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When not in costume, Munchkin the shih tzu is lolling about at home in sunny California.

The three-year-old female pooch became a Halloween hit this year when it made its debut in an oh-so-cute teddy bear outfit on YouTube.

The video garnered nearly 60,000 views and went viral when it was reposted on social media, so much so that Munchkin now has its own Facebook account.

Oh, and if you want to rustle up a similar costume for your furry one, there are instructions here.

This article was first run in The Straits Times newspaper on November 6, 2014. For similar stories, go to You will not be able to access the Premium section of The Straits Times website unless you are already a subscriber.