Would you like, they asked, if we gave Loopy and one of your lucky readers one of the new limited edition JONAS Dogs?
Would we like? We would lurrve. We already RSVP'd to the launch event at our local Build-A-Bear store... now we can share the fun with you, too - no matter where you live!
Leave a comment on this post Dear Reader, and on Friday night when we are at the Jonas Mania VIP Party at our local Build-A-Bear Workshop, we'll draw the name of one lucky, lucky peep! Could that peep be you?
Our JONAS Dog will come home to live with our menagerie of Build-A-Bear friends. Have you ever met Miami? I have a little story to tell you. With a picture.
Regular readers will remember that life got off to a rocky start for Loopy. After her stay in the "plastic house" in neonatal intensive care, she blossomed - but she was a late sitter, a late crawler, and a late walker. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, and some of the doctors even suggested that perhaps Miss Loopy would never walk.
No matter, we all know how that turned out *door slamming, Loopy running down the steps calling goodbye*. But Loopy's early years were a blur of tiny wheelchairs, walkers, braces on her legs and back, and sometimes she had little casts.
In 2000, we visited our first Build-A-Bear Workshop while on a family vacation in Florida. Loopy was thrilled, and she stuffed herself a new pal, who she named: Miami. Miami was her constant companion.
Miami at physical therapy.
Miami at occupational therapy.
Miami at speech therapy.
The doctors even put a little cast on Miami's left leg, just like Loopy. See? She's still wearing it.
One day, The Fan and I had a horrible thought: what if something ever happened to Miami? We decided that a backup was in order. With no Build-A-Bear Workshop near us, we decided to call the store in Miami (oh, the days before internet ordering and shipping!). The kind girl had no more curly bears like Miami left in her store but she made the arrangement to send an unstuffed bear to us from the Orlando store when I explained the situation to her (they never send friends unstuffed). The new, backup bear was named: Orlando.
Of course, we never let anything happen to Miami. She lives safely on Loopy's pillow, along with Orlando, Callie (from the Calgary store), and Navy (from Navy Pier, Chicago). I guess we started a little tradition. Loopy has gifted a few friends along the way naming them Eddie (from Edmonton) and even a Canadian Moose named Toonie for our Japanese sister Yoko! They can hardly wait for the new JONAS Dog to come home on Friday.
Friends, Miami and crew want you to have a JONAS Dog, too. Just leave a comment and say hello to Loopy. She and Miami will make the draw on Friday night.