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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.  
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Step 1: Get measurements

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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. 

Step 2: Making the base

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Once I had a suitable Tucker head model based on his measurements, I could go to town figuring out how this thing was going to work.

I draped a soft lycra piece around the head and collar to use as the foundation for the fur.  The collar piece closed on the side with strips of velcro.

Then I was able to play around with the fur until I could get it to look like what I wanted.
EliRob101922 hours 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!

basketpam14 days 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!18 days 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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szq103124 days ago

How much fabric did you purchase for this?

This made my day, great job

Saw this just in time for Halloween. Turning my aunts dog into a lion now. This is awesome!!
RushNafikov28 days ago

Very cute !!

He is adoorable.

saskfire29 days ago
best thing ive seen all day.!
smolkster29 days 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 could bring him to the bar.

tenchman29 days ago
Awesome make . looks really kool


catlily29 days ago
Cool! tucker is SOOOO cute! I made a loin mane for my cat. Twinzes!
BLR_RAVI29 days ago
love it..its so new refreshing idea..very well made...literally you transformed a dog to a lion..
gjulia32694 months ago
Awwwww so cute
Jackiebain6 months ago
Awesome! I have a toy chihuahua I'm going to make this for- will post an update...
Creativeman9 months ago

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
pandyboohoo10 months ago
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!
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
beme20131 year ago
That's so adorable!
Haha agh I hate people who are so savvy with sewing and making such cool stuff
Holy sh*t my dogs a lion
martinroca1 year 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)))
stefanya891 year 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)  AndrewryanSears1 year ago
If that's a question, the answer is yes!
breal4ever1 year ago
This is soooo cool :) I have a boxer and would to see him wear this..U my dear have Skillz!
meismeems1 year ago
That is ADORABLE!!
Honus1 year ago
That is so unbelievably perfect! I need to make a black one for my dog Roxy to turn her into a werewolf. :)
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.
That is a LAB plain and simple!
Tucker is actuallymy dog, and 100% golden retriever. He turned 3 in July, and he's a great sport when it comes to this sort of thing.
Ummmm.... No.

That is a GOLDEN RETRIEVER. Plain and simple.

Yep, Lab's have short hair, Retrievers have the long hair. I am thinking of making one of these for my golden lab... dont think she will sit that calm for the measurements though!
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 :)
ashbegash1 year ago
Adorable! <3
I just spat porridge across the room laughing at the Lion dog picture . . . It is wonderful.
Haha that is so cool!
Very cool idea. Excellent job.
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
Absolutely thrilling and adorable. When those big Yellows howl they are the Kng of their kingdom. Well done!
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
tqwerty1 year ago
I love the main picture!
This is too adorable.
kennan1 year ago
I bet you'd make a great pom for his tail. It might even last long enough for a photo.
scoochmaroo (author)  kennan1 year ago
I totally thought about that!
ClareBS1 year 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 Reni1 year ago
So very cute. Tucker is a good sport.
BtheBike1 year ago
i know he prolly wants to pull that thing off So Bad =) But its So Cute
chibimaddy1 year 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!!
SO clever! What a fantastic detailed job you did with this idea. Really nice instructable, too!
WoundedEgo1 year ago
So perfect!
sitearm1 year ago
@Scoochmaroo; Hi! Outstanding! Tweeted and sent to my family : ) Site
Cooooool! Tika and I love it!
Jayefuu1 year ago
I think this might be one of my favourite Instructables ever :D Such a cool dog and costume.
Givver1121 year ago
That's a good lookin' dog right there...
rimar20001 year ago
Beautiful lion!

When I saw he the first time, I thought it was really a lion.
JMM19671 year 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.
wilgubeast1 year 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.
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
poofrabbit1 year ago
OMG! How cool is this!!! I bet you got a few double takes as you walked around!
PitStoP1 year ago
Woahh! I always wanted to have my own lion. =)
I wannit!
nemalim1 year ago
this is great! sending it to my friend who has a similar-looking dog
ceanes1 year ago
Clever and cute , good job
gosphero1 year 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 :)