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

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. 

Ha! Soo cute! My dog already kinda has a mane... Maybe I should just dye him!(na....doesn't sound right!)
<p>run postal dude, run for you life!</p>
<p>This is just TOO cute!<br>Too bad my cat would not go for it</p>
<p>Your dog must Love You! <br>Mine would probably eat me if I tried dressing them up ;-)</p>
<p>This has to be one of the coolest instructables ever!!!! I absolutely love it does he mind wearing it?</p>
<p>best one and very great job </p>
<p>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!</p>
<p>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!</p>
<p>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!</p>
<p>How much fabric did you purchase for this?</p>
<p>This made my day, great job</p>
Can't stop laughing.
Saw this just in time for Halloween. Turning my aunts dog into a lion now. This is awesome!!
<p>Very cute !!</p>
<p>He is adoorable. </p>
best thing ive seen all day.!
<p>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.</p>
Awesome make . looks really kool
Cool! tucker is SOOOO cute! I made a loin mane for my cat. Twinzes!
love it..its so new refreshing idea..very well made...literally you transformed a dog to a lion..
Awwwww so cute
Awesome! I have a toy chihuahua I'm going to make this for- will post an update...
<p>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?</p>
That's ace and the dogs adorable :-) :-p
Soo funny it made the app example in the app store
I'd like to know if you could glue the fur
This is pure awesome. I must try this for precious puggle Charlie
I can't wait to see it!
L.O. <br>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.
Wonderful job, you are amazing!!
Executed well. Documented well. Absolutely adorable. <br> <br>Congratulations on being part of the 31 Days of Halloween. <br> <br>Waiting for you to figure out how to do the lion tail.
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
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
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)))
I have a 3.5 year golden retriever too, THE best dogs! This is so cute &amp; hes about the same size, do you make these &amp; would you ship to Australia?? :)))
where can i order one of these from i want one for my dog!
Ur doggie is soooo cute????
If that's a question, the answer is yes!
This is soooo cool :) I have a boxer and would to see him wear this..U my dear have Skillz!
That is ADORABLE!!
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!

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