Right out of the package, my first impression is how swanky the leather feels. The deep red leather is bison, while the inner gold leather is elk. Both are, at risk of sounding a little weird, a fabulous sensory experience. Have you ever been in a leather store and unable to stop touching the jackets? That's kind of how this collar and leash are. The color is good, and in addition to looking and feeling nice, the collar and leash are clearly tough as well. When you have a 75 pound dog and are obsessed with safety, these are good things. The leather is North Dakota bison and North American elk hide, so this purchase would be supporting USA sourced, USA made products. I'm a fan of that!
The timing for the review opportunity was great, actually, as it was right before our trip to Cape Hatteras. For the car ride (across five states!) I just added Elka's personalized dogIDs collar to her usual collar + tags + harness assortment, reasoning that they couldn't possibly all fail at once. (A bit much? It might've been a bit much. It's okay; Elka does not appear to know that I dress her funny.)
The brass name plate (which I'm not picturing, apologies; I'd prefer not to have my phone number just out there on the Interweb) has Elka's name on it, my cell number, and my fiancè's cell number. I picked the Bodini font, for it's clear simplicity. You get 3 lines, 15 characters (including spaces) per line. The hardware on the collar and leash is brass (solid and non-corrosive, according to the dogIDs.com product description), and very attractive.
In the interest of full disclosure, I did accidentally order the collar a tad too large, but it's still in no danger of coming off over her head. That's my mistake, no fault of dogIDs, who sent me very clear instructions on determining appropriate sizing. The collar and leash are both, per the product description, "fully stitched with nylon thread for additional strength and to prevent stretching", which is I think a nice detail, both for quality and aesthetic reasons.
I'm very happy with both products dogIDs sent us, and would certainly recommend them. If and when we add another dog to the household, once we pick that dog's color (Elka's is red, obviously), I'm likely to get a matching set! Every dog should have some swanky collar and leash action.
FTC disclosure: dogIDs.com sent me the personalized engraved collar and matching leash for review, but did not otherwise compensate me for this post.