• http://kec-contentedme.blogspot.com/ Kristin

    Our puppy, Lulu, must be cut from the same cloth! She has quite the vocabulary and practices it OFTEN. Lately she doesn’t like to go to sleep for the night until she’s had a few barks/whines/wimpers and then she just tuckers out mid-wimper into a quiet sleep. Only last night she added the most hilarious ruff to the mix. she was actually ruffing – like you would imagine a cartoon dog to do. with the rrrs and the oofffs. we were dying laughing -on the inside – because if we make any noise then god forbid, she’ll have to start the whole tirade over again, and no one wants that when all you’re trying to do is sleep.

    Thanks for helping me realize that we aren’t the only ones with a Demon Dog – aka Cybill, aka Lucifer – on our hands!

  • http://hmft.blogspot.com HMFT

    Yah. That last sentence? Replace “that dog” with “my son” and “she” with “he.”

    Only he ran down a hill, turned the corner, and went head first into the side of the car. The door bowed in, then popped Seth back onto the curb.

    We, too, waited a brief, fleeting second to make sure he was ok before laughing.

  • Kristin (delic8genius)

    I love the desperation in that voice – at least when she’s done you can be pretty sure her heart hasn’t ACTUALLY broken. When my corgi was a puppy, I could never be sure he wasn’t a pissed-off malcontent. It took me a LONG time to realize what his noises meant – i would pet and rub and stroke him, and he’d grunt and groan like an old man (and when he growled, it sounded pretty much the same). So for a long time I was never sure if he was all, “cut it out!” or “ooohhhhhhhhhhhhhh!” Turns out it was the latter.

  • Anonymous

    Coco is adorable but please, take her to obediance classes asap! When she gets bigger all these things won’t be so cute. Puppies must be taught social and behavior skills. You’ll want to like her when she’s older too.

  • Cheri

    The videos were too funny – I was just playing it and my two Aussies just came flying out of the bedroom, off of my bed – mid morning nap you know – to render assistance to whatever poor thing that was making all that pitiful noise – which is pretty funny considering one of my Aussies is deaf. My Brother in Law has an Aussie that sounds like that whenever he is oh so happy to see you – he screams and screams – like he’s been run through with something – wigga-butt going all the while!

  • http://www.vannasty.blogspot.com vanessa

    she sort of sounds like a parrot being castrated with that bark

  • http://fiddley.com Pete Dunn

    Fucking brilliant. Our dog does the same thing and it makes it so hard to be upset about the fact that she likes to shit under the bunk beds in the girls’ room.

  • Elizabeth

    unless you want her to always do that, which is cool, what you are supposed to do when they bark, etc. is to ignore it – do not hug her, pet her, etc. because you are encouraging the behavior. if you ignore her, it does not elicit the reaction she is trying to get by doing it, i.e. attention and your recognition, then she will stop eventually. our dogs did that kind of stuff when they were younger puppies (they’re 8 months now) and it works like a charm

  • Kelly

    Since your Daily Style comments are closed, I will have to post here to say Damn you woman and your daily style. Because of you, I now own:
    1) a ring by Amy Burhoe
    2) 2 pictures by pushmepullyou
    3) 2 books about Charley Harper
    I am going to have to ban myself. Also, if I lived in SLC I’m sure you and I would be throwing down at the Green Ant on a weekly basis.

  • http://themerrills.blogspot.com Kristy

    I would not ignore that noise. It is way too funny and cute! More Coco video!

  • http://www.myspace.com/mayamomma Pamela

    I’m shrugging my shoulders and grinning ear to ear. She’s so cute!

    That noise though, WOWZERS!

  • Jeff


    BUT…it will eventually drive you out of your skull. :-(

    SOLUTION: First, don’t take him out when you get home. Make sure he knows you’re there but don’t get him for several minutes. Second, when you do open the door, IGNORE HIM for at least 5 minutes. NO petting and NO eye contact.

    He’ll stop. He’ll still be insanely happy to see you, but he’ll stop the squealing and jumping, which will only be funny for about the first 6 months or so!

  • http://seehearspeaknoevil.com jess

    i’m sorry but i have to sue you and jon for copyright infringement…you’re both (allegedly) guilty of using THE EXACT SAME voice i use with my dogs.

    my lawyer will be in touch. :D

  • Elisha

    My parents had a Australian Shepard/Golden Retriever mix that made that Yeeaw noise when she was excited to see people too. She would also do it in a lower pitch when people were leaving.

    Coco is too cute! My boston terrier loves to watch the videos of Coco just as much as I do :)

    Love your blog!

  • Brittany

    I bet she would make that sound whether you were gone four days or just to the mailbox :) thats what i love about dogs. But that sound could drive you to an early grave!

