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August 27, 2015

Desperately Seeking Ladybird

I have made a terrible mistake, friends.

Let me start from the beginning.

Two years ago, I took a trip to Austin Texas with my good friend Dan.

Yes. I pack differently than you.

Yes. I pack differently than you.

One of my favorite things to do when I travel is check out all the different thrift stores. Each city has its own unique style of secondhand finds. Dying for a great floral print dress? Check out the Goodwill in Honolulu! Seeking out some funky hipster threads? Portland is for you.

While we were perusing the racks, Dan found this.

It's a Purseranian (a fine and noble breed)

It’s a Purseranian (a fine and noble breed).

He couldn’t stop laughing at this strange little dog purse.  “It’s $3!  You should have it!”, he exclaimed – putting this handbag that was more fuzzy than it was functional in my cart.

“No Dan.  I’m not carrying a dog purse. Put it back.”

But he was insistent.  We decided to make a friendly wager.  If the above picture could get 10 likes on Facebook while we were still in the store, I had to buy it.

It got 30.

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We ended up settling on ‘Ladybird’ as an appropriate Texan name for the pup.  And we had a great time with her.

Look! I made a matching refashion just for her!

Look! I made a matching refashion just for her!


Wait...this restaurant allows dogs?!?!

Wait…this restaurant allows dogs?!?!


Ladybird makes friends wherever she goes!

Ladybird makes friends wherever she goes!


I even created a Facebook Fan Page for her!

But as the months passed, Ladybird appearances became less and less frequent. The floor of my coat closet became her new home.

Recently, I downsized from a 3 bed/2.5 bath house to a much tinier 2 bed/1 bath apartment.  This meant a ruthless paring down of my possessions.  Furniture, dishes, and clothes were donated to Goodwill by the truckload.  I remember the moment, when I was cleaning out my coat closet and found Ladybird…right where I left her.  I felt a wistful twinge of nostaligia, took a deep breath, and put her in the donation box.

But then I saw this the other day:


I’ve been filled with regret ever since.  Why did I give up Ladybird without a note…without anything to tell her new owners of the adventures she’s experienced?

I need your help.  Help me find Ladybird! I promise I won’t try to take her away from her new home…I just want to make sure her new owner knows just how awesome the new addition to their wardrobe/family is and pass off her fan page to them (as long as they’re an adult…safety first!).

Can you help?  🙂

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