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« on: December 16, 2011 11:53:11 PM »

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My sweet neighbor lost her adorable old dog 2 weeks ago to cancer. She had been fighting for years and for the last few years she only had 3 legs. The lady told me today and looked devastated (ofcourse). So I felted a little replica of her dog and wanted to give her... but my hubby made me second guess- would that possible upset/offend her?  Would it make it worse?

I`ve never had pets, but I`d imagine i`d like a little plushie... (and it looks really similar to the one she had, recognizable)




-WOULD YOU?
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« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2011 11:58:12 PM »

I personally would bawl my eyes out and say thankyou 1000x and then cry some more. The thought you put into this is amazing  Kiss you did good
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« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2011 12:10:22 AM »

Thank You, bubblegum Smiley!

I`m a little afraid about that bawling part Tongue (but I guess it would be the good kind :S). Also good to hear it looks good, since especially in this incident I want it to really look good, not just any funny critter I normally make, but a good little 'treasure".


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« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2011 12:12:58 AM »

I also agree with bubblegum_phoenix. Yes, it would make me cry (and this could be the 'upset' that your husband was worrying about). But it would also make me feel that someone understood and acknowledged the loss. I can't imagine feeling offended by your sweet gesture. (And the dog is adorable)
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« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2011 01:22:11 AM »

Please give her this wonderful reminder of her beloved pet. She will treasure it.
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« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2011 02:05:49 AM »

Def yes, lady will bawl like anything but in a sort of good way, if that makes sense. I am sure she will be touched by your generositiy and thoughtfulness.
She may be a bit abrupt with you as a way of not breaking down, but am sure she will really appreciate it.
One of my cats died in March and I would have loved it if someone had done this for m
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« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2011 02:20:13 AM »

I think it is a lovely gesture, go ahead and give it.  You have done a great job, the nose is adorable!

That dog is a cutie, tripod dogs always make my heart melt!
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« Reply #7 on: December 17, 2011 03:48:04 AM »

I definitely agree..as a dog owner I think she would be touched by this and would love it
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« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2011 04:50:28 AM »

I would give it to her with an explanation.  It think it would make her very happy and I think it was really thoughtful of you.
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« Reply #9 on: December 17, 2011 06:10:12 AM »

How about asking her and offering her as an act of kindness? I'd be over the moon with such a thoughtful gift.
Cry my eyes out but that's a good thing in such circumstances.
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« Reply #10 on: December 17, 2011 07:41:39 AM »

Oh, please give it to her. I'm sure she will love it and will cherish it.
Yeah, she may cry, but because she misses her girl, not because of the present.
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« Reply #11 on: December 17, 2011 07:49:42 AM »

Our beloved farm dog Jenna (and my avatar) lost a leg to cancer on Thursday.  I would love this gift. 
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« Reply #12 on: December 17, 2011 07:59:24 AM »

I think this would be wonderful.  I definitely think you should give it to her.  If are worried, maybe wait a little bit longer (like a month or two),  But I think no matter what she would love it.
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« Reply #13 on: December 17, 2011 08:06:22 AM »

Definitely, definitely give it to her. As a dog lover whose sweet mutt passed away in April of 2010, I can tell you that I still feel the loss acutely. A sweet token such as the lovely felted pooch that you made would be heartily appreciated, and I don't think you need to wait. I would imagine that receiving such a lovely gesture would have made me cry for sure, but would serve as a wonderful reminder in those tough first few months.
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« Reply #14 on: December 17, 2011 08:54:05 AM »

As a recently bereaved pet owner, I would have loved for some one as kind and thoughtful as you to have taken the time and care to make me a little plushie of him, a little 'I hope you don't mind....etc I thought it might comfort you' and I'm sure your neighbour will be touched and grateful if she's anything like any of the PP's and me
It's a beautiful example too, and so very kind and thoughtful, you are lovely Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: December 17, 2011 10:28:42 AM »

Thank You guys for Your thoughts!
I gave it to her today and just as You guessed, there was a tears and hugs and she loved it... and it made me feel good, that she has something to hold now, when feeling blue.

Thank You all also for the kind words! Smiley

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« Reply #16 on: December 17, 2011 11:47:41 AM »

So glad you did! Smiley Wonderful and thoughtful idea.
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« Reply #17 on: December 17, 2011 02:22:38 PM »

Can I echo what everyone else has said? I have 5 beloved pets and would be truely touched by this gesture, I dread the day that they leave me
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« Reply #18 on: December 17, 2011 03:09:46 PM »

As some one who works with animals and has lost a few furry friends, Something like this would mean the world to me. I think she would be very tuched by your kindness. He is too cute by the way, you did a great job.
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« Reply #19 on: December 17, 2011 05:18:50 PM »

