|Article Author: Dog Harnesses Review - A Merryvaluation by Angie McKaig|
Clothing harnesses really weren't all that until a few years ago, when they hit with a vengeance and suddenly it seemed like every clothing designer out there was designing at least one clothing harness.
(For the uninitiated, a clothing harness means something pretty that's also functional - a way to avoid wearing a jacket and collar, by combining the two into a piece of clothing, usually reinforced, with a d-ring on the back to hook up their leash to.)
But my concern with each of them is that on dogs who tug more - not Merry, she's a pretty well trained pup these days, but other pooches - they might end up tugging their way to freedom and getting themselves into trouble.
Enter the gorgeous line of "Escape Free" clothing harnesses from Dog in the Closet, one of which Bloomingtails Dog Boutique sent us for review.
This denim harness, the Augusta Dog Vest, is quite simply one of the cleverest designs I've seen in dog clothing. So subtle, so brilliant, you find yourself asking "why didn't I think of that?"
The harness is a perfect weight for spring or fall. The denim is a nice mid weight, soft and flexible while still retaining its strength. The interior of the harness is lined with soft, thin black material which gives it a more finished look and prevents denim seams from rubbing against your dog's skin on a walk.
The entire vest is covered in silk appliques featuring brilliant rhinestones and "rhinestuds". It lends a glitzy touch to an otherwise buttery but plain denim. The edges of the denim are carefully frayed to lend a touch of casual but are reinforced so they won't fray beyond that point.
But the real star of the show is the fastener. Yes, this harness does up over the dog's back with a wide row of velcro. It's the little chrome purse-style locking clasp, however, that takes this harness to the next level. Put simply, you fasten up the velcro, and then turn the clasp. Now, the harness is locked closed and even if your dog's tugging unfastens the velcro, the harness will stay closed.
I'll say that again, 'cause it's really important:
Once you turn the clasp the harness is locked and even if the velcro comes unfastened, the harness will stay closed.
Brilliant. Solves the problem entirely.
Now, the purse-style clasp is a little smaller than your standard d-ring - that's why every harness comes with a special leash conversion clasp that you can hook into the locking clasp, so that any leash will work with the harness. Or, you can pony up a wee $12 more and get a custom-designed denim leash that fits the locking clasp exactly.
(If you have tiny-clasp leashes already at home, they likely already work with this harness.)
Folks, the design is gorgeous. The colors and fabrics are amazing. The fit is superb - as you can see from the photos. And the clever engineering blew my mind. This is, without a doubt, the smartest clothing harness I've ever seen, and I want to pick up every single Dog in the Closet harness in their collection!
Bloomingtails Dog Boutique and Dog in the Closet hit it out of the park, by a loooong way, with this harness. (Bloomingtails Dog Boutique is an authorized retailer for all Dog in the Closet products.)
Smartest. Design. Ever. You want one. Trust me.
You can find out more about Bloomingtails Dog Boutique from their web site at www.bloomingtailsdogboutique.com. Tell them Merry sent you!