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10 Weirdest Ways to Remember Your Pet
Care2 ^ | Jill Harness

Posted on 09/08/2013 10:27:51 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows

Want to keep Fido in your life forever? How about turning him into some jewelry? Or a record? Grieving pet owners have turned to some creative extremes in order to immortalize their beloved pet. And in honor of National Pet Memorial Day on Sunday, September 8th, we’re showcasing some of the weirdest memorial services out there.

How do you remember your pets? Would you ever try any of these methods?

1. Hug A Pillow Containing Their Ashes

If you’ve ever wanted to give your long gone furry friends a big fat hug, the soft-hearted pillow will let you cuddle up and take a nap with your deceased pet. The Soft-Hearted pillow contains a small plastic pouch that will seal in their ashes tight so you can cuddle them for eternity. You can even personalize your pillow with embroidery or trimmings to further memorialize your critter.

Image: soft-hearted.com

 

2. Rock Out With Their Record

Whether you named your pet after a musician or “How Much Is That Doggie In The Window” makes you think of your beloved critter, sometimes music is one of the best ways to remember your lost loved one. That’s why And Vinyl presses ashes into vinyl records for you to listen to forever after. You can either use your favorite song or have the company write a track specifically for you and your pet. The company will even paint a portrait of your pet using its ashes and include that as the album’s cover art.

Image: Nina / Flickr



3. Make A Necklace From Their Hair

If your fluffy kitty or puppy left hair all over the house, or if you had a chance to shave off some of their fur before their cremation or burial, you can always try rolling their fur into balls and then turning those balls into jewelry like designer Kate Benjamin.

Image: Kate Benjamin / moderncat.net



4. Wear A Sweater Made From Their Fur

Alternatively, if you want a bigger tribute made from your critter’s fur then you can always have the hair turned into yarn and then knitted into sweaters like these people who are part of Erwan Fichou’s Dogwool series. While the models used in Fichou’s series are given their own jackets made from their dog’s fur courtesy of the photographer, you’ll have to find your own knitter to work with the fur because Fichou will only accept volunteers who are willing to pose in the jackets beside the pets who provided the fur.

Image: Erwan Fichou

5. Load Bullets With Their Ashes

Did little Fido love hunting with you? Then why not take him on one more hunt by loading up your shotgun cartridges with his ashes like Joanna Booth did with her husband’s ashes? While you can probably find a weapons dealer locally who could help add the ashes to your bullets, Caledonian Cartridge Company in England will most certainly be willing to take on the challenge, being as how they already helped Mrs. Booth with the process.

6. Form A Diamond With Their Ashes

Pets only live for a short while, but diamonds are forever, so why not let your past pet live on forever in a stunning piece of jewelry? A Japanese company named Lidy can turn your pet’s ashes into a yellow diamond up to one carat in size, which can then be set into a jewelry piece for you to wear for the rest of your life.

Image: Lidy



7. Create Jewelry From Their Nose

Artist Jackie Kaufman uses a quick-forming silicon mold to take imprints of pet’s noses, which she then uses to cast metal pendants. While the process is fast enough that it doesn’t bother living cats and dogs, it could just as easily be adapted for those who have recently passed away.

Image: Rock My World Inc / Etsy



8. Tattoo Them On Your Arm

Sure you could tattoo a portrait of your pet on your arm, but if you really want to personalize your tribute tattoo, you could always incorporate some of your furry friend’s ashes. While there are a lot of tattoo shops willing to mix the ashes in with the ink they use, be sure you ask ahead of time because some shops are unwilling to perform this procedure.

Image: macwagen / Flickr



9. Immortalize Them As Art

If you aren’t up to inking a permanent tribute of your pet onto your skin, then you can always have a more traditional portrait of them painted by artist Wayne DeFrances, who will incorporate your pet’s ashes into the paint he uses.

Note: The Image is for illustration purposes and is not of Wayne DeFrances or his artwork.

Image: Mykl Roventine / Flickr



10. Clone Them

If you just can’t give up your beloved pet, you can always try cloning them if you have a DNA sample and $50,000 lying around like Bernann McKinney did when she got five clones of her beloved pit bull created. Of course, the new puppy clone may look just like your old furry friend, but it will not grow up to have the same personality and behavioral traits, so really, aren’t you better off adopting a new puppy from your local animal shelter?


