Linda Brown has never met my foster dog but in a rather direct way, she touches him every day.
She made his collar.
Linda’s handiwork (literally the work of her hands) graces the necks of dogs all over the world.
She’s the designer behind waggiwear™ collars and leashes, a cheery line of colorful pet accessories handmade in Mission, Kansas.
Prior to meeting Linda, I had never purchased a handmade collar for a dog. When it comes to dog accessories, I tend to opt for utility over fashion.
I hate to see my rough and tumble pups destroy something beautiful.
However, I noticed the durability of waggiwear collars on other dogs. And after Charlie Machete returned from his failed adoption, I felt the need to celebrate him with an accessory that would help catch people’s eyes.
So, I reached out to Linda.
She met me at a coffee shop, and I bought the “dante,” a beautiful blue collar named after a dog that belongs to Amy of Fido Fetch Photography.
Although he hasn’t found a forever family yet, the pop of blue against Charlie Machete’s coal black coat never fails to earn him attention at adoption events and anywhere he meets people for the first time.
What impresses me most about waggiwear, though, is the fact that the collar never slips off his head.
Prior to outfitting him in waggiwear, this was a serious problem in our household.
I can think of at least three separate occasions when I grabbed Charlie Machete by his old, cheap buckle collar, he wiggled his head out of it and rushed immediately into a tangle or the street.
This never happens anymore.
I can honestly say that since he began wearing it every day, Charlie Machete’s waggiwear collar has saved us a lot of trouble, if not his life.
We don’t have one yet, but Linda also makes leashes to match the waggiwear collars. And she debuts fresh designs of all her products throughout the year, including around holidays, such as Valentine’s Day.
Waggiwear isn’t just for dogs, either.
Last year, Linda introduced an accessory for dog moms – wristlets.
These handy items are available in the same designs as the collars and leashes. They’re ideal to use for your keys, or to turn almost anything into something with a wrist strap that just happens to match what your dog is wearing.
If you think these wristlets are super cute, then you’re in luck…
One lucky Wayward Dogs reader (with a U.S. mailing address) will win your choice of a “sweetie pie” or “lover boy” wristlet.
********To his giveaway is now closed. To see the winner’s name, follow this link: a Rafflecopter giveaway
Whether or not you enter the giveaway, check out the waggiwear website. You might even recognize the handsome dog on the homepage! (Hint: It’s Charlie Machete!)
For even more fun Valentine’s Day gift ideas for dogs and dog lovers, check out my Valentine’s Day gift guide!
This post and giveaway is sponsored by waggiwear.
Petgasm: When someone has an overly emotional response to animals that includes loud pitched squealing, the voice rising 10 octaves, and lack of attention to anything else.
A lot of petgasming (as defined by Urban Dictionary) occured at the Overland Park International Trade Center during last weekend’s Great KC Pet Expo.
For instance, I let out a shriek of excitement upon seeing one of my dream dogs:
But all the petgasming at the Pet Expo didn’t pertain directly to puppies (although there were plenty in attendance).
The Pet Expo featured all kinds of critters.
Personally, I would expand the meaning of petgasm to also include reactions to really awesome pet products.
Emily from Our Waldo Bungie and I dropped by the Expo on Sunday, and we did a lot of high-pitched squealing about the cool things we wanted to buy for our dogs.
Here’s a sampling of some of the locally- and regionally-made items the excited us most:
Some of the vendors at the Pet Expo were kind enough to send Emily and me home with products for our pets to review, so stay tuned to both of our blogs for fun product features in the near future.
In the meantime, if you have tried any of the items featured in this post, please feel free to share your thoughts about them in the comments.