Having a Dog ashes tattoo has been in the headlines lately. Here at Bubblegum ink ®, it’s us that have been making the headlines.
We had the great honor to tattoo the ashes of Treo the Hero dog into Dave Heyhoe, his handler and super hero. An ultimate dog ashes tattoo memorial.
Here at Bubblegum ink ®, we have known Dave Heyhoe personally, both as a client and as a good friend, for many years. He returned from combat, war beaten and found solace with Treo, in his wife Rachel’s arms.
Treo, the black labrador, was awarded the highest honour medal for valour by the army for his exploits in Afghanistan, saving, with Dave, multiple lives.
Its All About Treo
He slowly fitted back into civvy Street and found the time and fortune to write a book about the exploits of him and Treo in war torn Afghanistan.
‘It’s all about Treo’, is a fantastic, brutally honest book, where you will be riding a wave of emotions.
The bond that Dave had with Treo was cellular, tighter than most families, so when he said that when the devastating day comes when Treo has to move on and protect people on the other side, then we would be honored to tattoo Treo’s ashes into him.
Treo and Dave were regular visitors to the shop and over time a great combo became good friends. So when Treo took ill, we re-approached the tattoo concept. It’s a hard discussion when you know that Treo passing would devastate Dave and family.
The Taliban tried everything conceivable to take out Dave and Treo, but old age holds a heavy hand and succeeded where the Taliban failed. Unfortunately Treo passed. Gutted. It’s with a heavy heart, I’ll keep writing. My dogs have played with Treo multiple times, whilst me and Dave have put the world to rights. If you’ve owned dogs then you’ll understand. There is bond so tight with your dog, where hearts are attached. Dave’s best friend has four legs and to see a good friend have no chance of stopping the inevitable is wrenching.
They both saved each other’s life’s as well as each other’s souls. To say I was honored to tattoo Dave was an understatement. We chose the place where Treo always was, both in play and in War. We got a print of Treo’s footprint from a copy Dave had given us and Dave brought the poem in.
The local paper came around on the day. A wooden box is just a wooden box. Until, it’s got the ashes of a recognized hero in, awarded the Dickens medal of honor for Valour. The start of the tattoo was a heavy time.
We infused the ashes with the tattoo ink using our unique technique and after 2 hrs, the tattoo was done. I actually believed Dave felt at ease for the first time since Treo passed. We did no more tattooing that day. Respect is an underwhelming emotion these days, but I have a great respect for Dave and Treo.
A good friend has shown the ultimate respect to his best friend.
Treo now has a dedicated statue in his honour placed in the war memorial gardens in Congleton, Cheshire. After fund raising enough to commission the bronze statue, Congleton council placed the memorial in pride of place in the gardens.
His Royal Highness Prince Charles came and helped Dave Heyhoe reveal the statue to the waiting public. He also highlighted, even to Prince Charles, his memorial tattoo that had his dog’s ashes.
If a dog ashes tattoo is for you, whether your respect is for a hero, a dog, cat, horse or a person, then don’t hesitate to contact Bubblegum Ink ®, we will treat your passed loved one with the respect that they deserve and you will come away with a tattoo, where your loved one will be with you always.
We now offer this service to you any where in the world. After years of experience in this bespoke field, we now have a website dedicated to the service of integrating your loved ones ashes into tattoo ink, for our international clients, or UK based clients who can not get to us in Cheshire. CREMATION INK
This way you can get the color range of your choice, with your loved ones ashes infused in them, so you can choose your own artist to get you ultimate memorial tattoo done.
For more details on dog ashes tattoos – go to: DOG ASHES INTO TATTOO INK
If you are based in the UK, then we can tattoo you with your loved ones ashes in a safe and sterile manner, within the comfort of our private dedicated tattoo studio, based in Sandbach, Cheshire, UK. For more details on our UK service, scroll to the bottom of the page and get in touch.