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Garden Heights (aka Best in Show): Neighborhood Recreation - No CC

by Hood Building Group Posted 20th Jul 2018 at 11:20 PM - Updated 9th Aug 2019 at 8:31 PM by Hood Building Group
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Here we have...
Garden Heights (aka Best in Show)
It's a 'The Sims Pet Stories' neighborhood recreated for TS2

Alice Whitt has inherited her grandparents' house. Recently she's moved back to Garden Heights to take ownership of the property, but money problems have put her on the verge of financial ruin. A starving artist, she hasn't been able to make ends meet every month, but she is determined to make a better life for herself and her dog, Sam. She may be forced to move if she doesn't come up with the simoleons to pay her taxes. Her friends Amaya and Thomas are there to help, but ultimately Alice must find a way to save her house!

Install Instructions
For The Primary Hood Version:
1. Put the folder PSA1 into your Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Neighborhoods
2. If you only have the Base Game installed, you have to copy the contents of the Storytelling folder into your Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Storytelling folder in order for it to function properly. Later EPs do not have this requirement.

For The Subhood Version:
1. Put the folder BPSA into your Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Open For Business\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate
Note: If you have The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection, put it here instead: Program Files\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Best of Business\EP3\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate

In order to use the subhood template, please take note of the following:
-You need Mootilda's mods to fix the subhood selections, available here.
-To use Mootilda's mods, you will need Pets or a later EP/SP installed.
However, if you don't have Pets or a later EP/SP installed, you can temporarily remove Bluewater Village (B001) from the NeighborhoodTemplate folder and move this subhood in there. It will still be referred as Bluewater Village in the game. But the game will add Garden Heights to your neighborhood. Restore B001 after adding the subhood and you're done.

Further Information:
There aren't any townies or any NPCs in the neighborhood. So, you have to generate them yourself if you really want them.
You don't need to install a camera mod for this neighborhood. You will see all of the lots in a vanilla game.

All of the lots have been compressed with Mootilda's Lot Compressor.
Garden Heights is base game compatible and doesn't have any CC in it. However. the shopping district/suburb subhood requires Open For Business EP.
We also included a version with the playables and their pets from The Sims Pet Stories. This version obviously requires Pets EP in order to work.

This is a ground up recreation of Best in Show from Pet Stories game using Numenor's AnyGameStarter and Mootilda's HoodReplace to create the neighborhood with no Maxis content and to get the original look of the neighborhood with its original roads, neighborhood terrain, trees and decorations.

All of the Garden Heights lots have been recreated by marka93 and all of the playable sims of Garden Heights have been cloned, fixed and recreated (using fixed clones) by Jawusa.

There are 10 families in total. Each family consists of one sim (and one pet - if you download the Pets version). We recommend that you hook them all up - this will make everything easier and you will only have 5 families in total then.
Garden Heights has 22 lots; 10 of them are community lots, the other 12 are all residential lots, of which 2 are vacant residential lots. If you get the shopping district version, there are 4 owned properties.
Look in the comments for this neighborhood to read more about the individual families and lots.

marka93 has tried to rebuild each house as close as possible to the original using the base game only. Because The Sims Pet Stories is based on pets, we also decided to include a version with pets. So, we only recommend to get the BG version if you don't have The Sims 2 Pets installed.

We also recommend adding Garden heights as a subhood to Four Corners or Bitville. This way, you can create your own Sims Stories megahood for TS2.
The other two The Sims Pet Stories neighborhoods, Mesa Flats and Arbor Falls, are already in the works and will be uploaded very soon!

As always, stay tuned for more neighborhoods to come!

Additional Credits:
Numenor for his AnyGameStarter which we used to make this neighborhood base game compatible and empty.
Mootilda for her Lot Compressor which we used to compress all of the lots in the neighborhood and for her LotAdjuster which we used on some lots as well as for her helpful HoodChecker (to see whether there are any problems or not) and for Hood Replace which we used to copy the neighborhood terrain with its roads, trees, decorations from PS into this neighborhood.
Compressjpeg.com for compressing the size of the required images for the download page.
The makers of SimPE
Of course, EA for The Sims Pet Stories and for the original Garden Heights!

