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Every year, my parents send their granddog, the fabulous Virginia, a Halloween costume for her to wear (as well as treats to bribe her to model for pictures). The latest arrived last week. As you can see, this year she's transformed from a Boston Terrier into a Jack-O'-Lantern.

Virginia at Halloween 2010





Virginia at Halloween 2010

Virginia Halloween 2009


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As always, you can see more pictures of Virginia here.

Text of the Day: In honor of the start of Harry Potter Fest 2010 tomorrow, here's a poem originally written for but later edited out of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. This is "The Ballad of Nearly Headless Nick" by J.K. Rowling (1965-present).

It was a mistake any wizard could make
Who was tired and caught on the hop
One piffling error, and then, to my terror,
I found myself facing the chop.

Alas for the eve when I met Lady Grieve
A-strolling the park in the dusk!
She was of the belief I could straighten her teeth
Next moment she'd sprouted a tusk.

I cried through the night that I'd soon put her right
But the process of justice was lax;
They'd brought out the block, though they'd mislaid the rock
Where they usually sharpened the axe.

Read the rest of the poem here.

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beledibabe
Oct. 24th, 2010 12:37 pm (UTC)
As always, she's adorable!!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 24th, 2010 02:00 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you!
(Anonymous)
Oct. 24th, 2010 12:59 pm (UTC)
lovely
glad to see my parents aren't the only ones spoiling their granddog!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 24th, 2010 02:01 pm (UTC)
Re: lovely
Ha! It seems all the cool grandparents are doing it! :)

And thanks for the kind word.

nakeisha
Oct. 24th, 2010 01:05 pm (UTC)
Aww, bless her.

I've been looking forward to this post and wondering what her costume was going to be this year.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 24th, 2010 02:02 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you so much! Virginia sends wet kisses.
ex_lbilover
Oct. 24th, 2010 01:09 pm (UTC)
Oh gosh, she is the cutest jack-o-lantern ever! :D What a sweet thing for your parents to do!!!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 24th, 2010 02:27 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you! It is incredibly sweet of them.
lizziebelle
Oct. 24th, 2010 01:23 pm (UTC)
I love the bee costume! She looks so dignified, even all dressed up. :D
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 24th, 2010 02:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Yes, she puts up with the craziness of her humans with good humor, but she's really quite the lady.
estellye
Oct. 24th, 2010 01:36 pm (UTC)
Awww, I think she likes that one! She looks so adorable. *g*
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 24th, 2010 02:30 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you so much. *g* This one was especially soft and cuddly, so she didn't mind it at all.
st_crispins
Oct. 24th, 2010 01:46 pm (UTC)
Virginia doesn't look quite as happy in the tight pumpkin outfit as she did in her other costumes from years past. :)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 24th, 2010 02:00 pm (UTC)
LOL! Actually, she quite liked the costume, because it's very soft and fleecy, like her sweatshirts. (I had to cinch it tighter for the pictures so the "face" would hold still.) What really disgusted her, though, was that I kept trying to take pictures of her back, when she kept trying to face me. She looked at me like, "What are you doing? Don't you know the cuteness is over here on the front side?" So funny! :) So I bet some of that came through in the pictures.
primroseburrows
Oct. 24th, 2010 02:14 pm (UTC)
Virginia is the cutest Jack-O'-Lantern in the patch. My 20-month-old granddaugher approves (I showed her the pictures and now she keeps saying "Gin-na!")
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 24th, 2010 06:34 pm (UTC)
Aw, that makes my day! Thanks to you and your granddaughter. (If she were here, Virginia would lick her nose. That's her favorite thing to do with our nephew. She sits still, and then very deliberately leans forward and "kisses" his nose, and then looks very satisfied with herself as he collapses in giggles.)
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janissa11
Oct. 24th, 2010 02:18 pm (UTC)
One of the best parts of Halloween every year is seeing Virginia's costume. She is DARLING! Sending her love and scritches.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 24th, 2010 06:35 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you! She has been loved and scritched on your behalf, and she sends her thanks.
cookiefleck
Oct. 24th, 2010 02:42 pm (UTC)
Adorable! And there is something about that pilgrim hat and her expression that just cracks me up. My dog always chafed at Halloween costumes (the only one I can remember now is Superman) so after a few years of trying we just threw in the towel!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 24th, 2010 06:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Yes, she took that hat very, very seriously. She's usually very good natured about it (knowing, as she does, that treats are forthcoming), but this year's in particular she liked quite a bit. It's very soft and fleecy, and she was perfectly happy to run around in it after the "photo shoot." I had to cinch in the waist for the pictures, though, so the jack-o-lantern's "face" would hold still when she moved! Ha.
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eldritchhobbit
Oct. 24th, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
LOL! Thank you. Sometimes I have a hard time getting a shot, because I'm laughing so hard. She was a bit disgusted with me for a while, because I kept moving behind her to get her back in the picture, and she kept turning around to face me, posing. She couldn't imagine why I'd want to see her back, when her cute little face was in front!

