My Odie doll...
He has been loved for a long time. I even gave him up for lent one or two years (the biggest sacrifice I could think of as a little kid).
He had been packed away for more than ten years now...
I was purging my boxes and trunks after watching Oprah's spiel on the lives of hoarders, and Odie saw the light of day.
I held him up trying to figure out if I should keep this treasured object of my childhood or toss him in the goodwill bag.
My mind was made up for me when I heard from behind me in a happy little voice, "A PUPPY! A puppy for Jimmy!"
I told him the puppy's name was Odie and it was quickly snatched up!
Odie lives on!