Double Take, Take Two

Longtime Cuteologists will remember Amelia Santiago, crafter of “doppelganger dog sculptures.” Now she’s doubling down with a new set of photos of her latest lifelike (re)creations. You can see even more here and check out her website.



  1. mervtheflamingo says:

    OMG. Double the cuteness

  2. Now give us huge versions. That would be cuter.

    I think.

  3. Boxer: “Wut?”

  4. warrior rabbit says:

    Ha ha ha. Dog on the left in the second row is seriously all, “WTF?!!”

  5. Wait, why do I get the feeling I’m watching myself?

  6. OMG that last pick with the teddy bears I was all those two dogs have teddy bears then i realized the little dog was the astuffed copy.

  7. And already in the moderation Lounge… Sigh!

  8. LOL, Love the way the boxer is staring down its mini-doppleganger.
    Also love the inclusion of mini toys as well! Too cute!

  9. Oooh, ever since I saw her work a while ago, I’ve been dreaming of having her make little bunny twins for my little Pixie and Pallina. She is so talented.

    I particularly love the photos in the 3rd row. The pup on the left looks so happy and proud and the little twin peeking out over the back of the westie is hilarious.

  10. duquellatile says:

    These are just over the top CUTE!! Need to order one of my dog!

  11. That boxer’s face cracked up the first time this was posted, and it’s still funny in this post…

    I may have to get some of these for each of our cats. They’re awfully cute!

  12. I can’t believe this is just a small sampling of the dopplegangers on her website. Every big dog seems amazed or flabbergasted by its mini dog. Hilarious! Which one of my 2 dogs do I order first? I just need to commission both of them!

  13. PLUS: EIGHT NTMTOM hovertexts for the price of one!

  14. Hah! I love the matching toys that some of them have.

  15. Not That Mike The Other Mike says:

    That’s right — we buy in volume, and pass the savings on to you!

  16. skippymom says:

    That would be AWESOME.

  17. Poor boxie has a kind of “Can this hurt me?” look.

  18. Operators are standing by. 😀

  19. upinalather says:

    I love this so much!! She is crazy talented! I wish I had monies for mini-kitties!

  20. These are super adorabuhls. Though I have a feeling my dog (major destroyer of toys) would nom on his doppelganger. Which would be weird.

  21. skippymom says:

    If I order now, will you throw in the knife set?

  22. skippymom says:

    Would be AWESOME.

  23. says:

    Third row, dog on left, “OMGDOPPELGANGERS!!11!!” He or she looks so excited and proud, lol!

    Once again, thank goodness CO can make me feel better even after I get push back for trying to take a few vaca hours off of work for a needed doctor’s appt. Harsh man, harsh.

  24. You can almost see the “!?” over his head. My cat gets those all the time.

  25. warrior rabbit says:

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  26. WendyLady says:

    As adorbuhls as the hover texties are, the Yorkie should probably ready “Whoa! my mini Mini-me.” But gi-nourmous KUDOS to Amelia Santiago. Truly wonderful work on the mini’s.

  27. Er, make that “…cracks ME up…” Poor proofreading today.

  28. ElishaB. says:

    My thoughts exactly ……..she even does cats, rabbits, horses and pigs!!! OMGosh!!!

  29. JaneScayre says:

    Most of the dogs look really freaked out by their doppelgangers.

  30. cyberpunkrocker says:

    Of course… Please go and stand against the wall, so I can start throwing the knives.

  31. jlamusings says:

    I had one done by another artist of one of my kitties after he died a couple years ago. It’s a great art form for pet sculptures!

    It may sound odd, but I had some of my kitty’s fur (vet said some people like to have it to remember the pet & I figured why not?). The artist worked a little bit of into the sculpture for me. I thought I’d never be the crazy lady who would do something like that, but I love the little Fergus sculpture I have to remember him & I can even give him a little pet when I really miss him. Hmmm… guess that’s why I haven’t commissioned another one for his “brother” who died the following year – i can’t bring myself to do it yet. 😦

  32. skippymom says:

    I expected that.

  33. Alice Shortcake says:

    That doesn’t sound odd to me. I took a cutting of my dear departed dog Scamp’s hair on the day he had to be put to sleep (fourteen years ago – I can’t believe it’s that long!) and I still give it a little stroke when I’m feeling down.

  34. I’m with the Boxer, that little thing’s freaky-looking! Wait, That’s me?

    still freaky.

  35. jlamusings says:


  36. Fird Birfle says:

    @ merv:

    “Two, two, TWO cutes in one!!!” [or, more precisely, “Nineteen figures of cuteness, in six photos!!!”]

  37. Ebocrombi says:

    There is a Dutch girl who makes look-a-like cats too!

  38. Fird Birfle says:

    Are the same dancing girls there tonight, with the beaded headdresses?

  39. I love how supposedly big bad dogs get that “Can this hurt me?” look usually about the most inoffensive of things. 😆

  40. victoreia says:

    Hey! They weren’t there last night! All I got was a sleeping owl, waaaaay up in a corner….

