I meant to put this up yesterday: this is a shot of Sprog the Elder back in 2003, on an outing to the Royal Botanical Gardens in Sydney. You can see that he has a little friend helping him to subdue the scary statue.
That little friend, or another doggie friend from the same toy family, were StE’s best friends for years, ever since an auntie-out-law gave him the first doggie one for a birthday present when he was 4. He slept with them, they watched him eat and bathe, they read books together and he took them absolutely everywhere until he was about 7. After that they stayed home, but were still involved with home activities until he was about 11.
Anybody else know kids who have mandatory companion toys? Were you such a kid yourself at one time?