Thursday, December 13, 2012

Congratulations General Leo!

GeneralLeo, originally uploaded by ClassicHound.

Congratulations to December's photo contest winner, General Leo, a handsome Shar-Pei
 from Maine is on active squirrel duty!  The General means all business in his Squirrel Patrol Blue Martingale Collar! The streets of Portland are undoubtedly much safer now.

Leo will enjoy a $20.00 gift certificate that s=he can use towards any Classic Hound collar or leash purchase!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Congratulations Vida!

Vida, originally uploaded by ClassicHound.
Congratulations to November's photo contest winner, Vida (which is the word for LIFE in Spanish), very appropriately chose the Día de los Muertos collar a few weeks ago and to celebrate her recent GOTCHA Day! Vida certainly does look full of life and we love that smile on her face!

Vida will enjoy a $20.00 gift certificate that she can use towards any Classic Hound collar or leash purchase!

Enter the Classic Hound Photo Contest!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Wicked Good Deal for Wicked Good Dogs!

Wow!  Summer really must be over if I actually have a moment to sit down long enough to write a blog post.  Sheesh!  It was a wicked fun summer for us around here.  Here are a few pictures to prove it:

 Lots of summer lounging, puppy shenanigans, bugs in jars, trips to the beach, visitors from out of state,  and lobster dinners!  We are sad to see summer go but also ready to welcome fall in!

A few new designs have blown in with the new season:
Twilight Owls


Hunter Blaze Orange

We're wicked excited about all of these new fall designs but especially our "Wicked Good Dog" collars which are a first time Classic Hound exclusive!  You won't find this collar anywhere else!
Celebrate with us by taking 15% off your order through the weekend.
Just enter:


at checkout.   

Here is one wicked good dog we love!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Introducing The Salty Dog Collar Collection!

Dewey is super excited to share his latest threads with you guys!  We are so lucky to live in the Casco Bay area where trips to the beach, hops onto ferries, and walks to lighthouses are part of our every day routine.  

These Salty Dog Collars fit right in around these parts!!!

(Doesn't DewDog look handsome?  His ears kept flapping out like little kites!)

We are so excited about these collars!  We can't think of a better use for retired sails then recycling them into super sturdy and stylish dog collars!

Dog collars made from old sails are perfect for the hound who enjoys feeling their ears flapping in the wind as they sail away on their next adventure!  Each collar tells it's own unique story, whether it's a wrinkle from an intense regatta race or a tale from a moonlit voyage through tropical waters, each collar shares it's experiences navigating the the 7 seas!   

Checkout all the sailcloth collars - Coast Guard, Port & Starboard, Casco Bay, and Downeast.
We're also excited to offer collars out of retired Kevlar® sails!

Kevlar® is lightweight and extraordinarily strong material and has become the predominant fiber for racing sails.  It is stronger than steel for its weight and five or more times more stretch resistant than polyester.  People, Kevlar® is used to make bullet proof suits!  I'm confident it's not possible to find a sturdier dog collar anywhere!

Meet Force 10:
 And the rest of the Kevlar® collection:  Gale Warning, Tropical Storm, and the Nor'easter.

Kevlar® is lightweight and extraordinarily strong material and has become the predominant fiber for racing sails.  It is stronger than steel for its weight and five or more times more stretch resistant than polyester.  People, Kevlar® is used to make bullet proof suits!  I'm confident it's not possible to find a sturdier dog collar anywhere!

Oh!  And here's our recycled sail cloth Salty Dog Leashbag!

Will you be sailing this summer?  Where to?

PS - A favorite book around here is Salty Dog by Gloria Rand. 

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Spinach Green Yoda Dog Biscuits

It's about time we made some more dog treats around here.  I wanted to make little hedghogs crisps (they'll be next), but my 4 year old had another idea.  

"Mommy, can we please make Yoda cookies?!?"

How could I pass that up?  Yoda is one of my all time favorite dudes.  So we gave it a go and I'm really please with how they turned out!  Please note, these are biscuits and not cookies.  They are green and not toasty brown.  They are definitely the best dog treats in the galaxy.  

