A Traveling Dog’s Logo and Matching Harness
A little while ago, there was still snow on the ground and things had become a little depressing around here. Winter had dragged on just that little bit too long. As we stared out into the miserable winter sky, it felt like nothing good was ever going to happen. Snow just kept on coming. We missed colour badly. White, greys and brown-black were all we could see. Even on sunny days when the blue skies would give us a reprieve from the gloom, we just could not get over the feeling of “ugh” we all felt. There was some serious cabin fever burning.
And then we got a package in the mail from Vienna Canine Couture. We opened it and our day brightened right up!
First, when we removed the outward packaging, we found an amazing book-shaped box. It really reminded us of the story Around the World in 80 Days. Inside the book-box was a charming note. Those little touches – a nod to our business, our niche market and that personalized message – were ever so thoughtful. That’s classy.
And then, in the book-box …
Well, Dear Reader, we have a business starting here. We hope to be soon putting products on offer. (I know, the suspense is killing you, right?) So, it has become crucial that we find subtle ways to advertise ourselves. Our logo is a very important part of that. And, in the book-box … well, we had just received the best possible way to advertise: our very own Montecristo Travels Logo Harness!
The crocheted version of our logo is incredibly accurate! I can’t begin to tell you how wonderful it all is.
It is not our logo re-invented. In fact, Vienna Canine Couture was as true to our logo as possibly could be, down to matching the blue used for the background to the blue we use in the background of our logo.
We spent so much time and effort designing our logo with Andrew Haviland. Gosh, how many options did we look at? How many ways did we tweak it?
So imagine our delight to see our beloved logo so accurately portrayed on a harness! We were stunned. We love the three dimensional aspect of using crochet. We’d seen Vienna Canine Couture do portraits of dogs on harnesses, but this … this was more than my portrait. It’s our business!
Oh, the details …
The little scarf blowing in the wind …
The little doggles, the bridge, the crystal clock in the peace tower (Nod to Ottawa!)…
Perfect little details.
Vienna Canine Couture is not advertising their business on the harness. There’s no Vienna Canine Couture label for others to see. The harness is all about Montecristo Travels! That is amazing. No ego. No pushy business. No hidden agenda. How utterly refreshing. How very … Canadian!
What we also appreciated was the thought that had gone into the harness itself. I have often gripped on Facebook that harnesses don’t always fit well. They are often too short. (I am a little long in the body for my diminutive width.) Or the harnesses fit, but in the summer, they are too warm. So we were thrilled to see a new shape to this harness! The armpit area is much more open. It’s very very wide. As a result, the width of fabric between my shoulder blades is much more narrow. This allows me to have more fur exposed and less body covered, thus less heat trapped. I can move freely. Oh, how this change in design must have created a headache in terms of getting the crocheted logo small enough to fit on such a small piece of material-estate.
And yet another great thing is this is a Canadian product! Yep. Out of Montreal, folks. Got to love that!
And the harness can be easily washed. Just gently rub using cold water and a mild detergent, being careful not to rub the crocheted part. Don’t twist the harness to remove the excess water; instead, lay it down flat on a towel and roll it gently, then air dry flat. That’s it!
What did Vienna Canine Couture have to say? Well, ever so modest, they just said:
“We where very proud to do this for a fellow Canadian. It was an honour to do this because we actually have so few Canadian clients.”
Well now, don’t I just feel special!
The harness is just such a joy to wear and own. It’s truly remarkable what can be done with crochet! And the other day when I went to the Hopeful Hearts Walkathon, I got to see the harness work when a person exclaimed, “Wait! I know that logo! Is that … ? Is that Motnecristo?” Why yes, yes it is! The harness had worked its magic!
So this travelling dog now has a harness that is complete with logo. I am thrilled with it and can’t thank the two men behind this enough. Mario and Colin, gros merci les amis!