Our idea of the perfect dog tag is one that holds up to all the abuse your dog can give it. It stays shiny, doesn’t turn black or peel, stays readable for life, and finally, can be re-engraved if you ever need it. That’s what our tags do.
My “kids”, Ruby and Jet, are the inspiration behind Silver Paw Pet Tags. They’ve transformed Mom’s title from ” jeweler” to “canine jeweler extraordinaire” and I’m grateful.
Born in New Jersey, living life in the Maine woods and mountains has taught me a lot. Being a jeweler, I would adorn my dogs with various handmade charms and creations of love. I thought I knew all there was to know about metals. To my amazement, I’d find these charms quickly mangled and destroyed by my pup’s Maine adventures. Not what I had intended. That got me thinking.
In 2008, when the economy tanked, gold and silver skyrocketed. After 18 years of making jewelry for the likes of QVC and the League of NH Craftsmen, I felt the need to reinvent myself. The wheels got turning. I remembered the mangled charms and began researching pet tags.
I couldn’t find any durable tags made here in the USA so I got to work making prototypes of tags and searching for ways to manufacture them. Not easy. Companies here in the US strongly encouraged me to find a Chinese company to do the work affordably.
I refused to take “no” for an answer. In 2010, I stumbled on a local foundry willing to cast my designs reasonably. They called me their “canary in a coal mine” because they’d never done a project like mine and wouldn’t ever again if it didn’t work out. If they were game, so was I.
So it went. In 2010 I cashed in 11 lbs of silver scrap at $40 an ounce and by the seat of my pants, purchased my first engraving machine. Without any idea of how to work it, I signed up for a show to sell my first tags. I spent most of that show on the floor behind my booth trying to figure out how to work the machine while customers wondered where I had disappeared to. My husband still shakes his head.
Since then there have been many more moments of hysteria and uncertainty but there has always been a light at the end of the tunnel. Following my dream to make the finest looking, most durable pet id tags out there still drives me forward and I’m lucky to be doing it in Maine!
About Silver Paw Pet Tags Made in Maine USA