My friend Sally (aka HiTideCreations on Etsy) makes wonderful collars and leashes. As I’ve posted in the past, all the cats have their own custom collars, and Jacoby has another collar for his therapy tags, a leash and a harness, too.
The harness, though, I helped design.
I based it on a standard figure-8 harness, but with an added belly strap. I sketched out the idea I had in my head, and Sally made it three dimensional.
It turned out really well, don’t you think?
I just recently got Tessie a new red step-in harness which Jake will borrow for Art Beat next weekend (the theme this year is “red”), and I completely fell in love with the design. So, I emailed Sally a new sketch yesterday.
It doesn’t need to be adjustable, like the original, since Jake is (hopefully!) no longer growing, and it will match his leash and therapy tag collar. The design is so much better for cats than a figure-8 harness; it moves the stress from the neck and belly and places it on the chest, and, unlike many dog harnesses, it fits well on a cat’s narrower, collarboneless frame. I also like the long “tails” on the harness for the leash to attach to, because it makes it easier for the harness to work under a coat or sweater (which, if they have leash holes, don’t always have them in the same place), something we had a bit of trouble with over the winter.
So, stay tuned…I, for one, can’t wait to see how it turns out!