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Sun Nov 17, 2019, 10:26 AM

People are freeze drying their pets after they die: 'They don't want to let go'

People are freeze drying their pets after they die: 'They don't want to let go'
Rachel Grumman Bender 1 day ago

Forget taxidermy. Some grieving pet owners are freeze-drying their pets after they die to — literally — preserve the memory of their beloved furry family members.

Grieving pet owners are freeze-drying their pets to keep their memories alive. While it might sound unusual — to put it mildly — to freeze-dry a pet, the process isn’t as rare as it seems. Search for “freeze-dried pets” online and a handful of businesses across the country pop up offering the preservation service.

© Provided by Oath Inc. A posed freeze-dried dog by Freeze Dry By Cathy. (Photo: Courtesy of Andrea Huntley)

For freeze-dry artist Andrea Huntley of Freeze Dry By Cathy, it’s actually a business she never meant to get into. Her mother, Cathy, was a successful wedding florist in Newaygo, Michigan, who started freeze-drying flowers in the ‘90s to preserve bouquets. “She was such a trailblazer that she decided to self-learn the taxidermy trade, and soon she was using her single freeze dry machine to do work for other taxidermists, mainly turkey heads,” Huntley tells Yahoo Lifestyle.

The request to freeze-dry pets started in 2007. “It was something she wasn’t really fond of doing,” admits Huntley, referring to her mother, “and at the time I wasn’t even in the business.” But when her mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer (Cathy passed away in 2018 at age 60), Huntley took over the business, which she says was “a sink or swim moment for me.”

Huntley, who also does taxidermy work for museums, nature centers and universities, has now been running the business for eight years. She purchased three more freeze-dry machines and says her electric bill is sometimes more than $700 a month, but Huntley says she finds the job “rewarding.”


© Provided by Oath Inc. A freeze-dried cat by Freeze Dry By Cathy. (Photo: Courtesy of Andrea Huntley)

Her clients come from all walks of life, but the one thing they have in common is that they love their pets. That doesn’t mean some clients don’t question how this all looks. “A lot of my clients worry about what others will think,” says Huntley, who studied psychology in college. “Some ask me if I think it is weird. I’ve had to claw my way to this miraculous point in my life where I truly don’t care what others may think of me or what I do. And I advise my clients to try to live the same way.”

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I don't know...kind of gives me a shiver, but would love to have my girl with me forever. Also pretty expensive. $700 for the first 5 pounds. Each additional pound is $75. So my girl would cost me $1300.
What do you think?

BTW, cat photo looks just like my girl.

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Reply People are freeze drying their pets after they die: 'They don't want to let go' (Original post)
Fla Dem Nov 17 OP
Cattledog Nov 17 #1
hlthe2b Nov 17 #3
Fla Dem Nov 17 #6
TygrBright Nov 17 #14
hlthe2b Nov 17 #2
klook Nov 17 #4
FoxNewsSucks Nov 17 #5
secondwind Nov 17 #7
3catwoman3 Nov 17 #8
Fla Dem Nov 17 #10
get the red out Nov 17 #9
Hav Nov 17 #13
Bayard Nov 17 #11
Jake Stern Nov 17 #12

Response to Fla Dem (Original post)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 10:30 AM

1. $1,300 could save a lot of shelter animals.

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Response to Cattledog (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 10:36 AM

3. Exactly. What a more meaninful memorial to those lost...

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Response to Cattledog (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 10:47 AM

6. Totally agree.

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Response to Cattledog (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 05:58 PM

14. This. Thank you.

And I believe that the souls who come to us to be animal companions would resonate to the idea that what you learned from them led you to save more critters, rather than hanging on to a static representation of their presence...

Learning to deal with love and loss is one of their great lessons for us.

sadly,
Bright

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Response to Fla Dem (Original post)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 10:35 AM

2. Geez. Would they freeze dry their human family members?

I understand the grief and I fully empathize. Even decades later, I mourn for those I've lost--both human and pets. But, I'm not sure this is the direction we want to go. What happens once the owner passes? Their Pet's freeze-dried beloved statue is summarily tossed in the trash?

The life-like features are amazing though. I will say that.

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Response to Fla Dem (Original post)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 10:43 AM

4. So if you add hot water and stir, you get your pet back? Like Taster's Choice?

If so, I’m in!

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Response to Fla Dem (Original post)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 10:44 AM

5. I suppose if that's what someone wants,

it's their own business. Seems to me that it would get kinda odd after a while, and disrespectful to the animal to have it on display in your house like that.

I just got back from a week vacation Friday afternoon, and found my 17 year old black cat had died the night before I got home. He really kept me company, following me around at home all the time. I'll miss him very much, but I don't think having him sitting on a shelf would help.

And the cost is something else. As mentioned, it would be almost $1300 for my cat. My border collie would cost $5000. I really think if someone has that kind of money, it would be much better spent donating to no-kill shelters and adopting more animals when you're ready.

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Response to Fla Dem (Original post)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 10:55 AM

7. Up to nine months or longer in the freeze-dryer? No thank you! I'd rather bury my dog under a


rose bush in the back yard!

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Response to Fla Dem (Original post)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 11:15 AM

8. This is totally ghoulish, IMO.

I think I would feel worse to see the body looking so alive but knowing it wasn’t ever going to move again, or feel warm and snuggly.

No thanks.

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Response to 3catwoman3 (Reply #8)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 11:40 AM

10. Yes, completely agree. Seems a desecration of the spirit of the pet.

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Response to Fla Dem (Original post)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 11:37 AM

9. That would be a a constant heartbreak for me

I can’t imagine it, personally. It may help some people, but I would want to remember my sweet ones in happy pics. I haven’t had to face this in a very long time since my 9 year old Layla is my first dog as an adult (I am 55). But I know someday that I will be more comforted looking back on wonderful memories of her sweet silliness at home and her wonderful dog agility career.

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Response to get the red out (Reply #9)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 01:21 PM

13. Different people cope differently I guess

but I agree with you. It's enough of a heartbreak when you dream about your lost pets and in that last second before waking up you realize he/she is no more with you.

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Response to Fla Dem (Original post)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 11:58 AM

11. Gadzooks!

That's just freaky. Kind of like Roy Rogers having Trigger stuffed.

Can't imagine what three 150 lb. Great Pyrenees would cost. Wonder if she does horses?

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Response to Fla Dem (Original post)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 12:06 PM

12. Actually this is pretty interesting

IMO this is no more creepy than parents who keep their kid's rooms exactly as they were the day they died.

Who am I to question someone's grief?

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