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Traditional neck collars can cause unnecessary strain and discomfort for pets. In many cases this strain results in damage to your pet’s trachea (windpipe) and/or spine.

“FORM affects FUNCTION and function affects HEALTH!

BUDDY BELT enhances proper function and health.”

- Dr. Leo K. Rosenberg – Certified Animal Chiropractor www.petsinmotion.ca

The Buddy Belt concept started in the summer of 1997, when Buddy, a miniature Dachshund came into my life. Buddy was just over a year old at the time and was soon to become the star of and inspiration for BUDDY BELT.

Each time Buddy went walking, he would gag and cough. This made me realize that he needed something other than a neck collar. The harnesses available were difficult to use and did not always protect the neck.  I then made the first Buddy Belt prototype using a piece of tire rubber. I took the prototypes to two different leather-workers to create a more refined form. After working with a leather designer for a day, I learned how to create patterns and templates specifically for leather. Next, I invested in tools, equipment and materials needed to create my own harnesses.

The result of this endeavor was the creation of a harness that was easy to use and that reduced the stress on the neck. Essential to the design is a single buckle, like a traditional collar, except that this design is fastened between the shoulder blades instead of around the neck. The animal’s front legs extended through the two holes underneath.

BUDDY BELT was officially launched at PET Expo in Toronto, Canada in October of 2001. In the spring of 2003, production moved from the home-basement enterprise to a factory space in downtown Toronto. A clicker-die press, industrial sewing machine, many other tools, equipment and leather were moved to this location. On April 17, 2003, Buddy Belts were being cut by machine. Other than the cutting and sewing process, each Buddy Belt is completely handcrafted. Since then, multiples of thousands of Buddy Belts have been cut, sewn and assembled. This number keeps multiplying exponentially, as do sales.

BUDDY BELT was well received from the start and continues to be a product in demand. The Buddy Belt has come a long way from the hand-cut flimsy versions of early days to the high-quality, premium product that it is today. Buddy is a senior now. He continues to happily wear a Buddy Belt wherever he goes. His own personal Buddy Belt collection keeps growing.

The quality of the product is the result of continued efforts to make it the best. Class Art Productions Inc, makers of BUDDY BELT, strives for 100% customer satisfaction. Buddy Belts are available in a rainbow of colours to fit dogs sized teacup, toy and standard. Other accessories include: matching ID collars, leashes, couplers and liners.

BUDDY BELT has enhanced the lives of thousands of dogs and their owners. In many cases, it has actually saved lives

 

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Buddy and his crew hope that your Buddy Belt will enhance you and your pet’s lives as much as it has for so many others.

Sincerely,
Roxanne Pettipas
Creator & CBO (Chief Buddy Officer)

Testimonials

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Lilly and Rosie (Pugs)

I feel a little spoiled here in Paris, one becomes accustomed to the French style and Italian workmanship in leather goods but I have to say your product is definitely on par.

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Jabba the Pug

After 7 pet stores and about 13 harnesses we finally knew, as soon as the Buddy Belt was put on, the search was over!

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Jennifer's Boston Terrier

No more shaved, red chest from nylon harnesses, no more red irritated neck from collars.

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Owen the Super Dog and Daisy the Ladybug

The Buddy Belt have performed well above expectations in all situations including damp or snowy weather

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Tara's Bullies

Buy one, seriously, it will last a lifetime, they look and feel great and they’re humane. And they fit like a dream, no twisting and digging into the skin like the nylon harnesses!

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Taz

I love that the leash hook slides from side to side for full mobility.

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Izzy

She has gone from sounding like a dog in distress to being a canine in control.

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Oreo (Boston Terrier)

He doesn’t pull, he pays more attention to the walker

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Aimee's Lab mix

It was worth every penny as we both enjoy our walks much more now!

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Penelope (French Bulldog)

It is so easy to put on and looks different than every other harness in the market!

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Cindy's Bichon

I bought a Buddy Belt for my bichon. It saved his life last night.

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Ziggy (pug)

My little fella can stay warm and he looks super stylish in his soft leather harness.

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Auggy (English Bull Guy)

I had tried many combinations of halters and harnesses but Buddy’s works great.

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Sophia (Chihuahua)

[Sophia] moves more freely since the BB does not restrain her at all.

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Kyber (Belgian Shepherd)

BB is the best harness we’ve used. BB is perfect for all dogs and activities.

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DiDi, Adara, Summer, Ghost and Cappi (Toy Fox Terriers)

BB doesn’t constrict my Terriers movements in any way, shape or form. It’s like they don’t even know they’re wearing it!

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“Griffey” (Champion Jack Russell Terrier)

Without doubt, the design and materials have proven to be safe, effective and durable.

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Lil Sam (Chihuahuas)

The BUDDY BELT gets a FIVE-STAR rating from all of us.

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Mr. Binky (Yorkshire Terrier)

It was evident that it was very well thought out and especially well made. The leather, the buckle, everything was quality.

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Zero (Jack Russell Terrier)

Just to look at it and to feel it, you can tell it’s a quality product.

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Boo

The Buddy Belt comes NO WHERE NEAR MY TRACHEA, unlike all other collars and harnesses. I love it. I can walk as fast as I want and the Buddy Belt feels GREAT! No more hacking and coughing for me!

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Bichon

Best $100 I ever spent!

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Lucy

Thank you so much for this wonderful creation!

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Catherine

This harness has all of the features I have been looking for!

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Teddy

Bob and Sheila Martin

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Charlie

This is easily the best harness i have ever had.

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Koa

The quality and fit are exquisite.

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Aerial

Nothing out there could ever replace our Buddy Belt.

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Judy

The best thing is that I can put this off and on, unlike the [other] harness, which was so difficult to figure out.

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Beau & Oreo

After walking Oreo on the buddy belt, NO regurgitation at all and her surgery site was not bothered one bit!!

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Stretch & Lily

Before the BUDDY BELT, walks for our family were stressful and training method after training method failed us. Now, with the BUDDY BELT, Stretch walks with confidence!

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Rex

Rex the bearded dragon

We think they are so fantastic we got the smallest size for our bearded dragon, Rex! Now he can go out for walks, too!

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Bella

Bella

Overall the Buddy Belt is an awesome product!

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Chelsea loves her Buddy Belt!

Chelsea

Two steps in, buckle and we are ready to roll. It makes perfect sense! And, it has made our walks so much happier!!

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