I ordered some amazing vintage dog tags off Ebay last week and they arrived yesterday. I ordered them to use for the leash holders for my new venture, “Bark Culture Boutique” (I’ll make further announcements once my Etsy shop is open but you can like us on Facebook in the meantime).
I love using up-cycled things like this and knew they would look really amazing on the leash holders giving them a unique flair with a little piece of history. What I didn’t expect though was the questions I’d be left with after looking through them all. Some of the tags dated back all the way to the 1930s. As I started cleaning them up I wondered about the dogs they belonged to. What type of dogs where they? What was their name? Who was the family that loved them?
I had one question answered when I flipped over one of the tags and saw the name “Montana” printed in neat handwriting on the back. As I ran my head over the tag and felt the groves and cold metal, I wondered further about “Montana” and the potential life he led.
Another tag really stuck out to me, not only because it was a bright red plastic tag among an entire lot of metal, but because of the imprint: “City of Omaha Guide Dog”.
Again, I wondered about this dog who (likely) served someone in need faithfully and unconditionally.
Everything tells a story and these tags have a story behind them even if it’s only the ones we make up to fill the gaps. If nothing else, they should serve as a reminder that dogs are our friends, our family and unconditional companions. Make sure that the stories they leave are ones that live in your hearts.
Here are the tags I received. I wish I knew the story for each one.