Our First Winter

IMG_4744With Arya turning a whopping 20 weeks this week, we will be experiencing our first winter. Arya got to play in snow for the first time last week and she loved it. She was eating ice, rolling around in the snow covered grass, and even digging in the snow. Arya had a blast.

As a symbol for our first winter, I went to Petsmart on Monday and bought her a special teddy bear. I named it Ted. These teddy bears were on 50% off and so adorable. I could not resist. This teddy bear (as seen in the picture) is actually a beige dog. What makes it symbolic of our first winter is the scarf. The red scarf has a snowflake and the year 2013 printed on it.

Of course, Ted a squeaker in his chest. Once Arya found that squeaker, she would not stop biting it to hear that obnoxious squeak. But after the first day, Arya must have punctured a hole in the plastic squeaker because poor little Ted was no longer squeaking. After only 2 days, Ted had one ear torn off. Arya was a little too happy to have a new toy. She walks around with Ted in her mouth, shaking it back and forth. Sometimes she will lay down with Ted’s ear in her mouth, and using her paws, she will push the body away. Almost as if she is playing tug-o-war with herself. She even throws it in the air, runs to get it, and then shakes it again. Needless to say, she is extremely rough with this poor teddy. But when I wanted to take a picture of Arya with Ted, I noticed something was missing. Arya had already torn off the other ear!

I am happy that Arya loves this new teddy bear but at the same time I am worried that Ted won’t make it through the winter. Arya is very rough with Ted and I have a feeling she will be tearing out his stuffing sometime this next week. I guess that’s okay though. Its better than her tearing up my shoes or my pillow.