This is where we announce the most recent changes to our web site and the latest Happy Tails News. If you've visited us before and want to know what's changed, take a look here first. We'll also post news of upcoming events, current hide buys, what we're up to, and etc. We update this page about once a fortnight, and the remaining pages on this site as needed.
We are proud to announce this is our 16th year in business.
Spring is kinda here, and we know we'll have warmer weather ahead of us at some point in time. Soon we will be able to work outside in comfort, instead of freezing cold. That weather-predicting groundhog, Puxatawny Phil, was sure wrong about Spring this year! Although most snow is gone and temperatures have warmed up some, the soil is still frozen, and the country roads are muddy. Everything will have to be planted later than usual, from corn and soybeans, to carrots and tomatoes. Let's hope the 2013 Summer season is more moderate and bearable than last year, with the long drought and intense heat that ruined crops.
We have been busy lately, during this chilly time of year. We have new floggers built and listed on the in stock page, as of 3/30/13, plus more are in production as I type this.
We have fabulous moose hides, European Red Deer hides, waterbuffalo hides, and Italian couture cowhides available, if you want something special. We have new elk on hand, in black only. The moose is incredibly scrumptious, and very hard to come by under any circumstances, for the past 2 years; This new moose is nice and thuddy, like elk, but the hides are 2 ounces heavier in weight, and denser. We have moose in black and very dark, deep green, almost black-green. It looks really nice with our forest green kangaroo handle color. We also now have in stock, Northern European Red Deer hides, which haven't been available in the U.S. since 1998. Really super-beautiful stuff.
I rummaged through some boxes of hides we had in storage, and I found some kangaroo hides for flogger tails. Not many, but we are happy to offer them while we still have them on hand. First come, first served. All are black. They vary somewhat in weight and temper, so offer some variation in sensation.
As of Jan 11th, 2012, we moved to a new, larger, and faster server, for your convenience. Our pages should load faster for you, and we can post more photos for you to see.
We aren't travelling, so we can't show you our wares in person. We keep a stock of floggers on hand, and want you to be able to see them, so look on the In Stock page for them. These can ship immediately upon payment. None are seconds or rejects, and this is not a special sale. I have posted pics and descriptions of 30 -some floggers, but if you need more detail on any of them, please email or call us and we can get you the information you need.
We have the hide on hand to build one white angora goat flogger with curling white fleece. No more is available at this time, the Lady Farmer who supplied us died suddenly, and the herd was dispersed.
Just so you know, some other whip and flogger makers have stolen some of our photos and text on this website for their own use, so if you see something identical to ours on other makers' sites (not retail stores), you're being given the old bait and switch routine; also, be aware that not everything you see and read on the web is true these days. There is a lot of crap out there, and they want to hide that fact from you. We, Happy Tails, try to give you realistic photos and useful descriptions of each item, as our quality speaks for itself and we have noting to hide. We have been under the same ownership the whole time, have been making and selling honestly-good floggers and whips longer than the rest of the pack (who have been sold and changed hands and makers), and our gear is hard to beat on quality and value for price. Truly. Back in the "old" days getting a good flogger or whip was like doing a drug deal in a back alley, and it cost an arm and a leg, too. Now you don't have to go through that hassle to get quality goods, and your hard-earned dollars go a lot further. We are not a factory, either, like some people like to think.
As of July 2008 - We have moved! From California to Iowa. Yes, it is a long ways to move! We now usually ship Priority Mail, but we CAN do UPS, if you prefer. We still answer email promptly. Our new phone number is +1-563-823-8663, 8am to 8pm in the Central Time Zone. Our wonderful leather sources haven't changed with this move, we left behind trained people to hand-choose our hides for us, plus we have acquired some new suppliers who have better quality in some hides. Price has never been an issue with us; the kangaroo leather we use in the handles is very costly, so why ruin it with cheap crappy hides for the tails, eh? but quality of hides sure has been, and still is!
The Fancy Flogger page is a showcase of our high-plait handles, and mops and bashers. It is listed on the Flogger Menu page.
If you own fiber animals and want to trade for a flogger, I am seeking: FIBERS. I am a handspinner (I make handspun yarns on spinning wheels and spindles) of 22 years, and I'm looking for spinnable fibers these days. I will trade (give credit) for spinning fibers from the following list: Angora Rabbit fiber - Satin, French, English, Giant, and German breeds. Various colors and white. Mohair from Angora Goats, white or colored. Good Corriedale sheep's wool in various grays, white, black or moorit. Longwool and Lusterwool is also sought, particular sheep breed not important. Alpaca and Llama - colors and white. Yak and Camel down are nice, so is Quiviut. I also use plant fibers like hemp and cotton, but most people don't grow those themselves. I want natural colors. All fibers must be clean of dung locks, mostly free of hay and debris, and in good condition, or already washed and carded. I pay/trade a fair price, I raised rabbits for years, and I know the work involved in producing good wool on animals. Email me at TOAST AT FLOGGER DOT COM for more info. Please put something about "handspinning fibers" in the subject line, so I notice it.
IMsL 2007 was a great success! It was great to participate and help make it fun. Below is a photo of Alyscia from Dark Garden Corsets beside our IMsL booth. Photo by zeedeephoto.com
Feb 23rd 2007: This is the unveiling of our new, faster, CSS web site. We now have a new secure online payment system for customers who need utmost security and discretion. This has been a long time coming, and we hope you like the new web site as much as we do. We have always kept this web site simple because we maintain and change it ourselves. We are still doing that, but not in the old tables-based layouts of the past. Now we are CSS and XHTML based. This old dog is learning new tricks. Over time we will be redoing all the photos on these pages, as well.