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We had an awesome holiday collar when we had our Newfie. I want to find another like it for Rocket. It was red nylon, with brass bells attached. It sounded like Santa's sleigh.

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We've used seasonally appropriate bandanas quite a lot over the years. You can never go wrong with bandanas.

At Christmas my wife will pull out reindeer antlers and caps like these when company is coming over:

And Katie's 'Santa's Elf' hat:

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Originally Posted by tippykayak View Post
For formal events, my instinct is to go with something like a fancy LL Bean leather collar with a brass name plate. I've had these before, and they're really, really nice. I also feel like the leather collars look really good on a sporting breed dog like a Golden.

But does anybody else have other ideas? What looks best on your dog? Do you think coat color is something to think about when you pick the leather collar or the pattern and color on a cloth collar? Any awesome collar sites I should look at? Any bold choices? No rhinestones, please!
I have a leather collar for Cookie like that one from LL Bean. She wears it every day and it should last forever. I got mine here:

Browse 44+ Leather Dog Collars for Hunting Dogs & Pets, Small Dog & Puppy Collars

For her next birthday, I think I'll get one of the really nice premium DLX collars that she can wear when visiting people. They come in several shades, so you can get one that looks best with your dog's color.
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As red as your dogs are I really like the b/w tux collars you chose

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Originally Posted by tippykayak View Post
LOL, that's not what I meant, but it's a great idea!

I actually found one!
I'd say it's perfect!
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Having had horses most of my life, I am a leather fan. My dogs all share collars since they are all about the same size. Plus most of the time, the collar is jewelry ie too loose to help in times of need. When we went to London, I went to the Royal Mews and got a collar for all to share. I LOVE collars and leashes from Master's Pride. They are custom... I have also bought leashes and slip leads from Hogan's Leathers..

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Originally Posted by BajaOklahoma View Post
I prefer rolled collars as they are easier on the longer coats of my girls. So Banker gets the same. I tried the red leather ones for holidays, but the dye does come off on their coats.
For fun, I will put a 1 1/2" ribbon around their neck.
I was wondering about rolled collars. Comet has a pretty long ruff, so maybe that would be wiser for him. I always like having the name/phone number plate on the collar, though, so I'm not sure you can do that with rolled leather collars.
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I have seen doggie bow tie collars on big dogs before. I think they look cuter than the tux type collars.

My yorkies all have outfits for special events but I generally don't dress up my big guys/goldens. I would buy a bow tie collar for Buddy is a hot minute though.

If I ever get married Buddy will be wearing a full doggie tux and the yorkies will wear matching dresses!

I do what I like and like what I do. Yorkies- Cozy (4/1/06), Roxy & Zoey (2/11/08), Lucy (4/6/09); Golden- Buddy (4/13/09- Rescued 12/11) Maine Coon cats- Mika (1998) and Tallulah (2000)
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I'm thinking classic leather for Thanksgiving family stuff (if I can get them in time) and then maybe some holiday themed stuff for Christmas. I do have some red Santa-style bandannas with white 'fur' trim that are pretty cute.
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At a local craft show recently one vendor had a whole range of doggie bow ties in all sizes and colors, from Christmas to St Paddy's Day. They snap on over the regular collar. I was quite impressed .
Jess has a Nova Scotia tartan collar for dressy occassions.

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