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Hound and Co specializes in unique products for dogs. For example, this spooky bow tie, the amazing taco pet costume that screams Quincy or perhaps you’re not into Halloween but your dog needs a delicate fleece coat? When I received an email offering me a free gift box from this site, I said yes! I thought: YEAH! Cool stuff! What I got was an opportunity to check out some new things for dogs while supporting small businesses. What a treat! (Halloween is on my mind.)

To give you an idea of price, a single gift box costs $38 and guarantees the products included will total at least $45. A three month subscription costs $90. So, of course, the longer you sign up the less it costs! (These subscriptions would make a great gift!)

My August box included:

Annie’s Sweet Treats

These doggie treats were thin disks about the size of a silver dollar made out of pumpkin, potato flakes, Parmesan cheese, ground flax and parsley. I liked the fact that the treats were made from ingredients I could pronounce. I’d love to know the number of calories per treat because I always worry about making my dogs too tubby! (Too give you an idea of calorie range, Zuke’s Mini Natural treats are 3 ½ calories each, while a medium Milk Bone Dog Biscuit is 40 calories.)

Big Daddy Biscuits

These treats were also the size of a silver dollar, but thicker. Think double wide Ritz Cracker. The company specializes in treats that use all natural organic ingredients. Again, I’m curious about the calorie content. They’re large treats, so I’m guessing it’s high. I wouldn’t use them for training. Maybe for a special occassion?

The Hands of All Hands

Next, a square cloth bag designed to dispense poop bags. Soft fabric, classic black and white design with a clip to attach to a belt loop or dog leash, it’s perfect to keep your bags in a neat roll. I’m going to keep it clipped in my purse.

Quotable Life: Custom Dog Breed Prints

I got the silhouette of a lab! Simple and classy, it’s a 4X6 print worth framing. I’ll put it on the circulation desk in the library.

I liked the subscription box! Cool stuff I wouldn’t have found otherwise. I also liked the Hound and Co website! What a great way to support small businesses and find unique items for and about dogs. Check them out!

Meet Watson, my Dad’s new Doby!

When we were kids, my Dad always had a Doberman. I remember them all as so sweet and loyal.

Watson is watching the two Goldens play. He’s tough, and likes to run right into the middle of the chaos.

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Six weeks of summer break are behind me. Like every vacation, it was over too soon. I traveled to Bend, Oregon for a family reunion, spent several days slathering myself with sunscreen at Huntington Dog Beach and hung out at the pool while my niece learned to swim. Now, it’s back to library books and middle school students.

Below, are links for a lazy summer Sunday, and yes, there are more than seven but I found so many I had to share! Some links are for dogs, some links are for people and they’re all worth checking out. Enjoy.

Links For Dogs

I bought Kinsey a new collar! It’s one and a half inches wide, which was an accident, but I like it. (That’s what happens when you don’t read the item description carefully on Amazon. Yikes!)  The blues and purples look great on her and RC Pet collars last forever. They’re my favorite!

I also ordered dog tags from the online company Playful a second time! I’m very impressed with their tags! Fast service, cute designs and the tags stay on. I’ve paid more than double for other tags, and somehow Kinsey and Pippin both lost them!

As a free gift, I was sent samples of training treats from Campfire Treats. I like them because they’re small enough for training, all natural and odorless. They’re also made in the US without any additives or preservatives. If you’re looking for quality dog treats, check out Campfire Treats.

I love my dogs. Between products, treats and training, I spend a lot of money on them. It pales in comparison, however, to the life of Sylar. He lives in a 500,000 pet mansion in Beijing. Why? According to the article, China’s one child policy impacted children, and now that the kids are adults, it’s impacting dogs. Read to find out why…

Grain free is all the rage in dog food. An article about a possible link between grain free dog food and heart disease was published recently in The New York Times. Think I’m going back to grain…

Have you ever wondered if your dog really loves you? Or if she’s your buddy cause you’re her food source? Well, there’s a new study and the article is super sweet and every time I don’t think I can love dogs more, I do!

Kinsey after hours of swimming at Huntington Dog Beach. She may appear tired, but she’s actually scanning the shore for a ball.

Links For People

I’ve discovered a new author, Elizabeth Berg, and she’s fabulous. I finished The Story of Arthur Truluv: A Novel last week and then I immediately purchased The Year of Pleasures: A Novel. To give you a little impetus to read, a synopsis. Arthur Truluv is a man in his 80s whom has lost his wife. Everyday he takes the bus to her grave so they can have lunch together. (Isn’t that romantic?) At the cemetery he meets a teenager desperately in need of a friend. Well written, thoughtful characters and a happy ending–I loved every second of it/couldn’t put it down/whatever trite thing you’ve heard about a good book I felt about this one!