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

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GardenHeights_ShoppingDistrict_OFB&Pets.rar | Garden Heights -- Shopping District Subhood -- Open For Business & Pets EPs Needed

Size: 11.99 MB · Downloads: 2,598 · 20th Jul 2018
11.99 MB 2,598 20th Jul 2018
GardenHeights_ShoppingDistrict_OFB.rar | Garden Heights -- Shopping District Subhood -- Open For Business EP Needed

Size: 8.94 MB · Downloads: 550 · 20th Jul 2018
8.94 MB 550 20th Jul 2018
GardenHeights_MainHood_Pets.rar | Garden Heights -- Main Hood -- Pets EP Needed

Size: 11.99 MB · Downloads: 2,832 · 20th Jul 2018
11.99 MB 2,832 20th Jul 2018
GardenHeights_MainHood_BG.rar | Garden Heights -- Main Hood -- Base Game Compatible

Size: 8.95 MB · Downloads: 1,076 · 20th Jul 2018
8.95 MB 1,076 20th Jul 2018
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1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
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#2 Old 12th Jul 2018 at 11:58 AM Last edited by Hood Building Group : 12th Jul 2018 at 12:14 PM.
Default 1341 Buddy Street (Beniz)
  • Lot Value: §95,540
  • Lot Size: 2x3
  • Lot Type: Residential
  • Number of Stories: 2
  • Number of Bedrooms: 2
  • Number of Bathrooms: 2



  • Family Description:
    Henry and his dog Simon have been training for the upcoming SimCity Dog Show for months now. He is confident he will win, but he faces stiff competition from Diana DeBore.


  • Family Funds: §64,520
  • Family Members:
    • Henry Beniz (Adult / Romance / Leo / Unemployed):
      Henry has had a lifelong fascination with dogs and he hopes to become a world class trainer some day. He is proud of how he has taught Simon to perform.
    • Simon Beniz (Adult / Aries / Unemployed):
      Simon is a genius, for a dog, but he is too lazy and cowardly to achieve champion status. Henry still has high hopes that he can overcome Simon's detrimental qualities and produce a winner.
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#3 Old 12th Jul 2018 at 12:05 PM
Default 1344 Buddy Street (Carter)
  • Lot Value: §88,367
  • Lot Size: 3x2
  • Lot Type: Residential
  • Number of Stories: 1
  • Number of Bedrooms: 2
  • Number of Bathrooms: 2



  • Family Description:
    Melissa consults her astrological charts daily and meditates on the proper way to train her Doberman, Bruno. She tends to be curt with anyone who disturbs her while she is practicing with her pet.


  • Family Funds: §545
  • Family Members:
    • Melissa Carter (Adult / Knowledge / Cancer / Unemployed):
      Melissa's strategy for training her dog relies on consulting astrological charts and meditating with her Doberman, Bruno. She is brusque with anyone that disturbs her while she is practicing with her pet.
    • Bruno Carter (Adult / Aries / Unemployed):
      Bruno was the smallest and youngest from a litter of six. He grew up fighting for everything, and he is a showdog because of his spirit.
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#4 Old 12th Jul 2018 at 12:13 PM
Default 1322 McKenzie Road (DeBore)
  • Lot Value: §116,969
  • Lot Size: 3x3
  • Lot Type: Residential
  • Number of Stories: 2
  • Number of Bedrooms: 4
  • Number of Bathrooms: 2.5



  • Family Description:
    Diana DeBore is a rich and ruthless landowner who wants to own all of Garden Heights. She was once a talented dog trainer, and her dog Precious is a recently retired SimCity Dog Show champion, but events are pushing Diana to re-enter the dog show for one last time.


  • Family Funds: §358,100
  • Family Members:
    • Diana DeBore (Adult / Fortune / Scorpio / Business Tycoon, Business Lvl 10):
      Diana is on a mission to control every plot of land in Garden Heights. Additionally, she will stop at nothing to win the Garden Heights Dog Show. Will she succeed?
    • Precious DeBore (Adult / Taurus / Unemployed):
      Precious is spoiled by Diana in every way. Well trained and pedigreed, Precious is very much a show dog, but her age can lead to making mistakes.
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#5 Old 12th Jul 2018 at 12:20 PM
Default 1329 McKenzie Road (Fielding)
  • Lot Value: §74,931
  • Lot Size: 3x2
  • Lot Type: Residential
  • Number of Stories: 1
  • Number of Bedrooms: 1
  • Number of Bathrooms: 2



  • Family Description:
    Otis's longtime companion Jake is a former show champion and partner in the Way of the Paw technique. Jake is glad that Otis may have found a worthy student and successor.


