Dogs of the World
We’re a dog-based business. Every dog we make a tag for we’re interested in.
Ideally we’d meet the dog, shake his or her paw and personally fit the dog ID tag instead of posting it. Not practical. Instead, we decided to *virtually* meet each dog, especially the unusual breeds, by making a trading card about the breed. No matter if we had never heard of it. This is not practical either, we do it anyway. Every one who orders from us and tells us the breed of their dog or dogs (it’s not compulsory) gets one hand-made specifically for their breed.
Show Me The Dogs
Okay okay, here we go. Our original idea was to use recreated vintage cigarette cards or tea cards, anyone old enough to remember these? Ahem, I am.
What’s the first thing we discovered? The lovely hand-painted ones – Arthur Wardle is our favourite artist of these – well, there are only about 50 of them. That’s 50 dog breeds.
We didn’t have the likes of the Cockapoo, Labradoodle, or Leonberger in the 1930s and 40s (the Leonberger dates back to the 1830s, the first one coming to these shores at the end of WWII). We had to make our own. Our own trading cards, not dogs.
Classic Dog Cigarette Cards
The dog trading cards we like best were indeed cigarette cards, there’s no hiding from this. Apparently these were used to stiffen the pack, but quickly became collectibles no-doubt encouraging the purchase of more fags. Let’s just focus on the dogs. Always a good idea. Here are three of Arthur Wardle’s that we’ve recreated, always rediting Arthur Wardle and using them on the basis they were free and in the public domain, as ours are.
Dogs and Friends
This is a non-Arthur Wardle range we found and features lovely black & white photos from circa 1936. Everything we made we call ‘Dogs of the World’. On the reverse, in the limited space, we write what can discover about each new breed we encounter. Here are those Dogs and Friends…
Make Your Own Cigarette Cards
Working out how to print accurately, double-sided on a cheap inkjet printer was a challenge. A lot of the ubiquitous online experts say it’s not possible. It is, I’ll provide a detailed tutorial at some stage. Until then though I have to write, find (and buy) photos for, layout and print out dozens of dog cigarette cards every day! Not complaining, who would?!
We’re looking forward to sending YOU one when you become a Ten Year Tags Dog ID Tag customer!
Thanks ever so much,
Oh yes, here are some of our faves:
You won’t have to buy another dog name tag for ten years. Guaranteed. There are minor Ts&Cs, but we will keep your dog safely tagged. For at least ten years. Even if your dog swaps its name tag for food. Guaranteed.
To make your dog name tag strong enough to last for ten years, the brass is 2mm thick, the hole size, position and tooling specified by the UK’s leading Spitfire Engineer who restores Spitfires at Old Warden.
One size definitely fits all. 27mm is perfect for dogs of any size. Dogs of all sizes, from Yorkshire Terriers, Pugs and Whippets, to Great Danes and Dogue De Bordeaux are proudly sporting their Ten Year Tags.
Brass has strong antimicrobial properties (it repels germs) It’s lovely and shiny out of the box, dulling stylishly and gracefully with age. Perfect dog tag material, as it’s not too heavy and engraves deeply.