Cookies are the perfect dessert for many reasons. One of those reasons is that I can make the dough ahead of time, freeze it in golf ball size lumps and bake up a single or a dozen whenever the urge strikes me. Since I’m headed back to work, I stocked my freezer.

The first batch was Pinch of Yum’s Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies, and my only tip for this recipe is to double it. Perfection.

Second batch, the peanut butter cookies from the King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion. When I make a cookie from this book people ask: Can I have the recipe? This is my absolute favorite cookie cookbook. I recommend purchasing a copy immediately.

Last batch was All Recipes’ Award Winning Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies. You don’t need to double this recipe, it makes one million! However, this time I mixed it up by using two packages of instant chocolate pudding instead of instant vanilla pudding. (I don’t believe too much chocolate is a thing.)

Finally, a thank you to Frank, an amazing photographer and fellow dog lover. We were chatting and he mentioned he likes my Seven Links for Sunday. That made my day. It’s so nice to know that there are people on the other side of this blog that enjoy reading my posts as much as I enjoy writing them!

Happy Sunday from Quincy!

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Huntington Dog Beach is one of my favorite places on Earth. The sand covered in shells as far as the eye can see, the smell of saltwater and haze that doesn’t burn off until two in the afternoon. But the most wonderful thing? Dogs that dance along the shore. Dogs that barrel into waves. Dogs that dig holes with passion. (This also flings sand everywhere, which is hilarious only when it’s happening to someone else.)

Whenever I go to dog beach I end up taking too much and also forgetting something. I shouldn’t have taken this no bake pie, it melted, and I forgot my GoPro. Below are the items I’m really glad I remembered for our day trip. Plus a few tips on how to prevent diarrhea, as that is the one very negative side effect of dogs and saltwater.

People: What to Bring Canvas Wagon

My sister let me borrow her collapsible canvas wagon, and I liked it so much I may get one of my own. Because of that wagon, I only had to make one trip from my car to the beach. That was with two dogs, a four year old and food. Granted the wagon was filled to overflowing, and we did actually lose things a few times, but we made it and didn’t have to hike back up the hill to the parking lot.

Inflatable Chair

On dog beach, towels are useless. Whenever I set one out, Kinsey runs across it, sprinkling sand. If I shake it clean, it stays that way for 27 seconds before a dog comes along and rolls on it. So, I bought this inflatable chair. It was comfortable, came with a tote I could sling on my back and stayed sand free. Thirty dollars well spent! (I got mine from Costco. They are, unfortunately, no longer available on the CostCo site.)

Food

I’m all about egg salad sandwiches at the beach. I love a simple, classic recipe served on Sliced French Brioche from Trader Joe’s. Soft sweet bread, the tang of egg salad with a few plain potato chips on the side–there’s nothing better.

In terms of dessert, I would strongly suggest these amazing chocolate chip cookies. They fit with the classic theme, require no additional utensils and are somewhat sand resistant.

Dogs: What to Bring Water

The first few times we went to dog beach, I didn’t take any water. Big mistake. Dogs, especially when they’re new to the ocean, drink/accidentally gulp it down while retrieving. This, unfortunately, causes diarrhea. Access to plenty of fresh water helps minimize the impact!

For a dog like Kinsey, sixty-seven pounds and crazy, I bring two 48 ounce Nalgene Bottles. These bottles don’t leak and last forever!

Water Dish

I love the Bivy Bowel from Ruffwear. It’s lightweight, collapsible and holds a lot of water. I have two.

Floaty Toy

ChuckIt makes an excellent amphibious bumper. They sell it on Amazon for about six dollars. Unfortunately, I didn’t plan ahead so I got the treat of paying more than twice as much at PetCo. Don’t be like me. Plan ahead. Buy from Amazon.

Once You Get Home

After a full day of playing in the ocean I make sure to do two things. First, I hose the salt and sand off of my dogs. I don’t want them to be itchy and/or spread sand about my floor. Second, I add cooked white rice and pumpkin to their next meal. For Kinsey, a cup of cooked white rice and half a cup of pumpkin decreases the risk of diarrhea.

