• mandee

    when we give our dogs treats we just set the container on the floor and let them go at it. my little papillion usually has half his body shoved in for optimal coverage-of-body. i like the best when he eats from the chicken salad container. not only do you get a good laugh when he gets it stuck on his head, but also while he’s backing around in circles trying to get out of it. and afterwards, he’s covered in mayo. makes for great hair spiking. pets are fun that way.

  • http://Akgmcgirl Akgmcgirl

    Ok, to all of you telling Heather that chocolate is bad for dogs, (which I know it is, thats not the point I’m about to make) I hope you would go back and REREAD her post. She did not give Chuck chocolate. She gave him the melted goo dribbles at the bottom of the carton of C&Cream they had FINISHED. C&Cream is made of Vanilla ice cream, with little pieces of Oreo’s. The amount of chocolate that is left in the melted goo dribbles at the bottom of a carton are nothing chuck needs to be concerned about!

  • gabip

    Doesn’t everyone do this to their dog? Our dogs would stick their snouts in any container that promised a sweet and/or delightful food reward, cereal boxes, chip bags, empty cans of whatever, Ice Cream cartons, all bets are off when it comes to people food. Chuck seems to be in seventh heaven, if anyone complains they are just jealous that their evenings don’t end with their face in a carton of ice cream and the ability to lick their own balls all before going to bed.

  • http://Akgmcgirl Akgmcgirl

    OMG!!! Thats great! Only a true dog lover could find the total humor in that!! When I was growing up I had a pet goat(his name was Howard The Buck), and one evening we heard all this banging around outside, it turned out to be the goat with a beer box totally stuck on his head. So Heather, dont feel bad your not the only family that gets their laughs from the torturing of their beloved pets!!! ;) BTW Cookies & Cream… one of my absolute favs, (like you always wanted to know that huh!!)

  • http://www.reformedstrippersanon.blogspot.com JessicaRabbit

    My cats do that with yogurt containers but the best part about a cat doing that is once it is on their head, they try to run backwards to get out of it. So then you have a fat backwards running cat smashing into the walls and other cats and the dogs while everyone else looks like, Hey moron what the hell???

    However I do have a VERY serious issue with you doing that to poor poor Chuck. Cookies n Cream? What is wrong with you people? Don’t you know that Blue Moon is the superior ice cream flavor? If you REALLY loved him that would be the container stuck on his head. From what I see if you keep giving him that inferior ice cream flavor he is going to live his life believing that you only moderatly like him.

  • Natalie

    That’s awesome. :D We give our dogs empty peanut butter containers so they can lick them clean. It’s so funny to see them sticking their noses in them. ;)

    About the commenters who mentioned chocolate: you’re right, baker’s chocolate is VERY toxic. However, other chocolate is too, just not to the same level. A very small amount of baker’s chocolate can kill a dog. Most larger dogs can eat a chocolate bar or two without getting too sick, but in large amounts it STILL is dangerous. Definitely don’t let your dog eat chocolate if you can avoid it. If in doubt, call your vet. :)

  • http://www.dauray.com/blog Michelle

    Awesome video of Chuck, keep up with the sounds and video clips you’ve been adding lately they’re great.

    I’d love to see a video of how you guys get the spaghetti wrapped around Chucks snout, still can’t figure out how you get him to sit still long enough to not only wrap the noodles but to also take pictures.

  • Angela

    OK, so I try to view it, it says I don’t have the software and I need to download it. I download it and it tells me I already have it. So I try to veiw it again and all I get is the sound, no picture. I don’t know if I am just a computer retard (not a very politically correct term, sorry) or if this happened to other people. But I do have to say it SOUNDED cute….:)

  • http://www.macwebguru.com doog

    Video came right thru, no problem on Mac OS 10.4.5 – the player even looks great, very nice translucent controls.

    LAUGH OUT LOUD FUNNY. You two are crazed, but Chuck is GONE. I mean IN-Freakin-SANE. That dog is too funny. Bronze him NOW.

    Good video clip, the audio is what made me laugh, hearing Chuck LICKIN like… like… well. That’s wrong. Do it some more!!!!!


