• Jenn


    Thank you. Your posts never fail to make me laugh out loud. Please keep being you.

    And to whoever nominated you for Valedectorian of the Internet, I officially Second it.

    All in favor?

  • Kate

    We do not have a dog. We have 4 cats.
    And inevitably one of them around whenever there is loving going on.

    Last time one cat sat outside the bedroom time the entire time crying.

    I was like “did she sit out there crying the whole time?”

    “Yes, Yes, she did.”

  • kjc

    We have two dogs… Jazz could care less that this & that is going on. The other, Katie, thinks that she is a participant. Here I’ll help you… by licking you, and sticking my cold nose up your butt. What? aren’t you done yet? I want to lick that spot on the bed.

  • http://www.ammanners.wordpress.com anne

    I am glad to know from this story and the comments that we are not the only owners of a dog who can tell when the humans are going to get it on. Though she did not vomit – she did once pee, on the bed, mid-coital. We thought she could be religious and opposed to pre-marital sex.

  • Barb

    It’s such a rare priviledge to be able to post that I’m all giddy and can’t think of a thing to say. You make me so nervous. LOL!

    Seriously, thanks so much for sharing your life with us.

    Love how you brought this post full circle. My cat has pretty much learned to hang in there during this or that. In fact, she was there when we conceiv…uh, er, did I mention how much I like your writing?!?

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


    I just spent nearly an hour on your flickr and your photo archives and cannot find Chuck on the potty (sorry, thats what we call it in my house). Please post!

  • http://mellowmeanderings.blogspot.com/ Mel

    Speaking of dogs in cars….so funny.


  • http://mrsconception.wordpress.com Mrs. Andrews

    My dogs freak out and try to tackle me whenever I pick up my keys. We take both of ours in the car all the time, even though they like to test the breaks once in a while, and they’re not even as talented as Chuck.

  • http://seehearspeaknoevil.com jess

    we love to take our dog with us in the car…and she likes it, too. they even have dog treats at the bank for her!

  • Jessica

    I love Leta. A TAAAIIIIIILLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL! OMG, I want her for my own. Great post, as always.

  • http://www.fastasfox.com molly

    If I had a well-behaved pup then I would take him everywhere with me, too. But sadly, there can be no walks in big public areas or drives to anywhere with a sidewalk, because the minute she sees a person, or anything that has been looked at by a person in the last 20 years, she starts barking and barking and BARKING AND BARKING.

  • http://verygeorge.com GEORGE!

    WHATEVER. So retaliating on this one.

  • http://www.comicbookcrush.net Anna

    You should be glad that she doesn’t pay attention to him, or that she talks about him having a tail and her desperate want for him not to have one. Really it’s better then babysitting a three year old that thinks stick+dog=funny. Because poking the dog with a stick is totally not funny. At all. Even a little bit.

  • Gail

    I love this site. I visit daily and often go back and read stuff I miss because laughing until I cry is just the best way to spend my time.

    I love that she gets annoyed with him for having a tail or looking at her or touching her or breathing the same air she does.

    I felt that way about my brothers and sisters. Minus the tail part.

  • http://lifeaslou.blogsome.com/ Lou

    -how to make a bomb out of a pineapple-

    I seriously hope you plan to blog that information.

    Leta cracks me up.

  • http://callipygianchronicle.wordpress.com Yolanda

    Wow. I wanna be a dog. Someone forcing me to walk every day makes feel very unloving toward them, not snugly at all.

  • http://poopandboogies.com William

    When Chuck is in bed and you do “that” and Jon does “this” and I am sure your Mormon upbring has taught you that “this and That” is in the missionary style…does he shake his head as if to say..”you guys are doing it wrong?”

  • jane

    Hey, what’s up with your RSS feed? The pictures are tiny and require a click-through on every post. Maybe you’re trying to increase your ad revenue? I will unsubscribe if that’s the way it’s going to be – not a threat, obviously, since the loss of one reader isn’t going to affect you, but just letting you know my preference. Perhaps you’ll reconsider? Maybe go back to putting ads in the feed if that will help.

  • Nicole

    Living in Utah, we are probably the only people above the age of… 21 that doesn’t have kids. We have dogs. And we take them EVERYWHERE. To family functions. To get ice cream. You say ride and they are sitting at the front door. And it drives my brother in law *crazy* that we always liken how he treats our dogs to whether he would do that to his kid. Ha!

