• Michelle

    Good job on keeping up with the walks. My dog is super jealous!

    I saw you guys out on a walk with Chuck the other day, thought to myself that the dog was super cute and looked very familiar – looked at the people and recognized them too. I had to immediately call my husband and tell him that I saw Chuck the Dog in real life! He is even cuter in person.

    The new website is looking great as well!

  • Rebecca

    I can top that. Our Bean lies on her bed in the corner while “this” and “that” are happening, loudly and repeatedly sighing. It’s the kind of sigh you might expect from someone who has just been told that their airplane will be stuck on the runway for the next eight hours, with only the on-flight movie, Are We There Yet?, for entertainment. She’s just that bored and underwhelmed. But as bad as the sighing is, the worst is when, near the finish line, if you know what I mean, she starts snoring very, very loudly. That right there just kills your mojo.

  • http://www.sushiforlunch.com Connie

    At least Leta hasn’t attempted to EAT Chuck’s tail.
    This is pretty much the reason why my cat chooses to leave the room every time my nephew crawls in.

  • http://www.goeverson.com snooze

    Yup – have dog will travel. Our lab seems to get drowsey when we put her in the back of the beetle.

    Oh — and by the way — you did break their server – I can’t see any pictures (Posters about modesty and grooming standards for students at BYU (oops, I think I might have killed their server))

    ;-)

  • http://rivetergirl.blogspot.com Robin

    And it’s because of entries like this that you are the Queen of the Internets.

    Brilliant.

  • kirtyhoo

    At our house, I’ve completely forgotten that Beasley’s a dog. On most days, he beats out my husband and teenagers as my favorite child. Doesn’t require unlimited texting, doesn’t promise to put up Christmas lights and do the dishes, and doesn’t roll over first thing in the morning and start hinting about getting my day off with a bang! Isn’t that why God invented coffee?

    Anyhoo, Beasley LOVES going for rides and has discovered that our local drive-thru coffee shop has Milkbone treats. Yesterday, we failed to roll his window down as we pulled up for our order. There he was poking his head up front until the gal said, “can your dog have a treat?”. Bliss. Mind you, Beasley HATES Milkbone biscuits at home. We’re convinced that he’s got a thing for the cute barista.

    Puts a smile on my face when I see other dogs riding up front with their parents — I know that’s a good-hearted person.

  • http://www.ceescowtown.blogspot.com carolyn

    OH yes, I can relate. Our 2 dogs live in our car! Ha, a day isn’t complete without a C-A-R-R-I-D-E.

  • Lovesick Billy

    We take our Yorkie everywhere too; you’re not mad. More importantly, does your notoriety/fame conspicuously affect Leta’s teachers and the other parents? Do you suspect that in the vast cultural landscape which is SLC, that they’re not holding secret pools to wager on whom gets mentioned first? Just curious. Love ya, mean it.

  • http://interrobang.etsy.com cherie

    This is not really relevant, but I just wanted to say thankyou for linking to etsy sellers in your daily style section. I get so excited when I see you mention specific sellers, and then their views skyrocket! I’m addicted to Etsy!

  • http://wasatchreport.blogspot.com KatieC

    Dogs are part of the family. If the family goes out, why wouldn’t the dog go out, too? If the family sleeps on beds, why wouldn’t the dog, also, sleep on a bed?

    It’s only logical.

  • Katrena

    My husband hates animals so I have to live vicarously through you. When I was a kid we took our dog everywhere too. He always wanted to go with us – then we he got in the car, he would always freak out and act miserable. This happened every time! You think he would learn his lesson. I guess he was a glutton for punishment. I miss that dog.

  • http://bigpikchur.blogspot.com Jules

    Is GEORGE! going to do a series of tutorials on the pineapple bomb and the target spitting?
    Jules

  • http://bellavenere.blogspot.com/ Salena

    I love to go like this and like that…now that’s funny.

    Your blog is just phenomenal and I never miss a day.

    I want you to adopt me. I have skills:

    I cook like MAD and I’m GREAT at it.
    I drive an 18-wheeler (I don’t know when this would come in handy, but it’s a cool skill).
    I baby-sit (dogs and kids).
    I know where Utah is.
    I own thousands of lipglosses which I am willing to share.
    Oh, there are just too many others to list….

    You rock. Leta is the bomb. Jon is an Angel and Chuck……well, Chuck just deserves smooches!!!

    Ciao!

  • LMR

    Haha, Heather really did kill the BYU server!
    I really wanted to see those pictures as well, and now they have a comment up saying: “We’re currently experiencing an extremely high volume of traffic. Thumbnails and images may not load correctly during this time.” Damn!

