Today's theme on You Capture is Animals. We used to have a dog - a beautiful, hyper-active St. Bernard named Daisy. She was adorable and needy and huge and slobbery and it broke my heart to give her away when we moved overseas. However, I found comfort in knowing that the family who got her called her "the daughter they never had" and took her on vacation with them! So...no pets to capture. I finally decided I would take the week off since I'm really not around any animals (and didn't have time to go take pictures of my parent's golden retriever)...and then I thought about Chuckie and Mr. Panda. And I decided to look at the "rules" slightly differently and show you two "animals" that have been in my life for almost twenty-seven years.
My dad attended a medical meeting and he brought "Chuckie" back with him for a certain little two-year-old daughter. Yes, that's me, sitting on his lap. And no, it's obviously not a new picture! Haha! My brother, sixteen years my senior, looked at it and said, "Is it a chicken or a duck? Guess we'll have to call it 'chuck' - half chicken, half duck!" The name stuck...and "Chuckie" became my favorite stuffed animal. And yes, I still have him.
And then there's "Mr. Panda" - a gift from my oldest sister (twenty years my senior) who was working as a missionary school teacher in the Philippines for several years during my early childhood. On one of her school breaks, she and her roommate trekked over to China to do some sight-seeing. Keep in mind that we're talking about twenty-seven-plus years ago when WWF (the World Wildlife Fund - nothing to do with wrestling!) wasn't quite as involved in saving endangered animals in foreign lands. My sister came home with the cutest little panda puppet - so soft...and made from panda fur. Yep. After almost 27 years of being played with and stored in not-so-friendly conditions, Mr. Panda is beginning to molt, but he's still around and he's certainly not going anywhere. Not exactly one of those things I would be able to replace - for obvious reasons.
And finally, for those who are curious about what our St. Bernard looked like - it's not a picture that was taken this week for this project, but it will have to do. Here is Daisy, our lovable gigantic mess of a dog.
She didn't like to get her paws dirty (go figure) so when it would snow or rain, she would stand on the dry(er) bench. She was kooky and kept us laughing!
The roof you see behind her - that's the dog house that Peter built for her. Big dog, big house. :-)
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Awwwe! I still have a bear named Honey Joe that I've had since I was 1 year old. It's the ONLY thing I have from my childhood so I cherish it.ReplyDelete
I'm so sorry you had to give your dog away. It would break my heart too :(
Very cute you captures!ReplyDelete
What a fluffy guy. OH I also still have my clown baby!ReplyDelete
Panda fur!! That's definitely something you couldn't get today.ReplyDelete
I love your dog. I am sorry you had to leave him behind : (ReplyDelete
Your stuffed animals are so cute. LOVE the picture of you with your stuffed animal when you were so tiny!
Oh my gosh, real panda fur? That is crazy!ReplyDelete
The panda kinda grosses me out, but Chuckie is so cute! I still have a cat from when I was 4, I love him so much! And your dog is/was stunning, such a shame you had to leave her behind.ReplyDelete
Real panda fur? Wow! Adorable dog. Would have broken my heart, too. My dogs are my world.ReplyDelete
Aww, Daisy was a sweetie! At least she has a new happy home and gets to travel :)ReplyDelete
Your Chuckie is very cute too...would have to say he's definitely a cross :)
Daisy is adorable...I am so sorry you had to leave her behind but thank goodness she has a loving family!ReplyDelete
That’s so great you kept those stuffed animals! Chuckie looks like he’s held up quite well and Mr. Panda looks very well loved! I love the last picture of Daisy, it’s delightful.ReplyDelete
Great photos, even if you had to improvise a bit :) I'm impressed you kept the stuffed animals, and loved the stories behind them!ReplyDelete
Well, I think they are both just adorable and definitely unreplaceable!ReplyDelete
Daisy definitely looks lovable, thats for sure.ReplyDelete
Giving up something you love is really heartbreaking.ReplyDelete
I hope you could take a peek at my furry baby at
Oh how cute!! I still have a stuffed animal from when I was two...now it's my daughter's favorite!ReplyDelete
loving the stuffed animals & your dog is gorgeous!!! thanks so much for your sweet comment on my header :) have a great weekend!!!ReplyDelete
Wow!Such a young looking dad! Cute and I remember Chuckie, Joseph!!!! Slabber, slabber, slabber! Love ya!ReplyDelete
Carrie - I love your pics and the stories behind them! Way to think outside the box! Thanks for stopping by my blog last week! I'd love to hear more of your story in missions. I'll have to come back and browse some more when I have a little more time! Blessings!ReplyDelete
I grew up with St.s, loved seeing a big slobbery face this week :)
I love your dog! We have large (Pyrenees) dogs too and if we left them we too would have to find a good home. I could never just let them go without being sure.ReplyDelete
I love that you've kept those stuffed animals over the years. I have a couple of those too!ReplyDelete
By the way, thanks for commenting over on my blog - and, I hate snakes too, I was zoomed in just about as far as it would go and took the picture from behind because I was afraid of getting too close to its head! :)