  • Family Funds: §277
  • Family Members:
    • Otis Fielding (Adult / Knowledge / Aquarius / Unemployed):
      Otis's longtime companion Jake is a former show champion and partner in the Way of the Paw technique. Jake is glad that Otis may have found a worthy student and successor.
    • Jake Fielding (Adult / Aries / Unemployed):
      Jake has been with Otis for over ten years, and is utterly devoted to his master.
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#6 Old 12th Jul 2018 at 12:26 PM
Default 1361 Dargail Lane (Flores)
  • Lot Value: §88,172
  • Lot Size: 3x2
  • Lot Type: Residential
  • Number of Stories: 1
  • Number of Bedrooms: 3
  • Number of Bathrooms: 3



  • Family Description:
    Amaya has lived in Garden Heights for as long as Alice Whitt. She and Alice are the best of friends. Amaya's dog Roscoe is friendly and playful, but very hyper. Amaya is always looking for romantic fun with no lasting attachments.


  • Family Funds: §5,632
  • Family Members:
    • Amaya Flores (Adult / Romance / Sagittarius / Unemployed):
      Amaya is looking for romance, but only with someone who loves dogs as much as her! She is also best friends with Alice Whitt, and has been trying to help her out as much as possible.
    • Roscoe Flores (Adult / Aquarius / Unemployed):
      Roscoe is a very friendly dog that likes to play with Amaya, or any other stranger that comes along.
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#7 Old 12th Jul 2018 at 12:31 PM
Default 1364 Dargail Lane (Grinder)
  • Lot Value: §84,894
  • Lot Size: 3x2
  • Lot Type: Residential
  • Number of Stories: 2
  • Number of Bedrooms: 2
  • Number of Bathrooms: 2



  • Family Description:
    Coach Grinder and his dog Meat might seem content to be left alone, but Coach is actually loads of fun at parties and Meat is surprisingly friendly with people who get to know him.


  • Family Funds: §9,109
  • Family Members:
    • Coach Grinder (Adult / Popularity / Scorpio / Unemployed):
      An ex-military man, Coach Grinder believes anything that can sound good delivered at under eighty-five decibels isn't really worth saying. Surprisingly, Coach does have a sensitive side and a real soft spot for his dog.
    • Meat Grinder (Adult / Gemini / Unemployed):
      Meat may have suffered some hearing loss because of his owner's no-nonsense and unsubtle communication style, but the two are undeniably close.
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#8 Old 12th Jul 2018 at 12:35 PM
Default 1330 Vista del Arroyo (Jones)
  • Lot Value: §56,212
  • Lot Size: 3x2
  • Lot Type: Residential
  • Number of Stories: 1
  • Number of Bedrooms: 2
  • Number of Bathrooms: 2



  • Family Description:
    Thomas has secretly been in love with Alice for years, but he is too shy to let her know his true feelings. When Alice unexpectedly moves back to Garden Heights, Thomas wonders if he has been given another chance to let her know how he really feels. Thomas yearns to be a police officer but feels he is not qualified. Perhaps his timidity and shyness will crumble when he finds his courage by helping Alice as much as he can.


  • Family Funds: §2,299
  • Family Members:
    • Thomas Jones (Adult / Family / Cancer / Unemployed):
      Thomas is secretly in love with Alice. He is trying to summon the courage to tell her how he truly feels, but in the meantime he does everything he can to help her out.
    • Lucy Jones (Adult / Pisces / Unemployed):
      Lucy tries to get Thomas to come out of his shell, but the best she can do is get him to take her on longer walks sometimes.
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#9 Old 12th Jul 2018 at 12:41 PM
Default 1363 Dargail Lane (Martin)
  • Lot Value: §83,985
  • Lot Size: 3x2
  • Lot Type: Residential
  • Number of Stories: 2
  • Number of Bedrooms: 2
  • Number of Bathrooms: 2



  • Family Description:
    Richard Martin is a retired dog show judge. After twenty years on the Sims Regional Pet Show circuit he decided to retire and buy a house in the community he grew to know and love. His dog Maggie is his pride and joy.


  • Family Funds: §116,963
  • Family Members:
    • Richard Martin (Adult / Knowledge / Virgo / Unemployed):
      Richard Martin is a retired dog show judge. After twenty years on the Sims Regional Pet Show (SRPS) circuit he has decided to retire and buy a house in a community he came to appreciate and love. His dog Maggie is his pride and joy.
    • Maggie Martin (Adult / Aries / Unemployed):
      Maggie has been with Richard for five years and is a loyal companion.
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#10 Old 12th Jul 2018 at 12:47 PM
Default 1314 Pal Avenue (Mustella)
  • Lot Value: §56,194
  • Lot Size: 3x2
  • Lot Type: Residential
  • Number of Stories: 1
  • Number of Bedrooms: 2
  • Number of Bathrooms: 2



  • Family Description:
    Brock and Reece are common street thugs who work for Diana DeBore as henchmen for hire. Brock is the muscle, while Reece is the brain. Brock is a victim of circumstance who took the only job he could find, working with Reece. Brock may look tough but is secretly quite the softie, especially when it comes to pets.


