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Tattoo Inspired Dog Collar

When you're 17 pounds and only hit most people mid-calf, you gotta have attitude or they'll walk all over you.

Luckily, attitude has never been the little pug princess's problem. (Seriously.) She has it in spades - you should see her "tough girl" look. It'll make you shake in your boots. For about five seconds. Then you'll have to laugh. But whatever.

The point is, when you've got the 'tude, you need gear to help you express it. Enter: Hip Hound Couture and their rock'em sock'em Born to Bark dog collar and leash set.

This exclusive collar and leash design by Stephen Bailey is tattoo-inspired; the outer side features a yellow background with a barbed-wire, heart and banner design with the words "Born to Bark". The flip side features an orange background and a classic yellow/orange/black flames design (so 70s - remember when this was painted on vans? I'm so old).

One of the things I loved best about this collar & lead set was the fact that it isn't your typical ribbon collar with a nylon backing. The material is custom spun polyester, milled especially for Hip Hound. The design is embedded directly into the fabric itself so that the prints don't "wear off" during prolonged use.

There's more to it than that, though. The fabric is also wicked flexible when compared to typical nylon collars. This fabric is softer, more flexible and not as thick around the neck as a typical ribbon/nylon collar. This makes it perfect for the pooch with a sensitive neck, one who struggles with fur getting caught in ribbon collars OR any pooch for the summertime... since it's so much lighter than your usual fabric collar.

The findings are molded black plastic (it's a quick-release buckle) with a nickel plated steel. Everything's double stitched and made in the good old U. S. of A.

The collar comes in several different sizes and two different widths - from a size 8 to a size 22+, and widths are 5/8" in the smaller sizes (pictured, right) but available in 1" widths for larger pooches collars. The matching leash can be had in either width and is 5 feet long.

I found the size adjustment to be one of the easiest I've ever had with a fabric quick-release style collar. Usually you have to tug and struggle a bit to resize the collar because the fabric is either a little too thick for the adjuster, or the collar is made of a fabric that catches and pulls against itself when you're trying to adjust. Thanks to the slender poly fabric, it adjusted wonderfully well but still held properly.

Love fabric collars and 'tude combined? Does your pooch want a tattoo but you don't want to hold him while he gets it? This is so your style, and well worth it. Give it a try.

You can find out more about Hip Hound Couture from their web site at www.hiphound.com.

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