Yoda Dog Biscuits

1/2 Cup Butter
1/4 Cup Oil
1 Egg
1/2 Cup Cooked Spinach (wring out the water!)
2 Cups White Flour
1 Tbls Baking Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda

In a blender (I used a Vitamix) pour 1/4 cup of oil and add the drained spinach.  Now, blend the star troopers out of it!!!  After 1 - 2 minutes add 1/5 of your room temperature butter.  Blend for an additional 4 minutes...I'm not kidding.  BLEND. IT.

In mixer cream the rest of the butter with the spinach mix and add 1 egg.

Mix together the white flour with the baking powder and baking soda.  

Gradually add the flour mixture to the wet mixture.  

Transfer to a lightly floured counter and knead for 1 minute.  

Roll out and cookie cutter out some Yoda shapes.  We used the Yoda from this set.

Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 10 minutes - do not over bake or your Yoda's will lose that nice green color!

These cookies pretty much take the cake on realistic touches... these Yoda treats come complete with Yoda hair and everything! 

When 900 years old, you reach...Look as good, you will not." - Yoda

The best part is that Abby and Dewey LOVE them!  Snatched them right up!

And since we're on the subject, you've gotta listen to The Bark Side:


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Aviators

We've got a ton of new collar designs to introduce to you guys. We've been hard at work here in the studio and are thrilled to start sharing some of our favorite designs.  Let's start off with these bad boys...

Introducing our new Aviator collar set as it takes off on it's first flight! We're excited to send these two off into the skies just days before Memorial Day Weekend. What better way to honor those brave men and women who've served in the US Air Force?

We hope you and your doggies will love sporting these handsome collars!  The first of many more new designs to come...stay tuned for more!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Introducing Classic Hound Patriotic Collars!

We are excited to share a few new designs just in time for Memorial day and 4th of July with you.


 American Dream
Valor Stars & Chevrons

What do you think?  We're a bit partial to red, white, and blue around here and are proud to show it!  Abby and Dewey will be sporting these great designs come Memorial    Day and on the 4th.  

We are forever in debt to those who have paid the ultimate price for the freedoms we enjoy, and in gratitude to those who continue to serve our country.  

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Congratulations Gizzy!

Gizzy, originally uploaded by ClassicHound.

Congratulations to Gizzy, a Podenco Andaluz from the British Isles, as he sports his big brother Max's Country Club Blue martingale.  Gizzy lives in The Dog House with his greyhound family, which makes him one lucky dog.  Gizzy's mum creates and sells awesome greyhound inspired items which makes him twice as lucky!  And now he's just won a $20.00 gift certificate that he can use towards any Classic Hound collar or leash purchase - that makes him lucky three times over!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Congratulations Zoe & Zita!

Congratulations to Zoe and Zita, two Whippets from Belgium who match perfectly in their Houndstooth Teal martingales. Zoe and Zita will enjoy a $20.00 gift certificate that she can use towards any Classic Hound collar or leash purchase!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

St. Patrick's Day GIVEAWAY!

St. Patty's Day is just around the corner and some lucky dog out there is going to celebrate in style this year. We're giving away one of our favorite holiday collars of all time, the Shamrock Gold:


We'll custom size it this collar to the winner's specifications. Hot-Diggity-Dog! Who's ready?

To enter:

1. Tell us what your favorite thing is about Spring in the comments below or

To enter twice:

2. Become a fan on Facebook {or if you're already a fan} share the giveaway with your friends on Facebook, or Tweet about it, and
come back here and tell me about it in the comment section.

{The winner will be randomly selected and announced this Friday, March 12}

Congratulations Nyla!

BlackDog, originally uploaded by ClassicHound.

Congratulations to March's photo contest winner, Nyla, an adventurous little black lab who looks stunning in her Pink Medallion collar atop a mountain with her mum Nyla. {Pssst - there's only one Pink Medallion left and it's for sale as a leashset}.

Nyla will enjoy a $20.00 gift certificate that she can use towards any Classic Hound collar or leash purchase!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Congratulations Leo!

Leo, originally uploaded by ClassicHound.

Congratulations to February's photo contest winner, Leo Ross, a handsome boy from Owls Head, Maine - who looks quite adorable in his Tweet This! tag collar!

