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What's the Story?

It's all about you and your pet.

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Your dog was your baby and your soul mate.
Without him, you feel like there’s a missing piece in your life.
Your best friend just lost her beloved cat.
You want to reach out in an extra special way, and help comfort her.
Your daughter is heading to college in the fall and is going to miss
her best furry friend so much. You want to give her a piece of home to take with her.


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So what do you do?

Original Sock Pets and Mini Pets are one-of-a-kind custom teddy-bear-style stuffed animals that not only look like your pet, but artfully and masterfully capture their personality as well. They are a delightfully detailed keepsake you can hold and hug!  

Cartoon and pendant portraits are drawn based on YOUR ideas, so have fun with it! No "one form fits all" here. All of the items in the shop are meant to provide you with fun ways to express your love for your unique fur kids.

And each and every purchase from Original Sock Dogs means a donation to Unleashed Pet Rescue, a no-kill shelter in Mission, Kansas. (Read more about Unleashed below.) The special tag that comes with your custom item notes this donation, making your purchases and gifts even more meaningful.

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Ordering is Easy (and fun)!

Who doesn't like to talk about their pet? And I'm here to listen.

Hearing stories about your fur kids and collaborating with you to create your custom pet artwork is the best thing ever. I will work one-on-one with you through email, text and/or chat to make sure you get a charming, full-of-life plush replica, custom portrait or pendant of your pet.  

You can share as much info about your pet and as many photos as you like. The more I have to work with, the closer I can get to capturing the unique character of your pet. If you would like to talk with me directly, just text or call me at 913-562-1307. I'd love to hear from you and I'm very quick to respond!


Artist Stacey Hsu, creator of Original Sock Dogs

About the Artist

I'm Stacey Hsu, and I’ve been making custom plush pets since 2005. Between the experiences I’ve had working for companies like Disney and Hallmark, along with a lifelong passion for character design and love for animals of all kinds, I’ve developed a special process for capturing your pet like no one else can.

Original Sock Dogs began when I created two stuffed dogs from yes, socks, for a shelter fundraiser. After seeing the joyful reaction to them at the event, I decided to keep sewing, keep creating more characters and keep donating back to my local rescues.

Eventually, I had so many requests for custom pieces that I focused my attention on plush lookalikes! I get “pet people”. I’m one myself--with three rescue mutts, three rescue cats and a revolving door of foster animals. (And two human kids, too.)

The love you have for your pet and the grief that comes from losing them is profound. You treasure each moment and memory you have with them. Share those memories and photos with me, and you will receive a keepsake unlike (and better than) any other available. I'll make sure of it!

About the Shelter

A percentage of each and every sale from Original Sock Dogs is donated directly to Unleashed Pet Rescue in Mission, Kansas. They truly are the little shelter that could. UPR is a licensed, non-profit animal shelter that works to save the lives of homeless pets and strives to improve the image of bully breeds in society.

They also work daily with high kill shelters in the Kansas City area to pull “unwanted” pets to safety. 

Like a lot of small shelters, they rely on fosters, adopters and donations to make it all happen! 

The Inspiration

I met this sweet stray girl while in Taiwan with my husband in 2004. My heart ached for her...it was such a helpless feeling not to be able to do more than buy her a warm meal from a street vendor. When I returned to the States I vowed to do more to help the animals in my own city, in her honor.

The real life inspiration behind Original Sock Dogs, a stray dog in Taiwan

I started volunteering at my local shelter, and created the first two Original Sock Dogs for their annual fundraiser. A portion of every custom Original Sock Dog sale has been and will continue to be donated to animal rescue groups in her memory.

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