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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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Halloween 2008

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?


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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.
Oct. 21st, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
I thank you so much - and so does Virginia. :)
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.
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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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. ;)
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!
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.
Oct. 20th, 2009 01:02 pm (UTC)
She makes a very nice bumble bee.

And so patient in all her costumes.
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. ;)
Oct. 20th, 2009 01:42 pm (UTC)
Oh, Virginia is so cute!
Oct. 21st, 2009 08:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
Oct. 20th, 2009 02:15 pm (UTC)
A Virginia post! Yay! It always cracks me up when dogs are totally un-phased by clothing.
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. ;)
Oct. 20th, 2009 02:59 pm (UTC)
That bumblebee costume is the best! What a patient, good-natured dog. :)
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. ;)
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!
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!
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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.
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!
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?
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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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!
Oct. 20th, 2009 08:31 pm (UTC)
Virginia is a STAR. :D
Oct. 21st, 2009 08:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :D She puts up with a lot from her humans.
Oct. 20th, 2009 08:52 pm (UTC)
So cute!!
Oct. 21st, 2009 08:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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. :-)
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!
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