Above you can see my American Eskimo Dog, Buzzy. He is a pure delight, except for shedding. I brush him several times a week. Pictured below is the pile of hair I brushed out this morning. The fibers are long, silky, and soft as rabbit fur. I have long thought it would make a beautiful sweater. I believe I could collect enough in a few weeks, but am not industrious enough to learn spinning. I need to get to work. I am wasting a valuable renewable resource.
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Mother and BuzzyMy son John lives to torment my mother. Buzzy, our American Eskimo Dog sheds incessantly, making up vacuum every day to stay ahead of him. One day my husband Bud noticed a big paper bag on the mantle stuff full of Buzzy’s combings, hair pulled from his brush, and hair swept from the floor. Amazed, Bud asked, “What in the world is this bag of dog hair doing up here?”
Mother chimed in, “Oh, that’s Buzzy’s hair I saved up for your sweater.”
This was the first Bud had heard of his dog hair sweater. He thought maybe Mother had finally come unhinged. “What dog hair sweater?”
“The one you’re going to get the woman at work to make for you out of Buzzy’s hair.” Mother thought Bud was losing it. “John told me to be careful to gather up all the hair I could find every time I came over so that woman you work with can spin it and make it into a sweater for you. How long do you think it will take to get enough?”
Poor Bud had to break her heart. “John’s been pulling your leg, again. There ain’t gonna be no dog hair sweater.”
My son, looking his best.
Photo of hair I brushed out of Buzzy this morning, pictured next to pint jar.