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  1. What is a Martingale Collar?
  2. What is a Tag Collar?
  3. How do I measure my dog for a collar?
  4. How do I know the collar is properly adjusted?
  5. Who is Aid 4 Greys?
  6. Who are you guys?
  7. Tell me about the Bunnies.
  8. What the heck is a Tribble (or a HeartThrob)?

What is a Martingale Collar?

A Martingale Collar, sometimes called a "humane choker" was originally designed for sighthounds because of their unique structure where their heads are smaller than their necks. In a regular buckle type collar, they could simply back out of the collar. Martingale collars are designed so a separate part of the collar compresses if your hound tries to back out of it. Our Martingale collars are made in 3 widths, from 1 to 2 inches. The wider the collar, the more support it provides for the neck.

Our collars are adjustable to several different sizes, so they can be worn by many different breeds, not just greyhounds. If you need a larger or smaller size than our standard sizing, we'll be glad to make it for you at no additional cost. Please see measuring instructions below.

 ID tags should never be placed on the Martingale Collar's D-ring. If a dog's tags would accidentally get caught on a grille, etc, the collar will tighten and could injure your dog. Please place tags on one of the collars side slides, or better yet, get one of our tag collars.

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What is a Tag Collar?

A Tag Collar is an adjustable collar used only with ID tags. It is worn loosely around the base of the neck. Because it does not have that "second part" of the collar that will tighten, if the tags get caught while being worn on the tag collar, your dog can simply back out of it, avoiding injury. Tag Collars have no D-ring, and therefore are NEVER used to attach a leash. Our dogs wear their tag collars 24/7, and we slip on their Martingale collars when we take them for their walks.

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How do I measure my dog for a collar?

First, measure your dog around the neck where the collar will be worn. Next, measure your dog's head around the widest point (usually in front of the ears).

If these measurements fall outside of our standard collar sizing, (12" to 17" for 1" and 1 1/2" wide collars, and 13" to 18" for 2" wide collars), we will be happy to make a special one for you, at no additional charge. Just include your dog's breed and measurements in the comment box when you are ordering through PayPal, or E-Mail your measurements to us.

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How do I know the collar is properly adjusted?

Pull the Martingale collar snug around the narrow point of the neck (just behind the ears), adjust the collar so that when you pull up on the D-Ring to snug the collar, there is at least a two finger width spacing between the slides in the loop. And remember to check the sizing often. A too loose collar could allow your dog to back out of it!  For further information, click here to look at this PDF.

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Who is Aid 4 Greys?

Or who are Aid 4 Greys? In any case, we are a 501(c)(3) not for profit corporation, and we raise money for greyhound rescue groups across the country. We are not an adoption group. We make and sell all of the products you see here on our web site, and give every single dollar we make to rescue groups. We are 100% volunteer, and we are proud of our record of donating to dozens of rescue organizations every year since we started in business in 2005.

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Who are you guys?

Lee Tauriello (AKA Mother Bunny) has been involved in greyhound rescue and adoption since 1996 with the adoption of her first greyhound, Governor. Volunteering with several greyhound adoption groups, Lee put her sewing talents to work making the World Famous "Mother Bunny Bunnies", Tribbles and HeartThrobs. She also has done extensive fundraising for groups by chairing reunions and traveling to greyhound events such as "Greyhounds Reach the Beach" in Dewey, DE. She currently lives in Winston-Salem NC with her greyhound Jackson.

Pat Lewandowski and her sometimes wonderful husband Stan (always husband, sometimes wonderful) are relatively new to the greyhound world. After adopting Alibi in 2003, Pat helped Lee in making the Bunnies, and the rest, as they say, is history. To learn more about how our organization got started,click here. Proof that you "can't have just one", Pat and Stan adopted Emily in 2006. Now living in Arizona, Pat is the "Super Seamstress" who created the AnyWear collar, spends most of her waking hours at the sewing machine, making over 1200 collars each year. Stan, who thought his retirement was going to be endless golf, has become our webmaster and CBS (that's Certified Bunny Stuffer).  Unfortunately, both Alibi and Emily have passed away, but Skye, a little black grey has joined the household in 2015. We had been without a greyhound for three months, and instantly fell in love with Skye. Then almost exactly a year later, Noelle came racing into our house and hearts. She had been returned twice, it turns out she doesn't get along with kids, but is certainly enjoying life in a quieter household. She is here to stay!.

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Tell me about the Bunnies.

Our bunnies are all made using high quality faux fur, are approximately 12" tall, are triple stitched all the way around, and have three strategically placed squeakers! (One in the nose, one in the tummy, and one in the tail.) Some hounds make them "fly" by grabbing an ear and sending it across the room. Others use their bunny as a pillow.

The bunnies are constructed so the ears, arms and legs cannot be pulled off, and there are no eyes or other embellishments that could be swallowed. Fully machine washable and dryable, (but keep in mind that the long-haired bunnies have a tendency to mat up when washed, but the dogs don't seem to mind it one bit.) They will give your hounds hours (and hours, and hours) of enjoyment.

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What the heck is a Tribble (or a HeartThrob)?

A Tribble is a small round toy, approximately 5" in diameter, made of the same high quality faux fur as our Bunnies, super stuffed to make it fat, with one large squeaker in the center. It perfectly fits a greyhound's mouth, and they love to carry it around and squeak, squeak, squeak! And a Hearthrob? Same as a Tribble,but heart shaped, for your heart hound.

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