  • http://fridayfilms.diaryland.com Friday

    I live in a car! Well, I don’t really, I just wanted to leave a comment somewhere in the top 100. Because I cancancan.

  • http://amysmagnumopus.wordpress.com AmyM

    If I had a Chuck, he’d go everywhere with me, too. (Much to my husband’s chagrin.) But you just can’t fit a horse in the back seat of a minivan, so what’s a girl to do?

  • http://www.livejournal.com/~whimoffate Chessy

    Yay! Dogs! I have a dog and I am going to have a daughter in January. I just hope my dog doesn’t eat her.

  • Becky S

    Chuck has a tail!? How dare you have a dog next to your daughter that has a tail!

    I love your blog and I love the new set up and pictures. and of course I heart Chuck. He would go with me everywhere too.

  • Rachel

    I’ve always wondered that when I see dogs in the car…I have a cat, and he freaksss out when the car’s moving.

    But being cute is a plenty good reason.

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  • http://grilledcheesewithpickles.blogspot.com/ ellcee

    My niece used to do the same thing with her mother’s cat when she was that age. And my cats. And anyone’s cat or dog or godlfish. She threw a tantrum one day when I was babysitting because the cat looked at her or whatever because I loved the cat more than her. I told her that yes, absolutely this is true, and it’s because the cat doesn’t throw itself on the ground and scream and who wouldn’t love the cat better?

    I’m a bad auntie. But it shut her up!


  • stephanie

    Just wondering. Do you put any kind of restraint on your dog when he’s in the car? I was in my friend’s car a few weeks ago and her dog just sat in the back seat. I was really worried that the dog would turn into a projectile if she ever got into an accident, but it had never occurred to her and she seemed almost miffed that I mentioned it. Not sure why dogs should have less protection in cars than kids…

  • http://www.greyvelvet.com darcie

    aaaahh-ha! funny!

  • Lanie

    Maybe Leta would prefer to have an Australian Shepherd as a pet? They come naturally tailless. Although she might be inclined to object to the thick soft fur. Sounds like a rock and a hard place to me.

  • Leigh

    First, I love Chuck so very much. I cannot wait until January to open my CALENDAR which will be in my office at my job in one of the largest corporations in San Francisco because that will lead to me turning more people on to “daily Chuck” and then I will have others to talk to.

    Second, you bring Chuck because he is one of the coolest dogs on the planet. And dogs are pack animals who should be brought along whenever possible. Anyone who doesn’t know that really isn’t your type of person.

  • http://shannamurray.typepad.com/ Shanna murray

    at least you don’t take him around town in a homemade doggy sling like i do.
    my friends think i’m crazy, but i’m really just in love. with. my. dog. and yes, believe it or not, he loves travelling that way!

  • http://casscout.blogspot.com Cassandra

    As a person with a dog, as a person who is insanely in love with dogs, I totally get your position on taking Chuck everywhere.
    But yeah, how dare he have four legs. It’s just not right.

  • http://refreshingrain.net Crys

    I like how you mentioned how Leta screams when Chuck looks at her. My oldest, who is two, will scream at me when her little sister looks at her. Its always “Mommy, Baby looking at me. Baby leave me lone!”

  • http://pixelbliss.ca erica

    My dog has a similar look, but it’s more like “you’re going to kick me out of bed just to do THAT again?”, as if she’s just bitter that anything humans would do without her could be worthwhile.

  • http://sanctimony.net helena

    wait a minute. stephanie, are you actually suggesting a DOG SEATBELT? or better yet, a dog car seat?

    brilliant! because dogs are as important as children. when they turn 18, they get to vote, just like children. and if you accidentally run over someone’s dog, you are likely to be convicted of manslaughter, same as someone’s child.

    [actually, i've heard that if you run over someone's dog, you're obligated to stop, get out and look for that person's owner. but if you run over someone's cat, it is perfectly okay to leave the cat pancake on the street without thinking twice about finding the cat owner. cats are rebel loners.]

  • Ingrid

    Why would anyone think taking your dog with you for rides in the car is strange? When I was growing up, my mom always took our black lab with her to pick us up from school, and she pretty much went everywhere with us…but then again, I did grow up in Alabama…

  • http://easycheese.net kelly

    long live dooce! up with chuck!