Thank you for reading. Thank you for following me. I hope that this post gives you an idea or two on how to make your next trip to a dog beach even better. Enjoy the summer!

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I’ve tried expensive dry dog foods sold only at specialty pet stores. I investigated the raw diet, but decided against it when a vet explained the risk of Salmonella and Listeria. I made feasts for all of my dogs when I was off on winter break, but found it wasn’t feasible when I went back to work. After all of that, I feel like I’ve found a good balance between what I can manage, what I can afford and what’s best for my dog.

Favorite Dry Dog Food

I’m a fan of Costco, so that’s where I get my dog food. I like the Kirkland Signature grain free brand. I buy the blue bag which is a mix of Salmon and sweet potato. I picked it because it’s the most expensive flavor Costco sells. Every now and then I’ll switch flavors because I’ve heard variety is good for dogs, just like it is for people. Vets, trainers and breeders have all confirmed to me Costco sells a high quality dog food. (But I expect that from Costco!)

Add Ins

Up until December, my dogs got dry Costco food mixed with water, end of story. That changed with Pippin. Before I flew up to collect my Golden retriever, I received a detailed email from his breeder about add ins. At first all of the information overwhelmed me! I needed vitamins, Salmon Oil, pumpkin, yogurt and canned dog food. He needed three meals a day. I didn’t see how I could manage it. But, because it was best for my new puppy and I was on winter break, I gave it a try. Pippin had three daily feasts! Dry food mixed with yogurt and Salmon Oil in the morning, dry food and canned food mixed for lunch and dry food with yogurt and a vitamin supplement at night. I was unstoppable. But, then I went back to work. I couldn’t keep it up. So, I developed a system I could manage.

Morning: Simplify

When I roll out of bed at 5:30, Kinsey is already dancing in anticipation of breakfast. Pippin squeaks from his crate. Quincy stares at me with eyes unblinking. While they’re out for a quick potty break, I scoop dog food. If I’m not fast enough, Quincy barks and barks and barks. (I love her madly, but find this habit vexing.) So, I keep it simple, dog food and water.

Evenings: Feast

On my weekly visit to the grocery store I buy a can of pumpkin, a tub of yogurt and/or a package of ground turkey for my dogs. Then, I alternate. For a few days, it’s dinner with yogurt, then it’s pumpkin and finally a few days of cooked ground turkey. Each evening I also add in a vitamin supplement, Salmon Oil (I bought a bottle of Salmon Oil from Costco.) and water. My dogs get a healthy variety in their diet, and I can manage it.

Quincy is ten pounds, and this is what I give her for dinner! One quarter cup of dry dog food, one quarter of a cup of cooked ground turkey and half a pill of Cosquin for joint health.

Another Quincy sized serving of canned pumpkin, dry dog food and a vitamin supplement.

This portion size is for Pippin, a six month old puppy at about 50 pounds. It’s a half cup of yogurt, one and a half cups of dry dog food, water, Salmon Oil in a pill and a scoop of a vitamin supplement.

Weight Gain: Be Careful!

Kinsey and Pippin are large, active dogs. So, I haven’t noticed increased weight with the extra food. Quincy, on the other hand, is only ten pounds. The first month that I changed her diet, she plumped up! To get her back to a healthy weight, I cut her dry dog food in half until she leveled out. Please keep your dog at a healthy weight as it increases life span!

Conclusion

This diet is the right combination of healthy add ins and affordable dog food. The Salmon Oil is good for the dogs’ hearts, and yogurt makes for a healthy gut. I added the ground turkey after a vet told me dogs need to eat more unprocessed food. I will say that Quincy seems like she feels better. (I think the Cosequin helps too!) My dogs also have shiny coats and lots of energy. I believe this diet will help them live longer and prevent disease. For me, that’s worth the extra effort!

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It’s my very last day of spring break! My grand adventure was a few days down in San Diego last week. I took the dogs to Ocean Beach, taught Pippin how to swim and saw my sister’s new house. We also went to IKEA, Fashion Island and had brunch at the San Diego Zoo. It was a lot for four days, wasn’t it? But, that’s how I like it. Busy, busy.

Now, for the seven links. Some some are for people, some are for dogs and one was a regrettable impulse buy.

Links For People

First, some reading! I loved Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I know, the movie just came out and you’ve probably already heard of it, but it was SO GOOD. (It’s science fiction, and reminded me a lot of another favorite of mine, Ender’s Game.)  A student recommended this book to me, and once I started listening to it on Audible, I couldn’t stop. Cline describes everything beautifully, the plot was well thought out and it all tied together at the end. A perfect, futuristic escape. This was an A, one of the very best science fiction books I’ve read in years.

