Silent ID tag for dogs that startle easily or get their claws caught

A few months after we adopted our Dachshund, Bosco, I noticed he would get his short and squatty front paw caught in his collar. It turns out, one of his toenails was getting stuck in the loop for his ID tag. I couldn’t stand to watch him limp around like that! So I came up with a simple solution: an ID tag that slips onto the collar like a sleeve.

Bosco wearing his new silent snag-free tag
Our dog’s silent dog tag that slips onto his collar prevents his toenails from getting caught in the metal loop on a traditional ID tag

It worked so much better for him and he hasn’t gotten his paw stuck up by his neck again. Plus it’s really cute to easily see his name on his collar.

I’ve made a few for a little Morkie named Maks (who you may have seen in the previous blog post about summer harnesses) in fabrics to coordinate with his handcrafted Oxford Dogma gear:

denim collar with personalized ID tag and green and navy bow tie for Maks
This classic denim collar features contrast stitching, so I continued that look with the slip-on ID tag
Maks bow tie and collar with personalized ID tag
A Ralph Lauren-inspired collar with matching silent ID tag that slips onto the collar like a sleeve

The outside features your dog’s name stitched in nice heavy thread, and the inside is printed with your contact information and optional county ID number. It’s machine washable just like the collar, and it’s best to lay flat to dry.

Each tag is made custom for you based on your collar size, dog’s name, and contact details for $12 each. If you’d like to treat your fur baby to a quiet and comfortable ID tag, simply Request a Custom Order in my Etsy shop with what you’d like made.


Custom portraits capture the unique personality of your pet

custom pet portrait available this month at

Earlier this year I made a few pet portraits as a way to thank some of my biggest Oxford Dogma supporters (and loving pet parents). I’ve always loved to draw, and of course I love pets, so it was a great opportunity to combine the two.

Of course I had to draw my little buddies, too:

custom pet illustrations of Pipsqueak and Bosco by Oxford Dogma

Well, the response was so great — a former client even emailed me to see if I’d make portraits of her two dogs for her husband’s birthday gift — that I decided that I wanted to offer the custom portraits in my shop. And this month it’s happening!

Starting August 26, you’ll be able to order your own pet portrait.

Charming custom portraits created with flexibility in mind

Every fur kid has their own unique personality, and a portrait that captures that personality can be used in all kinds of ways:

  • Make a framed art print to decorate your walls or desk, that makes you smile every time you glance at it (this would be great as a part of a gallery wall)
  • Order custom greeting cards to share your special boy or girl with friends and family (who wouldn’t love getting one of these in the mail?!)
  • Bring your pet with you even when you can’t actually bring them with by featuring your pet on a t-shirt or tote bag (I got a t-shirt printed of my Pipsqueak portrait, and it’s so fun to wear)
  • Enjoy your morning coffee in a personalized mug with your pet’s cute and charming portrait printed on it (“World’s Best Boss” indeed)

And since the artwork is created as a scalable vector digital file, it can be used in many, many more ways.

“That’s such a Pipsqueak look”

You know how your dog has this look or pose that just cracks you up? We can capture that in the portrait! Our dog, Pipsqueak, has this intense stare, where it looks like she’s reading your thoughts (or bending your mind).

Is there a trademark accessory that your fur baby always has on? We can put it in the portrait. When we adopted our Dachshund, Bosco, I made him a blue and white gingham collar and without it, he’s just not Bosco.

The fun part is that people who know your pet will see the portrait and instantly get who it is.

Custom portrait illustration of Angie the Corgi making her infamous eye roll

Stay up-to-date

I’ll be sharing more details between now and August 26 on Instagram and Facebook if you’d like to follow along. Or you can subscribe to my emails below. And as always, I donate 5% of each sale to a local animal shelter to help pets in need.

Update: Pet Portraits are now available! To get a custom portrait of your dog, fill out this form and I’ll follow up with next steps: