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A small boy we met on our walk yesterday said Poppy looked just like Waffle the Wonder Dog, a character neither I nor his father knew anything about. So I looked it up...


And he is quite right, and has made me realise Poppy is definitely overdue a clip!
 

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A small boy we met on our walk yesterday said Poppy looked just like Waffle the Wonder Dog, a character neither I nor his father knew anything about. So I looked it up...


And he is quite right, and has made me realise Poppy is definitely overdue a clip!
SNAP!!!
Our Poppy got called the Waffle dog on a few occasions.
Ahhh .... now we see.
 

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Poor Poppy no longer looks like Waffles - she is decidedly threadbare after 18 months on steroids - but I am ashamed to say she is nevertheless once more much in need of a clip!
 

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Aw, @fjm. Thinking of a threadbare Poppy reminds me of the magic of the Velveteen Rabbit. Makes my heart swell.

What is REAL?" asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. "Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?"

"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real."

"Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit.

"Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When you are Real you don't mind being hurt."

"Does it happen all at once, like being wound up," he asked, "or bit by bit?"

"It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse.

"You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."

"I suppose you are real?" said the Rabbit. And then he wished he had not said it, for he thought the Skin Horse might be sensitive. But the Skin Horse only smiled.

"The Boy's Uncle made me Real," he said. "That was a great many years ago; but once you are Real you can't become unreal again. It lasts for always."


 

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Oh, the sadness of that book!
 
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