The Story Behind The Collar
The Rebel Collar was created so that anyone can create their dream collar. From beginning to end the customer works with our rebel artist to design the perfect collar they imagine in their head so that we can bring it to life. This particular collar was crafted in loving memory of a person gone too soon, Ryan David Jackson.
This collar was crafted for a special service dog named Donkey, as a memento to keep his human dad’s memory alive. The design was inspired by one of Ryan’s tattoos so we wanted the style to closely reflect the artwork.
Brie share’s her story and the meaning behind why Donkey and this collar are so special:
“Donkey was something we chose together. He was our puppy. What an honor it is to own such a special collar in his memory. This collar means so much. I could never express the meaning. I can only give a brief history to explain the design. Ryan David Jackson (initials on collar and also a tattoo Ryan had on his back) was a love that I had and lost. He lost his life on the scene of his car accident, Labor Day 2013. I never got to say "I'm sorry" or "Goodbye." The day he died, a big piece of me died too. At the time of his accident (1 am), I woke up in a panic. I felt it. I knew something was wrong. That afternoon I was given the news of his passing. I will never be able to explain the guilt and regret I feel. Never take your loved ones for granted; sometimes lives are cut short without any warnings. Crazy Rebels took the time to replicate pieces of Ryan's tattoos and design this beautiful piece of art in his memory. Whenever I think of Ryan, it makes me sad. My heart is broken. When I look at this collar, I want to smile knowing someone took the time and love to design something for me, so special, a piece of Ryan that I can physically see and touch. It makes it that much more special that my dog (our dog) has the honor of wearing it. I can't thank CR enough for the effort that went into this hand carved and hand painted collar, in memory of my lost love.”
Our hearts go out to Brie and Donkey, such a good reminder that life is indeed fragile and should be lived with purpose. It is our intention to put this much meaning and love into each and every collar we craft for your dogs. We hope you can feel the love.
Catch more of this handsome guy on Instagram right here.