Here's the story....
TY, the beanie baby company, filed bankruptcy. To get rid of inventory, TY shipped loads of stock to non-profit and govt funded programs and groups. Our local library got a shipment, for example, and so did district 7's program for teen moms.
So, for Jaina signing up for the summer reading program, she got a free Beanie Baby. Rusty, the Red Panda, to be exact.
Jaina doesn't really play with anything that's not a dog or a cat (or pink!), so she just kinda tossed it aside. Jayce picked it up in the car and started loving on it, so she said, "Here you go baby Jayce... he's yours now. I'll give him to you."
He carried that darn thing around everywhere with him. And if someone (like another kid) came by and swipped it, Jayce would pitch a fit.
Then, he started purposely trying to find it before he would ask to nurse. And it had to come to bed with him.
He's since become attached to one of Jaina's old baby blankets, too. If he sees one, and not the other, he gets very upset. We try to keep both in his crib during the day so we always know where they are, but little stinkerpot knows how to drag his toy tractor over to the crib so he can stand up and reach his prized possesions through the bars.
I don't know when it was, but Jayce started chewing on Rusty's face. We kinda thought it was funny that he wanted to walk around with this beanie baby hanging from his mouth, so we didn't think anything of it.
This is Rusty now
Jayce has completely chewed into the fabric/fur on the face and the plastic nose is hanging on by a thread. Its a serious choking hazard. I really don't know what's keeping the nose on anymore. Maybe glue? Which is also a problem if he's sucking on it.
If we just go on EBay and buy him another one for $10 includding shipping, I'm pretty sure he'd just do the same thing again.
I think we decided to let Gray take the nose off and fashion a new cloth one on there!