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Tuggy’s Story

By Wendy | October 28, 2009

s4010007(As sent in by Brenda Baitzel – Tuggy the Bear’s “grandma”)

The summer of 2001 we went on vacation to New Hampshire, and for a day trip we drove over to Shelburne, VT specifically to visit the The Vermont Teddy Bear Factory. My daughter was only 7 years old at the time and after taking the tour we let her pick out a bear and she decided on “Tuggy.” She selected the “friendship” stuffing, picked out the heart and tucked it inside, and when they finished sewing him up she cut the “umbilical cord.”

Being the only child at home, she developed a very close bond with this bear! Sleeping with it every night, and taking it on all future adventures. A little over two years passed and we went to Atlantic City for a weekend getaway. It was the weekend before New Year’s, which also fell on her birthday. After we checked in at the front desk, we got on the elevator; she had Tuggy under her arm and we were all loaded down with coats, purses, small over night bags and misc things, and head up to our room. We get into the room and start putting things away and all of a sudden she goes… “Where’s Tuggy?” We started searching frantically, running back to the elevator, trying to remember which one we came up on…. (there were 7 or 8!). As we were standing there waiting for the elevator, we met a bellman named Freddy, and when we got into the elevator he looked at my daughter and said, “Why are you so sad?” Jessica told him that it was “the worst birthday she has ever had because she had lost Tuggy” and we were looking for him, with no luck. He was not in the hall way, he’s not on the elevator, and he’s not in the lobby. We went back up to the room to search again, but he was nowhere to be found. I called security telling them how important he was and asked them if they could possibly look in the elevators to see if they could find him. They told me that they would be on the look out for him and we left for dinner. Jessica was extremely upset! I told her not to worry that we would find him, someone would turn him in.

After dinner we got a phone call from Freddy, asking if we had found him and after telling him no, he asked if he could come up to the room to bring Jessica another bear. Of course we said yes. Jessica thanked him and went to bed. She cried herself to sleep and was still crying when we got up in the morning. I called security, again (yes, Tuggy was that important) and they told me that if they found him they would send him to our house.

So we told Jessica once again as we were leaving the hotel room not to worry because when they found Tuggy they would send him home. (Secretly, I seriously doubted if we would ever see him again.) If you could have seen the look on this little girl’s face… she was heartbroken!

While we were in the elevator going to the lobby, we decide to eat breakfast before we got on the road and so we stopped at a restaurant we had seen advertised that was on the second or third floor. When we got to the front of the line the hostess asked Jessica why she looked so sad… and Jessica told her that she lost her Teddy Bear last night and we were leaving him behind and going home. The lady got this surprised look on her face and asked Jessica what he looked like. She said “He’s brown with a pink t-shirt” and the lady reached down under the counter and pulled out “Tuggy!” I could have cried. Jessica was soooo happy! Evidently when Jessica had dropped him in the elevator, someone had picked him up and turned him in at the hostess counter the night before. She said she was going to turn him in to lost and found the first chance she got. Talking about the best birthday present ever!!! And how lucky we were that we decided to try a new restaurant that morning! Amazing!

We have stayed at the same hotel every time we go back to Atlantic City and yes, we still keep in touch with Freddy. By the way, I bought a cat collar and a small leash for Tuggy to wear whenever he left the house after that little adventure! Jessica is almost 16 now and still sleeps with Tuggy every night, even taking Tuggy with her on sleep overs. All of her friends accept Tuggy as a way of life!

Thanks for letting me share our special story….

Brenda Baitzel

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14 Responses to “Tuggy’s Story”

  1. kiki Says:
    November 11th, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    I am so happy that this story had a wonderful ending!

    Something similar happened to me a few months ago. My husband and I were on vacation in San Francisco and staying in a lovely hotel – when my treasured teddy bed of many years was taken away with the bed linens by the housekeeping staff! After many frantic tears and phone calls to the hotel staff – my dear bear was found in the hotel’s laundry facility and returned to me within minutes!

  2. Nate Says:
    November 11th, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Thanks kiki! Glad to hear everything worked out for you.

    Close call with the laundry facility! I know that Vermont Teddy Bears do well in the washing machine (putting them in something like a pillowcase would help protect their eyes), but they don’t like dryers.

  3. Nat Says:
    November 16th, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Oh my gosh, this is such a sweet story. I’m so happy Jessica was reunited with her bear. Poor Tuggy and Jessica to go through that ordeal :( But what a happy ending indeed :)

  4. MAMIE Says:
    November 24th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    I WAS IN THE HOSPITAL FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER IN SUMMER OF 1984. MY SISTER, WHO IS AN R.N BROUGHT ME OLSEN. I WAS TAKING A BATH AND THE NURSE CHANGED THE BED LINENS AND TOOK THEM AWAY. ALONG WITH OLSEN. TO THIS DAY I WONDER WHAT HAPPENED TO OLSEN. NEVER SAW HIM AGAIN. GLAD TUGGY DID NOT MEET A SIMLAR FATE. I SLEEP WITH MY BEARS TOO. ;)

  5. Nate Says:
    November 25th, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Sorry to hear about losing Olsen. I know someplace you can find a great new Teddy Bear. [;-)]

  6. Wayne Gooder Says:
    December 8th, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Thank you very much for sharing your story. I am so glad that it has a happy ending. I do not even want to think about losing (even for a short time) my favorite bear.

  7. Nate Says:
    December 8th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    You’re in good company, Wayne. A whole lotta folks couldn’t get a good night’s sleep without their Bears.

  8. Ellie Miller Says:
    December 9th, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    What a wonderful story. Thank you for sharing.

  9. shannon Says:
    January 3rd, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    I have a vermont teddy bear named Theodore. I have had him for 3 years now and his paw pads are already worn out. that show how much I love him. I bring him every where I go.

  10. Alice Teh Says:
    March 1st, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    That’s such a wonderful ending! I’m so glad Jessica found her Tuggy. I love, love, love happy ending!

    I’ve just got my Vermont Loverboy Bear today from my love and I love the little guy i.e. the bear (and the big one) to bits!

  11. Nate Says:
    March 2nd, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Thanks for adding your own wonderful ending, Alice.

  12. alyssa Says:
    March 9th, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    that happend to me before with my “little puppy” but my mom found him

  13. Maddy Says:
    February 5th, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    aww that is a very sweet story… im happy that she didnt have to go home without her teddy :)

    my daughter lost hers for about A MONTH haha.. only it was in my house… i ended up finding it in her toy washer machine… downstairs in the laundry room .. boy was she so excited!! love your bears they are soo cute!

  14. Nate Says:
    February 6th, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Whew! A month without a Teddy Bear? Your daughter must have been beside herself with joy. Thanks for sharing Maddy!

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