s a little man and that makes him a lot more fragile and prone to injuries if something unexpected were to happen. While wearing his regular collar and leash, pulling puts a lot of strain on his neck, throat, and upper back (as with all other dogs). Imagine the strain it puts on him when he takes off unexpectedly and I have to unexpectedly stop him or the retractable leash runs out. Not good. I definitely wanted to put an end to all of that. I wanted more control while we were out walking together, I wanted to end the “Cacking” & “Hacking” when the leash became tight around his neck, and I wanted to certainly lessen the chances of him hurting himself.
So when Posh Puppy Boutique offered to send us an item for review on the blog, we were so delighted they had the cutest, comfiest harness we ever saw! We were so excited for it to arrive, and for Bubbs to try it out! Now, I’ve worked in the veterinary field and have had my fair share of experiences with harnesses, and let me tell you some of them are so difficult to put on! I was slightly worried about that. I was also slightly worried about whether it would fit him okay, since he is sometimes in between SM-M sizes (he’s a larger Chi, but evenly proportioned). Believe me, I had my fingers crossed! When it arrived, I opened it and panicked. Oh, no! This is not going to fit! It looked so tiny! I opened it fully and extended the strap to as far as it would go…*please fit! oh, pleeeeeease fit!*
*Sigh of Relief*
A PERFECT FIT.
I could fit two fingers underneath the neck, and under each strap. Perfect! And, I could put it on with NO HASSLE! Perfecto!
So we went for a walk to try it out, and let me tell you, the immediate difference you can feel from a harness vs. a standard collar/leash set is incredible. You DO have so much more control, and you can feel it. You don’t feel them pulling you, there is no straining, that is no “hacking” sound, and you’re both more relaxed. You have more control, yet he feels as if he has more freedom. We are immediately in love with our new harness.
*Relaxin & chillaxin in the yard!*
Posh Puppy Boutique has a LOT of harnesses to choose from, but we picked the Cozy Sherpa Harness because of the extra padding for comfort. I wanted to avoid any irritation underneath his front legs and around his neck, plus it will provide some extra warmth when it starts to get a little colder here. The harness allows us to walk comfortably, confidently, and a little less anxious (well, for me anyway). The straps are durable, as is the D-ring for the leash attachment on the back, and can be trusted. He can sleep in the harness without being uncomfortable, and with the extra sherpa padding, we can avoid any skin irritations. The only thing I’d change is to add a little padding to the backstrap, but despite that, it’s basically the perfect harness for us, and we couldn’t be more happy with it!
Check out this video below of Bubbs getting used to his new harness! Don’t be alarmed, he does this anytime he’s wet after a bath, or if you put ANYTHING on him other than his collar. No Chi’s were harmed in this video!
(My fiance, Lowell, filmed it from his iPhone so I apologize for the poor quality, but you’ll get the idea!)
Yes, we’re pretty biased, but we think he’s the cutest Chi ever.
Posh Puppy Boutique Cozy Sherpa Harness REVIEW: (out of 5 stars)
- COMFORT = (4.5 out of 5)
- DURABILITY = (5 out of 5)
- HASSLE = (4.5 out of 5)
- FIT = (5 out of 5)
- STYLE = (4 out of 5)
For an OVERALL RATING:
- / (4 out of 5)
So now that you know all about our new Cozy Sherpa Harness, and what we think about it, don’t you want one too!?! Well, since they are just awesome, PoshPuppyBoutique.com has so kindly offered to sponsor a giveaway to purchase one for your pup, or any other item that strikes your fancy from their great site! One lucky winner will be randomly chosen to receive a $25 Gift Certificate to PoshPuppyBoutique.com, and we couldn’t be more excited for all of our readers!
To Buy It:
To Win It:
- Leave a comment on this post on why your dog needs a harness!
For additional entries: (must come back to this post and comment each time to receive your additional entries!)
- Leave a comment on this post with a link to the item you’d purchase with your $25 GC to PoshPuppyBoutique.com if you’re the lucky winner! (1 entry)
- ‘Like’ our Facebook Page and leave the comment on our Wall, “We want (insert item link from PoshPuppyBoutique.com) from Posh Puppy Boutique!” (1 entry)
- Follow us on Twitter, and Tweet this giveaway with, “Enter $25 GC #giveaway to PoshPuppyBoutique.com, from @Alldogblog! http://bit.ly/poshpuppyGC (1 entry) *You can tweet once a day, but be sure to come back each day and leave a comment on this post!
- Open to U.S. Residents 18 years of age and older only.
- Winner will be chosen randomly using Random.org (Be sure to leave individual comments for each entry, comments compiling multiple entries will not be valid and deleted.).
- Contest ends September 30th, 2010 at 11pm Eastern Time.
- Contest rules are subject to change without notice.
We can’t wait to see what little gems you guys find over at Posh Puppy!
Also, we’d like to give a HUGE shout out to everyone over at Posh Puppy Boutique for allowing us to review such a great item from their site, and also sponsoring a giveaway! We couldn’t have had a better experience working with all of you, and I hope to stay in touch in the future! Hope you enjoyed the review too!
*Disclosure: My opinions are my honest and thoughtful reviews and were not influenced by any source, and may differ from others. I received one Cozy Sherpa Harness product to facilitate the review, and was not monetarily compensated in any way.