Buster came to be on Aug. 7th, 1984.
He was a gift for Jeres 7th birthday from his beloved Grandma Van Patten.
Jere has slept with him EVERY night since that birthday.
As you can see, Buster has seen better days. He's "blind" in one eye, he's losing stuffing, he's nowhere near his original color. His nose is chipped from a battle with Jeres older sister, strings are coming off, his fur is crusty, but he shall never depart.
I introduce you to Buster because some of you noticed him in the picture of Jere and Max sleeping. I didn't realize he was in view until after I posted the pic. When I saw him there, exposed for all to see, I hesitated for a brief moment, giggled and thought...."it's not like Jere doesn't tell everyone that he sleeps with a pound puppy." He really does tell people that, but I think until now, most of you didn't really believe that a grown man REALLY slept with a pound puppy. Now you know....he DOES! For so many years Buster was a bit like Snuffalupagus (how do you spell that) on Sesame Street. Do you remember how they used to play him off like Big Birds imaginary friend? Big Bird would see him and talk to him, and then someone else would come walking up and Bird would go to introduce Snuffy and hello, he'd be gone. Well, I guess Buster is like that....Jere said he existed, but you just never got the pleasure of meeting. I'm so glad that my picture snafu could rectify this situation. Let's just get it out there now and forever, my grown manz sleeps with a stuffed animal. Phew, now don't we all feel better.
For Christmas this year, Auntie Julie (she insists on that moniker) gave each of the kids (including Jere) a new pound puppy. So, now Buster has a posse.
May I introduce you to Babs, Boo, Buster and Baxter. Aren't they just a sweet little bunch. And yes, I get it, we tend to have a thing for alliteration in names, it's funner that way.
So Erika, yes, that WAS a pound puppy you caught in the pic. Wendy, NO I didn't place it there for added cuteness or sweetness in the pic. He lives, he sleeps with daddy Jere now and forevermore. Amen