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Iko’s marker

Earlier today, I paid a visit to the Pine Ridge Pet Cemetery to visit the grave of my dog Porky.  It’s something I do every time I’m in the area.

Because it was a warm evening, I decided to walk around taking in the various names and memorials made to beloved pets.  I walked up a hill of raised markers and on the way down, I noticed that one had an inscription on the reverse.

This was Iko’s stone.

Iko's stone

The front of Iko’s gravestone

Gravestone reverse

The inscription on the reverse of the stone

Kathleen Crisley, Fear-Free certified professional and specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand

Designer dog miniatures

Artist Lucy Maloney has a unique business – Designer Dog Miniatures.  Lucy produces one-of-a-kind miniatures by commission using quality materials including alpaca, cashmere, silk and leather.

Scale reproductions of your precious pooch are created from photographs that you submit.  Some examples of Lucy’s work include:

Bichon Frise miniature

Bichon Frise miniature

Sealyham Terrier miniature

Sealyham Terrier miniature

What really impresses me is how lifelike and realistic these miniatures are.   Lucy is obviously very skilled at what she does, using natural materials to sculpt her miniatures.

Lucy also makes play-sized miniatures for dollhouses.  For example, here’s a Barbie with a doll-sized Papillon:

Barbie with Papillon

Lucy’s commissions start from about US$200 – but remember that you are buying an individual, handmade replica and not a mass-produced or amateur reproduction.

Miniatures don’t take up a lot of space in your home and are a wonderful option as a memorial to your dogs that have passed.

Good work, Lucy!