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Dog-Wool Clothing: Getting Really Close to Your Pet.

By Circkles.com.

Most dog owners joke about their clothes and furniture being covered with dog hair anyway. But some pet owners have taken wearing their dog's hair to a new level: by actually making clothing from their dog's fur. No, we have not flipped out. People are actually doing this in Europe. Dog owners have found a new way to get closer to their furry companions.

If you have a big, long-haired dog or several dogs in your house, no doubt, while sweeping the floor and creating big piles of dog hair, you have asked yourself at least once, "Wish I could do something with all this hair!"

dog wool clothingWell, you aren't the only one to wonder about it, but a company in France has actually gone so far as to do something about it. They call it Dog Wool or Laine Canine in French. You can click on this link to see their website and find out which breeds produce the best wool, how to generate the right kind of fur for wool, how to care for dog wool clothing and more. Their website is very thorough about answering anticipated questions regarding this unusual pet owner fancy.

Laine Canine also claims that their dog wool does not smell like dog, as most people would think, and that it is extremely insulating - which makes sense since it keeps dogs warm all winter. Eskimos used to make coats from dog hair. When you live in a desolate area and it is not always possible to catch up with a reindeer or polar bear for fur, fido starts to look like a pretty good investment, clothing- wise.

How in the World Did This Get Started?

The owner of Dog Wool says he has always been a dog lover and used to be very involved in showing.

"One day at a dog show, I showed the result of my spinning. People who had already been spinning wool told me that it was very beautiful and that I should offer my work to dog owners. This is how it all started ....."

So how does Dog fur Become Wool?

Instead of throwing away all that hair you brush out of your dog, you save it. The website is very specific about the fact that only the undercoat fur should be used and just how to go about collecting it properly. Once you get enough for whatever type of garment you may want, you take it to , or ship it to, Dog Wool, they process it, weigh it and tell you how many usable pounds you have with a price on what it will cost to spin it. The dog wool is spun just like sheep's wool, and then you can use it to knit into hats, scarves, jackets, vests etc.

"It is a long and painstaking job, taking about 2 hours to complete all the phases of manufacturing a ball of wool, ready to knit, weighing 50 grams.

The undercoat fur is rough. It is carded several times using a carding roller to aerate the pile and break down the oil. This operation allows the fibers to lie in the same direction to facilitate spinning.

Next, we wash the wool several times. First in water and vinegar to remove oil and odors and then with a wool softener.

dog wool ball ready for knittingThe undercoat is then spun on a traditional spinning wheel. Two spools of a single yarn in one direction. Then, the two yarns are assembled in the opposite direction to make up the wool. Once the wool is twisted it is then made into hanks and placed on the reel. After this process, the wool is tied in several places to avoid it getting tangled during the washing process.

The balls are made using a winder. They are personalized with the name and breed of your dog. You begin knitting by using the wool from the center of the ball."

So...if you are looking for a way to immortalize your beloved pet, or want to wear them to be unique or eccentric, check out Laine Canine's website for all the details. You can set your browser to translate the site to English.

I have to admit, I have thought once or twice about using all that dog hair to stuff pillows with or something. How did we stumble on this story? Don't even ask.


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Free Ferret Fun.

When I had a ferret rescue, I was always looking for ways to keep them out of trouble. Ferrets love to get into things, drag things around, crawl into places they aren't suppose to be...

Oh sure, I would buy them ferret toys, but like kids, they preferred to play in the boxes the toys came in. So...whenever I got a nice-looking box, I cut holes in it for the ferrets. Then one box turned into two or three, hooked together somehow, and before I knew it, they turned into several boxes of all different shapes and sizes, all taped together to make one big ferret city. They loved it. But it took over my house.

Then one day....the ferret fun fairy showed up at my door with some long cardboard tubes. They were heavyweight tubes that carpeting comes rolled up on that somebody had discarded in a dumpster. Once you are a ferret owner, you will never look at junk in a dumpster the same way again. Anything and everything that looks like a piece to a ferret playground will be dragged back to your home for utilization as ferret follies and games.

free ferret castleDiscarded and repurposed cardboard carpeting tubes make excellent ferret super-highways. You can cleverly disguise them by putting them around and under your furniture where they are out of the way. Boxes tend to take up a great deal of room in your house when ferrets only utilize a small portion of them anyway. Cardboard tunnels made from old carpeting tubes very much resemble the tunnels in the ground that ferrets would inhabit in the wild. They absolutely love them. And I am not constantly tripping over them or having to justify to my guests why I have a pile of boxes stacked in my living room being used like Lego building blocks.

I had these wonderful cardboard ferret tubes going all around my bed, behind the couches, under tables etc where I was not having to move them because they were constantly in my way, and they were occupying house space I couldn't use anyway.

