I decided to do a photo-walk into downtown La Crosse, since I needed to stop and get a buspass anyway.
I stopped by the local antique store and fell in love with a little china dog and a teddy bear named “Herbie” I’m thinking my Charlie Bear “Theo” will get along with him quite nicely. Apparently he’s a BJ’s Huggables bear. He’s got tipped mohair, ultrasuede paws and is poly/pellet filled. He was made by Brenda Hallway in Byron, MN and he’s #28 year 1995.
He sure is a cutie.
The little china dog reminds me of the old nursery poem about the Gingham Dog and the Calico cat, called The Duel by Eugene Field, which is why I’ve gone and named mine Eugene.
Here’s the poem for those intrigued:
The Duel by Eugene Field
The gingham dog and the calico cat
Side by side on the table sat;
‘T was half-past twelve, and (what do you think!)
Nor one nor t’ other had slept a wink!
The old Dutch clock and the Chinese plate
Appeared to know as sure as fate
There was going to be a terrible spat.
(I was n’t there; I simply state
What was told to me by the Chinese plate!)
The gingham dog went “Bow-wow-wow!”
And the calico cat replied “Mee-ow!”
The air was littered, an hour or so,
With bits of gingham and calico,
While the old Dutch clock in the chimney-place
Up with its hands before its face,
For it always dreaded a family row!
(Now mind: I’m only telling you
What the old Dutch clock declares is true!)
The Chinese plate looked very blue,
And wailed, “Oh, dear! what shall we do!”
But the gingham dog and the calico cat
Wallowed this way and tumbled that,
Employing every tooth and claw
In the awfullest way you ever saw—
And, oh! how the gingham and calico flew!
(Don’t fancy I exaggerate—
I got my news from the Chinese plate!)
Next morning, where the two had sat
They found no trace of dog or cat;
And some folks think unto this day
That burglars stole that pair away!
But the truth about the cat and pup
Is this: they ate each other up!
Now what do you really think of that!
(The old Dutch clock it told me so,
And that is how I came to know.)
All-in-all a rather fun day. (You’ll find the photo-walk photos in the post below this one.)