I investigated all possible avenues of taxidermy, and decided that freeze-drying would be the best. (They don't "remove" anything from your animal except the liquid retained within the body. I was comforted by that.)
When I looked and looked for the right place to perform the "service," I came across here:
(If it is illegal for me to post that here, sorry. Please let me know, and I'll remove it, or, if you like, just remove it for me.)
It's a fairly small operation, and we made the plans for Gregor at Christmas, when it seemed he would have years and years with us. In truth, after we made the plans, he had 1 1/2 months.
It was under $300 for Gregor; probably more, for bigger pets.
The reasons I like this place the best:
*They are quick to answer any questions.
*They give each animal at least a 5 month freezing period. (Some do only 2 mo.)
*Their prices are very competitive ini the market.
*They are CRAZY about animals - crazier than I am.
*They invite me to call or write at any time, and they have been very supportive of the grieving process. I can call and ask, "How's Gregor," even though I don't expect he's gotten up and started walking around.
*They take their work very, very seriously. We went over and over the correct "position" for Gregor, until it was perfect. The fellow said, "Well, this is the most important thing that will happen to him from now on...posing him in his lasting place of rest."
I guess that's TMI, but there ya go!