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    Collars For a Cause

    Collars For a Cause

    We love giving back! And since it's the month of giving, we're feeling extra generous which is why we have teamed up with the Doberman Rescue of Minnesota to raise funds in the name of Dobies. 

    About The Rescue: The Doberman Rescue of Minnesota (DRM) is a non-profit, entirely volunteer run organization founded in 2000 and they have been saving lives ever since. All of the Dobermans in their program live in loving homes with foster families until they are able to go to they forever family.

    The Main Event: This Saturday, November 10, 2018 DRM is hosting their biggest fundraiser of the year, A Night To Paws Gala. If you are lucky enough to live near Minneapolis we highly suggest heading out to support an awesome causer and enjoy a night of food, fun, entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, a comedy show, photo booth and our favorite part, the silent auction. Ticket sales benefit the rescue as well as the silent auction. You can find this beautiful Triumph Luxe Collar (in Dobie size of course) up for auction at the event. You can buy tickets to the event right here.

    2nd Annual A Night to Paws Gala

    Saturday, November 10 at 6 PM – 10 PM CST
    Columbia Golf Course – 3300 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55418

    How YOU Can Give Back Too: If you're not near enough to attend but still want to give back, don't worry we've got you covered in the best way possible. From now until Saturday night you can order a Triumph Luxe Collar in any color combo and size for your dog, and we'll donate a portion of proceeds right to DRM. It's that easy. Your dog gets a collar, the rescue saves more Dobies, and the good vibes keep flowing. Shop the Triumph Luxe Collar right here.



    What You Need To Know About Sagos

    What You Need To Know About Sagos

    One of our dogs had a little run in with a Sago Palm last week, but because we saw it happen and knew the immediate danger he was in we took quick action and so far everything seems to be ok. In the after math of our own experience as we were recounting our trip to the Pet ER with our friends and family we quickly realized that many people, and even pet owners, do not know about the deadly Sago Palm. So we thought we should bring it to light and hopefully help save some lives.

    The Sago Palm is a pretty plant found in many homes and yards, but it is deadly to pets if ingested (and people too, but most people don't go around gnawing on landscaping).  The Sago contains a toxin called cycasin that results in severe liver damage which is what causes such deadly symptoms so quickly. Any ingestion of the sago palm will result in symptoms ranging from gastrointestinal to neurological until the dog ultimately develops liver failure. All parts of the Sago are poisonous but the seeds are the most deadly because they contain the highest amount of cycasin. Just one seed can cause liver failure within 15 minutes, depending on the size of the dog. Death often occurs if emergency treatment is not given.

    Fast Facts

    -All parts of the palm are deadly, including the branches, leaves, seeds and trunk.

    -If you see your dog eat any part or suspect consumption, go immediately to your nearest vet or Pet ER.

    -Symptoms can begin as soon as 15 minutes after consumption so quick action is key.

    Symptoms in order or progression

    • Vomiting
    • Drooling
    • Blood in feces
    • Bloody diarrhea
    • Icterus (yellow coloration of skin and gums)
    • Weakness, lethargy
    • Lack of appetite
    • Increased thirst
    • Increased urine
    • Ascites (accumulation of fluid in the abdomen)
    • Bruising
    • Bleeding easily (coagulopathy, DIC), abnormal bleeding, internal bleeding, clots in the bloodstream, nose bleeds
    • Neurological signs such as depression, circling, paralysis, seizures, coma
    • Death


    Fortunately for us we knew what a Sago Palm looks like and saw our dog eat it, but if you don't see your dog ingest it it can be tricky to pinpoint that the cause of their symptoms is Sago poisoning.

    Diagnosis is typically based on a knowledge of ingestion of the plant and on blood and urine test results which will reveal liver issues.


    Due to the high fatality rate of sago palm poisoning, aggressive treatment is extremely necessary for dogs that have ingested any part of this plant. The goal is to get all plant matter and toxins out as fast as possible and prevent them from ever reaching the liver. A veterinarian will typically induce vomiting using hydrogen peroxide or ipecac. They will then administer activated charcoal to help soak up any poison.

    If liver damage has already occurred, blood and plasma transfusions, vitamin K injections, gastroprotectants, anti-seizure medications, and fluid therapy may be required. Your veterinarian will also evaluate your dog to determine if anti-nausea medications or pain management drugs should be administered.

    After care is very serious as well. Typically your pet will leave with a prescription of Denamarin to help protect and strengthen the liver. Your vet will most likely require careful monitoring of the liver values through blood work over the next few days and possibly weeks following Sago poisoning.


    If you have pets and have any Sago Palms in your yard or house immediate removal is recommended. It's just not worth the risk.

    *Sources: VCA Animal Hospital, PetMD

    WIN A Year of Treats & Style!

    WIN A Year of Treats & Style!

