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Founder & Top Dog of Dublin Dog Co.

Join the Dublin Dog Foundation, along with a whole host of celebrated artists from around the country to participate in Luck. Powerful Art. Positive Purpose. Artists were commission to create an original piece of artwork around the theme of "luck" or good fortune. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of these original pieces will go towards our goal of raising $25,000 in order to help 10-year old Clarke get a service dog. Clarke was born with a genetic disorder that has left him without the ability to speak or walk, however with the use of a service dog we hope to increase his capabilities.Please check out this video of Clarke and artist Edwin Gil, as together they create one of the cornerstone pieces for the Art Show taking place on August 25th, 2011 at the Gil Gallery in Charlotte, NC.

Dublin Dog just announced one of our newest secret weapons when battling dirt, grime, and all things nasty when speaking of dog collars. The highly anticipated new release of the Original All Style, No Stink dog collars set to arrive in early July will be comprised of a new E3 formulation, which stands for Extreme Element Elastomers. The Dublin Dog brand has been built around blending the best of fashion and function, and that has never been more true than with our latest release of our all element collars. Every year we listen to our customers, sometimes with smiles on our face, and other times it leaves us scratching our heads. "How can we make our products better and more effective?" The answer came from your suggestions. The new round of collars are thinner, softer, yet maintain a pull strength of over 1,200lbs per square inch of material. We've switched to a new double bar buckle, new d-rings, all with a sleek brushed satin finish. The other big move; producing our collars here in the USA! We feel we have the perfect trifecta now, better designs, better materials, and made in the USA. Now who's the lucky one? We all are.

The results from the Fido Friendly independent review of the Dublin Dog Co, eco-Lucks collection are in. Take a moment to hear what they have to say about our newest recycled line of collars and leashes made here in North Carolina. We appreciate Fido Friendly taking the time to look and test our product line. We hope that you find these types of reviews about Dublin Dog Co helpful when choosing the perfect product for your pet.

So the swing of Spring is certainly here, with days in the Carolinas (Dublin Dog’s Headquarters) already reaching the mid 80’s. That’s got me thinking, how do I get out there and enjoy the wonderful weather, while at the same time giving the dogs a new form of exercise and excitement?

While many of us are already contemplating bathing suit season, and “finally” getting in shape, let’s discuss some new ways of doing just that with your best exercise buddy, your dog.

Bikejoring- Think urban mushing on streets or trails versus snow. This is a great low impact exercise for you; bicycling, and some wonderful running for your dog. This may take some getting used to, however for those breeds, human and canine alike that want to get out there, this could be your calling.

Rollerblading- Now don’t go and pull out your walkman, knee high socks, and daisy dukes, this is active blading. I’ve found this to be a blast, however ensure that your brake pad is in good shape and that you’re in control of your own actions before introducing a dog into the equation. I’ve also done this with a longboard style skateboard and have had a great time. My dogs love it, however I've found it easier to do the longboard while only having one dog pull, versus both. With two big breed dogs, I've picked up some serious speed and got the speed wobbles. Should have been on youtube, you would have died laughing.

The main thing this Spring is to find activities that make you sweat and increase your heart rate while allowing your dog(s) to get some much needed exercise in the process. Be sure to check with your vet to ensure your dog is in good health prior to establishing a routine.

What’s your favorite routine? How many times a week do your exercise with your dog? Below is a video from youtube showing a bikejoring club up in Boston.

You’re at the park, enjoying the sunny afternoon and your four-legged friend is having the time of her life. Then, as if being pulled by some invisible lasso, she makes a b-line to that dark area in the grass over by the tree. Suddenly, she stops, drops and rolls as if trying to put out a small fire set by worker ants (it must be a big fire, cause there's a lot of rollin' taking place). Then just as unexpectedly she trots over to you as if looking for a merit badge for her accomplishment. Then it hits you, like an uppercut to the nose. “The Funk”.

So why do dogs roll in the nasty nectar of dead things, poop, and all things gross? Here’s three explanations:

1)Dog’s use the scent or odor of what we would otherwise find disgusting as a type of perfume for themselves. Many times, we clean our dogs with perfumed soaps and sprays, however that can smell horrible to them. In return, they shop down a slightly different aisle and go for the scent that is most pleasing to them, like the nasty tidbits left laying in the field.

2)The dominant theory is that this is a trait carried over from their wolf ancestry, whereby canines would use these scents to cover up, or disguise their own scent as a way to sneak up on their prey. In some cases, they could almost be invited by their prey to come closer if they chose the most appealing scent.

