I’m sure we all look at toys and play things in a different light. One man’s tennis ball is another man’s favourite dog exerciser. Whilst minding some family dogs recently, I realised that my stock of doggy toys had in fact become dodgy toys – bits chews off and squeakers missing. With shops only just opening up again after lockdown, I was rather limited as to where to go looking for replacements. So I took a stroll around the two toy shops that had braved the circumstances. Success on a plate! I came away from the second – with two toy Winnie the Poohs in all their pale custard yellow glory and just as exciting, I was able to replace the green toys with squeakers that have so enchanted a labrador and ‘corky’. I had two of these for years and laughingly called them Sharky and George from a very old cartoon. It was only recently that someone looked at them and said they were actually toy crocodiles – how many sharks are bright green, have very long tooth filled snouts and even longer swishy tails ?!