It is highly likely that your pet doesn’t care much what his or her ID tag looks like. For that very reason, up until recently, all of my dogs over the years have sported the cheapo bone tag that you get out of one of those machines from Petco. Simple, practical and to-the-point. That was until my handmade and vintage obsession went so far into overdrive that there is almost nothing I don’t want uniquely made. So, whether my dog Somewhere knows it or likes it or not, he now has a couple of adorable tags made by some create folks all across the country. If you’re interested in something similiar for your own dog or cat, I’ve rounded up my ten favorites (a few of which are the ones I own) whittled down from hours of searching and narrowing down.
I’d love to know your favorite in the comments below. Have a handmade tag already? Share with everyone where you got it.
My personal favorite and the one my dog wears most often. It’s a large tag and is best for larger breeds (so, not the best option if you’re looking for a cat or daschund). The Soaring Heart tag is four fun layers of metal (copper and nickel silver) that are soldered and riveted together. (Doggone Tags, $35)
This copper and nickel silver halter or bridle tag identifies your large pup (or horse, pony or mule) should they wander off. It’s 1.5″ in diameter, large enough that it’s easy to see from a distance. The shiny concho is soldered on, and your furkid’s name is stamped underneath on the front. The back of the tag is large enough to stamp your animal’s name, your address, stable or barn name, or a couple of phone numbers. (Urban Puppy, $25)
This stainless steel, durable tag has a unique design that I haven’t found duplicated anywhere else. Simple and chic and comes in three finishes (bronze, a darker antique bronze and gold plated). (Flash Gordon Designs, $45)
I’m obsessed with this lady’s work, and she has tons of tags to choose from in her shop. One of my favorites? This canoe ID made with 3 metals. It’s 1 3/8 inches and great for medium to large dogs. Stamp your pet’s name on the front and your phone number on the back for no extra charge. All tags come with a split ring, so it’s ready to hang on your pet’s collar. (Island Top Custom Tags, $30)
Ever needed to open a beer and couldn’t find a darn bottle opener? Well now your bottle opener will never be more than a whistle away! This stainless steel ID tag is custom made, stamped with your pet’s name, phone number or anything else you want it to say. The tag includes a small split ring for easy attachment to your dog’s collar, and a removable silicone bumper. (Pop Tag, $16)