Monday, March 18, 2013

Baby Pickin': As Told by Athena

Hi guys!  Athena here.  Today I want to tell you about my love for babies.  Well, not babies like the squishy human ones (even though I do really like those!), but babies like the super fluffy squeaky ones!  "Babies" are what my mom and dad call my stuffed animals.


Did you know that my favorite toys in the world are my ChuckIt balls?  Well, even though they are my favorite, I'm only allowed to play with them outside.  You are probably thinking, "wow Athena, your parents are SO mean.  They don't even let you play with your favorite toys inside the house!"  I think this all of the time too.


Even though I don't get to play with my favoritist balls in the house, I do get to play with my next favorite thing whenever I want: babies!  I have an entire basket full of babies to choose from.  Some of my babies are the really fancy expensive ones that are called something like "indestructible."  They might be indestructible for some dogs, but not for Thean Bean the Baby Picking Machine. That's right, I LOVE to pick at all of my babies with my little front teeth until they pop open and I can pick out all of the white fluffy stuff!


My mom used to get really mad at me when she would buy a $20 "indestructible" baby and I would ruin it in a matter of minutes with my picking.  So, she came up with a new plan.  Now I'm only allowed to have cheap "destructible" babies that my mom buys on clearance after holidays.  Just last week we went to the pet store and got a whole gigantic bag full of new Valentine's babies that were only $2, $3, and $4 each!  Some of my holiday babies have lasted months and months without being picked open, while others only lasted a few minutes.


My mom NEVER gets mad at me when I destroy my holiday clearance babies.  That's why she buys me so many of them!  Usually I get to peak inside the big bag of babies when we get home, and sometimes I even get to play with all of them at the same time.  But, sooner or later, my mom puts most of them in a hiding place.  I only get to have new babies every now and then when I'm extra bored or when I'm not acting naughty and deserve a present.


Even though I LOVE to pick at my babies, I don't ever eat them.  I am very good about spitting out any strings, cloth, squeakers, or white fluffies that come out.  When I'm done picking and destuffing my babies, I will play with their "skin" forever!  Some of my favorite toys are destuffed babies and amputated baby legs.  My mom thinks it's so funny when I zoom around the house with a piece of cloth baby skin!  In fact, one of my all time favorite indoor games to play is the Baby Zoom.  I find a baby in my toy box, zoom around the house with it, put it NEXT to my toy box, and repeat.  Over, and over, and over again until I have to take a nap!


Do any of you guys like your babies as much as I do?  Have you ever played fun games like Baby Pickin' or Baby Zoom?

16 comments:

  1. Shiner destroys them EXACTLY the same way as you do Athena lol. With her front teeth, and she spits out all of the fluffy insides. I like to get stuffies from the "fluff machine" aka crane games. My daughter has an endless supply of them and sometimes I steal one for Shiner to play with.

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  2. Your parents are so smart to buy you cheap toys so they won't be mad at you when you destroy them!

    Oh, and Turk and Rufus like to give their stuffy babies lobotomies... they will pick all the stuffing out of a small space on the head of the babies. It's kinda creepy. :)

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  3. Ray-Ray does the same thing. He finds a seam and picks at it until he can destuff the stuffy but he does it in his quest for the gold (or the squeaker to you and me). He finds the squeaker then trots around proudly with it in his mouth.

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  4. Very smart to go cheap! My boys could care less about toys which makes me happy because I can't stand the squeak noise!

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  5. You and Dottie are two peas in a pod! She loves to destroy her babies (that's what we call them too.) However, there has been more than one occasion that she's forgotten to spit out a piece and we have to yank it out of her mouth. I think the funniest time was when she got a piece stuck between her teeth!

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  6. This is Tessie to a "t"! Ed actually enjoys playing with them, so the "indestructables" work pretty well for him (with supervision). But not Tess - she picks and picks just to get it apart...but only if she steals it from Ed first, otherwise she has no interest.

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  7. Toby always rips off the tag, then he finds the weak spot and opens up a hole. Once the hole is open we have to de-stuff it because he WILL try to eat the fluff. He's only allowed certain "indestructible" and other tough toys because of this. We have found a select few that hold up reasonably well. Kong wubbas (including the wubba animals) hold up pretty well. We also bought him some Tuffies, but we have to get the ones rated a "9" or "10" on their tough scale. Even these we end up taking the stuffing out of eventually, but it takes longer to get to that point (days to weeks instead of seconds to minutes). If he was like Athena and didn't try to eat the stuffing, I'd try your idea of getting the cheap ones too!

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  8. Gambit rips at tags, ears, arms and legs. We now only get the already inexpensive stuffies on clearance since they last almost as long as the "indestructible" toys. The best deal we found was a PetSmart Christmas stocking pack of toys, most of which we still have.

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  9. Oh my gosh, Athena! You have sooooo many babies! You lucky pup :)

    I used to pick my babies just like you do, but for some reason I stopped. Unless they have like a hat or a tail or some hairs, which I still like to pull off. Mostly I like my babies for playing inside fetch now :)

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  10. Maggie like to pick, once she picked her entire big dog bed overnight. Her whole crate was so full of fluff we could barely see her!

    Unfortunately Duke will eat chunks of toys, towels and blankets so soft toys are pretty much banned now. Duke also picks Kongs apart!

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  11. Braylon loves babies but doesn't destroy them to the level she once did even six months ago. Hades has lost interest. He gets excited to see a toy and then won't touch it after he picks it up initially. All toys used to be lost in battles of tug but now it's just Braylon by herself. Madden is a toy eating machine. It used to be terrible. Back when she was integrated in with our two we'd wake up every other night to the sound of her about to throw up. We had her "puke trained" she'd literally go to the door and throw up outside, that's how routine it was. (We supervised her toy play and tried not to let her ingest anything but somehow it always happened. It occurs much less now.) I'm not sure if I ever mentioned that. Sad, disgusting and hilarious all in one!

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  12. Our dogs have always been the tear it apart type to one degree or another. My first dog grew out of it as he aged, as did my second. Both rottie/retriever mixes they started snuggling and carrying them around instead of de-stuffing them. The Husky seems to not be losing the zeal of tearing into it, pulling off bits and killing the squeaker (she's a wild princess). We only buy clearance toys, $2 or less on average. However we don't limit ourselves to only dog toys. Any stuffed object is game so long as it can be supervised and safely made. KONGs, Planet Dog balls, and other "chew" toys fair reasonably well. Raw bones get gnawed til their jaws are sore. And our almost "indestructible" ball has some teeth marks on the plug, but was bought with my first dog and is now 15yrs old, having outlasted its first owner. It lives outside year round and even the thaw/freeze cycle doesn't hurt it. Best money I ever spent on a dog toy. Ours is the size of a basketball.

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