Do you remember this fellow? This, of course, is Bailey's monkey.
He's been her best friend for years and has gone everywhere with her.
He got lost once and we searched all over town for him and Bailey was delighted to be reunited with her buddy.
Well, last Christmas I took a good look at Monkey and he appeared pretty well loved. He was torn and worn and dirty. He's experienced a lobotomy and disemboweling at Bailey's paws and jaws. So I looked around for a replacement friend.
I found several possibilities and put them all in the Christmas gift pile.
But Bailey stuck by her old friend, Monkey.
Then a couple weeks ago I noticed that when Bailey ran outside she grabbed a new friend, Bear.
Now Bailey always takes Bear with her. She carries him everywhere just as she used to take Monkey.
You can call me silly, but it makes me sad to see Monkey left behind in a heap on the floor. He was a good buddy for a long time. He experienced snow and rain and mud and vomit, all without complaint. I 'm kind of fond of the little guy.
But, there is a bright spot. At bedtime when Bailey goes into her crate to sleep, she grabs Bear, but she also takes Monkey. He gets to curl up with her and share her dreams.