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Can dogs be born with only an undercoat, and no guard hairs?
Humphrey is shedding his coat so I was combing him out and noticed a distinct lack of guard hairs.
As I was combing him out because he's summer shedding all the places where he was combed out basically removed all the hair except for the fine new hairs growing in.
Now I've had double coated dogs before but I've never had a dog shed like this ever. I can't find a single guard hair. Humphrey's always been UNUSUALLY soft, but I never thought too much about it. But now I'm wondering if perhaps Humphrey was born with a mutation that causes him to only grow undercoat? The only place I found guard hairs are along his mane where his hair grows much longer than the rest of him, which actually explains why he has such a mane in the first place.
If he does have a mutation that causes him to only grow undercoat and no guard hairs, is that cause for concern?
On a slightly differing note, I saved all the undercoat we brushed off him and I'm going to try felting with it as it's pretty fucking soft, and a nice color. Comparable to baby alpaca in texture IMO.
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I already know some folks won't like this, and if you don't, that's okay. I'm not asking anyone to agree with me or my questions.
I make semi creepy things as a hobby, usually out of plastic molded materials and other faux materials, but I have no qualms with using real animal parts as long as they are legal.
I used to have fake cat skeletons but my last two got broken badly, and the wholesaler stopped selling them because they weren't a popular item. Now the only replica skeletons I can find are far too expensive to be using for my hobby. I don't want to use expensive parts because I do sell some of my items and it's hard enough to recoup what I have spent on materials alone.
Now, I know that it isn't legal to buy/sell cat fur in the US, but bones are considered okay. I also know that many cats are euthanized in shelters.
On a scale of 'That's creepy, but whatever' to 'What the ever living fuck is wrong with you', how kicked out would I be if I asked to have the euthanized cats for their bones to use/sell?
I've been mulling this over in my mind and I keep thinking that it would not work out well.
I would be willing to pay for the cats, and to donate a portion of any money made off euthanized cat bones to the shelter. However, I don't think that will make the question 'can I have your dead cats' any easier to answer.
What do you think /an/? Should I try, accepting beforehand that I may get kicked out, or should I just forget it and keep looking for reasonably priced fake bones?
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I adopted a coonhound a few months ago, shes normally very friendly with me but whenever I carry anything, like a toolbox or a trash bag, she runs away whimpering and I have to get her to warm back up to me for a few hours. I dont believe she was abused, although the shelter thinks she escaped a puppy mill when she was young.
What do? Its worth noting she doesnt react at all when women carry stuff near her, just me.
Pic related, her name is Gretchen.