  • http://www.justanadorablegirl.worpress.com Justanadorablegirl

    I love Coco and the noises. I guess that’s because I don’t have that background noise called, Leta. (Love ya, Leta!)

  • http://chopstickbunny.blogspot.com angela

    We share beer with the dog. But he is at the point where he’ll only drink Guinness. WTF

  • http://www.twodogsrunningsouth.blogspot.com/ Emily

    I love Coco and the insanity she adds to your life. It makes me long for a dog. I currently have two cats (one is an urban panther…20 lb black cat that thinks he’s bad ass but in reality is a scaredy-cat and the other is an eye-less wonder), one hamster and two fish.

    A dog is next on the list.

  • http://www.twodogsrunningsouth.blogspot.com/ Emily

    I love Coco and the insanity she adds to your life. It makes me long for a dog. I currently have two cats (one is an urban panther…20 lb black cat that thinks he’s bad ass but in reality is a scaredy-cat and the other is an eye-less wonder), one hamster and two fish.

    A dog is next on the list.

  • Talon


    That huffing under her breath…omg!! I had an Airedale/Aussie blue healer cross when I was growing up…he was supposed to be my brother’s dog, but Hobbes had other plans.

    Anyway he was VERY dog aggressive, so much so that when I took him to the vet (because no one else dared subject him to such things…) they knew to give us our own waiting room and a muzzle. Any dog that even LOOKED at me was subject to his barking growl. And I’d finally HAD it when the latest outlet for his rage turned out to be a stumbly, eight week old lab puppy. So I turned to Hobbes, and said to him, (because we always talk to our animals like this) Do you feel special now? Do you feel like a BIG MAN barking and growling like that at a BABY?? HUH??? He kind of shrugged his shoulders and huffed under his breath and gave the puppy his EVIL eye glare (the blue one, not the brown one)

    Then getting him examined…I never harbored any ANY fantasies about Hobbes not biting anyone. Just because he never HAD didn’t mean he wouldn’t, and even though I was there it didn’t mean jack…so I muzzled him for the vet who was feeling him over and taking his…er…tempature…and Hobbes did not like that ONE bit and was growling LOUDLY.

    ME: KNOCK IT OFF HOBBES!! You stop growling right NOW!!

    Hobbes: *silent for a moment*

    Vet: *waiting for the butt stick to beep*

    Hobbes: *way way way under his breath growl*

    Me: I HEAR THAT!!!!

    Vet: *trying not to convulse on the floor from laughter*

    *remembers fondly* Every one of my boyfriends was scared to death of Hobbes…little medium sized dog…even up to the one I married. My good gator puppy…damn I miss him.

  • http://tiggerlane.blogspot.com Tiggerlane

    Poor Chuck – no basement to slink into, and then having to listen to THAT?? Sheesh.

    Then again, we just moved into a new house, with a new yard – and our dog ran around the house like a banshee, whining and huffing until he drove me NUTS. Of course, I was following him around, trying like hell to stop him from marking all our new furniture.

    Dogs – gotta love ‘em! (And I love that my captcha phrase is “clergymen, please!” LOL!)

  • http://theonlybeeinyourbonnet.blogspot.com kate

    Oh, yeah. That’s a total Australian shepherd thing. When my brother and I are both back home for holidays or whatever, my parents’ Aussie goes apeshit, and he sounds just like that. I think it’s ‘cos the “herd” is back together or something. As far as I know, they don’t ever really grow out of it. It can be irritating, but I just try think of it as Aussies having total unbridled enthusiasm.

  • Lisa

    Call Cesar! Tsch!

  • Azar

    I about died laughing imagining Coco’s yelps and subsequent faceplant. And those yelps are crazy, no wonder you’ve wondered if Jon is trying to kill the dog.

  • Funkfugiyama

    150 comments?! Jeez. I’m practically beside myself when I get FIVE on my blog. *jealousy blush*

  • gitz

    I just played the video and my poor puppy woke out of a dead sleep, put his tail between his legs and ran to the kennel. He actually growled at me when I tried to coax him out.

    Dude, Coco’s crazy sounds certainly have an effect on my animal!

  • Karen

    I’ve crate-trained 3 dogs now and the best suggestion I can offer is: do NOT make a fuss when you let the dog out of the crate. When you greet the dog and get excited, she is learning to emulate your excitement. When you come home, you shouldn’t immediately rush to the crate to the let the dog out – settle in quietly first, then let the dog out. When you do let her out, do so wordlessly, quietly, with no Drama!. Quietly take the dog outside to do her business and then quietly sit with her and give her love and affection – but no high-pitched vocals of your own. You can break this habit now, while it’s mildly cute, or endure another 10-15 years of louder, not-so-cuteness!!!
    She is a beautiful dog!!!

