I apologize in advance to anyone who thinks I should be posting this in the Taxidermy section. I can't post services I offer there, as I am not a forum sponsor of that section and I don't think the forum sponsor there would be too happy with me, if I did. LOL! As sponsors we do pay a fair amount to 'advertise'. So, you will just have to 'bear' with me. hahaha pun intended.
At any rate, how many of you have seen mounts that were damaged by pets, kids, accidents, neglect, or overall age of the mount?
I have repaired and reconditioned many mounts - broken ears, chewed on feet, broken legs, etc etc. Many mounts that have been damaged can be restored, sometimes they can't, and sometimes it is just better to do a remount or re-felt (esp if the mount is very old or very poor quality).
here is an example of a bear rug I repaired a while ago whose nose was handily chewed off by a dog. Yikes. I mean to tell you, when I first looked at it, I thought oh boy, this is going to be a fun challenge! (It was )
Please note, however...THIS RUG WAS NOT ORIGINALLY MOUNTED BY ME. IT IS NOT MY WORK! I would NEVER let a mount leave my shop looking like this one. EVER. I was happy to give him a nose job and a correct paint job however (in this case the nose had to be replaced with an artificial nose).
Oh, and a word of advice - PLEASE DO NOT SCARE or TEASE your pets with your new mount! And if you have young dogs - PLEASE do NOT leave them UNATTENDED in a room with taxidermy (better yet, any dog who might have anxiety or such type behaviors). Or you might end up with the same or similar problems.