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On Instagram Influencers & Working for Exposure

Beret Walsh

We have the utmost love, respect & appreciation for our customers – from those excitedly making their first purchase to those who continually come back to support us.

We also recognize that these collars are not inexpensive, and often not purchased on a whim. For many, they have meticulously saved and planned in order to make this purchase – And for this, we are eternally grateful.

It is because of this respect for these amazing supporters AND our own respect for our work that we do not send off free pieces to “Instagram influencers”, “dog models” or the like. However, we are asked to do so daily – And every time, we refuse.

Every collar is the product of hours upon hours of careful work. From design to construction – This can mean that upwards of 20-40 hours of love and care goes into each piece. Not to mention the cost of premium quality materials, business upkeep, etc.. Every time we are asked to work for free in exchange for a modicum of “exposure” or a conditional social media “review”, it indirectly devalues both our work and the commitment shown by our customers who respect our work enough to pay for it.

We firmly believe that if our work can’t speak for itself through the lens of our loyal customers, then we need to work harder to improve our product – not buy visibility. 

There seems to be this pervasive and offensive idea that creative professionals in myriad disciplines do not deserve to be fairly compensated for their time and skills. The belief is that, somehow, the honor of perceived "exposure" for providing a skilled service should be compensation enough, and we should be grateful for even that. 

On behalf of ourselves, creative professionals everywhere, and our amazing customers who truly value our work - No, we will not work for free. And rest assured that if we were to ever feel so inclined, it would be those same dedicated, supportive customers alone who would reap the benefits. 

Bullyflop Collar Care 101

Beret Walsh

Proper Use

We get a lot of questions about what situations are suitable for a Bullyflop collar. One of the easiest ways to sum this up would be a quick metaphor: Think of our collars as the high end dress shoes of the dog collar world. The materials are top notch, the construction is strong and trustworthy but, they’re expensive and intricately crafted items - care should be taken to keep them looking their best. You wouldn’t go fly fishing or play in a mud puddle wearing Louboutins – Your dog shouldn’t go to the dog park or swimming wearing one of our collars. While we take measures to add some level of water resistance, our collars are not waterproof. Excessive abrasion and water exposure will compromise the carving and the coloring. These collars are not meant to replace your dog’s everyday, rough and tumble around-the-house collars – these are those special occasion pieces that you treat with care to cherish and enjoy for years to come.

That said, the construction is strong. You can trust that our collars will hold up to even the biggest dogs lunging, pulling, etc. However, it’s ultimately your responsibility to determine the most appropriate equipment for any given situation.

They should absolutely be used and loved regularly, but in situations where its appropriate to do so!  Bullyflop collars ARE perfect for leash walks, field trips out in public, dog expos, dog shows & trials, holiday parties, photoshoots, those days your dog just want to feel special... You get the idea! 

Proper After-Care

Your collar has a vegetable-tanned carved leather upper panel, mounted to a latigo leather base – Each type of leather needs to be treated a bit differently. Unlike the construction of the rest of the collar, the screws attaching the panel to the base are not locked, which allows you to unscrew the panel from the base for cleaning.

Before we go into how to care for your new collar, know that you don’t have to go it alone. For the life of your collar, you may send it back to us for complimentary  touch ups, cleanings, and refinishing. All we ask is that you pay the shipping costs.

Your collar will come to you cleaned and fully conditioned, but should be routinely cared-for over the course of its life. The latigo leather base may be cleaned & conditioned using a great number of different leather products – Look for those specifically designed to clean & condition horse tack, and follow the instructions given. We use and recommend Fiebings Aussie conditioner, which you can find on Amazon or most equine tack supply carriers.  

The carved top panel should not be conditioned. If it gets dirty, we recommend cleaning gently with warm water and a soft cotton cloth. Our panels are sealed with a topcoat to protect the color underneath. If you want to reapply this clear coat yourself over the life of your color, we recommend a light application of Saddle-Lac.

Remember, we’re always here to help. If you have questions, need help, advice, etc…. Just ask!

Perfectly Custom vs. Perfectly Inspired: Ordering Options FAQ

Beret Walsh

Bullyflop Collars offers one-of-a-kind (really!), custom tooled leather dog collars – And two ways to order them. We’re often asked to clarify differences between the two options, so without further ado… Here are some frequently asked questions & answers to help make sense of it all.

Are Perfectly Inspired collars different than Perfectly Custom collars?

In short, no. No matter the option chosen, every collar is individually designed & constructed specifically for your dog using premium leathers & hardware. No matter the option chosen, every collar is one-of-a-kind and will never be duplicated. The difference lies in the design process – Not the final product.

So what’s the difference between the Perfectly Custom & Perfectly Inspired design processes?

With the Perfectly Custom option, after a thorough discussion about what you’re looking for in your collar’s design, you are presented with a full color digital proof of the tooled collar design for approval before the collar is made. If you want to make changes, adjustments, etc., the design will be modified as much as is necessary until you’re satisfied with and approve the final product.
When using the Perfectly Inspired option… We also start off with a consultation about your style, your dog’s style, theme idea(s), color preferences, etc… And then I get to work. We bypass all the in-between stuff involved with the Perfectly Custom process and skip straight to the collar. You are not shown design(s) for preapproval, and so the final result ends up being a bit of a surprise based on the artist’s interpretation of our design consultation.

What’s the difference between how the orders are placed for each option?

When ordering via the Perfectly Custom option, you will pay a deposit of $120.00 to initiate the design process. Once you have approved the final design, you will be sent an invoice for the remaining balance of the total price of the collar, plus shipping. Once that final invoice is settled, the collar will be made.
When ordering via the Perfectly Inspired option, you will pay for the collar in full up front, plus shipping.

Which option is faster?

Typically, but not always, collars ordered using the Perfectly Inspired option will end up being finished a bit sooner. This is because we skip the steps of making a presentation-quality design proof and we skip the potential back-and-forth of making any changes to the design. However, wait times for collars ordered via either option will vary based on the individual design and most notably, current workload.

Which option is less expensive? Why are the prices different?

The Perfectly Inspired option will typically cost about $80 less than ordering via the Perfectly Custom option. This option is less expensive because it saves us a fair amount of work preparing the design & patterns, and because it gives us the opportunity to be a bit more flexible when tooling & coloring the collars – And so that same savings is passed along to you. We still make a full pattern and thoroughly plan out all collars ordered via the Perfectly Inspired option – But we save time skipping the extra steps involved with producing (and possibly re-doing and re-drawing) a full color digital rendering.    

Which option should I choose?

That decision is entirely up to you! If you are very particular about the collar looking a very certain way, or would prefer to know what the final product will look like ahead of time, then you’ll likely want to consider the Perfectly Custom option. If you’d like to let the artist have some freedom and are okay with (or really love the idea of) the end result being a bit of a fun surprise, than you should consider the Perfectly Inspired option.

In the end, no matter which option you choose, you will have with a collar designed & built for your dog and your dog only, carefully and skillfully crafted with love.

What's in a Name?

Beret Walsh

Bully-what? Bullyflop Collars was named for head-dog-in-charge Garp. In his dock diving days, Garp was a bit notorious for shooting off the end like a flying potato, and then bellyflopping oh-so-gracefully into the water. Never one to pass up a good pun, we started referring to our dog/handler team as “Team Bullyflop”.

When this leatherworking hobby & passion blossomed into a business, it was only appropriate that the name incorporate the Garp, the wonder-bull. Thus, Bullyflop Crafted Collars came to be. It’s a nod to the dog forever by my side, our dedication and love for the dog sporting community, and a promise that behind every beautiful collar is constructed and made bulldog-strong.