Practically nothing means more to us than than our four-legged friends. We care for them as well as we care for ourselves. As verse in Proverbs states that we are called to care for them, to “Know well the condition our our flocks…” They are our companions, our confidantes, and our motivation. We take them with us on walks and often make room for them on our vacations.
It’s easy to see in others how much their dog or cat or other furry friend means to them, as well. When it comes to giving meaningful gifts, a pet product that supports a local business or an artist may be something you will want to consider. Handmade products are as individual as the recipient, and, with a little thought, will help your dog (or your friend’s dog) express their own uniqueness.
But buying handmade dog collars, as it turns out, does more than you may realize. There are, of course, the personal benefits of establishing a meaningful connection with your purchase as the consumer and of knowing that another person made it for you to enjoy. It can also feel empowering to exercise creativity and originality when selecting products that mean something to you, or to your friends and family. Just as you would take the time to select a hand-knit sweater in just the right color (matching scarf optional), you will enjoy searching for just the right collar or leash that matches their pups personality – and looks good, too! That makes it as special for you to give as it for them to receive.
Contributing to a greater good with your purchase power creates the best kind of ripple effect. As a dog owner, you sign on for a decade (or more) of supplying everything your dog needs for a happy, healthy life. Cumulatively, there are a lot of decisions that fall on you. As with all of life’s decisions, where you choose to spend your time and your money will have an affect on you, your pup, and the businesses you choose to support.
So, before visiting another super center or massive department store, consider why opting to support local artisans, even for handmade pet products, does a tremendous amount of good.