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How to Immortalize Your Cat or Dog

How to Immortalize Your Cat or Dog

Would you like a way to immortalize your cat or dog that doesn’t involve the creepy craft of taxidermy? How about an imprint of your pet’s paw? Moms handprint their children, so why shouldn’t pet mamas do it with their beloved babes too?

This easy recipe should take about 15-20 minutes (that is IF your pet will agree to participating!). So, grab your cat or dog when he or she is in a mellow mood and a few basic items from your kitchen cupboards to get started:

  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Vegetable oil
  • A mixing bowl
  • Food coloring (optional)

Pre-heat oven at 200 degrees. Combine 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt. Slowly mix in 2 tablespoons of oil and 3/4 cup of water. Knead mixture until it becomes soft, non-sticky dough that is able to hold its shape. At this point you can add a couple drops of food coloring if you would like colored dough.

Roll out the dough until 1/2 inch thick.

Use round object like an empty can or freehand with a blunt knife to cut out shapes. If you want to be able to hang the paw print later, punch a hole in the dough with a firm straw.

Press your pet’s paw gently into the dough, but firmly enough to make an impression.

Bake in the oven for 30 minutes to 1 hour at 200 degrees.

TIP: If you have kids and pets you can do a “family” print together.

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Cherise Udell

Cherise Udell is a mom, clean air advocate, anthropologist and feline aficionado with the nomadic habit of taking spontaneous sojourns to unusual destinations. Before her adventures in motherhood, she was an intrepid Amazon jungle guide equipped with a pair of sturdy wellingtons and a 24-inch machete, as well as a volunteer at a rainforest animal rescue center.


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12:40PM PDT on Aug 27, 2013

thanks for the instructions

9:45AM PDT on Aug 27, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

8:25AM PDT on Aug 25, 2013

I have pictures and my memories.

6:55PM PDT on Aug 20, 2013

Taxidery is just sick! The paw print is a great idea, building a small shrine consisting of their lease, picture, favorite toy is also an alternative.
Their memories will never be forgotten or replaced.

6:37PM PDT on Aug 19, 2013

They gave me a paw print when my guinea pig died, and I love looking at it!

3:51AM PDT on Aug 19, 2013

Nice, thanks.

9:33PM PDT on Aug 18, 2013

Taxidermy would be more fun

6:58PM PDT on Aug 18, 2013

Great idea!

4:09AM PDT on Aug 18, 2013

Very creative idea!

7:22PM PDT on Aug 17, 2013

I think I'd rather take pictures and make memories. I've been owned by quite a few cats in my life, and I remember each one fondly, even without a paw print.

Still, to each their own. If it makes someone else happy, why not?

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Muff-Anne..I would never have thought about that...very ingenious if the dog doesn't mind!

Thank you for the article.

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