Where Do Old Toys Go?

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Home Inspector with Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC 3380-000723

I ask myself that all the time.  Where DO old toys go?

Or where SHOULD they go?

I wrote a post a while ago about Rabbit.  Rabbit had an interesting adventure.  He punked a hawk!

For years we have bought furry squeaky toys for our dog Jenny.

They have always lasted about 2 days.  She rips into them to remove the stuffing and surgically excise, and kill, the squeaker.  Once that is complete, she is done with the toy.

Every Christmas she has gotten many squeaky toys in her stocking.  She loves to get into her stocking to see what Santa has brought her!  She will carry them one by one to a different part of the house, to be operated on later.  And they are!

Rabbit was different.  One of her favorite things in life is chasing rabbits in our yard.  She has never caught one, to our knowledge, but she loves it! 

When she discovered Rabbit in her stocking one Christmas, she immediately took to it.  She protected it!  Sure, it squeaked and she squeaked it all the time.  But she carried Rabbit everywhere, indoors and outdoors, protecting him and she never chewed him up!  It was amazing to watch!

Rabbit is now 2 years old.  And he was having a grand time being carried everywhere.

Everywhere that is until this last Christmas.  One of the furry squeaky toys in Jenny's stocking was a leopard bone-shaped thing.  We didn't know what to call it, so it became "Your Toy."

Your Toy replaced Rabbit in short order!

We would say, "Where's Your Toy?", and she would run to get it.

Your Toy goes everywhere in and outdoors.

One morning she had taken Your Toy outside, and when coming back in it wasn't in her mouth.  I asked where it was and she immediately turned around, ran down the stairs, and came back a few seconds later with Your Toy in her mouth!

Your Toy is living the good life.

So, where does that leave Rabbit?

He still hangs around.  He still isn't ripped apart.  He still has his stuffing.  He still has his squeaker.  He still looks like Rabbit.

But Rabbit is alone.  He is not carried anywhere anymore.  He has been on the deck stair for, well, for four weeks now, since Your Toy was discovered in the Christmas stocking.

It has rained a few times, snowed twice, been very cold and unseasonably warm. 

But there sits Rabbit.  Never moving.  Alone.

Poor Rabbit.

Like MacArthur said, if I might paraphrase, "Old toys never die, they just fade away..."

So, I ask - where DO old toys go?

 

 

 

Posted by

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


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Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
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Cheryl - very cold nose!  She has the wettest dog nose in my experience!  Her eyes always show up warm too.

Karen - judging from those paws, I think Constance will be about 7' tall at the should.  You should have named her Sasquatch.  I am reluctant to mail Rabbit anywhere though.  He's been around a long time!

Jan 29, 2012 10:42 AM #20
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Jay, at our home, old toys or those forgotten get thrown in the washing machine and then the dryer. Before we know it, the pup is thrilled with the new old toy once again.

Jan 29, 2012 11:21 PM #21
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Jay Markanich
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Wouldn't work with the toys Jenny destroys Emily!  But hey, it's a great idea!

Jan 29, 2012 11:37 PM #22
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Jay -- to piggy back on Emily's idea - maybe after washing and drying - it could be donated to a store that takes second hand toys for resale.

Jan 30, 2012 06:26 AM #23
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Jack Gilleland
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Jay, I know exactly where they go.  Lift up your couch, they are all under there.  Well, at least that is where Miki and Izzy put them.

Jan 30, 2012 06:48 AM #24
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Jay Markanich
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I don't know if Rabbit would like that Steven.  He is such a part of the family now!

Jack - Jim Q. suggested that too, but I don't think there would be room enough there with all those remotes we can't find!

Jan 30, 2012 09:49 AM #25
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Jay, I'm still on the lookout for toys that Willie will not rip apart!  His closest friend is a giant bone that's sort of his vade mecum.

Jan 31, 2012 02:09 AM #26
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We tried the bone thing with Jenny, Pat, and she doesn't like them!  I guess it's the lack of squeak?

Jan 31, 2012 02:55 AM #27
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Hey, Jay!

 

I included this post in Last Week's Favorites.  Have a great week.

Feb 05, 2012 01:52 AM #28
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OH this is so cute. Not sure how I missed it.  The current hot "toy" in my place now is an old computer mouse.  Somehow, one of the cats found it (from a non working computer) and it's now dragged into my bedroom and it's in a different spot each day.

Feb 05, 2012 01:54 AM #29
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Very cute.  Our cats will have favorite toys too, and they want to cuddle with only that favorite and don't want anyone else using it.  Then one day they'll suddenly decide they like a different one and the old one gets ignored as if invisible.  I toss it back in their toy basket and eventually a different cat will pull it out and now it is that one's favorite.  I stopped trying to figure it out, and just let them work it out.

Feb 05, 2012 09:51 AM #30
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Jay, that makes me sad. I feel badly for rabbit. Maybe he could be adopted by another dog.

Feb 05, 2012 03:57 PM #31
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Hi Jay--this is such a cute post.  I know where the cat toys go--under the refrigerator.  I feel badly for rabbit and thinks he needs to be put for adoption.  At least his stuffing is still intact--but does he have to stay out in the inclement weather?

Feb 05, 2012 04:14 PM #32
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They hang out here until they are shredded from use or lost or my next Golden inherits them!
Feb 05, 2012 09:47 PM #33
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Thanks Pat!  So, you liked it?    ;>)

Debbie - what better place for an old mouse to go than to the cats!

Susan - there seems to be no rhyme or reason, but they are funny little animals, aren't they?

Tammie - he is still there on the step!  I feel bad for him too!  He's been around a while.

 

Feb 05, 2012 11:19 PM #34
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Janet - I imagine cat toys get kicked and punched a lot and end up under all sorts of things!

Cheryl - Rabbit was the first toy that did not get that treatment.  I don't know where he will go from here.

Feb 05, 2012 11:23 PM #35
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Jay..this is actually a very sad story..Poor Mr. Rabbit ..All alone and forgotten

Feb 06, 2012 03:38 AM #36
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Jay Markanich
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I agree Hannah.  Rabbit remains on the deck stair.  He looks for relief from time to time, I can see it in his eyes, but none comes...

Feb 06, 2012 04:12 AM #37
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What a sweet post. Dog never cease to amaze me. One of our dogs once adopted one of mel's leather work gloves, carried it around everywhere, slept with it and growled if any of the other dogs got near it. He did it for weeks. Then one day just ate it. Just try to figure that one out.

Gretchen

Feb 06, 2012 10:11 AM #38
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Thanks Gretchen.  Yes, they are weird animals.  But we probably could not get along well as a society without our animals!  Our pets do enrich us, and my life particularly has been.

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