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Wearing the hair of the dog

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When Sammy, a Great Pyrenees, died in 2005, his owner sent hair she had collected from him to fiber artist Nancy Brome. (Courtesy of Nancy Brome)

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The box of Sammy's hair was enough for several skeins of yarn, some of which Brome knit into a headband and evening bag. (Courtesy of Nancy Brome)

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Some may think that wearing a deceased pet is creepy. But in an age when people are cloning, freeze-drying and buying velvet-lined caskets for their four-legged friends, dog and cat hair sweaters aren’t the most peculiar memorials. Animal lovers across the country are collecting the hair their pets shed and turning it into knitwear that evokes their cuddly companions.