Welcome to Webkinz World!
I've been obsessed with stuffed animals since the moment I was born and I never grew out of that. I was introduced to Webkinz when they plagued toy stores in the early 2000's, and they were my first introduction to the internet. They were a huge part of my life for many years, until my first account eventually got disabled from inactivity :(
One of my first Webkinz was the siamese cat, and I still have him to this day. His name is Scoopie, but I lost his adoption certificate a long time ago.
A few years ago, I decided to clean him up because the years haven't been nice to him. I restuffed him, brushed him, and washed him. Now he's soft and almost like new.
Scoopie means a lot to me, he's one of (if not the) most important and comforting toys I keep around. He has a special place in my room, ontop of the stuffed animals net, looking down upon the rest. He's a very special boy.
Sometimes I find Webkinz in thrift stores, and I can't help but to buy them if I have enough money. It makes me sad to see stuffed animals or toys in general dumped into thrift stores. It makes me wonder what happened to their owner. Did they grow too old for toys, or do they no longer care for their stuffed friends?
I personally see stuffed animals as friends. Maybe you don't believe they have consciousness, but in the small likelyhood that they do, it takes no effort to love and care for them. I treat them as if they were pets, and I make sure they're all loved, comfortable, and not forgotten.
Webkinz was one of the very first toys-to-life games, and they really made our friends seem as if they were alive. We could care for them, make them happy, play games with them. And at the end of the night, we could cuddle with them as we fell asleep.
Our Webkinz always loved us and they were always there for us. Scoopie has been with me through everything. And unlike living creatures, stuffed toys can be with us for the rest of our lives and beyond. When I die, I hope my stuffed animals are given to a new kid who can love and appreciate them just as I did.
You may have clicked on this page to hear me blabble on about how Webkinz is a superior early internet game, how ahead of it's time it was, or about the nostalgia it brings me. But, it's been said a million times, so I wanted to make this page more of a love letter to Webkinz and how important they are to me.
Thank you Webkinz, you were the backbone of my entire childhood.
...but please don't tred into 3d mobile game territory pleasepleasepaleaspleelpals-