Prince Laurent received his sweater made from Bobtail dog hair at Berloz

It was on Friday that the king’s brother went to Berloz to receive this unusual gift. Laurent, who was received by the municipal authorities, the children of the school and the recipients of Haut Regard, came with ease and showed great interest in the process.

It is the Handi-Bob association that is behind this visit. The non-profit association aims to put Bobtail dogs in contact with people with disabilities. “They are very intelligent and loving dogs who adapt to all situations, notes Anne-Marie Bada, the Berlozian member of the association and knitter of the sweater. We had met him in Namur some months ago and had explained to him that we could weave the wool from bobtails. He was very interested and that’s how the idea of ​​giving him a sweater came about.”

Via the association, the owners of bobtails were therefore asked to obtain their dog hair. “It took dozens of dogs to harvest 3 kg, explains Anne-Marie Bada. Not by cutting them, but by regrowing the hairs when we brush our dogs!”

Anne-Marie started knitting the sweater in May last year. “I didn’t have the dimensions of the prince. So I worked from pictures. But it is not easy to weave because the wool is not very regular and you have to be careful not to make holes. Nevertheless it is a very comfortable wool, softer than sheep’s wool.”

Prince Laurent apparently left satisfied with his visit and his gift. “We talked about developing other projects with bobtails and school kids.”


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