Celebrating Spring with Glorious New Collars

dog with Goldpaw collar

Celebrating Spring with Glorious New Collars

Here in Northern New England it is still too cold and damp to celebrate Spring. When it’s grey, windy, and rainy and you’re still wearing lined boots and hooded insulated jackets to walk the dogs as May approaches, it’s hard to get in a upbeat mood.

Thinking of the new pastel Easter bonnets and dresses we got every Easter for our parties as children, I decided that bright new collars on my two girls would be a good way to cheer things up since the weather won’t oblige — which is when I discovered Gold Paw collars. They are made of beautiful flat ribbon that deserves being called a “necklace.”  The amazing aspect is that they have a unique magnet closure that lets you pop the collar right off and on by lifting a loop that effortlessly holds the two ends of the magnet together.

I was afraid the magnet closings would come open because my girls run free in the woods and fields, but the collars stay in place through thick and thin, meaning at high speed through brambles, mud puddles, and downed branches.

dog with Goldpaw collarI take my girls’ collars off every night so the tags don’t jingle if they move around or scratch at night. I don’t like the hassle of traditional buckle collars, but I also have trouble with the pinch-together plastic buckles, which are actually hard to squeeze if you have any arthritis in your hands. The Gold Paw magnet clasps are a game-changer for me because the collars attach and detach with the lift of a pinky — but stay snugly closed the rest of the time.

I belatedly discovered a huge additional perk: there is a small plastic ring woven into the collar to hold the dogs tags, which completely solves the annoying jangling!  I’ll never use another kind of collar again. I’m actually giving away my entire collection of dog collars to my local shelter — Berkshire Humane Society — which happens to be the beneficiary of the NY Dog and Cat Film Festivals in Williamstown this coming weekend at Images Theater. May 4th is Cat and May 5th is dog — who are actually welcome to join their humans in the theater.

I’ll be there myself to greet and answer questions. Festivals sponsor Weruva will be there with food samples of their human-grade pet food, too. Everyone at the NY Cat Film Festival will receive a coupon for a free Comfort Zone diffuser.

And no, Maisie and Wanda will not be there in their new Spring collars because expecting Weimaraner athletes to sit still for three hours is fairly hilarious!

dog with Goldpaw collar, overhead

—Tracie Hotchner

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