Courtesy of The Big Dog Design
By David Cawthon
When Luci Branyan worked at an animal shelter years ago, she pondered how she could help more dogs find homes. A study she read had the answer.
It turns out that people are more likely to spend more time with shelter dogs that wear colorful collars, so Luci decided to make her own collars about five years ago, donating some to shelters and selling others.
To create the collars, Luci sources materials online and affixes ribbons, jacquard trim, or other intricate designs—like iguanas, sandals, and dragonflies, to name a few—on to heavy-duty webbing that comes in a variety of colors.
She makes two types: traditional side-release plastic buckle collars and martingale collars, which offer more control than traditional collars but do not harshly choke dogs. In addition to what she sells on her Etsy store, The Big Dog Design, Luci also crafts custom collars in various sizes, from ten to thirty inches. Dogs at the privately operated Poverty Farms Animal Shelter pose for Luci when she needs a model for her work.
Peruse Luci’s online store at etsy.com/shop/TheBigDogDesign, and visit her at events for dogs, like Paws in the Park in Columbia and Dogtober in Blue Springs. See the dogs she helps at the shelter at facebook.com/povertyfarms.