I think I've often been attracted to such characters. I just dug out my old tackle box with my remaining Warhammer 40,000 miniatures. My favorite was always Apothecary Corbulo- basically a highly glorified medic. In a galaxy full of violence he was a healer.
I love the pictures of different Snuffles on this journal. They're adorable. I remember reading once that someone suggested that Snuffles would be a great gift for a baby, to keep all their life. I've pondered the idea of donating him if a close friend of mine has a child in the future. At the same time, I have this strange concern about Snuffles not being appreciated as much as when he was mine. On general principle, I don't want a dog chewing on him in the future, or anything like that.
Today, Snuffles sits on a little shelf in the corner of my brother's room, near the ceiling. Five years ago, as I left the house to go away to school, I made a detour into that room and scratched Snuffles on the chin and behind the ears.