A couple years ago I had noticed those dog nose print necklaces on etsy and in a couple of the catalogs I receive. I had toyed with the idea of wanting one for quite awhile, but they aren't cheap, and I went back and forth on just how much I would wear it.
When Zeus' mega esophagus started to get worse last summer, I began pursuing etsy for something special. I happened upon Flirt and Flutter Jewelry and those cute dog nose prints. After several messages back and forth with Kaleen, I opted to go with a double paw pad heart, using Zeus and Lola's prints. As much as I loved the nose print, I just kept going back to that double heart. It seemed to make sense to use my two oldest kids' prints, and I thought that perhaps I could do something else with Teutul and Sophie at a later date.
I placed my order in July, and the process began. The first step was for me to get molds of Lola and Zeus' paw pads. I did several impressions of each, and shipped them all off to Kaleen, who would decide which were the most unique and interesting to use.
After what seemed like forever (the process does take a couple of months and Kaleen stays in touch throughout), my beautiful heart pendant arrived in September.
Last Wednesday, I wore it for the first time.
I'm not completely sure why I didn't wear it before then, but something just told me not to.
In January, I decided to snap a few photos of it with Lola and Zeus' paws... something I'm really glad I thought of, as these paw pictures are now extra special to me.
I sort of wish I had gotten Zeus' nose print done, especially on those days when I'm really missing those big 'ole nose nudges and kisses from him... but now realize there was a real meaning to the decision I made nine months ago. Had I gone with doing his nose print, I probably never would have done anything with Lola before we lost her so un-expectantly.
This heart pendant is truly the most valuable piece of jewelry I now own... priceless.