In the scheme of things, your dog's puppy hood is fleeting. It's crazy to me that my first puppy, Kitsune, is already 7 years old. Fenrir is only 9 months old, actually still a puppy, but I often find myself wondering where the last 7 months have gone. Teething is a rite of passage all puppies must go through. I fully admit to being a bit sentimental when it comes to my dogs. I saved puppy teeth from both my dogs.
I actually only found one of Kit's puppy teeth when he was teething - a canine tooth. Most puppy teeth end up either being swallowed by your dog, or lost in your dog's environment. I was lucky to be able to save four of Fen's teeth, two molars, an incisor, and a canine tooth, all of which Fen trotted over and spit out at my feet.
But what do you do with puppy teeth once you find them?
Most people probably just throw them out, or tuck them away somewhere safe, in a jewelry or memory box perhaps, as an oddity to look at every now and then. I did something a bit different. I have a shadow box where I display paw and nose molds that I took from Kit. I wanted to include his puppy teeth, but in a way that would also keep the teeth from getting lost since they are so small. This is what I came up with...
The little bottle on the top/middle holds Kit's puppy tooth. I also included some little red beads and his name written on a piece of rice. Before sealing the bottle, I filled it with mineral oil. The clear oil helps to magnify the stuff inside the bottle, and it protects the fragile tooth from hitting the side of the bottle too hard if the display is jarred.
Fenrir finished teething a couple of months ago. I liked what I did with Kit's tooth so much that I decided to do the same with Fen's.
If you are interested in preserving your puppy's teeth the same way, here's what you will need:
- Super Glue: Used to seal your bottle. This isn't necessary, but I use it for added security. I like this brand, but any type of glue should work.
- Mineral Oil: Any brand is fine, as long as it's clear. I just bought this at our local pharmacy. You only need a small amount. Other clear oils, such as baby oil, may work too, but I only have personal experience using mineral oil.
- Glass Bottle: What bottle you use is up to you. I prefer small bottles since the puppy teeth I'm putting inside are small. They'd look lost inside a big bottle! You should be able to buy tiny glass bottles at your local craft store. They are usually sold for creating crafts/jewelry. I got mine off Amazon. Online they are often sold in bulk, but even so usually aren't very expensive.
- Additional Items: You don't need to add anything extra, but I like too. I added Fen's name written on a piece of rice, and some tiny decorative glitter pieces.
- Puppy Teeth: Don't forget these!
Once you have all your supplies the rest is easy! Make sure your teeth are clean and dry, then put them and any addition items you want inside the bottle. Next add the mineral oil. Don't worry if you get oil on the outside of the bottle. It can be hard to pour stuff into those tiny bottles, plus you can just clean it up when you're done. If you'd like, put a small amount of super glue around the outside of your bottle's cork, then cork up your bottle.
That's it! Now you have an adorable keepsake that will help you always remember the days when your puppy was sinking those little needle like baby teeth into your hands and feet!
If anyone tries this for themselves I'd love to hear how it went! Better yet, head on over to our Facebook page and share a picture of your puppy tooth creation!