Dark Shade is a Komodo Dragon stuffie my son ‘adopted” from our local zoo at age 3.

Dark Shade, stuffie
(Wild Republic Komodo Dragon Stuffed Animal)

Dark Shade is not an idle participant in the Cross-family household. He, like many of our other fluff-filled family members, has a wonderful backstory and has participated in many adventures with our other stuffies.

When our children learned that the Komodo Dragon is a threatened species due to sea-level rise, they wanted to do something to help. In April of 2023, the first of three books, based on Dark Shade’s amazing adventures, will be available in bookstores and online.