Wednesday, April 15, 2009

RATE IT! Dirty Bow Wow

Did you have a favourite toy as a child? One that gave you a sense of comfort? Do you still have it? I have mine, and it may be threadbare, missing an eye and much of its stuffing but it's still special to me and I'd never banish it to the trash. Ever.

Seems humans aren't the only ones with such attachments. Dogs, too, have toys that they love despite their less than appealing appearance. They might be ratty, lacking their plush, or overwhelmingly stinky, but their beauty is in the eye of the beholder. 

This wonderful book, 'Dirty Bow Wow' by Cheryl Katz & Jeffrey Katz showcases all different sorts of canines with their cherished favourites. Some dogs have loved their toys or blankets since they were wee. Puppies, like babies & small children grow very attached to the comforting keepsakes they were given during infancy and advancing age doesn't erase the joy & comfort felt for these items. 

You don't have to be a dog lover to find this book adorable. To see such beautiful dogs with their blankies and teddys, it's just absolutely heartwarming. The spirit of the 'Velveteen Rabbit' is alive and well... even for pets!

1 comment:

Maxmum said...

My cherished childhood toy was "Tippy" a stuffed beagle which my gran used to knit dresses for, and even operated on when all the stuffing went out of "her" neck. Tippy got left on a VIA train once, too - but retrieved! I still have her, and she resides in my son's room.

We don't have a dog, but rather a cat Couscous. She is currently obsessed with the "Hotel For Dogs" tie-in toys that came with Happy Meals last month.... We have two of the ratty things residing in our home currently. I hope she gets over it!

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