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My name is Niki I live in the UK in the South East just outside of London.
During the day I work with Adults with Learning Disabilities supporting them to enjoy all that life has to offer :-)
I have 8 Italian Greyhounds who undertake many different activities obedience, agility and showing they are the most wonderful companions you could wish for .
I have always been creative from garden design, painting, interior design to mosaic work, I am always dabbling in something new so it was obvious that I would end up combining the two interests at some point :-)
When I am not working or walking my dogs I am busy creating new styles of collars harnesses and clothing for Italian greyhounds and other breeds.

I have always admired the wide collars, which can be seen on Salukis and other hunting hounds in the Middle East. These hounds with their long…

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  • Joined December 28, 2010

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ITALIAN GREYHOUND - Collars, Harnesses and...

About

My name is Niki I live in the UK in the South East just outside of London.
During the day I work with Adults with Learning Disabilities supporting them to enjoy all that life has to offer :-)
I have 8 Italian Greyhounds who undertake many different activities obedience, agility and showing they are the most wonderful companions you could wish for .
I have always been creative from garden design, painting, interior design to mosaic work, I am always dabbling in something new so it was obvious that I would end up combining the two interests at some point :-)
When I am not working or walking my dogs I am busy creating new styles of collars harnesses and clothing for Italian greyhounds and other breeds.

I have always admired the wide collars, which can be seen on Salukis and other hunting hounds in the Middle East. These hounds with their long slender necks make for a perfect picture. I had not used a sewing machine for many years although I have always enjoyed being creative.

It all started when I joined an Italian Greyhound Forum; on one of these Forums a member was looking for people to make blocks for a quilt, which they would complete to be auctioned to raise funds for Italian Greyhound Rescue in America. I decided to take part and produced some blocks using Union Jack and St. George’s flag

As I had the sewing machine out I decided to attempt to design collars for my Italian Greyhounds. Soon friends with Italian Greyhounds started requesting that I make collars for their iggys too!

This led to the creation of Shadedmoon’s Secret-Stash on facebook. We have sold collars, harnesses and jammies to customers in the UK, Europe, USA, South America and Australia.
Our handmade collars are made in limited runs (from 1-8 in number) from unusual and interesting fabric sourced from all over the world, to produce collars that are unique in design, in two styles Wide Clip collar and Martingale, in seven sizes to fit Italian Greyhounds.

I developed my collars as I wanted to offer something as an additional alternative to the traditional martingales that are on offer for Italian Greyhounds –
My Wide Clip collar is fitted to each individual dog – it sits at the middle of the neck and the width combined with the fitting makes it very difficult to slip out of. It is easy on and off with use of the buckle, which easily closes/opens when each side is depressed with thumb and forefinger. I use this style most often as it is simple and quick to use and can also hold tags.

My Martingale Style I make is ‘ear kind’ as I make a longer than usual control loop that is adjusted down once on the dog, I have a couple of iggies who do not like their ears squashed when removing a traditional martingale, I also have 8 dogs so I didn’t want to be feeding fabric through each collar adjuster to resize it every time I took my dogs for a walk, this was my design to overcome both issues – however it is not without compromise – this martingale is not useful as a house collar, as the longer control loop could make it slip off more easily, so I don’t recommend it for this use – it is designed to work against the pull of a leash which closes it down around the neck so is suitable for on leash walks. It can be helpful for those dogs who are head shy as it allows more room for putting on or removing over the head. I use this or the Combo Martingale in conjunction with a slim tag collar for ID if I wish to combine on leash with off leash walks it is great for multiple dogs or around the show ring to quickly change to a show leash.
Shadedmoon Martingale Collars can be adjusted down to sit loosely at the base of the neck but in my opinion dogs should never be left unattended with any collar that tightens.

If you require the traditional non-adjustable Martingale with the small control loop and d ring please ask, I am happy to make them for you as long as you are confident you can provide accurate measurements as there is no room for error on that particular style. It also requires different measurements from the usual ones I request for my collars (eg. Base of the neck and up around the ears and around the head)


The Wide Clip Collar can be used on or off lead so is very versatile, for when a walk is combined with off lead play. The Wide Clip Collar is 1 ½” wide tapering to ¾” at the back where there is a quick release clip, we use contoured clips which have a slight arch to fit more comfortably against the shape of the neck. The inside of the collar is lined with satin in a contrasting or complimentary colour.

The Slip Martingale Walking Collars we make are very useful for when you want a collar that is easy to slip on and off for that quick road walk, or when you have multiple dogs to walk or want to change collars very quickly. I have found them very useful at dog shows so that my dogs can be walked securely outside the ring then I can make a quick change to a show lead for the show ring with the minimum amount of fuss as it just slips on and off over the dogs head, however they are not suitable for off leash activity.


If you would like to find out information about Italian Greyhounds and see the dogs I share my life with please visit my website www.shadedmoonitaliangreyhounds.co.uk

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