Dog of 1,000 Faces

When I was a kid, my mother, father, and sister all enjoyed assembling jigsaw puzzles. Everybody in my family enjoyed working jigsaw puzzles but me. I found them exceedingly frustrating to solve and greatly preferred making up stories about the people in the puzzles than actually putting them together.

Even if I did enjoy solving jigsaw puzzles, I’m not sure I would buy one from a thrift store — every step of the way I would convince myself that pieces were missing. That being said, I did enjoy the artwork on this one. I’m not sure there are 1,000 versions of Snoopy in this picture, but there are more than I’ve seen in any one place.

For some reason, all these dogs are making me want to eat a Sno-Cone.

Spilt Milk

Have you ever heard the phrase “There’s no use in crying over spilled milk”? In this case, there certainly is.


One of my middle school teachers had a “puzzle area” in her room full of little puzzles. She had the horseshoes with the removable ring, a couple of Rubik’s Cubes, and several jigsaw puzzles. This is one of the ones I remember working on after finishing my daily reading assignments.

Spilt Milk was a jigsaw puzzle that came with 300 completely white jigsaw pieces. Without any straight edge pieces or patterns on the pieces, Spilt Milk was a very difficult puzzle to complete. One cool thing I always liked about the puzzle was that it came in a box shaped like a milk carton.

Whoever said there’s no use in crying over spilled/spilt milk never worked on this puzzle. I remember crying a lot while working on it, in fact. I am not particularly good at jigsaw puzzles and I found this one particularly infuriating.

Although I remember working on this pizzle back in the mid-1980s, it appears that it is still available in stores and online today. It appears the manufacturers are “milking” this one for all it’s worth.