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Tucker had always dreamed of being a lion.  He imagined languid days on the Serengeti, punctuated with thrilling hunts, watching the lionesses chase down wild antelope, and then moving in for his share.  When he thought about it enough, he could even feel the hot, dry wind blowing through his luxurious mane.

While Tucker may never be a lion (and we don't need to let him know lions are cats, after all), at least part of his dream could be fulfilled. He could dominate his pack of friends with the most glorious mane of them all.

And this is how Tucker got his mane.  

Step 1: Get measurements

Picture of Get measurements
Since Tucker (a 3-yr-old Golden Retriever)  lives in NYC and I live in SF, we had to rely on email and texting for all communication.  Fortunately, Tucker's people are very savvy and were able to send me great photos of him getting his measurements taken.  You can tell how much he'd been dreaming of that mane by how very patient and well behaved he was during his measurements. 

From these, I was able to construct a mock Tucker head out of paper and tape. 

AlexB433 days ago

run postal dude, run for you life!

Your dog must Love You!
Mine would probably eat me if I tried dressing them up ;-)

PowellMade7 months ago

This has to be one of the coolest instructables ever!!!! I absolutely love it does he mind wearing it?

EliRob101910 months ago

Where did you find the fur? I'm having a heck of a time finding the right stuff in the right color. And I only have till Sunday to finish! Eeek!

basketpam10 months ago

You should contact the website Craftsy, which has instructors teach ALL sorts of lessons from Cake Decorating, Sewing, Woodwork, Photography and much more. You SHOULD contact them and see if they would take you on as an instructor in the sewing section to teach this. I bet they would. They are constantly adding new things and this is the perfect time of the year. If you do, please let me know. Thanks!

abbey.mac.7 made it!11 months ago

I saw your amazing lion's mane after I had ordered a cheapo one online. When it came (and it was pretty lame) I used your ideas to augment it, adding extra layers of pleated craft-fur. It turned out pretty well--not quite as nice as yours. Next time I will start from scratch. Thanks for the great idea!

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szq103111 months ago

How much fabric did you purchase for this?

Fikjast Scott11 months ago

This made my day, great job

Saw this just in time for Halloween. Turning my aunts dog into a lion now. This is awesome!!
RushNafikov11 months ago

Very cute !!

nabukadnazar11 months ago

He is adoorable.

saskfire11 months ago
best thing ive seen all day.!
smolkster11 months ago

Not fair, your dog would win every costume contest. And if you said it was my friend dressed as a dog in a lion costume...you could bring him to the bar.

tenchman11 months ago
Awesome make . looks really kool
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catlily11 months ago
Cool! tucker is SOOOO cute! I made a loin mane for my cat. Twinzes!
BLR_RAVI11 months ago
love it..its so new refreshing idea..very well made...literally you transformed a dog to a lion..
gjulia32691 year ago
Awwwww so cute
Jackiebain1 year ago
Awesome! I have a toy chihuahua I'm going to make this for- will post an update...

Just found this scooch, it's great! I don't get notices of new projects of authors I follow???? Did that policy change or is it on my end?

That's ace and the dogs adorable :-) :-p
Soo funny it made the app example in the app store
rsevacko1 year ago
I'd like to know if you could glue the fur
aimeee1 year ago
This is pure awesome. I must try this for precious puggle Charlie
scoochmaroo (author)  aimeee1 year ago
I can't wait to see it!
RedGuff1 year ago
It's so fun that I want to become a dog, in order to be disguised as a lion!
jennieqdeng2 years ago
hi!! I was wondering where you got the faux fur! I'm looking EVERYWHERE and I cant seem to find it. please let me know!
I actually got some of the fur for my dog and the local Goodwill, but Walmart has 'fur' throw pieces that you can use to cut up. Works well, and the author of this is amazing.
lolson11 year ago
Wonderful job, you are amazing!!
hammer98761 year ago
Executed well. Documented well. Absolutely adorable.

Congratulations on being part of the 31 Days of Halloween.

