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We Review the Max-Bone Dog Bow-Tie Collar and Teddybear

Ace tests these two items from the Max-Bone high-end collection of dog products.

Ace's Mama  |  Aug 14th 2014


This week, Ace and I had the opportunity to sample some products from Max-Bone, a line of fashionable dog clothing, bedding, and toys. Modern textiles and a muted color palette characterize Max-Bone’s unique style. Many Max-Bone dog products are made in the USA. In addition to individual items, Max-Bone also offers two monthly subscription boxes: The Bone-Box Mini, which includes toys, and the Bone-Box Jumbo, which includes toys and other items as well as a new bed every six months.

Ace and I tried two products from the Max-Bone collection: the Stella Bow Tie ($45) and Ted Teddybear dog toy ($25). Handmade from a light gray linen material, the Stella Bow Tie comes in three sizes and is machine washable. I love the material and design of this fancy collar, especially for summer. The hardware includes a metal D-ring and a sturdy black plastic buckle.

Although the Stella Bow Tie’s materials and design suggest an elegant piece of dog apparel, the stitching on the collar disappointed me. Stitches near the buckle and on the back of the bow tie used navy blue thread, which stands out against the beautiful light gray fabric. I think the stitching detracts from the polished look of the Stella Bow Tie.

Like the Stella Bow Tie, the Ted Teddybear’s best features are its fabric and design. It is made from a soft, chocolate brown, low-pile fabric. Its iconic teddy bear shape is simple, accented only by the Max-Bone label on its tummy. Ted Teddybear measures six inches by nine inches and includes a squeaker. It is machine washable.

Ace truly enjoyed romping with Ted Teddybear. This toy is unusually lightweight, which made it fun to toss. Ace also got good traction biting into the textured fabric. It should be durable enough for small dogs who are not too rough with their toys.

I would like to see more of Max-Bone’s stylish dog products. I’m particularly curious about their dog beds and blankets, and this adorable wool buffalo toy.

Dogster Scorecard for Max-Bone dog products

  • Quality: The Stella Bow Tie includes sturdy hardware.
  • Style: Despite fashionable fabrics and sleek design, contrasting stitching on the collar takes away from its polished look.
  • Function: Ted Teddybear is small and lightweight, and durable enough for small dogs who are not too rough with their toys.
  • Creativity: The look of Max-Bone is modern and fashionable.
  • Value: Max-bone products are made in the USA and are priced proportionately.

Bottom line

Ace and I enjoyed Max-Bone’s modern lines, fabrics, and colors, but the contrast stitching on the bow tie just wasn’t our style.

Dogster readers, tell us about your go-to brands for doggie formal wear in the comments below. 

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About the Author: This East Coast transplant enjoys the bounty of San Francisco, including its microclimates, farmers’ markets, and secret stairway walks. When she’s not walking with, talking about, or kissing the face of her Boston Terrier, Ace, she blogs about Ace’s adventures. Product reviews writer and guinea pig at Dogster.

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