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It’s quick and inexpensive ($7 to $20) to have a tag made at Echo Park's Blue Collar Working Dog pet shop.
A brass tag is hammered with your dog’s home address, telephone number, anything you want--perhaps "likes ear scratches"?
It’s the pet lover’s version of handbag envy: coveting the perfect collar.
After spotting hand-hammered-brass-and-leather collars that look like fancy equestrian gear on some hip local pooches, we used our bloodhound-like tracking sense and found the source to be the Echo Park pet store Blue Collar Working Dog, just a few doors down from Cook book. They’re covetable and super affordable, too.
Though Blue Collar specializes in outfitting working dogs (hello, there, K9 police officer), it also caters to civilian pooches. Brass dog tags are hand-engraved while you wait (it takes about five minutes) and cost just $3. But if you buy a leather collar ($7 to $20, depending on size), the tag is free.
Staffers say they want to keep prices low in order to help prevent as many canines as possible from getting lost. (Yes, we swooned, too.) We love the tags’ usefulness, sure, but also the way this leather-and-brass accessory turns our best friend into a fashion plate.
Beyond cheap, chic canine neckwear, Blue Collar has proved to be a destination for unexpected pet gear like elk antler “bones” ($29), rabbit feet and ears ($1), and natural-jute tug toys ($10). About those jute toys--finally, a dog toy that looks great in the living room atop our sisal rug.
Blue Collar Working Dog, 1533 Echo Park Ave.; 213-977-9042 or bluecollarworkingdog.com
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