If you don't happen to have a ferret fun fairy in your neighborhood to bring you such free dumpster treasures, you can go to your local carpet or home improvement store and they almost always have some in their dumpsters out back, or if you ask nicely and tell them why you want them, they will probably sacrifice a few they have laying around their warehouse or store room that they have no use for and would gladly get rid of. They might think you are a little whack, but they'll get over it once they understand that ferret owners are a bit unusual anyway.

Kittens and other small animals also love the tubes, and they do keep the ferrets from climbing into others places where you don't want them and will never find them again. I once had a ferret crawl into a vase and I couldn't find her for hours. It was one of her favorite places to sleep.

The carpeting tubes are very thick, stiff and impossible to cut with anything but a saw if you want to make shorter pieces for corners and such. Duct tape works well for fastening two tubes together. Oh sure, you can buy the plastic, bendable ferret tubes that come in pretty colors from a pet supply store; but where's the fun in that?


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Featured DOG BREED: Dachshund.

The standard size dachshund was developed to scent, chase, and flush out badgers and other burrow-dwelling animals, while the miniature dachshund was bred to hunt smaller prey such as rabbits. In the United States, they have also been used to track wounded deer and hunt prairie dogs.
A typical dachshund is long-bodied and muscular with short, stubby legs. Its front paws are unusually large and paddle-shaped for extreme digging. It has skin that is loose enough not to tear while tunneling in tight burrows to chase prey. The dachshund has a deep chest that provides increased lung capacity for stamina when hunting prey underground. Its snout is long with an increased nose area that absorbs odors.
Dachshunds come in three sizes: standard, miniature, and kaninchen (German for "rabbit"). Although the standard and miniature sizes are recognized almost universally, the rabbit size is not recognized by clubs in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Dachshunds are playful, but as hunting dogs can be quite stubborn, and are known for their propensity for chasing small animals, birds, and tennis balls with great determination and ferocity. Many dachshunds are stubborn, making them a challenge to train.
Dachshunds are statistically more aggressive to both strangers and other dogs. Despite this, they are rated in the intelligence of dogs as an average working dog with a persistent ability to follow trained commands 50% of the time or more.
Dachshunds are burrowers by nature and are likely to burrow in blankets and other items around the house, when bored or tired. Mini dachshund displaying typical burrowing behavior
Dachshunds can be difficult to housebreak, and patience and consistency is often needed in this endeavor.

According to the American Kennel Club's breed standards, "the dachshund is clever, lively and courageous to the point of rashness, persevering in above and below ground work, with all the senses well-developed. Any display of shyness is a serious fault." Their temperament and body language give the impression that they do not know or care about their relatively small size. Like many small hunting dogs, they will challenge a larger dog. Indulged dachshunds may become snappy or extremely obstinate.

Many dachshunds do not like unfamiliar people, and many will growl or bark at them. Although the dachshund is generally an energetic dog, some are sedate. This dog's behavior is such that it is not the dog for everyone. A bored, untrained dachshund will become destructive.If raised improperly and not socialized at a young age, dachshunds can become aggressive or fearful. They require a caring, loving owner who understands their need for entertainment and exercise.

Dachshunds may not be the best pets for small children. Like any dog, dachshunds need a proper introduction at a young age. Well trained dachshunds and well behaved children usually get along fine. Otherwise, they may be aggressive and bite an unfamiliar child, especially one that moves quickly around them or teases them. However, many dachshunds are very tolerant and loyal to children within their family, but these children should be mindful of the vulnerability of the breed's back.

Life Expectancy: 14-17 years.

Health Concerns: The breed is prone to spinal problems, especially intervertebral disk disease (IVDD), due in part to an extremely long spinal column and short rib cage.[35] The risk of injury may be worsened by obesity, jumping, rough handling, or intense exercise, which place greater strain on the vertebrae. About 20–25% of Dachshunds will develop IVDD.
In addition to back problems, the breed is also prone to patellar luxation which is where the kneecap can become dislodged. Dachshunds may also be affected by Osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease). The condition seems to be mainly limited to wire-haired Dachshunds, with 17% being carriers. A genetic test is available to allow breeders to avoid breeding carriers to carriers. In such pairings, each puppy will have a 25% chance of being affected.

In some double dapples, there are varying degrees of vision and hearing loss, including reduced or absent eyes.
Other dachshund health problems include hereditary epilepsy, granulomatous meningoencephalitis, dental issues, Cushing's syndrome, thyroid[45] and autoimmune problems, various allergies and atopies, and various eye conditions including cataracts, glaucoma, progressive retinal atrophy,[45] corneal ulcers, nonucerative corneal disease, sudden acquired retinal degeneration, and cherry eye. Dachshunds are also 2.5 times more likely than other breeds of dogs to develop patent ductus arteriosus, a congenital heart defect. Dilute color dogs (Blue, Isabella, and Cream) are very susceptible to Color Dilution Alopecia, a skin disorder that can result in hair loss and extreme sensitivity to sun. Since the occurrence and severity of these health problems is largely hereditary, breeders are working to eliminate these.

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