Four Paws Up For This Pawsome Experience


A few weeks ago we did something really fabulous with our little Thornton. We had a private session at LifeCast Studios and created a special moment in time. Thornton only knew that she had us all to herself, a special day being the only dog.

I love me some breakfast

To start the day, Thornton and Jim went for a three-mile run, had breakfast, and then off we went to VANR Radio Station where she got to be my co-host on Vegas Rock Dog Radio.

Is my mic on?

She was a well-behaved and cute co-host.

It’s tiring be a celeb-dog

At times, Thornton fell asleep because being a celebridog can tire a girl out.


LifeCast Studios




After the show, we headed off to LifeCast Studios here in Las Vegas.






The studio offers to cast a special “moment in time” that takes shape in many creative ways.

Jasmine Trias and Ben Stone ~ Heart




Baby feet

Our moment in time was when Thornton and I cast my hand holding her paw. Now I know what you’re thinking, how on earth did they do that? Dogs are jiggly and wiggly and decide on their own whether they want to do something, or not. Well, when it came to deciding who should do the cast, we had to consider which one of our dogs would be most comfortable in a new place; with new people; and doing something very different from normal dog life. Believe it or not, Thornton, our Parsons Jack Russell, was the best fit. Yes, the Parsons Jack Russell earned that place! You see, it’s important to always decide if your dog is going to be comfortable in a new situation, whether it’s going to a pet event;  travelling by plane; or in our case, having a paw and hand cast.


German Shepherd Paw In Hand
German Shepherd Paw In Hand
German Shepherd Paw In Hand
German Shepherd Paw In Hand


Ian Herrington and Amanda Deacon

Ian Herrington and Amanda Deacon, owners of LifeCast Studios, made us all feel at home. The studio is gorgeous and Ian and Amanda are simply the friendliest of people. Thornton was happy and comfortable and liked them a lot.

After a few minutes of Thornton getting used to the studio, we had a mini rehearsal walking through the positioning for our casting and ensuring optimum hand-paw placement. It was so helpful because once the hand-paw is dunked into the goo there is little room for adjustment.

I prepared a tasty treat just for this day: frozen peanut butter on a spoon. Wouldn’t you be happy and sit still if there was peanut butter in front of your nose, I would?

We were slathered in hand cream to aid in the release from the alginate.

Hypo allergenic, non-toxic, seaweed based alginate
Hypoallergenic, non-toxic, seaweed based alginate





Amanda mixed up the alginate in a bucket and then we submerged the hand-paw combo into the goo.




Peanut butter...yum, yum, yum
Peanut butter…yum, yum, yum

The plunge was a synchronized four-minute dance. Jim sat on a chair holding Thornton. He strategically allowed her to lick the peanut butter as Amanda held the bucket, guiding us in the correct position. I held her paw while Periscope watched. Ian filmed and photographed..whew!

So you ask, how did it go? It went swimmingly well. Thornton was such a good girl thanks to a relaxed fun atmosphere and peanut butter.

We truly had a lovely time.  It was a fun and unique way to create a moment in time that we will cherish forever.

Thornton and Sam’s casting with a bronze paint finish.

A few days later we picked up our cast after it had been brushed with bronze paint. To say we were thrilled would be an understatement. It was an experience that we will never forget. We have this tangible item to represent our wonderful experience.

After sharing my experience with many pet owners who I know, I was asked a lot of questions. One of them was, “Is the plaster hard to get off”? The medium used to make the mold is not plaster, it’s a non-toxic, organic alginate. You are familiar with this stuff if you ever had an impression mold procedure at the dentist.  This is what becomes your mold after it sets. It’s after this stage that plaster is poured into the mold and left for a few days to cure.

The tips I would like to offer you when going for a casting are:

  • Only take your dog for a casting if they are comfortable in a new environment, meeting new people, and can remain calm for a few minutes for the mold setting.
  • Take your dog for a walk prior to the casting.
  • Bring your spouse, partner, or a friend to assist you.
  • Take your dog to the bathroom before entering the studio.
  • Bring poop bags and wipes in case of a bathroom accident.
  • Bring frozen peanut butter on a spoon or two (xylitol-free).
  • Bring treats as a backup.
  • Praise your dog through the process.
  • Enjoy yourself while creating your unique memory.

The photos below show-off our casting that is now taking pride of place in our home. We love it! The details are incredible and display our special moment in time perfectly.My best friend

My best friend

My best friend

LifeCast Studios are known for their creativity. If you have something unique in mind for your casting, contact Ian and Amanda. They will be more than happy to work with you.

LifeCast Studios


A Moment In Time



  21 comments for “Four Paws Up For This Pawsome Experience

  1. October 8, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Wowza – that is so danged cool! What a beautiful forever gift; and we can’t imagine anything else so meaningful as a treasured keepsake. Your blog posting makes clear da process and helps readers select da right type of critter to take in order to have a relaxed and wonderful experience. So pawesome – thanks for sharing with us!

    • October 8, 2015 at 5:21 pm

      We had a brill time. In the post is a pic of a huge German Shepherd paw. They said the peanut butter worked wonderfully with him also…lol.

  2. October 8, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    That turned out really well! What a wonderful keepsake!

    • October 8, 2015 at 5:19 pm

      The detail is insane. I’m glad I painted my nails otherwise the chips would have shown. Mind you Ian does the refining work after and he said he can give a manicure to your nails after the casting. Now that is service.

  3. Amy
    October 8, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    What a great idea! Although, I still think I was the great guest ever on your show 🙂

    • October 8, 2015 at 5:17 pm

      You were the greatest ever! I’m going to put it out again for replay, more people need to know about the Great Amy T!

  4. Maureen
    October 8, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    That is a wonderful gift or keepsake. Thanks for sharing the idea. I wonder if there is a place in Denver that does something like this? I’ll have to check it out!

    • October 8, 2015 at 5:16 pm

      It really is lovely. Life cast or castings is a common search term for this type of service.

  5. October 8, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    That’s lovely! I think I’d like one of Mr. N high fiving me.

  6. October 8, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    OMD, how beautiful is that. What a wonderful remembrance for years to come, actually forever. They did a beautiful job. Thornton seemed very well behaved, even getting his paw placed in gooey stuff.

  7. October 8, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    Wow! This is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. I have to do this. It makes me tear up thinking about it. Thanks for sharing. What a great experience.

  8. October 9, 2015 at 2:46 am

    That’s amazing. I know Truffle nor Brulee would be able to handle the environment or having that done to their paw.

    • October 9, 2015 at 6:24 am

      I’ve not seen it done with cats as yet. What would they eat instead of peanut butter? Frozen fish…lol.

    • October 9, 2015 at 6:28 am

      Cats would definitely be a different kind of experience. What would they eat instead of frozen peanut butter?

  9. October 9, 2015 at 4:25 am

    I had no idea this existed and I love it – it’s so sweet and better than clay paw prints — although that’s special too – this is awesome. Thanks so much for sharing your story.

  10. October 9, 2015 at 6:17 am

    What a fantastic job…what a good dog being so patient! This is a wonderful keepsake, thanks for introducing Life Cast Studios!

  11. October 9, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Oh wow, this is really cool. It turned out really nice. This is a precious keepsake.

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