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Without Cuddling Her Stuffed Banana, A 20-Year-Old Dog Can’t Sleep

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We used to sleep hugging plush animals or pillows because it reassured and calmed us enough to fall asleep. Our canine companions, like us, like playing with and sleeping with plush animals.

Even as babies grow older, they enjoy snuggling and cuddling with their soft and cuddly toys.

Meet Tessa, a 20-year-old terrier mix who is completely dedicated to her mother and the people she cares about.

Everyone in her family, however, understands that no matter how much she loves them, they will never be able to compete with her toy banana.

Credits: Shanna Loren

For the past five years, Tessa has had a strong attachment with her toy banana.

Tessa’s mother, Shanna Loren, gave her this banana when a foster dog destroyed her prior favorite toy.

It’s just a simple stuffed animal, but Tessa thinks it’s extraordinary.

Loren told The Dodo, “I found it in a clearance bin at a pet store but I knew it was the size of toys she likes.”

“She immediately took to the banana the moment I gave it to her.”

Credits: Shanna Loren

Tessa will now proudly display her prized possession whenever guests come to the house. 

“She wants people to acknowledge it’s special too before she will go put it down,” Loren added.

“And when she puts it down, she puts it in whatever bed she considers best.”

“We instruct guests to tell her that they saw her banana so she can go lay back down,” Loren added.

“It’s funny now that she’s deaf to have our friends yelling at her, ‘I LIKE YOUR BANANA, TESSA!’”

Credits: Shanna Loren

Senior dogs may dislike playing with toys and sleeping with them since their senses begin to weaken as they age.

Tessa, on the other hand, will demonstrate that you can never be too old to cuddle with your favorite plushie. What a sweet puppy!

“She’s never once allowed it to be a ‘play toy,’” Loren added. “It’s her one little possession and it’s her life.”

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