Well I finally caved and got a Sirius Republic Collar!
I love it! It's fleece-lined, so the inside is super soft, and very sturdy. Plus, Skye can still chase (and miss) her ball until she drops dead at the beach!
All in all, a great collar. Plus the fanciness of it means Skye won't be wearing it to work or the places she goes swimming, so I'm expecting it to last a long time! Oddly enough, she doesn't like to get in the water at the beach, but Parker does. Go figure.