We have all had that stressful day at the office where we couldn’t wait to get home and snuggle our pet. But what if you couldn’t get home for a quality cuddle session? Cuddle Clones is in the business of offering us the next best thing: a stuffed version of our pet. Founded by Jennifer Graham, Cuddle Clones’ vision is simple – to capture the emotional connection between people and their pets through their customized stuffed animals.
The ordering process is simple. First you upload a few pictures of your pet to the website. Just one photo will do, but the more you provide, the more details will be captured in your clone. You can send photos from every angle if you want. The second step is to choose the custom settings, such as tail carriage, eye color and ear positioning (right and left). Then you simply check out and your stuffed replica will arrive on your doorstep in eight to ten weeks. If you know someone who would love a cuddle clone for the holidays, you have until October 15 to place your order.
Jennifer Graham decided to make her dream a reality when her dog got sick. There are many stories on the website describing cases of people having their cuddle clone when their pet passed away. Another great reason to have this clone is for the children. My first thought when looking at the website was this was so much more than a toy. I immediately imagined children’s wards in hospitals and how lonely those children must be at night.
I told my longtime friend and colleague, Melissa Brown, about the Cuddle Clones and she echoed my sentiments. “Growing up with Cystic Fibrosis, I had frequent and long stays in the hospital,” she remembered. “At home I had a dog named Tiny, and he was more than just a dog – he was my best friend. Being able to have a cuddle clone of Tiny would have made the stays easier and been therapeutic.”
Whatever the reason may be, the idea of the cuddle clone is truly special. It’s a way to feel the love of your pet when they can’t be there. And it’s a purchase you can feel good about not only for the snuggle benefits, but because they give back a portion of the proceeds to pet-related causes. That way, we all get to cuddle a wonderful animal – stuffed or otherwise!
For more information and to order, visit the Cuddle Clones’ website.
Rachel Leavy lives in Rochester, New York with her dog, Maria, and her gecko, Nigel. She has loved animals all her life, and has owned her own dog training and walking company for five years. When she’s not playing with puppies, she can usually be found writing short stories, riding horses or out at a play.