Dear Elly & Jackie,
When I was reminiscing with Marmalade before they put him to sleep, in the little, side examination room, about all of our adventures together the past 3 years, (although he couldn't hear me that well as he was almost completely deaf), he was staring at me the entire time, which he never did, with his one good eye. And I tried to appear calm and happy for him. I had prayed not to cry in front of him that evening, as he did not like the Animal Hospital at all, and I didn't want him frightened even more, and I was able to hold it together, thank God.
Towards the end I joked with him that I was going to take some of his hair and "Have 100 clones of him made!" I think he would have gotten a kick out of that joke. Lol. As he was so silly sometimes, like all of our beloved's.
Funny you mention clones and love your story, btw. I would have a clone of Bubby if I could, although I know it would not be “OG Bubby”. The brain is dangerous.
The grievance counselor mentioned Cuddle Clones. They’re stuffed animals made to look like your pet. She said a lot of people in her support groups have done this. She was a bit weary before bringing it up since some people may find it odd but she said it helps people like me who are having issues of their fur babies not physically being here.
Anyways here’s the link. A tad pricey but some are done really well.