I don't think it's anybody's place to really judge those that do decide on this... I use to watch the animal planet show that featured a taxidermist that did this (American Stuffers). I could NEVER imagine looking at my deceased cat or dog day after day. For me it would hurt too much. But to the owners on this show, it meant the world to have their beloved pet back. I don't think it is doing more harm than good.
Each person grieves different. For me, I like to be present at time of death and keep my pet's ashes. To people like my father, he can't even stand to be there, and just the fact that I have Luther's ashes in my room greatly upsets him.
I have considered having my red tail boa Zoey freeze dried and preserved on a piece of driftwood when she is gone... I have had her since a hatchling, and love her to death. I think (on yes, I admit, a morbid side) it would be a very good looking and interesting wall piece, and on the emotional side I could appreciate always having her there like I have my ashes from my other pets.
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"Make sure my shepherd dog remains a working dog, for I have struggled all my life long for that aim." - Max Von Stephanitz
Looking at those pets just broke my heart, they look alive and it's horrible knowing they're not. I think this is a disgusting idea, they should be laid to rest just like any other member of the family. I'm sure people wouldn't freeze their husbands/wives/daughters/sons ect.
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I am surprised to see them, they look so alive.
I don't think I could handle having my pets in that form. I have a hard time looking at the photos of my past dogs, it upsets me even years later.
I can understand people wanting to preserve their pets, it is ok as long as it gives them comfort.
So, what happens to your freeze dried pet when you're dead and gone? I would hate to think about them ending up in a dumpster - or some low class auction where bidding starts somewhere between mobidity and too many beers.