Okay. I’m talking about something a little bit different today. But hopefully, all of you horse and dog lovers will want to stick around anyway.
If you follow me on Instagram, then you might of seen me post these pictures to share Summit’s new collar. I thought that this company was worth the mention on the blog as well which is why I decided to write about it too. I also thought that it was about time for my boy, Summit, to be featured in another blog post.
So here’s a little backstory.
Summit, if you can’t tell by the pictures, is a big boy. He’s a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog that weighs near 120 pounds. Definitely bigger than you typical Labrador Retriever. Though still considered a large breed and not a giant, I find it very difficult to find things that fit him at your typical pet store. Even the tallest food bowl stand is way too short for him. Needless to say, I usually have to look at custom options.
When he was a puppy, I never bothered buying him a nice quality collar because he’d grow out of it so fast. So, I kind of made a deal with myself that, once he was fully grown, he would get a really nice collar to last him a long time. I searched through the stores and couldn’t find anything that I liked. They were either poor quality, too small or not my style. I didn’t want anything with spikes and I didn’t want anything nylon.
I took to Etsy to see if I could find something that I would be happy with. If you’ve ever searched for dog collars before, you would know that there are a lot of options out there. It took me quite some time browsing through the different stores. I would save the ones I liked and then compare them.
In the end, I decided to buy a collar from Old Country Leather.
I liked that you could customize the whole collar. The leather, the padding and the stitching. I also liked that the holes to adjust the collar were secured with metal. That way, the holes won’t stretch and the collar will last longer. It was well thought out.
I never had to worry about the collar not fitting him as they ask to indicate his neck size. That way, they make a collar to fit the dog instead of trying to find a collar that fits. Makes perfect sense to me.
I ended up buying the 1” thick option (which ends up being about 1 1/2” with the padding) which I think suits him quite nicely. Anything thicker or thinner wouldn’t look as nice.
Summit is now wearing the Bordeaux leather with the white padding and stitching. I’ll link the exact collar in this thickness here so that you can check out all of their colour options.
I have no doubt that this collar will last Summit a long time. The leather is thick and sturdy enough that his nail marks when he scratches himself haven’t dug in the leather. It’s also soft enough that I didn’t have to worry about breaking it in before putting it on. That alone, in my mind, shows you the quality that you’re getting.
If you are ever looking for a collar for your dog, I would recommend that you check these guys out. They’re definitely worth the money.
Until next time, happy riding!