  • Family Funds: §2,795
  • Family Members:
    • Reece Mustella (Adult / Fortune / Scorpio / Unemployed):
      Reece has been trying to make a big 'score' for years. He hopes that his relationship with the rich and ruthless Diana DeBore will pay off handsomely.
    • Brock Thornton (Adult / Popularity / Aquarius / Unemployed):
      Brock is a simple man. After losing his job as a warehouse loader he found himself on the streets where he met Reece Mustella. Desperate to have a job, he became the 'muscle' for Reece and Diana DeBore. Brock wants to quit the life he has made and make up for his misdeeds.
    • Indie Thornton (Adult / Aquarius / Unemployed):
      Indie was found wandering on the street by Brock, who brought her to his house and nursed her back to health.
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#11 Old 12th Jul 2018 at 12:53 PM Last edited by Hood Building Group : 12th Jul 2018 at 2:13 PM.
Default 1362 Dargail Lane (Whitt)
  • Lot Value: §64,894
  • Lot Size: 3x3
  • Lot Type: Residential
  • Number of Stories: 1
  • Number of Bedrooms: 1
  • Number of Bathrooms: 1



  • Family Description:
    Alice Whitt has inherited her grandparents' house. Recently she's moved back to Garden Heights to take ownership of the property, but money problems have put her on the verge of financial ruin. A starving artist, she hasn't been able to make ends meet every month, but she is determined to make a better life for herself and her dog Sam.


  • Family Funds: §1,151
  • Family Members:
    • Alice Whitt (Adult / Popularity / Aries / Unemployed):
      Alice Whitt has been living in the house her grandparents built all of her life, but recently money problems have put her on the verge of financial ruin. She is determined to make a better life for herself and her dog Sam.
    • Sam Whitt (Adult / Aries / Unemployed):
      Sam is a good dog with a bad behavior problem. He has the heart of a true champion within him.
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#12 Old 12th Jul 2018 at 12:57 PM
Default 1328 McKenzie Road (Vacant Lot)
  • Lot Value: §40,314
  • Lot Size: 3x2
  • Lot Type: Residential
  • Number of Stories: 1
  • Number of Bedrooms: 2
  • Number of Bathrooms: 1.5

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#13 Old 12th Jul 2018 at 12:59 PM
Default 1348 Buddy Street (Vacant Lot)
  • Lot Value: §36,125
  • Lot Size: 2x3
  • Lot Type: Residential
  • Number of Stories: 1
  • Number of Bedrooms: 2
  • Number of Bathrooms: 1

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#14 Old 12th Jul 2018 at 1:09 PM
Default Abandoned House
  • Lot Description:
    This house has been abandoned for years.
  • Lot Value: §25,898
  • Lot Size: 2x2
  • Lot Type: Community
  • Number of stories: 2
  • Number of bedrooms: Not applicable
  • Number of bathrooms: Not applicable

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#15 Old 12th Jul 2018 at 1:11 PM
Default Bartholomew Greens
  • Lot Description:
    Deceased philanthropist Janice Bartholomew bequeathed her entire estate to Garden Hights for the construction of a world-class pet show park.
    Bartholomew Greens is the premier destination for anyone who loves dogs and is serious about training.
  • Lot Value: §74,671
  • Lot Size: 4x4
  • Lot Type: Community
  • Number of Stories: 2
  • Number of Bedrooms: Not applicable
  • Number of Bathrooms: Not applicable

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#16 Old 12th Jul 2018 at 1:19 PM
Default Cafe Grounds
  • Lot Description:
    Local, friendly, and wellstocked, the Cafe Grounds has what your Sim needs. Come on down for all the caffeinated beverages you know you're thirsting for!
  • Lot Value: §96,729
  • Lot Size: 3x2
  • Lot Type: Community
  • Number of Stories: 1
  • Number of Bedrooms: Not applicable
  • Number of Bathrooms: Not applicable