Leo will enjoy a $20.00 gift certificate that he can use towards any Classic Hound collar or leash purchase!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Go Fetch! Go Green! Collar Recycle Program

For years now, when a Abby or Dewey have worn a collar to it's fullest, I just cut the hardware out and reuse it on the next design. I've finally decided to offer a program that will allow every Classic Hound user the same opportunity. So please don't throw your used collars in the trash! Each Classic Hound collar/leash is made with metal hardware that will long outlive (many times over!) the collar itself. I shutter to think about all the thousands of pieces of beautiful hardware going in the trash and LOVE the idea of keeping them out of our landfills.

Read below if you're interested in saving money by trading in your old collars (didn't my sister do a great job creating Abby playing fetch with a collar? I love the GO FETCH logo!) Introducing:


Same strong & dependable hardware with a new cutting edge design!

Thanks to a few more emails like Regina's we are excited to introduce a collar and leash "recycle" program to help reduce the amount of materials going into our landfills. We believe in being environmentally responsible in all aspects of business here at Classic Hound, from the biodegradable bags we dispense at our trade shows to practices we implement around our sewing studio. It only makes sense to offer a reward program to those who would like to rescue retired collars leashes (or at least the metal hardware) from going in the trash.

Now you have the option to trade-in your old Classic Hound items for $5 - $7 off your next collar/leash purchase!

How do we play?

Trade-ins are as follows, COLLARS for COLLARS and LEASHES for LEASHES. It's as simple as that!

What's our treat? How much will we save?

$7.00 off per returned collar and $5.00 per returned leash

You will receive a coupon code via email for every collar and/or leash hardware set sent back for reuse. So if you send back one collar plus one leash, that’s $12.00 of your next collar and leash purchase. Send 3 Classic Hound collars back to us and get $21.00 off your next 3 collar purchase!

Woof! We're excited! Tell us what to do!

Mail your outdated (yet still in working order) Classic Hound collar(s) and leash(es) back to us to trade-in the old threads for new ones. Same hardware pieces but new cutting edge designs! We will perform safety tests on each piece of hardware before sewing them back into the new collar of your choice.

In the event that a collar or leash is sent back to us and we find the item itself to be in perfect working order and still looking fabulous, we will donate it to the local dog shelter of our choice. In cases like this, we would sew brand new hardware into your new collar or leash and you will still enjoy the same rebate.

We reserve the right to refuse a trade in on items that are used beyond recognition and with hardware that has been abused beyond the ability for reuse. You will be notified via email if this should occur. Remember this is a program to promote recycling and reuse of perfectly fine metal hardware from Classic Hound products no longer being used or enjoyed.

Where do I send my trade-in collars and leashes?

PO BOX 2218 South Portland, ME 04116

Program Terms & Conditions (the rules of the game)

To qualify for the discount, a Classic Hound Leash and/or Collar purchase is necessary. Limit one coupon code for each item purchased from Classic Hound. Only valid on purchases of a collar and/or leash. All submissions become the property of Classic Hound. Offer valid to purchasing customers only. Classic Hound reserves the right to refuse unsafe trade-ins from participation - only working parts are valid. Processing begins when your used items are received. Classic Hound is not responsible for lost, late, or missing trade-in submissions.

We do not accept collars from other collar makers or companies at this time.

Mail submissions to Classic Hound PO Box 2218 South Portland, ME 04106 along with your email address and contact information.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Lobster Dog Biscuits


Remember the My Heart Beets For You cookie treats? Well, look what else you can do when you have some freshly boiled beets! Bake your dog his or her very own lobster doggie treats!

Lobster Doggie Biscuits

* 1/4 cup canola oil
* 1 cup applesauce
* 1/3 cup beet puree or fresh beet juice
* 1 and 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour
* 2 teaspoons baking powder

Cooking Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. In a large bowl whisk together oil, applesauce and beet puree.

  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour and baking powder. Slowly stir flour mixture into the wet ingredients.

  4. Knead for 3 minutes. Roll out dough to 1/4" and use the cookie cutter of your choice to cut out cookies. Place on prepared cookie sheet (either use parchment paper or grease sheet) and bake 14 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into a cookie comes out clean. Remove cookies from the pan and cool on a rack.




Friday, January 6, 2012

Congratulations Holly!

Holly, originally uploaded by ClassicHound.

Congratulations to 2012's first photo contest winner, Oaks Holly the Greyhound, who looks stunning in her Chocolate Cherry Drops martingale collar!

Holly will enjoy a $20.00 gift certificate that she can use towards any Classic Hound collar or leash purchase!

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