Want to help the environment by spiffing up your pet in luxurious threads? People will turn their heads when they get a load of what your dog is wearing and just wait until they hear the story behind it! Introducing, Chews Happiness™!
We met Tavor White (Mr. T) and Meeta Gawande of Chews Happiness back in BarkWorld 2015. The two visited Bhutan in the Himalayas and were inspired by the country's way of measuring their worth: Gross National Happiness. Instead of just focusing on how much money Bhutan is making, they also put into account the happiness and health of their people and animals and the effect they have on the environment. Pretty cool, huh?
|Chew Happiness' Happiness Cycle|
So after coming home, getting married, and added a puppy named Bouncer to the family, they had a hard time finding pet products that they felt good about using. We have all been there, am I right? Chews Happiness was created and they began to make handcrafted yak down apparel for humans, pets, and in the future, yak milk chews! We were given one of their leash and collar sets to review. Let's take a look...
Right off the bat, I noticed the thickness of the collar and leash. The tight thick weave of the fabric gives a very durable feel. The hardware is very beautiful and the buckle clicks smoothly. I love that there is an extra D-ring near the leash handle. Anybody else clip poop bags or collapsible water bowls to their leash?
So what makes these items special? These are handwoven with yak down from Bhutan. Yak down is the name given to the undercoat fibers that are shed from yaks in the spring. This fiber is really soft, durable, and anti-microbial (a.k.a. anti-stink!). The yak down is naturally shed and is ethically collected and renewable.
Helping the environment: check. Helping the locals of Bhutan? Yup! These are handwoven by women in Bhutan with looms used in traditional apparel. The designs are actually inspired after the kera which is the sash that is tied around a man or woman's waist. Pretty neat!
So how did the collar and leash stand up to normal wear and tear? We exclusively used both for around a month and I gotta say I am impressed. Compared to nylon collars, and even a hemp collar we regularly use, this one can be worn a lot longer since it doesn't stink.
We did get down and dirty and went to the lake to test it out completely. The lake is nasty and what I did was have Jada on a really long lead (15 ft) and Bailey with her Bjadim leash looped around it. This made it so that it dangled a bit in the lake water and dirt as we walked. After out trip I gave the leash a good whiff and it had a smell, but not a bad smell. Reminded me of my grandma's house with the smell of aging fabric. Maybe this is what a wet yak smells like? Not sure, but I'm not complaining.
As it dried, the smell faded and you could never even tell the leash went through all the muck! When it comes to the hardware, there are some scratches to the buckle and it looks like some of the finish is coming off on the part that clicks. If your leash or collar does need some cleaning you can put it through the washing machine and let it air dry.
|Fezzik walking Bailey|
In a Nutshell...
- Chews Happiness™ is inspired by the country of Bhutan which is located in the Himalayas
- They have dog collars, leashes, and sweaters which are hand-woven with yak down by women in Bhutan
- Yak down is a renewable resource which is collected cruelty-free in the spring when it is shed naturally
- The patterns woven into the collars and leashes are inspired by Bhutan apparel. There are a couple other patterns besides the one featured
- You can learn more about Chews Happiness over on their website
Overall, I am really impressed with Chews Happiness' leash and collar. The fabric used is unique, soft, and surprisingly durable. The two aspects I like most are the anti-stink properties and the overall feel. The leash is very thick but very comfortable. Also, these products work well if you are worried about what kind of fabrics are rubbing against your dog's skin 24/7. With all the work that goes into these items they aren't cheap, but if you are looking for quality with style look no further!
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For a limited time, get 50% off all Chews Happiness Hugs & leash/collar products with the coupon code "GIVEAHUG17" (Ends 2/16/17)