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Silver Paw Pet ID Tags: Made in Maine Not China!Buy local, buy USA… it has a familiar ring these days! When buying local means buying higher price, those of us living paycheck to paycheck just don’t go there for obvious reasons.
However, buying local can sometimes mean buying smart, especially when you consider things like customer service, quality of product, and guarantees. Those of us purchasing for these values, have the added feel good bonus of knowing we supported a fellow American, perhaps even a neighbor!

It’s delightful and refreshing to be able to call a business and speak with its owner or an employee who actually makes the product. The chances of your order getting shipped quickly and customized to your specifications is usually greater if the product is produced here in this country.

I receive email offers from Chinese companies every week. They want to produce my pet id tags much more cheaply than I do. US stamping companies that I spoke to when developing my pet tags urged me to get them made in China at a fraction of the cost. A major stainless steel pet id tag competitor of ours, who has a lion’s share of the US market, manufactures their tags in China. The average factory wage in China is under $1.40 per hour at 12 hours a day, 6 days a week.Silver Paw Pet ID Tags: Made in Maine Not China!

Consumers who recognize the benefits of buying products made here in the US are key. Smaller companies, like my pet id tag business, have something to prove, pulling themselves up by the bootstraps, carefully monitoring competition, and striving for excellence in all aspects of their product. Our products float to the top because of you, the consumer. Buying products that last, support US jobs, and respect our health and environment, are sustaining for us all.

So, the next time you are faced with the decision to buy cheaper from China or buy more expensive from the US, stop and think about the pros and cons. Who and what practices do you want to support with your dollar? What are your expectations for the durability of a product? What kind of service and warranty will there be after the sale?

Silver Paw Pet ID Tags: Made in Maine Not China!
Moving: Renewing & Updating Engraving Info On Silver Paw Pet Tags

Moving Checklist

Going through a move and all the accompanying changes associated with it are a hassle any day of the week, month, or year! In the hecticness, one of the most overlooked tasks people often forget about is to update the information on their dog’s id tags. There are all of the other changes to checkbooks, credit cards, subscriptions, licenses, etc, etc. But forgetting to update a tag can have very unfortunate consequences.

I can’t think of a more important time to have an updated id tag on your dog than a move. A new neighborhood, house, smells, sounds, can all be distracting and disorienting to dogs. Having a current phone and address on your dog is very important in those first days and weeks of getting settled in should your dog be enticed to wonder off in new surroundings. It happens. No one wants the added panic of discovering your beloved friend is missing.

When you purchase a Maine made Silver Paw Tag for your dog, you automatically have the option to renew your engraving should your information ever change. You just mail your tag to them and they grind your old information off and replace it with the new. You also get the added benefit of a brand spanking new looking tag because the whole tag gets repolished. That’s the beauty of owning a thick solid stainless steel tag and working with a small USA based customer service focused company.

None of us can predict the future, so it’s nice to know that a pet id tag you are buying comes with the option of renewable engraving, especially after you’ve made an investment in the tag. These tags are so well made that it’s really hard to destroy the dog gone things. So if they’re going to be around for awhile, might as well have the convenient option to update your info. That will keep everyone smiling, including your dog!

Moving: Renewing & Updating Engraving Info On Silver Paw Pet Tags

Silver Paw Tags Sticker Shock“Now, $30 for just a tag can be a bit hard to swallow, but they are 100% worth it,” wrote one of our customers several years ago. “The amount I was spending on each supposedly “durable” id tag at the pet store was easily munched and mangled, so I figured why not get a GOOD tag?”.

The dilemma of whether to trust the quality of a $30 tag versus a $15 tag is a legitimate one. Do you always get what you pay for? Customer reviews can be very helpful but so can learning about what goes into the making of that product.

Silver Paw Tags are the gold standard of the hanging pet tag market for several reasons.

-they are made of the finest stainless steel alloy available

-they are very thick with heavy loops

-they have deep, black engraving

-the fronts have jewelry-like designs embedded into the steel

-they can be engraved over again if phone #s or addresses change

-they are backed by a lifetime guarantee with kind customer service

Purchasing an id tag for the life of your dog and then being able to use that tag as a remembrance of your beloved pal on a key chain, necklace, or bracelet is what Silver Paw tags are designed to do. The metal is so impervious to scratches, dings, tarnishing, or corrosion, that you will want to wear it.

Does this quality come at a price? Of course. The extreme labor involved in creating molds, casting, hand finishing, and fiber laser engraving each tag right here in the USA is extremely costly. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZL749nUsgQQhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9svX8GbHYTM  Skilled labor in this country is compensated in a different way than in China and rightly so. Any product made in this country that is labor intensive and handmade by skilled artisans is going to cost more. Silver Paw believes that keeping production in the USA benefits our workforce and encourages quality.

In the pursuit of “deals”, good “old fashioned” quality has fallen by the wayside in so much or our society that we have come to expect products to fall apart. We have understandably become naturally suspicious of the word “quality”. . .

If you google stainless steel jewelry for people, you’ll find nothing much available for under $30 and that “quality” $29.95 jewelry is made in China. US manufacturers can’t compete with Chinese labor and we all want “deals”. What does that say about an extremely rugged and well finished pet id tag, several times the weight of a piece of chinese made jewelry, that has several lines of custom engraving, won’t fall apart, and is made in Maine?

Sticker shock over Silver Paw id tags can be remedied if one thinks about buying a lasting piece of not only “beautiful” but “highly functional” quality jewelry. Jewelry that can also save the life of your dog for the life of your dog! Our dogs are so devoted and have given us so much pleasure and love as beloved members of our family. Of all the crazy things pet owners purchase over the life of their dog, how can one resist the expense of a good quality pet id tag such as Silver Paw’s?

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Reasons Why Dogs Leave

The three most common reasons why dogs become separated from their families are opportunistic journey, wanderlust, and blind panic.

Opportunistic journey is when a gate or door is accidentally left open. While some dogs will remain in their yards or at their homes, most simply can’t refuse the temptation to explore when presented the opportunity. Although these dogs might not actively attempt to leave, their noses just lead them on a journey that can take them blocks or even miles from home.

Wanderlustis a common problem in intact male dogs of any breed as well as certain breeds like hounds. These dogs will actively attempt to escape by climbing, digging, or wiggling to escape their yards. They will also bolt out a door or pull to get away from their handler if the opportunity presents itself. Wanderlust is responsible for the displacement of many dogs and a major contributing factor to the stray populations in our shelters.

Blind panic is a situation in which the “flight” instinct (from the hardwired “fight or flight” response to stimuli) kicks in and a dog runs in what we call a blind panic. This can happen for three reasons: xenophobic (skittish) temperament, loud noises (thunder, gunfire), or traumatic incident (involved in car accident, explosion, etc). These dogs are the most difficult to catch since they will travel far, travel fast, and avoid human contact, even with their own family members!

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