April 16, 2007
The Gentle Leader saved our lives. The Gentle Leader sounds like a benevolent Southeast Asian dictator, but in fact it is a loop of nylon that encircles a wayward dog’s nose, much like a horse’s halter. When we got one for Faith—beige, lighter than her tan and brindled fur, completely unchic—I must have told people “It’s not a muzzle,” about 17 million times. The idea is simple: the Gentle Leader hooks up to your leash, which you pull on only when your dog seems headed for trouble, and you lead her head away from that trouble. Good dog!