Inspired by Sophie's most recent post and request to see photos of 'Ralph', I have posted a few photos of the first thing I see when I wake up in the morning...and the first thing I've seen in the morning for the past 22 years! This is one of my first childhood toys, given to me when I was just a baby. My mum bought Ralph because he reminded her so much of Doris Day's dog, 'Biggest' (and being the huge Doris Day fan my mum is, I'm surprised by name isn't Doris!)
Ralph is a very well loved and well travelled dog. He has done more travelling than some people, having visited most of Canada and the United States! He tagged along on sleepovers, comforted me when I had the chickenpox, and was always the first thing loaded back into the car in order to guarantee he would never be left behind in a hotel room! (it happened once, and we drove all the way back to find him sitting at the front desk in the lobby...whew!)
He still wears the red collar with the name tag I wrote our address on when I was 5, and he has a very cute black felt nose, which has been worn over the years. Much like in the book "The Velveteen Rabbit", Ralph is so beloved he's become life-like.
I'd love to hear about your treasured stuffed toys and the memories behind them!