Reduce, Reuse, Recycle… Dog Hair?

The personal finance blog, WiseBread, posted a very weird article on uses for excess hair and pet fur where I first saw this wonderful video. Some of the suggestions for using pet fur are pretty ridiculous. But as someone who already mails her junk mail back to credit card companies who send me offers with post paid envelopes, I liked the extra inspiration.

Anyone else who can relate?


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  1. that last use!!! ArrrgGGH! NOOOOOOoooo…..!

    when we first got Rufus, we were told about a lady in Melbourne who could weave and knit stuff from malamute fur. so after every brush, i would collect and store his fur in bags. wew did this for maybe about a year. that was a lot of fur. then we got bored and threw the lot away. i’ve always wondered if we could be wearing Rufus beanies and gloves today if we’d persevered.

    mowgli’s shedding is a bit ridiculous. he probably needs to be brushed more regularly, like every other hour. i would have made him wear a linen bag i think :p

    • With the amount of hair you probably pulled off Rufus in a year, the lady in Melbourne could have knit you a house!

      As for Mowgli, you know what they say about German Shepherds, don’t you? They only shed once a year but it lasts 365 days. :)

  2. Our local groomer accepts pet hair at her shop. She sends it to a company that makes mats out of it that are used to help soak up oil spills.

  3. Ha ha ha ha ha ha! I admit, I got creeped out by a couple of these, but it still made me laugh! Somebody really creative with quite a sense of humor made that video!

    • Let’s not forget his inspiration–Mowgli. Do you think Morgan will ever inspire Mr. Taleteller to produce a film? I’m sure she sheds just as much. :)

  4. Oh yes, that last one … yikes! But the video was very well done by someone with a slightly warped sense of humour:)

    I love having shorthaired dogs:)

  5. Very, very weird.

    There are quite a few people who make sweaters and scarves out of dog and cat fur. I’ve seen many such a stall at local markets and trade shows. I don’t know why it always seems to weird. I mean, it’s no different from using sheep or goat wool. Unfortunately, the sweaters aren’t nearly as soft as they look. I can’t imagine wearing one. So itchy!

    Shiva may have short hair but she sheds every single day of the year. Sometimes when I sweep it looks like there is enough fur to make a whole new dog. Ugh.

  6. I’m really happy George’s got very short hair…No crazy recycling ideas around here 😉

  7. Hahaha! They got more and more ridiculous, yes! I laughed out loud at the Dr. Scholl’s replacements!

  8. Well, I’ll give him an “A” for creativity, but a “C-minus” for adoptability :)

  9. Okay, so, I’m wondering why Mowgli is shedding so profusely. Is that normal? I have a standard poodle so my knowledge about shedding is limited. Still, I think Mowgli needs some serious grooming.

    • Some breeds, like German Shepherds and Huskies, “blow out their coat” every year. That’s when you get this big tufts hanging off their bodies.

      And grooming can’t do much. You can spend half an hour with a furminator and never stop getting loose fur.

      Shedding is a force of nature.

  10. Wow, that is a LOT of dog hair. I’m so grateful Oscar doesn’t shed! Though if he did, maybe I could make entertaining videos like this too!

  11. Hysterical! I think the Dr. Scholl replacements were my favorite use too. I’ve always been creeped out by the idea of making stuff out of hair, human or canine — the Victorians were big on hair brooches, yuk — so this was a great antidote.

    Not having a dog who sheds, I was a little concerned about the amount of hair that was coming off Mowgli too. Glad to hear that’s natural. What a sweet dog!

  12. I love that idea! However, thanks to our mail service we no longer receive those credit card offers – so if anyone needs extra dog hair, just let me know. Buster and Ty are more than happy to help out. :-)