Following on the “heels” of the Westminster Dog Show in New York City, we wanted to feature some of our favorite products for people and pets alike. After all, when stepping out together, both pets and their owner have no excuse not to be properly accessorized!
For Pets: Shaussi’s Alpen Shatz Traditional Swiss Collars.
Helmed by Mary Dawn DeBriae, a dog lover who has spent a considerable amount of time traveling throughout Bavaria, Shaussi’s Alpen Shatz is the exclusive US carrier of wonderful traditional Swiss dog accessories handcrafted in the small town of Appenzell.
On their website you’ll find traditional Swiss collars garnished with ornate, hand tooled metal symbols depicting dairy men, cows, shepherds and edelweiss. The sturdy, functional Swiss dog harnesses are similarly decorated and are handmade by a husband and wife duo that lines each one carefully with felt so as to protect the dog from chaffing. Their modern Swiss collars, too, are attractive and wonderfully graphic.
If you have a large breed, such as a Bernese Mountain Dog, we sincerely recommend the traditional Alpine keg collar. Just like you’ve seen in movies and cartoons, these collars feature functional half or full Liter solid oak kegs with brass fittings and a working spigot. You supply the whiskey and your dog does the lugging!
For the really large pet breed — a COW, for instance — we love the traditional line of Swiss cowbells, which are used for ceremonial purposes as much as practical ones. In fact, Shaussi’s has a standing order each year with the New York Stock Exchange—these bells announce each new trading day!
Shaussi’s products are handcrafted from fine cow leather and made by a long line of traditional craftsmen. In fact, the pieces are still being made by the same family which started the tradition over 250 years ago. For more information visit http://www.alpenschatz.com
For People: The HorseBrooch
Artist Bev Yokley’s business, The Horsebrooch, started in 1982. Traveling to horse shows across the country, Bev designed, created and sold standard and custom brooches of horses, dogs and other animals using the traditional Limoges enameling technique. When her orders for dog pieces started to outnumber her horse pieces she started attending dog shows, but never found the need to change her business’ name
Each piece is painstakingly drawn and sawed by hand, and the “blanks” are repeatedly fired and glazed to create lifelike depictions of almost every breed and species of domesticated animal imaginable. Perhaps you’ve recently lost a furry friend? Bev will create a custom commemorative brooch, handmade from copper and glass using age-old enameling techniques.
Limoges, France is considered the birthplace of many advanced enameling techniques, and it was there that Yokley’s chosen form of “painting” with enamel was originated during the 15th century. The painted enamels developed by the Penicaud family and others placed differently colored enamels side by side on a single piece without the separation of wire or surface metal. Each of Yokley’s pieces requires at least five different firings in order to achieve the finely detailed and realistic effect
For more information and to see her handiwork visit http://www.horsebrooch.com/.