  41. victoreia says:

    Now that I think about it, I’m pretty sure he was stuffed.

  42. bookmonstercats says:

    Aaaaahn, to both of you.

  43. Fird Birfle says:

    Theresa & Gigi = JINX!!!!
    Gigi owes Theresa a ________.

  44. Fird Birfle says:

    *tsk, tsk. Wot a shame*
    *feels outraged indignation for Victoreia’s sake*

    PS @ V: did you see during the weekend,
    (poss under the post of the Amazing Cricket the Kitten of the Universe but I don’t recall for sure) somebody was giving you and me a hard time (it seemed like a gentle hard time tho’ ) ???

  45. bookmonstercats says:

    Just in reply to @cyberpunkrocker. I had the privilege of joining a choir for the funeral of a lady called Alice, a couple of weeks ago. At the age of 81, she’d fulfilled two of her ambitions; she’d abseiled down the side of a large gorge in Derbyshire, and she’d been the blindfolded lady attached to the wheel that turned round whilst somebody threw knives at her (and no, that wasn’t why I was singing at her funeral:))

  46. bookmonstercats says:

    It doesn’t get any better, does it?

  47. bookmonstercats says:

    *Le sigh*. that was in answer to Theresa’s first post in this thread.

  48. earlybird1 says:

    Now all this post needs is a BEAGLE! One can never have too many. Beagles, that is.

  49. It is. It’s simply down at the bottom of the list, after the other responses.

  50. ashagato says:

    is it just me or has she gotten even better? they’re so good!

  51. ashagato says:

    i love this idea. not even remotely odd to me, either.

  52. I do that with my beloved Rusty’s long, silky hair, too. He’s been gone for several years now and I still miss that silly mutt every day!

  53. The artwork is just great here. Needlefelting is easy at first, but she’s doing really really advanced stuff (I know through experience–my attempts at stripes have been horrid).

    And NOMTOM’s captions are the bomb.

  54. kibblenibble says:

    I kept lots of my conure’s feathers over the years as they were molted. They were too pretty to toss, and now that he’s gone, I am glad I kept them.

  55. I do needle felting as well and I can’t keep a needle felted pug or cat in my etsy shop!! I love needle felting and I love needle felting dogs because you can capture their personalities really well. Amelia does amazing work doesn’t she?! Go needle felting!

  56. O RLY?

  57. Stellar says:

    I bought one of these for my mom about a year after her Schnauzer died, working from about 6 different-angle pictures I sent in. She cried when I gave it to her because his expression was captured so perfectly it looks exactly like a little version of Shadow peering out at us from the bookshelf. These little guys make such great gifts, and I know at some point I will have to have my own mutt immortalized in the same way.

  58. My God, this woman’s a genius! What a fantastic career she’s created. Good for Amelia!

  59. I knitted a poncho with my husky’s fur I had spun into yarn. And I needle felt dog hair all of the time! Made a felted purse with my Mom’s Newfie fur. It’s nice to have those things in rememberance of your pet after he/she’s gone!

  60. Fird Birfle says:

    SO TWUE.

  61. Good on you! I still miss our two toy poodles… even though I adore the Yorkie we have now. They were part of our family for 15 years, and even though it’s been 6 or 7 since, I would cry still, if someone gave me one of these special “memberers” (as my niece used to say).

  62. Noelegy says:

    LOL! You just reminded me of a longstanding joke in our household.

    Before I met my husband, he shared a duplex with his sister and her kids. Whenever she would go to the store, she’d ask him if he needed anything, and he’d always answer, “Dancing girls with jiggly puffs” (that being his euphemism for jahoobies, bazooms, etc.).

    I don’t think he ever got his dancing girls with jiggly puffs, but he IS happily married now, so no need. 🙂

  63. Noelegy says:

    Big dogs can indeed put on a Very Worried Face.

    For example, my Rocky (Great Pyrenees mix) always looks very concerned that there is food somewhere that he’s not getting to eat.

    He has mastered, “Are you SURE you need every bite of that sandwich? You HAVE been talking about losing some weight.” He’s got those doggie eyebrow spots, so the expressions are even more eloquent.

  64. Cubbybutt says:

    Yay for needle felting! The most therapeutic craft ever. And… everything comes out cute!

  65. DillPig says:

    I just love the expressions on all the dogs’ faces – every one of them is different, and clearly each has his or her own take on the whole doppleganger thing, from pleased and proud to scaredy-dog to anxiously wondering if this is their replacement and they have actually been fired! Makes me just want to hug them and reassure them that it’s just that their people love them so much they want more of them!

  66. Ok First,
    WHERE is this ladies email address or contact info or website? I want one, I want prices, etc. Dern it.

    and Secondly
    ZOMG. the dogs are just splendiferous. The reactions on the little guys to these big counterparts are’re telling me the BIG dogs are real..but..the little ones look so..animated. and exuberant..and um..well..oh.. that changes…nothing! SO CUTE!