So, Maria sent me an email with the subject line "here's a contest you should enter." Intrigued, I open the email, only to find a link to Show Us Your Dirty Wow Wow inside. Hmmmmm. I was hesitant to click on the link, but it turns out to be surprisingly SFW. A dirty wow wow is, in fact, a shabby, beat up and loved stuffed animal, doll, or blanket leftover from childhood. Those of you who know me well may already be acquainted with my beloved companion Old Spotty:
He is a leopard, whom I have had ever since I can remember. At one point, he was known only as Spotty. One day, when I was about six years old, Spotty vanished. I fell into a deep, dark depression for about six months, and my mother purchased a look-alike, whom I soon dubbed New Spotty, in an attempt to lift my spirits. Soon thereafter, the original Spotty was located (in a box that held my toy microscope) and renamed Old Spotty. He has been with me ever since. Yes, he's missing a nose, and one of his legs fell off and was reattached in a slightly akimbo fashion, but he's still the best.
Turns out my roommate Ern has her own Dirty Wow Wow, a penguin named Petey. Here he is:
And you know I couldn't resist this one- the newest interspecies friendship: