• kitty

    I’m also scared about this “death in the family” and no mention of Chuck.

    I hope all is okay or getting to be okay.


  • http://www.keepsakes-etc.com/photoblanket.html Photo

    How did you go
    From: “Dame Eleanor Ritzford-Fitzsimons Puffs”
    To: Coco

  • http://hootenannieparsons.blogspot.com Annie

    HEATHER!!!!! How I missed thee!

    I cannot wait to see you attempt to balance Coco on Chuck’s head.

  • Anonymous

    OMG I hope it’s not Chuck who died. Is that why you got a new dog ?

    Anyways, I’m glad to see you back, in healthy condition ! Can’t wait to read your stories :)

  • belleplaine

    Thank god you’re back. I was ready to abandon hope. Also, cute puppy.

  • http://mofo.geekdope.com pao

    oh wow! cute puppy!

  • Laura

    Yea! You’re back! Coco is adorable! Hope Leta is enjoying the new dog. :)

  • linda from nj

    I went to the Philadelphia Zoo a couple of years ago to take photos. There was a hippo there in his section, far away from us peeps looking at him. Near the fence where we were standing I noticed a big pile of, well, you-know-what. All of a sudden the hippo came lumbering toward us (really toward the pile) and started turning around, rear end toward us. I realize what was coming next and grabbed my friend’s arm and dragged him away. Not so for the other people who hadn’t caught on…… They were treated to a show of HUGE proportions.

    Trust me, you DON’T want to have to clean up after a hippo! Coco is a much better. Give Jon a big wet one for his choice. : )

  • Jane

    Congrats on the “baby”! What does Chuck think?

  • Ellen

    She’s ADORABLE. Congrats and welcome back to the Internet. (:

  • http://www.semanticallydriven.com JEN

    She is absolutely gorgeous. I’m sure your house dynamics will change now. Can’t wait to see photos of her and Chuck.

  • http://www.breakdown-cover.net Mr Breakdown

    God! (am I allowed to say that?) I have just read the about or this is my websites page and no wonder you have so many visitors.

    Not sure I could be so honest about myself.

    Sorry you have not been well, but are still brave enough to talk about it on this website.

    i am sure many reading will benefit from it.

  • Jamie

    I am so glad you’re back, Heather! The internet has missed you a lot. It sounds like your holidays were full of a concentrated dose of all the good and the bad that life has to give. I bet we’ll have a good bit of reading to do pretty soon. Can’t wait.

    Take care of yourself! Kiss that Coco on the nose for all of us.

  • Anonymous

    what type of camera do you use? Especially on the style photos? they are GREAT

  • http://starshinereport.blogspot.com Starshine

    Well, hello, Ms. Coco! Aren’t you adorable! What kind of dog is she?

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Heather!


  • http://www.iambossy.com/ BOSSY

    You got a puppy, Pioneer Woman got a puppy. And all Bossy got for Christmas was a broken blog. (With no Return policy.)

  • http://www.missyoulove.org Toya

    I am glad you are back and healthy. And Coco is so cute.

  • Lama

    Oh my God!!! What was Chuck reaction and how is he handling the situation. And please tell me he will always be your number one and you won’t make him feel neglected?? ( Sorry, but I am kind of in love with Chuck) I always smirk at all the comments of any blog saying: “you had me in tears” or worse” I’m bawling” right now. My heart is dark and shriveled like that because although I do have empathy I can’t start weeping reading strangers stories EXCEPT when Chuck was lost, that’s when I cried. I love Chuck, and you’re right he’s a cat because I’m a 100% cat person and I love him, so there’s your proof : )

  • http://www.shamelesslysassy.com Manda

    Damn. I was hoping you would get the hippo. I was all geared up for the new Daily Hippo section.

  • http://so-b-it.livejournal.com/ Deb

    Sorry about all the sickness and loss. I do love Coco, she is the cutest of cute. I have an Aussie and she is the brains of the family. She already knows crawl, sit up et et and learned it at a few months. You should have fun with such a smart breed. Congrats!

  • Katie Kat

    *Stares in disbelief*

    But… but… you ALREADY have the world’s best dog!

    Then again… CUTENESS GALORE.

  • Anonymous

    Okay she is just the most adorable puppy! Is she an australian shepard?

  • http://misstraceynolan.blogspot.com Miss Tracey Nolan

    I’m in LOVE! But is Chuckles?

  • http://divine-elegance.blogspot.com Trish

    Welcome back.. hope you are feeling better. I have missed my daily dose of Dooce.

    LOVE the new dog.. can’t wait to see how the rest of the pack reacts to her! :)

  • http://fishygirl.typepad.com FishyGirl

    OMG, that is one seriously cute dog. Does she have a brother or sister who may want to live on the east coast, do you think? Maybe?

    Adorable. I hope all the sickness leaves with the new year and doesn’t come back.

