Hair of the Dog(s)


No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich.” – Louis Sabin

Especially if dog hair was a valuable commodity.

For those animal lovers out there who welcome furry little beasts into their families like ours does, do you ever wonder how much pet hair you and your loved ones consume on a daily basis?

I pondered this question while grinding coffee this morning, as I removed a hair caught in the lid. A few minutes later I felt a something odd and pulled a rogue strand out of my mouth. Then I turned around and saw Ona eating spilled cereal off the not-swept floor. Huh.

Maybe it’s more of a dog issue, but we will never be rid of the mass amount our dear Odin and Lelu shed. It’s a never-ending stream. It’s incredible in volume. I’m surprised they aren’t bald by now.

It’s simply part of our existence now, embedded into our lives just as tightly as the hair weaves into the fabric of our furniture, never to be separated. Just like our dogs in our hearts.

Let’s face it, even though the cleanup can be a pain, that hair is big part of why we love our furry pets so much. I’m sure turtles, fish, and porcupines are nice, but I can’t say I’d enjoy a snuggle with them. I would assume the word “pet” was derived from the fact that people loved to pet animals, at least those with hair. We very much enjoy the comfort that soft hair brings when our furry friends curl up next to us.

We love them because of their fluffy coiffures, not in spite of them.

Even if it means we have to invest in an industrial vacuum that we have to employ hourly. Which we probably could should.

Maybe we should be more enterprising and produce something worthwhile from it, like these people. But really, who has the time. (Or the inclination.) Strangely impressive, though.




2 thoughts on “Hair of the Dog(s)

  1. Cory Blackwood February 5, 2013 / 11:18 am

    Ok, those people making sweaters out of their dog’s hair? Kinda creepy.

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