PetStraps: Pet Companion Love Lives On… Your Wrist

PetStraps: Pet Companion Love Lives On… Your Wrist

PetStraps: Pet Companion Love Lives On... Your Wrist   luxury items

PetStraps is here to ease the grief of a lost loved one. This revolutionary new concept re-purposes retired pets for eternal life on your wrist. Petting his PetStraps watch strap with a familiar fondness and with a tear running down his face, the company's founder tells us how he started the company after the unfortunate loss of his best rodent friend.

"I thought he was sleeping, but after he didn't respond to me shaking his cage, I knew something was wrong." Three years and eight months just wasn't enough time with Yellow Belly, my gerbil. I had wanted our love to last forever, I didn't know what to do. I called up a taxidermist nearby and brought the body to him. Unfortunately, I hadn't preserved Yellow Belly properly and only the gerbil pelt could be saved. "I used to spend hours brushing his golden orange fur." With eyes full of tears, the PetStraps founder happened to have glanced down at the watch on his wrist. "What was I going to do with a tiny gerbil pelt?" I thought about asking the taxidermist to tan the pelt so I could use it as some type of little pouch for my watch. Then it dawned on me, could this be a watch strap? The taxidermist was hesitant at first. The idea seemed macabre to him. I then proceeded to remind him exactly what it was he did for a living and he sobered up. He said to give him a week, and then come back. I'd have to supply the buckle parts though."

PetStraps: Pet Companion Love Lives On... Your Wrist   luxury items

The PetStraps founder explains how after looking at buckles and strap parts he realized that this might be a good business opportunity. People lose beloved pets all the time and aside from a hard stuffed pooch or a bronze bust of your cat - how can you really enjoy your pet after their passing? On your wrist it seemed. That or an expensive commissioned piece of art work. The founder explains his disappointment after spending thousands of dollars on a custom oil painting of Yellow Belly in a general's uniform riding a pony. "It seemed like a good idea at the time, but the result just wasn't regal enough." That was not how I wanted to remember the little guy. He was always less silly than that. Instead, I wanted to attach him to my high-end wrist watch.

PetStraps: Pet Companion Love Lives On... Your Wrist   luxury items

"Yellow Belly was the first project, and soon after, more came". I needed to get the word out about PetStraps and get the business going. To promote my business, I spent a lot of time at local veterinary offices. "I would look for people who were crying and assume they had just lost a friend like Yellow Belly." With him on my wrist, I felt like I could do anything. The challenging situation happened after a large man with a beard showed up crying after the vet walked him into the waiting room, patting him on the back. He just sat down like he didn't know where to go so I started to talk with him about my watch. The topic seemed strange to this recently pet-bereaved gentelman but he was probably happy to get his mind off of what had just happened. I learned that his roommate Yappers had died after they had spent more than thirty years together. I didn't realize it until later, but Yappers was a parrot. That was a challenge because I never thought of PetStraps as being made out of anything other than fur. Yappers was the first feathered strap and since then we have made PetStraps with everything from turtle leather to fish scales."

PetStraps: Pet Companion Love Lives On... Your Wrist   luxury items

PetStraps uses the highest quality parts and processes to ensure that your beloved PetStrap satisfies you completely. Most straps have an Italian leather or rubber liner on which the dead pet parts are glued. Everything is hand-made and each customer gets a personal guarantee that their passed-on pet gets treated with respect and dignity as they are transformed into wrist wear.

To protect animals, PetStraps has adopted a special policy of requiring owners to submit pictures of them with their pets (while they were still alive). We didn't want people poaching animals just to get a strap made. There was a customer who said they lived in suburban Kansas who wanted a PetStrap made. When I found out the pet was an African elephant I figured there might be a problem. Especially, since it was being shipped from Africa. What really raised a flag was the request to have us engrave a buckle out of "fresh ivory. I just had a bad feeling about that one and we ended up having to ship the elephant back to sub-Saharan Africa. UPS really didn't like us that day."

PetStraps: Pet Companion Love Lives On... Your Wrist   luxury items

Each PetStraps strap comes with a well-documented photo album showing pictures of how each individual animal body becomes a useful watch accessory. These albums are titled "Journey into the Afterlife" and begin with the owner's picture of themselves with their pet. "Since this is not an inexpensive memorial, we want people to be fully involved with the process," says the PetStraps founder. It doesn't surprise him when these special albums routinely bring customers to tears and often a loss of appetite. "Healing is healthy," he adds as he nods his head up and down.

PetStraps: Pet Companion Love Lives On... Your Wrist   luxury items

How can you enjoy a PetStraps watch strap? The process is fun and easy. If you anticipate the passing of a family member (non-human preferably), PetStraps will arrange for a courier to be on notice 24 hours a day in your area. You'll be given a special number to call after the final moments to arrange for immediate pick up. If the passing is unexpected, you can ship the pet to PetStraps overnight in a foam cooler with ice packs. PetStraps highly recommends placing a notice on the side of the cooler indicating that the "contents do not include human organs." That will certainly prevent delays in delivery. After a few weeks (depending on the strap and pet), you'll get a package in the mail that you'll love more than the new animal you purchased to replace the old one. "Strap Everlasting" is their motto.

Happy April Fools' day 2012.

20 comments
waetherman
waetherman

Just stumbled on this story going over the archives - and you had me there for a second too! I almost had to remove the Lum Tec M16 from my own wrist just because the picture made me feel so queasy!

rhythmichael
rhythmichael

So, does the watch with the turtle strap run a little slow......? Ha!

MID
MID

Can I do this with Uncle Morrie?

r_s_g
r_s_g

Well played sir

rhythmichael
rhythmichael

I feel bad....I now want a turtle strap! That strap and watch look great! Anyone know where I can get faux turtle?

nateb123
nateb123

Is it bad that I want a turtle skin strap now?  That looks AMAZING

jf81
jf81

Does anyone know what kind of watch the last one is? The one with the dog strap ;) funny stuff!

JoeWelke
JoeWelke

*Tips hat to Ariel* Good idea, written with humor. Happy April Fools'!

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

Funny, but I could see this actually happening in the US.  You can already crush the ashes of a loved-one into some sort of gem stone and i'm sure there are other services available.  Nothing is too tacky for our brothers across the sea ^_^.  Would sell like hotcakes in LV.

johnro6659
johnro6659

Funny but truthfully it wouldn't have surprised me if it was for real.

pat I
pat I

Good one! Sad it's a joke though. I would have loved to convert my mother-in-law to a jockstrap.

falzo1234
falzo1234

Just Awesome!!!!!! Love it!!! Happy Fool's Day

awundrin
awundrin

Ha ha....had me there for a minute!

mikehewitson
mikehewitson

@mrmanc @john_oldfield Perhaps when they're dead.

Niels
Niels

 @jf81 Looks like an Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra XXL Small seconds ;) (without the branding for legal purposes)

admin
admin

That really made me laugh Pat.

KenL
KenL

 @Niels And it happens to be my photo....

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