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Woman gets dead pet chihuahua stuffed, saying the taxidermy figure is now ‘part of the furniture’


Kimmy with husband Stuart and ‘new Fifi’ the chihuahua (Picture: Kennedy News and Media)

A woman whose beloved chihuahua died decided to honour her pet in an unusual way – getting the dog stuffed by a taxidermist.

Kimmy Walker-Harris said she’d always joked about getting the ‘best dog she’s ever had’ preserved, and despite ‘scepticism’ from her family, went ahead with it when Fifi died aged 13 in February.

The 40-year-old self-professed ‘crazy person’ described her pet as a ‘small dog with the biggest personality’ and couldn’t bear the thought of not seeing her ‘precious’ pooch every day so forked out £400 on the taxidermy piece.

The mother-of-two said she had to freeze Fifi immediately after she died before sending her to the taxidermist and when she returned home eight weeks later believes she did a ‘great job’.

The ‘new Fifi’ now takes pride of place on a chair in the bedroom Kimmy shares with husband Stuart Walker-Harris, 44, and she still greets her ‘special’ pet every morning.

Kimmy, of Alford, Lincolnshire, said: ‘My parents thought it was a bit weird but they get their dogs cremated and have pots of ashes all over their house.

‘It’s what different people do I suppose, some people bury them, some people have their ashes – I’ve just got Fifi in her shell.

‘My family and friends didn’t really say anything about it. I suppose I’m quite a crazy person anyway so they probably just thought “she’s just crazy anyway” – it’s the kind of crazy thing I’d do.’

The owner – who has 10 dogs – added: ‘Fifi was a small dog with the biggest personality – she was just the best dog ever so I wanted her to live forever.

‘I always speak to her and will say “morning Fifi”.’

Little Fifi was the boss of the house during her 13 years of life (Picture: Kennedy News and Media)

Fifi was described as the ‘boss’ of the house during her life, despite her small stature. Although Kimmy had buried previous pets, she said that Fifi was too ‘special’ to not find a unique solution for.

The family were sceptical, especially when Kimmy had to place Fifi in the freezer for a week before she was able to go to the taxidermist.

The 40-year-old said it was ‘horrible’, but it’s something that has to be done as soon as possible.

She said that many taxidermists don’t do pets as it’s ‘very different’ to working on wildlife given that it’s difficult to capture their personalities that the owner comes to know so well and love.

Kimmy said: ‘The lady did say “I’ll do her and you’ll get a dog back but it won’t be your dog” and in a way it is like that – it is Fifi but it isn’t her…

‘It’s just the personality and the soul that’s gone – you can’t fake or make that come back.’

They’re happy with ‘new Fifi’, with Kimmy saying the taxidermist did a ‘great job’.

‘I cried a lot when she went and when she came back,’ said Kimmy.

‘It’s still really upsetting that she’s not here, you just want them to live forever and when they go it’s just awful.

‘I like seeing her and stroking her and am glad that I’ve had it done and she’s here, but it’s not the same as having her.

‘Fifi was the best dog I’ve ever had and was so precious.’

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