We lost Ivan to acute pancreatitis when he was 11. The photo above is of Bruno, Chopper, Angel and Trixie – only Bruno is still with us. They all wore those collars they’re wearing every day until they passed, which in Chopper and Angel’s cases was ELEVEN YEARS! I can honestly say I never looked after their wares either, but don’t be like me. If I wasn’t such a sentimental hoarder I’d donate them to the rescue I volunteer for because they’re still in great condition.
In mid-2018 we closed the online store temporarily because Dave was overworked and needed a break. It might sound like a nice complaint, to have too many orders, but not when you’re just one person and outsourcing isn’t an option because no one else can do what you do, to the level that you do it. During his down time he still made some orders for friends and previous clients and found that leather-working is a lot more enjoyable when he’s not having to work late nights and every weekend.
In late 2020 I decided to learn how to weave paracord dog collars (and more) and, again, I’m turning my hobby into a business.
After Trixie passed we fostered and subsequently adopted another boofhead, whose name is Peanut Butter (Butters for short). Three years later we did the same with the Ginger Ninja (which made him foster fail number five, oops!). They’re both excellent little models, which is good because Bruno would like to never have to pose for a single photo ever again!
Since 2009 Dave and I have built a brand that’s both respected and highly coveted. Some of the best dog trainers in the country exclusively recommend us to their clients and our customers are so loyal that many have gone on to buy several pieces – even though the first collar they bought is still in perfect nick! Since we now offer more than just leather we’ve rebranded. Ruffined Designs is not like other online stores though so please check out the how to order section before making your way into the shop. We look forward to welcoming you to the Ruffined Designs family, you’ll be in excellent company here!
x Ruth (+ Dave + Bruno + Butters + Ninja)