• Michelle

    I know you are so proud of Chuck. When your pet becomes even more human than you thought he was is just a Great moment.

  • http://money.thatedeguy.com thatedeguy

    I would be slightly worried that when Leta becomes older and has friends over that chuck doesn’t try and defend her from her friend.
    We have a dog that has shown signs of aggression towards children and are seriously contemplating having him put to sleep when our baby arrives in June.
    Chuck does seem to be a much better behaved animal though.

    P.S. I love that you’ve allowed comments again.

  • http://www.diary.blogs.com reluctant housewife

    Today’s Daily Picture is great. It reminds me of a Madonna and Child. Great job, Jon!

  • http://www.randomanddod.com Kristine


    Now I get to go check out 88 new websites. I love it when the comments are open. It’s like the red carpet of blogs and I love finding new ones to add to my list.
    Not that I can read all the ones I already have, but here’s to trying!

    and I wish you watched American Idol…it would be hysterical to hear what you have to say about the singers.

  • dr.amanda.

    i don’t know which i love more. the humor you find everyday in life or the amazing pictures you take. today’s is so serene and beautiful. love it.

  • http://www.bridgermama@hotmail.com bridgermama

    Who knew an argyle sweater could be so useful? I love the fact that Chuck is so protective! I can only hope that our mutt will turn out the same. Right now she has just gotten to the point where she actually acknowledges the fact that we did,indeed, bring a baby home (6 months ago!). I sense we may have a future little-dude-protector.

  • Kazzer

    I got so excited about the prospect of leaving a message that by the time I had registered and then signed back in….I forgot what I was going to say.

    Oh well, at least I am ready for next time.

    Your site is a daily recommendation…..a bit like vitamins!

  • http://three-part-harmony.com/heartsongs Karin

    Your post made me tear up. Our puppy was 3 months old and our daughter about 14 months old and we were taking some photos with the Valentine Lion from Hallmark that makes a purring or roaring or whatever the heck it’s supposed to be sound. This puppy who had barely lived in our house a month put herself between our daughter and that lion and growled and barked and was totally ready to rip ti to shreds and I’ll tell you what, it made my heart swell. Those two love each other and I know the puppy will protect her!

  • http://jenieb.blogspot.com Jenie

    Awww. I heart Chuck.

    I also heart Dooce for having comments again. Sorry though that I’ll be stuck here at work hitting refresh again and again just like old times. ;o)

  • http://www.exiledintoyland.blogspot.com Toyfoto

    I would KILL to live next to a taxidermist. Not really.

  • http://tiggerlane.blogspot.com Tiggerlane

    OMG…my employees think I’ve gone mad(der)…as I sit at my computer, laughing hysterically, tears streaming down my face. The description of your evil torment of Chuck with the taxidermist’s latest trophy was CLASSIC!

    And my dog barks at local snowmen. Fierce.

    I’m so proud of Chuck for finally showing his true love for Leta! All that aloof basement-dwelling is just a cover.

  • http://doenietzomoeilijk.nl/ Max Roeleveld

    Oh yes, dogs are like that. Ours decided that the doctor that came to examine our son Michael was _not_ to be allowed anywhere near him. Michael was 4 days old then…

    By the way, I think Bronx is the kickest assest name for a dog like that.

  • Kath :-)

    Yay Chuckles!

    Worth your weight in pop tarts! Or pasta.

  • http://nowseriously.blogspot.com LeafGirl77

    I love the visual of Chuck freaking out at the ‘spying snowman’ across the street.

    Go Chuck Go! Protect your family!

  • Jacey

    My golden retriever is the biggest traitor amongst traitors. I could be raped/tarred n feathered/burned at the stake and she’d happily run away with the guilty party. She uses me for comic relief and doggie treats. Chuck is a powerful good dog for Leta.

