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6 ways to get a realistic keepsake of your pet

By: Mary Jo DiLonardo on April 7, 2015, 3:58 p.m.
stuffed version of a mixed breed dog

Photo: Heidi's Custom Plush Creations

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Forever snuggly

Whether you want to immortalize a long-gone kitty or just want something to snuggle with that doesn't have serious dog breath, there are many ways to have a permanent replica of your best animal friend. Gather up some of your favorite photos, send them to a crafty artisan and weeks (or in some cases, months) later, you'll have a mini likeness of your favorite critter.

Here's a roundup of companies and individual artists who will create permanent versions of your favorite animal. Some are more costly than others and some are more realistic — but they're all adorable. (Text: Mary Jo DiLonardo)