    Our favorite treat company, Remy's Kitchen, is turning one year old on Friday. So to help them celebrate this monumental occasion we've teamed up with head chef Remy to bring you one super awesome giveaway.

    Head on over to our Instagram to find out how to enter to win a years supply of Remy's Treats and 12 Crazy Rebels bandanas too.

    Big Changes At Crazy Rebels

    Big Changes At Crazy Rebels

    As a small business we are so very grateful for growing pains and we wouldn't want it any other way. But as we grow and learn we have to make some tough decisions. 

    In an effort to provide a more enjoyable order-through-production experience for you, we’re changing things up at CR HQ. We have made the decision to take a temporary hiatus from accepting new leather collar, Kyon collar, tags, leashes, and custom artwork orders while we get caught up on existing orders.  Our goal is to have your wait time on the actual production down to as short as possible before we begin accepting new orders again. We plan to be back open to new orders later this year. All collections will be open through Sunday, June 10, 2018 until 11:59 PM PST if you would like to get any last minute orders in.

    We thank you so much for your patience while we restructure a bit. We’re not going anywhere, we’ll still be here working away on orders to ensure a seamless order, production and delivery for you in the future. Don’t hesitate to reach out with any inquiries you might have. 

    And the good news is, we will continue to offer bandana and print collars all summer long. Yes, we said print collars! Launching Monday, June 11. We also have tons of new prints and products in store for you, in addition to new items and fun stuff planned. Our grand reopening will feature a fully restocked website including classic favorites and brand new gear, so get excited.

    We are beyond grateful for the love and support you continue to show us. Thank you for loving Crazy Rebels!

    Get Your Dog To Love Nail Time

    Get Your Dog To Love Nail Time

    How to Get Your Dog to Love The Dremel:  A Step By Step Guide

    Giveaway closed. Congrats to the winner Marc Howard and his dog Remi.

    As we wrap up our Toe Trim Tuesday giveaway (there's still time to enter, giveaway ends tomorrow!), we hope to continue to inspire you all year long to keep up consistent nail care with your dogs. Trimming your dogs nails doesn’t have to be a daunting task, just take it slow and try to think of it as a bonding session with your dog instead of a traumatic event. We have trained several dogs in the manner so we believe in it’s success and want to pass along what has worked for us. We’ve put together a step by step guide for getting your dog used to, and even possibly enjoying, Dremel day.

    ** Do each step until your dog is very comfortable at each stage. No need to rush, it’s not a race. If you can get your dog super comfortable with the Dremel you will have a lifetime of easy nail care ahead of you. 

    Step 1:  Get your dog familiar with the Dremel. We started this when our dogs were puppies, so it’s never too early to start. You can also use this method on older dogs and every age in between. But if you have the benefit of starting early on with a young pup, DO IT! Start now. 

    First you’ll want to pull out your Dremel along with treats (peanut butter or high value treats work best) in front of your dog. You can even put peanut butter on the handle of the Dremel and let them lick it off. *Just make sure the Dremel is unplugged or has the battery pack removed when doing this step. You are not even going to turn it on. You just want them to associate the Dremel with good things. You can touch the Dremel to their nails while treating them but just don’t turn it on yet.

    Step 2: Now it’s time to turn it on. This step is similar to the first step, except no touching the nails to the Dremel while it’s on. Just treating and lots of praise and letting them hear the Dremel. You can ask them to sit and lay next to you while holding the Dremel that is turned on. 

    Step 3: Actual contact. We suggest two people for this step. It just makes it easier and safer. Even now when our dogs are socialized with the Dremel we typically tag team nail day and both assist in the process. We usually do this step outside as the nail dust tends to fly, ew. Lay a blanket or towel down on the lawn and ask your dog to lay on it. You generally want them laid out on their side so they are less likely to try to get up. One persons job is to distract the dog with treats and love and pets. A spoon full of peanut butter works well here as they are so intently focused on licking that they forget whats going on with their feet. Don’t be stingy, you will go through lots of peanut butter at this stage but it will be worth it we promise.

    The other person’s job is to Dremel as efficiently as possible. It’s go time! Firmly hold one paw at a time so there is no wiggling and do one nail at a time with the Dremel. If at any time your dog becomes distressed just stop and try again the next day. You don’t want to have any negative association with the Dremel. 
    We slowly phased out the usage of treats. Usually petting, rubs and cuddles will do the trick just fine. But of course each dog is different and may always require some extra incentive.

    Step 4: You’re done. Repeat once a week and your dogs nails will be in tip top shape.

    The key here is to go slowly through all the steps to build a positive connection with what the Dremel represents. When our dogs see the Dremel they literally follow us to the backyard and lay down themselves because they know they’re about to get a massage. 

    This method has worked for us and many others so we hope it works for you too. If you have any questions feel free to email us directly, we’d be happy to discuss with you. Happy nail trimming!

    And don’t forget to tag your photos with #toetrimtuesday on Instagram or Facebook.