Dogs quite frequently shed fur, but it is usually hoovered up and thrown away without a second thought.
But did you know your dog’s fur could be made into something useful?
Appeal from Scottish crafter
An appeal has been launched by a Scottish crafter who wants dog owners to send her their dog’s shedded fur. This is in order to make a so-called “comfort jumper” for her elderly mother, in the hope of reminding her of her beloved Yorkshire Terrier.
The crafter’s mother lives alone and is too old to care for a new animal, but she regularly reminisces about her dog, who died six years ago.
As a “handy crafter”, she would like to make her mother a jumper which has dog fur woven into the yarn, with an aim of simulating the texture of her dog’s coat. The crafter is hoping to blend the fur into 1,200 yards of wool for the jumper and has stated that she doesn’t mind what colour the dog’s fur is.
However, she would rather that it comes from a non-hypoallergenic dog, so that it resembles her mother’s previous pet as much as possible.
How much money can I make?
The daughter is willing to pay £100 per 500 grams of fur and postage, which she’s happy to split between suppliers.
Edward Griffith, Founder of LoveCrafts.com, said, “Some might think this is a highly unusual request, but dog fur has been used in clothing for thousands of years! It’s not surprising that some dog fur makes for an excellent garment material, the thick undercoats of Newfoundland’s and Border Collies have evolved to trap heat and keep the dog warm in extreme cold, so why can’t it do the same for us?
“Dog fur is often chucked away, and actually quite expensive to source as already woven yarn, so if any dog owners are willing to sell their dog’s fur to help this lovely maker start her project, please get in touch. I’m sure she’ll be thrilled at the prospect of being able to make her vision a reality and add joy to her mother’s life.”
For more information or to sell your dog fur, visit: lovecrafts.com/en-gb/c/article/sell-your-dog-fur