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Would You Stuff Your Pet Upon Its Death or Turn It Into a Gemstone?

Updated on August 29, 2017

Trigger Was Stuffed...Would You Do The Same With Your Favorite Pet?

Pet owners who can't stand the thought of letting go of their pets when they die sometimes have them "stuffed" at a taxidermy. Perhaps two of the most famous stuffed animals are Trigger and Bullet, Roy Roger's famous horse and dog who starred with him for a number of years in Roy Roger's TV shows. The museum that housed Trigger and Bullet recently put them up for auction. Trigger sold for $244,000 while Bullet sold for $35,000.

Meanwhile, others are sending their pets ashes or hair to specialists who make them into gemstones.

Would you, could you stuff your pet upon its demise or wear Fido around your neck? Add your voice about these ways to deal with pet loss and find resources for options for aftercare.

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Pet Taxidermy - Warning: This is a bit gruesome

This man doesn't look totally comfortable with what he's doing...

One of the comments left on the video was about the poor daughter who's going to be told about her rabbit by when she's handed a stuffed one!

How Do You Prefer Dealing with Pet Aftercare?

Traditional forms of body disposal are pet cremations or burials. Many people have trouble with letting go of loved ones and pets are no exception. We can't (or don't) stuff people but would you do that with your pet to keep it with you?

Old style taxidermy skins the animals and places the skin on a styrofoam mold. New style taxidermy freeze dries the pets which does not include skinning them.

And then there's the new trend of making a gemstone from your pet ashes or hair (you can do this with people as well).

Which do you prefer....

Michael Jackson's Hair Turned Into Diamonds - This one is just about as sad as the bunny video

If you own a famous pet, you can make some money on it's what's happening with Michael Jackson's hair. Watch the video to find out how they got his hair...

The Rainbow Bridge: The story of where our pets go - This is a photo of a freeze-dried dog

Freeze Dry Taxidermy
Freeze Dry Taxidermy

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

Author unknown...

Dealing With Death

There can not be life without death. Perhaps a better way to deal with death is to learn how to deal with it.

Saying Goodbye to Your Angel Animals: Finding Comfort after Losing Your Pet
Saying Goodbye to Your Angel Animals: Finding Comfort after Losing Your Pet

In this thoughtful book, Allen and Linda Anderson walk you through the numbing pain and dreadful sense of loss that arise when a beloved animal dies. They offer solace to help you deal with grief, remember and honor key moments in the animal’s life, find comfort through groups and with professionals, and get past the depression. They also include exercises, affirmations, and meditations to use through the various stages of grief. The Andersons’ caring, practical advice covers all aspects of pet loss, offering guidance on:

helping children grieve :: honoring your religious beliefs :: grieving for runaway pets :: helping others know what to say or do to console you :: planning an appropriate memorial ceremony or tribute

The book also explores the concept of after-death experiences of departed companion animals and relates many beautiful stories, including the Rainbow Bridge story, that reinforce the love and sense of peace that come from honoring the place animals hold in our lives.


Remembering Pets

If your beloved pet is cremated, you can use a vase with a lid for its ashes or a special urn.

Pet Cremation Memorial Urn by Eric @ StoneArtUSA / Small Light Oak Wood & Granite for pets up to 48 lbs. / Custom Personalized Engraved Laser Etched Photo Marker Dog Cat Pet Ashes
Pet Cremation Memorial Urn by Eric @ StoneArtUSA / Small Light Oak Wood & Granite for pets up to 48 lbs. / Custom Personalized Engraved Laser Etched Photo Marker Dog Cat Pet Ashes

This high quality custom urn is for pets up to 48 lbs. Box is solid oak with consistent grain & measures 6-1/2" x 5-1/2" x 5-1/2". The plaque is solid granite & measures 4" x 4". Urn is professionally hand crafted by The Harbor Shop Furniture Builders and has a clear hard coat finish. Your custom text is permanently Laser Etched by Stone Art USA into the granite plaque.


How did you deal with telling your children? Share your wisdom with us!

How did you deal with the loss of your favorite pet?

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    • seodress profile image


      5 years ago

      It's a part of life.We must not feel bad.

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      5 years ago

      I can't deal with it at all

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      7 years ago

      We lost a guinea pig and knowing the end was near I got them all a small heart keepsake from and we put some of Jefferson's ashes in it. My kids are 12, 10 and 8 and where it wasn't easy, I do think the keepsakes help.

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      7 years ago

      Very, very hard especially when you have kids. We lost our first family pet a year ago and I have three school age children that were absolutely devastated. My wife bought them each a bone keychain and filled it with some of Buddy's ashes and gave it to each of them for Christmas. They absolutely treasure them and it went a long way to helping them with their grief. We all miss him every day and I don't think you ever totally get over the loss of a pet but there are a lot of things you can do to help with the grieving process.

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      7 years ago

      I just try to deal with it.. and we get over it.. like it's a part of living, to die.

    • MargoPArrowsmith profile image


      7 years ago

      She was old and hurting. Leo is going to be harder because other than some sore back legs, which I give him gluclosemine for, he is much better and it will be harder to see him go.

      Lenrolled to The Princess and the Pauper, The Tale of Two Canines

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      7 years ago

      I don't deal with it well at all and I have lost way too many of my beloved friends.

    • jolou profile image


      7 years ago

      It's really tough losing a pet. Harder than I thought it would be actually. I love that Rainbow Bridge story. Lensrolled this to my pet loss lens.

    • giacombs-ramirez profile imageAUTHOR

      gia combs-ramirez 

      7 years ago from Montana

      @RinchenChodron: Hugs...

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      7 years ago

      Not well I was very sad for a LOOOONG time.


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