I have a dear friend who is an actor. His first name is Noble. (Isn’t that lovely?) I met Noble while coaching The Tempest a couple of years ago and, lucky for me, he was also in the cast of Macbeth and La Dispute. In one of those ‘small world’ things I love, it turns out Noble and his wife Tina live in our neck of the woods.
I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Tina these last few months. We’ve had some wonderful conversations. She is also a reader of this blog. Tina is a woman of many talents, not the least of which is her amazing ability to concoct and construct wildly wonderful costume designs for doggies.
Miss Scout has been the most recent recipient of one of her her magical designs.
You see, Scout confided in Tina.
“Why is this darned lamb the symbol of Mom’s blog? It’s on the header. It’s on her watermark. I’m sick of seeing it everywhere. Now that friggin’ lamb is even staring at me from the wall of our living room. Enough, already!”
Tina, being the compassionate person she is, heard Scout’s cry for help.
So, Tina decided that Scout should have her very own Lamb with the Party Hat costume. She brought it over to the house on Sunday. I died when I saw it on Scout.
Oh. My. Goodness.
Yesterday, I attempted to wrestle Scout into her costume once again for some pictures. I wasn’t able to completely close all the velcro seams, Tina, so forgive me if some of Scout’s hair is popping out in places it should not be popping out.
Oh my. Look at the intense look of concentration on her face. What an actress!
Here you can see her ‘transforming’ into The Lamb with the Party Hat.
And now, the transformation is complete. Scout IS The Lamb with the Party Hat.
As you can see, Scoutie’s version of The Lamb with the Party Hat has it’s own heart-shaped marking on the side.
She makes the role her own, doesn’t she? Always imbuing it with her mark, her particular take on the character.
She has two party hats and that’s one more than the lamb has.
“See?” says Scout. “I’m just as cool as that lamb. In fact, I’m prettier.”
Sans costume, with Party Hat.
I die. Too, too adorable for words.
I don’t know how Tina does it. She usually makes these costumes for much smaller dogs and she estimated Scout’s size from pictures on the blog. The fabric is soft and wonderful, it’s lined, there are velcro closings, openings for Scout’s ears, and even an opening for her leash.
Ssshhh, don’t tell her I said this, but I also sense that Scout was feeling more than mildly competitive with her father. I mean, he gets to wear costumes all the time. And as you well know, Scout feels she is also a part of the theatrical world. Heaven knows, she is a bit of a diva.
Thank you, thank you, dear Tina. You have helped Scout through a difficult time. She has worked through her resentment of the Lamb and she has ‘triumphed ‘ (Scout’s words).
I’m already itching to put it on her again.