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the sock toe

A cat batting a bottle cap. A pup crunching a plastic water bottle.

No matter how much money we spend on the latest and greatest pet toys, often our pets find the most joy in the simple. And your daughter would rather play with the box than the $300 Barbie Dream House that came in it. You know.

ImageOur dog, N.A.S.H.A.‘s most prized possession is a red sock toe. How do you get a sock toe, you ask? Well, you cut off the tip of a sock for your kid’s school project, and the dog takes over the scraps. Said kid will now be a junior in high school come fall, and this sock toe was born when he was in third grade. It’s much like a child’s thread-bare blankie. If we ever lost it, the would would most certainly end.

The sock toe is N.A.S.H.A.’s go-to toy. It’s always the most played-with, so it keeps residence on top of all the other toys. She pulls it out when she wants to play, which, for a nearly eight-year-old dog, is pretty frequently. Sometimes she’ll put it in our lap…it’s just heavy enough to be thrown across the living room. She’ll tear around the house with it in her mouth, drop it on purpose, high-tail it back to fetch it, then reverse her route. Most often, she’ll toss it high in the air and catch it herself. Amusement for all.

ImageIt makes it’s way outside and back in. On the bed. Under the bed. In the closet. On the couch. But she can always find it. Maybe because it’s never been washed. We don’t want to risk it going to the dreaded sock place of the unknown underworld.

It has no squeaker, and no beefy flavor, and it does nothing beneficial to her teeth. I know it does a lot for her heart, though.


3 Comments on “the sock toe”

  1. Pam says:

    I love that N.A.S.H.A. still loves her sock toe! We have a toy like like this. We call it “The Carcass”. We had a pillow once that had a very particular fabric casing. Not cotton… we honestly don’t know what it was/is made of. When we retired said pillow, one of our resident toyminators took much joy in ripping all of its guts out. You think that’s the end of it… but no. We still have that outer casing, which is now just a ripped, wadded, knotted, mangled mess of a thing… but it has such a particular texture that she still very much enjoys chewing it and “working it over”. Frankly, The Carcass is pretty gross after all these years, but like you, we don’t dare wash it.
    P.S. I read N.A.S.H.A.’s profile… what a great story! OMG, pooping in your box springs… that is SOOO funny!! Not for you and Big, of course, but certainly for the rest of us 😉 And that devil collar… love it!

    • well minded says:

      Thanks for checking out the posts about N.A.S.H.A. and her sock toe, Pam! Your story about “The Carcass” is so funny. I totally get it! Oh, what we do for our pooches!

  2. […] what about N.A.S.H.A., our dog? She just turned eight, yet still acts like a puppy. Would she need to supplement, too? I feed her the highest-quality food. But then, taking what I […]


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