SLATER, Mo. - Anthony Eddy grew up on a farm, so putting down an animal is no big deal. Even the family pet.
His customers are a different story. Pet lovers across the country count on the Saline County taxidermist to faithfully preserve Brutus and Fluffy for posterity. At Eddy's wildlife studio in a downtown Slater storefront, departed pets of all persuasions spend up to one year in freeze-dried containers before they are painstakingly preserved and returned to their owners.
Eddy says his business is one of the few to specialize in pet taxidermy and has a two-month waiting list.
He originally used the freeze-dry technique to preserve mounted turkey heads for hunters before realizing it could also work with household pets.