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« on: December 09, 2010 08:42:03 AM »

Hello all!  First time on this board (I usually hang out in toys).  So, to start with a short sad story, my mom had this dog, Toby, and like all pets, he was her best friend.  He was getting up age and started to lose his hearing.  One day he got out of the gate and was crossing the street to the neighbors (where the neighbor would give him treats, even though my mom had asked him not too, as to not encourage Toby to cross the street) when a teenager, ON HIS PHONE, was driving too fast and ran Toby over.  Due to Toby's hearing loss, he couldn't hear the car, nor the stranger walking down the sidewalk who yelled "Look Out!"  Unfortunately Toby died due to this accident.  That was just a couple of months ago.  My mom's birthday was last weekend and she still misses him so much, so I thought I would make her a Toby pillow, to cuddle with in bed and whatnot. 
Ok, so on with the pics, right?  Well, let me first just apologize for the photos, my flash on my camera died a year ago (I finally got a new camera this weekend) and the pillow just didn't fit right in my light box.  But you should still get the point. 

Toby dog

Toby pillow front

His fleece face is appliqued on to a dark periwinkle fleece.  The pillow measures 16"x16".

Pillow close up-ish

I wish I had better close up pics, but like I said, my camera was just not having any of that!

Pillow back

My hubby suggested I applique Toby's rear on the back of the pillow, but I just didn't know how I was going to do that nicely (plus I was rather tired that night), so I just added a heart at the bottom.

Heart close up

I don't know how to embroider, I just winged (wang? wung?) it, but I'm pretty proud of how it turned out.

Thanks sticking with me through all that!  Smiley  Oh, and I have a few pics of Mom opening it and being all teary-eyed and stuff, but she told me that if I post them ANYWHERE on the internet, I was getting NOTHING for Christmas, and even at 31 years old, that's a pretty serious threat, so you'll just have to believe me. 


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« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2010 08:50:37 AM »

Poor Toby! Poor Mom! Rotten bad teenager!

The pillow is so sweet.  Smiley While I agree that Toby's other end on the back side would have been neat-o I think your mom probably appreciates the adorable little heart more.

P.S. A 'no prezzies' threat from a mom should always be taken seriously  Wink

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« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2010 08:51:38 AM »

Great job!
« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2010 01:15:33 PM »

What a sweet present to give your mom! I bet she will cherish it always.

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« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2010 03:51:39 AM »

As a beagle person, I know your mother will love this..I got choked up seeing the picture of Toby and reading the story
« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2010 09:53:02 AM »

Poor Toby!  Cry Your story made me cry, that is so sad. I've got 3 elderly Basset Hounds and Toby resembles them quite a bit. A huge pet peeve of mine is when people are on their cellphones while driving.

This was such a very sweet thing you made for your Mom.

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« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2011 08:05:34 PM »

Sad story but a very special gift. He was adorable and you captured him well in the pillow!
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