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Putting Pug Fur to Good Use

Shedding season is in full force. I brush Pablo after his walk each morning and still balls of fur-bunnies drift around our house. (Having two cats also shedding doesn’t help). What to do with all this excess fur?

One solution is to donate it to help sop up the recent oil spill in the Gulf Coast. I’m not kidding. Pet fur absorbs oil like crazy apparently. To sign up and receive instructions on where to send your pet’s fur, go to Excess Access. They’re also accepting human hair (you were ready for a haircut anyway, right?) and nylons.

For those of you of the crafty persuasion, another option is to harvest your dog’s fur and use it to knit sweaters, scarves, mittens, and what have you. Again, I’m not kidding. K had a colleague who knitted intricate sweaters with the fur from her two collies.

I can knit but I know one basic stitch and I never learned how to cast off so the only thing I made was an endless—and I do mean endless—red scarf. Perhaps I should dust off the old knitting needles and buy Knitting with Dog Hair by Kendall Crolius and Anne Black Montgomery. You can find it on Amazon. As the subtitle so aptly says, “Better a sweater from a dog you know and love than from a sheep you’ll never meet.”

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