Ode To A Dog Collar; or, The Dog Snobs Review Paco Collars.

20 Dec

Potnoodle and Fang’s collars.

About a month ago we were contacted, out of the blue, by the founder of Paco collars. Apparently, she’s a fan of our writing and wanted to send us collars. After Potnoodle managed to pick herself off the floor, all three of us started the process of picking out our collars. Paco was amazing to work with and went above and beyond to ensure we got what would look best on our dogs. 

BusyBee:

I’m a woman of simple tastes.  For years Mr. T wore identical collars that came from Old Navy (gasp!)  When my hoard finally ran out last year, I found myself completely overwhelmed by the thought of finding something new.  Slowly, and with Potnoodle’s guidance (read: enabling), I’ve been slowly but surely adding to my collar collection.  During my search for new collars, I had come across Paco several times but had never bitten the bullet, so when we were contacted with the generous offer, I was thrilled.  I must admit, having never owned a leather collar before (told you, simple tastes), I was completely overwhelmed by the all the glorious options.  I finally settled on a gorgeous collar and sent the size specifications off to Paco (side note:  I literally got a message back making sure that Mr. T’s neck was as big as I said it was.  It is.)  When the collar arrived, I opened it like a kid at Christmas leaving remnants of the packing strewn about my house.  I may have even cradled it like Gollum (“My precioussssss”) and marveled at its beauty.  This is easily the nicest collar I’ve ever owned.  The leather is super soft, the finishes are immaculate, and it fits Mr. T like a glove. Now, thanks to this collar, I want ALL the collars.   If there is such a thing as a “gateway collar”, I’m pretty sure this is it.

Potnoodle:

Serious Moustache is Serious about modeling.

Hi, My name is Potnoodle and I’m a collar whore. Seriously, it’s getting out of hand. I have quite a few fabric collars and a couple of leather. Still, I’ve never quite managed to get to a Paco collar. They’re expensive, I’m in college… you know the story. So when we were offered a chance at these GLORIOUS collars… there may have been squealing. Undignified pitches were reached, I won’t lie. Still, I thought, leather is leather. The stones can’t be that different from the leather collars I already have. No, I was incredibly wrong. The leather is buttery soft and the design is just gorgeous. I’ll be honest.. there were moments I contemplated not giving the collar to I and just cuddling it myself for the rest of my life. There were brief threats to elope with my… I mean I’s collar as well as Fang’s that was sent to me so I could hand deliver.  I’m not proud. I finally  managed to release the collar and finally put it on my boy… and I never want to take it off again. It came already ridiculously soft but it broke in to I’s neck like a dream. I love the leather, and I love even more that it is cruelty free. I’m officially a convert… and already saving up for my matching leash.

Fang’s contribution is coming soon. She was busy saving the world… or yelling at people to pick up after their dog. One of those two. In the meantime, admire M in his collar.

Fang:

So I arrived finally (Matted dog to groom, Lesson to teach, private lesson dude to yell at because he STILL DOESN’T GET IT, computer repair and the DMV made for a long-ass day. I know, you should be jealous.) but I’m here with my review. When we were contacted by Paco I was the last to respond, not because it wasn’t incredibly flattering, but (And Potnoodle will unfriend me for this admission) they’re not a style I normally pick. I know, I know, sacrilege. My taste doesn’t have a particular bent but generally I don’t like wide flashy collars. I’m more of a braided skinny kangaroo in contrasting signature colors. My preppiness is showing. My dogs have hair that tends to hide flashy collars, they leave collar swooshes on the neck (It’s actually a problem for me. I use blending shears and hand stripping to get rid of it.), I don’t have ID collars on the big dogs and I have a bunch of super skinny, slips and martingales that get thrown in my disaster of a training bag for every necessity. I hemmed and hawed and dawdled but just went for the blingiest pattern (The Glow) I liked and told them to pick something for my Malinois. I didn’t care what, I trusted their taste and if I didn’t like it, I’d give it to BusyBee or Potnoodle (who by the time they arrived was threatening to abscond with it) or if they didn’t want it, I’d auction it off for a rescue and everyone wins… Well it arrived via Havanese Express on Friday and shockingly to myself at least, I loved it. While it’s not something I’d have gone out of my way to order (I’d probably have chosen a more utilitarian collar) it’s absolutely stunning on M. The leather is absolutely perfect. They “deluxed” it by adding a second layer of leather, for M’s poofiness. It doesn’t leave a weird collar swoosh and the weird indent in the photo is because I’d just been collar bouncing him around the yard. It’s flashy, but not in a gaudy way and the number of positive comments on it have been amazing, so sorry charity but I’m keeping it and I’m a convert. You win, Paco. I need more. Z will have to wait her turn for a flashy collar so it’s best not to tell her yet. Now I just need to pick a style and let them work their color selection magic.

