A dog owner was so devastated when her beloved chihuahua died that she got the family pooch stuffed. So she is now quite literally ‘part of the furniture.
Kimmy Walker-Harris, 40, from Alford, Lincolnshire said she’d always joked about getting the ‘best dog she’s ever had. Preserved and, despite ‘skepticism’ from her family. I went ahead with it when Fifi died aged 13 in February.
The self-professed ‘crazy person’ described her pet as a ‘small dog with the biggest personality. And couldn’t bear the thought of not seeing her ‘precious’ pup every day. So she forked out £400 on the taxidermy piece.
The mother-of-two said she had to freeze Fifi immediately after she died before sending her to the taxidermist and, when she returned home eight weeks later, believes she did a ‘great job.
The ‘new Fifi’ now takes pride of place on a chair in the bedroom Kimmy shares with husband Stuart Walker-Harris, 44. And she still greets her ‘special’ pet every morning.
Kimmy said: ‘My parents thought it was a bit weird. But they get their dogs cremated and have pots of ashes all over their house.
‘It’s what different people do; some people bury them, some have their ashes – I’ve just got Fifi in her shell.