• http://www.talesofmikkimoto.com Princess Mikkimoto

    That is so great!!!
    and a great catharsis from the Evil Palin and her self proclaimed “Maverick Man”.

    Sorry to bring it up again. It’s just there. On my mind.

    Ok think Coco. Think Chuck.

    Ooh it’s working.

    thanks Heather!

  • Jenn

    I got my Aussie (now 13) when I was living in Australia. The vet told me to give her basketballs to herd in the backyard. When the barking gets too much, she is downgraded to tennis balls which will also occupy her. A friend with an Aussie has a treat ball dispenser to keep him busy inside the house.

  • http://www.stinkylemsky.typepad.com/ Becky

    It’s amazing how different they are. :) I think he needs some thought bubbles, because he’s obviously thinking, “man, coco, you are lucky I barely tolerate you.”
    :) Becky

    p.s. hahahaha my Captcha words were “groping welcome”

  • steph tn

    Chuck looks at you like..Moooom, make her give it!

  • http://www.morecheese.typepad.com Marie

    We had two dogs in the house last week, as we were dogsitting for a friend. Our dog looks a lot like Chuck in the face, but with a short, stocky, super-muscular pit bull body. Our friend’s dog is a fluffy white terrier named Haggis who utters nonstop profanities and sexual innuendo in a Scottish accent remarkably like Sean Connery’s. I wish I had gotten that on video.

  • http://figcookies.blogharbor.com Caren

    Oh my god! So funny!!!

  • Amy

    I love how in each scene, Chuck’s facial expressions is always “BIOTCH!”

  • Mary

    Your dogs are soooo cute. I have 2 dogs that give me endless hours of amusement watching their antics.

    As far as training, I don’t think mine understand English.

  • http://uncomplicate-me.blogspot.com alison

    Dude, you’re magical. You’ve somehow managed to capture the behavior of my dogs, using you’re own dogs as stunt doubles. How do you do it?! ;) Usually our dogs (a black lab and a half brittany spanial/half blue heeler) throw each other around on the back deck, so if you happen to be anywhere outside in our neighborhood, it sounds like something is dying back there. It’s a treat.

  • FK

    Wow, maybe my dogs aren’t the only demonic canines in the continental U.S.? This looks like a scene from my home on any given day of the week! Glad to see we’re not alone. : )

  • http://brooklynseahag.blogspot.com/ BrooklySeaHag

    Oh my lord, WHAT is that noise?!?! Does coco have a kazoo stuck in her throat?

  • http://frettingthesmallstuff.typepad.com andrea

    I love the look on Chuck’s face when Coco took the bone in the second video like: “Oh no you di’nt, beyotch!” But being the kind older brother, he lets her play with it for five seconds before wrangling it away.

    Perhaps Coco needs a job or an activity…like excavation.

  • http://aa-creditcard.com consolidation

    Very reasonable and interesting post.

    thank you ;)

  • MS CUTE PANTS

    At least Chuck’s not a Pit, for he’d be dragging Coco all over the house once he’d got a hold of that bone, lock jaw and everything. Then it’d would truly be a wild African Savannah moment for you.

  • http://www.sidepodcast.com Christine

    My favourite bit in the second video is Coco looking at the bone, then back at Chuck, then back to the bone.

    The ultimate double take, like: “He couldn’t have left it there… oh wait, it IS there for the taking.”

    Hilarity ensues.

  • Beth

    wow – i never knew dogs could make noises quite like that! thanks for the early morning hilarity!

  • Meg

    To dooce and all,

    I do need to apologize for my “condescending” rant-esque commment — let me please put it into some context.

    Yes, this is normal dog behavior, and all dogs have personalities, and they are beautiful and cute and loveable and hilarious and all of us who own dogs know what amazing, splendid creatures they are.

    And yes, weird growly noises and funny looks, and awesome jumps and play-wars over bones and toys IS completely normal! I love it when they get totally rambunctious!