**Disclaimer: We were given these collars for free, however we were not asked to review them. We did that because of how purely awesome we think they are. **

Have a Paco? Tell us about it in the comments. If not, go check them out over here.

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28 Responses to “Ode To A Dog Collar; or, The Dog Snobs Review Paco Collars.”

  1. Claudia December 21, 2013 at 12:27 am #

    Great, now I am seriously lusting after the second two designs; already drooled a bit when I saw it pictured on Facebook. Hmm, I haven’t bought a Paco in at least a couple of years. Maybe it’s time to add another.

  2. Jessica December 21, 2013 at 2:23 am #

    We are super happy with the collar we got for Bailey! http://i535.photobucket.com/albums/ee353/heffawhatsit/Bailey/20130713_081420-1_zpsbff5a8ed.jpg

  3. Drew December 21, 2013 at 2:45 am #

    I used to work at a doggie daycare that sold Pacos! The quality of the leather is mind blowing, I have ridden horses all my life and am quite familiar with good leather, and trust me this is as good as it gets!! Customer service is above and beyond, and they make your pooches look fantastic!

  4. anna December 21, 2013 at 2:56 am #

    I’m disappointed dog snobs. I come to your blog for witty, derisive humor and all I get is a glowing review? there is one huge flaw about Paco collars that you failed to mention, they take Forever to wear out. my dog has been wearing hers daily for two years and you’d never know it. the leather is still as black as the day it arrived and the brass shines in the sun. I just can’t justify buying her a fancy new one when this one looks so good. I try switching it up sometimes (I don’t wear the same outfit everyday why should she?) but she runs and hides until she sees her Paco in my hands<–this is true. I tried "misplacing" it a few months ago but just as I was about to hit enter on my order of a brand new beautiful glow collar my girlfriend asked why the dog's collar was stuck in the space between the washing machine and the wall. so enjoy your beautiful collars for now and the daily compliments from strangers, in a few years you'll feel my pain.

  5. Claudia R. December 21, 2013 at 2:57 am #

    I have 2 Paco collars for my Russell Terrier, Ozzie. The Paco team not only make high quality leather goods, but their customer service go above and beyond to assist the client. I’m 101% satisfied with this team of talented artisans. Two thumbs up!

  6. tatertot1 December 21, 2013 at 3:03 am #

    I have become a Paco Collar Junkie. there, I said it! there is nothing else like them. Their quality of product and customer service has never been matched in all my days .For those of you that don’t know this. “Like them on facebook and you will find out when they have collar and leash making classes. So much fun!
    Busy bee, Potnoodle( Great Name by the way) and Fang look absolutely fabu in there new collars.

  7. Melanie December 21, 2013 at 3:31 am #

    Awwwww- I want one! And I would happily be a Paco collar junkie except for one thing-Indigo has too much coat and you can’t see them at all. It took many many attempts before I gave up. Sigh. Next dog though- watch out!

    • Holly December 21, 2013 at 4:43 am #

      Tip: Get a Paco leash. They’re $40 and the only friggin leash I’ll use. I’m a dog nanny and I bring my own leash to work. I have a service dog and I’m so spoiled by his buttery leash. After years, it broke on the handle. This wasn’t the fault of the leather, but of a 4 month old mini aussie with jaws like Cujo. He injured the leather and about a year of constant service dog use (and 2 puppies I trained with it since) the handle braid broke. I sent it in and got a CALL! Anna, the owner, was asking me how I wanted it repaired or if I wanted a new one. I got it back within a week of sending it off (worse week of my life. All other leather was gross, I need a backup for when I have 2 dogs or a catastrophe happens) and it was perfect again. Paco leashes are the bomb friggin diggity.

  8. toni barry December 21, 2013 at 3:38 am #

    best collars EVER!!! ♥♥♥♥♥

  9. Tracy December 21, 2013 at 3:44 am #

    I waited until my Vizsal puppy was full grown to get his collar because they are expensive. The order came a lot quicker than I thought and it is a master piece. Definitely top quality craftsmanship. I am going to order myself a belt to match:).

  10. Holly December 21, 2013 at 4:47 am #

    I LOVE the collars, don’t get me wrong. But their leashes are phenomenal. (see my rant below in a reply) But seriously, guys. Go order a leash right now. It’s $40 for a 4 or a 6 footer, and they do custom work on it too. ($50 for one with designs on it, thinner width and leather for small dogs, etc) You’ll never use another leash in your life. The leash you used to love will feel like crunchy old sandpaper. The buttery leather folds over naturally in your hands, making your life whole.