  • http://kristismess.blogspot.com/ KfK

    I only heard the sound byte, no video, but let me just tell you what that sound actually sounded like. Not a dog lapping at an ice cream carton,but two consentual sensual adults “lapping” each other, if you catch my drift.

  • klk

    I’m surprised that I didn’t think of this trick first, dogs and ice cream are my two true loves. I appreciate your honesty with your readers but in this case I don’t buy it for a second that the carton accidentally slipped out of your hand and onto Chucks snout. It pretty clearly was placed there; and good for you! You have nothing to be ashamed about, it’s clear that Chuck enjoyed this episode as much as anyone else!

  • http://www.francophoney.net kim

    With Kee, my first dog, my parents invented a game called elephant dog, which involved putting an old sock (old but CLEAN, dog police!) on her snout and her shaking her head about like a wild woman. Those were good times.

    However, I’ve yet to meet another dog that enjoys such antics.

  • salome

    “practicing his Opus Dei”… oi, I love your writing. Thank you for letting me comment and tell you so. Great blog!!!

  • Chelley

    Quicktime and Firefox don’t play well together. I was able to get to it via IE though. So cute!

  • Shutterbug

    Do you think you could get Leta to do that at the same time? Cause that would be entertainment.

  • http://www.rathnait.net/blog Zee

    OMG that was funny!!! I especially liked when he had to use his paw to get the carton off his face…

    Thanks for posting! :)

  • heather j

    err………that should have read KR. Now you know the truth— I’m only a neocon wannabe. :(

    I still love Chuck—-AND Leta–what a doll!

  • happy

    Heather, I’ve been reading you for the last couple months, went back and read all your archives. I have to thank you for making me laugh out loud many times. I’ve really needed that.
    Chuck is such an exceptional individual and amazes me with his patience. My dog loves strawberry Hagaan Daz, not interested in other flavors. But, because he’s small (12 lbs, 11 years old) I always cut the container in half for him. I can’t torture him. He’s always been the most depressed, anxiety-ridden dog. He was a rescue 10 years ago. But he has an alter-ego, known to my family, not so fondly, as The RAT BASTARD from HELL. I can babble on about him. But I’m actually posting because the pictures reminded me of when the cat got his whole head stuck in a small gift bag through the loop, panicked and raced blind through the house at top speed. Not fun trying to help him get it off, but we were laughing hysterically til we could corner him.
    Thanks for the great pictures.

  • deafblind

    Good vid! I should post up the picture of one of my cats with his head stuck in a yoghurt pot, good times….good times ;)

  • http://momsinsanity.blogspot.com Liz

    How come when I buy Dreyer’s ice cream a dog doesn’t come with it? :)

  • http://www.blurbomat.com blurb

    People, go to the macromedia link:

    Download the latest Flash player. Run the nstall and it will update your Flash plug-in. I did it recently and had no problems with the video. Heather’s laptop and our iMac wouldn’t display the video until we did this on both of those machines.

  • heather j

    So, anyway Heather. It’s late Wednesday night, so I apologize if some other killjoy has posted this—–chocolate is (in general) very bad for dogs. It can kill (:0!) them!

    Anyway….I am a huge fan of your blog—mainly because of Chuck. We are poles apart politically, but somehow, that doesn’t matter— because of Chuck.

    My suggestion? Do what my husband does—-after he’s (*eaten) his apple he gives the core to our beagle. She licks the thing to death and then we dump it. She’s happy, we’re happy–and the best part is, we don’t have to worry about her heart exploding.

    ~~a neocon admirer*

    (*don’t tell CR)

  • sassy7cassy

    Two things made my day today: calling the police on my crappy neighbors with the crappy band and those pictures of Chuck.

  • Gooly

    So many ice cream-loving pets… I never realized my kitty is in good company when she tries to stick her nose and/ or feet in my ice cream.

    I love the Chronicles of Chuck. They are vicarious dog joy without having to deal with the poop.

  • http://colleen.typepad.com Colleen

    This sounds really cruel but keep in mind that I’m a CRAZY dog person. I can’t tell you just HOW MUCH I love dogs.