Second book: Where’d You Go Bernadette? It’s realistic fiction, though I must admit I found the ending a bit unbelievable. However, the book starts strong, and is told from emails, letters and journal entries. Bernadette is a MacArthur Grant winning architect that moves up to Seattle with her Microsoft genius husband and quits designing. The beginning is intriguing, and I couldn’t put it down. Her middle school aged daughter was charming, and the drama with the private school mothers was hilarious. Unfortunately, by the time they boarded the boat to Antarctica the story lost steam. But, I did finish it, so overall the book was a B.

Third, I found this article from the Washington Post on Joy the Baker’s Let it Be Sunday list last week. (Every Sunday she does a post with all kinds of great links, and if you haven’t checked it out, you should!) Anyway, this was quite an entertaining article about quotes from comedies. I knew almost every one!

Fourth, this recipe for Crockpot Turkey Meatballs is AMAZING. The turkey is tender and flavorful, and that doesn’t always happen with turkey! The sauce and meatballs are great on noodles, or served over crisp toast with a bit of Parmesan cheese on top. It makes a ton, and does freeze well if you end up with leftovers.

Fifth, I’m considering this t-shirt from Ruffwear. It’s so cute and it has a dog on it. Sometimes I feel like I shouldn’t have too many clothes with dogs on them because I’m kind of obsessed with dogs, but then I’m like oh well, to know me is to spend a lot of time discussing dogs. This shirt will just give everyone a heads up. So, I’m thinking it will be a purchase very soon. (I’m hesitating because I hate to pay for shipping.)

Links for Dogs

Sixth, Pippin’s teeth are falling out like crazy! I’ve found three on the floor! I find it both gross and fascinating. Anyway, in order to help with the itchy gums, I’ve purchased several chews. So far, I like the Benebone best. It’s held up well, and I don’t have to worry about him swallowing a large chunk and getting a bowel obstruction and/or choking to death. (Pippin’s favorite chewy? My Crocs. I have to keep them up high or in a closet! He’s already chewed off the strap that’s supposed to go around my heel!)

Finally, seventh, the water bottle that was a mistake. What can I say, it was an I’m stressed out about having to test with Kinsey and I need a water bottle kind of purchase. It’s cute, I will say that. And it works, my four year old niece figured it out. The problem is it’s not practical. (I should’ve realized this when the name for the water bottle included the word “fashion.”) It’s too big to fit in my pocket, and it doesn’t hold much water. So, I can’t use it on the rubble pile. It would be perfect for taking my ten pound Chihuahua on a walk around the park. I could attach the fashionable wrist strap and have a little water ready in case she got thirsty. It’s useless for a nearly seventy pound Labrador Retriever on the pile. Oh well.

So that’s it, my list of seven links for this lovely Sunday. I’m off to train dogs at eight. I can’t wait to let Pippin run around the rubble pile. Happy Sunday!

Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, meaning I earn a small commission for the referral at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting brands I love! (Except for that water bottle. That was a thumbs down!)

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I sent a video of Pippin rolling around on my bed with one of my socks in his mouth to a friend of mine. Her reply? You’re in love. I’m like, yep. Completely.

How did that happen? I brought him home from Northern California and put him in a soft crate next to me on the bed one night and the next thing I knew I didn’t want to leave him alone. Go to the Living Desert in Palm Springs? How many hours will we be gone? Yoga after work? No way. I can’t take Pippin for a walk. Because I am me, there is also a bit of anxiety mixed with my adoration. I’m constantly inspecting him for illness, injury and/or cloudy eyes. (Golden Retrievers get cataracts. Nikko had one at only two years of age.) This puppy love is terrible and wonderful all at the same time. Anxiety and joy fills me as I watch my five month old boy run with wild abandoned across the backyard. He is so perfect and yet so vulnerable.

Oh how he loves my seven year old Lab Kinsey. He doesn’t want her out of sight when we go on our walks. When she runs down the wash to jump into the water, he stands at the edge of the trail, perfectly still, and watches for her. Just recently, the two of them have taken to grooming each other. Pippin gently nibbles the skin around her ears. Kinsey holds perfectly still, in ecstasy.

