For most dog lovers, our dogs are our family, and losing them can cause intense grief. While we can cling to their memories and pray for them to be happy as they cross the rainbow bridge, a part of us would still want to have them around.
A woman from the Philippines named Liezel Ramos felt this way, and so she looked for ways to keep her beloved dog with her forever.
To Liezel Ramos, the Japanese Spitz- Aspin breed Bonbon was her source of happiness and her family’s stress reliever. Bonbon was given to Liezel by her friend and has been her constant companion since 2018. Whenever she felt sad and would want to lock herself in her room, Bonbon would go to her and keep her company. Even Liezel’s parents, who are not too fond of dogs at first, also adored the charming Bonbon.
Sadly, in May 2021, Bonbon was hit by a car and was killed. The incident devastated Lieze,l and it was hard for her to accept. She was not ready to lose him totally, so she thought of preserving his remains through taxidermy. She contacted Dr. Jason Sumaway, a local taxidermist, to help her through this process.
According to Dr. Sumaway, taxidermy is the process of preserving the pet’s body, and it includes chemical treatment, a drying process, and repainting to restore the pet to its original look. Though it can no longer move, it would look like it is still alive, which can help pet owners to relive their pets’ memories forever.
The process took three months, and when Liezel first saw Bonbon after the taxidermy, she felt emotional. Bonbon’s fur still looked the same, and Liezel could not help herself but hug Bonbon. According to her, though Bonbon could no longer move, seeing him still makes her happy as she recalls all the happy memories that Bonbon spent with her.
Photo credits to Liezel Ramos via Facebook.