Here’s a bizarre, but perfectly legitimate (apparently) question: would you freeze-dry a beloved pet?
Yes, freeze dry. At Anthony Eddy’s Wildlife Studio in Slater, Missouri, you can have your recently-deceased pet posed and then freeze-dried so you can not only keep Spot’s memory in your heart, but his carcass at your feet.
From this story on ksdk.com:
“Pet preservation has become a big part of our business,” said owner Anthony Eddy. “People say they just can’t stand to bury it or have it cremated. Once they find out that there are other ways to deal with a love one. This is an alternative and they choose it.” Pet preservation is the use of specialized form taxidermy to preserve an animal’s body to keep at home. The pets are posed, frozen forever in time. Pet owners are willing to spend thousands of dollars have a lifelike representation of their animal in their homes. “This is why it’s so popular with pet owners,” Eddy said. “It’s the real muscle, the real skeleton, the brain is all still with the pet. We don’t have to disturb this at all.”
_Anthony Eddy’s is the only place in Missouri that specializes in pet preservation and one of just a handful of operations across the country with the level of tech required. “There are probably just a few people in the United States, probably about four or five,” Eddy said. “We’ve had people from 48 states. We’ve also had some people come down from Canada and calls as far away as Japan and Europe.”
_And business is booming. Over the past few years, the shop has gone from doing about 50 pets per year to more than 150. The shop now has more than a dozen freeze dry machines, purchased during the operation’s many expansions. “Yes, our volume is increasing. With more publicity and the knowledge that this is our there, we get more calls and therefore, we get more clients,” Eddy said. The service comes at a premium. A smaller house cat can start at about $850, with larger dogs that can scale all the way to $4,000. It’s also not a slow process. Depending on the size of the animal, it can take anywhere from 6 months to a year to complete.
Thoughts? Reaction? Is this a viable option for honoring the memory of a lost pet, or should the terms “freeze-dried” and “pet” never, ever, be used in the same sentence?