The Famous Snowy Bear

February 05, 2014

this, my friends, is Snowy.  placed atop his perch on my bookcase.  you know i don't capitalize anything on this blog, from john to hawkeye, so you can just pause for a moment and take in the fact that i capitalize Snowy.  he deserves that kind of respect.


like myself, Snowy is 29 years old.  i'm not sure what the human to stuffed animal years conversion is, but he's definitely more than 29 in stuffed animal years.  because here's what we looked like as wee babes.

(can we talk about just how early i perfected my 'ugh. peasants.' face?)

Snowy is well-loved.  as you can see, all the gloss on his eyes rubbed off, all the white scratched.  the leather that once covered the nose is long gone.  his fur is missing in quite a few spots, you can't read his tag, and there might even be a hole or two (that will never been sewn, because how would you like a needle stuck in your neck?!)  he's not exactly white any more nor is he quite the regal fluffy bear he was in his youth.

Snowy was a gift from my dad when i was born.  he even bought two, in case something happened to the first one, and junior still resides at my parent's house, in pristine condition.  and despite many things having happened to Snowy over the years, he's always made it back safely by my side.  disney world was especially rough on Snowy.  apparently he fell out of the stroller and it was miles away before my mom noticed.  but mom retraced her steps and found my ever faithful bear, which someone had placed to the side.  the next day, goofy tried to run off with Snowy at character breakfast, and i screamed  a bloody murder scream that was probably heard all the way back here in illinois.  i still hate goofy with a passion.  and character breakfast, for that matter.


Snowy has been everywhere.  florida, las vegas, niagra falls, west virginia, kentucky, wisconsin, germany, india.  he's been to arlington race track, harvard, the state fair, the kentucky derby, the super bowl, disney world.  he's been in a bar, a tent, a sorority house, a dorm, a hotel, a movie theater, a courthouse, a frat house, a bank, a car wash, a diner.  he's seen pool parties, dance recitals, birthdays, christmases, graduations.  he's been chewed on by dogs who are no longer with us.  he's endured every fad toy from american girl dolls to pound puppies to polly pockets and outlived them all.  he's gone from kindergarten to college, and he's slept in my bed every night until i was 19 and only because i'm afraid he's too delicate now.


he's the single thing i'd never fail to save in a fire.  Snowy cannot be replaced.  is that an irrational attachment to something?  maybe.  but Snowy is hands down the most faithful and constant presence in my life.  he'll be on his perch forever.  until, you know, he's buried with me.

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  1. I have a stuffed bunny named Cuppy that I've had for a ridiculous amount of time. I've been married for 4 years with with my husband for 6 years...and Cuppy still sleeps with me every night. When I travel, the security people at the airport look at me like I'm crazy because I have a rabbit stuffed into my purse. Only love here, girlfriend!

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    1. Cuppy is such a cute name! I love that he still sleeps with you, that's adorable :) I would sleep with Snowy still for sure but he seems so delicate now I don't want to risk it. I still travel with him too, no shame!!

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  2. Oh my gosh, I have a teddy bear named Pinky that I've had since I was 2 (my dad also gave to me). I passed it on to my oldest son, so Pinky's been through some stuff and I'm sure will endure a lot more crap from my boys. I'm glad I'm not the only one who held on to an old stuffed animal.

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  3. Webigail McDuck has been by my side since 1985. She sits on my nightstand now with a crooked beak due to being trapped in a moving box in '92. Love that duck!

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  4. I have a hoodie like this. I've posted about him (yes, I've decided my hoodie is a male) before. I love that hoodie more than any person should love an inanimate object. I've had it for 12 years. I used to have a blankie but that's a story for another day. All love for Snowy here!

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  5. I have a hoodie like this. I've posted about him (yes, I've decided my hoodie is a male) before. I love that hoodie more than any person should love an inanimate object. I've had it for 12 years. I used to have a blankie but that's a story for another day. All love for Snowy here!

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  6. My mom made me a GIANT blanket when I was born. (Big enough it covers the top of my queen bed - which is completely irrational to give to a baby but her reasoning was that I would surely not be able to wriggle out from under all that blanket and get cold in the middle of the night.) I slept with it practically every night growing up. The practically is because there was one year where mom decided it would be a good idea to put it away with the winter blankets - I was pretty mad. It went with me to sleep overs, on road trips, and to college. I stopped sleeping with it after college because it's practically threadbare, but I love that blanket! I completely understand your love for Snowy! :)

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  7. Snowy looks like yellow snowy. :P
    I don't have anything like this. My sister had a Cabbage Patch Doll she called Melanie Picklepuss. haha!

