Friday, June 22, 2012

Tail Tale, Chapter 2

LaFonda can swat the flies off her back and legs now! (In case you haven't read my previous post, she came in to be milked with switch of her tail totally missing yesterday!) I made her a pink prosthetic tail and she seems to like it. She has been swinging it around all afternoon.
I found cow tail extensions available to order on line, but they cost $50 to $100. Today when I was doing errands I bought some supplies to try making one for much less:  Pink nylon line, super glue and double sided velcro.
I cut 18-inch lengths of the pink nylon twine and melted the ends with a match so they won't unravel.  I glued them to the fuzzy side of the velcro, then sandwiched the ends inside with another little strip of velcro so the dried glue bits won't irritate LaFonda's tail stub.
I braided the top few inches so the switch hangs together as a bunch. Then I gave LaFonda a treat while I velcro'ed it on.  She seemed puzzled at first, craning her neck to look at it and waving it around, but after a few minutes, she seemed to accept the prosthetic switch.

Next I will make one a bit longer and  thicker so it is more similar to her real switch.  I have plenty more materials; if she loses it I can make another.


Gardeningbren said...

That is just too cute!! Pink, no less. I think she likes it..yup!! I do.

Marcia said...

Necessity the mother of invention. How nice for LaFonda.

Jocelyn said...

I like it very much. It cracked me up that you can buy cow tail extensions online. What else??

Good for you for finding a good fix. I'm all for inventing on the fly. I'm glad it works for her!

quinn said...

Good job! And when you make the longer, thicker one, LaFonda can have the fanciest tail in the barn! :)

I wondered about the velcro being irritating, because personally I have found the tiniest edge of the stuff poking into my wrist is enough to make me tear off my gloves on even a very cold winter day. Guess cows (and probably most people, since I've never heard anyone else complain about velcro edges) are made of tougher stuff!

Amy said...

I LOVE it! So cute that you chose pink :) Do you think it would be even more effective if it was heavier?