When we were in Scotland, one of the families Cocker Spaniels wandered off in the dark. There was no danger, the cottages were in the middle of open fields, but she had got a scent and was off on her own agenda. Finding a dark dog in the dark is like... well finding a dark dog in the dark !!! I jokingly commented that she needed a light on her collar.
I thought nothing more of it until I was in the shed yesterday and came across an item previously used on a model railway project. ILLUMINATED SHOE LACES !! I bought them some time ago from Ebay, I cant remember which trader they came from, but a quick search found a comparable item at a price similar to the price I paid.
Yes you are reading the advert correctly, for only £1.69 you can buy a pair of illuminating laces, I dare say with a bit of shopping around you could get them for less ! You get 4 lengths of clear rubber lace and 2 light units. It works on the principle of Fibre Optics. There is a small LED in the unit which produces light that is reflected along the inside of the tubes. They can be constantly on or flash at 2 speeds.
So how is this a collar.. really simple. The tube just pushes into either end of the unit creating a loop.
Lay out the regular collar to get a length then cut the tube to match.
Then push the second end into the opposite side
In this case the unit looks very big as the tube is cut to fit Max, even so when on, it sits nicely under his chin. It is worn as well as the collar and is not used to connect a lead too !!!
By making the tube an inch longer than the collar, then putting a drop of super glue on the tube before inserting into the unit, a permanent loop could be created that just slips over the head. However I prefer to have it a touch smaller and just push in the tube as it goes round the neck each time, that way if it gets caught it will just pull off.
So for £1.69 you can make 2 illuminating collars. Ideal to make your dog more visible on evening walks now the nights are drawing in. Great for keeping track of a dark dog on a field in the twilight, or just helping motorists spot you when lead walking.
Or even making your chocolate cockapoo stand out on the chocolate sofa !!
Jessie likes hers and will be wearing it on our walk tonight.