A few weeks ago, I brought him to work with me for the first time. Pippin became an instant celebrity. When my student aides took him out in front of the library for a potty break, a crowd gathered. Unfazed, Pippin rolled onto his back for a belly scratch. Seventh and eighth graders crouched down to oblige. Their grins made my day.

Pippin will do anything for a treat or a toy. He follows one up a ramp and across an unsteady surface. He doesn’t much like walking down the ramp, and sometimes tries to jump off. We’re working on it. He runs without fear into a dark plastic tunnel to retrieve his toy. What absolutely thrills me? Every single time we practice, he improves, and he never wants to quit. He is a joy.

Not to claim my boy is perfect. He makes mistakes. Frequently. He chewed off a corner of my baseboard. There are two large holes in my backyard. Three of my potted plants are dead. Puppies are trouble. I don’t deny it.

He is demanding. When I get out a bumper, he barks at me, insisting I hurry up and throw it. When my thirteen year old Chihuahua/Terrier mix Quincy won’t play with him, he barks at her. I have to squirt him with a water bottle so he’ll stop. When I took him to his very first staff meeting and put my foot on his leash so he couldn’t wander off, he barked at me, frustrated that I wouldn’t set him free. Sassy, that boy.

Pippin is exuberance and persistence and chaos mixed into a wiggly thirty five pound body, and I cannot wait to see the incredible dog he will become.

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Before I brought my new puppy Pippin home, I was on the lookout for a safe, long lasting chewy. So, I decided to try the Pickle Pocket. The idea behind this squishy green football shaped pickle is to stuff it with treats and then let your dog try to chew/lick them out. I was sold because it was reusable and I could fill up the pockets with whatever I liked.

First, I tried filling the pockets with Zuke’s Mini Naturals Dog Treats. These treats are small and my dogs love them. They also look exactly like the treats in the photo on Amazon, so I thought they’d be ideal! Unfortunately, they didn’t work very well. The treats either fell out onto the floor or got stuck so far down in the pockets that I had to dig them out myself. Not at all what I’d imagined.

Next, I tried string cheese. I broke the cheese up into three pieces and put one into each pocket. This entertained my puppy Pippin for a good half an hour. He really worked at getting that cheese out of the pockets, slimming it up and rolling it about the floor. There was a problem, however. Tiny pieces of string cheese got pushed down deep into the pockets and none of the dogs, even my Lab Kinsey, couldn’t get them out. So, I had to stick my fingers down into the spit filled pockets and scoop out minuscule pieces of wet string cheese. (Even writing about it grosses me out.) If I left the cheese in there the dogs could smell it and might fight over it. Plus rot and mold and yuck.

Finally, I tried peanut butter. It was tricky to get into the pockets, as the pockets were tight and peanut butter was gooey. I did it, made a small mess, and wondered if it was worth the effort. The dogs were better about getting all of the peanut butter out, but it didn’t keep them entertained for nearly as long. So, spending time filling up those pockets and getting peanut butter all over my hands wasn’t worth it.

I looked over the reviews on Amazon, and one suggestion was putting in small treats first and then covering them with peanut butter. That would up the entertainment factor for my dogs. I also thought about buying a small ice cube tray, filling it with peanut butter, freezing it and then putting the frozen peanut butter chunks into the pockets. Truthfully, both suggestions were way too much work for me. I want Pippin to have something to chew on, but if it becomes a recipe with steps and special ingredients it’s not going to happen.

I’ve had the Pickle Pocket since December and my Lab Kinsey has only made very minor tears in the corners of the pockets, so it has held up well.

Pickle Pocket Final Review

I wouldn’t buy it again, so I can’t recommend it. Too much work to fill the pockets and I hate sticking my fingers in dog spit to dig out the leftover pieces of treats! Ugh!

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The day I brought home Pippin, I was out of the house by six thirty in the morning and didn’t return home until eleven that night. A long day, no doubt, but a good one.

After an hour and ten minute flight to Oakland and an hour drive north from there, a friend of mine and I arrived at Emberain Golden Retrievers in Petaluma, California. There we met seven of the most beautiful Golden Retriever puppies the world has ever seen. Big brown eyes, soft golden coats, and warm wiggly bodies. They greeted us by chewing on our shoelaces and nibbling our fingers.

After playing with all of the puppies out on the deck, it was time for me to stop thinking: THEY ARE ALL SO ADORABLE and start evaluating the males. The breeders, Edwina and Ed, felt that either red collar or black collar would make an excellent search dog. But, the final choice was mine. (Instead of naming puppies, breeders identify them by a colored collar from birth.)

