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This report has a pretty high eeuw factor. :eek:

Group Finds Alarming Number of Garments Marketed as Faux Really Domestic Dog

(AP) That fur trim on your jacket that you think is fake? It might be dog hair.

An animal advocacy group says its investigation has turned up coats — some with designer labels, some at higher-end retailers — with fur from man's best friend. Some retailers were set scrambling to pull the coats from shelves, take them off Web sites and even offer refunds to consumers.

The Humane Society of the United States said it purchased coats from reputable outlets, such as upscale Nordstrom, with designer labels — Andrew Marc, Tommy Hilfiger, for example — and found them trimmed with fur from domestic dogs, even though the fur was advertised as fake.

"It's an industry-wide deception," said Kristin Leppert, the head of the Human Society's anti-fur campaign.

The investigation began after the society got a tip from a consumer who bought a coat with trim labeled as faux fur that felt real. Leppert and her team began buying coats from popular retailers and then had the coats tested by mass spectrometry, which measures the mass and sequence of proteins, to determine what species of animal the fur came from.[/b]
 

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When I first read Betsy's post I assumed this meant the fur was from dead dogs. Then I remembered an article I read years ago about spinning dog hair into yarn. I'm doubtful the manufacturers get their dog fur from loving dog owners like us-though basset hair would be too short unless it were a long-haired basset. Anyway here's a website of some wonder handmade items. Rover's Comb
 

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All I can say is...ick.

~Heather
 

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In response to Barbara's reply, several years ago, my executive director was a "spinner" and she would spin and weave dog hair that she gathered from our "corporate dog" Tippy (part border collie and part golden)after I would brush him and got bags and bags of hair off of him. She would weave it into several different items combining natural blended yarns as well. As far as the article about fur, I read it several weeks ago in our local paper and was just appalled!! Sure I wear dog hair almost every day, but that is natural from Abby!!!
 

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When you're at Nordstroms, give the quote a quick smell. If it smells like Fritos, run![/b]
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Along those lines, can you imagine how those coats must smell when they get wet?
 

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:eek:

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