    No, seriously. Go order one right now. You deserve the silky soft leather in your hands. Your dog deserves the incredible control a good leash gives. Inferior leashes (The best leash I’ve ever used besides my paco ones rates an 8/10. My favorite paco’s easily a 15/10) just don’t have the same quality of control and communication with the dog that a good, soft, broken-in leash does.

    Okay. I’ll stop ranting. But go get one right now or you’ll always regret every moment you didn’t.

  11. Michele December 21, 2013 at 5:37 am #

    Hello my name is Michele and I too am a Paco addict. It all started when I met Paco Collars at a trade show. Oooooo! Awwww!! Didn’t buy anything but I added them to my Facebook!
    Little did I know… Paco has sample sales!!! And some times random daily deals!
    That’s how I bought my first two collars… And I was hooked!
    I break down and buy a collar pretty much every sample sale… And I have two boston terriers(Prancer & Precious). So I can’t buy a new collar for one and not the other, that’s just not fair! And they need to be matching too of course… Now that my dogs have so many awesome Paco collars they never wear their old nylon collars, so we donated over 30 of them to the shelter(yes, I am a collar addict, but it’s okay to buy more if we donate old ones right?!)
    PACO RULES!!

  12. ThePayferPack December 21, 2013 at 7:28 am #

    Ok – #1) Those collars are stunning! #2)This review and all the comments that come after it are awful! I now have to go find these fine folks, like them on Facebook and begin saving for two new collars (each boy needs one). Then when the new puppy arrives this spring I will have to buy him/her one and get the boys new ones. You people are pure evil! Love it! 🙂

    • Michele December 21, 2013 at 7:44 am #

      Get a custom puppy collar! They add extra holes for growth 😉

      • ThePayferPack December 31, 2013 at 7:28 pm #

        Good idea Michele! Thank you for the heads up 🙂

  13. Pat Lejman December 21, 2013 at 8:29 am #

    These are great collars – I saw their booth at the AKC Meet The Breeds event in NYC back in September and picked up an edgy black leather with brass pyramid studs for our Standard Poodle bitch. Ended up getting 2 more collars when they had a sample sale on Facebook! The quality is high and they are gorgeous. Order One Today!

  14. beth December 21, 2013 at 12:33 pm #

    Beautiful collars, but my dogs all have too much coat to even see if they have a collar on, much less actually see the collar! Love the one on the Mali.

  15. pennypup December 21, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

    Those are some gorgeous collars! If I didn’t have 3 kids to buy things for, I would so drop some money on a few of them. 😄

  16. Kathleen December 21, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

    Thank you for doing this. I did not know about these collars and leashes but this is the perfect gift for someone I love (and the dog too)!

  17. CrazyFunDogs December 21, 2013 at 6:00 pm #

    And now I’m off to have something else to obsess over. Thanks guys. I’m already dreaming of Isle of Dog shampoos. I shall have no tax return to pay bills with if you keep showing us awesome things for our dogs.

  18. CrazyFunDogs December 21, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

    And I thought the dog shampoo was expensive. You guys are mean to show us such nice things. 🙂

  19. Angela December 21, 2013 at 6:49 pm #

    I’ve scoured the site, and don’t see a single thing about these collars being “humane”. I’m not exactly sure how a leather collar could be considered humane. I mean, I suppose all their leather could come from farm-raised cattle that were shot in the head while enjoying their morning meals, but how unlikely is that? I know, I know. There’s always gotta be one annoying treehugger to leave a note to ruin the fun for everyone.

    • Robin December 22, 2013 at 7:06 pm #

      My husband and I were just debating how leather could be “cruelty-free” – was the cow skinned directly after reaching the end of it’s natural life? Not a tree-hugger, so I’m personally not worried about it – I’ll order a collar and leash for each of my three dogs this evening while eating the tri-tip roast currently sitting in our fridge.

  20. tofinnland December 23, 2013 at 4:43 am #

    Sample sales are the Paco gateway. They hook you into trying one: it’s beautiful, on sale, and everyone is doing it (and loving it!). Then you can’t stop. You start looking on their website for other designs, putting off saving for that home remodel after just two more collars, wondering if they will make you one of your own design(yes), and even imagining designs on dogs you don’t even have yet. Take this as a warning. You will be joing a wonderful cult very soon and can never go back. 😉

  21. Sarah & Lola December 24, 2013 at 3:23 pm #

    Don’t have one….yet. But love the one you pictured above! Just found your blog, btw….lovin’ it 🙂

  22. chriswoakes February 11, 2014 at 11:28 am #

    Those are really gorgeous. My pet would look more cute wearing those collars. I was planning to get a electronic dog collar to train my pet. Please suggest me if I am right.

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