And maybe a surprise for Miss Abby.
She'll usually pile some of them up on one of her beds to sleep with her. Usually her favorites - Angry bird, Mr. Gator and the little red dog that her fella Frankie (and his wonderful family) sent her.
I remember arriving home from this last trip. It was the middle of the night and I awoke to her toenails on the hardwood. I then hear a snuffing sound, but I figured she was just grabbing another boy from the big box they go into when I vacuum, which I'd done earlier. But it sounded like it was the office where my briefcase was, not the space where the box is. Oh well, she's just snooting around, I thought as I went back to sleep.
In the morning there was a surprise on her bed. She'd snagged the puffy bag of beef jerky out of my briefcase. She didn't try and gnaw it open, thinking perhaps it was just a really tasty smelling stuffed toy.
I was just keeping your bed warm until you came back.