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Cattoos: How This Tattoo Artist Helps to Immortalize Beloved Pets

Betty Rose is a "cattoo" artist—a cattoo being a tattoo of a cat. The first cattoo she made is on her husband's leg, and since that piece she's gone from making cattoos sporadically to doing them on a weekly basis. Rose knows how important memorializing pets means to her clients—she did it with Patches, her childhood cat. Shot by Emily Sheskin, this short film is part of the Sidekick Series, a short web-doc series dedicated to adopted pets and those who adopt them.

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