TOPICS: Pets/Animals; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: cloning; creepy; furbabies; kittyping; napl; satire
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1 posted on 09/08/2013 10:27:51 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows
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To: Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; asgardshill; devane617; ...
So what's wrong with photographs?


2 posted on 09/08/2013 10:29:43 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

We just had to put our Jack Russell Terrier down on Friday. Her ashes will be spread over the flower garden. Nothing too wierd.


3 posted on 09/08/2013 10:31:52 PM PDT by RC one
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To: RC one

weird that is.


4 posted on 09/08/2013 10:32:26 PM PDT by RC one
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To: RC one

Seems reasonable to me, and I’m sorry about your loss - I still have the urn containing my JRT’s ashes.


5 posted on 09/08/2013 10:33:21 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Doggie ping!


6 posted on 09/08/2013 10:35:15 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Thanks. I see nothing wrong with that either. They’re family.


7 posted on 09/08/2013 10:35:18 PM PDT by RC one
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To: Slings and Arrows
How could they leave out RC memorials?


8 posted on 09/08/2013 10:35:31 PM PDT by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

When I die, I want to be cremated.
Loaded into artillery shells.
Then fired at terrorists.

Pets?
Sure, add them to the mix too.
Just for giggles.


9 posted on 09/08/2013 10:36:53 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Ezekiel

Apparently the Orvillecopter doesn’t crack the Weird Top Ten.


10 posted on 09/08/2013 10:37:21 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Darksheare

Is your will going to have an executor or a forward observer?


11 posted on 09/08/2013 10:39:04 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

photos, videos, a few fur samples, a nice urn with colors that kind of match.

for now. i get them back in the end, Thank You Lord.


12 posted on 09/08/2013 10:41:10 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Darksheare

eat a bunch of pork products before you die. maybe wear a pork suit before cremation. if you’re going to be shot at terrorists, that’s what you need.


13 posted on 09/08/2013 10:42:42 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Sentiment is the antithesis of rational thought. None of these strike me as particularly weird, merely creative, and creative things are often unusual. What about the guy who turned his cat into a quad copter and flew him around?


14 posted on 09/08/2013 10:45:12 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: Ezekiel; Slings and Arrows

Ah, I see someone else beat me to that thought!


15 posted on 09/08/2013 10:46:34 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: dayglored; Ezekiel
What about the guy who turned his cat into a quad copter and flew him around?

Post #8.

16 posted on 09/08/2013 10:47:15 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
I read of a lady that works with a grooming business where she takes bags of the pet's fur, makes yarn out of it and creates purses from the yarn. Our two long haired kittehs leave enough around the house to make a few every week!

I had a friend that wanted to keep her kitteh's PAW to carry around with her (like a lucky rabbit's foot). 'Course, she also thought about having her deceased dad's torso stuffed by a taxidermist so he could sit in his favorite chair forever! She was bummed that no one would actually DO that for her.

We had some pretty cool dolphins made out of Bahamian mahogany from a local artist on one of our trips. Stella proceeded to TEETH on them - so I guess they will be our souvenirs of her! ;O)

17 posted on 09/08/2013 10:48:35 PM PDT by boatbums (God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him.)
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To: Secret Agent Man
Maybe we don't care enough. </heavy_sarcasm>
18 posted on 09/08/2013 10:48:56 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I’m FReeping on an iPad, it’s slower than my usual rate... Lol


19 posted on 09/08/2013 10:49:33 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: dayglored

Hear ya - freeping from my phone is always good for a few laughs.


20 posted on 09/08/2013 10:51:20 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: boatbums

My three ought to be good for a new wardrobe, at that.

Pets + taxidermy = bad news. Dead relatives + taxidermy = Bates’ Motel.


21 posted on 09/08/2013 10:55:03 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Both!


22 posted on 09/08/2013 11:00:42 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Bacon burgers!


23 posted on 09/08/2013 11:01:39 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: RC one

Sorry for the loss of your little girl.


24 posted on 09/08/2013 11:03:06 PM PDT by EinNYC
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To: Slings and Arrows

The human race is starting to worry me.


25 posted on 09/08/2013 11:03:08 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Revenge is a dish best served with pinto beans and muffins)
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To: RC one

My sympathies. It’s never easy to say goodbye.


26 posted on 09/08/2013 11:06:44 PM PDT by boatbums (God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him.)
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To: dayglored; Slings and Arrows
What about the guy who turned his cat into a quad copter and flew him around?

