I love to pass down to my daughter things that I used to have when I was a little girl. It's like I'm sharing a tiny piece of my history with her.  For example, she has my old baby ring that she wears on a necklace, as well as some of my old baby clothes that she uses to dress up her stuffed animals.  And recently, she hit the ultimate jackpot when my mom came across my old Raggedy Ann doll up in the attic.  She was so excited to have her very own "vintage" dolly.

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That is, until Goatdog got a hold of her....

You see, Goatdog LOVES to mess with my kids' things.  He's earned a very bad reputation for breaking into rooms and ripping the crap out of Nerf bullets, pillows and many a stuffed animal.  These fits of destruction often happen when he feels he's being ignored.  And this is precisely what happened the night that he murdered poor Raggedy Ann.

I was reading a bedtime story to my twins in my son's room one night, and my son absolutely insisted on shutting the dog out. He was afraid that Goatdog would tear up something that he considers to be valuable, which is probably a very likely scenario. Apparently, however, my daughter had forgotten to close the door to her room, leaving Goaty the perfect opportunity to demonstrate his frustration at being left out of a moment.

When my daughter later climbed into bed, she was absolutely HORRIFIED to find hunks of Raggedy Ann's head lying all over her rug.  The doll had a giant, gaping hole in the side of her head, and bits of stuffing and red yarn were scattered everywhere. Goatdog had really done one helluva number on her.  Michael Myers would've been so proud.

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My daughter was screaming and crying and yelling about how much she HATED the dog, as I did my best to pick up the pieces of the crime scene.  I promised my sobbing girl that I would somehow, some way get poor Raggedy Ann put back together.  Surely someone would perform cosmetic surgery on a doll around here, right?

Luckily, I talked our dry cleaning guy into taking on the job, and he was able to do a mini facelift on old Ann.  She's still pretty raggedy, but I personally think that's what makes her so darn special.  And most importantly?  My girl is smiling once again...... :-)

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