This Company Makes Stuffed Animal Versions of Your Pet and Is Mandy Moore-Approved

published Jan 27, 2021
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Actress Mandy Moore has been keeping fans up to date on her nesting process as she readies herself and her home for the arrival of her first child. In doing so, Moore shared a photo of an incredibly lifelike plush toy from Cuddle Clones that looks so real, everyone in the comments said they had to do a double-take.

“This was by far my fav gift over the holidays—something that [husband Taylor Goldsmith] had made,” Moore wrote in the caption of her January 21 Instagram post. “It’s a little stuffed animal version of my beloved Joni so that our son will still know her, even though they never got to meet.”

Moore and Goldsmith lost their 13-year-old pup Joni in November 2020. Goldsmith wrote in an Instagram post announcing Joni’s passing, “She was also our house’s welcome committee. Didn’t matter if you were Griff or the window washer, she treated you like her long lost friend she hasn’t seen in years.”

To commemorate Joni, Goldsmith enlisted the help of Cuddle Clones, a company that creates lifelike plush toys that look like literal clones of pets of all shapes and sizes. 

“Ohhh my god!! I thought you got a new puppy!! SO REAL!” one person commented on Moore’s post. Margo Price added, “legit thought it was real,” to which Moore replied, “right? Even our other dog was confused….”

Cuddle Clone asks you to upload a handful of clear photos of your pet as well as describe the characteristics that make them unique, from freckles and spots to floppy ears and wonky tails. Each purchase of a handmade Cuddle Clone ($249) feeds about 20 shelter pets, according to Cuddle Clone’s donation clause.