A Newcastle couple have found a unique way of keeping their beloved dead pets close to their hearts – by having the dog hair made into woolly jumpers. Beth and Brian Willis lost their white Samoyed, called Kara, 12 years ago and Swedish Lapphund, Penny, in 2002.
After seeing a picture of Princess Diana wearing a dog fur stole at Crufts, they collected thousands of dog hairs from brushes and carpets.
The pair said the his and hers dog memorials were “warm and waterproof”.
Mr Willis, who worked for Pickfords Removals for 27 years, wears his doggy jumper into town every Saturday to do the weekly shop.
The 73-year-old said: “They are extremely warm and pretty much waterproof. I’ve always got a sweat on by the time I get from the bus to the shops.”. ..
“It is the most amazing stuff. It’s like mohair but more lightweight and more soft, and the more you wash it, the more soft and fluffy it gets.”
Mrs Willis added: “People are surprised when they find out we’re wearing dog wool clothes. Some think it’s disgusting and ask how we can do it, but it seems very normal to us.” – bbc