Thursday, April 16, 2015

Priceless

In honor of the old Dogs on Thursday blog hop that many of us used to participate in, and because it seems to have morphed into Thankful Thursday, I want to take a moment today to tell you about a little something that is very, very special to me... priceless.

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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.    

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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.

So excited! My Zeus & Lola paw print pendant from #FlirtandFlutterJewelry is finally here!!  Would love to get a Tut & Sophie one done also... #love #dogstagram #ilovemyseniordog #ilovemydogs #mybabies #pawprint The back... So excited! My Zeus & Lola paw print pendant from #FlirtandFlutterJewelry is finally here!!  Would love to get a Tut & Sophie one done also... #love #dogstagram #ilovemyseniordog #ilovemydogs #mybabies #pawprint

Last Wednesday, I wore it for the first time.

Knowing I wanted to capture something of Zeus' before we lost him, I ordered this paw pad necklace from #flirtandflutterjewelry last July (when his mega-e started getting worse). Originally I was going to do his nose, then saw this double paw pad heart an

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.  

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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. 

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12 comments:

Marjie said...

Those paw pictures are very special, and that necklace is certainly priceless. I hope it brings you a little happiness when you remember the years of joy you had with these two precious pups. It can only become more valuable to you as time goes on.

Jodi said...

That is such a beautiful treasure. I'm so sorry that you lost two of your babies and so close to each other too. My heart goes out to you.

2browndawgs said...

That is a special pendant remembrance. I really like the idea. We are so sorry for your losses. Thanks for joining the hop!

tubby3pug said...

Beautiful
Retro rover

Kari Neumeyer said...

That's so lovely. I'm tearing up reading about it. I love the idea of pawprints or noseprints.

Sue said...

That's such a lovely remembrance. I have a pendant that Rob had engraved with the names of some of my dogs. It's my good luck necklace that I wear to all dog events.

Jans Funny Farm said...

That is a neat remembrance. And a lovely necklace.

Robin said...

That is really cool! It looks great. That would be a very precious piece of jewelry to own.

K9s OverCoffee said...

I love this idea. What a beautiful, unique & special piece of jewelry. I am bookmarking the flirtandflutter easy shop, and adding the pet jewelry idea to my list of things to get! Thank you for sharing this!

Cathy Armato said...

That is so lovely, I'm glad you decided to do something so special while you were still able. You've given me the idea to do the same, thank you!
Love & Biscuits,
Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

View From My Pram said...

PepiSmartDog: Oh what a gorgeous necklace! I've not seen a nose print necklace before and I LOVE it. What a brilliant idea.
Your absolutely right - pals can pass OTRB right when humans don't expect it. That's what happened to me. You can never have too many piccies or keep-sakes.
Love your paw-photos too - they re excellent!
Thank you for joining our Thankful Thursday Weekly Blog Hop.
Always enjoy your posts and look forward to reading what fun you got up to this week. *waves paw* :=o)

Jen said...

Found your post from Kaleen's FB page. I am also one of her customers and posted my review here: http://yourlipsbutbetter.blogspot.com/2013/09/money-well-spent-flirt-flutter-jewelry.html#more I bought mine when Gigi was sick and the necklace was amazing and I love it so much!!!

I also was told last year or so that she had megaesophagus and I looked it up and I was doubting their diagnosis because Gigi didn't have any of the symptoms when they told me... she was having lots of tummy issues and was called having "chronic vomit". But 2 months ago when she had her comprehensive exam with another doctor, after reviewing her new xray and everything we figured she did not have megaesophagus.

Sorry about the rambling. I am glad I have found your site. Adding you to my blogroll. :D

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