Collar Me Beautiful

By Carol Tisch Photography by Matt McCourtney January 1, 2009

1 Aroma Therapy For a collar that passes the whiff test, try Dublin Dog’s good-looking designs ($22.99 to $25.99) of nonporous polymers that resist odor-causing bacteria. Bone Appetite, 7630 N. Lockwood Ridge Road, (941) 359-1010.

2 Bow Brummel? Leaders of the fashion pack adore the chi-chi colors, patterns and deliciously frou-frou bows adorning a hand-picked selection of collars ($23) at  Pawprint Essentials, 1512 U.S. 41 Bypass S., Venice, (941) 497-6161.

3 Bada-Bling A statement collar of Italian leather, nail heads, and Swarovski “gemstones” in amethyst, citrine and peridot ($54.95 to $99.95). Woof Gang Bakery, 8314 Market St., Lakewood Ranch, (941) 907-1111; 1809 S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota, (941) 312-5233.

4 Out of Africa Every sale of these hand-beaded collars ($50 to $80) helps Maasai artisans in Kenya earn a brighter future for the children of their community. Max’s Dog Bakery, 1375 Main St., (941) 330-0330.

5 Wild Thing Sidewalk safaris are ever so chic with designer Susan Lanci’s washable leopard UltraSuede leash ($38) and matching collar with Swarovski crystal paw prints ($35). Petropolis, 1407 First St., (941) 955-5015.

6  Wags to Riches Regardless of pedigree, any pooch joins the crème de la crème of canine society with this grosgrain collar's iced-out Swarovski crystal dog bones ($119.95). Wet Noses, 472 John Ringling Blvd., St. Armands, (941) 388-3647.

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