    Ok, try this fun family activity:

    Take one Gummi Bear (any flavor), bite it in half, lick the sticky part, stick it to the top of the dog’s nose.


    Also, it would take something like 20 pounds of chocolate to even make a dog of Chuck’s size sick, let alone kill him. I’m not saying you should shove Snickers bars down his throat but people tend to over-dramatize the CHOCOLATE WILL KILL YOUR DOG thing.

    Chuck Friday is my favorite day of the week.

  • http://redplaidduckies.livejournal.com laurellz

    hahahahaha my dog does that with a smartfood popcorn bag… i always think shes going to kill herself, but she flips out if i take it away.

    hey, whatever, her funeral! =P

  • http://www.karihun.blogspot.com Karihun

    I love your chuck posts!!! My dog is too small to get stuck in an ice cream container… but it doesn’t stop us from putting my sons outgrown 0-3 month clothes on her, taking pictures and pimping her out online lol

  • emz

    That’s such a cute video! It doesn’t sound like you’ve got any crazies yelling at you for that yet, which is good. Don’t you just hate when ignorant people assume the worst about you from what little they know? Every winter I have to battle the PETA types who will stop me on the street and tell me that forcing my min pin to wear booties is cruel…it always leaves me with an urge to tell my dog to ATTACK even though I know he would probably just lick their ankles and roll over in his booties (which, by the way, he wears so as not to get cut from salt crystals).

    Keep on ignoring the critics and doing what you do.

  • Stacey

    Hahahaha!! You (and Chuck) are hilarious — you make my day! I love your site so much, thank you!

  • http://www.daxohol.com Daxohol

    Chuck. Love me some Chuck.
    I also love me some Haagen Daaz Carmel Cone Explosion.
    I think Chuck would too…

  • http://www.vegasandvenice.com vegasandvenice

    Personally I think that this is the very reason why you should not only have more dogs, but also more children!! I won’t expect you to of course, but if we ever need to repopulate the world I think you two should start!

    That’s not too much pressure is it? Again, I am not expecting anything, but it would be great!

  • Sue

    I believe that all dogs have an affinity for ice cream, and in case of ice cream bucket on the nose, they are able to breathe through their ears. What a cutie! When my old dog, Chippie, died, my mother didn’t know what to do with cardboard ice cream containers (it was a LONG time ago) or dirty casserole dishes. She depended on him to clean them so they could be further dealt with – thrown out or washed, respectively.

  • http://www.WannabeHippie.com GingerLane

    I’m all for dogs getting their heads wedged in things in the name of goodie consumption, so I won’t yell at you. There isn’t enough chocolate in what was left at the edges to make him sick, so come on people, let that go.

    Strangely I can hear the video, just no visual. I do have QuickTime. I’m viewing on Mozilla, Windows XP. Bummer, but I will survive.

  • http://www.justsayjes.com jes

    oh, Chuckie! did you notice how his right paw went up first, which surely gave him momentum for the lapping and further shoving his face into the carton. you should breed Chuck – we’d all buy clones.

  • beau.raines

    Your blog is great!
    I really like the product placement, too!
    That is a Dreyer’s ad in the making…

  • lq

    Chocolate warning: Cocoa bean hulls are often sold for mulching – and they smell heavenly when spread in your yard, do a great job of mulch – but they are unprocessed AND WILL MAKE YOUR DOG VERY VERY SICK – AND MAYBE KILL HIM/HER. Learned this the hard way with a sick poochie. I think most garden suppliers now warn about this – but they didn’t 20 years ago.

    Love your site, love your sharing, and Chuck always reminds me of my wonderful dog stories. Thanks so much, Heather!

  • Coyote

    When I was a kid, we had a dog who could hear the sound of a cube of butter being unwrapped from a half mile away. (My mom would let her lick every wrapper.) It was uncanny. Now I have a cat that cannot resist sticking her head all the way inside cube shaped tissue boxes and coffee mugs. She gets her head stuck in the boxes and wanders around the house bumping into things, but doesn’t seem the least distressed. Go figure.

