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Dirty Wow Wow, Part 5

Back from a brief hiatus, I bring you more tributes inspired by Dirty Wow Wow and Other Love Stories: A Tribute to the Threadbare Companions of Childhood. Let's start with the ferret called "Freddy."

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Saki, my little companion cat, has several toys, few of which he favors, or even plays with. A gray mouse (pictured here), as well as a white mouse, are two that he likes to play with. But the one he loves the most is a striped ferret I'll call Freddy. When he gets a hold of it he seems to turn into a kitten again, a 17-pound kitten at that.

His two kitty friends, Moni & Loki, don't seem to have any such feelings towards their numerous toys. Saki, though, will dig Freddy the ferret from the bottom of the toy box to get to it. He purrs, sometimes with all four of his paws kneading, eyes squinting, when he has it in his mouth, and he will often generously offer me his ferret to show me just how much he loves me.
— K. R. W.

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George was a present from my parents on my fifth birthday. I loved him right away. Every night he protected me from one of the worst villains in the history of mankind: Darth Vader. I'd tuck him between me and my dark bedroom.

As I got older my nighttime-defense-against-monsters philosophy changed. I worried that, with him in such a vulnerable spot, something evil might attack him — I couldn't live with that. I settled him into the crook of my arm, often keeping him on the wall side of the bed for safety. I think it was a good decision; he's survived fairly unscathed.

— K. R.

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Part 6 will conclude the series of posts about our little stuffed friends. Meanwhile, we invite you to post your own story about your Dirty Wow Wow.

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2 Responses to "Dirty Wow Wow, Part 5"

    Suzanne September 1st, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    How long must we wait for part 6 of this wonderful series of dirty wow wows?

    Dave September 8th, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    This is a cool series. Are there any more parts?

    It's interesting to get insights into those intimate parts of people's lives which otherwise would remain forever obscure to the world. And yet - seemingly every person, and animal too, has their 'dirty wow wow'.

    Here's an animal 'wow wow' of mine:
    I occasionally will bring home a new cat toy in hopes it will inspire some joy from our ever-lazy cats. Several cats back I happened to bring home an orange starfish with bulging cartoon eyes that was on clearance at the grocery store. It had no catnip in it - but our cat at the time instantly became enthralled with it and would play with it enthusiastically and often stash it away somewhere. Several cats have come and gone since that one - and every one of them loves that starfish toy. There's something about its size and shape, perhaps the eyes, which instills instant desire in cats. To this day it's one of the only toys our aging cat will play with.

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