Desperately need to preserve (dry, store) pumpkin Please Help!
I was wondering if you have any ideas on how to preserve a pumpkin so that it will keep for as long as possible. I have a pumpkin that I desperatly need to dry out, preserve, whatever so that my son can keep it. Here's why...
My son's dog, Drive, was hit by a car and sadly we weren't able to save her. Drive loved playing with one of our pumpkins. The pumpkin has her little claw marks all over it. Drive was our baby. She was a Treeing Walker coondog--she just treed her first coon a month ago. But we kept her inside--she slept in bed between me and my son and was housebroken. They played football and soccer together. She would pull him down the street on his Razor scooter. They really loved each other. We are just sick about losing her. I just want to help him keep any memories he can. We don't have many pics of her because my camera broke and I can't afford a new one.
My son wants to keep the pumpkin on his bookshelf with her toys. How can I preserve this pumpkin so it will last for as long as possible? It would mean so much to my son.
I wonder if I could cut out the bottom and scrape it clean. Let it dry out and shellac it. Kinda like they do gourds? I just don't know what to do.
Thanks for taking the time to read this and thanks in advance for all of your ideas!