I love supporting local Alaskan trappers. I think buying fur is one of the best ways to support local Native traditions and rural economies. And I know there are a lot of people who love spoiling their pets (I'm one of them)- so I thought I'd share some fur craft ideas just for pets.
Small Pet Bed: Line one of your your hamster, gerbils, mouse, or rat's tunnels with fur. It makes a cozy little tunnel that is 100% dark and extra warm for those colder Alaskan days.
Bird Pruning Toy: Take a strip of fur with long stiff guard hairs (like beaver) and attach it to the side of your birds cage near one if it's perches. It's a perfect pruning toy for birds that will sit on your shoulder and prune your hair for you- now they can do it in the cage! And it's also super warm- so they can snuggle up to it at night.
Dog Chew Toy: I give Coho and Rascal all sorts of animal tails to play with. Sometimes I'll attach a fox tail, coon tail, or even a coyote tail to a string and let them chase it around. Coho loves hunting so she get super excited about it. It's also 100% safe for them to chew and swallow (unlike some inorganic toys). Puppies LOVE chasing tails around! I've never had one refuse to play with a coon tail.
Dog House Insulator: If you have a shorter haired dog and you want to spend a little extra money to bring them some comfort I suggest laying a pelt down in the bottom of their dog house. Expensive- yes. Warm- absolutely. Probably the most insulating material you could give your pup. They'll be as snug as a bug in a rug.
Cat Chase Toy: Take a little piece of fur and glue it on the end of a string. I usually do an oval shape so it looks like a mouse. And wah-lah you've got the perfect toy to inspire even the laziest cat's inner hunter.