The Truth Behind Bison And Flexi-Leashes.

This is part of a bunch of 90 head herd of buffalo. Looks like they’re eating grazing.  That sentence just might be the end of my agricultural knowledge when it comes to bison.

They’re pretty darn impressive. Really Big. Having them; managing them requires Total, Unwavering Commitment.

And land. You need a LOT of land if you’re going to get into the bison business.

One thing you don’t have to do with bison is take them out for heeling exercises. Or work on their fence manners. They don’t have too many neighbors out walking THEIR leashed bison, practicing Polite Walking Behavior.

Just imagine a bison walking on a flexi-leash! That’s one sure way to have flexi-leashes banished for all time.

Maybe I’ll start a “banish flexi-leash club.”  It’s a dirty job but somebody’s got to do it.

I could start a grass roots campaign. Hold meetings. Start petitions. Get a lot of folks excited fired up about the bad influences of flexi-leashes.

Before you know it, we might have a political movement spread out clear across the country. I could even write a book about it. Which would get made into a movie.

Which would push two unknown actors into instant stardom. The next thing you know, they’d have their own reality TV show.

Then there’d be a Big Scandal that the rest of us would read about in People magazine as we sat in hair salons, waiting our turn, or we’d read the headline on True Confessions magazine while standing in the cashier line at the grocery store and we’d wonder where the line was between what was real and what was manufactured.

Because there is no real truth in Hollywood. It’s all smoke and mirrors designed around one simple concept. Making money.

What. You didn’t know that?

Come to think of it, making money was probably behind the whole flexi-leash thing. Somebody thought they could build a better mouse trap. So to speak.

So they did.

And dogs have been paying for it ever since.   [gplus count=”true” size=”Medium” ]




  1. Polly says

    O.K. I’ll bite. What is the problem you perceive with flexi-leashes? We use them with the dogs when on “free walks” (non-training) and where we have lots of space (the defunct dirt airstrip behind our rural home) but do not want them off leash, as there are too many temptations to take off!

  2. Polly says

    O.K., now I have done some reading of the problems people have with using the flexi-leashes. I shall add this to the argument: yes one can get hurt when using these in certain circumstances, and must always be on alert as to the presence of others around you so you do not tangle up bodies with leashes, a bad combination. This is the main reason we do not use them in our suburban environment, even though we have had much success with lighter-weight dogs using them. Duff is an expert at reeling them back in as needed, but it does necessitate much diligence while out on a walk. But anyone out walking a dog should always be acting with due diligence.

    But I would also point out the leash burn on my left hand which I got last week when a certain unnamed someone lunged for a squirrel while I was still closing the front door and tried to stop her up short, while on a standard 6 ft heavy-duty leash. We are now working on “sit” being the operative not only when arriving at the door, but when departing.

    • htkhp says

      One of my neighbor’s walks both a yorkie and a Jack Russell on flex-leashes – even after HE was knocked flat on his butt one night because the JR dashed off in one direction before doing an abrupt about-face backwards, at which point the JR wrapped himself around my neighbor with an endless wire that tied my neighbor’s feet together causing him to crash to the pavement when he banged his head. He’s lucky (my neighbor not his JR0 that he wasn’t knocked unconscious. I’ve never understood the appeal of flex-leashes; they end up mostly in the hands of Stupid Dog People (that would NOT be Duff) and the do nothing for the handler-dog relationship….Glad you took the time to do a bit of reading up and SO happy to hear that you’re practicing “polite door behavior.”

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