Now Charlie is much better with toys and beds than before... but not perfect*. For example, he ate Roo's nose and ear. And I feel like I'm constantly saying "No" or "leave Bugs alone" or "here, chew on the nylabone instead". But it doesn't actually happen all the time... just in certain circumstances.
It took me awhile to open my eyes and become conscious of a pattern, and I don't fully see it yet. But here's what I know: Charlie is completely trustworthy with toys and dog beds most of the time -- when he's alone, or at night after we all go to bed, or when he's hanging out quietly with one of us somewhere, e.g. in the living room or kitchen or office, etc. He just carries them around and lays his head on them.
But every night while we humans eat dinner (after he's eaten his own) and/or watch a movie or whenever we work a crossword puzzle together in the living room, Charlie picks up a stuffy, plops down at our feet and commences toy destruction (and consumption) until redirected.
What's going on? Is Charlie trying to get us to include him? Is he just kind of revved up in the presence of his family unit? What??
I haven't figured it out yet. So far, it remains just one of those things that puts the exclamation point in "Charlie!"
*To Cassie, Noodles & Jed/Abby: Yes, I'm sorry to say that Woolly Bone, Bugs and Flying Cow, too, have new orifices and slightly fewer pieces than before. But Charlie says it's just part of his "breaking in" process and proof that he loves them.