We went to our friends' house for dinner last week, and charity shop discussions continuing from this blog post lead us to be introduced to Ben....
Ben is half beanbag dog, half teddy bear dog. With a mariachi guitar. We don't know his back story, but he was purchased by our friend Chris from Oxfam in Oxford years ago as a gift for his girlfriend (now wife, also called Penny). Ben looks to have been stitched together from a number of different toys, into some sort of horrific Frankendog. He is definitely smiling, but his "Alistair Darling-esque" felt eyebrows give him an air of silent menace.
Our first reaction to Ben was, understandably, fear.
But then I thought about this poor, freakish creature left abandoned on the shelves while all the cute teddies got bought and given loving homes. And I thought it was sort of sweet that Chris had picked him up and taken him in.
Penny remains tactfully unconvinced.
Ben was £3. As love tokens go, he's definitely one of a kind.