Ha! Indeed yes, my parents do know her size. And they have asked for her measurements more than once. (Mother actually sewed one of the costumes herself, in fact - the last one pictured above.) They're also very savvy about getting adjustable costumes. For example, this one could be tightened or loosened around the "waist." I had to cinch it in for the pictures, to keep the jack-o'-lantern "face" on her back from moving. But then I let out the velcro a bit, and she quite happily wore the costume around the house. (It's very soft and fleecy.)

We walk every day, but we usually lengthen our walks in the fall and winter, when it's coolest. Sometimes we go for an hour a morning. My joke is that Virginia needs to get svelte in time for her annual costume's arrival. ;)

Thanks for letting me share these with you!
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magicwondershow
Oct. 24th, 2010 03:45 pm (UTC)
virginia costumes and harry potter! a perfect pair for today!!!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 24th, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
Yay! :) Thanks.
agameofthree
Oct. 24th, 2010 03:55 pm (UTC)
She's adorable, as always. :)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 24th, 2010 06:44 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you so much!
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eldritchhobbit
Oct. 24th, 2010 06:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
wellinghall
Oct. 24th, 2010 04:35 pm (UTC)
The harvest mice at Slimbridge today had a miniature jack-o-lantern to run about in and eat :-)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 24th, 2010 06:45 pm (UTC)
LOL! That sounds adorable.
agentxpndble
Oct. 24th, 2010 05:02 pm (UTC)
I always cringe... But I'm not going to lie to you - the bee was DAMN CUTE.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 24th, 2010 06:46 pm (UTC)
LOL! It was a good one, wasn't it? I think Virginia liked this one better, though. She was quite happy to keep wearing it after the "photo shoot." It's soft and fleecy, like her sweatshirts.
ithildyn
Oct. 24th, 2010 05:03 pm (UTC)
Yay! This year's costume! I've been ever so patiently waiting [g]
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 24th, 2010 06:47 pm (UTC)
*grin* Virginia thanks you for your interest. :)
greenhoodloxley
Oct. 24th, 2010 05:22 pm (UTC)
Aww, I love Jack-O-Lantern Virginia! She's adorable!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 24th, 2010 06:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! :) She really had a strut going, which made the "face" wiggle.
gilda_elise
Oct. 24th, 2010 07:12 pm (UTC)
Aww, she's adorable. And such a good dog, allowing you to dress her up. I think my two would try to eat the costume.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 24th, 2010 11:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you! She's very patient with her silly humans - of course, she's also well bribed, too. ;) When she knows there's treats coming, she's very cooperative! LOL.
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eldritchhobbit
Oct. 24th, 2010 11:13 pm (UTC)
Ha! It worked very well with her black-and-white coloring, I think. ;)
jadepilot
Oct. 24th, 2010 11:15 pm (UTC)
I'm amazed you can get her to wear those! She's a cutie.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 24th, 2010 11:19 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks! :) She's incredibly cooperative. Usually it's just because she knows treats will follow if she puts up with her silly humans. Ha! But this particular costume was soft and fleecy and snuggly, and it was clear she didn't mind it in the least. She was happy to run around in it - I had to track her down to take it off!

(She's also a bit of a ham, truth be told. If she sees I have a camera in hand, she runs over and sits down directly in front of me and starts posing. It's a hoot.)

She and I both appreciate your kind words. :)
randomalia
Oct. 25th, 2010 12:08 am (UTC)
She's just gorgeous!

And thank you for the link to the poem, I hadn't seen it before!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 25th, 2010 12:44 am (UTC)
Aw, thank you! :) She's the best friend anyone ever had, seriously. And so patient with her silly humans!

I'm so glad you enjoyed the poem. I thought it was great fun.
ashesngolddust
Oct. 25th, 2010 03:17 am (UTC)
These pictures are absolutely precious!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 25th, 2010 10:09 am (UTC)
Thank you! :)
Abbie [wordpress.com]
Oct. 25th, 2010 06:26 pm (UTC)
Bahaha! The little stem on the hood really gets me. I want to hug that dog!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 28th, 2010 11:58 am (UTC)
LOL! I know, the stem cracks me up, too.

She loves hugs. :)
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gods_lil_rocker
Oct. 27th, 2010 02:41 am (UTC)
I'm quite excited for Harry Potter Fest Week! Unfortunately, I'm only going to get to go to the John Granger lecture on Thursday, but I'm thrilled to even get to do that! Will I see you there, Amy?
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 28th, 2010 11:56 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you can come! I'll definitely be there. I don't know, I may even do a bit of book signing; there are two books out now to which John and I both contributed, and I think they'll be available. At any rate, I look forward to seeing you! *hugs*
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