I never had a dog as a child, but was lucky enough to get my first dog, Frakkur, when I was an adult. I had no idea how he would change my life; the love and connection I felt for him was beyond anything I’d ever experienced before. When Frakkur passed, one of my friends suggested I put his dog tag on my keychain so that he would always be with me, wherever I went. The tag, she explained, was always on his body, and it represented our connection to each other: he belonged to us, and my husband and I to him.
We now have a vibrant two-year-old boy dog, Ivan, who gives us infinite joy and love. I’ve been a fan of Deborah’s jewelry for years, and when I heard that she and Allen were creating a line of dog tags, I knew they would be beyond special. I read the story for each design, and the heart tag story completely captured that feeling of unconditional love, the “incomparable form of devotion,” between Ivan and us.
The technical complexity and beauty of the tag complements its emotional significance: He is ours, and we are his.