  • http://spaces.msn.com/members/beachgalshideaway Beachgal

    Wow. Lucky Leta. And at least it’s good you figured out what was bothering Chuck. We kind of have the opposite problem with our dogs, I think they plot the demise of our son. At least the one does. My son just wants to play with him, yet she just gets all pissy if he comes by sometimes. She’s about to get shipped out the door, cause we’re afraid she’s gonna bite him. Anyway. Lucky Chuck to have Leta to protect and lucky Leta to have such a great protector!

  • Samantha

    Oh my God. The visuals! “I roared like a lion being violated by a taxidermist’s arm.” Hilarious! Thanks for the Chuckle (pun intended).

  • delaney

    My grandparents used to have dogs that would protect us that way – it was always so unexpected. You’re right though, it also always seems like a really big compliment!

  • stephanie

    …then determined that Bronx was a chocolate treat clad in argyle wrapping.

    hilarious, made my day. i have a 7 month old black pug named moxie, and i’ve never seen a dog so unnecessarily TERRIFIED of umbrellas. we love chuck, and we’re glad he loves leta. after all, someone has to protect the cutest of all treats.

  • jsides23

    Please never put Chuck in a sweater like that! He is way too dignified to be humiliated in such degrading fashion. Thanks for the funny story! I am glad I am not the only one who has a dog that does strange things. Yesterday I found myself cleaning off the porch where our dog had covertly figured out a way to get into the diaper pail we had put outside to air out. He had then proceeded to tear into the filthy diapers and eat the contents. I know…foul, foul animal. We really should have just gotten a goldfish.

  • http://findingrace.blogspot.com Amy Mingo

    Chuck is impressive with his protective instincts. Do you think he would have been just as protective had it just been you in the house?

  • erin

    Your writing, as always, conveys the image *perfectly*.

  • http://www.moosh.nu Jenny

    Haha, bless Chuck. I can just imagine it all now. :P

  • http://flatman.blogspot.com Flatman

    johnny weir?

  • the other amy

    Too, too funny. “…a flamboyantly gay ice skater.” actually, Bronx does strikingly resemble that Jonny Weir American Olympic ice skater guy. Coincidence? Probably, but funny nonetheless.
    Heather, thank you for making me laugh each and every day.

  • RzDrms

    i totally read the line “Thing liked to have scared the shit out of me” with your cute southern accent…made me laugh out loud. :)

  • MissKitty

    Chuck is adorable! We used to have the Chuckacabra desktop on our home Mac for the longest time.. Our terrier, Chunk, alternately loves and hates our daughter, G. He won’t lower himself to play with her or allow her to pet him, but he will threaten to gnaw the extremities off any strangers that get within arm’s reach of her. Not quite as cute as Chuck’s protective instincts.

  • jenlovely

    when i was growing up we had an old english sheepdog that came before i did, so everyone told my parents to get rid of him before i was born. since he was a large dog they were all worried that out of jealousy he would attack me. that dog was my bestfriend growing up. i would dress him up, run into him with my walker, hit him, smack him, steal his food, basic small child torture to a pet, and he loved me with everything in him. my mom and aunt would go to scold me and smack my hand for things i’d do to him, and he’d show his teeth at them and chase them out of the house. my dad was a cop, his cop friends would show up at the house, and go to pick me up. since the dog didn’t know them well, he bit them. 3 to be precise. i miss him at times.

    emma, my daughter, has 3 cats to chase around the house. sometimes i feel guilty that she doesn’t have a dog to protect her the way i did. i think that’s going to be her 5th birthday present. a puppy of her own.

    i’m glad leta has the kind of friendship that all children should experience. it makes you a better person in the end.

  • moobug

    Looks like Leta’s got herself a body guard.

  • mm

    You always make me laugh out loud! You make me miss having a dog…

    I love your site and read it everyday.

    I love having comments on :)

  • mm

    You always make me laugh out loud! You make me miss having a dog…

    I love your site and read it everyday.

  • Michelle_B

    Oh, snap! Comments are open! This post had me laughing out loud. Your posts often have that effect.

  • http://www.ladymadaysia.com ladymadaysia

    Oh my goodness, that is ultra sweet of Chuck.

    Leta must be one lucky girl that Chuck loves her so much.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/moobug moobug

    How precious. Looks like Leta’s got herself a body guard.

