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Where Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?

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When I was born, my aunt and uncle gave me the gift of a beautiful, stuffed lamb.  My mother tells me that “Lambie” was white, fluffy, and soft, and that Lambie immediately became my best “crib” mate in those early years.

Somehow over the years, “Lambie” morphed into “Doggie” – my best friend, constant companion and comfort toy.  Wherever I went, Doggie went too.  I say “morphed” because Doggie actually evolved from looking like a beautiful white, fluffy lamb, to looking like a well-loved, worn out, old grey dog.  By the time I was 4 or 5, I had given Doggie so much love, and so many hugs, that my mother actually had to start replacing parts of Doggie on occasion.  Doggie had numerous ear replacements, stitches, and sutures over the years he was with me.  Some would think he had facial surgery.  Truth is, he went from having a cute “lamb-like” face, to having his face flattened like a pancake, thanks to years of being slept on by a growing child – me. But Doggie was Doggie…and I loved him no matter what he looked like.

So why am I telling you all this? Because yesterday I read this article, all about Mr. Rabbit, the lost stuffed bunny that was lost by a little girl named Ruby, in London, England:

Thousands Rally To Find Missing Stuffed Animal 

Wow.  The power of social media.  This left me wishing that the internet, and social media, had been around when I was 12 years old.

You see, when I was 12, I was hospitalized, at the Hospital For Sick Children in Toronto, for a severe infection.  My mum spent every day in hospital with me, keeping me company, and making me feel safe. Nighttime was a different story though.  Mum couldn’t be there with me at night…but Doggie could.

Night after night, Doggie lay by my side in the hospital bed while I hugged him, squeezed him, and shed tears on him.  He always kept me safe until my mum could make it to hospital the next day.  Until that horrible day…the day Doggie disappeared forever.

On that cold fall day, my mum had something on that prevented her from coming down to the hospital to see me.  She had told me she wasn’t able to visit that day, and told me to call her at home, at any time, if I needed to talk to her.  I remember missing her that morning, and decided just after lunch that I wanted to talk with her.

 I scurried out of bed, leaving Doggie all wrapped up and warm, buried in my hospital bed sheets.  Off I went,  walking down the hospital corridor, to the payphone at the end of the hall (no cell phones in those days!).

Upon my return to my hospital bed, and to my absolute horror, I saw that hospital staff had come by my room while I was gone…to change my sheets!! Where was Doggie?!  I quickly tore apart my tidied up bed, opened every drawer in my dresser, and looked under the bed.  Doggie was nowhere to be found!

To say I was devastated would have been an understatement.  My first thought was to go back to the payphone and call my mother, she’d know what to do.  So I did.  Mum immediately told me to go find my nurse and tell her what I thought had happened…that Doggie had been scooped up with the old sheets and sent to the laundry department.

Numerous phone calls and searches later, staff at the Hospital For Sick Children were never able to locate my Doggie.  I had held out hope for days, but finally came to realize that Doggie was never coming home with me.

Days later I left hospital, cured of the infection that brought me there, but going home with a huge hole in my heart.  Life would never be the same without Doggie by my side.

When I was in my 20’s, my mum surprised me one birthday by giving me a stuffed animal – a little white lamb.  Apparently the toy company had released a new version of the same stuffed lamb.  On the label she wrote “This is Doggie – The exact same – can you see the resemblance?”  You bet I could! But…it wasn’t the real “Doggie”.  He was irreplaceable.


Years passed, I grew up, but I never forgot that day, or Doggie.  I often wonder what ever became of Doggie. Did he dive head first into the wash water with the sheets, only to be found later by the cleaner and thrown out with the trash?  *Shudder*  In my own mind, I’d always hoped that someone found him within that pile of sheets, rescued him, and took him home to be loved by their own child.  In reality, it’s probably better to not know whatever happened to Doggie.

So, I am left with some great memories of my old friend, and a few grainy photos.

Thanks to Ruby, and Mr. Rabbit, I spent some time today thinking about Doggie, and all the happy times we shared.  I can only imagine what Ruby and her mom must be feeling during their quest to find Mr. Rabbit.  I just hope that, unlike Doggie, Mr. Rabbit finally makes it home.

Did you have a favourite stuffed animal as a kid? What about your kids, do they?

