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Dog Hair Sweaters from Deceased Pets Answered

These folks loved their dogs so much that they made sweaters from their fur after they passed away. This was no easy task as thousands of hairs had to be harvested from brushes and carpets. The result is apparently warm and water-resistant as well as creepy, but with all the cat hair I keep vacuuming up maybe I can get a nice coat from my own home.

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memememefor (author)2012-03-28

what do you do after youve killed them?

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kerikins (author)2012-01-19

Silence of the lambs...

There is a new show called new show on TLC I think called American Stuffers

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desya (author)2010-11-24

historical .. cultures have been using dog fur to make yarn for centuries.... I don't find this strange... Strange to me to be pulling out the sweater to go cry on it every day in their bed room. Some dog were raised and bread for their yarn producing fur..
People make pets out of their alpacas.. This is simply caring on a tradition..
Get over your creep factor..it is not a stuffed dog or container of ashes...

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Goodhart (author)desya2010-11-24

I can understand that: Alpacas are just so CUTE.

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ich bin ein pyro (author)2008-03-24

i heard that on the radio today..... creepy like goodhart said, its like wearing the skin of a person that died..or a huge wig isnt there a movie of a psychotic that kills people and takes thier skin+identity?

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PocketSized (author)2008-03-24

Although these were made out of malted fur, I would have no problem if they had made them out of the deceased body of a dog who had died of natural courses. It does not show a lack of respect... Quite the opposite. These people don't just hoover up the fur and throw it away... They did something useful with it. Which shows a mindset that is much better than the person who buys clothes from the high street with no regard to the process of how they were manufactured. Even if their dog had died of natural courses and they made warm clothing out of it I still wouldn't object. People can't seem to grasp the idea that once a animal has died it still has many uses... Just as it had a use while it was alive (to keep the owner company and/or perform a specific task). They would much prefer to throw it in a hole in the ground and allow it to rot. In any culture than holds animals in a high regard this would be wasteful, and disrespectful to the animal.

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PizzaPlanet (author)2008-03-20

That is sick disgraceful to the dead and disgusting this is what's. How about you died your spouse loved you very much and decided to make a leather coat out of you how would you feel same thing.

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Deadpunk (author)PizzaPlanet2008-03-22

ok you need to chill out my friend they didn't skin there dogs they only collected fur from them and then had the fur spun into yarn and had the yarn made into sweaters now that being said it is a little strange but not quite as disturbing as your making it out to be. I personally would not wear my dogs fur whether spun in yarn or still attached to skin because personally thats just not my thing but seriously if that's how they want to remember their animals though a little odd that's their business and I have no right to judge them for that and neither dose any one else. If they had SKINED the animals that would be a different matter completely but from what I have gathered all the did was collect fur from the animals which dose not include skinning them to obtain said fur and making it into an article of clothing in fact there are people who do the same with there living dogs or othere pets with the right kind of hair. They collect their pets fur from regular brushing and then spin the fur in to yarn and either knit or weave it into a piece of clothing.

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randofo (author)PizzaPlanet2008-03-20

If my spouse wants to go through the house collecting my hair from the carpeting and old brushes after I pass away like these people have, the more power to her. After all, haven't you ever worn a wool sweater?

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PizzaPlanet (author)randofo2008-03-21

Plus if it touched water it would smell like wet dog not very practical either. Sorry I made a big deal out of things I'm just so persistent for whatever reason maybe my mom lol!

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PizzaPlanet (author)randofo2008-03-21

Thats different this is wearing the skin and fur like the fur coats so many people protest against. Hair that has fallen off is very different......... or am I not understanding this article? Did they skin them or just shave them like they make sweaters (lambs hair)? Still its different and I stand with what I said yesterday I think it's a bit disgraceful. Lambs hair grows back everyone's does. I would specifically write in my will that my body is not to be changed in any way after I die unless I'm an organ donor that to is different you have a choice and it can save some ones life. This is just a fashion statement. Finally to answer your question I have never wanted to were a wool sweater. Love is strong but well go and see the movie Prom Night were love can lead you to insanity. This is just crazy old people. But to go as far as disturbing the dead is wrong. Frankly I'm just a sissy when it comes to dead people. Again maybe I'm not understanding this article. Oh Bye the bye how would you find that much dog hair around your house to make that big of a sweater. A dead dog was shaved.

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Goodhart (author)PizzaPlanet2008-03-20

Yeah, it is somewhat along the same lines as Perpetual Pet.

Remember Imelda Marcos? And what she did with her dead husband Ferdinand Marcos.

I personally could not though....

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keefurxxcore (author)2008-03-20

That is the most disgusting piece of clothing ever. Image walking at the mall, seeing someone you know "Oh nice sweater- Cashmere?" "No." "Silk?" "No, remember Buddy, the retriever?" :O

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Full Frontal Graphic (author)2008-03-20

LOL, this reminds me of when I was learning felting. I was making a tote for small juggling gear, and I was also hanging out at the Renaissance Faire, and thought since I was felting together rabbit fur and wool, maybe some human hair? I accosted a several dozen strangers and collected the stray hairs from their hairbrush. I created the felt bag with no seams by felting the edges together as the felt was made. The finished result clearly shows the strands of human hair. It was so nice my friend Michael bought it for his juggling stuff, and now he is the proud owner of a one-of-a-kind unique piece of art, that dozens of people he never met have contributed pieces of themselves to create. If you are one of the donors who gave me hair, just think about it. Years ago you gave a stranger something you didn't need and now it is part of a prized possession. Of course, since it looks hairy, and contains Michael's juggling stuff, he proudly calls it his "hairy ball sack". I think a fido sweater might be a little more tasteful, thinking it over.

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Labot2001 (author)2008-03-20

This would make a (nice/slightly creepy) pet month contest entry =]

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Deadpunk (author)2008-03-19

they didn't skin the dogs the had there fur spun into yarn and the yarn made into sweaters but still a little creepy yes but a lot of people do it with there living pets they'll collect the fur from regular brushing and then have it spun and woven or knitted into a a piece of clothing

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Goodhart (author)Deadpunk2008-03-20

Well, ok, still I can hear it now: what wig / toupee are you wearing ? Oh it is Fido, or maybe Bruce, the hair shaved from my dead husband's head.....um, nah :-)

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Deadpunk (author)Goodhart2008-03-20

Hey I personaly wouldn't wear my dogs fur either but to each there own i guess

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Goodhart (author)Deadpunk2008-03-20

Oh yes of course: I am not telling others what to do or not to do, but rather it would be a put off for me. ;-)

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westfw (author)2008-03-19

I know several people that have spun and knit their dog's hair, not specifically after their deaths. You gotta start with a dog having the right sort of hair, I think.

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Goodhart (author)2008-03-19

Let's all sing together now: My sweater has fleas ! LOL I don't think I could do this either. Just something about skinning and then wearing the skin and fur of a former "family member" kind of weirds me out.

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Brennn10 (author)2008-03-19

I have lost three dogs, and loved them all dearly, but I would feel extremely uncomfortable wearing their fur.

What animal are your wearing?
This is fluffy, the dog that passed last year.

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