Marilyn as a black widow spider

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Our local puppy-raising club has a meeting each October where the dogs are dressed up in costumes, and this was Marilyn's costume last year. Since she is a black lab, we figured that she would make a lovely black widow spider—complete with a red, hourglass-shaped spot on her tummy. The costume is made almost entirely of items from our junk drawer, recycling bin and rag bin. Isn't she the cutest? She is 15 months old now, and she will go back to Guide Dogs to begin her formal guide training at the end of October.

— Linda; Walnut Creek, California