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January 2016

Collars are probably the most basic cat or dog accessory. I’m doing year-end inventory, and am realizing that if you came to visit, oh, the collars you’d see.


Just in the dog section of collars, there’s nylon, leather, metal, and neoprene.

In the nylon collars, Soda Mountain carries single-ply and double-thick solid colors with metal buckles in orange, red, green, purple, pink, blue, black, and a smattering of others; adjustable-length collars in patterns (more than a dozen patterns) with side-release plastic buckles and solid colors (mostly orange, red, and hot pink at this time) with metal buckles; jeweled, and spiked (black or pink). The smallest the nylon collars are able to go is 6″. The largest, 36″.

nylon 3by511_spiked nylon

Reflex leads

In leather, we have flat, rolled, and spiked, all in basic black with metal buckles. The flat latigo range from a small of 8″ to a large of 24″. The rolled leather collars are 24″ or 26″. Spiked leather comes in 8″ to 30″.

Of course, the metal tend to be choke collars. Those range from 10″ long in fine weight to 30″ long in extra-heavy weight. Also in metal are the pinch, or training, collars. They look brutal, but they’re actually safer for a dog’s windpipe than a choke chain. Soda Mountain recently added easy-on training collars. These have side-release buckles to make it easier to slide the collar over a dog’s head.

Other types of choke collars are a soft nylon cord (below, on left with metal chokes and easy-on training collar), or a check-choke, also known as a martingale. A dog’s martingale is very different from a horse’s (below, right).

Finally, the neoprene. These we carry in red, black, blue, pink camo, and green camo. The small adjusts from 13.5-15.5″ and the extra-large from 21-24.5″.


I’ve recently found a supplier with collegiate licenses, so we’ll be adding Ducks, Beavers, and Broncos to the mix within the next three months.

Go, Team! Collar those Culprits!

Okay. Sumpter Valley Community Volunteers are our new oversight organization. What with all the August fires in the last few years, we’re trying out new dates:

September 17 and 18

We may be at a new venue, too, but we’re not sure. The State Heritage Area and Sumpter railroad depot are great to be next to, but we kind of need to charge admission, and it’s difficult to do there. Our most likely alternate location is at the other end of town, at Volunteer Park.

Now that I’ve remembered there’s more than Facebook to update, I’ll keep you posted!

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