Like many people I know, I am concerned about the oil spill in the Gulf Coast. Just seeing those helpless birds covered in dark black, slick oil makes me want to cry. I have a very big soft spot for animals in distress (which is why I do rescue work). That is why I was excited to see a segment on the news about a local hairdresser who was sending hair clippings to the Gulf Coast. You see, this organization collects donated hair. My ears perked up as I remembered a quite shaggy Lexi running around downstairs. Could they use pet hair, I wondered? So, I contacted the news media who gave me the web site of Matter of Trust (www.matteroftrust.org/programs/hairmatsinfo.html) which was collecting hair for booms in the Gulf. It seems that hair (yes all kinds of hair) soaks up the oil and the organization is eager for any hair it can get its hands on.
I decided that this was one way I could give back to my national community. So, armed with my clippers, I set Lexi on the table and clipped and scissored. Two hours later…she no longer looked like a wooly teddy bear. Feeling quite accomplished, I then turned my attention to Parker. After that, I was on a roll! I picked up our blind rescue springer, Peri, setting her carefully on the table. She stood there patiently, while I clipped her all over. Taking notice of how much hair I already had after just three dogs, I decided to invite my friend Cathy over with her springer, Jasmine. Before too long, Jasmine looked more like a fat beagle than a springer! When there were no more springers of mine (or my friends) to groom I turned to my vet. They have golden retrievers and the bag with brown, black, and white hair was soon joined by golden tresses. Tomorrow I will tap into the “mother load” by going to the vet clinic and loading up all the dog hair I can from their grooming facility. I even decided that the cats should pitch in their share as well. It turns out that between my two cats, there was enough hair to make another cat!
If you are interested in helping the environment, and you would like to do something good with all that dog hair, just contact Matter of Trust and lend a helping hand to clean up the oceans, seas, and rivers.