A collection of classy and cozy collars

Tory Burch dog collar. Yeah, right.

The SPCA introduced me to one of the greatest pieces of dog gear: The martingale collar. Almost all of the dogs at the SPCA are fitted with a Premier martingale collar when they arrive. These collars, which tighten without choking, have saved me from losing an unruly and bucking pup many times. They are most useful for hounds, or for breeds with long necks who are easily able to slip out of standard collars, but I’m a huge fan of them and plan on getting one for my future dog, regardless of his or her breed or breed mix.

While we’ll probably just end up getting the standard, unfussy cloth martingale collar, here are some pretty collars I can daydream about…

2Hounds Design, $36.

Victorian Bronze martingale collar from 2Hounds Design, $36. 2Hounds has so many gorgeous, embroidered martingale collars. I know they’re typically just used for greyhounds, but I’d put one of these beauties on any dog.

Classic Hound martingale collars, $32.

Geo Flax martingale collars from Classic Hound, $32 for the large. I like the fabric on this collar a lot; it’s retro/trendy without being garish.

Classic Hound martingale collar, $34.

Desert Winds Blue martingale collar from Classic Hound, $34 for the large. Also really pretty. Apparently, I’m very partial to Eastern-inspired embroidery. These are probably only appropriate for lady dogs, though?

Stunt Puppy collar at Olive Green Dog, $22.

Stunt Puppy Biothane waterproof collar, $22 at Olive Green Dog. The promise of a stink-free collar is pretty tempting. It’s also apparently “one size fits most,” which is kind of amazing–but I think it is primarily for medium to large dogs.

Tuff Stuff collar from Olive Green Dog, $22.

Tuff Stuff 2″ leather collar in burgundy from Olive Green Dog, for $22. Now THAT’S a manly collar.

Bold Designs collar, $39.

Bold Designs collar, $39 at Olive Green Dog. Another manly collar. I like the brass/gold detail. It looks very sturdy.

Martha Stewart houndstooth collar, $12.

Martha Stewart Pets Houndstooth collar, $12 for the large at PetsMart. Very classic.

FOUND collection waxed canvas collar, $48.

FOUND collection, blackwatch plaid waxed canvas collar, $48 at Olive Green Dog. I just love everything the FOUND collection does. Especially that absurdly expensive rope leash. This collar is also absurdly expensive. I don’t buy clothes for myself that cost that much.

Do you have a favorite collar you’d recommend?

A collection of cozy dog beds

The pet product industry has expanded to such an extent that I’m regularly astounded at the types of things that are available for pets when I walk through a store. It’s mind-boggling and sometimes embarrassing to see the useless stuff people will buy for their dogs. But, of course, I love looking and preemptively deciding what I want to get for our future dog (6 months and counting!).

Lately, I’m thinking about dog beds. What will our dog prefer? What would look good in our own bedroom? Will our dog even want to sleep on his or her own bed? (Probably not. Clearly, our bed will be prime real estate.) We bought a lovely sherpa-lined bed for my childhood dog, Emma, but I don’t think she ever slept on it. She got in bed with my younger sisters instead, or sneakily climbed up on the couch (where she wasn’t allowed).

Some of these dog beds are so plush and cozy-looking that I kind of want one for myself…

Hemp stripe dog beds, $145-$185, Olive Green Dog

I love these hemp-stripe beds from Olive Green Dog. Too bad the large size is $185…

Bergan the Dog's Dog Bed, $50-$72, PetCo

A nice, earthy color, too. Bergan the Dog’s Dog Bed, from PetCo, from $40 to $70. Now that’s a price I can live with…

K&H Pet Products Bolster Couch, $60-$80, PetsMart

Every dog I know loves to rest her head on the couch arms. This bed attempts to simulate that experience. A pleasant color, too. K&H Pet Products Bolster Couch, from PetsMart, from $60 to $80.

Luxury Chaise Lounge dog bed, Drs. Foster & Smith, $100 to $170

Um, can I get one of these for myself? Drs. Foster & Smith has a lot of high-quality dog beds in their catalog. This is the Luxury Chaise Lounge dog bed, and it prices from $100 to $170.

Organic lounge dog beds, $119-$279, Olive Green Dog

So classy! With the large size at $279 at Olive Green Dog, they ought to at least be classy.

Martha Stewart's Houndstooth Dog Bed, $44 at PetsMart

A classic pattern for a classic pooch. Martha Stewart Pet’s Houndstooth Dog Bed, $44 at PetsMart.

Does your dog have his or her own bed? Any particular type or brand you’d recommend?

Wish List: Found natural rope leash

Found Natural Rope Leash from Olive Green Dog, $62

This would be a HUGE splurge for something as simple as a dog leash, but I love this rope leash from Olive Green Dog.

The leash is 7 feet long and comes in a variety of widths. The width I’d probably go for costs a whopping $62. Which is about six times more than I’d normally consider paying for a dog leash.

But, ah. It’s so beautiful and simple. I bet we could just make this leash, though. If only we could find some soft, durable rope lying around…

What do you think? Would you walk your dog with this leash? Or is it too nautical and tough?