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Pearl Dog Collar, Part Two

June 25, 2008

I didn’t intend for there to be a part two to this post, but I wanted to pass along something I learned after attempting to have Lola actually wear the collar. But first, a brief refresher for those of you that might have missed the first post. I made Lola a pearl collar so she’ll be stylish for the wedding pictures (she’s not behaved well enough to be in the actual weddding but I refuse to miss a photo op). I followed some instructions from an old issue of Martha Stewart Weddings, which suggests that you can just tie the embroidery thread around the dog’s neck to secure the collar. This might work for normal dogs but Lola is, shall we say, active. We’re pretty sure she has the doggie version of ADD. So with all the moving around and overall craziness that occurs when we put the collar on her, it would fall right off when I tried to just tie it around her neck.

In search of a better solution, I was at PetsMart a few weeks ago and they were having a sale on collars. I bought a regular nylon collar for $3 and when I got home I just cut the clasps off either end and tied them to the embroidery string. I tied 6-7 knots on each side and tried to get the pears as close to the clasp as possible. This did make it a little longer that it was originally, but luckily before I actually tied the claps on I tested it out. I was able to tug gently and slip one of the pearls off over the end knot to make it a little smaller. Turns out she can still get it in her mouth if she really acts like a fool and puts some effort behind it, but hopefully she’ll be so distracted that day she won’t give it a try. Anyway, hopefully this will help any of you who are attempting to make one yourself!

  • boise.jenny writes:

    WOW. You are officially a genius!


  • Blablover5 writes:

    That is really cute. There is no way that tying a necklace on our dogs would work either.

    One was a pro at getting any collar off our older dog when he was a pup. He could even get it off himself sometimes.


  • Sarah writes:

    That has got to be the cutest thing ever!! I wish I had a little dog that I could make that necklace for!! I hope it works out and she’s good for you on the big day!! Love your blog!!!


  • Jamie writes:

    Wow! I’m impressed!


  • Julia writes:

    super cute! I still think it’s awesome that my maids wore necklaces just like your original there. :)


  • Blush Paperie writes:

    So clever! Love it! I actually had my dog in my wedding. I took the silk flower off my Paloma Blanca gown (put a brooch there) and pinned the silk flower to her collar. The pictures are priceless!


  • Shelby writes:

    What a cute idea! It turned out really well and I love the added ribbon, too. This post reminds me so much of my puppy it’s not even funny. Doggie A.D.D. for sure and the putting the color in the mouth trick…Zulu does it ALL THE TIME.


  • Anonymous writes:

    I love the pearl collar idea. I noticed that they have them at Target… in case you don’t want to make one.


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