He swam to me all the way from Georgia. I don't know how he did it, but he did. And when I found him, he said his arms were a little tired, but not too tired for an eight-layered hug.
This is my new friend, whom I have decided to name Odakota (which means friend in Sioux). Nancy Dorsner was gracious enough to relinquish him to me after I fell in love with him on her blog. You should check out her creativity-exploding blog, full of challenges and cooking ideas and craft inspirations. She also creates adorable robots and cephalopods, among other amazing art, and if you ask nicely, she may even create one especially for you.
Thank you, Nancy! He is absolutely beautiful!