We bought this for my daughter once she grew into the phase of "bolting", especially towards the street, as soon as her feet touched the ground. This has been a SAVIOR for her and for us!
The giraffe is soft and plush, and has two very easy to use clips at the chest and tummy. I think if you lost the leash that came with this, you could just get another leash and be just fine. We've only had it for 2 weeks, but so far, it's prevented her from running away several times. Sometimes she gets annoyed when she can't run as fast as she wants to, so she sits down in a huff, which I prefer over her getting hurt!
So far, she has LOVED wearing her "Hugs" (we tell her that she has to wear her giraffe that gives her hugs if we're going to leave the house so that she sees it as a positive thing and not a negative thing). She'll ask to wear him around the house, so we'll either remove the leash, or tuck it into the pocket.
As other reviewers have said, the pocket is pretty pointless for putting much of anything in to. Which is fine with me. Doesn't detract from this.
I'll update this review if, as time goes on, I find issues with it.