  • Anonymous

    While Jon’s adorable, high-pitched ‘hi, hi, hi’ shows how much he loves Miss Coco, it only encourages her behavior. Dogs continue that type of undesirable activity because they get that type of response. If you like it, no problem.–But if you think you might not like it for the next 15+ years, you may want to nip it in the bud. Let her out of the crate without the uber excited welcome and once she settles down give her a calm pat on the head and a ‘good dog’. It may take a while, but eventually she’ll realize that once she settles down she’ll get the attention she craves.

  • http://greatdayinmaine.blogspot.com Leesavee

    My dogs make those sounds, too! And they do it EVERY TIME they see us again. I can go outside to get something out of the car, but when I come back in 20 seconds later, it’s like I’ve been gone for YEARS. Nothing quite like the love of a dog to make you feel like you matter! It’s precious and annoying as hell all at the same time.

  • Ken

    Aren’t you guys Dog Whisperer fans? Be the Pack Leader! I’d be curious to hear if you’ve been employing any of his techniques, and if so, how’s it working?

  • http://diaryofacashmereaddict.com Cashmere Addict

    Puppies are hard, and I’m glad to see I’m not alone in the ‘various names for my dog’ department. Puppies are nothing like the toilet paper commercials you see… absolutely nothing. But, we love them anyway. Our pups had a bit of the yelping thing when we first started doing the crate training, and we were told to just ignore them (which was hard) and it seems to have helped. I also had to be trained to not get really excited when I saw them after being gone at work or dinner or something. Once I stopped the excitement dance, they stopped their excitement dance (i.e. leaping in the air and jumping on me).

    I love your blog… I hadn’t been here in awhile, and have sufficiently caught up. Rock on!

  • http://www.quickservekids.com Lea at Quick Serve Kids

    Re: Comment #157:

    I haven’t owned a dog, but I do own a three-year-old. Sound like they’re a lot alike.

    - Lea at Quick Serve Kids

  • http://vorilee.typepad.com Deva

    Oh my god that’s adorable!

  • http://.therinrins.typepad.com Visty

    She sounds like a group of howler monkeys all bhy herself!

  • http://buddhaontheroad.blogspot.com John

    Awww! What a little cutie. : )

  • http://www.pinkbunnyears.com Wine Dog

    I used to have a cat that answered to Broderickyousonofabitch.

    It has been my experience that all puppies are in the running for Oscars. The nominees for Best Performance of an I’mBeingKilledandAbused Scene by a puppy goes to….

  • Anonymous

    Aww, I wish I had a puppy that cute!!

  • BoSox

    I have a 1yo Aussie and he was very similar as a pup. Wild, crazy, and tried to rule the house! Thank god he was cute as a button or he might have had a short life with us! To nip his excited behavior, we don’t associate with him for at least 10-20min after we get home to allow for him to calm down. He’s getting it and is a much better dog now than when he was a pup. We also started doggy daycare and that is sucking the extra energy right out of him!

  • http://www.fatchickdiaries.com Kelly

    I honestly don’t understand why Heather ever opens comments on her blog posts. The amount of people who believe they have the right to give her unsolicited advice on how to train her puppy is mind boggling. Even if it’s well-intentioned, do you even get that it’s still sort of, well, rude? Hell, I don’t know maybe it’s not that rude, maybe it’s because I’m a Canadian and we’re well known for our “politeness” and so I would never think of offering advice to someone who didn’t ask for it.

    Besides, it seems to me that she showed this video so we could have a good laugh and enjoy seeing a much loved puppy bouncing with excitement that her family is home and yet she has to put up with people trying to tell her how to train HER dog.

    You guys have read about Chuck right? I took my dogs to obedience class, I work at a vet and gained lots of experience with dogs, did all the proper dog training and still, I would literally kill someone for my dogs to be as well behaved as Chuck. Obviously, they know what they’re doing, give them a break and enjoy the video for what it is. A really happy puppy loving her “folks”.


  • Meg

    Our nine and a half year old mix-of-everything acts the same way whenever we come home, except with less barking. She saves the really loud barking for sitting on the deck at night and dredging up a Beagle ancestor with that baying. Even the high-pitched shrieking she had as a puppy can’t compare to that BEAGLE BAY.

