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Dublin Dog Black-Eyed Susan No Stink Collar
Owner Review by Alex Legg
February 7th, 2012

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Reviewer Information:
Name:  Alex Legg
Age:  30
Gender:  Male
Height:  6'4" (1.9 m)
Weight:  195 lbs (88 kg)
Email address:  alexlegg2 AT yahoo DOT com
City, State, Country:  Tucson, Arizona, USA

Canine Information:
Name: Ebony
Breed: German Shepherd Mix
Age: 14
Gender: Female
Height at shoulder: 24.5 in (62 cm)
Weight: 70 lb (32 kg)

Backpacking Background:
My dogs and I hike mountain ranges near Tucson, Arizona during winter, Colorado during summer.  I carry a light pack, mostly water.  I tend to camp with a tarp whenever possible to reduce the weight of my two person tent.  Primarily I do day hikes, but I am known to spend 5 days out.  Temperatures range from extreme winter to 100 F (38 C), and elevation from 2000' (600 m) to 14,000' (4,300 m).  I bag a mountain every weekend, and walk my dogs daily through deep sand and overgrown mesquite trees in our local washes.

Product Information and Specifications:
Manufacturer: Dublin Dog Company
Year of Manufacture: 2010
Listed Weight: Not listed
Actual Weight: 3.1 oz (88 g)
Size: Large - 17 in-21.5 in (43 cm-55 cm) in circumference; 1 in (3 cm) band width
Other Available Sizes: Small - 11 in-14 in (28 cm-36 cm) circumference; 0.6 (2 cm) in band width.  Medium - 12.5 in-17 in (32 cm-43 cm) circumference; 1 in (3 cm) band width. 
Color: Black Eyed Susan from the Daisy Daze series
MSRP: Large-US $28.00

(Ebony in fresh snow in Colorado)

Product Description:
The Dublin Dog Black-Eyed Susan No Stink Collar is said by the manufacturer to be created from a special blend of synthetic polymers that will not absorb moisture, retain dirt, or harbor bacteria.  The collar is black on the inside portion that faces the dog, and red and black on the outside portion.  It is adorned with pretty little yellow and white flowers.  It has a stainless steel buckle that leads to a plastic loop and then into a stainless steel loop where the dog tags are to be clasped on.
The collar feels like it's made of plastic, but with the range of movement and flexibility of leather material.  The Dublin Dog four leaf clover is engraved into the stainless steel buckle, and the words Dublin Dog are engraved into the stainless steel loop.  The Dublin Dog logo of a Labrador is imprinted on the opposite end of the plastic collar. 
There are nine different belt notches to customized to the size of my dogs neck.  In the winter she generally needs a looser size to accommodate her long hair, and in the summer she has to tighten it up or it will be lost over her head whenever she decides that she wants to go off leash.

(Ebony, Dublin, Erin on Colorado Springs to Manitou Springs trail)
Field Conditions:
This Collar is on my dog all the time, but I will highlight a few places that she wears it to give an idea of what the collar is put through on a daily basis. 

We take daily walks of about 4 miles (6.4 km) through deep sand and overgrown mesquite trees in our local washes.  The elevation is at around 2,000 ft (610 m), and the temperature ranges from 60 F (16 C) to 110 F (43 C) depending on the time on year and time of day.

The collar has taken many trips in the Santa Rita mountain range south of Tucson.  The elevation in the range is from around 5,000 ft (1,524 m) to 9,453 ft (2,881 m), and temperatures range from freezing to near 100 F (38 C) depending on the time of year and time of day.

My dog has also taken this collar on many ventures into Pike National Forest in Colorado.  Elevation has ranged from around 6,000 ft (1,829 m) to 12,000 ft (3,658 m), and temperatures from freezing to around 80 F (27 C) depending on the time of year and time of day.

(Snow eater)
In Ebony's 14 years on this planet, we have tried out many, many different collar options.  Generally, dog collars are either made from leather, or from some synthetic material.  Both of the regular collar types eventually get so smelly and muddy that I get rid of them.  If that doesn't happen first, they tend to break off at the most inopportune times. 
The Dublin Dog company has created a great product in my opinion!  Ebony has worn this collar every day for over two years now.  I have taken it off her to clean it with my thumbs under a water faucet, but that's it.  It dries almost immediately and harbors no bad odor.  There is the slightest odor to it, but it just smells like my dog. It doesn't smell like wet, stinky dog, or like my-parents-never-clean-me-and-we-live-on-the-street dog.  It only smells like her, which I think isn't so bad.
The collar appears to be just as strong as it ever was, the belt notches have hardly even stretched out and don't show any signs of wear.  Over time the area of the collar that rests directly beneath her chin has began to discolor from red to black.  I actually think that this is just the red color wearing away to show the black color below.  Considering the hundreds of miles/kilometers Ebony has trekked through sand, water, and snow, I feel that this is expectable and it has not lessened the strength of the collar.  She weighs around 70 lb (32 kg) and when she pulls on her leash to chase my neighbor's cat, the Dublin Dog collar holds her right in place.

I have since purchased another Dublin Dog collar for my other dog who is coincidently named Dublin.  I am very happy with both collars.  My dogs are not lazy lay-around-the-house-dogs.  They are out in the mountains and in the washes on a daily basis pushing as far as they can go.  They beat up every other collar I bought for them prior to these.  I was probably buying two collars per dog per year for far too long.  It sure is nice when a company makes a good product.  The gear that I like the most is the gear that I never have to think about while out in the elements. The Dublin Dog collar has  given me the peace of mind that only good gear can do and allowed me to occupy my mind with more important things.

1.  No funky odor.
2.  Waterproof.
3.  Durable.

I have no complaints about this product.

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