Nicely done, and I'm glad she liked it. I concur with the above views; the hardest thing with pets is that you can't hold on to them forever, and having a version of mine that I could hold on to would be absolutely cherished.
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« Reply #20 on: December 17, 2011 05:40:49 PM »

what a lovely thing to do! i'm glad she liked it and i think you were wise to consider the question, grief can be such a confusing emotional time. that sweet little gift will likely bring her more and more happiness as time goes on. good neighbours like you are the foundation of strong, supportive communities.
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« Reply #21 on: December 17, 2011 08:43:53 PM »

personally, i would be so honored of the time and effort you put into this and highly appreciate. sure, she may cry. but that is to be expected. i am sure she will treasure this
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« Reply #22 on: December 17, 2011 08:52:10 PM »

Thank You guys! I appreciate Your kind comments and am so happy to hear, that ALL, who responded thought of it as a good idea Smiley
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« Reply #23 on: December 18, 2011 08:51:39 AM »

I agree with all of the above.  You might wrap it in a tiny box, and then give it to her and tell her what it is.  That way she can open it on her own and not have to break down in front of you.  OR open it and have a good cry right there...her choice.

It's a beautiful and thoughtfull gift petskin Grin
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« Reply #24 on: December 18, 2011 09:40:22 AM »

Just to add to what everyone else has said, this is a really lovely gesture, I'm glad she loved it and he is a super little bit of crafting xx
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« Reply #25 on: December 18, 2011 04:37:52 PM »

You are a sweeeetie pie neighbor!
I love seeing pictires of my past furries and for sure i would love this!
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« Reply #26 on: December 18, 2011 09:13:08 PM »

I`m so glad for all the sweet comments and I`ll let her know, that so many people responded to this Smiley and care Smiley
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« Reply #27 on: December 19, 2011 04:28:46 AM »

Well done you!
I came in a bit late on this thread, but wanted to share that I am often asked to make little felted memorial pieces for people's pets, and they have all cried but have been more than glad to have asked for a little reminder of their beloved pets.
And for you to do that for your neighbour is just so lovely and heartfelt. So glad she liked it, I'm sure she loved it!  Smiley
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« Reply #28 on: December 19, 2011 12:24:34 PM »

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« Reply #29 on: December 19, 2011 12:38:18 PM »

I would be so touched!
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« Reply #30 on: December 19, 2011 01:08:27 PM »

That was a wonderful gesture of sympathy and kindness. You are a good neighbor and friend.
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« Reply #31 on: December 19, 2011 01:26:30 PM »

I've made several felted pets for people after their animals have passed away- they've all loved them, and I would love if someone did something like that for me as well.
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« Reply #32 on: December 19, 2011 04:36:30 PM »

I think that this is a wonderful gesture! I know I am late on the conversation here, but as an animal lover and cat owner I would love something like this. My best friend lost one of her cats a few weeks ago, he was 16 and would be estactic and tearful at the same time for someting like this. I am glad that she loved it. You did a great job and looks so lifelike.
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« Reply #33 on: December 19, 2011 05:55:30 PM »

Thank You all for the comments Smiley It`s good to hear, wha You think and also, that You guys like my felted pup Smiley

- I`m going to make one now for  my sister, who lost her FIRS puppy a couple of years ago, when a careless driver flew down a street and hit her puppy w/o even slowing down and she saw it all a few meters away, unable to do anything, since the pup ignored her calls Sad

I love making these animals, because they have a 'purpouse' and soul Smiley

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« Reply #34 on: December 19, 2011 07:05:32 PM »

I'm late in this thread too. But I would of love to have one these felted animal look a like, of my dogs. I have had several dogs passed in the last several years. It's so touching for you to had done that. I would of cried too, but would of love a little wool felted animal to remember my pets. I love all animals so much, & the animals give us their love unconditionally!
Petskin you are amazing!! Please show pics of your new felted pet when you get done. I can't believe drivers, we had a dog hit too wasn't good.
I'm so glad your doing this, your sister will love this especially since you made it for her!!   Bless You!!!
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« Reply #35 on: December 19, 2011 07:12:55 PM »

Thank You, Sharalee Smiley!
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« Reply #36 on: December 20, 2011 03:47:07 AM »

Another agreement here - when I eventually lose one of my beloved furbabies, a little memento like this would be beautiful.

That's a really lovely piece of work, too.  It looks fantastic.
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« Reply #37 on: December 20, 2011 02:47:30 PM »

It would be a great comfort to her, I'm sure!! It's so hard to loose furry friends and even though you keep them in your heart, it really is nice to have something as a reminder.

I've done memorial portraits of pets and they are treasured and a great comfort!!
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« Reply #40 on: January 25, 2012 12:15:52 AM »

YAY! Thank You all so much! Smiley It makes me very happy!  <3
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WAY LATE on this thread, but just caught it. I agree with all the comments. I recently had a cat hit on the road (these crazy drivers here!). I would not be offended if someone offered a gift in memory of her.

Remember this: husband is a MAN. And they don't really understand emotion. At least most of them do not. They don't like to cry, or see it in action, either. It upsets them, and makes them want to start, which would embarrass them.  Tongue

Tears are healthy, even when it involves suffering a loss. It helps for the healing part. Glad to see you were able to offer that comfort to your friend. And a very cute doggie you made. Share these thoughts with hubby, if you like. Perhaps he will understand things better?

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