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Stuffie Hospital | GBGV

January 21, 2013
I'm assisting mom with some surgeries today.

I’m assisting mom with some surgeries today.

I would like to mention right off the bat that this post may contain some disturbing images of Stuffies (for those not “in the know”, Stuffies are your dog’s stuffed toys).

Lately I have been reading from my friends that a lot of Stuffiess have lost their lives to injuries, this is quite sad for most of us dogs. We love our Stuffies, perhaps a little bit too much and then all of the sudden, they are no more.

These days my sister and I don’t play with toys that much, I have Bunny and Puppy and Katie

Poor guy, typical tearing injury on the shoulder, ouch!

Poor guy, typical tearing injury on the shoulder, ouch!

plays an occasional game of tug of war with some toys but we don’t spend as much time with them as we used to. Some of our friends that come over really enjoy playing with our toys. I think this is because our toys are new to them, so our Stuffies are still subjected to over-loving at times. Poor Bunny is really over-loved and if it wasn’t for the Stuffie Hospital, he would have left me long ago.

Lucky for us, mom is quite handy with crafty things including sewing, both by hand and with her sewing machine. Way back with her first

Mr. Pheasant lost his foot, nasty accident!

Mr. Pheasant lost his foot, nasty accident!

dog Trine she realized that Stuffies face life threatening injuries all the time and if they don’t get prompt and proper treatment right away they will be no more.  So, with her talent and the Stuffie’s injuries she decided to open her own Stuffie Hospital.  The Stuffie Hospital is located upstairs in our toy room but also has a mobile unit that can attend to injured Stuffies anywhere in the house which comes in handy at times.

The most common injury we see at our hospital

Poor Gooses face was chewed off, lifetime deformity!

Poor Gooses face was chewed off, lifetime deformity!

is tearing, either from chewing or from pulling. Poor Bunny is a victim of multiple tears. Mom says he is really just held together with threads. Ugh, it makes me sick just thinking about how fragile he is! Mom’s hospital has all kinds and colors of thread to stitch up the Stuffies so there won’t be any nasty scarring which is nice. Most surgeries are done by hand but the occasional injury is so severe she needs to use her sewing machine.

Some of the worst injuries are limbs that have been ripped off or chewed off or even missing faces sometimes. Mom is usually able to get the poor Stuffie back together but sometimes their face is just never the same. Even some of the stuffies that have their stuffing partially ripped out have been restuffed and saved if the tear is not too serious, a true miracle!

I enjoy helping out at the hospital when mom has lots of patients or if one of my Stuffies is up for surgery. Since we are dealing with open wounds keeping things sterile and clean is a must! The Stuffies are very good patients and don’t seem to be afraid of the stitching procedures at all which puts my mind at ease especially when Bunny is in the hospital.

Do any of my friends have a Stuffie Hospital at their house? If you don’t, you really should as it will save the lives of many Stuffies!

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  1. January 21, 2013 06:51

    Mom says she wishes she knew about your “Stuffie Hospital”
    when I killed MY pheasant in less than five minutes after he arrived. Barks and licks and love, Dakota

    • January 21, 2013 06:54

      We have seen some pretty graphic pics of stuffie injuries on blogs and social media, our hospital does its best to bring stuffies back to life 🙂

  2. January 21, 2013 08:30

    What a fabulous idea! Molly and Fergus now want a “Stuffie Hospital” to be set up for their battered and bruised little friends! 🙂

    • January 21, 2013 08:34

      Those poor stuffies really do go through a lot but we love them sooo much!

  3. January 21, 2013 08:49

    Oh ya, when Torrey was in her puppy chew everything phase, mom fixed lots of stuffies.

  4. January 21, 2013 09:31

    How cool that you get to help out in a stuffie hospital, and that your mom is such a skilled surgeon. We have to buy our dogs “unstuffies” and even those ones get injured often. 🙂

    • January 21, 2013 14:44

      Even our unstuffed skunk has been to the hospital, he got torn badly in a heated game of tug of war 😦

  5. January 21, 2013 10:56

    I wish mummy was a stuffy doctor too. But she’s not great with a needle…

  6. FleaByte permalink
    January 21, 2013 12:28

    Your poor stuffies. I’m a seamstress, but I usually don’t sew stuffies. Too slobbery and gross.

  7. January 21, 2013 13:58

    Jolie says, “I share your pain! You see, we have a really sweet lady who cleans our house every week and some stuffies DISAPPEARED when she was here last Tuesday! She is very nice but she thinks dogs should live OUTSIDE. I fear the stuffies may be gone forever. SOB!! They were my favorite and they were chewed just right. SNIFF”

    • January 21, 2013 14:46

      OH NO, that is terrible, an enemy in your own home! I hope you still manage to find them.

