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How to Donate Pet Hair to Oil Spill Clean-Up!

May 20, 2010 By: admin Category: All Sick Dog Blog Posts, Cat Grooming, Cat Health and Cat Care, Dog Grooming, General Dog Health, Pet Hair Donations for Oil Spills, Pets In The News

Pet hair can be a serious inconvenience for pet owners. Pet hair (along with dander) irritates allergies. Pet hair sticks to clothing, furniture, carpeting, the HVAC intake, and it seems to permeate every nook and cranny of your home! (Somehow, a dog hair managed to permeate my car stereo faceplate, so there’s a big red MinPin hair located in the middle of the stereo display – behind the glass. Go figure! Very curious, especially since my MinPin rarely ever rides in that particular car!)

But dog hair and cat hair can be used to help the environment and it can help save the lives of other animals like birds, dolphins and sea turtles. Pet owners can donate pet hair to the oil spill clean-up efforts! So save the dog fur and cat fur from your pet’s brush and send out the hair to the Gulf oil spill clean-up operation!

What Happens to Hair Donated to the Oil Spill in the Gulf?

Wondering where to send pet hair donations for the Gulf oil spill clean-up? One organization, called Matter of Trust, is collecting pet and human hair for the oil spill.

Human and pet hair donated to the Gulf oil spill is stuffed into nylons (Matter of Trust is also accepting donations of hole-free nylons to the oil spill clean-up) which are then covered with a layer of mesh. The hair booms are placed on the water’s surface and the hair absorbs the oil (hair is great at collecting oil – that’s why shampooing is necessary!) Pet hair donations for the oil spill are also transformed into Ottomats.

Invented by a hair stylist, Ottomats serve a similar function as hair booms, but they look like a grey blanket-sized Scotch Brite pad. Ottomats are reusable, so they’re a great way of using hair to clean up oil spills.


Where to Send Pet Hair Donations to Clean Up the Oil Spill in the Gulf

Matter of Trust is accepting hair donations from individual pet owners, groomers, barber shops, salons, alpaca farmers and just about anyone else who has human or pet hair to offer! You can register as a donor on the organization’s website under the “Ways to Contribute” section; once registered, you’ll get all of the necessary information required to donate human and/or pet hair for oil spill clean-up. (Scroll down to end of article to access the site here on The Sick Dog Blog!)

Pet owners can send in pet hair donations of any size. Matter of Trust also has some interesting videos that explain how to make hair booms (which can then be donated), how hair absorbs oil spills and more.

The need for effective, non-toxic oil spill clean-up techniques is very real, as “one quart of oil can contaminate 1 million gallons of drinking water.” So hair booms and Ottomats that aren’t used for the Gulf oil spill will definitely come in handy down the line. According to Matter of Trust, 2,600 smaller oil spills occur each year; this releases 726 million gallons of contaminants into the environment. In addition, 363 million gallons of motor oil are released into the ocean on an annual basis.

Other Uses for Pet Hair: Turn Pet Hair into Yarn and Knit a Blanket or Other Keepsake

Looking for another use for pet hair? Save dog fur and cat fur from home pet grooming sessions until you have 3 to 5 pounds of fur (the quantity varies depending on the item you’ll be creating from the pet hair yarn.)

Next, find a local crafter who can spin the fur into yarn. (Crafters who spin fur into yarn can be found online.) Once this is complete, the yarn can be knitted into a blanket, scarf or another keepsake. Turning pet fur into yarn and creating knitted or crocheted items is a great way to feel close to a pet, particularly once they’ve passed on.

To learn more about hair donations for the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, read How to Donate Fur and Hair for Oil Spill Clean-up.

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Kanellos the Greek Protest Dog – Pet in the News

May 07, 2010 By: admin Category: All Sick Dog Blog Posts, Kanellos the Greek Protest Dog, Pets In The News

Kanellos the Greek Protest Dog attends riots and protests across Athens. (Photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP)

Kanellos the Greek Protest Dog is garnering attention, as the canine resident of Athens made an appearance during the May 6, 2010 protests in Greece! As a pet owner, I found the photos of Kanellos the Greek Protest Dog to be very compelling, so I thought I’d share a couple images in today’s post on The Sick Dog Blog!

