As Ken was reading my previous entry, he asked, "So where IS Little Red Doggy?" I said, "He's in the basement!"
Well, obviously, I had to go retrieve him. I knew right where he was, and as I pulled him out of his little storage bin, I felt like I was seeing an old and beloved friend. I present to you...Little Red Doggy.
Feel free to laugh. Ken said that it's one of the strangest stuffed animals he's ever seen, and he got quite a laugh out of seeing him. I can't believe I never showed him Little Red Doggy before! As I was trying to take Little Red Doggy's picture, I had to laugh, too, because he really IS goofy-looking, isn't he?!
Cousin Doug gave him to me for Valentine's Day when I was maybe 4 or 5 years old. Cousin Doug was kind of the big brother I never had, so I idolized him and I loved getting a present from him. I think Little Red Doggy might be a genuine antique. At one point, he had a shiny silver collar, but that came off over the years. He also came with a Little Blue Comb, and you could comb his hair and tail. After many years, the comb is lost, and his hair is way too matted to ever comb, anyway.
Ken doesn't really remember a favorite childhood toy, although he says he loved his Legos. Do you have a favorite toy or stuffed animal from your childhood? Do you still have it, or is it merely a fond memory? Tell me about it, and maybe it will help Little Red Doggy to not look so sad, knowing that he has some friends out there.
My cousins and I loved Legos, too, but they were extremely simple, not like they are now. We'd use a shoebox to make a little house furnished with Lego couches and chairs. I didn't have any Lincoln Logs, but some of my cousins did, and they also had Tinker Toys, which were fun, too. Cousin Greg (who ended up becoming a Marine) had an Easy-Bake Oven! I've mentioned my G.I. Joe before, and I also had a Spirograph and an Etch-a-Sketch. I had a Barbie, a Skipper, and a Dawn doll, but I don't recall being all that much into dolls. I had neighbor kids that I was friends with, and they had Creepy Crawlers. I know I'm biased, but it sure seems like our toys were a lot more fun than just playing video games! They were definitely low-tech, but it was fun to use our imaginations and build things and be a little creative.
Of course, Little Red Doggy is in a category all his own. He was my faithful companion for many years, and I was happy to see him again tonight and know that he's still with me.
I'd love to hear about your favorite childhood toys. Isn't it amazing how they linger with us?