• >^..^< in SLC

    OMG, I just peed a little. That is so funny, Heather. My mother-in-law’s black lab ate his entire chain-link leash, leather handle & all. He had to have surgery to have it removed. Shortly thereafter, he ate her bra. Some dogs are one stick shy of a fence post.

  • http://winecat.typepad.com winecat

    Oh no, the hat! Quick you must go buy a new one it looked great on you.

    Our dog has eaten 1 window sill, mangled beyond belief 1 very expensive down comforter and tried to eat a door. I feel your pain.

  • Peggy

    When I saw the title of the entry I thought, What the hell did Coco do now? I was right, silly puppy!

  • http://tracey-justanothermommyblog.blogspot.com/ Tracey at Justanothermommyblog

    Oh, Coco…. Maybe she knew something with her doggy senses? Perhaps the hat contained aspestos? And exactly how do you spell asbestos, anyway?

  • Priya


    Ok..first I have to tell you how much I am enjoying reading your blog…. and second..thank you for introducing me to twitter.. you rock!

  • http://imnopoodle.wordpress.com Candy

    You totally have my dog. And my sympathies. Mine once ate $15.00 out of my wallet. Did the hat cost more than that? If so, you win.

  • Angela

    OH NO!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! That is hil-lair-rius.

  • http://bitchphd.blogspot.com/ bitchphd

    So much for Coco’s fashion sense.

  • http://grommitblog.blogspot.com/ Robin

    Ooo, roughage! Our 16-week-old puppy must not have entered the height of his chewing phase yet. As long as he has a bone, he is pretty much content to chew on just that. I did catch him with my sandal a couple of days ago though. I shudder to think what he and our older dog (another Bo) would have done had we not crated them when they weren’t supervised. I sure it would have involved the pooping of vast quantities of LEGO.

  • http://www.scribelife.blogspot.com Chuck Me Gently With a Chainsaw

    You were featured in a recent Wall Street Journal story, so I thought I ought to take a look.

    Congrats on the publicity for your little blog.

    My reaction after reading your stuff: Four million page views a month for boring drivel about a mundane life?

    Yikes! Amazing how easily people are entertained.

  • esmith

    when my dog was a puppy he ate a basket and an entire box of christmas cards! a basket big enough to store magazines. wtf? exactly what was it about a basket that said “must eat”? it couldn’t have smelled like anyone or even BACON! for that matter.

    perhaps you should give coco a sweet potato!

  • Ms. Kitty

    With such a high fiber content in her diet, Coco will never have to have Katy Couric host a special on doggy colonoscopies.

  • Tek

    and that’s what she thinks about you daring to go away on vacation and getting a hat. That’ll teach you.

  • http://zenmommasgarden.blogspot.com/ Zenmomma

    You could always wear Coco on your head. That totally works.

  • Lyndsey

    This reminds me of the time when I found my husbands chapstick in the dryer with 2 of my new favorite shirts. Totally annihilated. It could have grounds for divorce.

    Ah, El Paseo! I bet you that the majority of the women who saw your hat ran immediately to Saks or Chicos to find one just like it.

    And I am sorry you didn’t see any Joshua Trees during your hike. There are about 50 on the property across the street from me.

  • lizandboys

    How DARE you try to relax and not pay attention to the adorable(?) puppy! Have you learned your lesson??

    OH, I HATE it when they chew something you LOVE…it’s bad enough when they chew something your child loves…the TEARS! (and it doesn’t teach my children to PICK UP their toys)

  • Anonymous

    WHat happened to the monthly newsletter?! I was promised a monthly newsletter!!

  • Katie

    I happen to think the hat looked awesome on you and totally wish I could pull off a hat like that. Too bad the puppy got to it.

  • Rae

    Oh Dooce, you’re hilarious!

  • http://www.verybadcat.blogspot.com verybadcat

    Yeah, that sucks. My German Shepard ruined my favoritest pair of Kenneth Cole shoes. I’ve never wanted to hurt an animal before. He didn’t even destroy them- he just chewed the buckles off. So they’re still intact, just useless. *sigh*

  • Nancy

    I’m sure Chuck made her do it. He saw that wide brim, he knew it wasn’t long before that thing was balanced up on top of his head. Oh, he knew.

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

    oh my… your poor hat! so sad. so very very sad.

  • http://www.breakingthetape.com/keeping-pace Juls

    TOO Funny! I have a large flat-coat puppy (12 months) and I have these moments too.

  • Anonymous

    Just so you know. I have been stabbed in the thigh with a pencil (self inflicted). It’s no joke.

  • http://planetjules.blogspot.com Jules

    Thank you for making me laugh so hard, pop came out of my nose.


  • http://librarycollective.blogspot.com amanda

    It’s like the time the dog chewed up the obedience book, only sooooo much worse!
    Feel your pain.


  • http://www.northerngurl.blogspot.com/ northerngurl

    May I just say, I thought you looked like a superstar in that hat! It’s like…paparazzi should be chasing you!

  • Melanie

    Your blogs provide the levity I desperately need. And I agree with whoever said you look like a star! I bet several people thought you were!

  • http://modadimagno.blogspot.com Lori Magno


  • http://www.sushiforlunch.com Connie

    Maybe you should have given Coco some martini?

