If you have a pet whose number you are looking to preserve, then you are probably thinking about taxidermy. This is a great way to memorialize your pet, holding him or her in a pose that is representative of the joy your pet brought to you and your family. Taxidermy is great because you are in control, you can preserve your pet appropriately, and you can think about the joy your pet brought to your life. On the other hand, you also have to make sure you find a reliable taxidermy service. Not all services are the same. It is possible for botched taxidermy to take place as well. When this happens, you need to know what to do next. What are a few examples of botched taxidermy projects? How can you prevent this from happening to your pet? There are several important points you should keep in mind when working with an animal taxidermist.
What is Botched Taxidermy?
First, it is important to understand what is meant when we are discussing botched taxidermy. Your pet is a critical part of your life and your family’s life. The vast majority of people view their pets as members of the family. Therefore, they should be treated as such. Unfortunately, this does not always happen.
Therefore, a botched taxidermy project takes place when referring to the animal (your pet) without actually considering that the animal was once alive and a member of a family. When this fact is not considered, it leads to poor taxidermy projects. In order for a successful project to unfold, the person working with the animal has to remember that that animal was once alive, breathing, and bringing a lot of joy and laughter to a lot of people. If this fact is forgotten, it is impossible to create a taxidermy piece that accurately reflects that animal. Unfortunately, this fact often gets overlooked, leading to a wide variety of botched taxidermy issues.
There are several examples people should keep in mind when it comes to a botched taxidermy project. These include:
1. A Physically Impossible Pose for the Pet
Unfortunately, some taxidermy projects simply place the pet in a pose that is physically impossible. Remember that the goal of this project is to appropriately memorialize your pet. If the pet has been placed in a post that he or she could not physically hold, this creates a serious problem. Therefore, you should work with a professional service that will take the time to listen to you, understand the pose you are looking for, and try to make that happen. If the pose is physically impossible, this is not a good project.
2. Proportions That Are Simply Not Equal
Next, some projects also create proportions that are simply unequal. Remember that you want your pet to look symmetrical. Your pet probably was symmetrical when he or she was alive. If the taxidermy project produces proportions that are not the same, this can be incredibly frustrating.
3. Limbs That Are Not the Same Length
Even though taxidermy can be challenging, it should not mess with the size are proportions of any body parts. This includes the limb. Some particularly bad taxidermy projects will produce limbs that are not the same length. If you get your taxidermy project back, and you realize that the legs of your pet are not the same length, this can be incredibly frustrating. Even though this happens from time to time, a professional service should be able to prevent this from happening.
4. A Pose That Looks Physically Demanding
Remember that you want to remember the good times you had with your pet. Therefore, you want your pet to be happy. If the project shows your pet holding a particularly demanding position, this can be frustrating. For this reason, a professional taxidermy service should be able to place your pet and a pose that looks comfortable. You should work with the service to find the best position for your pet.
5. An Inaccurate Facial Expression
One of the most often overlooked parts of the project is the face. Even though the project is going to be focused on other areas of the body, the taxidermy specialist should still pay special attention to the face. You may want to provide the specialist with a few photos of your pet. That way, he or she will have an easier time producing a facial expression that is reminiscent of your furry friend. If the facial expression does not come out accurately, this can lead to problems.
6. Problems Related to the Fur
Finally, you may not realize that the taxidermy specialist is going to be working with the outside as well. Because the outside is what you are going to see, the specialist still has to pay special attention to the fur. In some situations, the fur of your pet can be altered as the service is working on the rest of the body of your pet. It is critical to pay special attention to the fur to make sure it is not damaged during the process. That way, you can have an accurate representation of your pet when he or she is finished.
Compassionate Pet Preservation Techniques
The most important thing to remember during this process is that all pet preservation techniques are supposed to be compassionate. If you are looking for compassionate pet preservation techniques, we are here to help you. We are Animal Family Pet Preservation, and we have a tremendous amount of experience working with animals of all shapes and sizes. We understand that you view your pet as a member of the family. It is our goal to treat your pets with the care and compassion that he or she deserves. If you would like to learn more about how we can help you, please contact us today. At Animal Family Pet Preservation, we always place the needs of our clients ahead of our own. We can do the same for you.