Wednesday, March 19, 2008 :::
Breaking News: Couple Turns Their Dead Dogs into Winter Warmth
The raw materials:
To be fair, the article seems to carefully avoid mentioning whether or not the old coots actually used the pelts of the dead animals in the final product, but something on the look of that crazed-old-man's face would have me believe that he would not be above passing up that kind of raw material windfall. And even if he did, there's something creepy about being able to answer the question "Nice coat, what's it made out of?" with "My dead dog."
I fail to see how this is any different than making cowboy boots out of your pet lizard's scaly exterior, or for that matter, what about collecting your beloved grandmother's hair from the bathtub drain and knitting yourself some matching heirloom socks and scarves? Or perhaps a leather jacket from the excess flesh of Jared's post-Subway-diet skin removal operation? The moles could make a very lovely pattern... after all, I hear that polka dots are the new asymmetrical stripes. Or did I just take that analogy way too far?
Either way, I'm registering my disapproval for dead pet apparel right here and now!
::: posted by dan at 8:04 AM :: [ link ] :: (7) comments
7 previous comments:
it's not actually the pelts, it's the fur that is spun into yarn and knitted. How is this different than sheep? the only real difference is that the wool is cut off the sheep all at once (and has to be cleaned for ages because it's full of sheep crap!) and made into yarn, while this lady collected the fur slowly over time until she had enough. It seems that your only objection is the the animals were dead - they weren't dead while she was collecting the hair, though! We use lots of animal fibers in clothing - wool as aforementioned, angora is from rabbits, (collected by brushing them) mohair is from goats, there is even yarn made from buffalo hair.
they're not wearing dead animal carcass, so I don't think it's that weird. Certainly not as strange as a fox stole that has the animal's head still attached or something.
By Angela, at 11:35 AM
based on the last two posts, i think there is some past dog trauma that planetdan is dealing with.
we should all be sympathetic. i mean, right?
By , at 1:21 PM
I think it's weird. Sometimes you just got to let go...
By , at 1:51 PM
1. If you got caught in the rain wearing the dead dog sweater, would you stink like a wet dog?
2. Based on 2 posts ago, wouldn't you collect your granmother's hair from her wig & not bother with the tub drain or would you just be wanting a small crocheted something from the little poof of gray hair from atop her head? Freeze Frame!
By otimak, at 4:10 PM
When my old kitty was getting close to the end of her life, I used to joke with her about what I would do when that day came.
1) have her stuffed in a sleeping position, with magnets under her, so I could watch her sleep and put her on the side of the fridge when I cleaned.
2)have her stuffed in a crouched position, fighting a cobra.
3) have her stuffed, standing, with a top hat and cane (like the singing frog).
4) have her stuffed, standing, with glass "x" eyes, skeletal from the waste down, and a ring of fire ants around her middle (like Itchy and Scratchy)
and finally, 5) have her turned into a hand puppet, so I could talk to her every day.
Then she died.
I did none of the above.
By , at 7:09 PM
Doggone, those are some fugly sweaters!
By August, at 9:22 PM
Angela, you are divinely eloquent. Dan, you're waaaay too easily offended and horrified by the minor quirks of others. So, they're dog wool sweaters that outlasted the actual animals. Not creepy - just sweaters.
Speaking of too easily horrified, Ima go pee in your shower while you're at work.
By , at 7:29 AM
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