  • daisy

    The hat looked totally hot, Dooce. You should get yourself another (I just bought a black one at Target that looked very similar – here is a tan version): http://www.target.com/Floppy-Hat-Tan-Natural/dp/B0013FQ96U/sr=1-2/qid=1208291071/ref=sr_1_2/602-0499972-1067859?ie=UTF8&pricerange=&index=target&field-browse=1041790&rh=k%3Ahats&page=3

    They are less floppy and more angled down like the one you were wearing than they seem in that picture.

    Good luck!

  • http://contests.about.com Sandra

    Aww, that hat looked awesome!! What a shame that the puppy ate it.

    I say that with the deep envy of someone who looks awful in hats. Before or after tequila.

  • Jen

    I was happily reading along until I got to the last picture, and I believe my reaction was:

    1) *gasp*

    2) Sad.

  • http://www.gromanian.blogspot.com/ Gromanian

    Only to you…

  • http://www.warmwoollenmittens.wordpress.com Barbara

    Oh no your lovely hat!

    Dogs do this all the time. Children do it too. You can’t have anything nice when you have pets or kids. I have both and I know.

    The hat really did suit you (esp with those big sunglasses) and I’ve only had half a glass of red wine.

  • http://ceomum.blogspot.com Dee

    OK this is going to sound strange but I am hearing about you for the first time. I read about you after going to the 5 mins for moms site where they referred to the article in the WSJ. Yeah for you! Drive over those nasty emails, swear when you feel the need and damn it wear hats if you want to.

  • karen

    Voted best hat related story of the summer.

  • Michelle

    Dogs are SO funny. Whenever I am getting ready to go away, if I leave a suitcase on the floor, while I search for the appropriate clothing, my 2 year old dog–who is fully trained mind you-will poop in the suitcase when I am not looking. Talk about a message! I’m thinking if she could get her paws on a horse’s head it’d be in my bed– lickety split.

  • Kyle

    I feel your pain. My puppy chewed up my cell phone, shoes, tv remote, baseball cap…

  • CollyP

    I laughed so hard at this- Then sent it to my husband who also laughed. At least it wasn’t jewlery so there’s no need to poo treasure hunt. Good times!

  • Jess

    CRINGE! The hat was cute, made you look like an undercover celebrity.

    P.S. I love your site so much I almost wish you’d put a link on here that you get money for clicks. (Kind of like tipping?) I’d click it 30 times a day minimum.

  • Erin G

    Can I buy her for $1.49 a pound?

    So sorry about the hat…maybe you can form a new hat out of straw-infused Coco poop?

  • http://philiprobert.com Philip Robert

    You can totally pull off big floppy hats. That is just so obvious in the picture that you posted. Now we need to see you in a beautiful french felt hat with a four foot brim and a swanky italian evening gown with heels…

    How did Chuck defend himself? Doesn’t he know its his job to keep Coco in line? Oh yeah, Chuch can just barely tolerate having Coco in the same room.

    Too bad about your hat, you looked great wearing it.

  • Anonymous

    You should wear hats…that one looked great on you! Sorry for your loss.

    Your story reminded me of the time my husband, a poverty stricken competitive cyclist just starting out, was given a European team jumper by a visiting champion. Despite the fact that in those days he never did laundry, he lovingly handwashed the sweat soaked item and hung it outside to dry on the Hills Hoist. He came home to find only the arms hanging from the clothes line and our doberman puppy sleeping on the rest of it. It was in the days before lycra otherwise I’m sure that dog would still be bouncing up and down on it – having invented canine bungee jumping.

  • http://wisdomofthemoon.blogspot.com/ Wendy

    That is exactly the reason that we don’t have any dogs. I am so not patient enough for that.

    And, yes, you were able to pull of the hat. I just started reading your blog last week and when I saw this picture on Flickr, I thought, wow, she is so much classier than me, which really isn’t saying much.

    Anyway, at least the dog was uncomfortable trying to pass all of that.

  • http://missdisgrace.blogspot.com Miss Grace

    I’m ashamed to admit that I sort of like the hat. And I can’t wear puffy sleeves.

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

    While I’m sorry for the loss of the hat, that was the perfect ending to the hat story.

    Not “perfect” as in, “I’m glad the hat got torn up,” but more like, “this is EXACTLY how lifes goes.”

  • http://www.kimbanelson.com Kimba

    I can’t tell you the number of things our Aussie destroyed when he was younger. He’s 5 now and still manages to get into trouble. Is yours a puker? Bear will puke up anything foreign, from sticks to half a Swedish fish. Half. Is this any consolation? No? Well…consider it sympathy then. They’re busy little buggars.

  • http://gimmemytiara.blogspot.com JSauce

    Love it! The same thing happened to me…I’m not a shoe person, but I found these fabulous high heeled Steve Maddens that I fell in love with, wore once, and thought I was Queen of the World…there was, perhaps, vodka involved. About two days later, I came home to find some suspicious pieces of leather trailing up to my bedroom door that the hub left open because the dogs “looked so comfortable sleeping in bed.”

    Then my head exploded, and that was about that.

  • http://www.annbatt.com Ann

    You know those giggles that leave you gasping for air? Yeah. Thank you for this.