  8. January 21, 2013 14:41

    Poor, poor stuffies… they should be glad they aren’t in our house… instead of just losing wings and faces they sometimes lose their entire bodies… usually b/c Dottie eats them. I guess she can’t tell the different between a fake hedgehog and a real one!

    • January 21, 2013 14:46

      My cat eats his stuffed mice so he can’t have them anymore, he eats them 100%. I guess he takes play seriously!

  9. January 21, 2013 18:06

    Momz has a stuffie ER in the living room…she puts stuffies back together many times, but sometimes the injuries so severe and the patient so weak we have to allow them to go over the stuffie rainbow…one thing Momz invented is stuffie shortening,,,sometimes when the end of the stuffie is too far gone we shorten the stuffie by a few inches and i get to play with him again

    • January 22, 2013 06:37

      I think the stuffie shortening is like our faceless goose. Mom tries her best but can’t always save them.

  10. January 21, 2013 19:22

    LOL what a good idea. We generally don’t get stuffies because we have been known to eat parts. Scary huh?

    the brown dawgs

    • January 22, 2013 06:37

      Lots of dogs do that. We chew them but don’t usually eat them.

  11. January 21, 2013 22:08

    LOL, your picture gave me the biggest smile Emma! We have a few stuffies that need to visit the Stuffie Hospital!

  12. January 21, 2013 22:22

    Our mom doesn’t buy us stuffies cause we eat them! We only get tennis balls and very durable rubber toys:(

    • January 22, 2013 06:39

      If you eat them, then you shouldn’t have them. Maybe you need more dog food???

  13. January 21, 2013 23:29

    Woof! Woof! One reason I don’t get any stuffy toy … Happy that you are giving new life to them. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

    • January 22, 2013 06:38

      I think some dogs are tougher on their stuffies than others. We just chew them but don’t eat them.

  14. January 22, 2013 10:51

    Aw, your mom is a wonderful doctor! We don’t have a stuffie hospital at our house. Only one of Simba’s stuffies is real banged up. Simba doesn’t really do much damage to stuffies…at least not yet!

  15. January 22, 2013 14:28

    Oh man! The poor stuffies,….they just didn’t have a chance…that is until the wonderful doctor came and helped them out. I have also been a doctor to many of Kirby and Poe’s unfortunate stuffed friends….ahhhh, o well. Great post and LOVE the outfit

  16. January 22, 2013 17:27

    Oh my paws this is pawsome idea the problem wiv da stuffies is that the “stuff” comes up real quick and mummy *shudders in horror* throws dem away! I am going to sets up one of dese fanks for da ideas!

    • January 23, 2013 06:12

      If the injury is not too severe, they can be saved and they can have multiple surgeries over time.

  17. January 22, 2013 17:37

    This is such a pawsome idea! The pawroblem is wiv stuffies is dat da “stuffy” comes out really fast *looks innocent* and den mummy *shudders in horror* Frows dem in trash! So I has now tolded her we needs a hospital! Yayyyyyyy pawsome bloggy!

  18. January 22, 2013 17:39

    Reblogged this on Doggymolly's Blog and commented:
    Dis is such a good idea dat Emma has had!

  19. January 23, 2013 00:45

    Lexie loves to take the squeaker out of all the toys. If we get there fast we sew them back, if late there is nothing left to sew. She always leaves us the squeaker:)

    • January 23, 2013 06:13

      At least she does not eat the squeaker, that would be dangerous.

      • January 23, 2013 22:50

        She knows she can get buy with shredding but not eating!

  20. January 23, 2013 11:44

    Oh you are one lucky girl!! Our stuffie hospital is a big white bin under the kitchen sink! I know, oh the horror. 😦

  21. snoopys@snoopysdogblog permalink
    January 23, 2013 14:58

    Emma,

    You’re such a good doggie, my Mum is super excited you’ve opened up your hospital cos she’s been collecting my damaged stuffies for over a year now and Dad keeps asking her what she’s gonna do with them! 🙂

    I hope you’re having a fun day,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

    • January 23, 2013 15:00

      Have them transported by pawambulance services to our hospital 🙂

  22. January 24, 2013 07:30

    I wish my peep had a stuffie hospital, due to my stuffie’s don’t last very long, my first thing I like to do is rip all the suffie out.
    maggie

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