It is true that I prefer to use the harness for Argos’ walks, but he still wears the collar: it’s useful for the tag. I was looking for something different and thanks to Instagram I discovered an ambitious project of fair trade accessories for dogs: The Xolotl.
The Xolotl Project
Xolotl accessories are born from the creations of Mariela Sánchez, a Mexican designer from Monterrey. Mariela decided to commit not only in offering a high-quality product for dogs, but also in supporting the artisans of Oaxaca, Mexico. Xolotl’s fair trade accessories for dogs are handmade with local materials and artisans receive honest compensation for their work.
Xolotl also supports local communities with specific projects. After the terrible recent earthquake that hit Mexico, Mariela and her collaborators immediately started to collect money through their site to support the reconstruction of Oaxaca. If you want, you still can help here. In addition, they plan to start soon a project to sterilize stray dogs in the area and support local the shelters.
At the moment, the fair trade accessories for dogs that Xolotl produces are collars and bandanas, but in the future Mariela plans to include leashes, harnesses and toys. For Argos, I chose the “Tijuana” collar, but it was really difficult to decide: they are all beautiful! They are also an excellent gift idea, both for Christmas and for other occasions.
It is true that with our “special” dogs we focus on their education, we try to understand them and make them understand us. But I think that talking about accessories can be a way to live our daily life with much lightness and learn to accept our imperfect dog: focusing on the problem make thing worst!
Go visit the Xolotl website to discover the wonderful creations of Mariela and the artisans of Oaxaca!