|Ah...Baby Sage & Blue Bear|
|Baby Sage biting his foot..which he used to do allot--all of his feet--you can just see Brown Bear behind his neck|
Now you might think according to the title of this post that Sage is the bane of my existence, and sometimes he has been. Sage is very high strung and very quirky but he is still my big rotten boy and we deal with most of his silliness. But Brown Bear is really pushing my limits. Other than periodic washings Brown Bear lived a rather in the shadows type life until a few years ago. Then one night one of the puppies got him. It wasn't pretty. Chunks of his back were gone, stuffing everywhere. His little face was intact, thankfully. I re-stuffed him, stitched patches over his holes and Sage had his friend back. I also got in the habit of putting him up at night so that the puppies wouldn't get to him again.
|Really...this expression sums Sage up in a nutshell--and yes, Brown Bear is at the edge on the right|
|Baby Sage tries to kick the stuffing out of Brown Bear|
|Brown Bear & Baby Sage resting--BrB even still had a ribbon on his neck in those days|
|Baby Sage taunts Meshach with his BFF BrB|
|Sage & BrB...after assault one or two by the puppies....|
|After even more patches applied....|
|BrB on his last leg....a far cry from that neat little bear of yesteryear|
Wearing elbow length gloves, I took the rest of the stuffing out removed the old patches and immersed him in a long vinegar spa soak. And I mean long. Then it was two more soaks and washes in washing liquid. Then a few days to air dry. Then I forgot about him. Then Sage started being a Stalker again, and was making Gabe even more twitchy, and even terrorized poor minding his own business Noah a few times. The light bulb finally went on (remember out of sight out of mind). BrB's lifeless shell was retrieved, new (clean) wool roving stuffed in and (more) patches applied, with an erratic line of hand stitches to close him up.
|And yet his little eyes still blaze bravely....|
|Spa Soak number one|
|BFFs once more....and I believe BrB is jauntily smiling! (Really, squinch your eyes up...I'm sure he is...)|
Wish I had a backup BrB.
I figure if I'm lucky we are only about half way through BrB's and Sage's life span.