I’ve decided to take part in A Lilhoohaa’s Photo Challenge again this year. I joined in quite late last year, but I did enjoy it and it’s always nice to have something around which to build a post, isn’t it?
So for January the prompt is ‘New’. Yes, yes, I said ‘January’.Â I’m late again and running to catch up – it’s the story of my life, so sue me.
But that’s enough about me. Here’s the story on the new – and quite startling – jacket you see up there on Jeffie.
You will probably have noticed that Jeffie is black. Well, I say ‘black’ but since he’s only a few weeks off twelve years old, he’s looking rather faded – never mind the greenish tinge this jacket has given to his face. There’s a lot of silver among the ebony these days, bless him. Even so, there’s not enough silver to make him visible at night, or even in the dusk, and it can be a bit hairy when crossing a road with him if he lags behind, because cars can’t see him.
I used to put a flourescent fleece necker on him which helped a lot with the front end, but not at all with the back, and it’s the back bit which lags, of course.
Not only that, but he is wont to weave across in front of you and you can’t see where all of him is in dim light. There has been cursing and wringing of hands. In fact, only the other day, OH tripped over him inside the house because of this habit, but we both have serious doubts that this will have taught him anything other than the fact that if he curls up in bed with Sid and allows bits of Jeffie to touch bits of Sid (which he did for comfort), Absolutely Nothing Will Happen To Him as a result of this proximity.
So. I ordered a lovely flourescent Equafleece dog jumper for him, with a polo neck and little front legs to keep his bony self warm and cosy, as well as visible and safe.
It didn’t fit.
I was annoyed, because since he seemed to be in between sizes, I rang for advice so that I didn’t get the wrong one and have to send it back. They make quite a thing on the site about all returns having to be in a clean, saleable condition with no hairs on them, and well, you can imagine trying to get all the black hairs off of a bright yellow fleece – even if it has only been on your dog for a few minutes! This one would have been plastered, due to the fact that it was so very hard to get on, and so close-fitting that it was also hard to get off. Too hard for comfort – his or mine.
I was philosophical and thought maybe I could make it fit by a bit of judicious snipping. Maybe if I took the legs off it’d be easier to get on him. Maybe if I notched the sides where the elastic is, under the tuck, it’d be easier. So I put it away and waited for the energy to Have a Go.
Meanwhile, I got an email from the company asking for feedback. So I went and gave the feedback, saying that I was very disappointed with the fit and the advice and that previous Equafleece jumpers had fitted so well that I was puzzled as to what was different. We had gone for a ‘slim fit’ since he’s a greyhound, and a very lanky, bony one, at that, and I thought it quite bizarre that it was too ‘slimfit’ for Jeffie.
I got an answer from a lovely lady who said ‘send it back anyway, and we’ll have another go at getting it right’.
So that’s what I did, and this is the result. I decided to go for the ‘tankie’ style this time, which has a lower neck and no legs, and not the ‘slimfit’ version, to give him a bit more room for manoevre. I think part of the problem is – or was – that the flourescent fleece simply isn’t as stretchy, but even though Jeffie is about as ‘slimfit’ as they come, and this is NOT the slimfit version, it is still only just deep enough in the chest, so I’m still thinking that maybe the sizing is a bit off, too. We’ve had several Equafleece jumpers before and not had this problem*.
Jeffie, by the way, wasn’t particularly sad, I just somehow made him seem so when I Photoshopped the greenish alien glow out of his poor old eyes. I forgot I had the flash on, you see, and he’s half-blind and his lenses are cloudy so his pupils are always wide. This gives a wonderful reflective surface for the light from the flash to hit and bounce out from again.
So there you are. My ‘New’ for January is Jeffie’s lovely new tankie. Knocks your eyes out, huh?
* Which, by the way, we still have, because Equafleece jumpers wash and wear so beautifully – and are extremely hard to wear out!