Frequently Asked Questions
What's so special about Original Sock Dogs' pet replicas?
Your pet's personality is what makes them so amazing. I don't simply look at a photo and make a stuffed animal that has the same spots or shape. I really focus on the look in their eyes, their joyful (or goofy) expression, the magical spark that just makes them who they are! There are other pet replicas out there, but they often come across as empty-eyed and lifeless. As an artist, I strive to create something that will always make you smile and feel like your buddy is right there in the room with you.
Do you make animals other than dogs?
Sure do! Cats, bunnies, horses--I've even made a goat or two! If you have a pet you would like to be "sockified", go ahead and place your order!
How are Original Sock Dogs made?
YOU are a big part of the process! Your email, with details about your pet, is so important. I love hearing your stories; the funny quirks about your pet, your favorite features, and what your relationship is like. Then, using your photos, I carefully gather the right materials and begin working on your custom plush. You have input all along the way, and I will happily share my progress with you!
How big are custom Original Sock dogs?
Most measure from about 12-15" from head to bottom of paws. Perfect for holding, cuddling and showing off!
How big are custom Mini Pets?
Minis are about 2 and a half inches tall. They are "palm-sized" pets!
How do I do this custom ordering thing?It's super easy...really! Purchase the custom item you would like, then email photos of your pet, along with the info requested for that item, to email@example.com. I will get back to you within 24 hours of your purchase.
How much does a custom Original Sock Dog cost?
$210 for a short haired pet, and $260 for a long or curly haired pet. A very reasonable price for a truly handmade, one-of-a-kind custom art piece. A great deal of time, love and care is put into each custom, and I am available to you via email, messenger or text (see Contact Page) throughout the process.
How much are the custom Mini Pets?
The exquisitely detailed, fully posable minis are $125 each.
Do you ship internationally?
Yes! Original Sock Dogs and Mini Pets have found homes all around the world! I love sending them off to places I've never been (but hope to go, one day)!
Do you offer discounts?
If you Join the Pack, you will receive 20% off your first custom order, get exclusive coupons and an early heads up when new products are available.
Will I get to see the custom before you ship it?
Yes! I will email you with a number of photos of your custom before shipping it, to make sure you are happy with it!
Remember, I work directly from YOUR photos and information, so be sure that what you are sending me is carefully selected. One round of "tweaks" is included in the price. A complete redo would be considered a new order and priced accordingly.
What's your return policy?
Once the custom is OK'd by you via email, I consider it approved. If you receive it and are not satisfied, I will work with you to determine next steps. Please remember that a great deal of time goes into each custom and I work very hard to make sure you are happy before sending it to you. Your happiness with my work is very important to me!
Can I send you my pet's ashes or a tuft of fur to include inside the stuffed replica?
Yes. I am happy to incorporate these precious things into your custom. Ashes must be sent in a small, sealed container, and fur tufts can simply be placed in a sealed plastic bag. I will sew a special soft fabric pouch and gently place it inside the stuffing. All materials you send to be included are handled with the utmost care and respect. You can mail them to me at the address below.
Can I mail my photos to you instead of emailing?
Absolutely! You can send them to:
Original Sock Dogs
PO Box 861201
Shawnee, KS 66286-1201
Photos will be returned to you with your custom plush.
Why is there wait time for these?
Because Original Sock Dogs is truly just me and each custom really is handmade, there's a little more wait time than you'd experience with an "assembly line" type company. The good news is that your custom gets my full attention, is crafted with care and a special focus on detail. You can also email me anytime with questions or thoughts about your order and I will get back to you quickly!
I'm a mom of two human kids, three dogs, two cats and various other critters, as well as a frequent pet foster mom.
I understand the love you have for your pet and how important it is that the replica you order does them justice. I know sometimes it's the littlest things--a tiny spot on your dog's tongue, a unique stripe on your cat's back or that certain look in their eyes--that makes them even more adorable and special to you. It's my job to capture those things. Just like you, your pet is an individual, and I want their plush to be uniquely them.
OK, but I really want my order now. Can you do it now?
In addition to Normal Delivery (5-7 weeks to completion) I also offer a Rush (2-3 weeks to completion) option. You can select this option when ordering.
Do you really donate $10 of every custom order to a rescue group?
YES! This is so important to me--I am a longtime shelter volunteer, and mom to five rescue pets myself. I support Unleashed Pet Rescue in Mission, Kansas and donate at least $10 of each custom sale to help them pull animals out of Kansas City Animal Control and other high-kill facilities, and chip in to pay medical costs for dogs with heartworm and other serious conditions. Visit their web site. (Tell them Original Sock Dogs sent you!)
If I have a different rescue group that I'd like to direct the donation to, is that possible?
YES again! If you want the $10 to go to a rescue of your choosing, just let me know after you make your purchase and I will see that they get it! I'm happy to send you the donation receipt.
My rescue group is having a fundraiser. Would you be willing to donate something to us?
If you can provide me with some credible proof that you are part of the organization, I will consider it! I donate to animal rescue groups on a regular basis for things like silent auctions and fundraising events, and I'm happy to do it when I can. That said, I usually receive several requests per week, so I can't accept every invitation.
My child has a drawing that I would like turned into a stuffed animal. Can you do this?
My focus is truly on making replicas of actual pets. While I am always open to seeing an original character you would like turned into a plush doll, I may or may not be able to take on your request.
My company would like to order a large quantity of plush designed after our mascot. Is this something you can do?
At present, Original Sock Dogs is a one-person show, and I am not set up to produce plush in large quantities. Portrait pendants are available in larger quantities, however.
Just send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org), text me at (913) 562-1307 or use the Chat Box to the right. I'm happy to help!