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  8. This is adorable, I am loving the throwback pictures of you with Snowy!

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  9. So cute! I love stuffed animals! I still have my bear from when I was born, too!

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  10. Not to self....giving a child a white stuffed animal.....How cute is that picture of him sitting inside the bucket while you dunk Easter eggs (which we so did at our house too!) I had a little stuffed yorkie my mom gave me....mainly so I would leave our actual yorkie Chuck the F alone ;-)

    ~Amanda
    Meet @ the Barre

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  11. This is precious and the fact that your dad bought a spare in case the worse should happen is so cute, too. I don't know your stance on children and I'm not asking because I hate that question but I hope there's an important kid in your life some day who is worthy of Snowy, Jr. I mean he has been biding his time for so long, it's time he gets to travel like Snowy #1.

    Also.... I kind of want to know how you pulled off bringing a bear to all the places you listed!

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    1. Ugh, the worst, not the worse. I haven't had coffee yet. Oops :)

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  12. My 27 year old sister has a similar story with her bear. And he still sleeps in bed with her. My 3 year old, the only person who would have a shot of getting her to part with her beloved Snowball, asked if he could take him home one day and she absolutely still will not part with him.

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  13. i love this. how can one throw out a doll that has brought nothing but security and comfort to them? kayla has one thing that has brought her constant comfort - a bunny that she calls 'bubble hop". she gets other dolls and others get booted out of her bed but bubble hop is always to her left, ALWAYS. she's worn and her fur is all matted and she loves that thing. it's so cute. just like Snowy.

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  14. awww! that picture of you two is just too much!

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  15. I love this post! I have "Teddy" that was given to me when I was about 3. He's in rough shape, but still lies in bed with me at night. Good to know there are others out there with an extreme attachment and friendship to their stuffed animals!

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  16. I honestly teared up a bit from this post. Weird, maybe. But I bet Sarah Snuggle wouldn't think that was weird. We would do anything for our stuffed animals. I'm going to venture out and guess that you've seen the Velveteen Rabbit?

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  17. I still sleep with my bear Teddy. Clever huh? He has definitely seen better days as he was given to me by my dad in the hospital when I was born.

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  18. We did a character breakfast over the summer and the 15 month old who was with us screamed bloody murder at Goofy too. No one likes Goofy! Aside from that -- I love your relationship with Snowy! So sweet. :) I have an old, old comforter from my first big girl bed (about age 3). I sleep with it every night and I will never ever get rid of it.

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  19. Mine is a stuffed dog named Samuel the Spaniel. He even got medical bracelets the few times I was in the hospital as a kid. Now my daughter plays with him. I'm actually shocked at how good of condition he's still in.
    I also have a little knitted dog, that doesn't really look like any animal, that was my grandpa's. He passed it on to my mom, who passed it on to me, and it'll go to my daughter next.

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  20. so cute! I have a stuffed animal that I've had since I was about 4 or 5. he has lived on every bed I've had but I had to put him away because bowie tries to eat him, sigh. but I will always keep him around too.
    -- jackie - jade and oak

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  21. I love Snowy! I have a blanket my great grandmother made me (I named it Jack and Jill), it sits on my lap as I type. It's worn almost see through and there were a few years when Little K was really small I put it up but I'll never give it up.

    I think most kids have that one special toy/blanket that they keep forever.

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  22. i have a stuffed animal - rara just like this. they are so important. you look at them and see memories. i totally get this.

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  23. That is one committed bear. I had a blanket that I would take everywhere with me - my grandmother had to sew up that thing so many times. I think once I got to double digits it found a new home at the top of my closet, though. My love was not as unconditional as yours was, I'm afraid.

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  24. This is the sweetest! I had a bear called Elmridge - noooo idea where that name came from - and he's actually still in surprisingly good condition. I'm saving him to give to my first kid!

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  25. So cute! I have a small "piece" of my baby blanket left over. It's in shreds and has too many holes to be considered even a part of a blanket but I can't bring myself to throw it away.

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  26. I have soft spots for stuffed animals as well (though I don't say "stuffed animals" in front of them b/c that'd hurt their feelings, I'm not crazy :P). I love Snowy!

