Buster got a new collar and leash! He is microchipped, but I really do rely on his collar for his main source of identification to the average person should (but hopefully never!) he get away from me. He doesn’t typically wear a collar in his everyday life at home (but Kudo, our mastermind escape artist, does even though he’s microchipped). Buster always stays close to me when we’re outside, and I keep an eye on him when he’s in the backyard. But, everytime we go to the park, or for a ride, or to the lake, or anywhere, he always wears a collar (even though I typically use a harness to attach his leash too). I have however been looking for a reflective collar recently. I don’t have a habit of walking him in the pitch black dark, but I do like to go to the park in the evening hours. Plus, now that it’s getting warmer, we will be spending more weekends at the lake, so I wanted to make sure he is as safe as can be there, and the answer to that in my mind is a reflective collar (plus we like to sit outside even after it’s dark when it’s warm enough). But surprisingly, I haven’t been able to find a reflective collar. All of the ones I’ve seen at Petsmart seem very cheap and not well made. Buster typically wears Lupine. I like it. It’s very well made, guaranteed for life even when chewed, and they have some cute patterns.
I got to look through dogIDs.com and pick a collar and leash I wanted. I like trying products and knowing what is best so I can recommend it to friends and family. I decided to try a collar since all I’ve ever used is Lupine, and I’ve been interested in something different and new lately. When I saw they had a reflective collar, I was sold! They have a line called ScruffTag dog collars. I think this is a brilliant idea. It is a belt buckle style collar instead of the typical snap ones I’m used to on Lupine. The ScruffTag part is exactly what it sounds like… there is a built in stainless steel name plate that lays on the back of the dog’s neck (the scruff) when the collar is on. The name plate can be engraved up to 4 lines with 15 characters per line. There are two reasons why I am in love with this idea: 1.) I own 2 dogs that can play rough. Kudo’s tags have fallen off of his collar before (actually 3 times that I can think of). All of the rings that attach the tag to the collar were really sturdy and still in shape too. So, I have no doubt that if a dog is lost and trudging through some wooded areas, there is a huge possibility the tags and tag rings could get snagged on something and come off. 2.) If you find a lost dog, you have to coerce the dog to get close enough to you so you can get down and look at his neck to see what his dangly tags say. What if the dog is skiddish or aggressive? Maybe they’ll be okay to get close enough to you, but once you bend down to look at the tags, they take off. At least with the ScruffTag, you can read it standing up (so you don’t have to make any sudden movements and spook the dog) and from a pretty good distance if you have good eyesight. Plus, having a dog who likes to jump and shake a lot (Kudo) his tags are constantly jingling… especially during the wee hours of the morning. I don’t like tag silencers because 1) the typical shapes they come in don’t fit all of his tags and 2) again… if he ran away, someone would have to get close enough to take the silencer off to read through all the tags. Kudo is the kind of dog to run off and think you’re playing if you try to make movements or go for his collar.
So the green ScruffTag reflective collar is reflective, waterproof, and odor proof. This is perfect for the lake (and everyday as well). This way he will be reflective and a little safer, and he can keep it on when he goes swimming. I decided to have his name (there is controversy over whether or not a dog’s name should be included on his ID tag, but I still prefer to include it), our location (the lake is over the state line, so hopefully if someone were to find him they would be more inclined to call us since he is from a different state), my cell phone number, and my fiance’s cell phone number. You can have up to 4 lines with 15 characters per line engraved. You can also chose the font. I chose Tempus Sans. I’m quite impressed with the engraving. It’s much thicker than the photo on the website (almost like it’s bold), so it’s much easier to read. Even the phone numbers, which are 12 characters, are easy to read and surprisingly large as well.
Their sizing is pretty standard and very true to size. I measured Buster’s neck and got 16 inches. I ordered the 16″, and it fits perfectly; I keep it on the middle hole, so he has 2 hole left to make it smaller and 2 holes left to make it larger. The collar also doesn’t shift around his neck at all, even his well-fitted Lupine ones do. So, the ScruffTag actually stays on the back of his neck; it doesn’t shift or move down to the front or anything. It seems to be sturdy and very well-made. It’s not flimsy by any means. I’m not worried about it cracking or breaking or anything like that (even as rough as Buster and Kudo play). Buster already managed to get some dirt on it wearing it the evening that we got it, and it just wiped right off and didn’t leave a mark or scratch or anything. Buster seems comfortable wearing it, and it looks good on him! It is 1″ thick and it looked huge when I got it out of the package, but once I put it on him, it looked perfect. It even fit really well with his wrinkly neck!
dogIDs was awesome enough to send me a 6′ Soft Grip Snap Leash in green because it matched the collar well. I am so glad. This is probably the coolest and best idea for a leash I have ever seen. It is water proof and odor proof as well (these things are very important to me!). The snap where it attaches to the collar is very sturdy. I have never seen or heard of a leash even similar to this before. It feels so cool in your hand that it’s almost hard to describe. It is very soft and very flexible. If you have a dog that pulls, you definitely don’t have to worry about getting any kind of burn on your hand (which has happened to me before) because this is so soft. I will be using this leash from now on.
So I’m very impressed with this set (super fast shipping and great customer service is a plus). I guess I’m so fascinated with it because I’ve never really seen anything other than your typical Lupine or typical collar and leashes they sell at Petsmart. I think I may definitely at least have to buy a ScruffTag collar for the escape artist Husky.