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This is Simone on her bed when I leave her in the morning for work:

This is Simone on her bed when I come home:

She started bringing the sock over to her bed a few weeks ago. She doesn't chew it. She just keeps it near.

It breaks my heart a little every time I see that.

10 Comments to “Dirty old sock”

  1. deva says:

    It breaks my heart too. What a handsome girl.

  2. annie says:

    and she loves you!!!!!!!!!!!! Her rescuer and hero!

  3. Lynda says:

    That is sweet. Jack does that with Paul's shoes.

  4. Jenii says:

    SO CUTE! Ceilidh does that with wool mittens. Has to be wool and has to be mittens. She was pratically doing back flips when we brought out the bin of winter accessories.

  5. Anonymous says:

    The only thing I can say is that I'd want your sock close too.

  6. Anonymous says:

    That's so sweet but kind of sad, too, she's getting comfort from your sock in your absence.

  7. Nathalie says:

    I had a dog, Elwood, that did exactly with my ex husband's sock. Always just 1 sock, always wool, always just kept it close by. Never chewed it, sometimes carried it from place to place around the house. A bit sad, but more heartwarming than anything:-)

  8. My pup, Koya, does the same thing when I go on a business trip. My husband says she likes to sleep with one of my used socks....if he tries to take it and put it aside, she goes back and fetches it only so she can lay with it again. It's really sweet.

  9. Anonymous says:

    The Best Dog Ever, my sweet Cody, used to do that with my sneakers. I had sliding doors on my closet, and he'd learned how to push them open with his nose to get to the shoes. When I'd come home for lunch, there they were, on his bed. Unchewed.

    I still miss him.

  10. my year and a half westie sleeps on top of the shoes by the front of our apartment door. we have tried to put his bed there or something more comfortable than a pair of size 12 runners and a pair of size 5.5 heels, but no he moves his bed aside to sleep on shoes. silly bear <3

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