  • sugapie

    Oh you soooo rock…

    Really you must warn new mothers with bladder issues to put on the Depends before reading your posts! Opus Dei, that killed me! Gotta go change the chonies !

  • http://brewerburns.blogspot.com Jennifer

    Heather, you are my personal hero. That made me laugh and laugh and laugh.

  • http://www.livejournal.com/users/camaranta preptex

    same issues as above


    Hi again…

    I have to post one thing about the chocolate and dogs.
    We too have dogs and love them preciously and always heeded the warnings about CHOCOLATE, but we misinterpreted it.

    Chocolate is only dangerous to dogs if they get ahold of BAKING CHOCOLATE, as in CHOCOLATE that HAS NOT been processed.

    Chocolate ice cream, kisses, Easter bunnies, cake..etc. aren’t dangerous. They have [extremely]diluted chocolate in them.

    BAKING CHOCOLATE are the bars of chocolate you buy to (duh) bake with and are toxic to animals because they are almost pure from the cocoa bean.

    That is why everyone talks about there dogs eating so much chocolate and living to tell the tale.

    Ask your vet (please) or research on the ‘net. It isn’t an urban legand. Unprocessed chocolate (baking squares) can kill your pet, but the stuff in candy, cakes and ice cream is so diluted it poses no harm.

    Please check it out!

    We love our poochies too….and I have to say I can’t wait to try the ice cream bucket on their heads…but it will take both to fill an Edy’s bucket (they are dachshunds)…woohoo…can’t wait.

    Thanks guys – you made a long Wednesday more teneable.


  • http://fishunderwater.blogspot.com jaime

    that’s brilliant. i wish i weren’t too much of a wuss to get my kitten into people food. (that comes out sounding so strange.) but it’s weighing this paranoia that i will, some day, accidentally kill her, plus the fear of her becoming this begging machine (because she’s small enough to climb all over us and be just a crazy pain) against knowing how damn cute it’d be to feed her people food, get her stuck in ice cream cartons and all that. thanks for the rockin video.

  • beetski

    I wish I could see the video…the audio sounds pretty funny…
    I’m having the same issues as several other people…PowerBook G4, OSX, both Safari & Firefox.

  • http://www.katielauren.com katielauren

    Dear Dooce,

    Why has Chuck never yet, been forced to wear suspenders? I mean who would look sharper in a pair of red suspenders than Chuck?

  • http://www.butterflychic26.blogspot.com bored_in_kansas

    I know i’ve already commented.

    But I have a question, is it animal cruelty to hysterically laugh at your dog after it runs into a closed door, bounces backwards and looks at you like WTF? If it is UH OH I’M IN TROUBLE!!!!

  • http://bronnie.org Bronnie

    Hahaha! I’m sure he enjoyed every minute of it! :)

  • mindymax

    I’m having issues seeing the video. See the ‘bar’ at the bottom w/ the play button and can hear it. No picture.



    I have read you for a few months…and thoroughly ENJOYED IT.

    I had to tell you, today was one of the crappiest [doable] days of my life. My Mom isn’t a Catholic/Jew, but she thinks she is. Hell she may think she may have been Mormon at one point – who knows…anyway, long story short….she is giving me the gift that keeps giving – GUILT….heh.

    Having spilled THAT drop, I have to say THANKS!!!

    The “Chuck Video” dried up my tears and made me spit my beer…ahem, LEMONADE….about 10 feet!

    You have a gift.

    <–Lifting a glass “To Dooce”.

    Thanks girl, you are just what I needed tonight.

  • sandienotsandy

    You carton propped AND gave your dog dairy? I’m calling the dog abuse hotline!

    (Not really)

    Heehee, I think I still might love the Chuck/Noodle pictures more, though!

  • http://pixiepurls.com mediadiva

    my kitty tala comes up to us anytime we eat on the couch, she meows for food and does this most pitiful thing where she puts her paw out into the air as if she wishes to grab something from me, but instead she holds the paw there and just cries and stares. DRIVES ME MENTAL!!