Touching Memorial Miniatures of Pets Offer Comfort to Grieving Pet Par

Angela Vuckovic
by Angela Vuckovic
The talented artist creates tiny felted sculptures of pets, particularly popular with pawrents whose furballs have passed.

It’s never easy when the time comes for your four-legged companion to go over the Rainbow Bridge. However, there are ways that can help you cope with your pet’s passing; some people find it easier when they have someone to share their sorrows with, such as a pet loss support group, while others find solace in their surviving pets. Lucy Francis’ customers, though, find comfort in immortalizing their beloved fur baby in the form of a strikingly beautiful miniature.

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Lucy Francis of Designer Dog Miniatures became an artist two decades ago- but she’s been a dog lover her whole life. In fact, she herself says that it was precisely her love for animals what steered her towards a career in the arts.

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Border Collie

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“Loving, understanding, and observing dogs all of my life has given me a perspective into their unique facial features, personalities, and honest quirks”, the Hastings-based miniaturist writes on her website. Her specialty are scale miniature dog and cat reproductions- although she has made other animals as well. To create a faithful portrait of your furry family member, Francis uses materials such as German glass eyes, alpaca, silk, or cashmere.

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Meow! Real cat fur makes this little guy a true cat in hand..

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More often than not, though, pet parents send her the pets own hair to be felted in the miniature: this way, they can keep a piece of their pet forever with them, and not just metaphorically speaking.

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Emma with Mini Emma

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Of course, it is not just the memorial miniatures that can be ordered. A lot of people wants to have a replica of their pet for the pure artistry of these needle-felted figurines. Whether you’re a miniature enthusiast and hobbyist, want to proudly display your precious pet scaled representation or give a thoughtful and unique gift to a fellow pet parent, you’re in the market for these astonishing miniatures.

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Cocker Lexie

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As for the price tag for something this beautifully made, it will all depend on the complexity of the project. Lucy Francis’ miniatures can cost from $300 to $2400. The fact that you get to have a miniature version of your four-legged companion, though, is priceless.

Angela Vuckovic
Angela Vuckovic

A proud mama to seven dogs and ten cats, Angela spends her days writing for her fellow pet parents and pampering her furballs, all of whom are rescues. When she's not gushing over her adorable cats or playing with her dogs, she can be found curled up with a good fantasy book.

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