• Wiggles

    My mini-aussie luckily has never eaten dog poop but likes to eat sheep and goose poop while in the middle of herding them (the animals, not the poop). He always makes sure to give kisses after his gourmet meals and typically slips his “victim” the tongue too!

  • Kate

    Coprophagia is a typical behavior of puppies, but it could mean that Coco is being deprived of some certain vitamin in her diet (always boggled my mind to hear this, though – if they don’t HAVE the vitamin already, it won’t help to eat their own shit, right? Weird.) Anyway, if she continues to feast on her her own doodie I would suggest taking her to a vet to get some vitamins. I have heard that vitamin supplements sometimes help. Then again, I guess some dogs just enjoy the taste of Puppy Chow the second time around. Yikes.

  • Twice Five Miles

    My dog eats poop too. His own, other dogs’, pretty much any poop is fair game. Why do they DO that?

    If you ever figure out how to make her stop, please let me know!

  • http://presidentofherbookclub.blogspot.com/ Cristan

    That’s one of the best blog postings I’ve read in a long while – you really painted a vivid portrait of a specific moment – A+ in creative writing today!

  • http://www.lisamulvey.com Lisa

    My dog is 11 years old and we have never been able to break her of the poopsicle habit. She only eats frozen poop so thats really only 11 out of 12 months here in PA……The only thing we have found that works is picking it up as soon as they drop it!

    The visuals on that story will keep me laughing all day!

  • http://www.gjsentinel.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/communities/haute/ Robin

    Awesome story. I always say that puppies are so cute so that you’re less likely to kill them.

    There is some stuff that you can get from your vet that you put on your dog’s food that makes their poop less tasty.

    I have a dog that eats my cats’ poop. Yet I never see my cats eating the dog’s poop. Hm.

  • http://www.briantology.ca Brian

    … all that said, I might have expected a more exciting daily photo ;-)

  • KB

    I’m cracking up laughing at my desk at work; thank you Heather! Best wishes to you, Jon, Leta & dogs for 2008 … btw … your and Jon’s posts about depression and meds pushed me to take a good hard look at myself and seek now some proper assistance. Thanks for being a catalyst. Been reading you daily for years, but that post was the “push”. Take care.

  • Robin

    I’m sure the Internets will yell at me for what I’m about to suggest, but here goes: my Mum’s dog was a little shit eater too. Her vet suggested sprinkling her food with a bit of Accent (which is essentially MSG) and that put her right off of it. Something to consider if the issue persists.

  • http://www.republicofdogs.net Adorable Girlfriend

    I love it. In a way that I feel bad for you and yet love the story-kind-of way.

  • http://www.jen-and-steve.com Jenny

    Ha!! That is the kind of story that keeps me coming back to your site for more. That totally made me giggle! Thanks for the hilarous visual & the great writing! :)

  • m

    I just googled “she is a demon and hates Baby Jesus” and your page was not at the top of the list.

  • Anonymous

    Nothing to add but that I had a seriously stressful (icy!!!!!) drive in to work today, so also vorasciously (???) dream of moving back to SoCal, and want to say thank you for making me laugh. You’ve done my heart rate a tremedous amount of good. Cause it’s all about me, eh?

  • JM

    Brills. Beyond the content, I’ve come to admire your writing and voice.

  • http://whisksandneedles.blogspot.com Sara

    My pup only eats cat poo…though now that I’m preggo and have to worry about things like toxoplamosis, HUBBY is the one who has to chase the poo-eating furball around the yard!

  • od

    Ab-so-lutely hilarious! Your writing amazes over and over again, but this must be one of the funniest and most eloquent pieces of writing in the entire blog world.

    Yeah, that’s right – it was that good!

  • http://www.slomoeknits.wordpress.com Terra

    Our golden retriever is very, very, frightened of her own poop, or any other poop, for that matter. Always been that way through no intervention of my own.

    With the exception of Canada goose poop. When she was a puppy, I had to use all of my body weight to wrestle her away from it when we lived in Ontario, which is lousy with freaking geese.

    Good luck with little miss turd breath.

  • http://www.doublexposure.ca marie

    thank you…you are the only one who managed to make me smile today.. don’t know if it’s strictly because of the story or also a bit because I can totally identify with this adventure as well.

  • http://www.sushiforlunch.com Connie

    Maybe it’s a sign? A sign that you need to start feeding Coco some dog poop. Chuck’s poop preferably. It’ll save you money and will prevent future occurrences of you running naked through the harsh winter snow in Utah.

  • j from california

    My dog luckily does not eat poop, but she DOES eat the crotch out of my dirty underwear if I accidentally leave them on the floor. I have had boyfriends recoil back in disgust as they walk into my bedroom and find my dog on top of the bed, with a dirty thong pressed over her head, gnawing down like it was dessert.

  • TLC in MN

    Yes, I should get back to work, but I can’t help but hit the refresh key every few seconds to see how many comments there are now – 37….how many now – 38…how many now – 39…insane, I know.

    Love your site! and my husband and friends are probably tired of hearing about you second-hand.


  • malicu

    Pineapple helped my gross puppy too – and it was much better than feeding her pills.

  • DeeAnne

    Oh my…. That was funny. At least during said chase, Chuck didn’t swing the door closed while pressing the latch button in…. Not that THAT would ever actually happen to ANYONE.

  • http://www.zinzygeene.nl Zinzy Geene

    Heather, you are a genius.
    I’ve been reading dooce.com forever, but this entry is SO funny it nearly made me throw my brand new MacBook straight through the window trying to stop my body from shocking with jolts of laughter.
    And that’s a first.
    Thank you for making my daily dooce so much fun. :)

  • Jaxon

    Why do dogs DO THAT? My daughter and I were out for a walk one evening and we saw a full grown Chow chomping down on poo in his yard. We ran home screaming and completely traumatized. I didn’t realize poop eating dogs were so widespread until reading your story and commments. We just thought that particular Chow was deranged. What do you expect from a dog with a purple tongue?

