With the onslaught of the pet supply market (collars, clothes, beds, carriers) and the ever popular designer brands of same, somewhere along the line, the intent of what the products were made for has been all but forgotten.
Take the collar, for example. At one time is was made specifically so as to be both durable and safe. Why spend money on a new collar every year when you don’t have to? Once your puppy grows up, one collar should be all that it needs. But then along came designer collars, which, while practical (in some instances), are more often about their looks than the all important function they were intended for Copper kettle .
If you are one of the many dog lovers who have decided designer dog collars are what you [and your dog] need, then why not consider purchasing one that can help in alleviating poverty in many of the suffering countries around the world.
Joan Shultz (and her Kenyan partner Mercy Mahiani) took such an idea and made it happen; Shultz started a designer dog collar line called “The Kenyan Collection” which allows Kenyan artisans in a village where Maasai people live and work, the chance to earn more than their usual less than $1 per day. The business was started in 2002 and every collar made there is completely unique. They are all made of high quality leather and “hand-cast brass buckles” but what really makes them stand out is the intricate beading designs that can be found on each one. You won’t ever find one that is the same as another.
“The Kenyan Collection” of designer collars can be found at the online store Dog Collar Boutique. Like so many other online shops, the Dog Collar Boutique sells designer dog collars from across the world, but it has recently added the Kenyan artist’s designs to its collection.
Amongst other things, Shultz wants people to understand that the Maasai people in Kenya are not taking hand-outs for their work; with the creation of this line of designer dog collars, these artists have been given the opportunity to sell their beautiful creations in the ever-growing, ever-popular dog market in the U.S. By doing so, they are servicing two needs: supplying the dog consumer with the demand for unique and different designer collars and ensuring the Maasai in Kenya earn a decent wage.
Another plus for the dog owner that decides to purchase one of of these collars, is that because of the way in which they are made (customer hand picked size and color and intricate hand-sewn beads onto durable leather), they know that their pampered pooch will be walking around with a never-before seen (or duplicated) designer collar.
The Kenyan designer dog collars are so special that they were even chosen over hundreds of others to go into a gift basket that was given to President Obama and his family for use when the White House puppy came to live with them.