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Risotto Neckwear

Some people think pugs are ugly. I think they're completely in the wrong about this (although I will admit I may be biased). Pugs have a classic look that has been used in art for centuries. Even in the Elizabethan era? I'm not sure, since I'm not as conversant in history, but let me tell you this: If pugs weren't used in Elizabethan art, they darned well should have been.

All of this is my long-ish way of introducing the Risotto neckwear piece that Merry and I received. Please note that these aren't collars - they attach with velcro. What they are is adorable decoration.

The dog neckwear is made from dozens and dozens of ribbon loops circling your pet's neck. The style is very reminiscent of an Elizabethan (or Edwardian? - again, I'm not as solid on my fashion history) collar. At least, that's the first thing I thought of when I put it on the pug.

It's a cute style, and well made. The neckwear comes in many different colors; Smitherman & Barnwell, the makers of Risotto neckwear, sent along this green ribbon version for Merry, and as you can see, she looks absolutely adorable in it. (What else would you expect, really?) It's also a very classic look and made me want to run out and find a painter who paints in the style of the old masters - because really, every house needs an oil painting of a pug.

Or again, I may just be biased.

If I had one thing to change about this product, it would be the fastening. As I mentioned, it fastens with velcro, and I found it difficult to get the ribbons to lay properly in the area where the velcro attaches. I pulled the two ends apart a little for the last photo so you can see what I mean. I wish the neckwear had been made from an elastic band instead, so there would be no break in the ribbon loops all the way around.

Update, October 1st, 2004: Exciting news! Smitherman & Barnwell just contacted us to let us know that they are in the process of adding rhinestone clips for closure and amazing clasps that will not harm the pet. They will still carry the velcro as an optional closure for customers.

But overall, Merry and I were delighted with her new neckwear. Smitherman & Barnwell have come up with a cute idea here.

You can find out more about Smitherman & Barnwell from their web site

at www.smithermanandbarnwell.com. Tell them Merry sent you!

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