“Kanellos” translates into”Cinnamon” in English  (as a Greek-American, I can confirm this!) Kanellos the Greek Protest Dog seems to thrive in situations of political unrest and the photos portray a dog who is comfortable in some very incredible situations!

Kanellos the Greek Protest Dog has been appearing at Athens protests and riots since 2008. He has been spotted at dozens of protests, making him famous in Athens and beyond. It’s incredible that this dog has captured the attention of many different photographers from many prominent agencies, including the Associated Press and Reuters, so there is an extensive record of his attendance at protests and riots in Athens!



Who Owns Kanellos the Greek Protest Dog? Is he a Stray?

As a conscientious dog owner, I am rather stunned that an owner would bring his dog to a protest due to the potential for injury or worse. The general consensus is that Kanellos the dog does have an owner, due to his collar/tags, his fairly well-kept appearance and due to the fact that he just “happens” to show up at these political events – clearly, a political enthusiast is bringing him to these riots and protests. What are the chances that a stray dog would just happen to find his way to protests and riots, occurring in different areas of a very large city over the course of two years? Fairly remote.

Despite some in-depth research on the web, I was unable to locate anyone who claims ownership of Kanellos. As the Greek dog’s story spreads, it will be interesting to see if anyone comes forward to publicly claim ownership.

Kanellos the Greek Riot Dog carries something in his mouth as he navigates fires and a a debris-strewn street following an Athens protest. (Kanellos the Greek Riot Dog joins protestors and rioters in Athens. (Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images)

Kanellos the Greek Riot Dog carries something in his mouth as he navigates fires and a a debris-strewn street following an Athens protest. (Kanellos the Greek Riot Dog joins protestors and rioters in Athens. (Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images)

Another theory is that this dog is actually one of Athen’s many stray dogs. I have family living in Athens, so I’ve spent months in the city and can attest to the fact that there is a significant stray dog and stray cat population in the Greek capital. But they tend to look stray – not the case for this dog! This could be explained by this theory: some say that the protesters fell in love with this dog and they’ve been caring for and feeding him.

Did Kanellos the Greek Protest Dog Die?

Another theory (perhaps, an online rumor) holds that the original dog known as Kanellos the Greek Protest Dog died. It’s said that this dog is similar in appearance to Kanellos; some claim his name is actually Louk – short for “Loukanikos,” which translates into “Sausage” in English. (It’s said that the people feed him sausages, hence the name.)

According to some reports, he’s also known as “Rebel Dog” or “Riot Dog.” He is well-known in Greece, where he’s viewed as an icon of Greek solidarity.

It’s said that Louk the Greek Riot Dog spends his days in the Exarchia neighborhood on Mesolongiou Street in Athens. My mom is returning to Athens next month, so I’ll be sending her to Mesolongiou Street with a camera and an assignment: Find This Dog! She’s been given an assignment to check his collar for tags (you can see the tags in at least one photo). It will be interesting to see if “Kanellos” or “Louk” is engraved on the tags. The Sick Dog Blog staff will let you know how it goes.  ;-)

Kanellos the Greek Protest Dog – Learn More and View Photos

Photos of Kanellos the Greek Protest Dog are the subject of a slideshow on the UK Guardian website; he also has a video on YouTube!

Want to keep up with the latest news on this famous canine? Kanellos the Greek Protest Dog has his own Facebook Fan Page!

Kanellos the Greek Riot Dog joins protestors and rioters in Athens. (Photo by Nikolas Giakoumidis/AP)

Kanellos the Greek Riot Dog joins protestors and rioters in Athens. (Photo by Nikolas Giakoumidis/AP)

Kanellos the Greek Protest Dog seems unimpressed by the Athens police in riot gear! (Photo by John Kolesidis/Reuters)

Kanellos the Protest Dog poses for the camera during a protest in Greece. (Aris Messinis – AFP/Getty Images)

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