Friday, February 02, 2007

Fuzzy Takes a Bath

Through a series of very bad decisions, Z-boy's best friend became rather soaked with urine.

**note to self: do not give your child a mug of chamomille tea just before bedtime. It fills his bladder and puts him out like a light**

As Fuzzy is nearing 7 years old (a present on Z-boy's first birthday), he has been loved into a state of delicacy. Oh, he's been tossed in the washer and dryer before due to similar encounters, but he was much stronger then....

So for three days, he stank up the room while I tried to decide how to get him back into loveable condition. Yesterday morning, I decided on a course of action.

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First, a nice warm bath with lots of bubbles and gentle massage and squeezing. We did this several times. Fuzzy got VERY relaxed.

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We followed up with a nice, refreshing rinse.

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After more vigorous (but still very gentle) squeezing, Fuzzy relaxed in the dish rack to dry, looking rather shriveled and wrinkly and in desperate need of teddy bear restelin injections (extra stuffing)...

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He thought that maybe because his head was so big and full of water, THIS position might make more sense.

Fuzzy hung out in the dishrack all day. While I waiting to pick up Z-boy at the bus stop, I called my Mom, the teddy bear cleaning expert, and asked for some ideas of how to get Fuzzy all nice and dry (but not fluffy, as his fur has all been loved off). Several ideas were tossed about, with my father chiming in with ideas as well, and I settled on a course of action to facilitate gentle drying with the least amount of trauma.

Unbeknownst to me, my husband had come home, spotted Fuzzy lazing in the dishrack, and promptly stuffed him into a pillowcase and out to the dryer he went.

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Thank God Fuzzy is stronger than he looks. He came through the dryer with flying colors and spent last night back in Z-boy's arms smelling April Fresh.

7 comments:

min said...

I've lost more animals trying to clean them. Some of those carnival prize teddys are full of sawdust--try cleaning that! Fuzzy looks great though...I think he's got a lot of years of love left in him.

nikki said...

it's hilarious when you throw animals in the fryer that have tufts of hair on the top of their heads and when they come out the hair's all singed.....speaking of singed hair, i bet the other nikki could undertand how fuzzy feels....

nikki said...

i ment dryer, because a fryer, well that's just wrong.

Oh, The Joys said...

Aw. I'm sure he's happy to be PEE FREE!

Sayre said...

I am down on my knees thanking the powers that be that Fuzzy made it through this okay... Z-boy just can't sleep without him. Fuzzy was his comfort on the plane and goes to all the unfamiliar places with him until it's okay to go alone.

I asked Z this morning if I could do a little reconstructive surgery on Fuzzy (add more stuffing and maybe fluff his matted fur up a little) and was told definitely NO. He loves Fuzzy the way he is and as long as Fuzzy holds up, I guess that's okay.

Pendullum said...

Glad he made it through that 'cycle of life'...
and came out April Fresh...

Prime said...

We'd better hope Z never grows up to be enormously famous, because you can bet one day this blog will find its way to the tabloids.

"SUPERSTAR PEED ON TEDDY BEAR AS A CHILD! PICTURES ON PAGE EIGHT!"