    What I was trying to communicate was born more out of recent conversations with friends than any response to this particular post. My heart is so saddened when I hear people say, “Well, we got a dog and it barked and destroyed our house, so we put it outside, and then it dug holes and tore up our lawn furniture, so then we just got rid of it.”

    What I was meaning to say – and not in response to Chuck and Coco, who seem to be awesome dogs – is that I hate to see people turned off from dogs because they think that all dogs (or dogs of a certain breed) behavior “badly” all the time, or that if they do own dogs, that they kick out of the house (or even worse, turn over to a shelter or DUMP the poor animal) just because of normal dog behavior.

    Please don’t take offense at my mis-communication. I think Chuck and Coco are great dogs (from your videos and comments) and I applaud you for sticking with their behavior, and NOT kicking them out just because they are being dogs.

    Please don’t hate me, I wasn’t trying to be mean :(

    I love dooce.com :)

  • http://www.crunchycursive.com crunchycursive

    i didn’t know dogs could make that sound. with their mouths.

  • http://rebelprince26.livejournal.com erik

    heather – you and i just laughed at exactly the same time on that second video. dogs are so ridiculous. i miss mine!

  • kmira

    Chuck is the coolest dog evar!! I can’t get enough of him. The best part is when Chuck looks at you and then raises each eyebrow alternately a few times. You can see him thinking! I love dog eyebrows and that’s Ok.

  • http://autumndahlia.blogspot.com Autumn Dahlia

    Yea, that totally could’ve been shot in my house. But I know it’s not because you can see the floors.

  • http://notinsaneperse.blogspot.com Kelly

    I see why you keep Coco around. She sounds like a crazed hippo in that video. At least I’m imagining that’s what crazed hippos totally sound like.

  • Barb

    I recently took in a two-year old cat and “merged” her into my precious 8-year old cat’s life. Chuck and Bonnie (8-year old cat) are so similar in personality. Then I bring in this crazy two-year old cat who does nothing but annoy Bonnie (although deep down inside I know she loves it just like Chuck loves being annoyed by Coco LOL!). Bella stalks Bonnie constantly (even as she’s using the litter box), takes over every new sleeping spot Bonnie establishes, slaps her across the face (without extending claws mind you) as Bonnie walks by, tries to nudge her away from her food, and well, basically exists, which annoys Bonnie.

    The other day as I was wondering about wonderful chaos I brought into Bonnie’s life, I couldn’t help but think about Chuck and Coco. Thanks for all the laughs!

    Sooooo enjoyed these videos! Thank you.

    Chuck and Coco totally rock!

  • http://www.survivethemayhem.com SAHM: Surviving Assorted Home Mayhem

    Great shots! Heather you’re fortunate to have dogs who allow photography–ours has some weird “photo-phobia” and runs when we get out the camera!

  • Chrissy

    I just love watching those dogs! Thanks for the laugh.

  • http://geezlouize.com Heather

    I thought if I got “two” bones that the fighting would stop. Haaa…right. Instead the older one sits on one bone while eating the other one. As for the digging…they only like to dig after it has rained and then run back inside with mud all over their paws. Thank god for swiffers.

  • panistapsa

    Not that you asked but here is what my dad did when we had dogs that liked to dig. He staked some chicken wire around the plants and around the perimeter of our fence, then put dirt over it. Worked like a charm.

  • Tara

    it sounds like a dying cow

    haha :)

  • Michelle

    And if you put a stop to it, what else would you blog about? Coco eating shit? There’s only so much you can say when it comes to that.

  • http://blogofthehermdogs.blogspot.com Lyndsey

    I don’t know if Chuck was feeling generous in that second clip. I could almost see the “WTF!!!” balloon over his head.

  • http://becoming-mommy.blogspot.com becoming-mommy

    we had problems with our podengo digging. She has dug under our fence (which actually has a 2ft deep moat of concrete under it), brought me every one of my bulbs, and unearthed both the cable and sewer lines.
    We found her a digging spot. I just have a place where I actually HAVE buried treats (usually in an old shoebox) and so she mostly concentrates there.
    Unless we have a warren. In that case, can’t blame her.

