Repurposed, reinvented, reclaimed, reimagined. Rowdy, my rescue dog, found his second life when saved from a kill shelter by Cape Fear Rescue. He and three other puppies had been left in a box outside at a shelter that was closed for the holiday weekend. His siblings were all black and Rowdy was the only spotted one. Named after the famous triple-gold Olympic medalist swimmer, Rowdy Gaines, my boy does swim really well. His first collar was like all the rest – an inexpensive one made of nylon webbing. I knew he deserved something better, so I began looking at leather ones. I liked the idea of bending the rescue dog idea and saving the forgotten belt in the closet, too. I grew up watching my dad work with leather. He made my sisters and I all beautiful hand-tooled leather belts, so I had some idea of how to approach the transformation.
We started our business, Lucky Dog Upcycle, in July 2014 and just set-up a permanent location in Wilmington, NC at Uptown Market. Next step, custom collars. Have a forgotten belt sitting in the closet? Let Lucky Dog Upcycle make it into a unique, one-of-a-kind collar for your dog.
People constantly ask me what kind of dog Rowdy is. I’ve guessed and everyone else takes a stab at it as well. At one point I started saying he was a very rare, Egyptian Pharaoh’s hunting hound… lately I’ve just been saying he’s a spotty dog.