Foreword. A somehow morbid, something you'd rather not read on Monday story follows.

I've just finished reading "Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I've Learned" by Alan Alda.The book is humorous and witty and enjoyable. A really great reading.

The chapter where he tells the story of why and how his dog Rhapsody was stuffed reminded me of one of my childhood neighbors. The guy was (maybe he still is) a taxidermist and he had 2 stuffed dogs seated on the sides of his front door, 2 statues of creepiness that kept people (oh, well, okay, just kids) away. The dogs didn't look that bad (they didn't look like plush toys either), but someone told us that those stuffed animals were in fact ghosts hideouts and that made us freak completely.

Now, you're probably wondering why I am telling you this. Although I've seen it with my own eyes and read that others have done it, too, half of my mind can't handle this information very well.

Common sense tells me that it's not something out of the ordinary, that in the end it can happen to anyone, that people love their dogs so much and they'd do anything to keep them alive after the animals would pass over the Rainbow Bridge.

On the other hand, my not-so-common-sense is appalled by the same thing. Maybe because of those 2 stuffed German Shepards scrutinizing each and every move we did back in childhood, maybe because, at some level, I don't understand why not let go (people we love die, too and we don't stuff them).

So, what do you think? Have you ever thought about having your pug stuffed?

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Comment by Vinny the Pug on July 19, 2012 at 6:10am

I've already given my human instructions to not stuff me!  My ashes in a jar above the fire place should be more than enough to remind he of me.

--- Vinny the Pug ---

Comment by SELINA GIBSON on July 19, 2012 at 5:57am

I've thought about this fact, I always say I will have my beloved Pug, Oscar, stuffed when he passes. It might be a little creepy though...I might end up changing my mind when we get to that point!!


Comment by Sophie on March 7, 2010 at 2:21am
Well, the idea had crossed my mind but then it is just too damn creepy. I was watching mythbusters on Quest a few nights ago and they went to a taxidermists and what did they find? a stuffed pug. nice. Ill just stick with some ashes.
Comment by Vinny the Pug on January 14, 2010 at 5:42am

Having not seen a pug among the canine on the picture above, I've decided to post my own "Stuffed Plush Pug". The year 2010 will be remembered as the year of "Vinny the Pug" as I'm transferring my entire image library to a broad line of popular consumer goods, including my own line of clothing. There will even be my own bottled wine with my own label and other high end collectors items used to generate money for "Pet Rescue".

As a matter of fact, "Team Vinny" is preparing for their International Pet Rescue Fund Raiser tour of 100 U.S. and Canadian Cities to raise $1,000,000 to inject in to the universal pet rescue community. We're going to teach pet rescues 21st Century Fund Raising models that are immune from economic downturns. Our tour will take approximately 7 years (two years human). Our ultimate objective is to help lead North America to "100% No Kill" by the year 2020. Neither I nor my human are likely to be here to witness the results of our work but we will go knowing that we've planted seeds. It will be up to others to tend the harvest.

Remember, if it ain't a pug then it's just a dog by another name. I love you pugmate!

Vinny the Pug
Vinny the Pug Enterprises
Comment by Vinny the Pug on January 14, 2010 at 5:23am
I've not had my human to read Alan Alda's book to me but based on his persona, I tend to believe he was less than serious and the title was created to catch attention. I know my human is madly in love with me but I seriously doubt he'd go the such an extreme to remember me. Pughugs to you all!

Vinny the Pug
Comment by Lisa Gagnon on November 30, 2009 at 7:07pm
I'm sure for every pet owner the answer would be a bit different. Some may find taxidermy a very comforting option when faced with the loss of a beloved companion. As for me, I could not stuff my pug or clone him. I also wouldn't be comfortable in having his cremation remains created into a gem. It wouldn't bring him back or make me feel any closer to him. He is a precious, unique, living soul and his love an devotion are worthy of my love and respect, even in death. Hopefully, this is an issue that I won't be faced with for a very long time.
Comment by Shepherd Pug on November 27, 2009 at 12:30pm
Caveat - The following is solely my opinion with the exception of what is bracketed by quotation marks:

When I lost my Pom, I researched many options of preserving him, but never taxidermy. I checked into cloning, cremation, and turning his ashes into a gem. I chose cremation and now have him at home with me where he belongs.

I did not turn him into a gem because I did not wish to separate his cremains. "They only use a small part of the cremains to make a gem."

I did not choose taxidermy, because it creeps me out and seems disrespectful; almost as if we are preventing him from crossing over.

I would never, never, NEVER, clone an animal. I don't know if the original dog's life force would somehow be contained in the clone, since the original is deceased, but I do know there are a number of problems associated with animal cloning.

"1. It is exorbitantly expensive."
"2. It is difficult to locate a lab willing to perform the service."
"3. While the clone would have the same genes as the original, it's development in-utero and during puppy-hood and the activating of said genes would be markedly different. You would have a dog that doesn't look or act like the original you loved and miss so much."
"4. And here's the worst part - clones are cursed to have a half-life. In other words, they will only live about half as long as the original animal. Somehow cloning affects the longevity portion of DNA."

The preceding four statements can be verified via Google in reference to Dolly the sheep and Rainbow the cat.

Thank you for letting me sound off about this.
Comment by Twirly on August 27, 2009 at 3:50am
Cloning has its ups & downs, but I agree with you on the dog cloning matter. I can't understand why go that path..
On the other hand, there are no 2 people alike either, so bizarre behaviors kind of make sense in a way.
Comment by Helena Brown on August 25, 2009 at 11:04am
No Twirly that is one thing I have never contemplated, rather like you, it is too creepy. Just imagine having Mum and Dad sitting by the fire, gosh I think that would keep more than little boys and girls away. No you have got to let go, for your own sanity. I cannot understand those people who want to clone their dogs either. Variety is the spice of life and there are no two Pugs alike I have found, they all look different as well.

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