  • http://labott.blogspot.com Laura

    Is it just me or does Coco sound like something out of a Star Wars movie?

    This is good entertainment!

  • Jennsa

    I have 2 miniature schnauzers and they play like this all the time. Sometimes we worry that they are actually about to cause serious harm, but no. They just enjoy pissing each other off.

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

    I swear Chuck was looking to you for approval in one scene. That was awesome!

  • Lisa

    Screw Obama! I’M ALL CHUCK ’08, the true vision of diplomacy!

  • Tara

    Coco’s battle cry sounds like a mean little chimp in the first video.
    I love how Chuck looks at you like, “A-hem… Ma’am, are you taking note of this behavior?”

  • http://bkimrey1.wordpress.com berit

    ok, when chuck lifts her head off the ground– that’s a $100,000 moment.

  • oh mama 2 one

    I feel for Chuck.
    CoCo really needs to find some puppy friends to annoy and leave chuck alone!

  • April

    It is so funny to see another dog that acts as crazy as mine does. Chuck is a trooper he puts up with a lot of shenanigans from Coco!

  • http://whymomdrinksrum.blogspot.com/ Why Mom Drinks Rum

    I hear Wookies!

    Seriously…your dogs are channelling Chewy.

  • Kim

    They sound like when the belt comes off the vacuum.

  • Susan

    That’s hilarious! I don’t think I’ve ever heard such a sound emerge from a dog’s mouth before…

  • http://blueridgegal.com/Site_7/Blue_Ridge_Gal/Blue_Ridge_Gal.html Di

    Your dogs crack me up… isn’t it nice though that we humans share our toys in a much more civilized fashion? Ya right…

  • http://kim-justaddwine.blogspot.com Kim

    SO cute.

  • http://www.spriteskeeper.com Sprite’s Keeper

    I’m sending my beagle and yorkie/rat mix over to learn some things. The beagle needs to learn to be more aggressive. The yorkie/rat needs to learn to be less.

  • Anonymous

    more about puppies and worms…look up http://www.puppiesandworms.com it is pretty interesting speaking of puppies- and your dogs are super cute – I must say Leta is cute too.

  • http://lauriekramer.com lauriek

    Coco reminds me of my SIL’s sheltie. Her job, which she performs pretty much 24 hours a day, is to keep the humans inside the house. If you so much as glance at the door she is up and at you, a whirling dervish of herding activity. I’m grateful for my beagles.

  • snusnu

    And now we know where the Foley artists from Skywalker Sound got their inspiration for the tom-tom’s yippy bark (Empire Strikes Back, in case y’all were wondering, which I’m sure you weren’t).

  • http://www.gorkyrises.com/ gorky

    I never did understand the whole digging need. Our dog loved being outside and he was always digging new holes for the rest of us to twist our ankles in (also digging up all plants. Just cuz.) Most of the time he did his digging next to the house – like at the foundation. I was pretty sure the house would list to the side at some point.

  • http://suzanneblogs.blogspot.com Suzanne

    Holy crap, your dogs are cute.

    To #16 Meg — I’m super happy you have a dog that God delivered to your doorstep straight from heaven. That’s awesome for you. But, like people, all dogs have different energy levels and different personalities and different issues. Some dogs will dig (or bark or pace or chew or whatever) no matter how much exercise and attention they get. Just like some people will still be a little bit crazy no matter how much medication and therapy they get. And judging from previous posts about their dogs, it seems like Heather and Jon are responsible owners that any dog would be super lucky to live with. (My Australian cattle dog would kill her own grandmother to go to herding lessons! I’ve looked into it, and unfortunately it is cost and geographically prohibitive for us right now, so she will have to settle for living vicariously through Coco.)

    My point… Meg, you’re kind of lame. And, Heather, can my dog go to Coco’s next herding lessons with her?