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Monday, November 30, 2020

Design Wall Monday - November 30, 2020

Stuffed Animal Hospital Surgery Project


Penny Lane asked that this week be minor surgery week for her chewy animals.  I am happy to report the following successful mending jobs:



Mr. Beaver:  Extensive re-stuffing and partial tail reattachment.  He has only one ear left and a little trimming of ear rough edges was done, where needed.  Penny said Mr. Beaver was just fine as he is, because he doesn't hear.  Plus, truthfully, she might get rid of the remaining ear too.  


Football: 
Re-stuffed and reinforced the seams where needed. Ready for playing catch while watching football with us.   Appreciated by Penny Lane very much!



Monkey Toy 1:  Extensive re-stuffing and facial reconstruction surgery.  Surgery was successful with 12 stitches.  Ears are both half removed, and I trimmed them as needed.  We reexamined a previous surgery that had been made to repair his tail and we were pleased to see, even though the stitching was rather crude, it was holding up well. 


Penny Lane was happy to see that a caudectomy (partial or full tail removal) had been avoided.  







Monkey Toy 2:  Neck injury below both ears, and severe loss of stuffing in left hip area.  He might need a fabric graft.  After extensive surgery, he is in recovery, and amazingly, no grafting was necessary.  Due to the severity if his injuries, otoplasty (cosmetic surgery to align the ears) was not attempted at this time. Penny Lane thinks she may possibly chew both ears off so the defect is not noticeable. 


Small Rabbit Toy:  Minor surgery, only one small hole behind the ears.  Re-stuffing and closure with minimum stitches required.


Large Rabbit Toy: Again, luckily only minor surgery was needed.  Threadbare area by ear was re-stuffed and repaired with reinforcing stitches.


  We noted there was extensive hair loss in the rump area, but Penny Lane said no repair was needed at this time.  She will work on it and another repair may be needed at a later date.



Chipmunk Toy:  Acute damage!  This is the only chipmunk that Penny Lane has ever been able to catch and she is very fond of him.   He was extremely thin and required almost three cups of stuffing to bring him back to his former self.  His ears are mostly gone, as is one eye, but Penny says, “Better than he deserves”. After extensive re-stuffing, the hole by the ear was stitched shut and he is back with Penny.

Notice how concerned Penny Lane is as she watches all the surgery:


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21 comments:

  1. Getting all gussied up for the Christmas season!!! Fun and funny!

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  2. It looks like your week was full with your surgeries. I have done this type of surgery for children and grandchildren but never for pets since we don't allow them inside. Except the goldfish but they didn't do any damage. Not sure if this front moving through is going to dump snow on you or miss you. It's winter in the Great Lakes region! Happy stitching!

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  3. You are one very skilled stuffed animal surgeon. I'm sure Penny Lane is very appreciative of all your efforts. Have a great week.

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  4. Oh my, you are more dedicated than I, I just throw and buy new, LOL! She is very attentive to her friends.

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  5. What a good dog mom you are!!

    I have been procrastinating over a stuff animal surgery I've been asked to do by my granddaughter. She may be less forgiving than Penny Lane if my stitching isn't perfect. LOL

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  6. I, too, have performed surgery on dog toys. But never was clever enough to use it as a cute blog post. Penny Lane is most appreciative. At least she doesn't rip them to shreds as some dogs do. My biggest repair work was done for my daughter's bear once a dog got to it. I had to do a nosectomy. Or at least that's what I called it. I think she still has it in her bedroom after 15 years or marriage!

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  7. how nice to fix the toy - I'm afraid I too would have bought a new one

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  8. So glad to see that the "surgeries" where a success!
    I can tell Penny Lane "loves" her stuffies and counts on you to keep them healthy. vbg
    Great job on prolonging the inevitable I think.

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  9. What a labor of love. I'm sure your sweet dog was thrilled.

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  10. laughing in understanding. I have a 3 year old standard poodle... all his toys are in a state and he stands by wringing paws when I repair any. Santa will bring more stuffies but he still likes his on legged octopus and the beakless chicken. I recommend the kong airdog donut toy that looks like a tennis ball but is a ring that rolls and squeaks. Milo has had about 5 of them in his life, darn near indestructible but a smart dog can skin them of their yellow. Mostly we've lost them to being peed on. (chewy has them) He picked it out at our garden center and now we have to keep them in supply. LeeAnna at not afraid of color

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  11. Love your dog toy surgery story! We've had to perform dog toy surgery a few times around here, too. Any stuffing Murphy removes stays gone, so there are some deformed, floppy animals with missing appendages in his collection. His favorite moose was repaired so many times it ended up looking like a mounted moose head, all the legs and the body were gone. I'm sure your Penny is happy to have all her toys repaired and back.

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  12. Thank you for the morning smiles! Our Brigid is very enthusiastic with her "animal lovins" She will love them to oblivion... skilled with "squeaker-ectomies" A squeaker will seldom last more than a few hours... we have a whole basket full. Brigid is our 9 year old Sheltie girl, and my medical assist dog. She alerts on 2 different medical conditions, and is our fur ever love and constant companion. Life saver so many times I've lost count. Thanks for your share. Penny is beautiful!

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  13. You've definitely earned the title head surgeon. we may have to send a tote of dragons, elephants and alligators all of whom are currently in need of major reconstruction surgery!

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  14. That's a lot of repairs, well done!

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  15. Hi Judy, I'm so relieved that the animals all came out ok. That Penny Lane is lucky to have you! Take care.

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  16. OMG, Mabel, my 18 mo golden can so relate to Penny Lane! I was seriously LOL at your post. Thank you for bring some levity to such serious surgical interventions~~~

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  17. Such a great post, Judy. Put a smile on my face today. It seems Penny Lane needs to be a little gentler with her toys. We had to give up on stuffed toys for Murphy...she just eviscerated them...no operation could revive them. :)

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  18. Adorable Stuffed Pet Surgeon is your new marketable skill in pandemic times! Thanks for the highly detailed medical news :)

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  19. That is one busy animal hospital - love Penny Lane watching over it all!

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