We no longer sell dog products so we’ve been using the same Flexi leash for the last few years. We love the convenience, but it had a few drawbacks. First, since it was sized for Gracie, it had tiny hardware and was very lightweight. Perfect. But for some reason just because we have a little dog, they thought we were little too! The hand grip is tiny! For me it was a challenge, for my husband, impossible.
So we bought a larger Flexi thinking that we’d finally have a good fit for both us and the dog. Nope, the new leash fit our hands, but the hardware was huge and wouldn’t fit on Gracie’s leash ring and when we put it on Jewel, the 11 pound Pomeranian, it was so heavy it drug on the ground. We put up with these oddities because we love a retractable leash. It lets the dog have the freedom to roam, within a controlled distance, but with a series of thumb moves it could lock the leash in place, at any length.
We probably would have gone on holding the Flexi with our fingertips or listening to it drag on the ground (completely freaking out an already neurotic Pom) because they’re expensive and we now had purchased two. Instead, we got to try what we think is the perfect retractable leash – a Kakadu Pet Retractable Lead!
What makes this lead perfect is its size. It fits the walker as well as the pet – dog or cat! Additionally, the locking mechanism is a one-button click – no slight of hand to get it to lock in place like the Flexi. You might not thing this is a big thing, but it is if your dog is charging off in the direction of a child or another dog, it’s a very important safety feature.
We’ve used the leash for a few months now and enjoy it as much today as we did when we first received it. Its polypropylene case wipes clean and has a reflective tape strip to help you and your pet be visible at night. My one and only complaint is that it only comes in one color – yellow. Other than that? It’s perfect.
- Long Leash by Kakadu Pet, Large Retractable Reflective Lead, Up to 110lbs x 16ft, $14.99 (MRSP $24.99)
- Long Leash by Kakadu Pet, Medium Retractable Reflective Lead, Up to 66lbs x 16ft, $16.99 (MRSP $27.99)
- Long Leash by Kakadu Pet, Small Retractable Reflective Lead, Up to 44lbs x 16ft, $19.99 (MRSP $34.99)
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