Note: If you have OFB installed, Diana DeBore does not own this lot in the primary hood version. You have to purchase this lot yourself. However, you don't have to do this in the shopping district version, as she already owns the lot in the shopping district version.
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#17 Old 12th Jul 2018 at 1:22 PM
Default DeBore's Pet Store
  • Lot Description:
    Community figure and occasional captain of industry Diana DeBore has hand-picked a collection of the world's finest pet foods, clothing and lifestyle accessories for her beloved Poodle, Precious DeBore. Always one to share her good fortune, Diana has granted the dog-loving public of Garden Heights access to these select brands at rock-bottom prices.
  • Lot Value: §58,927
  • Lot Size: 2x3
  • Lot Type: Community
  • Number of Stories: 1
  • Number of Bedrooms: Not applicable
  • Number of Bathrooms: Not applicable

Note: If you have OFB installed, Diana DeBore does not own this lot in the primary hood version. You have to purchase this lot yourself. However, you don't have to do this in the shopping district version, as she already owns the lot in the shopping district version.
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#18 Old 12th Jul 2018 at 1:25 PM
Default Playground For Precious
  • Lot Description:
    Precious wasn't content with her hundred-acre estate to roam around in, so Diana DeBore bough this formerly abandoned dirt lot and covered it in higher-grade dirt and the most luxurious grass money could buy. A few months later, Diana added a vending machine and started turning a profit.
  • Lot Value: §30,431
  • Lot Size: 3x2
  • Lot Type: Community
  • Number of Stories: 1
  • Number of Bedrooms: Not applicable
  • Number of Bathrooms: Not applicable

Note: If you have OFB installed, Diana DeBore does not own this lot in the primary hood version. You have to purchase this lot yourself. However, you don't have to do this in the shopping district version, as she already owns the lot in the shopping district version.
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#19 Old 12th Jul 2018 at 1:27 PM
Default Simoleon Diner
  • Lot Description:
    This retro-style diner is the place for a quick bite to eat! Enjoy our pet-friendly atmosphere either inside or out on the deck. You'll never have to split the check at Simoleon Diner!
  • Lot Value: §67,927
  • Lot Size: 3x2
  • Lot Type: Community
  • Number of Stories: 1
  • Number of Bedrooms: Not applicable
  • Number of Bathrooms: Not applicable

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#20 Old 12th Jul 2018 at 1:31 PM
Default Strongheart Park
  • Lot Description:
    Some of the last truly public land in Garden Heights, Strongheart Park is a great place to meet friends, play with your pets, or just relax and get away from worries at home.
  • Lot Value: §29,366
  • Lot Size: 2x2
  • Lot Type: Community
  • Number of Stories: 1
  • Number of Bedrooms: Not applicable
  • Number of Bathrooms: Not applicable

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#21 Old 12th Jul 2018 at 1:33 PM
Default The Show Park
  • Lot Description:
    At the Show Park, professional pet trainers can show off their skills and their animals, and aspiring trainers can pick up information and tips. All levels of pet training expertise and pets are welcome at the Show Park.
  • Lot Value: §47,474
  • Lot Size: 4x3
  • Lot Type: Community
  • Number of Stories: 1
  • Number of Bedrooms: Not applicable
  • Number of Bathrooms: Not applicable

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#22 Old 12th Jul 2018 at 1:35 PM
Default Training Grounds
  • Lot Description:
    By special arrangement with Diana DeBore, this exceptional pet training facility is now available to all Garden Heights residents. If you want to train your pet up to show quality or just make sure they get enough exercise and balance training, this is the place to be.
  • Lot Value: §13,092
  • Lot Size: 2x2
  • Lot Type: Community
  • Number of Stories: 1
  • Number of Bedrooms: Not applicable
  • Number of Bathrooms: Not applicable

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#23 Old 12th Jul 2018 at 1:37 PM
Default Vista Strip Mall
  • Lot Description:
    Welcome to the Vista Strip Mall! Here you can shop for clothes, groceries and video games, or lounge in one of our outdoor patio areas and then browse at your leisure!
  • Lot Value: §172,962
  • Lot Size: 3x3
  • Lot Type: Community
  • Number of Stories: 1
  • Number of Bedrooms: Not applicable
  • Number of Bathrooms: Not applicable

Note: If you have OFB installed, Diana DeBore does not own this lot in the primary hood version. You have to purchase this lot yourself. However, you don't have to do this in the shopping district version, as she already owns the lot in the shopping district version.
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#24 Old 20th Jul 2018 at 11:42 PM
It's probably a good thing that no one saw my reaction to this being uploaded; the degree of excitement was slightly embarrassing (and I think I hurt myself whilst dancing). I am so happy this has been finished. You people are awesome Thank you so much. Cannot wait to have the other Pet Stories hoods and finally finish my megahoods.
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#25 Old 21st Jul 2018 at 3:06 PM
Lovely looking hood.
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