  1. May 11, 2014

    Suzanne Rudge (MapleMouseMama)

    Aww, this is so precious Sandy, but I can feel your pain. I was fortunate to have not lost my favorite friend when growing up ( at least not that I remember) but I do recall a bad time. My favorite friend was a Rub-A-Dub dolly named Pebbles. I loved her dearly. she was made of thick, sturdy plastic and had a large hollow head. One day, for a reason I can not recall, my cousin stuck a pin in her head from my Nana’s sewing basket ( must have been a large pin) and Pebbles head sunk in! I recall screaming,LOL. It took my Dad ages to fix her and I don’t know how he did it. I still have Pebbles, loving tucked away in my trunk!

    • June 30, 2016


      I don’t know how I missed this comment (way back!) but, oh my gosh…poor Pebbles!! How awful that must have been for you as a kid to see Pebbles’ head deflate! Lol…do you still tease your cousin about that these day? Thanks for sharing your story, Suzanne! Loved it!

  2. November 26, 2013

    Hi Sandy, here's one I haven't told you yet.

    When your boyfriend was born I had bought and made all kinds of stuffed toys for him. One was a beautiful white, soft, little lamb that made a “baaaaa” sound. Every time he heard it he would cry so I gave it away. Unbelievably his favorite toy that he had to have to sleep and bathe with every night turned out to be a rubber duck!

    • November 26, 2013


      Oh now that is priceless! LOL…you’re right…I hadn’t heard that yet! Someone is going to get teased later, hehehe. Thanks for sharing that story 🙂 Love it!

  3. November 25, 2013

    Aeryn Lynne

    Awwwh, hope Ruby will find her Mr. Rabbit. :/ Am sorry to hear you lost Doggie back then too! *hugs* I had a small, decorative pillow that was my attachment toy – it went *everywhere* with me when I was just a toddler, and I couldn’t sleep without it as I grew older. I was about 8 when a cousin of mine, who was sick of seeing that little pillow at the breakfast table, ripped it in half and was completely irreparable. Still have that specific moment etched in my brain today, lol.

    • November 26, 2013


      Thanks Aeryn Lynne 🙂 Oh!! Yes, that is definitely something that you’ll always remember. How traumatic!! Nasty cousin, lol. Did you disown them after that? 🙂 Thanks for reading and commenting!

  4. November 25, 2013


    This story brings back a lot of memories. When I was a child I had a moose named Milton and he went everywhere with me. Somewhere around this house, you and this story inspired me to search in the boxes and find him. It’s magical when social media is used for good.

    • November 25, 2013


      Oh that’s great, Lori! I hope you’ve found Milton (love his name!). Yes I just love when social media is used for such good things as the hunt for Mr. Rabbit 🙂 Thanks for reading and commenting!!

  5. November 25, 2013


    Aw, such a touching story! I had (have) a stuffed monkey named Susie! 🙂

    • November 25, 2013


      Thank you Joann 🙂 Susie the monkey! I bet she was well-loved. Thanks so much for reading and commenting, Joann!

  6. November 25, 2013


    Awww, this is an awesome post Sandy!! I am so sad for you loosing your Doggie 🙁 but think it is super cute that your Mom bought you a new one!

    I have a stuffed white bunny that my uncle brought me back from Boston that I aptly names Boston Bunny lol, it was the same to me as your Doggie was to you. I still have my bunny in a box in our basement. This makes me want to go get him out for a lil snuggle! 😉

    • November 25, 2013


      Oh I love it Crystal! How wonderful that you still have Boston Bunny..and what a terrific name. Oh for sure…go get Boston Bunny out and give him a cuddle! It has probably been a long time since he has had one 🙂 Thanks for reading and commenting!

  7. November 25, 2013

    Kerrie @ Family Food and Travel

    Love this post – we all have a story of a lost toy that we cherished as a kid. While I am sad that you lost this toy I am happy that your memories are so strong and that your mom replaced it – what a special memory for both of you!

    • November 25, 2013


      Thanks Kerrie 🙂 I absolutely loved that my mum found me another Doggie…this one is special just because my mum bought it for me, so it makes this one special for a different reason. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  8. November 25, 2013


    Sorry to hear that Doggie is no longer in your arms. I hope that a deserving child has adopted him.

    My daughter lost her dear Teddy last year. Luckily at the age of three she let me replace him for another one but he’s not the same… to me.

    Thanks for the touching story.

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

    • November 25, 2013


      Thanks so much, Sarah <3

      That is so sad that your daughter lost her favourite stuffed toy too 🙁 I love how you say the new one is not the you. When you are old enough to understand...the new one, no matter how nice, just isn't the same. Thanks for reading and commenting Sarah!

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