This is Natalie, the adopter of Lorca!
I received Lorca a few days ago in the mail after months of anticipation.
I first met her at the Petting Zoo in Austin on 34th Street in December. I was visiting a friend and I fell so in love with Lorca.
She is adjusted so well into her new home in Vancouver BC!
I arranged all my stuffed animals in a semi circle on the bed while we unwrapped Lorca from the packaging. It was quite the celebration. She nuzzled each of them and has become Best Friends with my SA named Spud. He is a big potato and pretends that he is a whale sometimes.
You have no idea how much I love her and what this means to me that an organization like this exists. I feel like I’ve become a part of a family of people who understand exactly what its like to have SA’s as Best Friends.
Its a really good feeling. Attached is my signed contract and a photo of Lorca and I. The image on the left is her when I saw her in Austin. Such a cutie she is!
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One of my stuffed animal kids… is, well, a little overweight. He’s recently had some mild joint pains while running around at school, and I’m afraid it’s because of his weight. Do you know of any possible solutions or therapies that he can do to alleviate the pain? I’m really hoping it doesn’t become a problem for him– it’s not really his fault that he’s larger stuffed, and I’m hoping that I don’t have to perform some sort of in-house surgery/liposuction. Please let me know if you have any ideas!
As for your SA, joint pains are fairly common in larger-sized stuffed animals. As they age, you might observe seam strain ranging from slightly visible stitching to major thread loss. In extreme cases, if left untreated this can result in full limb separation. And though limb separation in stuffed animals is nowhere near as serious in stuffed animals as it is in live animals, it is still something that should be avoided whenever possible.
Regarding your suggestion of possible liposuction, I strongly caution you against this. Stuffing liposuction is quite dangerous and can result in gross malformation of the stuffed physique… not to mention the mental and physical scarring that often negatively affect an SA’s self-esteem.
I suggest that you check his joints for stretched stitching that may be contributing to his discomfort. These can be repaired by a simple in-house surgery that you can perform with a needle and fur-matching thread. Be sure to distract your SA during the procedure. At the SARF, we like to tape colorful photos to the ceiling so patients have something to take their minds off of the stitching taking place. The procedure is actually quite painless. I have had it done myself.
You should also wear a mask when performing the procedure, as it will make you feel more official. A simple dust mask should suffice. We wear ones like these.
In the mean time, I would make sure your SA’s teachers are aware of his condition. Because SA’s do not move on their own, his teachers have great control over his level of activity. They can monitor his pain levels and make sure he rests when he’s experiencing any pain or swelling.
Also, placing the SA in a bed with his head on a pillow and covers pulled up to just below his arms – with his arms outside of the blanket – is very comforting and helps to alleviate pain.
Thank you for your question. I hope my advice helped.
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I adopted Dr. Abel Long, DC back in 2011. He is doing well here in the Northwest (Bremerton, WA), enjoying the cooler weather. Having more rain in these parts is a bonus… Dr. Long doesn’t feel the need to be outside doing this or that & rather enjoys it indoors- sitting by the window looking out, watching the geese or ducks flying over, or snuggling up in a quilt & catching an old movie on TV. He seems happy in his retirement!
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We’re having a stuffed animal petting zoo tomorrow (Friday, April 12) at the Ann Richards School’s Enviro-fair! 4-7pm. Come meet our awesome new SAs & apply to adopt!
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Coco found her forever home within the walls of the Austin American-Statesman. Little did she know that there among the employee craft fair was an online shopping product manager waiting to take her home for her baby girl who was coming soon. Now this handknit bear spends her time on a shelf in this girl’s room watching her and her brother play. She also is somewhat of a silent leader among the other stuffed animals, and the little ones all look up to her. She likes to visit the zoo because there are so many animals there. And she loves to eat bamboo like her panda cousins. When not working for SARF, she likes to sit on her head to do some inverse thinking.