Giveaway: Leather collar from Euro Dog Designs
Yesterday, I promised to tell you more about Euro Dog Designs, the company that sold me Luke’s new collar.
Well, here’s the woman and the dobermen behind the brand:
Katja’s business is based in Lawrence, Kansas, but she originally hails from Denmark (“a tiny little country in northern Europe”) and all of the products she sells are imported from Europe.
She’s a leather snob becuase she’s also into horses.
The reason I started the company was due to the fact that it is near impossible to find really good quality leather collars in the U.S. As a rider I know and appreciate good leather and expect nothing less for my dogs than for my horses. I had seen the bling collars at ‘Crufts’ in England, which is the biggest dog show in all of Europe.
The “bling” Katja refers to is Swarovski crystal or chrome accents on fine British bridle leather that gets softer with use. According to Katja, these handmade collars will “last a lifetime and still look beautiful.”
The bling-y and durable bridle leather collars can costs hundreds of dollars.
Katja also carries lower-priced leather options, such as the Italian leather Hurtta brand collar I bought for Luke.
The Hurtta leather is made in Italy from very soft leather. These collars are priced at a more reasonable level and are therefore accessible for most people. The quality is still great and they make for fantastic everyday collars and leashes.
Hurtta, a Finnish company, also makes long-lasting, attractive coats for dogs.
The Hurtta wear is superior in the fact that they fit so well, and fit most any breed and shape of dog. They are made from durable materials that will last season after season even with very active and rough dogs. This is not clothing for froo-froo dogs but rather for active dogs that exercise in all types of weather.
Katja’s pedigreed, agility-trained dobermen sisters Easter and Bailey sport Hurtta wear regularly.
Easter has turned out to be an amazing model for all my products and gets rather excited when I tell her it’s time to take pictures. Her show training as a pup has really paid off. Bailey is an overachiever. She will do anything for a treat, frisbee, or ball and loves agility and anything else I can think of doing with her. She has a leg injury that we are having a tough time getting rid of, so no agility for her at the moment. She is my snuggle bug and my heart dog.
Before the girl dobermen, Katja and her husband also had a Luke dog. Their golden retriever, Fanny, passed away of Lymphoma around age 10. They had gotten 8-week-old Bailey and ended up taking her sister Easter following the loss of Fanny.
Katja clearly maintains her soft spot for golden retrievers, and that helped her advise me in picking out Luke’s collar at the Great KC Pet Expo.
Now, your dog has a chance to wear a collar like Luke’s (retail value $39) — or a martingale style rolled leather Hurtta (retail value $49). Euro Dog Designs will give one lucky Wayward Dogs commenter your choice of the two styles.
Which will it be?
Wondering how to get your dog in one of these handsome and durable collars? Just follow these two easy steps:
- Head over to EuroDogDesigns.com and scope the inventory.
- Then, come back here and leave a comment starting with the words LEATHER LOVE about the most exciting product you saw on the site. (You can comment about anything — Katja sells clothes for people, too.)
Entries will be accepted through midnight CST on Wednesday, April 25. A single winner will be determined via random.org and announced here on Thursday, April 26. One entry per e-mail address. Prize ships anywhere in the U.S.
UPDATE: Congratulations to commenter Jan S.! You are the randomly selected winner of this giveaway!
This contest is now closed.