In his memoir Alan Alda implored us to "Never Have Your Dog Stuffed."
When it comes to taxidermy this is probably sound advice. This may be
true of cloning your pet as well. There is a more realistic (and totally
fake) alternative -- the Cuddle Clone. The company takes the image of
your pet and turns that into a fun and adorable plush toy. Your cat can
have a twin. Your horse can have a Mini-Me. You can remember them
The whole thing started years ago when company founder Jennifer Graham was cuddling Rufus, her Great Dane. It was then that the thought first occurred to her how nice it would be to have a stuffed animal just like hum, not just another mass-produced toy. She didn't act on the thought, but it wouldn't let her go either. Rufus eventually got sick and passed away. The depth of her grief awakened that desire in her and since then she has poured her time, money, and dreams into creating Cuddle Clones.
The company creates custom-made, one-of-a-king plush animals of all kinds to look just like your precious pet. This product is far from limited to just dogs and cats. It seems that the sky is the limit. The mission of Cuddle Clones is: "To capture the emotional connection between people and their pets through our customized products."
Plush replicas are not the only product that the company produces in your pet's likeness. You can also get granite memorials, sandstone figurines, ornaments, and even golf club covers.
All you have to do order your own Cuddle Clone is to select the type of product you want. Then you send the company photos of your pet, the more the better. You also get to select specific appearance traits of your pet that you want to make sure remain intact -- suck as a cocky ear. Once you order your clone it is going to take some time. Due to the popularity of this product orders are currently being taken for delivery in October 2015. If this sounds like a great gift for Christmas you had better get cracking.
As you can expect these products are not cheap, but you are paying for quality. A portion of the profits from the sale of Cuddle Clones also goes to pet charities and shelters to help other animals.