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A Petsies Lookalike Plush Pet Is the Best Gift I Gave My Kids This Year

Kallie was only nine weeks old when we brought her home. We had just started talking about getting married and kids were a distant “maybe someday” topic. But we had decided we were ready to welcome a puppy into our hearts.

It wasn’t long before our goofy, playful little teddy bear of a puppy grew into a goofy, playful dog with a perpetual grin and energy for days.

And when our babies arrived, she was completely devoted to them.

Our sweet girl made it to 16 years before old age and canine degenerative myelopathy stole her away. To say we miss her is to put it mildly. It’s been almost two years since we lost her, but it still hits me sometimes. The kids talk about her all the time, and they frequently ask to look at pictures of her at bedtime.

A little while ago, Tee said sadly, “I just wish I could hug her again.” We can never replace our Kallie, but Petsies was able to give all of us another chance to hug her.

Petsies specializes in custom stuffed pet lookalikes, 100% handmade to look just like your own pet, down to the smallest of details. Each pet lookalike is made from premium polyester furs, specialty noses and eyes, and carefully finished with airbrushing to replicate all the little things that makes your pet unique.

Petsies can make a keepsake plush of any pet, from dogs and cats to horses and rats. They come in three sizes (10 inches, 16 inches, and 24 inches), and you can even add a voice recorder upgrade or a memory pouch for ashes or other personal items.

The creation process is surprisingly easy. All you have to do is upload photos of your pet and the Petsies team does the rest. They will even send you email updates during the design and sewing process.

I sent in seven photos of Kallie from various angles and left it to Petsies to work their magic. When the box finally arrived and we opened it up to meet our Petsie plush for the first time, it was a very bittersweet and emotional moment.

There were definitely a few tears shed, and many hugs given.

Petsies did an incredible job capturing Kallie’s smile, her distinctive colouring, the feathery hair on the back of each leg, and her curly, fluffy tail.

Since then, my girls have been taking turns sleeping with their Kallie lookalike every night. Thank you so much, Petsies, for giving us this chance to hug Kallie again!

Each plush is handmade so the process takes 6-8 weeks. I promise you it’s 100% worth the wait! At this point the best way to give your loved one a custom pet lookalike for the holidays is with a gift card. You can either print out a PDF gift card or have Petsies mail them a physical card. Your recipient can then send in photos whenever they’re ready (gift cards never expire).

I can’t recommend Petsies highly enough. You should probably check out the entire site because they also carry a huge range of custom items featuring your pet’s sweet face, including adorable custom felted ornaments, pillows, keychains, and even custom printed socks.

Don’t forget to connect with Petsies on Facebook or Instagram where there are so many more photos of pets and their mini me plushies!

Disclosure: I received sample items to facilitate this post. All opinions expressed are completely honest and my own, based on my personal experience. Your experience may differ.

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