  • Elaine

    I have a senior citizen Yorkie-Poo pound puppy who’s now about 14 years old. When it’s cold out, I heat up a doggie heat disc in the microwave, and he sits on that in the front seat. When my husband rides with us, Biscuit looks like he’s seriously inconvenienced to sit in the back with the kids.

    Love, Love, Love your blog, and look forward to it daily!

  • Hannah

    I wonder if BYU is going to figure out that you’re the reason they have so many visitors? You’ll have to keep us posted if you hear from their webmaster.

  • http://duwaxloolu.blogspot.com Jess

    When I was six, I wrote a small essay at school about how my parents didn’t allow me to have breakfast, ever. Apparently my parents underwent quite the interrogation from my teacher after that. I have no recollection of this event or why I would possibly have made such a claim, so all I can say is: at least Leta’s outlandish stories have SOME grounding in reality.

  • http://www.justanotherjenn.com Jenn

    I love Chuck. Seriously, I love your dog and your stories about your dog – they are the best part of this website. Well, that and the fact that you are the goddess of the internets.

  • http://salval.typepad.com/monogrammedmom/ Susan JL

    I love to read your stories. You make me laugh and I thank you for that. I enjoy reading about your family and Chuck. I believe that children have fantastic imaginations limitless because they do not know the boundaries that we do. It is for this reason that I will be working with children (I’m an Elem Ed major) and not adults.

  • http://litblood.blogspot.com/ Amber

    Chuck is grossed out by human sex? That sounds refreshing compared to my house, where we sometimes have to block the cats from climbing on us or taking our distractedness as an opportunity to sniff our nipples.

  • megan

    I take my dog Buddy Holly everywhere with me, too. Today he got his own scoop of ice cream at the frozen custard place (fed to him with a spoon, no less, because he flips the bowl when he tries to lick it out) and then he got to ride in a tow truck.

  • http://dreamsofbordercollies.blogspot.com Misty Dawn

    First of all, let me tell you that you are absolutely hilarious and I LOVE your blog!

    I AM a dog-obsessed person. Heck, my blog is titled and based on my dogs. I have three Border Collies, and they are the loves of my life (other than my husband… sometimes). I’m one of those persons who has no human children of her own, so she treats and talks about her dogs as if they were her children… yeah, I get strange looks and comments ALL the time… but I don’t care – I know I’m wacky.

  • Tara’s Mom

    I didn’t think there could be anybody else on the planet that experiences life the way I do…and then I found you! You are a reason!

    Love the new site!

  • Anna

    In my family, bringing dogs along in the car for no reason other than “because they want to come along” is perfectly normal.

    DOG IS YOUR CO-PILOT

  • Kat

    Fabulous post.

    I was not expecting an open comments section, much less one filled with tales of lovin’ in front of one’s dogs.

    I am so happy right now!

  • Anonymous

    I always took my dog (golden retriever) wherever I went. She knew what kind of day we were going to have by the way I dressed in the morning. If I dressed up, it meant we were going for a ride, if it was jeans, it was a stay home day.

    I love Chuck!

  • http://www.jillshalvis.com/blog Jill Shalvis

    Someone’s been watching my favorite show The Dog Whisperer.

    I take my dog wherever I can, she loves being involved in things, it makes her happy. And a happy dog doesn’t poop in the house.

  • http://www.bubblewrites.blogspot.com Pam

    Every time we ya know, have sex, Our lab eats my husbands underwear as retribution for making Mommy go like “that”.

  • http://www.dwelldeep.com samantha wedelich

    my friend from work does the same thing…. every morning when her husband would drop her off, there’d be puma, the italian greyhound sitting in her warmed seat looking at us as her husband pulled away from the curb.

    i don’t have pets, so speaking as an outsider, i always thought it was kind of cute…. not that weird at all. now people with the dog strollers… that crosses a line for me.

  • Misstress of Mixology

    Brilliant piece, as always.

    Dooce, you’re magnificent. Please keep up the excellence.

  • Alex

    Just wanted to join the others here who have thanked you for your website, writing, funny stories etc.

    I check your website everyday with anticipation of your latest story – and of course LOVE the pictures of Chuck!

  • Ellen

    We have four dogs, and this is essentially the treatment they get: One of them will misbehave, but then she’ll wag her tail with sickening cuteness and beg and beg and BEG for whatever she wants until someone gives in. I can totally relate to that entry.

  • http://saucygrrl.wordpress.com/ saucygrrl

    Forget about going this way or that way, Hooper goes so far as to physically separate Sean and I if we even so much as have a fully clothed loving embrace in the hallway.

    And, dude, Hooper goes EVERYWHERE with us. He just loves car rides, nothin wrong with that.

  • http://www.johnlejeune.com John LeJeune

    Excuse me while I wipe the tears from my eyes, because I was laughing so hard. If I ever pee my pants reading your stuff at work, you are in big trouble Ms. Wondrous Being of Light and Splendor. Please sprinkle some dooce dust on me, so I too can write at least half as good as you do.

