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Dog on a Leash (Kaymuchta)

1. Pick up loop on thumbs.

2. Pass little fingers under thumb loop, and return with both thumb strings.

3. Pass right index finger between left palm and both left palmar strings, and return.

4. Pass left index finger through right index loop from above, and up under right palmar strings, and return.

5. Exchange index loops, passing right loops through left.

6. Transfer left index loops, and then left little finger loops, to left thumb.

7. There are now three left thumb loops: a single loop on the bottom, and two double loops above it. Insert left little finger from below into lower and middle left thumb loops, and then to the far side of (double) upper far thumb string. Hook down this (double) string with the little finger, and pull it down through the other loops.

8. Insert left index from above into upper and middle left thumb loops, and pass it to the near side of the lower (single) near thumb string. Hook this string up through the other thumb loops, and straighten the index with a half-turn away from you and up. Release left thumb.

9. Pass left thumb to the right and away from you under right thumb and index loops, and up into left little finger loops from below. Then bend it back to the left, and toward you into the large triple-walled diamond near the left hand, thus picking up on its back the strings that form the lower right side of the diamond.

10. Insert left thumb into left index loop from below, and return with left near index string. Lift the lower (original, triple) left thumb loops off the thumb past the new upper loop, and release left index.

11. Release right thumb and little finger, and pass right little finger from above into right index finger loop, and hook down right far index finger strings. Stretch out the new right far little finger strings until they run straight between the hands.

By pulling on the right thumb strings, the dog's leash is pulled off, and the dog escapes.

Except for the opening, this figure is identical to [Jayne 1906]'s "Porcupine" (pages 136-141), and [Gordon 1906]'s "Wolverine" (which Jayne mentions but doesn't illustrate). To make the "Porcupine" or "Wolverine," start with Opening A, and continue from step 5 above (noting that in this case the strings described as being double won't be double).

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