I’m looking for a stuffed Leopard/Cheetah/Jaguar/Bobcat doll, probably about a foot or over in size, with dark browns and blacks for the spots. It was an overall dark brown color with little white tuffs on his cheeks I believe? or possibly his little beard. He’s not bent over like a cat, but he is upright, like a teddy bear would be. He’s slim, with no puffy belly, and has plastic whiskers, and pretty dark eyes, and a nice long tail.
He’s possibly a GUND, or RUSS, or DAKIN. The store had all kinds of toys, so it’s possibly a foreign maker. It was purchased from a small toy store in Temecula, CA in the 80’s. Probably between 83-88, but I’m guessing closer to the 84ish range though.
My “Bob” (I thought he was a bobcat when I was little, but obviously not as they have no tails) was my world. I had a very, very, very rough childhood. I spent a lot of time under bedsheets cuddling and crying with him during the nights. He was with me through everything, climbing trees, and building pillow forts. He was with me, even through my childhood injuries, falling out of a wagon and going to the ER with a cracked head eek! He was supposed to be with me for life.
I recently discovered that in a spiteful move by my father, my box of all my cherished keepsakes was thrown away. I have a 3 year old daughter now, and I wanted her to inherit him. Bob was never ever ever to be thrown or given away. If my daughter didn’t want him, he was to stay with me forever.
I literally cannot choke back the tears I feel at the loss of him. I have no pictures of me with him, because all those were thrown away as well, and I unfortunately have never seen another.
I wouldn’t even know what to do if someone could help me find him again, or a replacement.
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