So today's the day the critter goes into the machine. I have ruined one of these before, so I stuff the legs with old nylons as a precaution and sew the bottom shut with cotton. Sometimes the nylons bunch up inside and can lead to a misshappen leg, but that can be taken care of while it dries. Felting is the only reason I wish I had a top-loader.
So here he is, cute as a button. Hopefully he'll survive. Wish the two of us luck.