Hobbes is a handmade stuffed tiger – his likeness is inspired by a beloved comic series – and as stuffed animals go, he is both well-traveled and well-loved.
He and his best friend, 6-year-old Owen Lake, had planned a trip to Houston, Texas, accompanied by Lake's family. All went according to plan until the pair became separated at Tampa International Airport.
After landing in Houston, Lake's mom placed a frantic call to the Tampa airport's lost and found. Airport Operations Center manager Tony D’Aiuto then had an idea. He assured her that while the family was away, Hobbes would have a vacation of his own.
And so it began:
D’Aiuto commemorated Hobbes' adventures in a hardbound photo book, presenting it to his family upon their return.
What began as a potentially devastating disaster transformed into an exciting escapade.
"It was very, very sweet," Lake's mom told the airport. "We already told him over and over that Hobbes was on an adventure so it was nice to get back and show him that Hobbes really had been on an adventure."
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