Dogs of many breeds have been depicted in collectibles and decorative arts over the ages. Earlier this week, I was given this bronze of a greyhound…it was found in a load of scrap metal.
After a little elbow grease (polished first with toothpaste and a brush and then soaked overnight in Coca Cola), I have a second hand treasure.
Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand
I’ve heard recently that prices in local op shops (opportunity shops) and secondhand stores are on the rise with a trend towards ‘shabby chic’ and ‘vintage’ clothes.
Another trend is ‘re-purposing’ – taking a textile garment and making it into something else for an entirely different purpose. For example, a friend ‘re-purposed’ a flannel onesie into a dog coat for Izzy.
Earlier this year, at summer camp (northern hemisphere summer), the kids of Southwest Airlines employees re-purposed a heap of old Southwest Airlines t-shirts. They made them into dog toys for Texas-based animal shelter Operation Kindness!
The outdated t-shirts from Southwest Airlines became…
…700 dog toys!
(Photos courtesy of Operation Kindness Facebook page)
What a great summer camp project – the kids learned to recycle and supported a good cause, too.
Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand
Posted in animal welfare, Dogs
Tagged dog coats, dog toys, op shops, Operation Kindness, re-purposing, secondhand shops, shabby chic, Southwest Airlines, Texas, vintage clothing