Of course, Chuck is thinking, “How long must I oblige the two of you before I hop off the couch and flee from the urchin?”

  • Janie

    That is the cutest picture ever, and I love the look on Leta’s sweet little face.

  • Sasha

    Wow! That is adorable. Such a cute little girl.

  • olaf

    That’s beautiful. Hopefully, they’ll grow up together and stay friends/tolerant of one another. My dog used to love kids because they were around so much (also the dropped food) even when they pulled his tail. Dogs are great.

  • Julia

    That pic is so cute. And the comb thing! Agh! That is so sweet! My 12 mo old son recently took the brush from my hand and “brushed” my hair (swiped at the tips), concetrating so hard and then smiling up at me like the kitten-in-a-pie that he is. We’re still finding pieces of my heart all over the carpet.

  • Danielle


    Since Chuck has no testicles (you might recall the phrase “licking of the empty nutsack”) do you think it would still hurt for Leta to grab him there? I suspect, no. But I’m really not sure.

    Here’s a question of interest, is there anything left to grab? I’ve never had a male dog that was neutered.

  • Danielle

    Oh, and I really like getting to see the two of them together.

  • honestyrain

    my dog would never, i repeat never, allow any child to be that near him. he is afraid they will hurt him. ouch, he’s thinking. he’s littler than Chuck though. i wish i could get such a cute pic of my babes and our dog. but i don’t see that happening unless i photoshop him in.

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  • jesslin

    Aww, that is absolutely adorable!

  • Shiz

    BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL! Leta and Chuckles are tugging on my heartstrings!

  • liminalspace

    the girl has perfect eyebrows

  • gardens grey

    What a special picture. So beautiful.

  • JulieT

    I can take both of them off your hands with no problem.

  • Tam

    I do realize it’s very wrong of me to keep showing my husband photos of Leta in order to bump up our baby-making schedule a couple of years.

    But I keep doing it anyway (needless to say, I don’t let him READ the posts – then he might discover that she isn’t adorable and smiling 24/7, and that would scupper ALL my plans.)

  • GT

    Please, please, please, tell me where you got that couch. I love it! Is it a cooshie (sp?) as it looks?

  • Susie

    Since Chuck has no “goods” to grab, I do believe the tail in hand will suffice quite nicely as enough “power” for Miss Leta to be grabbing at her age.

    I like “Saint Chuck.” There is a certain holiness about him. (And a certain unholiness, of course, but that’s what makes saints interesting.)

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  • Mo

    He has accepted the true ruler of the Armstrong kingdom.

    AND on an entirely different note, I was recently in a truly junky junk shop when I happened upon a pile of delightfully raunchy mags from the seventies, which were filled with charming naughty-bits portraiture, all extremely close-up and attached to smarmy looking English girls. DO you know what this mag was called?


  • no name slob

    I have never seen such a truly resigned look on a dog’s face. Ever. Dear Chuck, we love you so.

  • Lauren

    Wow, how cute!! Any other dog would have bitten her in a second for grabbing onto its tail like that, lol. Adorable.

  • shy me

    oh, Oh, OHHHHHHHH!

  • Carrie

    I just love how well Chuck and Leta get along. It beautiful!

  • Maggie

    Chuck doesn’t look too thrilled, but it’s good that he lets Leta climb all over him and grab chunks of fur. Am I the only one that has noticed ONLY chuck and leta seem to have red-ish hair? Interesting.

  • Dipali

    Beooooooooootiiiiifuullll !! You just made my night…Im gonna sleep with a big smile on my face…thanks dooce..
    Lets is beyond-words-cute and though I dont like dogs..Chuck is too dignified to be called that anyways..

  • slick

    that’s the most adorable picture ever. chuck is such a good boy for letting leta squeeze his tail like that :)

  • jkegwest

    You know, the only reason Leta is grabbing Chuck’s tail is because she wants to absorb some of his political genius through osmosis. She’s going to RULE THE WORLD! MWAHAHAHAHA!!

  • Terri

    Perfection. A dog and his girl.

  • leyla


    how can any of us continue to be meat-eaters after looking at a picture like that?

  • Whoopsie

    Babies are made out of rubber on purpose. This way we can’t damage them too much…physically anyways. Emotionally and mentally? Well, there’s therapy for that.

  • Tracy

    That is one tolerant pooch.

  • dave

    Awwwww. (Is there an echo in here?)

    Be careful, Chuck. The urchin isn’t going to let go of your tail when you try to flee. Unless Mommy hands her another votive.

  • Taaalia

    That is so damn cute, I am actually WEAK AT THE KNEES. Aaaah!

  • RazDreams

    (How come there are two of the same “Thinking” entries on the main page? I know I mixed beer and wine last night, but sheeesh, am I really that bad off today that I’m seeing duplicates?)

  • DM

    Taylor, the dream, too funny. Elton John should so be reading this site. Everyone should.

    Dooce, stop it. I do not want children. Or a dog. But these pictures…oh, these pictures with the cuteness and the smiling and the absolute beauty of both Leta and Chuck. Yikes.

    You’re like the borg, you know that, with these pictures? Resistance is futile. Damn it. If I start asking random strangers to impregnate me and buy me a dog, it will be your fault.