  • http://www.snickrsnack.com Snickrsnack Katie

    My dog also has to tendency to go apeshit when I let her out of her crate. I actually had a dog trainer who is equivalent in talent to the Dog Whisperer (I kid you not – she is absolutely amazing and literally saved me and my dog) and she told me to make sure the my dog is sitting down nicely in her crate before I open the door. If she is doing backflips in the crate before I open the door, that is not a good time to open the door, because then she equates doing backflips in the crate to being let out – and will constantly do backflips in the crate in the future as a means of getting out. Also, once the dog is out, the human is not supposed to go all apeshit when they see the dog, no matter how hard that is to do. I know I, for one, have a very hard time not showing my puppy how excited I am to see her, but it makes for a more “balanced dog” if you remain calm. I still have days where I can’t help myself and prance around in glee when I let her out of her crate, but I really see the difference between those times and the times I am calm with her. She really acts much less insane when I make her sit in the crate until I let her out and don’t make a big deal once she does come out. You should try it with Coco. They totally feed off of your vibes.

    Sorry for the assvice – I just know how difficult it can be to have a dog who does flips and twirls and yips and yaps because they are so excited to see you. It’s cute at first, but it can escalate really quick!

  • kim

    Did you also hear about another soldier and a stray dog who became friends in Iraq? The soldier fed the dog parts of his rations and, I think, the dog lived with him in his tent. (Must have been in violation of rules). The soldier had told his family about the dog, and when the soldier was killed (bomb, I think), the family jumped through all sorts of hoops to get the stray dog sent back to the U.S. It was the last part of their son they had left, they said, and they wanted this dog who had been a companion and comfort to their son to live the rest of its life with them, in safety, in the U.S.

  • http://www.intimateherbs.com Ciara

    Our french bulldogs do the “frenchie death yodel”. I have never had dogs that make such…….undoglike sounds before. Now, if only John would greet you like that when you let him out of his crate.

  • http://notcleverlynamed.blogspot.com lionemom

    heather and jon, You should totally listen to me tell you what you should do, because I have owned like a hundred dogs. And that Dog Whisperer guy? He learned his techniques from me. So here is what you have to do – and you should listen to me and heed my words because, clearly, you have no idea how to deal with an excited dog, but I do, so I am going to tell you what you need to go do right now, after reading this comment, this very minute.

    You should be totally silent when you walk in the door and tiptoe around, not making any noise at all for at least an hour. When that time has gone by, you can go into the room where Coco is and lift up that sheet you have on the crate, but don’t do anything else yet, because she will still do that yodel thing and I haven’t told you how to do the next thing you need to do.

    The next thing you need to do is make a device to let the dog out of the crate automatically, so that you don’t even have to be there at the crate. This way there is no one there that Coco can make a fuss over. Except Chuck, but he is a whole other story and I will be sending you a lengthy e-mail on what you have done wrong with him and how you need to fix that situation………


  • http://impossiblewrigglepot.blogspot.com Joanna

    Somebody may have already said this, so please forgive if I repeat. And god knows you ain’t asking for advice, but . . .

    I found this out regarding my wiener dog. If your dog has separation anxiety, you’re not supposed to make a big deal of coming or going. So when you let your darling maniac out of the crate, you should be like, “hey man, ‘sup.” And then go about your regular business. It’s hard as hell! ‘Cause all you wanna do is say, “Hi puppy, hi puppy, hi puppy, I love you, too, I love you, too!” But it’s all about keeping the dog happy and healthy and that’s what you’re supposed to do. My Wiener (her actual name) is way more casual now about my going out.

    By the way, adore you and everything you do.


  • http://www.chirky.com Chirky

    It sounds like someone just stabbed her in the foot, and she can’t decide which of you should comfort her, so she just yelps while running back and forth between you. Poor Chuck.

  • http://theovernitenote.blogspot.com Jennifer

    Our Aussie does the very same thing and she’s six. Be warned: it gets worse/cuter!

  • sara

    Adorable! I didn’t realize Coco was so small in real life. I love your blog, and lately I’ve been checking daily for Coco stories. She sounds just like my puppy. He is a complete maniac. It is so nice to know I am not the only one going through the wonderful hell that it is to have a puppy.

  • http://www.thebickersonsblog.blogspot.com whitney

    The “happy to see you sound?” You know Jon started it, don’t you? I await your Dog Whisperer appearance.

    I talk that way to my dog, too. It’s too hard not to. There’s “motherese” which is the baby-talk we produce for our babies, and then there’s “puppyese,” I guess. My hypothesis is that too much “puppyese” causes trouble during the dog’s teenage years. The scientologists must have all ready figured this out because I’ve read that Tom Cruise allows no baby talk around Suri, per L. Ron Hubbard’s instructions.

    I wonder if he has ever had a puppy…

  • Anonymous

    She’s so teeny tiny! I didn’t realize she was so small.