I suppose the cat copter doesn't exactly qualify as a memorial. It crosses a certain intangible but hinky line, however.

27 posted on 09/08/2013 11:11:26 PM PDT by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
We have one of those canister-type vacuums and I run it once a week. I have to empty the thing EVERY time cuz it's FULL when I do. Sometimes I think there has to be another cat in there!
28 posted on 09/08/2013 11:12:13 PM PDT by boatbums (God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

29 posted on 09/08/2013 11:13:03 PM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep...the clowns will eat me.)
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To: Darksheare

Of course. How silly of me.


30 posted on 09/08/2013 11:16:28 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

Starting?


31 posted on 09/08/2013 11:16:55 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: boatbums

Maybe, when the hair density is great enough, it spontaneously generates another cat.


32 posted on 09/08/2013 11:18:52 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Salamander

Valla RIP.


33 posted on 09/08/2013 11:19:42 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

She would have been 1 in 10 days.

It’s hard right now.


34 posted on 09/08/2013 11:22:00 PM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep...the clowns will eat me.)
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To: Salamander

I’m sorry.


35 posted on 09/08/2013 11:23:53 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

It’d be the most viking funeral ever.


36 posted on 09/08/2013 11:27:37 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Thanks, S&A.

You’re a loyal and constant friend.

You can’t imagine how much that means to me.


37 posted on 09/08/2013 11:34:47 PM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep...the clowns will eat me.)
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To: Darksheare

That is my own dream, even though it would only be a canoe on the Potomac.


38 posted on 09/08/2013 11:36:05 PM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep...the clowns will eat me.)
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To: Slings and Arrows; Darksheare

Better still be taken to orbit and cast into a kinetic device made to descend upon our enemies at ludicrous speed!


39 posted on 09/08/2013 11:39:10 PM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: Darksheare

You should begin your diet of pork rinds and alcohol now...

(I stand willing to help you in that endeavor by the way...)


40 posted on 09/08/2013 11:40:46 PM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I actually like the nose print idea.

I’m thinking of making my own.

The silicone mold material can be bought at Michaels and I could use a simple plaster mold technique.

In fact, I could just use polymer clay instead of metal and make it black and shiny...:)


41 posted on 09/08/2013 11:41:16 PM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep...the clowns will eat me.)
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To: Salamander

Aluminum canoe with full pyrotechnics and kerosene bladders.
Would need musical accompaniment.
Too beat to think of anything but Wagner at the moment.


42 posted on 09/08/2013 11:46:56 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Axenolith; Slings and Arrows

Call the satellite “Valhalla” and the projectiles a “Zeus system”.


43 posted on 09/08/2013 11:49:20 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Axenolith; Slings and Arrows

I know that’s mixing Greek/roman pantheon with Nordic.
Mjolnir system?


44 posted on 09/08/2013 11:50:57 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: boatbums

I lived with a friend that had 2 English Labs... and he gave them free reign of the house... I hated vacuuming doghair from everything, especially the couches, so every week or I would take he lads out to the middle of the yard and spend a good 1/2 hour brushing each dog with one of those “Furminator” brushes... which was actually more like a lice comb. They tolerated it to a degree... one was more obnoxious than the other of course...but when I was done, it looked like a lawnmower ran over a rabbit... I often considered taking the fur and spinning it into fiber... as it was quite soft And there was a LOT oofit. Thing is, with all the Frontline the boys would get, I was more inclined to treat the fur like toxic waste.

“They” say that if you have a groundhog problem, you can put dog fur in the mouth of the burrow and the gophers will Amscray.


45 posted on 09/08/2013 11:52:07 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: Darksheare

Tull’s Broadsword & The Beast as an intro with a Tyr finale.

:)


46 posted on 09/08/2013 11:54:45 PM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep...the clowns will eat me.)
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To: Salamander

Works for me!
-this coming from the guy who wants to have a weaponized burial.


47 posted on 09/09/2013 12:04:39 AM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Darksheare

Hunter S. Thompson, eat your heart out.


48 posted on 09/09/2013 12:11:26 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Salamander; Darksheare

Cue “In the Hall of the Mountain King.”


49 posted on 09/09/2013 12:14:09 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Lol!


50 posted on 09/09/2013 12:15:01 AM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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