  • http://www.alikelystory.blogs.com Kath

    Life can never have too much Chuck in it.

  • http://jdubya.vox.com jdubya

    without fail, my yorkie will jump on the bed and try to lick our faces/asses. hello? daddy doesn’t need your help, Toki.

    great post, heather!

  • Katie

    I take my dog with me pretty much everywhere I possibly can. I feel immense guilt when I have to leave him at home. It’s so bad then when my boyfriend and I know we are both going to be gone most of the day, we take the dog to his nanny’s so that he can play with his little dog friends while we are gone. I’m okay with being crazy!

  • http://livinlife007.blogspot.com/ tiger lamb girl

    Our dog loves going in the car. He paces back and forth in the back (we have a volvo station-wagon) and smooshes his nose up against the windows – fogging them up. And he’s very good about me cramming in a few groceries next to him. He’s never eaten anything, now that I think about it. Wow. Actually, I was thinking he’s a pain in the ass with his penchant for lying on my new silk rugs (with mud on him! arg), but actually? He’s pretty good seeing as he’s never once eaten meaty groceries lying right next to him.

    Nice to see you have comments open;).

  • http://www.spaces.msn.com/gilliangaladriel Gillian

    kelly from a couple comments ago – Up with Chuck! made me laugh, and think of vomiting. Why is vomiting funny? I don’t know.

    dooce – (2) things:

    (1) During THIS and THAT, have you ever lost track of things and perhaps closed your eyes and then suddenly felt a cold nose on your tush? Because THAT is the quickest way to deflate the mood, if you know what I’m sayin’

    (2) I think you crashed the BYU Student Honors association site, because I STILL can’t get in there. I’m dying to be preached to by Ninja Turtles.

  • Anne

    If we’re doin’ it on the bed our cat insists on interrupting us, preferably by creating a human/cat pyramid, or as we like to call it, a “cat pile”. After knocking her off the bed/us for what feels like the millionth time, she sits down in the bathroom across from our bedroom and stares at us the whole time with these huge saucer-like eyes. That’s not disturbing at all!

    And, for the record, I would totally take her in the car with me if she would endure it.

  • http://celebrityseaslugs.blogspot.com ecogrrl

    I have a cat. He is partially blind, which means that he likes to sit really, really close during this and that so he can see what’s happening. Sometimes, he tries to sit on my feet in mid-act, and he always looks like he’s debating whether to attack my husband (jealousy issue) or flee straight into the closet.

  • http://www.smoochdog.com Michelle

    Ahhh haa love that post. The thing is we used to put our dog in the care – weather permitting – when we had guests over – as a adolescent dog she was no longer a cute puppy but rather a tazmanian devil when people came to visit. Ironically she would just sit or lie there contently and never ruined anything in the car. It was like a giant crate to her. She flew to us in a crate and it must have spooked her because we could not crate train her after that. I would like to repeat we only did this when the weather was exactly the right temperature to put her in there and have the windows open for circulation. The rest of the time we tied her to the furnace

  • stephanie


    I’m not talking about the legal rights of dogs as compared with kids. A projectile dog is likely a dead dog. Is that what you want to happen to your pet if you are involved in an accident?

    Dog car restraints exist. Just do a search at PetSmart for example.

  • http://www.mksblog.com DCPhotog

    Lovely, lovely post as always. If I had a cute pup like Chuck, I’d bring him everywhere, too.

    ps- your thing at the bottom that is supposed to stop non humans from spamming… guess what it just had me type in? “expect interplay” hmmm…

  • Laura

    My sister has two cats without tails who think they are dogs. I wonder what Leta would think of that?

  • http://www.thechristine.com Christine

    I can’t decide which is more amusing: an in-shape, svelte dog with a dry sense of humor that travels in style everywhere his owners go? or… a 3 year old who thinks that her family’s dog lives in the car, and refuses to acknowledge said dog’s existence, and will only discuss him when she’s at pre-school.

    Truly dooce is a lucky woman to be blessed with such hilarious and loving little creatures :D

  • http://bettycrockerass.blogspot.com/ BettyCrockerASS

    Great…now I feel like a total shit head because my two poor little dogs hardly ever get walked. I think I’ll go take them out now. Wait, Tyra’s on. Never mind.