For those of you who don’t know, we have 2 adorable mini Dachshunds: Rastus & Lucy.
I fell in love with them after seeing Peter Alexander’s beautiful girl Penny in their promos about 15 years ago (maybe more :o). When we got married and finally bought our own place Rastus came along not long afterwards. Then we decided with both of us working he needed a buddy so along came Lucy. So I’m a self-confessed crazy dachshund lady. I follow loads of insta-famous dachshunds and love seeing their sweet little faces come up in my newsfeed.
This is how I came across the Melbourne based brand Little Wuppy®. They have created the cutest little plush sausage dogs, which I instantly had to have for Isla.
Then I learnt more about the story behind Little Wuppy®. They are a Worry Puppy, designed as an aid to help ease children’s worries and anxiety.
In a society where children’s anxiety is on the rise, and more and more children are seeing councilors I thought this was such a lovely way to try and help children to work through their emotions. Kids absorb so much from the world around them. They are constantly receiving stimulus and it is a LOT for their little minds to process, whether it be good or bad. When Isla was younger she would have DOOZY tantrums, and in time I learnt to understand that most times it was simply that she was frustrated at not being able to process her emotions and formulate the words to explain herself.
When our Wuppy® arrived it is the perfect size for little hands. It comes in the cutest little pack, complete with an adoption certificate and information card. The card has a diagram inside to help explain why Sausage Dogs are so good at helping to ease worries: Their big ears make them great listeners.
I was actually unsure whether Isla would understand the purpose of her Wuppy®, and how she’s more than just another stuffed toy. But she honestly surprised me. When she’s feeling sad or upset I can often hear her in her room telling her Wuppy® all about it. I leave her for a few minutes to let her process how she’s feeling before going in and talking with her about what she told Wuppy (even if I didn’t hear what she actually said). It seems to help her put her emotions into words so when she’s ready to talk to me she can express herself more clearly. She shares not only her worries but also her successes too.
We even took ours with us when Isla had her 4yo immunizations. When it was time to have the needle Isla closed her eyes, held onto Wuppy® tightly…
And it was all over! She didn’t even cry. Now this is a big deal for us, cause my daughter is known to express her emotions with VOLUME.
My daughter has always been a ‘touchy’ kid, loves textures. So the soft fluffy fabric on the back is perfect for her, as is the smoothing stitching on the red heart. She will often hold her Wuppy® and rub her heart.
There are 3 different Wuppy®’s to choose from, as well as Keyrings (perfect for school/kindy backpacks) and their beautiful Worry Catcher. I LOVE that this is a certified Australian Made product, and incase you haven’t picked up on it yet I cannot love them any more.
Of course they are designed to aid the conversation with your child about their emotions, not to substitute for adults and/or medical practitioners where required. For us it has helped to open the lines of communications further, it gives Isla some time to herself to process what she’s feeling so that when I join the dialogue she is able to better explain herself.
Whether you have a child who suffers from shyness, anxiety or are looking for a unique gift, the Little Wuppy® is a great idea.
Please note this post contains the opinions of myself only, and is not endorsed in any way. Advice provided in this article should not replace professional advice and if you are looking for anything further I suggest speaking with your medical practitioner.