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Boring Ordinary Dog Tags - Are There Better-looking Personalized Dog Tags Out There...?
I was wondering if you share the same problem as myself 5 months back?
You see. I failed to find any unique or good-looking dog tags anywhere � online or offline!
The search mission for a better-looking tag started when my girlfriend, Alice bought a new Chihuahua pup � Misty. While looking for a dog tag, she complains to me that most of the dog tags available are both too ordinary and actually boring looking�.
"C�mon there must be better-looking ones..." I assured her confidently and went online to look for one. To my surprise, I can�t find any! All the tags I found online are deemed boring and not unique at all� at least according to her standard.
I even went to the local pet shops � the dog tags there are not any better, if not worse. Ordinary engraved dog tags � I guess they must have been around for at least 15 years. And they still look the same today. Amazing!!!
Ok, I admit. I did find some good-looking personalized dog tags online � there are some high-end ones, such as sapphire, real silver, gold, and even diamond embedded dog tags. But seriously, I�m just not prepared to pay hundreds on a dog tag! I�ll rather spend the money on better grooming services or maybe on her food.
I�m looking for something in the range of maybe 10-20 dollars maximum.
2 days later� I gave up. I simply can�t find any!
I decided to custom make one for Misty � to keep Alice happy of course. ;-)
With the help of a friend, Lee who is in the plaque business and with his (trade secret) coating technique, I can basically put any artwork, graphic and even image onto the tag. I went on to design Misty�s tag.
Using the idea of a newborn baby permit I saw online, a good-looking (newborn pet permit) tag with Alice�s contact information and Misty�s image was made.
Alice was happy when she saw the tag. It was unique, personalized, and one of its kind. It was special, just like her pup � Misty.
But... her happiness did not last long. The tag was not scratch-resistant! The design started to peel off slowly. It was good-looking... but not functional.
Frustrated but not about to give up, (seriously, I don�t have any solution at all then) Lee then coated the tag with his company�s patented protective coating.
Problem solved! The tag is now scratch-resistant and anti-tarnish (image won�t turn yellowish over time) because of the coating. It was even better-looking now! Because the coating leaves the tag with a beautiful glossy finished.
8 weeks of research and development (definitely much longer if without Lee�s help, this article may makes it look easy... trust me. its not.), close to a thousand dollars spent. A good-looking, highly personalized dog tag was born.
"Was it worth all the effort?" If you ask me, I seriously don�t have the answer.
But I admit I did learn a lot from this experience� and of course in the process Dogcustomer.com was born. I�ll leave that story to another day.
My stand is that Misty won�t feel the difference between wearing a conventional engrave dog tag or a highly personalized good-looking one. Only Alice will� and only Alice will understand why she wants that...
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