February 19, 2015
Want your dog to look as good as those perfect pooches at the Westminster Dog Show? A handmade in the USA, nautical rope dog leash and rope dog collar from Captain Dave of Island Time Pets could be a step in the right direction.
What happens when you take a lifetime of sailing and a love for tying knots and splicing and combine that with a passion for animals? You get Captain Dave’s Island Time Pets. Not only does he offer handmade nautical rope dog leashes and dog collars, he also makes natural cotton rope dog toys and cat toys.
He first came up with the idea while working on boats with his yellow Labrador, Ceilidh (pronounced Kayleigh). She loved to play with rope and Captain Dave wondered if any well-made nautical pet toys were in stores. After some research, he discovered such toys existed, but they were not the best, especially for animals.
“The rope toys that were out there weren’t very well made and they certainly weren’t made by hand,” he explained. “They certainly had no creative or functional thought that was put into them.”
Captain Dave took matters into his own hands–literally. Using traditional nautical splicing and knot tying techniques that have been used on ships for hundreds of years he began creating create natural cotton rope dog toys. He has since expanded his business to include cat toys and his exclusive nautical rope dog leashes and collars.
Captain Dave puts a lot of time and effort into ensuring each piece of what he calls “functional art” is not only well made, but also safe for pets. He designs and makes all of the dog leashes, collars, and toys himself and says, “If you want to get the job done right, do it yourself.”
Regarding customers buying cheap and toxic toys for their pets Captain Dave says, “My feeling is that you get what you pay for. If you want to buy cheap toys that are made overseas and out of toxic materials then that’s a choice people can make.”
In addition to the leashes Captain Dave regularly offers, he is happy to fill custom orders.
“I get a lot of requests for custom leashes and collars,” he says. “I created a leash and collar for a much-loved California dog to wear in his mom’s wedding and I just finished a custom dog leash and collar set that shipped to the UK.”
To keep tabs on this pet-friendly New England-based business visit the website or for product questions and custom orders you can contact Captain Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo Credit: Captain Dave