The good, the bad, and the Halloweenie

The GOOD news is that I found a deal on a huge sack of Sour Patch Kids (mmmmm… Sour Patch Kids) and it took less convincing than I thought it might to talk the kids into us all staying in last night. I know that probably makes me some sort of Halloween Scrooge, but whatever. I gave them each their own bowl of candy and everyone seemed happy and it just seemed easier.

The BAD news is that the dog really and truly hates us, now. Or at least she did until I gave her some peanut butter this morning. Which I guess cancels out the hate. But I’m putting some pics below the fold so that you can judge for yourself. Heh.

The HALLOWEENIE news is that I’m over at Off Our Chests today, talking about wearing a mask for Halloween. Obviously. Come on over and join the conversation, particularly if you’ve ever felt more at home wearing someone else’s face.

Now, for the Licorice lovers:

I want to state for the record that I HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS. The children went off with their father one weekend and returned all giggles and shifty eyes and ran upstairs with the dog, who then trotted back down later looking confused and somewhat violated. But also hilarious. Because…

SQUIRREL! Really annoyed-and-yet-very-much-wanting-the-treat-I’m-holding-out-to-get-to-her-to-sit-for-some-pictures SQUIRREL!

See, there’s even an adorable stuffed acorn in her little squirrel-hands across the front, there, but in Licorice’s case that needs to be pushed as far away from her mouth as possible, because—fully in character, that one—she is convinced the acorn is DELICIOUS.

Nom nom nom. Sooooooo hungry.

Of course, she’s also willing to stretch and work for that treat…

… which of course meant that she started running through her arsenal of tricks, including sneezing. Turns out that when you sneeze…

… with a squirrel face on your head…

… someone turns out the lights or something. It is deeply confusing.

(Don’t worry; after I stopped laughing at her, I gave her extra treats.)

(Extra special thanks to my rockstar photog of a husband for these action shots.)


  1. Mr Lady



    Can I have your dog?

    Because seriously, IT WINS. That is the cutest thing I have ever seen, ever.

  2. Alison C

    Cutest thing in the world ever!

  3. Tenessa

    Laughed out loud!

  4. Christina

    So stinkin’ cute!

  5. Zilla

    Love these pictures!

  6. MamaChristy

    Bless those kids and their ability to see the humor in a dog dressed as a squirrel. I <3 this. BIG time.

  7. Hally

    I love Licorice updates! And I love Chickadee & Monkey even more for buying it. :)

  8. Arnebya

    I cannot get SQUIRREL! out of my head. There is a man in my office who is seemingly always easily distracted. His shifty eyes make me think of nothing less than SQUIRREL and it makes for self entertainment in meetings trying not to laugh.

    And is there anything cuter than a dog as a squirrel? Methinks not.

  9. Jenn C.

    Hahahahaha! It looks like your dog is being eaten by a giant squirrel in the post-sneeze shot.

  10. dad

    Totally adorable and hilarious.
    I definitely believe in dog.

  11. Teri

    Ok, so I type lol all the time – when most of the time what I really mean is, ‘oh, that’s cute’, but there’s (as far as I know) no computer/web abbreviation for that. This time though, THIS time – I truly, truly LOL’d. As in guffawed.

  12. addy

    Ok so maybe a disclaimer next time. About not taking a bite of apple before scrolling down to the “who turned out the lights shot?”. Gotta clean up the desk now. Totally worth it though! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

  13. Angela

    Soooo cute!!! I’m laughing so hard I can’t breathe!!! What a good girl, she really worked for those treats :-)

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  15. Midj

    How many people do you think did not follow the jump?? Seriously… Wonder if they have one to fit a 70 lb Golden/Pyrenees… My husband HATES squirrels and it would be sooo funny to dress my dog up like one… Must Google….

  16. Tracy B

    Poor poor Licorice!!! But these are perfect! LOL

  17. Brenda

    Long time reader and occasional commenter here. I just started student teaching after only ever reading your blog at home, I am reading it at the school during a planning period (shhhh!) and had my first ever “Oh my gosh I almost laughed aloud in a business environment, must suck it in with a quick intake of breath instead” moment.

    Love Licorice!! Making a mental note to put our dog (who looks very much like Licorice) in a costume, preferably a squirrel (SQUIRREL!), next year.

  18. Jeanie

    Funny! My shih tzu does the sneeze thing, too. After she gets brushed in the evening, I say, “Where’s Kenzie’s cookie?” And she stands there sneezing and sneezing and sneezing. Is this a shih tzu thing?

  19. heather

    My dog was totally humiliated by just wearing bumblebee antennas for a blog photo yesterday. She’s lucky she didn’t get a whole costume.

  20. All Adither

    If only I had a pet to dress up in a costume! Licorice is very adorable.

  21. Jen B

    Oh my goodness, that is AWESOME! LOL You win! (I thought Missy’s costume was great, but you WIN!)

  22. Eileen Goddard

    your dog is so amazingly adorable!!! obsessed. so glad i stumbled on this blog…..i read a really wonderful feature on, and i am inspired by your story. thanks!

  23. barbara

    All Licorice needs is a little STL Cardinals shirt and hat!
    (My son went at the STL Cardinals Rally Squirrel)

  24. Therese

    Seriously, that is the best costume I have ever, ever seen on a dog! Wonder if they make it in extra huge jumbo for my 100-pound Weimeraner? Squirrels are his favorite thing. All I have to say is “Squirrel?”, and he’s ready to go tearing out looking for it. And then I call him a “dumbass.” Each and every time!

  25. Aimee

    Best doggie costume EVER!

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