Soldiers repair stuffed animals at ‘teddy bear clinic’

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FORT CARSON, Colo. (KXRM) – More than 60 stuffed animals were brought to Fort Carson’s veterinary center.

“There have definitely been some challenges and I think everybody’s done a really great job getting them back together and, I hope everybody’s happy with the result,” said U.S. Army CPT. Caitlin Sullivan.

This is the first time Fort Carson opened a Teddy Bear Clinic for children’s injured or damaged stuffed animals, and it seems it was much needed.

“Mommy tried her hand at sewing and he was coming undone along his back,” said Cassie Hiszem, who picked up Sprinkles the fox for with her six-year-old son.

“She’s extremely excited, they go everywhere with her, it’s the longest she’s ever left them,” said Anne Turner, who was with her three-year-old daughter, Cabella.

The animals had a three-day stay, which meant plenty of stitch work for the staff.

“This a great opportunity of them to get some practice in and familiarize themselves with different patterns and different techniques of suturing,” Sullivan said.

“He had to be stitched from here to here, so it wasn’t a small job for them to do,” Hiszem said.

It’s a win-win for both the kids and the staff.

“Thank you!” “My pleasure. Take care now!” Cabella said.

Each animal went home with care instructions, with some saying their surgery was a success, and others saying to get some love and rest.

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