Waiting for you to figure out how to do the lion tail.
bwolfe08261 year ago
How did you sew on the front piece to hide the stitching? Did you use your machine to sew on all strips? I am afraid it would get harder as you get to the top! Did this stay on the dog well? Thank you
beme20132 years ago
That's so adorable!
sincitysir12 years ago
Haha agh I hate people who are so savvy with sewing and making such cool stuff
Holy sh*t my dogs a lion
martinroca2 years ago
This is hilarious. I mean that in a good way ;) The first picture is too funny.
This is just to AWESOME!!! Wonder if I can make one for my cat (((wink wink)))
stefanya892 years ago
I have a 3.5 year golden retriever too, THE best dogs! This is so cute & hes about the same size, do you make these & would you ship to Australia?? :)))
where can i order one of these from i want one for my dog!
Ur doggie is soooo cute????
scoochmaroo (author)  AndrewryanSears2 years ago
If that's a question, the answer is yes!
breal4ever2 years ago
This is soooo cool :) I have a boxer and would to see him wear this..U my dear have Skillz!
meismeems2 years ago
That is ADORABLE!!
Honus2 years ago
That is so unbelievably perfect! I need to make a black one for my dog Roxy to turn her into a werewolf. :)
This is adorable!
This is so cool!!! Not sure if Tucker really likes it, but I certainly do! And it would perfectly suit Sofia, my mum's golden retriever.... Thanks for sharing :)
ashbegash2 years ago
Adorable! <3
I just spat porridge across the room laughing at the Lion dog picture . . . It is wonderful.
FoamboardRC2 years ago
Haha that is so cool!
Very cool idea. Excellent job.
TilTherWasU2 years ago
Hliarious! Tucker is the name of my dog too! He is an Akita! I wonder how he would look with this on? So cute!
Adorable!!! <3
izzikienzle2 years ago
Soo want to make this for my dog. What breed/breeds is Tucker? Look a lot like my dog.
He's not my dog, so I could be wrong, but Tucker looks like a golden retriever. The breed varies in color from a light blond (like Tucker's color) to the dark reddish brown color of Shadow in Homeward Bound, and sometimes darker.
I so wanna do this, but I dunno how to make a mould as the head shape, and then with the ears and all the fur and stuff
tqwerty2 years ago
I love the main picture!
This is too adorable.
kennan2 years ago
I bet you'd make a great pom for his tail. It might even last long enough for a photo.
scoochmaroo (author)  kennan2 years ago
I totally thought about that!
ClareBS2 years ago
Tucker is gorgeous in his mane, he looks noble! It would almost be worth getting a golden lab or retriever to make this great instrucable. I'd love to see photos of other dogs in their manes.
Mama Reni2 years ago
So very cute. Tucker is a good sport.
BtheBike2 years ago
i know he prolly wants to pull that thing off So Bad =) But its So Cute
chibimaddy2 years ago
This is ADORABLE!!! I love Tucker, and I love his mane. I'm sure he has a lot of "pride" when he wears his wonderful manly mane. :o) Great job!!
davidandora2 years ago
SO clever! What a fantastic detailed job you did with this idea. Really nice instructable, too!
WoundedEgo2 years ago
So perfect!
sitearm2 years ago
@Scoochmaroo; Hi! Outstanding! Tweeted and sent to my family : ) Site
Cooooool! Tika and I love it!
Jayefuu2 years ago
I think this might be one of my favourite Instructables ever :D Such a cool dog and costume.
Givver1122 years ago
That's a good lookin' dog right there...
rimar20002 years ago
Beautiful lion!

When I saw he the first time, I thought it was really a lion.
JMM19672 years ago
haha this is totally awesome. We used to have a mini dachshund and this would have looked so cool on her. Tucker was a super well behaved model.
wilgubeast2 years ago
This could have been just a mane, and it would have been awesome. But you went the extra mile and added ears. Very well done.
Tucker is so adorable as a lion! What a patient doggie.
Pavlovafowl2 years ago
Love this! I once made my sister's Jack Russell a 'transformation' coat of fake fur spot pattern - she apparently looked like a cute Dalmatian for the five seconds she wore it before she and her puppy conspired to worry it to death. My niece didn't even have time to take a photograph to send to me. It took hours for me to create so seeing your costume makes up for it! Thanks!
omg this is adorable i voted
poofrabbit2 years ago
OMG! How cool is this!!! I bet you got a few double takes as you walked around!
PitStoP2 years ago
Woahh! I always wanted to have my own lion. =)
flyingpuppy2 years ago
I wannit!
nemalim2 years ago
this is great! sending it to my friend who has a similar-looking dog
ceanes2 years ago
Clever and cute , good job
gosphero2 years ago
Tucker is the cutest lion-dog ever! His mane really suits him. If he ever needs a ball to play with, #Sphero might be a great holiday present for this creative pup!
He is so adorable! I love the photo with the wind blowing through his mane :)