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Dog Collars, Nostalgia and New Beginnings

July 12, 2011 13 comments

I was so excited when I opened the mailbox today. Inside was a little brown padded envelope. “Could it be?” I thought. I couldn’t wait to find out. There was no waiting until I got inside to open my package. Nope! I tore open that package right then and there.

“Yay!!! They’re here! They’re here!”

Inside that little brown package were the two items I had been waiting for – Daisy and Jasper’s new dog collars, a special gift from our friend Karen from Doggie Stylish. I was thrilled. I couldn’t wait to try them on Daisy and Jasper.

New Dog Collars from Doggie Stylish

Old Dog Collars

Jasper has had the same dog collar since I first fostered him (nearly two and a half years ago!) and Daisy’s collar (the one I bought her nearly 3 years ago) has begun to look old and faded. Yet, I have resisted buying them new ones. Why? Because I am somewhat nostalgic about them. Not because they had some special meaning when I bought them or that they had some special significance because of their color or style, but because I am kind of a keeper of dog collars. When I say goodbye to one of my dogs and send them over that rainbow bridge, I keep their collar as a way to remember them. Each collar carries a lot of memories for me – the day they first came to live with me, the days we played in the park or cuddled on the couch or took a trip to visit a friend. All of my memories are wrapped up in that one little collar.

That’s why when Karen offered to send them new collars I was a little bit tentative, despite the fact that they really needed some new ones. Could I give up their old ones and put on some new ones?

Then it occurred to me that it was all about perspective. These new collars could be even more special and have more meaning than the ones Daisy and Jasper were wearing now – if I chose to look at them with a new perspective.

These collars were coming from someone I respect a great deal. Someone who is smart, kind, humorous, and generous to a fault. Don’t believe me? Just check out what she did for Edie Jarolim and her dog, Frankie,. Or, the new collars she sent to our fellow blogger and friends in Denmark, Leo, Kenzo and Viva, to recognize them for their work in fighting Breed Specific Legislation (BSL). (Did you know Denmark bans and kills up to 13 dog breeds right now?)

That’s why I was so excited when Karen’s gift arrived. These collars will be a fresh start, but they also come with memories already attached to them, because they are a gift from a friend. These are the new ones that I will attach my memories to, the ones that I will look on with not only memories of my dogs, but memories of the person who gave them. What could be more special than that?

Now, I just have to look at her site for new dog leashes to match! I’m off to Doggie Stylish to see what I can find!

Before I go, here are Daisy and Jasper in their new collars!

Daisy in her new collar

Jasper in his new collar

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