Patrick Peifer is the MacGyver of dog dads.
After struggling to trim his rescue dog Oliver’s nails, the Eagan father of two (plus Oliver) decided to make a homemade harness for the pooch, similar to the contraptions used at professional pet grooming salons.
“There is a product on the market that does this ... but it costs nearly $200, which I thought was ridiculous,” Peifer said.
Since Pefier’s wife wouldn’t let him use any of her purses, he found one at Goodwill for $8, cut four holes in it, then put Oliver, a Boston terrier, inside and hooked the purse to some gym equipment hanging from a doorway. Voilà. Oliver seemingly settled into the hammock, long enough for Peifer to get the job done and for his daughter, Kendal, to snap some photos.
Kendal posted a series of photos to Twitter: “my dog hates his nails getting clipped so my dad literally bought a purse & cut holes in it.”
Some were drawn in by the ingenuity of the device. Others loved Peifer’s addition of a head lamp and wanted to know if he was single. And a few people sent Peifer messages about copying his method for their own dogs.
Peifer said: “If I can inspire some other people with my idea or just save them a few bucks on buying overpriced contraptions or grooming services, then I’m happy.”