Buddy & Co

[Review] Buddy & Co Denim Leash/Collar Set

Recently, Buddy & Co (read my previous reviews HERE!) sent me one of their newer products to try out. Being a fan of their last leash, I was happy to try it out and share my opinion. Here’s what I thought!

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First, the collar. It’s tough collar. It’s nice to find a collar that looks nice, is tough, and also complements my dog’s fur.

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This collar is unique because the buckle end goes through the ring in order to secure. Because of this, it does feel stronger and like it provides an extra layer of protection in case something were to break, tear, or snap. However, it also makes that section of the collar very bulky, as the fabric is doubled up in that section.

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Besides wanting a metal buckle (some of my favorite dog collars have this), my main suggestion is that it would be nice if there was more than one ring on the collar – a dedicated ID ring would make the collar a bit quieter (less jingling and jangling) and tidier.

Secondly, the leash. It’s a really attractive and comfortable leash. It has a padded handle to allow for a comfort grip if your dog pulls. At first, I was turned off by the red color on one side of the leash. The denim just looks so nice that I wanted both sides to be denim. But then I realized that the flashy red side allows for better visibility while walking – which is a priceless thing when walking around busy city streets.

The leash itself looks great, but it’s not the finest construction I’ve seen. After a couple of walks, the stitching seems kind of shoddy (see photo). The leash is lightweight, which means it’s best for small or medium sized dogs (or large dogs that walk well). Either way, lightweight leashes won’t stand the test of time and use and abuse like a more heavy duty leash would.

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Overall, I was expecting better quality, tougher products from Buddy & Co. When I see “denim” in a product listing, I think of the tough fabric of denim jeans. Unfortunately, the leash and collar are essentially made of red nylon with a layer of denim style fabric sewn onto the top. So it’s not quite what I expected, but of course, it still looks great, and I really think that this leash, along with the matching collar, would make a fantastic gift for a dog owner.

I give this matching leash and collar set by Buddy & Co four out of four stars.

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[Review] Buddy & Co. Nylon Leash w/ Reflective Stitching

As a dog owner, I am always on the lookout for companies that sell high quality collars, leashes, and toys. So I was pretty excited to find Buddy & Co, a boutique dog company that makes some really good looking  (and functional) dog accessories at decent prices.

I was able to try out their nylon reflective leash at a discounted price – but my review is completely honest and unbiased.

The leash arrived in a nice little zip bag and included a few stickers, which was a very nice touch. Upon opening the package, I was surprised at how lightweight the leash was. I am replacing my dog’s old Remington rope leash, which was substantially bulkier and heavier than this Buddy & Co leash.

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What makes this leash a step up from the rest?

There are a few things that I absolutely love about this leash. One of them is the bit of extra padding that was added to the hand grip and the end of the leash. It is not a lot of extra material, but it feels just right and adds some extra comfort for long walks.

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Another nice little thing about this leash is the D-Ring that is sewn into the end of the leash (near the handle). I personally don’t like to attach the poop bag holders to a leash of my dog’s collar because they swing and become an annoyance, but I have been tying just one or two individual poop bags to this D-Ring when I take walks. That way I don’t have to check my pockets before I go on a walk and I can be sure that I always have a few poop bags with me.

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The final (and most important thing!) that I love about this leash is the reflective stitching. There is reflective stitching going down both sides of the leash. It’s very visible when light shines on it, yet it doesn’t stick out during daytime use.

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How would I improve upon this leash?

Well, this wouldn’t apply to all dog owners, but my dog is still in leash training, so she likes to pull from time to time. When we are in “training mode”, I like to take up some of the slack by wrapping the leash around my hand a few times to keep her close to me. The only problem is that this nylon leash is so slippery and slick that the leash constricts around my hand tightly, almost like a noose. I would really suggest to Buddy & Co to add some more texture to the nylon so it can be gripped better.

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Other than this one thing, I can absolutely recommend this leash to any dog owner trying to become a bit more visible to other walkers, runners, bikers, and drivers. I was initially worried that the lightweight leash wouldn’t be able to handle my 60 pound dog, but there is no question that this leash is plenty strong, and could handle even larger and stronger dogs than mine.

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Because of the lightweight, yet strong material, and the added little touches like reflective stitching and padded grip, I rate this leash from Buddy & Co. 4.5 out of 5 stars – NEARLY PERFECT!

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