As many of you know, we suddenly lost Akiva on April 4th 2016. We decided to have Akiva preserved by having him freeze dried. This is an extended process that takes a minimum of 4 to 6 months, once space in available. He has been out with the person who is preserving him since late April. The man working on him prepared him for freeze drying today and these are the pictures he sent.
It will take another 4 to 6 months from when he goes into the machine, which should be within a couple weeks now. We feel like he did an excellent job. He is going to adjust his head slightly, just moving it a bit lower, but otherwise this is how he will look.