  • MommyofOne

    Thank you for the wonderful way you tell stories about your life. Love you, love your website.

  • Rebecca Jacob

    I love, love, love your site. It makes me laugh everyday!

  • http://www.jolie1.blogspot.com jolie

    I spent two hours this morning researching the dog I am about to get – and now he can’t come soon enough because all I want to do is devise hilarious and innovative forms of dog mindfuckery.

    oh, heather, you’re such an inspiration.

  • http://www.nooccar.com Devon Adams

    My dog Dante adores my daughter. She’s 11 months and crawls like Mario Andretti across the floor to get to the dog. The attack each other and he proceeds to lick her from head to foot before shoving his doggie tongue in her mouth around muffled giggles. It’s like doggie Niagara when the two of them get together.

    Can Dante by vice president?

  • http://www.CadensCastle.com Donny

    Did you get a picture of Chuck protecting Leta for the next calendar? I love the first one.

  • Everqueer

    I miss having a dog. My felines never do anything this presh.

  • The Bold Soul

    Chuck rocks! There is nothing like having a dog around the house to make you feel loved and appreciated. And what an awesome display of bonding between Chuck and Leta.

    When my niece was born, her family had a very hyper Golden Retriever and I used to worry the dog would accidentally trample the baby when she was too little to do more than lie on her tummy and lift her bald head off the floor. One day while the dog and Big Brother were rough-housing, I saw just how careful the dog actually was with the baby, when he was running through the house and skillfully hurtled over the infant without putting a scratch on her. He knew right where she was and he knew how not to hurt her. She, of course, thought it was hysterical and giggled that gleeful baby giggle.

  • victoria

    That was extremely hilarious. I love the roar like a lion being violated by a taxidermist’s arm.

    And yet — please don’t boot me off forever — the English teacher in me can’t help saying, the relative clause here, “a snowman across the street whom he thinks is a strange man spying on the house,” should have been written, “a snowman across the street WHO he thinks is a strange man spying on the house.” (“Who is a strange man” is the relative clause, and “who” is its subject.)

    CNN’s website publishes sentences like this, “The suspect, whom police say was found carrying a knife, is in custody,” all the time. It should be “who police say was found carrying a knife.”

    Then I have to write CNN long emails about it, because I know correcting people’s grammar always makes me so popular.

  • http://babylaurenmiller.blogspot.com ieatcrayonz

    I saw those pictures of the little chocolate ankle nipper on flickr and thought those ears look at awful lot like pig ears.

    You sure Chuck wasn’t just hungry for a rawhide?

  • RzDrms

    p.p.p.s. i think she missed us. (i know we missed her!!!) :)

  • StaceyStae

    Thanks for all your great stories. I’m a first time commenter and I’ve never emailed you. I’ve been reading for a long time and you know we all love Chuck and Leta and the rest of the Armstrong clan. I have Chuck’s calendar and absolutely adore it! Do you think he’d autograph it for me? :-)

  • kawaface

    i don’t understand how people can live without dogs. or at least a pet… but dogs are obviously way better than any other animal.

  • http://imnopoodle.typepad.com/ Candace Cobb

    I’m guessing comments will be off tomorrow, but can’t help but indulge myself in leaving something totally inane anyway.

  • MontanaJen


    I can’t bring my dogs around other dogs because they’re convinced that any other dog is trying to hurt ME. I shudder to think of what’s going to happen with a kid.

    I usually disagree with clothing on dogs – but in Mr. Bronx’s case, I must applaud.

    Happy little sweater dog, and his effeminate acrobatics.

  • http://www.hamiltonfamilycircus.blogspot.com Heather

    So glad to see that Chuck has finally come around to seeing Leta as something more than a source of table scraps!! Yeah for puppy love!!

  • Luv2Ballrm

    That is so precious! Chuck the wonder-dog protector….you can add that to his resume! :-)

    Thanks for sharing your life and pictures with us. I’m an avid reader of “Blurbdoocery”…you bring joy to my days.