I first stumbled across Regal Hound Designs on eBay, early in 2009. I had been searching for a leash for a female beagle I was fostering. Annie has a very strong personality. She is regal and very strong willed, a tough as nails girlie, but still very much a girl. None of the flowery, bejewelled leashes I was finding at pet stores seemed quite right. As I usually do when shopping for something specific, I turned to eBay.
It was there that I discovered Regal Hound Designs, which goes by the username "joetriever" on eBay. Based in Calgary, the owner - Kelly - had listed a leash and martingale collar in a dark pink with chocolate hearts design. It was perfect so I snapped it up, and as a result "met" Kelly through email. Kelly does business like an oldtimer on eBay, with prompt, pleasant, and personalized emails. Kelly is also active in supporting greyhound rescue through her business.
I was impressed with the way Kelly does business, and even more impressed with the collar and leash I purchased from her, which were well-made, tough and lightweight. I decided to take her up on her offer of a discount if I purchased 6 collar/leash sets at the same time. With bulk orders, you can't pick and choose your colours/designs, but Kelly picked great patterns for us. Kelly was aware that I planned to keep 2 sets for my guys and donate the other 4 sets to Beagle Paws, for their online auction fundraisers. So, she made two "matching" sets - the flames Gabe n Arch are wearing in the picture above; and the diamond sets.
The problem was deciding which of the matching sets to keep. We went with the flames. Gabe and Arch like the "tough guy" attitude of the design and I appreciate the awesome construction plus, yeah, it was a joy dealing with Kelly at Regal Hound Designs.