melodiesmith1981 on Jan 10, 2017
Even though Fiona looks grumpy, she does love her new collar! As always Lara did an excellent job. The collar is beautiful and well made plus we received it quickly. This is by far my favorite Etsy shop!
Dana on Jan 9, 2017
This is the best tag collar I've ever seen. This is my second one from this shop, and the quality is wonderful. I will be back for more soon. Highly recommended!
cassia kim on Jan 3, 2017
Gorgeous, durable collar and print! Thank you!
A dog and a sewing machine
By day I'm a Communications Specialist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, but when you mix a passion for the creative with an affinity for crafts and textiles, and a love for animals, The Eclectic Hound simply cannot be stopped!
When my husband, Logan, and I first adopted our retired racing greyhound, the first order of business was to find her a new stylish collar to begin her life as a pampered member of the family. Ok, actually, the first order of business was finding her a new name! Her racing name, "Invoice," didn't exactly roll off the tongue in a flattering way and I probably wouldn't be interested in running fast if that were my name either... Being an editor and an English teacher by profession, English majors by education, and literature lovers by nature, we decided we needed a literary name, tossed around a few ideas, and landed on "Phoebe," who is Holden Caulfield's little sister in Catcher in the Rye.
Ok, NOW it was time to find her a collar. Phoebe had never been loved or doted on at the track so I think I was trying to make up for lost time when I ended up with an Excel spreadsheet (seriously) of all the collar possibilities I had found for her. Yet, everything I found just wasn't EXACTLY right. I figured the only way to get just what I wanted was to do it myself. So hours of online browsing for ribbon, fabric, webbing, and supplies, and a few more hours of trial and error at my sewing machine later, Phoebe had the perfect collar :).
However, in the process of deciding on materials for Phoebe, I also found hundreds of other fabrics and materials I absolutely had to get my hands on and CREATE.
Unfortunately, Phoebe didn't need a closet full of collars (well, that's up for debate), so, that's where you come in! I listened to that creative calling, but just rerouted it a bit by opening up shop to outfit the 4-legged loves of your lives instead!
Every item I make is one I would love to keep for myself. I send them away to you with love and a little piece of Phoebe and me. I donate a portion of my proceeds and all the merchandise I can to animal rescues, humane societies, foster organizations and greyhound adoption agencies, and that's what makes me so happy to send away my creations. I've been able to not only satisfy my creative need, but help animals, and what better thing is there?! I'm also a proud member of Etsy's Handmade4Hounds shop, which donates 100% of its proceeds to a different greyhound charity each month.
Update: In the summer of 2013, we devastatingly and unexpectedly lost sweet Phoebe to lymphoma at the age of 11. Though I miss her every day, her spirit is still with me and she is still and will forever be my inspiration for The Eclectic Hound.
----About my shop name----
It is merely an excuse to not box myself in to one style. I never know when inspiraton will hit and you'll never know what will pop up in my shop next! I take the "eclectic" part of my name very seriously... ;-).
Thanks for stopping by!
Owner, Maker, Designer, Canine Outfitter Supreme
I live in lovely New London, NH with my husband and 22-year-old Morgan Horse, Cinphony, and in memory of my retired racing greyhound, Phoebe, who was breathtakingly beautiful, hysterically funny, and remains a constant inspiration for me every day.🐾
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
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Refunds and Exchanges
If you are unhappy with your purchase for any reason, you may within 15 days of the ship date return UNUSED and UNWORN items for full refund, less shipping. Items must be in new condition when returned, and return shipping will be the buyer's expense. Please contact me prior to returning an item.
Additional policies and FAQs
All items listed at The Eclectic Hound are available for wholesale and dropship. If you would like to carry any items at your business, please contact me for my terms and information.