We all went over to the lawn, and Edwina brought out a plastic basket full of doggie entertainment. Balls, stuffed animals and a box that made sounds would help me decide which dog to bring home. First, I evaluated black collar. He chased the ball, hopped into piles of leaves and trotted right by the box that made spooky sounds. I liked him of course. It’s hard not to fall in love with a Golden Retriever puppy. But, I tried my best to keep my emotions in check as I had another dog to test.

From the beginning, I loved red collar’s focus on the toy. When a stuffed animal he liked fell on the ground he couldn’t take his eyes off it! That’s what I need in a search dog, one that loves the toy more than anything. Second, he was so persistent about sneaking under the deck! He knew he was not supposed to go under there, but he loved it! He managed to zoom by four adults and go under the deck at least three times! I need that in a search dog, the willingness to stick to a task. (Stubbornness, some might say.) I asked my friend what she thought, and she liked red collar best too. So, I decided. Red collar would be Pippin.

After I made my choice, we got to meet the pups’ entire family! I played tug with Pippin’s father Punch, pet his mother Bree and his grandmother Raisin put her head on my lap. They were all sweet, beautiful dogs! It was such a blessing to take one home!

Finally, we all went on a long walk through bright green fields of grass. We hoped it would tire out the puppies before we loaded them into the car for our trip home. Pippin and my friend’s pup Fancy trotted and jumped, following us up and down the hills. Then, we zipped them into the two soft crates we’d brought along and started back toward Oakland.

We’d hoped for a quiet drive. We didn’t get it.

Pippin was exhausted for the hour long drive to the airport, didn’t make a sound. Fancy, on the other hand, had plenty of energy. She cried and whined about being in her crate for the entirety of the drive.

That’s a puppy for you. Great joy mixed with bouts of irritation.

I must say, in the airport Pippin and Fancy were celebrities. When Pippin stuck his head out of his soft crate, you wouldn’t believe the smiles. Both puppies loved the attention, and got a lot of sweet scratches from everyone. (Socialization was already beginning! Yeah!)

Of course, our flight home was delayed and we spent hours in the airport. Puppies don’t have much bladder control, so we let them run around on the bathroom floor, and we had a couple of puppy potty pads next to us while we waited at the gate. Didn’t matter. There was, of course, a minor accident on the carpet. What can you do? It wasn’t much. Puppies have a bladder the size of thimble.

The flight home was just over an hour, and we loaded the airplane with anxiety. Those two Goldens could make a lot of noise, and I did not want to be the person sitting in the back of the plane with a screaming puppy. Luckily for us, they were both so exhausted from the day’s adventure they passed right out. Yeah for tired dogs! But most especially, yeah for Pippin. The world’s very best Golden Retriever.

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My favorite design for anything? Clean lines and high quality. This classic leather collar from Genuine Collars meets both of my criteria. The cut of the collar is simple. The leather is thick and durable. The buckle is sturdy. Though I’ve only used this collar for a few months, I can tell it is designed to last a lifetime. As with all quality items, the price point is high! The collars start at $49.00. Interested in one with studs? Those start at $69.00.

I would love it if these collars came with multiple clasp options. When I’m working Kinsey, I take her collar on and off throughout training. I must have a collar with a quick release. Any buckle is just too hard to undo, so I knew this collar wouldn’t work for her. With this in mind, I requested a small collar and used it on my Golden Retriever puppy, Pippin. The collar went on Pippin and stayed on, so the buckle wasn’t a problem.

I got multiple comments on his new collar. My dog training buddies are brutally honest.

Comments included:

He’ll have to grow into that collar!

That’s too big!

Is that an agitation collar? (I’d never heard of such a thing. So, I learned from Ray Allen’s website that an agitation collar is a wide collar designed to spread the pressure of agitation over the dog’s neck and prevent injury. If you take a look at his agitation collar that is, in fact, just what this collar looks like!)

The problem with the one inch is that it’s too wide for a small dog. (I double checked on the website, and even when you choose a small collar in terms of length, you cannot adjust the width.) So, I didn’t love this collar for Pippin. The scale wasn’t quite right.

In summary, if you have a large dog that doesn’t like the water and you don’t need to take the collar on and off much, Genuine Collars are a high quality option.

I received a small Crazy Horse Leather Dog Collar for free from Genuine Collars. While the collar was free, the opinions are, of course, my own.

The post Product Review: Genuine Collars appeared first on the superdog blog.

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