On Sunday my son informed me Big M stinks.

I agreed. The only way to resolve this situation was to brush him. You have seen my dog right?

In case you have not:

Brushing him is hard work. It takes forever and you are never done. It takes strength. Patience. Unfortunately the dog has strength and I have patience. It would be better if that was reversed. And Little J, well he has neither.

But to my surprise he suggested we go and brush the dog. Probably because his bedtime was approaching. Not that I minded.

We pinned Big M down on the back porch and each holding a detangler brush we tackled opposite sides of dog.

A while later we had two bags full of hair, three doggy treats less and a dog on the run.

Little J: Mommy I think we should do something with this hair.

Me: Not sure you can recycle dog hair.

Little J: No, we should use it to make a sweater.

Me: ?!??

Little J: You know, like llama hair.

Me: I know. But we don’t know how to spin it into yarn.

Little J: Maybe we can find someone who can. Then sell them the hair.

Me: Where would we go about looking for someone like that?

Little J: Your computer.

Me: And then?

Little J: We keep making our dog fancy. Then we sell the hair and they make sweaters. People are warm, I get new toys and my dog smells nice.

Guess that is what you call a win-win situation.

Disclaimer: I have absolutely no idea how my son knew about hair, yarn and sweater making. But I found this:

Anyone needs some fur?!

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  1. Michelle June 28, 2012 at 09:55 #

    Twitter: ltlindian
    oh gosh, that is priceless! Did he actually say “win/win situation”?? smart kid!
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  2. Natalie June 28, 2012 at 10:02 #

    Twitter: corp2domestic
    Now that’s what I call a smart little boy!
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  3. darcelle June 28, 2012 at 11:15 #

    leave it out for the birds to make a nest with

    • Stasha June 28, 2012 at 11:32 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      That’s an eagle nest material for sure!

  4. [email protected] June 28, 2012 at 16:12 #

    Twitter: AlisonSWLee
    If wearing a Big M hair sweater is the only way I can get close to him, I’ll take it.
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  5. Megan June 28, 2012 at 16:59 #

    Haha this gave me a good laugh! Too funny!
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  6. Mark June 28, 2012 at 17:27 #

    Twitter: Rsimplelives
    Is he reading behind your back? Sneaky boy!
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  7. Cindy Pickering June 28, 2012 at 20:54 #

    It’s so rare that I really ‘laugh out loud’, but this cracked me up! That little J knew the dog needed to be brushed and then knew what to do with all the hair is remarkable! He is wise beyond his years–know that’s a cliche, but he is! Who knew? That you could knit a sweater from your dog’s hair? I too had a dog that I brushed a sack a week out of–especially in the summer when all his undercoat came out and he looked like he’d lost 10 pounds! I always wished there was something that could be done with all that soft warm hair, Someone figured out that you could, and it seems so simple and logical. You hit another one out of the park island girl–love this so much!

    • Stasha June 30, 2012 at 03:19 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      Thank you so much Cindy. I love your company. Isn’t it amazing how much smaller dogs look after a good brushing :)

  8. Barbara June 29, 2012 at 01:23 #

    Twitter: babspinfrance
    He is going to make a great business man one day! He is wise beyond his years.
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  9. my honest answer June 29, 2012 at 03:23 #

    Twitter: myhonestanswer
    That is the most hilarious thing I’ve read in ages. Not just the conversation with your son, but then finding that book? OMG, it’s just too funny!
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  10. Runnermom-jen June 29, 2012 at 05:41 #

    Twitter: runnermomjen
    Hahaha!!! I’m not sure I would buy a sweater made of dog hair, but it is a very creative idea!!
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  11. Kim @The G is Silent June 29, 2012 at 07:28 #

    Twitter: GisSilent
    It’s not just that he knew about knitting hair, it’s that he actually referenced llama hair. HE. IS. AMAZING. The thing is, you brushed the stinky hair…
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  12. Wendy Coffman June 29, 2012 at 08:21 #

    Twitter: stampingrules
    He’s a crack-up – he ALMOST makes me want to buy a dog hair sweater, just so he can have a new toy!
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  13. Jessica June 29, 2012 at 13:38 #

    Twitter: goaliej54
    Oh my goodness, how clever! I just saw an episode of Dirty Jobs where they were making yarn (or whatever you’d call it) out of llama fur. The woman was saying she could even make yarn out of her own hair. lol I guess there’s a use for everything!