3)Getting covered and smothered in nasty goodness can also be a way of alerting their pack or pack leader “hey look what I found over here, take a whiff”. It’s a way to communicate that they’ve found the booty, and you’re missing out. No really, you are.

It’s for this reason I created the Original All Style, No Stink dog collar for Dublin Dog Co.. Dogs will be dogs, and that’s why we love them, for all their quarks, traits, and characteristics. But leave the funk in the field and keep your collars clean. Did you know you can put your waterproof ASNS Dublin Dog Collar in the dishwasher? Try it.

A few weeks ago I found myself outside a coffee shop, chillin’ with the dogs and my two little daughters, enjoying a scalding hot chai latte. It’s great people watching, with tons of dogs making the Saturday voyage with owners in tow for the coffee and scone pilgrimage.


Suddenly I see my German Shepherd’s ears perk up, and Jake, my 110lb lab backs his rump into the bistro table, almost giving me a chai latte steam bath. With an outburst of giggles from my daughters, I see the culprits; two white cotton balls with four legs each. Cute dogs as they were, they gave new meaning to the word spastic. Needless to say, after watching their owner with her 37ft corded, retractable leash, I understood where they got it.

So do the math, two big breed dogs with a combined weight of 180 lbs, and two scrappy  powder puffs being held in check by what I can only imagine was steel guide wire. Needless to say, these two creatures, who were not wearing Dublin Dog collars by the way, weaved through my legs as if they were building Easter Baskets, all the while my children laughed and the dogs’ owner chirped, no hissed at her dogs to behave. The result, both of my legs looked like I was the cover model for Whippin’ Boy Weekly.

Folks, if you have less than "perfect" dogs, you may want to consider a flat, fixed length leash. Many, if not most dog trainers recommend a leash where you have more control, forcing your dog to follow your lead. As an example, hint, hint, wink, wink, consider the 5ft. eco-Lucks Leash from Dublin Dog Co. It’s the Goldilocks of leashes. Not too long, not too short, and certainly not too vein cutting sharp.

It was the best of days, it was the worst of days. We laughed, we cried, I bled, however the chai latte and orange scone was almost worth it. Happy weekend to you.

A brand new batch of photos were added to the Dublin Dog photo page today. Be sure to continue to send in your photography and we'll add them to the Dublin Dog Diggidy photo gallery. Any great shots from the weekend? What about a crazy Roxxter in the air with kibble falling out while the dog waits in reckless anticipation as the sun cascades off their nose? Yea....No? Oh well, shoot what you got and share it with the rest of us crazy dog lovers!


The Dublin Dog Foundation is SEEKING ARTISTS, who would like to help a 10 year old child receive a service dog. Clarke, our recipient was born with a genetic disorder that has left him without the ability to speak or walk, yet his spirit soars and his smile speaks the truth. Please check out the following poster and share with your friends in the art world. The art show will take place on August 25th in Charlotte, NC at the Edwin Gil Gallery. However, right now we are still assembling our artists for the event. Email for more information or visit us at the Dublin Dog Foundation website.

Dublin Dog Co., has just announced their new "Courage Collection" of eco-Lucks dog collars. Proceeds from the sale of this collection will go to benefit the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine's foundation called "Chase Away K9 Cancer". "I'm thrilled to be a small part of this wonderful cause", said Dublin Dog president, Jason Watson. " We do our best to listen to the collective voice of our customers and friends, and this past year there was an overwhelming swell of support for this organization. It just made sense.", added Watson. These collars are consistent with the other line of eco-Lucks collars, which include their exclusive material made from 100% post consumer plastic bottles, all made in the USA. Collars are available in S/M/L at $24/$26/$28 respectively. Pre-Orders are now being accepted at and will be made available to the public the week of March 28th. The "Courage Collection" will be showcased at this year's Global Pet Expo, March 16-18 at the Dublin Dog Booth #1291 in Orlando, FL.

People's Pets, part of People Magazine's special feature on our furry little friends runs a feature on Dublin Dog's eco-Lucks collars and matching leashes. Known for our "All Style, no stink" collars, the new eco-Lucks collection balances the equation and features our material made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. What's this mean to you? You can have a dapper dog, sporting beautiful designs that look great, are extremely durable, yet are eco-friendly. Don't take our word for it, check out this article that was featured today, Valentine's Day, and show some love for the new eco-Lucks collection! It'll be love at first sight.  People Magazine's Pets Article.

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