Target and the Big Pink Dog

by Pamela Santangelo on October 1, 2008

Recently my husband and I decided to check out some of the various stores for a Halloween costume for our daughter. Not entirely convinced that we should partake in the annual costume as she is 2 1/2 and we really don’t need to have that much candy in the house.

One of the places we stopped was Target. Looking for where the costumes were displayed we passed by the toy section. We paused there allowing our daughter to admire the many items on the shelves and letting her play while my husband and I watched her careful curiosity.

One such item that she discovered was a large pink stuffed dog. She patted it’s head and told it “Good boy,” much like our black lab at home. When it was time for us to leave; in typically two year old styling she wanted nothing to do with that; she wanted to stay and play. I don’t blame her; as parents we made the rookie mistake of allowing it to go on. My husband trying to be clever and kind told her that if she wanted to keep the dog she would have to carry it by herself through the store; not thinking of course that she would be able to.

With the determination of an Olympian she hoisted the large pink dog over her shoulder and started walking. Stopping occasionally to re-position.
She did it! She carried the dog bigger than her through the entire store (Toy department is on the far end).

Needless to say; never under estimate a child.

Update: She still has the dog and plays with it often.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Terrie August 3, 2011 at 4:52 pm

I love this story. And you’re right, “Never underestimate a child”. : )


Pamela August 3, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Thank you for taking the time to comment Terrie.



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