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Cottontail was my first stuffed animal (even though she wasn't stuffed!). I remember receiving LOTS of bunnies and other animals over the years. At one point, there was barely any room for me in my bed at night. Since my bed was against the wall, I would line up my animals oldest (against the wall) to youngest (next to me) as I laid at the edge of the bed. I could not bear (tee hee) for any animal to fall on the floor.
My current favorite stuffed animal is named Snuffles. He's a Gund polar bear that my boyfriend (now husband!) bought for me in high school. I worked at the candy store in the mall, and Jeff was a stuffed animal aficionado as well. That polar bear was pretty pricey for a high school budget.
Over the years, Jeff has become to resemble Snuffles. Since Jeff travels to work each week, I tease him that Snuffles is his stand in. He listens quietly to my rants and doesn't mind if I squeeze him extra tight. If I'm feeling silly, I'll send pictures of Snuffles doing things that Jeff enjoys. When he's home, Jeff likes to toss Snuffles on the floor and tease me about liking Snuffles better. (Hmmm, we've been married for 25 years... I think the bear is more patient!)