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I hope this is the right thread to post on - I lost my beautiful Charlie a few months ago (I still struggle to talk, write or even look at photos of him at the moment but would love to write a tribute to him soon on this thread).

I have his rope collar on my desk in front of me and I wonder if anyone has had anything made from a collar before - something like a bracelet or other keepsake that I could keep close by or wear myself. I also have his leather fishtail collar if anyone has ever had anything made from leather. 

Would love to hear from anyone who's done anything like this.

Matt 

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This isn’t exactly what you are talking about, but after my heart dog Fletcher passed I put a small amount of his ashes in a tiny glass  vial ( I am talking 1/4-1/2 tsp). I took that and his metal I.d.tag and put them in a small pouch and carry it with me everywhere. I am sure this sounds weird to many people, but it comforts me. Fletcher was very protective of me and I feel he still is protecting me :blush

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I am sorry you've lost your beautiful Charlie :grouphug  Over the years and too-numerous-to-count furmination sessions with the campers, I collected a bag of fur and had it spun into yarn that I will knit into a scarf.  I love the idea of a keepsake bracelet made from Charlie's collar, perhaps one of his special tags could also be attached to lay flat on it (like a no-jingle tag collar). 

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:paw Upon reflection, our lives are often referenced in parts defined by the all-too-short lives of our dogs.

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Again not quite what you’re talking about, but when Buddy goes over the bridge I am going to put a few of my favourite collars, complete with tags, in a box frame and hang it somewhere that I will see every day.

There is a lady that I follow on Instagram who makes rope collars (levriero.co.uk); I wonder if someone like her would refashion Charlie’s collar into a wristband. It might be worthwhile contacting a small business like that to see if they can help you :brokenheart

Living with Buddy Molly b. 5 November 2010. Welcomed home 16/6/2018 ❤️

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I think wristbands made from either or both of those types of collar would be both beautiful and meaningful.   I kept two of my dogs' i.d. tags on my keychain for years, till I was ready to lay them down.  

Just brainstorming -- I like the idea of something touching our skin that touched theirs, but an alternative might be a tattoo in the same design of one of the collars.  

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remembering Eve, Baz, Scout, Romie, and Nutmeg

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I think that if you sit quietly and ask Charlie what he thinks would be nice then he will get through to you and tell you.  In fact I think he is helping you along with this project right now. Charlie is OK-only his body died. The Charlie that you loved was spirit-as are we- and you will be together again someday.  I took one of my soul mate Slim's ID tags from his collar and have worn it around my neck since he left- 15 years now.  It truly is a point of contact for me and is very comforting as I feel Slim's energy through it.  I know Slim is with me still. I know he is waiting for me at the bridge. God bless you and Charlie :paw.  Love never dies-it is eternal. It is the most powerful force in the universe.

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Sweet idea and I love it - we have a couple Etsy pillows on our couch with all of our greys ear tat numbers on them - I think of all my precious ones every day.   
edited to add - so sorry for you loss of Charlie — it’s so hard

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