July 20, 2016

Sid the Dog: Blowing his Husky Coat Once Again!

Huskies and some other double-coated Northern Breed Dogs blow their dense undercoats once or twice each year.  For our Husky-mix Sid, it's twice a year, starting in December or January and then again in June or July.  The entire process goes in patches around his body takes about 6 weeks!  Sid can be a bit itchy during this time, so he gets extra TLC.

Sid is blowing his coat now, here is the 3-foot long 1-foot wide pile of fur I brushed out of him this morning as he laid in the back yard.  He was such a good boy; must feel so much better!


I'm saving Sid's blow coat to be spun into yarn (perhaps mixed with merino or other wool) for knitting.  Another fun adventure in my Canine inspired life!

Goofy Sid, sound asleep in the backyard last week.
He is quite the contortionist.  And clearly not modest.
Mary Rae Fouts

6 comments:

  1. Wow, thats some fur! How big is Sid and what is he a mix of?

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    1. Sid was a stray, we adopted him from a local public animal shelter, so we aren't certain "what" he is. Likely nearly all husky with a wee bit of something else in him. We think some Cattle Dog, given the ticking on this coat and his herding instinct for motorized gardening equipment, including the lawn mower (he herds it and nips at the bag) and leaf blower. Some people have Sid as a husky-malamute mix.

      Sid is about 67-68 pounds, should lose 5 pounds. He is VERY food motivated and I'm bad about saying "no" to treats and food! He will eat nearly anything, can't leave any food on kitchen counters!

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  2. Where was Sid a stray at?

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    1. Sid was found as a stray in Richmond, California, by an animal control officer. He had a red collar on, no tag or microchip, not neutered. We adopted him from the County Animal Shelter in Pinole, CA in September 2014, 2 days after our Chow-mix Titus passed away.

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  3. Will you post the name of the person who makes the dog fur yarn? I'm interested in this, too.

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    1. I will after I get the yarn made! Thanks for your interest.

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Thanks for sharing your comments here! Mary Rae Fouts