My "first child", my precious older Husky/Shepherd mix will be put down some time between now and this summer. He is having a harder time getting around, he's stone deaf, he has lumps all over his body, and he's beginning to have trouble holding his bladder/poop. He hasn't quite yet told me it's "time", but it won't be another year I'm sure. He'll be 14 in August, he "owes me" nothing.
I know for horses you can do bracelets/keychains/etc with their hair, what can you do for a dog? Obviously I'll keep his collar. Honestly, I'll probably bury his food bowl with him, it's been his since he was a teeny puppy. Any suggestions? I'm heartbroken, my boy quite literally was the "test case" before I got pregnant! When I trained him to sit/stay/do tricks, I knew we were ready to handle a kid lol!
Definitely the plaster paw prints! They have kits at Bed Bath & Beyond and online. Also consider a shadow box with a picture, the pawprint and his collar. You can also get a pawprint ornament kit so your boy will always be with you at Christmas.
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I just had a sterling silver paw print necklace made for my daughter with her cat's paw print. The cat's name is inscribed on the back. Wish I had thought to have the date inscribed as well. It was very easy to have done. Cost just under $200. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=3&theater
I'm also having her do a ring for me with my horse's hair in resin. That might be a possibility as well.
Oh, thank you so much! Stupid me never even thought of that, that's why it was on my mind to post this thread while he's still with me. I love my old man with all my heart, I will cry for days when the deed is done, but ultimately that's our responsibility to our pets; a peaceful passing. I'm tearing up now just typing this out, thanks for the suggestions and the kind words!
Are you planning on burying him on your property? Or cremation? If burying, along the lines of the plaster print, you can easily make one out of cement and bedazzle it with pretty rocks or stones from your yard or dollar store.
If cremation, and if you are handy you can build and then stain a beautiful box to hold his ashes. Or I'm sure you can buy one.
You could put a nice brass plaque on it, or burn his name and a thoughtful epitaph on it.
I bury my little critters when it's time, and I always buy and then plant a beautiful perennial flower or tree, or both! That is my favorite. When spring comes and the flowers bloom it makes smile.
I did a wonderful glass cast of my dogs paw. It starts like the plaster where they press the dogs paw into a sand cast. Then since it is filled with molten glass it ends up as a positive. when you hold it, it feels like you were holding the paw in your hand, but not as creepy as it sounds. Amazingly all the detail is there to the texture on his pads.
Do you have a glass place like this by you? The one I used is near me in Asbury Park, NJ. They have even done duck feet and a horse or two.
When we had our Golden cremated they sent a beautiful plaster print of her paw with her name on it. It also had a decorative border. They also sent a small ziploc baggie of her hair. My old Doxie just spent his last Christmas with us, most probably. My mom made a plaster cast of his paw for me this year. I also have a drawing of one of my old dogs. When my Mom's 2 dogs were older I spirited them away for a session with a pet photographer and had the best one framed for her and gave her the other prints in a book.
I am so sorry Dakotawyatt. I will be dealing with the same issue soon, as my 13.5 year old Weimaraner is aging quickly. I had never heard of the glass cast of the paw print. I need to look into that. Hugs to you as you deal with your dear friend's aging.
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Okay, this is probably really out of the box, but I knew of a lady that made knitted goods out of dog hair. I used to work as a dog groomer and she would ask the manager to save the hair for her to pick up and use. To be honest, I think she made sweaters out of it, but a nicer momento might be a scarf. Since he's a husky, I am sure he can provide you with the necessary hair come spring, if he's still doing okay. I had a malamute/ shepard mix and I know the volume of hair these dogs can produce as they shed out!
I am really sorry that you feel that the time you have with your buddy is coming to an end. Its never easy having to face making that decision or seeing our old friends growing older...
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Thank you guys again! I have never heard of the glass cast either, will have to look into that. My boy is so awesome, it breaks my heart to think about the inevitable, but I'm just enjoying every second with him I can. My other 2 are 3 and 5, so still plenty of time left there.
you hace have "horsehair" potter jewelry made from his hair (it doesn't have to be horse hair to work). There are several artists on etsy
also, glass blowers can add hair, ashes, you name it to a custom blown glass pendant
you could have a portrait done of him. When my cat passed on I was really missing him and decided to paint his portrait. Now his image keeps me company in my office.