  • http://alittlecrazyalotoflove.blogspot.com/ kbreints

    Please tell me that the death in the family was not Chuck?

  • http://mdwestmom.blogspot.com Kelsey

    I’m not usually much of a commenter, but oh that dog! I was so surprised. She is so cute. I honestly almost cried from the cuteness of those pictures. And, yes, I’m hormonal, but still — so cute!!!

    So do we get daily Coco now too? Please say yes!

  • Sarah

    Heather, Jon and Leta, I’m sorry to hear about your loss. I hope that the new puppy brings you lots of laughter and joy, and that this new year brings you all happiness.

    I suppose it is natural that some of us are worried for Chuck, because years of fame has meant that his imprint is all over the internet. He should be proud. Whether human or pet, I give you my sympathy for your grief.

  • http://www.nickimoments.blogspot.com Nicole

    What a cutie! You must be so proud. And welcome back after surviving the holidays! It sounds like you had more than your fair share to deal with.


  • http://lisaschaos.blog-city.com/ Lisa’s Chaos

    She’s adorable! But I guess I didn’t have to tell you that. I can’t wait to see photos of her and Chuck together. Glad you had good holidays! Happy New Year!

  • Beret

    Sleepless nights indeed! Border collie? Aussie? SO cute.

    Our puppy is now 6 months old and still so much work it’s unbelievable. Of course, he’s worth it.

    I can’t wait for the stories.

  • Cornelia

    Oh how incredibly beautiful and adorable!!! We must have a Coco picture of the day now. How is Chuck dealing with Coco?

  • http://suzannerenfrow.blogspot.com Suzanne

    Bernese Mountain Puppy or Australian Shepherd? ADORABLE–snoggle, snoggle.

  • http://www.isuwannee.blogspot.com jamie

    is she a corgi?
    i think i love her.

  • Patty

    She is SO CUTE! Congrats – and I hope you’re feeling better.

  • http://theroyalblogat.typepad.com/the_royal_blog/ [michele]

    Good to see you back!

    Condolences on your loss.

  • http://www.pinkpuffysleeves.blogspot.com Julie

    Actually, hippos are deadly animals. No really, read up on it. I read about hippos yesterday ironically and was stunned at how nasty they can be. When they “yawn”, they are warning you to BACK OFF. Who knew?

    You don’t want one. They would eat Chuck for starters. Then the garage doors. Then a hippo rampage through the neighborhood. It would be a complete disaster. The puppy is a much better option.

  • Nancy

    I could hardly sleep last night for worrying about Chuck. Somehow I think he’d never stand for a DOG around the house.

    Coco is lovely – is she an Aussie?

    I know you’ll update soon, and I hope all is well and you’re feeling better.

  • http://www.mydogwontbite.com sarah

    it’s really very sad how much i missed you in your absence. hello my name is sarah and i’m a dooce-a-holic.

    welcome, coco!

    we want details fast!!! this is such a tease!

    the internet

  • debp

    If this is a border collie – watch out! It starts with one, then you find out one is not enough and your world is changed forever. We now have 6 and we are not nutty dog people – really. Buying land and sheep for the dogs may have put us over the edge to crazyland though…..

  • Kate


    I saw the photo and this is what I thought.

    I also think it will be very interesting to see what Leta’s reaction is to the puppy. A surly adult dog who has been around for years before you were born is a bit different from a fuzzy, playful, pretty puppy.

    Happy New Year and I’m glad you’re feeling better.

  • http://homepage.mac.com Kathy

    Beautiful girl!

    I’m so sorry to hear about the difficulties. I hope that is all behind you now.

  • http://redhotmamma.blogspot.com heatherbee

    Awwwww! My heart is melting! Cannot wait to hear all about her and to see how quickly she learns to balance things on her head.

  • http://www.sillylittlepanda.com Miranda

    She’s beautiful! I can’t wait to hear about how John gave her to you, how Chuck is reacting and if Leta has changed her mind about Santa being a burglar. :) I hope you’re feeling better and that everything is ok!

  • http://pinsandpleats.blogspot.com Jess

    Dame Coco! I love those grey eye-brow/lashes. So adorable.

    Sorry to hear the holidays were topsy-turvy. Thinking good [calm!] thoughts for you. And the produce-dodgers.

  • http://www.sensiblysassy.blogspot.com Sarah

    Welcome Coco!! Very photogenic-perfect!

  • Anonymous

    I am in love. That is all :)

  • http://culturalliteracy.blogspot.com Carrie Ann

    OH NO. Too much cute in one household.

    I can’t wait to hear all about her! Congrats, Armstrongs!

  • Holly

    She is SO cute! This is funny to me because I have a dog named Coco that looks remarkably like Chuck!

  • http://bluestalking.typepad.com Bluestalking Reader

    Oh my god oh my god oh my god!

    I want another one, now!

    I’m the proud mama of two Jack Russell Terriers, and normally I’m pretty brand loyal.

    But oh my god!