Woman who makes dog hair clothes
Published: March 5, 2007 | 5735th good news item since 2003
No wonder people say some owners resemble their pets – now animal lovers can even wear clothes made from Fido’s or Tiddles’ fur.
Pam Gardner spins dog and cat hair into wool so fellow pet owners can make jumpers from their favourite animals’ coats.
She is sent hair from animal lovers who have collected and stored strands while grooming.
It can take up to a year of daily brushings to have enough to make a garment. And hairs must be at least 5cm (2in) to be usable.
Some customers like to wear something to remember their pets by after they die, Mrs Gardner explained.
‘People are going to be upset if they had a much loved pet that has departed,’ she added.
Hair must be collected before the animal dies because the it changes chemically immediately after death.
Mrs Gardner, of Milton Keynes, Northamptonshire, has at least six jumpers and cardigans made from her pet Old English sheepdogs.
She says they are warm and soft, similar to jumpers made from Angora goats’ wool.
Mrs Gardner, who charges £11 to turn 100g of dog or cat hair into wool, says the conversion is too labour-intensive to be anything more than a hobby.
She has made wool from about 30 breeds of dog, including alsatians and chow chows, and had about 200 customers.