That cuddly stuffed animal is really your dead dog Fido. Wait, what?


Here’s a product that is supposed to be comforting, but it seems creepy and icky to me. Heavenly Pals is a new Indiegogo project for stuffed animals of the 10 most popular dog breeds (according to the AKC) that include: Boxer, English Bulldog, German Shepherd, Poodle and more. What’s the big deal you ask? Well, these are no ordinary stuffed animals, they have been designed to hold the cremated remains of your deceased pet. Here’s how they work: You or your vet place your dog’s remains into the neoprene lined belly of your Heavenly Pal which can be locked with a key, everything stays safe and secure. It also comes with an engravable name tag that you can personalize.

When my dog Kasey died, we had her cremated, and still have the box with her ashes somewhere in the house. That whole experience of having to put her down happened about 10 years ago and I’m still not over it. I don’t think I’d want a stuffed animal (they don’t make a Pembroke Welsh Corgi anyway) with her ashes in it sitting on my bed. It just seems weird and creepy. Or is that just me? If this is something you’re interested in, you can reserve your own Heavenly Pal for $60. The Indiegogo project is seeking $95,000 and ends at the end of July. Maybe the next project will be for cats and ferrets…

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6 comments… add one
  • Andrew Baker June 17, 2015, 2:53 pm

    Cats, Ferrets, Grandparents.

    “Don’t worry honey, you will always have grandma right here in your bed with you”

  • Jeff Pearce June 17, 2015, 4:07 pm

    Hi Julie,
    Glad you like the idea. We do plan on making a Pembroke Welsh Corgi. We’re launching with the 10 most popular breeds and taking it from there. However, you will need to find another solution to remember Grandma and Grandpa.

    • Andrew Baker June 17, 2015, 5:06 pm

      While not a product for me, I applaud your humor Jeff. Good luck on your venture.

  • Betty Widerski June 18, 2015, 9:12 am

    I have an artist friend who makes custom glass “sleeping kitty” memorials – she incorporates a bit of the ash or fur into the glass as she blows it, and colors the glass to match the late cat’s colors. But I don’t think anyone sleeps with the sculpture!

  • Donald Schoengold June 18, 2015, 5:05 pm

    I find it totally insane. However, people do insane things with their pets while they are alive and after they die so I assume that they will sell lots of these things.


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