  14. Iza Trapani June 29, 2012 at 16:51 #

    Such a smart boy! How does he come up with these things? Wow- brushing Big M is quite the undertaking.. Is he extra handsome now?

    • Stasha June 30, 2012 at 03:20 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      He was for 2.3 hours 😉 But kiddo said to me tonight we should brush him again. I think he is serious about this plan of his!

  15. Christine June 29, 2012 at 19:06 #

    Twitter: cyu888
    This is beyond awesome. I love the business ideas kids come up with. And I love M. That’s all.
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  16. Ally June 29, 2012 at 22:57 #

    Twitter: normalmomally
    That is one creative little mind! Always thinking.
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  17. Brandee June 30, 2012 at 00:16 #

    Twitter: archaeolemur
    I love it! Maybe he has been looking for the Knitting with Dog Hair book when you weren’t looking. I think it’s awesome that he knew you could do that.

    So… are you going to?
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  18. Marinka June 30, 2012 at 04:12 #

    Twitter: MarinkaNYC
    that is hysterical. Please don’t let his dream die!
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  19. Liz Denehy SB via Facebook June 30, 2012 at 06:52 #

    Genius!! :)

  20. Jessica June 30, 2012 at 13:02 #

    Twitter: Mytimeasmom
    This is slightly creepy but also I’m very proud of him.
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  21. Tamar Strauss-Benjamin June 30, 2012 at 14:11 #

    Smartest kid, ever! And I used to complain about brushing our 12lb mini-poodles….
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  22. Ducky June 30, 2012 at 14:32 #

    Twitter: batcrapcrazy
    I love seeing pictures of your dog. It reminds me so much of my sister’s Newfoundland. Dixie was gigantic. I swear she was half horse!
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  23. Amanda June 30, 2012 at 14:33 #

    Twitter: lilahbility
    LOL, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: smart kid!

    Also, we received a gag gift at Christmas (at least I hope it was meant as a gag gift) of a book called “Crafting with Cat Hair!”

    • Stasha July 3, 2012 at 21:54 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      Is that what keeps Lilah so happy and busy?!

  24. Jennifer Worrell June 30, 2012 at 20:24 #

    Twitter: jennwrites
    Your boy is brilliant! Your amazingly gorgeous Newfie makes me miss my St. Bernards. I love big dogs, and I just want to bury my head in his fur.
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    • Stasha July 3, 2012 at 21:53 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      It’s a bit stinky but I understand your wishes :)

  25. Mama and the City June 30, 2012 at 21:45 #

    Twitter: Mama_AndTheCity
    LEt’s just say I’m glad I don’t have a dog. I can still enjoy yours :-) but from waaaaay far away. LOL
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  26. The Sisterhood July 1, 2012 at 06:16 #

    Twitter: SensibleMoms
    That is spectacular. Sign me up for some leg warmers. Ellen
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  27. Just Jennifer July 1, 2012 at 12:10 #

    Twitter: JenAnnHall
    I’m a little late, but wanted you to know I LOLed at this! That kid of yours….
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  28. Peajaye July 2, 2012 at 06:50 #

    What about using it to make toupèes?
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    • Stasha July 3, 2012 at 21:50 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      You took this to a whole new level. Love it!!

  29. ellie July 3, 2012 at 13:06 #

    Fur is great for composting…
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  30. Bits of Bee July 4, 2012 at 10:08 #

    Twitter: Bitsofbee
    Ha! Simply adorable. It sounds like little J is a pretty smart cookie :)
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  31. Melissa July 5, 2012 at 12:04 #

    As always, I can only say that your son is very clever!))
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  32. Michele July 31, 2012 at 23:43 #

    Your dog is gorgeous!
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