Would You Stuff Your Pet Upon Its Death or Turn It Into a Gemstone?
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.
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 demise...like 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
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....
Resources For Pet Aftercare
- Options for Pets Upon Their Death
Cremation, burial, taxidermy and gem making...
- Turn Your Pet Into a Gemstone
Using hair or ashes
- How to Hire a Pet Taxidermist
Good advice for this tricky subject.
- International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematoriums
Find one in your area...
- The Life and Death of Your Favorite Movie Animals
Animalographies filled with interesting info..
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.
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.
Dealing with Pet Loss
If your beloved pet is cremated, you can use a vase with a lid for its ashes or a special urn.
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!