Fur! Fun! Two cats who want the same treat! Yeah. There's another treat *two feet away*, but heaven forbid, right? They're such charmers, my D&D duo. Doom & Destruction. They got into a pile of papers that, tahnkfully, were meant for the shredder anyway but.... not supposed to be all over the living room floor like that.
Sothat was fun to find when I woke up. (Hubby was up first but managed to not see that. Yeah right.)
Personally, I'm keeping it to the PTSD board for now, it's too much to repeat. No offense, just.... bad things going on that nobody should have in their head. Ever. Might use today's nice waether to take a few hours in the woods, once chores are done. Always do better in Nature.
So on the topic of fur:
If it's labeled "faux fur" and came from Asia? It's probably real fur, and just in crappy condition. Having grown up around critters, and our neighbors across the road raised minks as well as dairy cows (that was quite a combo stench)? You learn. Or I did. Real fur falls out. Fake fur fades, feels different, and is backed differently, so moves differently too.
Our one dog killed nine minks over the years. The minks were escape artists. The neighbor was never upset. A dead mink was still fur.
Sheepskin, however, remains one of the warmest animal hides you can wear. Screw the minks, people. Sheeeeeeep. (And the sheep survive shearing.) Basically, it's natural curly wool insulation. Not a PETA person here (they kinda get too insane for words, wanting us to release domesticated critters into the wild, where they'd die realllllly badly)..... but animals were always my best friends! Gotta keep 'em safe if I can!
DEERHIDE, however, is fascinating. Each hair on a deer hide is a tiny hollow insulating tube. If you look at it through a magnifying glass or microscope (yes, I did that as a kid), you can see it. And it's so freaking amazing. They grow hair that insulates. It's just cool, and way more water-resistant than fur. Strange but true things you never learn if you weren't raised half-wild like me, and I'm fine with that.
Why were beavers a big deal, then? Beaver is one of the most durable animal hides. It can, after treatment, last actual decades. (I'm told otterskin is good, too, but I don't know for sure.) The outer hairs are incredibly coarse, but they cover a beautiful insulating layer, and that's why when beaver became a thing.... the North American beaver was essentially hunted/trapped to near-extinction for money.
FYI: Beavers are technically a rodent. Finding out people wore rodent-hair top hats in the 1800s is just.... weird. I mean, I hear rodent, I think mouse-rat-squirrel. Not "luxury clothing item".
However, the mink i smostly about feel/appearance: silky feel and look.
most animal fur is used due to appearance, not usage, in the modern age. Lynx, for example. Or any spotted cat in the world. Also tigers. *sigh*
And that's today for you. Fur-iday!
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