Robinn is a Littlest Pet Shop collector.  It all started when her big sister, Rianna passed on her beloved collection to Robinn.  Everytime we would visit a Target store, she would look at all the Littlest Pet Shop toys and beg us to buy some.  I usually said 'no'.  But when there are occasions - birthday, Christmas, got an award at school, she would get a set.  She bought something out of her own money when she won at the talent show. From there, her collection just grew and grew.  One of our last trips to the toy store was different... there was another girl who just started a collection who bought almost every kind available in stock - while Robinn was trying to choose one.  Robinn saw the other girl's cart with a "Pink Great Dane", which, she knew, is a rare kind.  She tried to look for another one on display, but to no avail.  We asked the store employee if they could check for more.  Her desire for this great dane is unexplainable... 'she must have it' kinda thing!  We went to another branch, looked on their online store, true enough, it is RARE!  A friend of mine suggested looking on Ebay when she learned of the collection, so I tried.  Those great danes, you won't believe it!  A piece would cost between $50 - 100, maybe due to its rarity???  So I found a cute owl, and convinced Robinn just to settle for this first... and she actually liked it.  It cost $0.99 plus $2.50 shipping.  The seller sent me a tracking number so I will know when it will arrive.  When that day came, I did not receive it.  I tried to catch it at the post office but sadly, they sent it back to the sender... the problem was, my address was incomplete!  The postman who usually delivers our mail knows me by name, but that day he wasn't the one who delivered our mail.  So I contacted the seller right away to inform them that it was on its way back - and also to correct my address on file.  She replied to me quickly and started asking questions.  She asked if it was a child who will be receiving this owl.  So I said, "Yes, my 10 year old daughter is a collector. "  She must've felt bad that this precious little girl did not receive her toy as expected.  When she got the owl back, she decided to add another random animal in the package.  The picture on the top right side shows the owl and the random animal - a cute bunny, and a very happy Robinn.  I sent that picture to the seller, her name is Tina.  For some reason, it made her cry... and started writing me back and from her emails, I started knowing her a little bit more.  Here's one that she wrote that really pinched my heart and left a lump in my throat...          

"I do not know if I have PMS or not but your picture made me cry. She is so precious. Thank you for doing that for me. I have stage 4 cancer and do not know how much longer I have I hope a long time but I was trying to have another kid when I got sick 7 years ago but stopped when the cancer hit. Thank you for sending me that picture. I know you are proud. She is beautiful. If I can do anything for you guys just let me know. Have a good Thanksgiving."

Robinn cried, too.  From then on, Tina,  and I continued exchanging emails... I let Robinn read them.  Then one day, Tina decided to send her some more Littlest Pet Shop animals to add to her collection, as we were talking about the bigger kind, which Robinn and I did not know about.  She had some 4 and 1/2 inch animals and she decided to send one, plus a few more little ones from the classic collection, which Robinn preferred.  Tina agrees with Robinn that the older editions were better looking.  She also sent a Littlest Pet Shop Plush toy.

See, Tina is a Littlest Pet Shop collector, too... and as mentioned, she had cancer which resulted to leg amputation.  For now, she is doing well.  And Robinn and I hope it stays that way.  I never thought someone (who sells stuff on Ebay) could be so selfless and just give away everything close to her heart, for my daughter.  This wasn't the end... Tina wrote me again and asked if it is okay to send her some more toys.  She had to ask just so she knows if I feel that she's already crossing the line.  I don't know what she saw in my daughter, maybe because they have the same love for these toys, or because when Robinn received her first gift from her, Robinn told her that it's her most special animal because she did not buy it and came as a surprise... so I understood what Tina felt, she wants to make a child happy and it gives her a warm, fuzzy feeling... when she found some of these toys on sale at a dollar store, she did not hesitate to buy some for Robinn.  I did not let Robinn know about this until Christmas.  When it arrived, I wrapped it and put it under our Christmas tree.
Dear Tina,

Thank you for all of the LPS.  I love them a lot, they are very special to me.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!!!!!!


(Yes, Robinn typed this letter herself)

Oh, about the rare Great Dane?  I found one on Amazon, double the price... eh, I got it anyway.  And she got some more from her dad, so, to date, she has 115 Littlest Pet Shop figures.

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    Robinn T.

    Born in the Philippines on June 19, 2003, loves to write, draw, paint, dance...and collect Littlest Pet Shop animals.  Don't be fooled... she has strong Chinese features but she's a true blue Filipina, only with a blue passport.


    December 2013
    July 2011