    However, baby elephants routinely eat adult elephant poop for many months. It gives them all kinds of protections and immunities and they would die if they didn’t do it. But for what possible reason would dogs eat litter covered cat poop? Ack, I just threw up in my mouth a little bit. I totally COULD NOT live with a dog who did that. Really could not. But the almond roca line was funny. The visual? Not so much.

  • http://www.alphababy.net andrea

    Our dog is much to refined to eat his own poop; he prefers to dine on only the finest quality of cat poop, especially if it is well coated in litter.

    I just wanted the dinner guests to arrive somewhere in the midst of that whole story, although it was perfectly hilarious without their appearance.

  • Heather

    There are pills you can buy at pet stores, and I know this because I’ve bought them for my little poop eater, that you feed your dog to make their poop bitter and they won’t eat it.

  • akaellen

    Wait? Coco is only 7 pounds??????

    My dog is only 7 pounds but coco looks so much larger in the photos…

    How big is Chuck?

    We need photos that give us a size reference….


  • http://www.solmatesreaders.com Liz

    Jon–I say get the Star Bits while you can. Even if you have to make your kid cry. Some days, especially if you have to make her cry.


  • http://camelsandchocolate.blogspot.com Camels & Chocolate

    And that is precisely why I don’t have pets. Or children, for that matter! =)

  • http://fusionofme.blogspot.com/ aisha

    Wow. Just… wow.

    If they had given you ten seconds to put your panties on, they would not be family.

  • Anonymous

    My vet says dogs eat poop cause it tastes good. It is not bad for them, it just grosses out our sensibilities. I don’t like it, but now, I just sigh…and not let him lick my face.

  • kri

    can’t. stop. laughing.

  • http://theobvious.wordpress.com ollka

    As disgusting as dogs eating poop are, and as frustrating as the whole situation sounds, I still couldn’t help but laugh out loud.
    Which woke my own dog. Who weighs as much as a baby hippo (sorry), and likes to jump onto me as soon as she wakes up. Aghh.

  • http://www.cleopatraqueenofdenial2.blogspot.com gypsy

    Well there’s your problem. Stop wearing panties. I did, years ago, and now my life is perfect.

  • http://iamabiggirl.blogspot.com Sarah R

    I…am laughing so hard I am crying. I had the SAME exact problem with our puppy, and while I’d like to reassure you and say that it went away within a week.. well, it didn’t. Sorry. But thanks for giving me the laugh, because that was SO ME six months ago!!!

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

    I was fully expecting your guests to be in the livingroom. Whew!

  • Amanda

    The reason I loved this post? Because it has shown me that I am not alone when it comes to a dog eating poop and then licking my face. She has eaten her own. She has eaten the cat’s. And, even more gross, she has eaten the poop of another dog causing her to get insanely sick. So sick that she threw up in the back of my car all the way to the vet because she had caught a parasite. Why did I adopt her?? Because she’s CUTE!

  • Catherine

    Given your highly unexpected and incorrect pronunciation of the word ”crayon” I am terrified of how you would say ”concrete.” :)

  • Lottifish

    My day was seriously sucking until this post made me laugh out loud. Thanks.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks. You’ve totally cured me of ANY inclination I ever had to own a dog ever again. I’m so traumatized.

  • http://Beverly-Useyourwords.blogspot.com Beverly

    if you find out how to stop a dog eating poop, let us know. My dog eats cat poop, from feral cats, and then gets ill…but will she stop???Nooooooo, she won’t.

  • Cindy

    I laughed so hard I think I peed a little. Laugh out loud funny. I LOVE your blog.

  • http://www.eatersregret.wordpress.com Eater’s Regret

    I love that this entire blog is about poop, yours, Leta’s and now the dogs! I think there was once a John reference too…any follow up stories on that?

  • Anonymous

    Honk shu. Who give’s a rats ass? You mean that if you lived somewhere people want to live, as opposed to somewhere filled with religious fundamentalists, you would have to get a real job? Wow, you are so shocking – for 1950.

  • http://cheaptarts.blogspot.com/ The Tart

    Still laughing over here!

    What are Star Bits? … Single Tart here with no kids.

    BTW … Is Coco a Toy, Mini or regular to-be-very-big Aussie?

    Warm Texas smooches,
    The Tart
    ; *

  • http://blog.knit-n-spin.com bipolarbear

    That’s why I love my cats. They BURY their shit.

  • t-rex

    I could not stop laughing. I love dogs but I don’t like being licked by them and now that I know that they like poo I fear my mom-in-laws dogs. *EW* And then she licked you? EW!

    I’m sorry all that happened, but know that this is the stuff that makes us all come time and again (or 15 times a day) to your site.

    Hope the guests were pleasant and not early.

  • http://greatdayinmaine.blogspot.com Leesavee

    Sometimes a girl just wants a warm snack!

    That Coco is a self-contained unit. She’s clearly an environmentalist…she’s creating a renewable energy source!

    However, ICK! My dachshund used to do that. Nothing worse than poop breath. Thank you so much for the fabulously funny story; you nearly made me wet my pants.

  • http://mimiwrites.blogspot.com Mimi Lenox

    I was with you every freezing step of the way, all the way to the dog poop in the face via the lick and the coat and the star bits and the frazzle and the flashing the squirrels…..This post(and this run-on) wore me out!
    Great stuff.