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Puzzled Owners Capture Their Therapy Dog’s Strange And Adorable Nightly Toy Ritual

by Laura Caseley
Laura is a writer, illustrator, and artist living in New York City.

If you have a dog, you know that he or she probably has a favorite toy. Maybe it’s a teddy bear leaking stuffing, or a simple piece of rope, but your dog can’t live without it.

But for Mojito, a golden retriever, sometimes the choices can be overwhelming. Mojito is a therapy dog and is loved by her human, Kim Downie, who showers her canine companion with toys.

“She insists on picking one out every time we go to the store and of course BarkBox sends her new toys every month,” Downie says. BarkBox is a monthly delivery service that ships toys and treats to dogs all over the country.

And seeing Mojito’s face, we can just imagine how hard it would be to say no to her. But you can’t accuse her of being someone who loses interest in her toys.

Every night, before bed, Mojito carefully selects a toy, a different one each night, and brings it up to bed. One night it might be a stuffed hamburger, and another it might be a floppy blue octopus.

“She is very specific about what she chooses to take to bed,” Downie says. And Downie is careful to document Mojito’s nightly choices on Instagram.

Check out Mojito’s toy collection below, and if you get inspired, try your hand at making a one-of-a-kind toy for your favorite pooch.

[H/T: BoredPanda, The Dodo]

Meet Mojito. She is a three-year-old golden retriever and therapy dog to Kim Downie. She likes wearing the bandannas that Downie makes for her, and she definitely loves her many, many toys.

In fact, she loves them all so much that she selects a different one to take up to bed with her each night.

And she’s not just grabbing whatever happens to be nearest, either.

“She will search the house and empty her toy boxes until she finds whatever one she is looking for,” Downie says.

She’s also very particular about which toys stay upstairs and which stay downstairs. The toys she brings up will stay upstairs until Mojito decides it’s time to move them back down again.

“If we move them back downstairs, she will carry them right back up.”

Some scientists say that, like humans, dogs exhibit a behavior called neophilia, which is a preference for new objects. It’s why we like shiny new things.

It’s also why dogs like Mojito get so interested in her new toys. But because she has so many, it’s likely that she also gets to “rediscover” her older toys and relive the excitement all over again.

This is a neat trick if you want to treat your dog, but don’t necessarily want to buy any more toys. You can try simply hiding a toy for a little while and then reintroducing it, or adding a new scent.

As for Mojito, though, she has no shortage of toys — large and small. During the day, she can usually be found playing with these same toys.

Downie gets the toys from various places, including her local store, as well as from BarkBox, which delivers dog toys, treats, and gear each month.

Sometimes, Mojito has a sleepover with a friend, and they often like to bring up a toy, too.

Mojito has been selecting toys every night for almost a year and a half, and Downie has taken to documenting her nightly choices.

And she doesn’t show any signs of getting tired of the routine, either.

You can follow along with Mojito’s bedtime routine on Instagram, and you can even get a stylish bandanna for your dog on Downie’s Etsy shop.

If you know someone who loves a quirky dog, SHARE Mojito’s bedtime routine with them!