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Halloween Countdown, Day 20


Every year, my parents send their granddog, the magnificent Virginia, a Halloween costume for her to wear. The latest arrived yesterday. As you can see to the right, this year she's transformed from a Boston Terrier into a Boston Bumble Bee.


Virginia Halloween 2009


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As always, you can see more pictures of Virginia here. A picture of Virginia is featured in Stuff on My Mutt: The Book, too!


And in Edgar Allan Poe-related news...
* You may recall that I previously posted that Edgar Allan Poe would finally get a proper funeral this year. It happened! (Thanks to groovekittie for the link.)
* Watch a video here of Poe's funeral procession and the historical and contemporary figures who attended the service.
* The Guardian points out that Poe pulled a balloon hoax before balloon hoaxes were cool. (Thanks to gbsteve.)


Spooky Text of the Day: Today we have them poem "Hallowe'en" (1913) by Virna Sheard.

Hark! Hark to the wind! 'Tis the night, they say,
When all souls come back from the far away--
The dead, forgotten this many a day!

And the dead remembered--ay! long and well--
And the little children whose spirits dwell
In God's green garden of asphodel.

Have you reached the country of all content,
0 souls we know, since the day you went
From this time-worn world, where your years were spent?

Would you come back to the sun and the rain,
The sweetness, the strife, the thing we call pain,
And then unravel life's tangle again?

I lean to the dark--Hush!--was it a sigh?
Or the painted vine-leaves that rustled by?
Or only a night-bird's echoing cry?

Comments

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nakeisha
Oct. 20th, 2009 11:38 am (UTC)
Awww, what a lovely Boston Bumble Bee.

I always enjoy seeing Virginia both dressed up and undressed up.

Such lovely pictures.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 21st, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
I thank you so much - and so does Virginia. :)
gilda_elise
Oct. 20th, 2009 11:47 am (UTC)
I love the pictures of Virginia! And she makes an adorable bumble bee. I wish my dogs would sit still for something like that.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 21st, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you! It took a number of peanut butter treats to bribe her into cooperation, but in the end she was wonderfully patient with us. ;)
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eldritchhobbit
Oct. 21st, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC)
Aw, you've totally made my day! *hugs* Thank you so much! I'm so thrilled you like them. Virginia sends you her best. ;)
euclase
Oct. 20th, 2009 12:33 pm (UTC)
Hee! Doggy in a bee costume. She looks so pretty. :D

Thanks for link to the funeral vid. And the balloon hoax thing is fantastic!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 21st, 2009 08:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :)

You're most welcome. I was intrigued to see which anachronistic figures attended the service: H.P. Lovecraft and Alfred Hitchcock, for example.
st_crispins
Oct. 20th, 2009 01:02 pm (UTC)
She makes a very nice bumble bee.

And so patient in all her costumes.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 21st, 2009 08:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

She is very patient with us, but her patience comes with a price - she was well compensated with peanut butter treats. Ha! And we also promised it would be a whole year before we put her through that again. ;)
marthawells
Oct. 20th, 2009 01:42 pm (UTC)
Oh, Virginia is so cute!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 21st, 2009 08:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
mamomo
Oct. 20th, 2009 02:15 pm (UTC)
A Virginia post! Yay! It always cracks me up when dogs are totally un-phased by clothing.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 21st, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
Yay! :) Most of her expressions say, "The treats had better be good. That's all I'm sayin'." She knows the costume's just for the photo op, but she quite likes her hoodie that she wears on morning walks in the winter. She struts when we put it on her. ;)
lizziebelle
Oct. 20th, 2009 02:59 pm (UTC)
That bumblebee costume is the best! What a patient, good-natured dog. :)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 21st, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks! She is incredibly patient and good-natured. She was also well compensated for her time with peanut butter treats, which always helps. ;)
magicwondershow
Oct. 20th, 2009 03:20 pm (UTC)
you already know my love of virginia knows no bounds. however...this is bloody adorable as all get out. clearly, she has the best grandparents EVER!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 21st, 2009 08:42 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you! :)

Not only did her grandparents send the costume, but they also sent the gourmet peanut butter treats with which we bribed her to wear the costume. Clearly, they know how this process works. LOL!
Abbie [wordpress.com]
Oct. 20th, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
...Baaahahahahahahahaaa!! That's the cutest! Quite a different vibe from the previous years' costumes.

And she's featured in Stuff on My Mutt?! Wow. I'm impressed! I mean...of course she is.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 21st, 2009 08:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It really is a different kind of costume, isn't it? My parents went wild this year. Ha!

This picture was posted on the Stuff on My Mutt blog, but I didn't know it made the book until I was leafing through it at Barnes & Noble. It was a nice surprise!
estellye
Oct. 20th, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
oh! Look at the cute! Virginia looks adorable.

One of the men I am talking to on the eharmony thingie has one of Virginia's relatives and I am thinking, can I just marry the dog?
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 21st, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you!

ROFLOL - that's hysterical! (A vote in his favor, if he has the good taste to be owned by a Boston, I must say.) There definitely should be a "I'll pass on you but I'll definitely take your pet" option. ;)
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eldritchhobbit
Oct. 21st, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC)
LOL! Oh my, don't tempt me. :) I have way too much fun with taking pictures of her. And she just loves to model!
dodger_winslow
Oct. 20th, 2009 08:31 pm (UTC)
Virginia is a STAR. :D
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 21st, 2009 08:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :D She puts up with a lot from her humans.
ithildyn
Oct. 20th, 2009 08:52 pm (UTC)
So cute!!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 21st, 2009 08:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
sailingwest
Oct. 20th, 2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
Awww, always love the pictures of Virginia. She is so adorable and sits so nicely for the camera.

Very excellent poem too. :-)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 21st, 2009 08:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! She does love to model - maybe that's because she knows after every successful photo op, she is paid for her time with a treat. ;)

I'm so glad you liked the poem, too!
agentxpndble
Oct. 20th, 2009 10:35 pm (UTC)
OK, FREAKY TWIN GIRL STOP IT!!! Not 10 MINUTES AGO I was telling Aunt D about the adorable doggy bee costume I just saw at Walmart, and *that* led to the discussion about how you keep torturing that poor dog every Halloween... STOP READING MY MIND!!!

:::DIES:::
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 21st, 2009 08:53 pm (UTC)
ROFLOL! We're definitely sharing the same wavelength. Separated twins. Well, either that, or I'm just stalking you with a mind-reading device. *wink*

You know, it's really her grandparents who torture her on Halloween. (They do send gourmet peanut butter treats as enticement/apology for taking the photos in her costume, so she is bribed/compensated.) We're the ones who torture her at Christmas. But then the year ends with the solemn promise that it's all over until the holidays come back around... ;)

LOL!

Edited at 2009-10-21 08:54 pm (UTC)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 21st, 2009 08:55 pm (UTC)
PS. Love your icon! How apropos!
(Anonymous)
Oct. 23rd, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
Lovely!
Sweet heavenly Lord, those costumes are precious! She looks fantastic! I love the way she actually poses for the photos...

xo Rebecca
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 24th, 2009 08:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Lovely!
Aw, thank you! She definitely knows what to do when I pull out the camera. She likes to pose! ;) Of course, the added incentive of peanut butter treats doesn't hurt, either. LOL!
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