Growing up, most of us had that one teddy bear or stuffed animal that we would take with us to bed every night to keep us company.
There was something so soothing about having a buddy with you to help fight off the imaginary creatures living under your bed (even if that buddy was made of fabric and stuffing). For me, my bedtime pal was a stuffed dalmatian I received from my parents during a hospital stay.
Some people, though, take sleeping with stuffed animals to a whole new level. I’ve seen a few cases where the amount of stuffed animals on someone’s bed outnumbers the actual pillows by more than two to one. But even the most avid stuffed animal collector is no match for this therapy dog.
Meet Mojito. She’s a therapy dog with a bit of a stuffed animal obsession.
Every night, Mojito carries a different stuffed companion with her to bed.
These stuffed animals come in many shapes, colors, and sizes, and each one has a special place in Mojito’s heart.
According to the artist’s Tumblr, “These dolls have been rescued and rehabilitated from op-shops and tip shops around Tasmania. These lil fashion dolls have opted for a ‘tree change,’ swapping high-maintenance glitz ‘n’ glamour for down-to-earth style. I hand repaint the dolls faces, mold new shoes, and my Mum sews and knits their clothing.”
When it comes to embodying all things innocuous, toys reign supreme.
Whether they’re fashion-savvy Barbies or Star Wars-themed LEGOs, playthings are consistently innocent. That’s kind of the point. While we deal with the incessant onslaught of adulthood and its many harsh realities, little ones get to whittle away the hours in the company of their favorite plastic, plushy friends.
But one artist and toy designer by the name of Jason Freeny (previously) puts a deliciously dark spin on childhood staples like balloon animals and gummy bears.
As the son of a costume designer and a professor of sculpture and painting, Freeny was destined for quirky, artistic greatness.
It’s not often that we’re invited to spend some time inside an artist’s mind, so if you want to pick up a few models, head over to Amazon. For regular updates, pay Jason Freeny’s website a visit — and you should follow him on Facebook and Instagram while you’re at it!