Artist gives dead dogs a new leash of life by creating miniature replicas for their grieving owners
As most dog owners know coping with the grief of losing a pet can be a difficult process, but an artist has found a clever way to comfort grieving pet owners – by creating miniature replicas of their DEAD DOGS.
Dog lover Lucy Francis Maloney, 61, creates handmade replicas of deceased pooches that are so chillingly life-like; their owners are tricked into thinking their dead dogs have risen from the grave, albeit in miniature form.
Using as little as an old photograph, talented Lucy, from Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA, is able to resurrect dead dogs as tiny designer models, presenting them to their owners as furry little mementos.
A talented artist from an early age, Lucy came up with the idea when her parents suggested creating a miniature version of their family dog, Old Ted, a Yorkshire terrier, in 1997.
Combining household items such as string and loose hair from her family pet, the first miniature designer doggy was born.
Since then, she had created an estimated 150,000 miniature dogs using yarn, chicken wire, and a selection of materials to replicate the fur including alpaca, cashmere, baby camel and sometimes real dog hair.
The addition of glass eyes and fur grooming completes the life-like look.
Having spent the last 18 years honing her skills, Lucy is now inundated with requests from pet owners across the world who are longing to resurrect their furry friends.
Often spending hours to produce them with meticulous detail, customers from Netherlands, Russia Qatar, Germany and the UK pay anything between $200 (£132) and $2,000 (£1326) on Lucy’s website for her quirky creations.
The prospect of seeing their passed away pup has even piqued the interest of celebrity dog lovers, with Martha Stewart, Andrew WK, Shirley McLaine, John Prine and Keither Sykes all requesting a petite pooch of their own.
Lucy, owner of three dogs, said: “My passion for dogs has been with me since my earliest memory. All I wanted was to do something with dogs.
“I started working with miniatures when I created my old dog Ted, but soon word of my mini dogs reached other pet lovers and I started creating peoples’ dogs exact to the photos.
“People loved the idea of a three dimensional piece to remember and cherish their pet.
“Customers are usually reduced to tears when they see their dog brought back to life.
“When a dog is brought back to the owner in a realistic way it always brings emotions to the fore. I always work to get the dog as perfect as the real one.
“I love to reach people suffering that loss. I myself know the pain of losing a pet, combined with my unequalled love of dogs; I feel I have a profound understanding of the grief.
“I recently receive an urgent request from a mom: her son is about to leave for his fourth tour in Afghanistan Special forces, but his dog just died suddenly.
“She wants me to make a small one like it so he can take it with him when he goes at the end of this month.
“Dogs mean so much to people, I want to help when I can in my small way with a small replica that last forever.”
You can see more of Lucy’s miniature designer dogs at www.lucyfrancismaloney.com