Just the other day, my dog Spot got a rabies vaccination and a new tag to wear as proof. It came with a twisted piece of metal that the vet tech said would require pliers to secure onto his collar’s D-ring.
Pliers schmiers, I thought to myself.
Once home, instead of taking the vet tech’s advice, I tried to work the rabies tag onto the existing split ring hanging from Spot’s collar. One bloodied fingertip later, I gave up and went in search of my pliers. They were missing from their spot in the toolbox, which meant that “Buy pliers” went to the top of my to-do list.
Thankfully, later that week I received an email from the folks at LINKS-IT, asking if I wanted to try their product, a plastic device that makes attaching tags easy.
Boy did I ever.
When the device arrived in the mail, it took less than a minute to read the instructions and attach all of Spot’s tags to his collar. I just pulled back the locking crossbar, snapped apart the LINKS-IT, slid the tags onto the bottom half and the collar ring onto the top half, and then locked the device in place. Easy peasy.
And no bloody fingertips!
The LINKS-IT Pet Tag Connector costs $7.99 though the company’s website. And lest you think a plastic connector will not last as long as a metal ring, the company says it has been tested to hold 58 pounds and to open and close more than 50,000 times. Even I don’t move that much.
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About the author: Longtime journalist Pamela Mitchell loves dogs, so much so that she made them her day job in 2014 by joining Dogster.com as Senior Editor. She lives in Houston, Texas, with her sweet and stinky Boston Terriers, Dolly and Spot. Read more of her writing on Dogster.