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Woman takes home her long-lost childhood stuffed animal – then text from her sister reveals he’s an imposter

January 10th, 2020

Did you have a favorite stuffed animal growing up?

Many of us had a collection, but there was always one we held especially dear.

For Vittoria Gallagher it was a stuffed dog she named “Crackers.”

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Vitt Gallagher/Facebook Source: Vitt Gallagher/Facebook

In what Gallagher thought was an amazing turn of events, she “found” her long-lost stuffed bestie lying in the street one day. It had been 18 years since she had seen the toy, but the filthy plush dog on the road was the spitting image of “Crackers.”

She did what many people who were convinced they had just come across a childhood treasure would do – she picked it up and brought it home.

But after washing him and posting all about her magical find on social media, Gallagher found out Crackers wasn’t all he was cracked up to be.

Her Twitter thread began with the day she got Crackers from her grandmother about 30 years ago.

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@Vitt2tsnoc/Twitter Source: @Vitt2tsnoc/Twitter

But in college, Crackers got lost and Gallager barely noticed at the time – she was an adult by then, after all.

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@Vitt2tsnoc/Twitter Source: @Vitt2tsnoc/Twitter

But when she went for a walk to her sister’s house one day – 18 years later! – her route took her near her old student housing (the place where Crackers supposedly went missing). And the unthinkable happened – Crackers was lying in the middle of the road!

She snapped a photo and scooped him up, thinking she had magically found her lost childhood stuffed animal.

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@Vitt2tsnoc/Twitter Source: @Vitt2tsnoc/Twitter

Assuming their reunion was a mid-December Christmas miracle, she texted her sister about her exciting find. After all, what were the chances of someone dropping the same 30-year-old stuffed animal in the street near to where she lost her’s 18 years prior?

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@Vitt2tsnoc/Twitter Source: @Vitt2tsnoc/Twitter

Since Gallagher had just reconnected with her grandmother’s side of the family, it seemed even more likely that it was a sign from the universe to come across this particular toy.

Of course, Crackers was pretty gross at this point, so once she got home he got a good wash.

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@Vitt2tsnoc/Twitter Source: @Vitt2tsnoc/Twitter

Who knows what Crackers had been through, especially being so near to student housing.

Gallager gave him a couple of extra washes for good measure.

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@Vitt2tsnoc/Twitter Source: @Vitt2tsnoc/Twitter

Before the harsh truth came out, Gallagher proudly showed off the newly-washed Crackers, which she had displayed in her kitchen.

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@Vitt2tsnoc/Twitter Source: @Vitt2tsnoc/Twitter

Alas, Gallagher’s sister made a shocking discovery a few weeks later on a trip back home.

She found the REAL Crackers!

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@Vitt2tsnoc/Twitter Source: @Vitt2tsnoc/Twitter

Gallagher found the entire scenario hilarious. She did, indeed, come across a similar stuffed animal in the street – and it was all just a coincidence.

But at least it brought back some fond memories of her grandmother.

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@Vitt2tsnoc/Twitter Source: @Vitt2tsnoc/Twitter

Now, Crackers and his double are displayed side-by-side in her home until someone claims Faux Crackers.

Gallagher has even put out a “found” message online in case whoever lost the stuffed animal wants it back (nice and clean!).

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@Vitt2tsnoc/Twitter Source: @Vitt2tsnoc/Twitter

While the mystery of Crackers’ doppelganger has yet to be solved, the story has brought many smiles to those reading along – and it has encouraged folks to share photos of their own childhood toys as well.

For now, the lost dog will sit with his twin and Gallagher has solicited names for the animal.

The winner: Wensleydale, or “Dale” for short. You can tell them apart because Dale now wears glasses.

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@Vitt2tsnoc/Twitter Source: @Vitt2tsnoc/Twitter

Social media may be ridiculous sometimes, but we have to admit that it’s stories like these that bring a smile to our face in the middle of the day.

Do you have a childhood stuffed animal that you miss (or have held onto into adulthood)?

Please SHARE this with your friends and family.

Source: Bored Panda, @Vitt2tsnoc via Twitter

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