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Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Sep 30, 2011 - 05:21pm PT
Hey I'm curious about one thing Ron... do you get a lot of requests from folks to stuff their dearly departed pet dogs? I saw a good judge judy about a botched pet stuff and the weirdo woman had the lil pooch in her freezer AS EVIDENCE hahahaha.

Have you ever done a horse, like Trigger? (that sounds beastial! lol)


ps. just light hearted questions. While I am not the sort who would engage your services I really think your action poses like the cat with the, what is that, a chukar, anyway, I think those are really a step above most anything else I've seen

Sep 30, 2011 - 05:22pm PT

Is that the before or after shot of that croc?

Thanks for the thread. You have some very serious skills and talent.


Sep 30, 2011 - 05:34pm PT
You do Aliens too?

Credit: Gene

Trad climber
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Sep 30, 2011 - 05:36pm PT
Nope! Chuck Testa.

I think this guy has done more for bringing attention to the profession than anyone in a long while. He's an internet meme now.

Ron, make a Youtube video for your business as well sometime.
The user formerly known as stzzo

Social climber
Sep 30, 2011 - 06:01pm PT

Apparently I know nary about taxidermy.

The mtn lion didn't have a snarl on it's face when you got it, right? How does one shape a dead animal's face like that?

Nice work!

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Sep 30, 2011 - 06:04pm PT
In general, stuffed animals creep me out (I'm soft). A nightmare trip for me is to one of those Cabelas or Bass Pro Shops (or whatever store). STUFFED ANIMALS EVERYWHERE! I asked a clerk there why the human clothes were hung on fake humans instead of stuffed ones. Seems only fair to have taxidermied (sp?) people in there too.

They have NO sense of humor.

Though the stuff I've seen in the past has bugged me, your work is beautiful and the animals don't look even a tiny bit freaky. I can't even look at the Cougar - I have actual fear looking at it - VERY realistic and scary!

Sep 30, 2011 - 06:06pm PT
The whole premise is pretty conflicting to me, but that aside, that looks like nice work, Ron.

Sep 30, 2011 - 06:28pm PT
What a Pro!!!

Awesome Ron .......

Trad climber
Brea ca.
Sep 30, 2011 - 06:45pm PT
That is beautiful, and I'm sure painstaking work. I always get joy out of seeing people who can practice their art for a living, regardless of the medium they choose...thanks for sharing.

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Sep 30, 2011 - 07:01pm PT
Very good looking stuff, Ron.

The mountain lion, bobcat, and that african cat look alive!!! They're all good, but those struck me.

That reno airport scene kick ass too.

Trad climber
Ridgway, CO
Sep 30, 2011 - 07:13pm PT
Beautiful work Ron!

The repro rock shot is really amazing.

South of Black Rock City (CC,NV)
Sep 30, 2011 - 07:18pm PT
Is your shop in moundhouse. ?
Would like to see your stuff and talk climbing sometime soon. PM me

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Sep 30, 2011 - 07:31pm PT
Damn, Ron!

That Pine Marten is awesome!!!!

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Sep 30, 2011 - 07:40pm PT
Ya know, I got to thinking about this after looking at some of Ron's awesome life-like work, but I think there is some awesome educational value in these works.

Imagine these in a school setting. Gettng to examine awesome wild specimens up close without danger, and without looking at a dead animal corpse. Taxidermy is the best of both worlds for curious children who may never see these specimens.

They can actually sit an examine them, and study them.

I know some people hate seeing dead animals and don't agree with taxidermy, but think of the educational value, man!!!

Kids would totally dig it!!! And it doesn't really encourage killing animals.

Trad climber
30 mins. from suicide USA
Sep 30, 2011 - 08:07pm PT
Very cool.
What are some of the values $$ of the different animals once you have finished them ?

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Sep 30, 2011 - 08:16pm PT
Ron - I was worried my post would come across even a tiny bit negative and it was not intended to! Glad it wasn't. My thoughts were designed to demonstrate that I feel your work is spectacular! They are all beautiful animals and your worked has really preserved that.

Still won't look at the cougar though. It scares me! So real.

Questions if you don't mind. Who are your clients? Hunters? Museums? Cabelas? Do you think most have get an animal with this outcome in mind? I'm curious how the animals ends up with you.

How did you learn to do this? Is it a family thing? How long have you been at it? Did you always know you wanted to do this? I guess you had no family member try to feed you to the giant hairy boar mounted on the wall in the middle of the night (my family *does* have a sick sense of humor).

Thanks in advance! Interesting stuff.

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Sep 30, 2011 - 08:16pm PT
Ron: Thanks for sharing the great photos of the work you do.

I teased Heidi about having our 19 year old cat-son stuffed, after he died last spring. Told her I wanted the jaws to open and recorded meows to issue forth.

She wasn't amused.

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Sep 30, 2011 - 08:40pm PT
A parrot shop in Houston had all their deceased birds stuffed around the shop. There were a lot of them. Bleck!

What creeped me out most was that they were all super dusty from sitting on shelves. It seemed like they should have just wiped them off. Or maybe not? What's the proper care of something like that?


Sonoma County
Sep 30, 2011 - 08:58pm PT
very cool Ron.

I'm a wildlife biologist and can really appreciate your work.

blue - you're right, great educational purposes, not only for identification but also a respect and admiration for the animal.

if you're ever up in Humboldt County, go to the wildlife department at HSU and look around for a while.
Allen Hill

Social climber
Sep 30, 2011 - 09:02pm PT
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