  • hellohahanarf

    i had to buy a larger vehicle in order to take my pups with me. the “little one” (50 pounds) takes up the entire front seat and the “puppy” (90 pounds) takes up the whole back seat so i couldn’t carry a passenger unless i got a bigger car than my little old volvo. so now we have a 7 passenger suv. for me and my 2 dogs. try not to judge me. or make fun of me.
    thanks.

    p.s. “dooce dust” cracked me up, john l.

  • Anonymous

    My dog loves bye-bye, too. But she is small and sits on my lap, but then wants to get as close to the outside as possible, so she tries to climb up on the dashboard. It is getting harder and harder to take her anywhere alone. Very short trips only. The guy across the street from us used to have a dauchshund (sp?) and would put it in the baby’s bike seat and take it for bike rides.

  • http://onceuponalifetime.wordpress.com manda

    When my daughter won’t take her medicine, I always hold her favorite doll (a girl she named ‘Gary’) over the trash can until she takes it. It works almost as well as when I hold a big plastic spider over head and tell her to take her medicine before it eats her.

  • http://misshass.typepad.com Miss Hass

    Ahh…Chuck. He’s so awesome.

    I take my often carsick dog with me as many places as I can. We always get a lot of smiles when we go for rides because she likes to watch the world go by.

  • http://www.thedomesticgoddess.wordpress.com The Domestic Goddess

    I am glad I am not the only one who cannot throw away the Tarzhay circular for fear of retribution from my manic child. Not only that, but my father mails him the funnies from the Sunday Paper (even though we get the paper) and HE KEEPS EVERY STINKING ONE OF THEM. All of them. I cannot throw them away.

  • http://grammology.com Dorothy Stahlnecker

    Good luck reading all this stuff..no wonder you closed comments this is overwhelming.

    Dorothy from gramology
    remember to call your gram

  • Hope

    Hey you opened comments. Need comments more often! Just wanted to say – keep up the great job, your blog is the first blog ever to have gotten my attention. Now I blog too, but of course not nearly as amazingly as you

  • wrf3

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

    All in favor?

    So say we all.

  • Kathy G

    I have a Leta. Her name is Lydia (maybe it’s the “L” in their names?) Okay, Lydia’s not as cute and adorable as your Leta (I say that because this is, after all, your blog). When she was Leta’s age I had to peel her off the floor about as often as you do. I wish I’d had a camera to take fun pictures of her temper tantrums. Now she’s 11. She doesn’t throw screaming fits as much these days but I do what you do and cut to the threat of immediate horrible punishment. Obey or you can’t have your birthday party. Obey or you can’t go swimming with your friends. Whatever it is. One night it was you can’t bake the cookie dough you just made. You’d have thought an earthquake had split apart our house with the amount of wailing that transpired. But it works! Wonder of wonder. It prompts obedience. At least for now.

  • Shar

    WAH :(
    I wanna see the pic of Chuck using the toilet!

    Please

  • http://www.shelikespurple.com She Likes Purple

    I agree, the bringing it full circle is what you do best. And it inspires me to be a better writer.

  • http://dreamsofbordercollies.blogspot.com Misty Dawn

    OK – I had typed this comment once about an hour ago, but the blogosphere ate it… so, I’m typing it again.

    I wanted to tell you that I think you are absolutely hilarious and a wonderful writer – I love your blog.

    Also, I wanted to say that I am a self-proclaimed dog-addict. I have three Border Collies (and I want more dogs), and they are the loves of my life (besides my husband… sometimes). I am one of those persons who does not have any children of my own, so I treat and talk about my dogs like they are my children… yes, I get the strange looks and whispering behind my back… but, I don’t care – I’ve accepted that I’m wacky and I’m proud of it :-)

  • sara

    I laughed, I cried.

    Oh, and another vote for Valedictorian of the Internet. However, you will be required to wear a sash and tiara at all times.

  • http://lovelydisturbance.blogspot.com/ kris

    i am curious, was chuck the dog the first child?

    if so, this is all starting to make sense to me.

    p.s. good thing cousin chuck moved out, although i think he might miss your home cookin’

  • dukesucks

    the litmus test for my mate: he must be agreeable to a little italian greyhound and an unmovable rock of a pit bull in bed with us. because yes, i am a crazy dog person also.

    it worked out. we’ve been happily together with our dog children for 3 years.

  • http://eleanorstrousers.wordpress.com Eleanor

    I miss that about teaching daycare- kids have the most bizare perspective on the world. Recently I found a book I made at that age in school where I said my mom’s favorite food was salad. In retrospect, bless her heart, the woman was dieting- she had three kids. It made me wanna buy her a steak and a plate of gooey pasta immediately.