Fri, 20 Aug 2004 22:22:13 -0700 (PDT)
"shan lung" <email@example.com>
Tinkerbell - Harness that even I can make
About 4 weeks ago, I noticed the harness I was using
on Tink for a year was chewed up and decided to make a
The earlier harnesses had to be sewn and if you are
all thumbs like me, that is a difficult job.
You know the body strap is from a garish green thick
shoelace. After eyeing the other shoelace for a few
months, I thought I use that to make the head loop. I
used pieces of my Dyneema fishing line to tie at
appropriate places. Whipping and tieing is a lot
easier than sewing.
That can be seen from the series of photos below
starting with photo titled new1.
See in 'new close 2' closeup shot of the attachment of
body leash to the head loop.
As for dimension for the size of loop for the neck,
you need to place it on your own fid and adjust the
size you need to make.
Note the very loose fit for Tinkerbell in the last few
photos. 2 fingers can easily be inserted between the
body strap and body. Try that at home before taking
For other details, read the earlier emails I written
on harness making.
Obviously, your fid must be trained to wear harness.
You decide if it is worth your effort to train her so
she can be out safely with you.
You must be able to touch your fid all over first.
While doing head rubs or beak rubs, try to touch her
on her back at the same time. Then slowly try to
stroke her under the wings. Give yourself a month and
back off and retry again.
Then get a line similar to leash and let it lie
around. Play games with her using it. Loop it round
the neck and part of your'peekaboo' routines till she
is used to it.
Slowly, try to put the harness on. Back off and try
again later. At all times, get her used to your
With warmest regards
Shanlung - lackey to all below
Joy - wife, Tinkerbell - CAG & surrogate daughter
Halftail the Bimbo - beautiful sweet silly cat
Zorro - ferret which loves parrot pellets
earlier emails and photo links on Tink -
(erratically and sporadically updated)
(NEVER EVER HOLD THE LEASH IN YOUR HAND OR LOOP AROUND THE WRIST. ALWAYS SECURE THE LEASH TO YOUR BELT OR YOUR BACKPACK WITH A CARABINER.)