• Julie in Virginia

    Wow! I am so happy to see you surfacing again. I missed you! What the hell is Chuck going to say about this!!!!!!!!! You couldn’t have tempted us in any better way. Welcome back and Happy New Year.


    Doing the Happy Dance :) :):):):):):):):):):):):)

  • Kate

    Coco is so adorable!
    I hope you do a daily coco photo like you do of chuck!

  • Mari

    At least tell us kind of dog she is! I love her wiry white eyebrows.

  • http://www.minnesotamatron.blogspot.com Mary

    I anticipate all kinds of new photos (hooray), particularly of Leta and that adorable love puff. I bet they look irresistible together. And don’t you love the psychology of Family Visits + Stressful Holiday Season + Unending Illness. Here I thought it was my own special Triumpharant. Sorry you have to share it.

  • http://bunagsbooks.blogspot.com Lisa

    Who’s jealous? Me, that’s who!

  • Z

    OMG a puppy! She is so cute!

  • http://kathy-p.blogspot.com/ Kathy

    Aww, what a sweetie Coco is! Best present ever.

  • http://bizzylizzie.com Lizzie

    Congrats on the new addition.
    Can’t wait to see gallery of Coco eyebrow expressions.
    No better way to get over holidays than puppy breath and cuddling up on cold january days with a little ball of cuteness!

  • Anonymous

    I am worried by the lack of Chuck photos in the Flicker stream that the Congressman was the death in the family?

  • http://ms-sassy-pants.blogspot.com/ SassyPants

    Delurking due to overwhelming cuteness!
    Welcome back. I hope you are feeling much better.
    My first thought when I saw Coco’s picture was “I want one.” What a cutie! I can’t wait to hear what Leta and Chuck think of her.

  • David in KC

    Welcome back! Glad you’re better! And a puppy!

  • Anonymous

    Holy. Crap. Cuteness.

  • tinkin3

    Heather! Welcome back! So glad you made it through the holidays and can’t wait to hear how Chuck is taking to Coco.

  • http://www.thisbahamianlife.com Erin

    One of our dogs is named Coco too! Although hers is short for Coconut, because she is brown and fuzzy.

  • smr

    glad you’re feeling better
    Coco’s a cutie..Aussie or Border Collie?
    Is Chuck okay w/ her???

    Happy New Year!

  • em

    Happy New Year!

    Looking forward to the new year filled with the usual stories about your life and family, now with the addition of Coco. What a sweetheart!

    Glad you are feeling better.

  • Stacey Berube

    Looks like an Aussie to me! Cute, smart, and NAUGHTY! Can’t wait to hear the stories…..

  • Amy

    Coco is adorable but yes, to echo others, what does Chuck think about this? And what does Leta think about this? Coco looks more like the type of dog that will curl up with you. Chuck is a fabulous calendar dog and very tolerant of the things you put on him (thankfully, as it makes for wonderful blog reading!) but you’ve told us he’s not much of a snuggler! Hope you’re feeling better soon!

  • Anonymous

    I’m guessing Bernese Mountain dog, and a BIG food bill!

    Chuck isn’t going to have balance Coco on his head, is he?

  • Tara in VA

    I vote for Aussie mix. . . I have a border collie (used to have 2, lost one the week before Christmas. . .), and Coco’s muzzle doesn’t look pointy enough for a border. But then, puppies are always a bit more round all over than the grown-ups! Congrats on a BEAUTIFUL new baby!

    I, too, am a bit worried about Chuck, but seeing a new daily pic of him today makes me hopeful. I am sorry to hear of a death in the family and “other devastating news,” and I hope everything’s okay.

  • Lisa

    Our families can make us sick. It’s funny how our bodies are great borometers of how we really feel. Ah, but animals have a wonderful healing power.

    Don’t forget to watch “The Dog Whisperer” on the National Geographic channel.

  • Jennifer

    AWWW!!!!!! You lucky lucky lucky woman!!!!
    She’s adorable!!!!!!!

    I’m going to stop using all those damn exclamation points now and I will start bragging about MY new pet. Yes that’s right, a fire belly toad named Colonel Garbonzo.

    There is a frog in my house and he’s hella cute.

  • http://www.blakspring.com blakspring

    happy new year! it’s good to have you back – i’ve been having withdrawals.
    Coco is so beautiful. I’d take a case of strep throat any day to get that cutie in return.

  • jkrnyc

    >phew< New Daily Photo of Chuck means I can concentrate on saying “Cute puppy” and “You’ve got your work cut out for you there” and “Happy New Year” and “Hope you feel better”… that sort of thing.

