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Halloween Countdown, Day 15

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). This year's was Princess Leia from Star Wars -- a bit of a family joke, as it was my Halloween costume when I was six. Poor Virginia, paying for my past! LOL.

Virginia as Princess Leia Halloween 2011





Virginia at Halloween 2010


Virginia at Halloween 2010

Virginia Halloween 2009


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Halloween 2008



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


Text of the Day: Today's short story is "The House of Nightmare" by Edward Lucas White (1866-1934).

Excerpt:
Conspicuous on the orchard side between two of the flanking trees was a white object, which I took to be a tall stone, a vertical splinter of one of the tilted limestone reefs with which the fields of the region are scarred.

The road itself I saw plain as a boxwood ruler on a green baize table. It gave me a pleasurable anticipation of a chance for a burst of speed. I had been painfully traversing closely forested, semi-mountainous hills. Not a farmhouse had I passed, only wretched cabins by the road, more than twenty miles of which I had found very bad and hindering. Now, when I was not many miles from my expected stopping-place, I looked forward to better going, and to that straight, level bit in particular.

As I sped cautiously down the sharp beginning of the long descent the trees engulfed me again, and I lost sight of the valley. I dipped into a hollow, rose on the crest of the next hill, and again saw the house, nearer, and not so far below.

The tall stone caught my eye with a shock of surprise. Had I not thought it was opposite the house next the orchard? Clearly it was on the left-hand side of the road toward the house. My self-questioning lasted only the moment as I passed the crest. Then the outlook was cut off again; but I found myself gazing ahead, watching for the next chance at the same view.

At the end of the second hill I only saw the bit of road obliquely and could not be sure, but, as at first, the tall stone seemed on the right of the road.


Read the complete short story.

Comments

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nakeisha
Oct. 15th, 2011 12:46 pm (UTC)
Awwwww. *Pets Virginia*
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 16th, 2011 12:14 pm (UTC)
She thanks you! :)
lizziebelle
Oct. 15th, 2011 01:03 pm (UTC)
Oh, how cute she looks! And so patient! The Boston Terriers I've known would never sit that still with a costume on. *g*
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 16th, 2011 12:16 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you! She is indeed very patient. And it helped, of course, that I was dangling peanut butter treats in front of her as I took the pictures. *wink* Once we were done, it was snack time! LOL.
st_crispins
Oct. 15th, 2011 01:30 pm (UTC)
I love Virginia's little costumes! She's so patient to pose. My cats won't.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 16th, 2011 12:17 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you! When she knows she'll be compensated with treats, she's game for almost anything! ;)
agentxpndble
Oct. 15th, 2011 02:24 pm (UTC)
Ok, the bee *had* been my favorite... But Leia takes the cake. I had serious trouble breathing for a minute there LAUGHING MY FREAKING A** OFF!!! (And she really, really, looks like she's going to kill you this time - I'd be extra careful next year, your Brownie Point Account is *empty*.)

PS: You should post the picture of *you* for comparison. :)))

Edited at 2011-10-15 02:25 pm (UTC)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 16th, 2011 12:21 pm (UTC)
ROFLOL! I'm so tickled you liked this. I swear, if looks could kill, I would've been a greasy spot on the back porch. But she was well compensated afterwards for her time/dignity, I assure you.

I do suspect I'll have to be extra careful next year, though, as you say. ;)

PS: You should post the picture of *you* for comparison. :)))

LOL! I did post a link up there, but ultimately I had pity on my flist and didn't put up the picture itself. ;)
cookiefleck
Oct. 15th, 2011 03:24 pm (UTC)
Leia is funniest by far. Your parents are inspired! I think the patient Virginia deserves extra treats this year.

We need to get her into an oatmeal jumper someday. ;o)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 16th, 2011 12:24 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you like the Leia costume! I assure you, Virginia demanded extra treats this year. She was wholly unamused by the "fake buns"... *snorts*

We need to get her into an oatmeal jumper someday. ;o)

