Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Because...hey, the dog's already been skinned, right?

Not that you've got any leftover fur lying around the house, as that would be in poor taste, but just in case you do...

(reposted from http://www.buffaloexchange.com/bulletins_det.php?Bulletin_ID=743)

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FiL said...

I get a pretty visceral disgust reaction to folks wearing fur for fashion. Sorta like "Omigawd I think I'm going to be sick all over you."

That said, deploying old fur for humane reasons seems a worthwhile endeavour, though the thought of some little puppy or fox cub sleeping on a bed of dog fur is a bit creepy to me...

Actually, my Darling Daughter has a teddy bear that her great grandma had made out of an old mink coat she no longer wore. i feel ambivalent to the wee stuffed toy...

Gosh, not sure where this is going - my brain's a bit furry itself. Think I'll stop now.

China said...

You know, I was also a bit weirded out by the idea of a rescued dog sleeping on a fur, but I guess if the animal's already been skinned and the stole/coat already made, why not put it under a dog instead of on some fashion whore's back, right? Definitely disgusted by the idea of wearing a fur.

A mink teddy bear? I hope you don't have any dogs or cats at home - that bear would wind up a well-loved toy for cleaning and pawing.