Pets have become family members, more so in recent years than ever before, so when a pet dies the owner sometimes can’t stand the thought of being without it. This is where this unique taxidermist business comes in. In what might seem bizarre to some, there are pet owners who actually get their beloved dogs and cats stuffed after they’ve died, according to The Kansas City Star on Sunday, March 3, 2013. This is on the rise today and there's even a two month waiting list just to get your deceased pet started with this year-long process.
Anthony Eddy owns one of the few business in the U.S. that specializes in stuffing pets after they’ve met their demise. This allows the owners to have their beloved pets with them forever, in a frozen pose. It costs thousands of dollars and it takes a year, but that hasn’t stopped people from all over the nation getting Fido and Tinkerbelle preserved by this Mo. Taxidermist. The Saline County Taxidermist caters to the pet owners, giving them options of how they want their pet posed for eternity. Eddy calls it “like an artist painting a picture.” It is an art and one that’s very lucrative these days.
Pet owners are not without offering scrutiny, as they can point out the smallest of flaws on the finished product. When you get a deer, bear or fox stuffed, these weren’t animals that were around so you would know their facial expressions and the way they carried themselves. Pet owners know every inch of Rover and they will be the first to point out the difference in the dead version of their pet vs. the live version.
The price for having this process done to your pet is $850 for pets under 10 pounds. It costs another $40 per pound for animals over 10 pounds. Some of the bigger dogs can weigh 100 plus pounds. You can do the math on that one, as it would cost thousands. Eddy said the unusual requests no longer surprise him, pet owners are fairly exact on how they want their beloved pet preserved. He doesn't just do dogs and cats. Eddy has done reptiles, birds and other more exotic pets.
While some might take comfort in having their dog or cat around forever, other's find this a bit creepy. Some might not want the dead version of their animal around the house, especially if it has a facial grimace that can be considered scary looking. To each his own, the saying goes!