OMG, we do! Wouldn't that be a hoot? If anyone fits the bill for a Watsonian "tiny BAMF," it's Virginia.
vulpine137
Oct. 15th, 2011 04:50 pm (UTC)
That's one tolerant dog. :)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 16th, 2011 12:31 pm (UTC)
Indeed. Tolerant and well compensated with peanut butter and cheese treats. ;)
janissa11
Oct. 15th, 2011 05:12 pm (UTC)
That is Virginia's BEST PICTURE EVER. \o/
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 16th, 2011 12:31 pm (UTC)
Oh YAY! :D Thanks!
gamgeefest
Oct. 15th, 2011 06:10 pm (UTC)
Awwwww! She's an adorable Princess Leia. :D Love the other costumes too.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 16th, 2011 12:32 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you so much! :D
ithildyn
Oct. 15th, 2011 06:22 pm (UTC)
I wait for this every year [g] She's such a good sport.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 16th, 2011 12:32 pm (UTC)
Aw! That makes my day. :D She is a good sport, isn't she?
beledibabe
Oct. 15th, 2011 07:24 pm (UTC)
Love it! Best costume ever!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 16th, 2011 12:35 pm (UTC)
Oh, yay! I thank you, and Virginia thanks you. :D
agameofthree
Oct. 15th, 2011 08:15 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah! I think this is her best costume yet. :) She looks so cuuuuute!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 16th, 2011 12:36 pm (UTC)
LOL! Thanks so much. Virginia thanks you, too!
dodger_winslow
Oct. 15th, 2011 09:30 pm (UTC)
LOL! Now that is one patient dog. And you've outdone yourself this year. Brava!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 16th, 2011 12:40 pm (UTC)
LOL! Patient indeed. And well compensated with treats. *wink*

Thank you so much! Virginia thanks you, too.
tunes84
Oct. 15th, 2011 10:25 pm (UTC)
Oh my goodness, how adorable is that!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 16th, 2011 12:40 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you! (Virginia thanks you, too. LOL!)
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eldritchhobbit
Oct. 16th, 2011 12:40 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you so much! :D
wellinghall
Oct. 16th, 2011 08:35 am (UTC)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 16th, 2011 12:41 pm (UTC)
Oh wow - thanks! Doesn't this sound like an amazing event? So cool.
sneezythesquid
Oct. 16th, 2011 09:27 am (UTC)
That is adorable!!!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 16th, 2011 12:41 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you so much!
gilda_elise
Oct. 16th, 2011 11:13 am (UTC)
Lol, I think your parents outdid themselves this year. The Leia outfit is priceless! And Virginia is such a dear for taking it in her stride.

eldritchhobbit
Oct. 16th, 2011 12:53 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you! I'm so glad you liked this. Virginia is so patient with her silly humans. (She was well compensated with treats afterwards, too! LOL.)
magicwondershow
Oct. 18th, 2011 10:13 pm (UTC)
that just made my fangirl-heart insanely happy. i do wonder what thoughts go through her head when she's getting dressed up. sadly, cats and rabbits aren't as tolerant of halloween costumes...but itty bitty babies are!!!! :)

well done, dogparents! i do wonder how they'll top this one next year.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 19th, 2011 11:07 am (UTC)
Ha! I'm so glad you enjoyed this! :)

I know one thing that goes through her mind is, "Just do it for the treats. Just do it for the treats." She demands her "payment" as soon as the picture-taking is through. LOL!

I can't imagine what they'll do next year. Scary thought! ;P
rkirkland
Oct. 19th, 2011 05:36 pm (UTC)
Oh. My. Goodness.
Princess Leia?! That is just too cute! I have to put this on my Facebook page. You have the best pet costumes. Ever.

Rebecca
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 30th, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC)
Re: Oh. My. Goodness.
ROFLOL! Thank you so much! (Virginia thanks you, too!)
penfold_x
Oct. 25th, 2011 04:20 am (UTC)
AW, SHE IS SO CUTE! SHE IS SO CUTE, I AM GOING TO EXPIRE! SHE IS SO CUTE, I CAN'T TURN THE ALLCAPS OFF! THAT IS THE POWER OF HER CUTE!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 25th, 2011 11:30 am (UTC)
ROFLOL! Aw, she thanks you, and so do I. :D

(I always have a tough time holding still long enough to take her photo, because I'm laughing so hard...)
estellye
Oct. 31st, 2011 07:46 pm (UTC)
OMG, I just found THIS today: http://www.etsy.com/listing/62442031/boston-terrier-princess-terrier-magnet

Obviously Virginia is cuter! That goes without saying.

Edited at 2011-10-31 07:48 pm (UTC)
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 5th, 2011 12:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, how PERFECT is this? *loves* Thank you so much for the heads up. I can't stop laughing! :D
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