A few months back, a dog account I follow on Instagram, @brucethehandsome, suggested Lasso collars and leashes. The pictures, as they always are, were stunning–a gorgeous dog doing amazing things in the most striking leashes and collars. The leashes and collars were described as soft, eco-friendly, and handmade in Puerto Rico. (I looked at the website but was unable to find out why the collars and leashes were defined as eco-friendly.) Always eager to try the latest dog gear, I went online and ordered a leash.
I ordered the classic/cheapest leash. The leash length ranged in length from 3-8 feet. I bumped mine up to six feet and added an O ring, so all said it cost me $48.
At that price point I expected a bit more in terms of packaging. When I pay a premium, I expect all the bells and whistles. The leash arrived in a simple brown envelope. No tissue paper. No bow. No card telling me how smart I was for purchasing this very expensive leash. It did include a discount code on a business sized card for my next purchase. I believe it was for 15% off, but I cannot verify that as I promptly lost the card. (I know many people are good at coupons. I am not one of them.)
I’ve never seen a dog leash like it, so if it’s important to you to be original then this may be your leash. There are a variety of colors, both for the leash itself and the ties that hold it together. I picked a dark color because I find they look better for longer. Light colors, especially when dogs are involved, end up looking dirty.
When the leash arrived, I was not thrilled with the color combination I picked. I realize that’s my fault. I wish I’d gone with a color combo created by the artists. In fact, looking back at the site, I wish I’d chosen a more expensive leash with multiple colors and cool knots. I didn’t follow my rule, go big or go home. 🙂
Customer Service: Good
I ordered a black leash with red whipping knots. Three days after I placed my order, I received an email. Black would take a month, but I could get navy. Unwilling to wait, I’m an Amazon Prime customer after all, I went with navy.
I paid for the leash on August 2 and it arrived at my door on August 15. I thought that was a fast turn around for something handmade and shipped from Puerto Rico.
I’ve had the leash nearly two months, and I did my best to use it everyday. Whenever I went out and about with Sherlock, or took Kinsey to training, I used the Lasso leash. During this time, it’s frayed a bit. In addition, when Sherlock was bored at a meeting he started to chew on the leash, and pulled some of the fibers loose. I was disappointed by this. For the price, I expected it to hold up longer.
My favorite thing about this leash? It’s the most comfortable one I’ve ever held. It’s lightweight, and it arrived soft and flexible. It felt great in my hands, and for that reason I found myself looking for it whenever I wanted to take the dogs out.
Comments from friends and family:
- It looks like a horse lead rope.
- It’s too girly.
- Boy, that’s expensive.
- If it lasts a long time, it’ll be worth the money.
Final Grade: B
Because of the price point, I had high expectations for this leash. It’s unique, handmade and nice to hold. But, it’s basically a soft rope tied together with whipping knots, and it’s showing wear after two months. I would not by the classic leash again, but I’d consider the Buoy in brown and red. If you check out the website, you will see it’s strikingly beautiful!