  • http://www.whitneyandbella.com/ Whitney & Bella

    Coco is adorable! We’d love to meet her at the dogpark, if we only lived closer.

  • Kathryn

    Coco is FABULOUS

  • Andi

    Welcome back!! My mornings were just not complete without a big hot cuppa Dooce.

    Love Chuck’s new baby momma… I cannot WAIT to see her balancing something on her nose!

    Here’s to an infection-free future at your house!

  • http://sunny-daze.blogspot.com Karen

    I wonder what Leta’s reaction has been?

    As I recall, she’s not overly fond of Chuck.

  • http://tamberstone.blogspot.com Tammy

    Wow Dame Coco is just adorable!! What a cuddly Christmas present!! :)

  • http://frettingthesmallstuff.typepad.com andrea

    Oh I am dying from cuteness!!!! Are Chuck and Leta ignoring her?

  • http://www.karensugarpants.com Karen Sugarpants

    Awwww a new puppy nose! I can’t wait to hear all the stories! I hope the good outweighed the bad though.

  • http://www.katiefletcher.com Katie

    a puppy for christmas!!!! i wish i had gotten a puppy for christmas!

    how is chuck taking to her? i hope you write about introducing a second dog to the family! we have one already who doesn’t seem to like other dogs (it’s the whole thinks-he’s-a-human syndrome) and we’d like a second but we’re not sure how well it’ll work.

  • brandy

    “Coco” Puffs!! She is adorable!

  • http://www.davegannon.com Dave

    poor chuck. cute pup.

  • Renae

    Well, if it couldn’t be a hippo then this is a pretty damn good second. What does Chuck think of his fuzzy new friend? What does Leta think? Puppies are such fun. Congratulations on your new family member!

  • daisy

    I love her already. Almost as much as Chuck whom, since I’m a cat owner, I consider my virtual dog.

  • http://www.scrappinwithfriends.blogspot.com W MYERS

    He is so adorable. I bet Chuck is pissed

  • murphy

    I’d bet dollars to donuts that your little Coco is an Australian Shepherd. If so, congratulations! As the proud “owner” of 4 of them (not all at once; one is in doggie heaven), I can attest that they are amazing companions.

    If she’s not an Aussie, well, she’s still darn cute!

    I’m jealous. Puppy kisses are the best.

  • Caroline

    Border Collie? Aussie?

    Speaking as a border collie adopter…oh man are you ever in for it! But it will be wonderful. And, she looks like she’s already smart enough to do your taxes.

  • http://www.cupcakes-4-breakfast.blogspot.com JennC

    I know you were a bit disappointed that Coco wasn’t in fact a baby hippo, but I think you’ll be better off in the long run. I mean, which would you rather clean up after?

    Congrats on the new addition – she’s gorgeous!

  • Lara

    Oooh! I am SO jealous! I wanted a puppy for Christmas, but the Girl that lives at my house is allergic. I’ll have to live vicariously through all of your photos. I can’t wait to see how she looks with spaghetti on her head!

  • momomatic

    She’s adorable (and hopefully from a shelter)!

  • http://www.hopesmommy.blogspot.com Melissa

    Coco is adorable. I can just imagine what Chuck thinks. What about Leta?

    I hope you continue to feel better!!

  • Darci

    Yea…new puppy stories. I can not wait to hear what this one is thinking.

    Commenting on today’s style posting. Use kraft paper instead of mailing paper – it comes in brown and other colors as well. You can get this at a craft store or art store. I purchase mine by the foot from a local art supply store and use it year round. This is my go to for wrapping.

  • http://www.kimblahg.com kimblahg

    welcome to the internet Coco- you are fuzzy and adorable.

  • Natasha

    Congratulations on your new family addition! She’s adorable.

  • http://www.dani-lynn.com Danielle

    Oh wow, she’s ADORABLE! I love her coloring. I can only imagine what Chuck must be thinking!

    I hope everyone’s feeling better, and happy (somewhat) belated New Year!

  • http://teamtinfoil.awesomewebspace.com Lauren

    From that first picture I thought Jon had bought you a really, REALLY nice toy. I was obviously wrong!

    Coco is adorable :)

  • http://advicefromasinglegirl.blogspot.com/ Victoria

    Oh my! So cute, so so cute!
    Congrats on the new puppy, and Happy New Year.

    *snuggles the computer*

  • http://oneblondesambition.blogspot.com/ A.B.

    Oh my gosh, CUTENESS! Way to pick out a cute puppy.

    I gotta go cuddle something now. Wish me luck…::gives shifty eyes to standoffish Siamese:: :)