September 14, 2002
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There's a new option available for pet owners who can't bear to say goodbye when their furry friends pass on: having them freeze-dried. Is this just a comforting alternative, or just a way to make some cold cash?
posted by debralee (10 comments total)
This practice has been around for awhile, and is another variation on Roy Rogers' preservation of Trigger, or even taxidermy in general.

What probabally creeps me out are the life-sized porcelain dogs which are often collected as "aht".
posted by Smart Dalek at 8:00 AM on September 14, 2002

i'm more attached to my cats than most people are to their humans, but freeze drying them after they die is just crazyhuhkookoonuts. some people are going for mummification too... for their pets and themselves.
posted by t r a c y at 8:01 AM on September 14, 2002

Not to mention this lovely preparation from Skulls Unlimited.
posted by SealWyf at 8:20 AM on September 14, 2002

It took me a moment to dig it up (no pun intended), but it should be noted that one of Japan's popular tourist attractions is the Nature Museum of the Ibaraki Prefecture. The center not only ehxhibits the preserved specimens of different aminal species, but also contains a taxidermological petting zoo which children and adults are encouraged to participate in.

By freeze-drying enough pets, I suppose Michael Jackson could start his own version.
posted by Smart Dalek at 8:24 AM on September 14, 2002

Rays of Joy sells cremains containers for pets that match their containers for human cremains. Now you and your pet can match for ever.

When I had to put my cat down this summer, my husband wanted to know if we could have Sam, a black-smoke Persion, made into a rug since he was so soft. It's no worse than having him mummified, stuffed or freeze-dried. I let the vet handle his remains.
posted by onhazier at 10:32 AM on September 14, 2002

Yet another reason I don't want to have pets: Should fido be stuffed, freeze-dried or mummified?
posted by jaden at 2:56 PM on September 14, 2002

or broiled?
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 3:17 PM on September 14, 2002

Many precedents, yo. Freeze-dried puppy is a Korean astronaut delicacy. Bill Clinton loved his Buddy-jerky, too.
posted by DenOfSizer at 3:25 PM on September 14, 2002

Not to mention this lovely preparation from Skulls Unlimited.

Cool! I want a kitten skull to use as a paperweight! I love the big, round eye sockets!
posted by ukamikanasi at 7:57 PM on September 14, 2002

What? You mean pets die? Why didn't anybody tell me this? No way. My pet chihuahua's gonna outlive me. He's gonna have to freeze dry MY happy ass.
posted by ZachsMind at 8:01 PM on September 14, 2002

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