I'm not sure you'll be able to stop this problem with the harnesses. Often times, hair loss is from the hairs getting into the weave of the webbing and then it being plucked out. For that problem, you'll need a fabric against their skin that would be of a tight enough weave that the hairs can't get into the weave.
Second problem is the friction. The dog is continually in motion rubbing, while the harness is stationary. Back and forth, back and forth. Nylon webbing may not be abrasive when touched, but over time it will have the effect you've noticed. Perhaps a softer lining might work (satin, polar fleece), but over a long distance, it too may have the same result.
Time to reach outside the Basenji family to find rollerbladers that take their dogs with them. They must've come across this problem.
I see some long time friends around here. And some of you I've even had the pleasure of meeting in person!
My B's? Tuff and Alex were my girls for a long time. Unfortunately, they are at the Bridge. Alex went first in May 05. With in days, Piper (Possum Creeks Pipe Dream) came to visit. He's still visiting. When Tuff (Possum Creeks Tuff E Nuff) passed mid-07, it took a bit longer. Somewhere over the summer, Piper met Raven and approved. During Raven's short show career, she was referred to as Raven Lunatic . She has taken over as boss, and he's fine with that. Two B's is a good number for me.
Let's see if the pic of 3 new furry DIVA ribbons, a gator, and 2 martini ribbons comes up:
Steffie, Pat, Anne! (and others),
I made it over to Louisville on Sat and Sun. Even took Sat off work.
Let's see….Denise V was up from Texas. Always fun to see her. In addition to B's, she was showing a Chinese Crested (a hairless one). He was quite naked and looked like he should be wearing shorts :eek: His head did have a great head of black hair that flopped over his eyes. What a hoot.
I managed to get there Sat and see a friend show her new Bichon puppy. Lulu is a happy young girl and hopped around the ring. Her mom laughed, and will continue to work with her.
Wendy M was down from the Arctic Circle. 28 Ibizans!
Watched some agility on Sunday and saw an English Bulldog go through the novice course. Slow and careful, but the best crowd response.
Gas: $20 each round trip, parking $5, ticket $6, seeing old friends and new ones: priceless.
Yes, it has been quite some time since we've chatted. For a time, I didn't even realize I was missing mail from the big list. As usual, I've been procrastinating, too.
Dogs: Ms Tuff E Nuff passed last year. A good friend in Louisville had a girl that needed more people time. She (Raven, 12yo, B&W) resides here now and keeps Possum Creeks Pipe Dream (Piper, M, 9yo, brindle) in his place (yes, she took over as boss). She arrived with a stout waddle at 29+pounds. She's now at a much better 25 pounds.
Job: still bartending (officially the asst manager) at a small private club in Lexington.
Springtim stuff: Looking forward to more outdoor time to walk the dogs, looking forward to tilling more of the earth and gardening (fantastic topsoil), and getting the motorcycles out to tour on.
Finally around to signing up. I hear some of you like my collars. Thanks! I found some great 'martini' ribbons!
But the question of the moment is: Is anyone going to the Louisville shows this coming weekend? Basenjis show at 8am Thurs, Fri, Sat, and 2:10pm Sunday. I'm planning to be there Sat and Sunday. I'm even taking off work Saturday night so I don't have to rush back home Sat. afternoon.