Had a guy approach me about mounting his pet pitbull ("Lock Jaw"). At the time my workload was running thin so I accepted the project, more or less, as a learning opportunity. I've mounted many lifesize animals so how hard could a pet be? Well, to my suprise this dog was the EASIEST mount I've ever done. Took a total of around 14 working hours and was paid $2200. I self tanned (Lutan F) and made manikin. The skin was VERY fatty, but shaved nicely. Surprisingly, the skin was very tough and had very few holes to sew. I molded the head using bondo and cast with rigid foam. Cleaned up the cast a little and clayed before mounting. The body was made with blue foam and sealed with plaster. Legs were reinforced with rod and body has an 2 x 4 running the length. Changed pose to have leg underneath body and rotated to balance pose. And here is the finished piece. I made a cheap base with woodburned name plate because I felt guilty how easy everything went together. The dog was initially supposed to lay on the blue blanket the guy provided. Now you may ask why this is my first and last pet project if it went together so easy? Well, the whole thing was creepy to me. From skinning to seeing the finished mount laying in the base. I had to keep it covered so my daughter wouldn't see it. There is a demand for pet taxidermy so if you aren't easily creeped out then I say go for it!!