William Jess' home is on Leo's bed, but he's often out and about in our home following Leo on whatever adventure he's on that day. I'm loathe to let him leave the house because I've scoped the options for replacing him and they are few and expensive. Not to mention that I'm sure it just wouldn't be the same.
The fur wouldn't be properly matted, the several different shades of brown/tan thread where it's been mended several times would be missed, the body wouldn't be appropriately floppy from missing 1/4 of those tiny plastic beads he was once stuffed full of, and the fragrance of a well-loved toy...well, that takes a while to cultivate. Still, Leo does want him to come with us on longer trips, so William Jess has seen beyond the walls of our home.
He's gone missing a few times - but we were sure he was somewhere in the house. Leo took it in stride, but was quite sad to be tucked in without his dear friend by his side. Thankfully William Jess always seems to turn back up.
A few months back, Zoe took a shining to William Jess and Leo was NOT happy about it. My sister found a similar looking monkey and gave it to Zoe. She couldn't tell the difference and was happy enough with arrangement. Leo decided that this new monkey was William Jess' cousin and named him Gumbar. I have NO idea where that name came from.
I hope William Jess sticks around for a long time. I share Leo's sentiment when he so often declares, "He's so special to me."