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  27. omg, i think i'm going to cry. this is such a sweet tribute to snowy anddd i'm pretty sure he's been to more places than me. i have attachments to a few stuffed animals that i've had since i was a little kid. it is SO not irrational to be attached to him!

    xo,
    gabby
    www.likealittlefox.blogspot.com

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  28. Love this post! I have a teddy bear I received when I was born still. Being super original...I named him Teddy! lol! He was a dark fluffy brown and wore a Cleveland Browns shirt. Now a days he resides on the bed in our guest room. 35 years later he is missing part of his nose, has a few holes, and no longer wears a shirt...but I love him to pieces! I had thought about passing him on to Xavier, but I just couldn't do it :( I did get a very similar Browns bear when he was born and that can be his Teddy :) I actually named him Brownie, but I guess I can let X change it when he gets a bit older :)

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  29. Your snowy is my doggo! I've had him since the day I was born - he was a gift from a family friend. And I still sleep with him every night. My husband is not too happy about this, but I do not care. I also lost Doggo at a huge sale when I was little, we had to run back in and I found him in a pile of clothes. It's funny how these things mean so much to us!

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  30. A girl after my own heart. I have a post sitting in my drafts that reads a lot like this one for my dear Love A Lot bear (the care bears, you remember them of course?!) who has been through it all with me and looks very similar in "aged" animal years to your dear Snowy. She has a story of being left behind that she too wants to share with blog land one day.

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  31. I still have the teddy bear that came home with me from the hospital. but I don't recall ever naming her. but she's light pink and small. and I'm pretty sure I still have two blankets too.

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  32. I had a doll that was given to me for my first heart surgery when I was a few months old, and I deemed her Baby Doll. She went EVERYWHERE. Somewhere along the way, my Mom-Mom bought another one justincase, and then I had Old Baby and New Baby. I would save them in a fire before Steve!

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  33. Snowy deserves mad props! I've got a few stuffed animals I'd take a bullet for, including a stuffed giraffe and snuffleupagus. but...I can't believe you don't like character breakfasts?!! how is that even possible, waffles w/ the Pluto is the best thing ever.

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  34. SO funny that you had a back up!! My favorite stuffed animal named Puff was a bear with a rattle inside, and I still have him (he's seen better days) and his back up that has probably never been touched/loved!

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    1. Yep Snowy got too loved to be able to be replaced by his backup! His backup is waiting for my best friend to have a girl so he can get to go on his own adventures!

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  35. That is so cool that Snowy has managed to survive that long. A few minor dings and tears, but that builds character.

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  36. I love Snowy, he's so cute! I still have the doll my dad bought me when I was 6 months old... which means she is now 38 years old. She's actually the size of a 4 yo child, but gosh I can't imagine not having her still. She completely freaks my daughter out though, so she now spends most of her time in our spare room wardrobe.

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  37. It's so very nice to meet you, Snowy! The last picture is my favorite. So freaking cute.

    -AJ
    OccasionallyAJ.com

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  38. Now that's quite a story!! Not many people can say they've kept a stuffed animal for their entire lives, awesome!! I had a huge stuffed bear that my great-aunt made (like, she sewed it together and everything) and gave to me when I was born. It was stored when we moved to Malaysia, and then I found it again when I moved to America, but left it in storage...then, a couple years ago, I found out that my MOM found it while sorting through stuff in storage and gave it to my little brother to use for target practice and he shot it up.
    I wasn't really sentimental about it, but still, I was shocked. I mean, my Mom knew about the bear...maybe she's getting cold-hearted in her middle age?

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  39. Snowy is beautiful. I love that you have something that you hold so dear and that its so cute to boot is just bonus points. I have several similar to your Snowy but are safely (or hope safely) stored in the Attic right now cause I just don't have the room for them out.

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  40. I still have the stuffed animal that my mom bought me before I was born. It's about 28-29 years old. It's a brown teddy bear that I named Bear Bear. Surprisingly it is in good condition, considering I gave it a bath when I was around 3 years old. Ha!

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  41. i have had a baby blanket that i have taken everywhere with me since i was born. i was definitely going to take it on my honeymoon until my best friend was helping me pack and she was like "lauren, you are NOT taking blankie on your honeymoon. are you kidding me." and then my husband walked in and was like... really??? so i didn't take her. but i missed her. and yes, blankie is such an original name for a blanket.

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  42. I love Snowy!! I have a bear...okay and a blanket...that live in a rubbermaid bin in my closet. But at least they weren't sent into the storage unit like the rest of my childhood treasure! Also, I have to protect them from YOU KNOW WHO because there isn't much left to them!

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  43. That's how I feel about Cowvin my stuffed cow (the model for my tattoo) so if that's an irrational attachment, then I have one too.

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  44. My teddy bear Erving was a gift from my parents the day I was born. I just turned 30 and he still sleeps with me every night - don't know what I'd do without him!

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