Like the dogs behind the photographed toys, Betelgeuse -- full of either love or hatred for them (we can't tell, maybe it's both) -- methodically destroys her plush toys. She chews off any tags, removes the eyes and ears, dismembers the limbs, and, ideally, pulls out and eats the stuffing once the destruction is complete. (I've already discussed her cloud-like all-stuffing BM before here.) The end result is magnificent.
So, inspired by Chewed, I embarked on my own photography project while cleaning out the pups' toy box. Unlike Chewed, however, I did not write stories from the perspectives of the toys -- you'll just have to buy the book for that.
[By the way, this sheep is one of Betelgeuse's many three-legged toys -- she never chews off more than one leg on a toy, and thus far, it's always been a back left leg. We consider this to be Betel's homage to our former cat, Kitty, who was missing her back left leg and who passed away last June.]
here)? Where is he now? Fewer toes, fewer spikes in his crest, hole in his chest, no stuffing, no squeaker. He still has eyes only because they were sewn on. Perhaps "Invincibles" was not an accurate name, but he was up against five dogs after all -- even Icky got in on the chew-and-toss-the-lizard action. Poor lizard.
photo gives you a real sense of the intensity of Betel's love for the toy. He's almost bald, he's missing his little chipmunk teeth, along with his tail, ears, and back leg. And he's filthy. He's absolutely perfect. Also, another fitting tribute to Kitty -- he kind of resembles post-surgery Kitty, actually, only she got to keep her tail.
[This is the second AKC Classic Plush pictured, and they both have managed to make it 2+ years with their stuffing and their squeakers intact. Most plush toys cannot make it 2 weeks. Note this for your doggie stocking stuffers, readers.]
This sheep did not last for even a day. Betel went straight for the heart, pulled out the stuffing and the squeaker. She didn't even bother chewing off the tag or the legs or the ears. She hasn't played with him since. Once the squeaker is gone, for her, it's like why even bother. I should get rid of him, but I just can't since he was eco-friendly or something, which means expensive.
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