Brandy the fishdog and I took our maiden voyage to Comstock and back tonight. There'a some fine tuning and practice to be done before we show off, but the basic problem is solved. Turns out the biggest part of the solution was just getting into my dog's head and figuring out what shit I was throwing at her that was just unreasonable. Dogs are so eager to please, but you have to give them parameters they can deal with. My biggest mistake by far was no slack in the line. We've also gone to shock cord (aka bungee cord) for the "line", which takes the edge off the transition between slack and taught.
I'm glad that's behind us, because I'm all fired up about u-lock holsters. I've been mulling solutions over the last few months about an elegant rack design to carry a u-lock, and I've been banging my head against the wall. My major criterion are that the lock doesn't rattle and that you can get it in and out easily. Sounds simple enough, but the designs I've seen don't make a lot of sense to me.
Yesteday, I stumbled across Kent Peterson's blog about the Trek Earl, and I saw the u-lock sitting there, and the light bulb lighted and tilted me off dead center.
But no matter how good you might be at visualizing shit (which I am particularly not), sometimes you just have to try and build it to find out what will or won't work. I did that tonight and found out what won't.
I have some different ideas for what will and that's pretty much what will be occupying any mental space that's not taken up with grown-up stuff over the next few days.