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« on: November 03, 2012 02:55:12 PM »



We recently moved to the woods of the Bitterroot Range and our property abuts the National Forest.  Sometimes the dogs wander just a little bit into the woods on the other side of the fence and since it's hunting season we want to be extra sure they aren't mistaken for deer or bear (not that they look like either).  Our neighbor uses plastic tape in safety orange, but our young dogs wrassle and play so much that the tape just got torn off and shredded.



So I made them little capes that slip easily over their collars.  They're made from a cotton/poly blend (I think) which is so far pretty durable and tough.  It's also a lot easier for us to spot their sleek black and brown bodies among the black and brown trees and downed limbs.



And here they are doing that playing that shreds the plastic tape.  I'm going to start calling it their Safety Dance when they wrassle in their capes!



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« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2012 12:46:57 AM »

What a splendid idea and the photos show how well they work, brilliant!
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« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2012 06:35:14 AM »

Thanks!  And it took less than 10 minutes to make them both.
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« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2012 06:50:01 AM »

That's a great idea!
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« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2013 10:10:40 PM »

Amazing idea!  I worry about the same thing with our dogs.  I love the idea of easily sliding these on and off their collars, as needed.
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« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2013 04:25:01 PM »

Thank you!  I've recently upgraded the safety capes to include reflective tape.  The only issue I'm having is that the younger one (Delia) shreds the cape on the older one (Betty) when they wrassle and play.  Betty ends up looking like a safety hobo!  I'm going to look at different fabric options in blaze orange, perhaps ripstop nylon.
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