• http://www.grandpooba.blogspot.com/ Pooba

    Oh my god that’s hillarious! Sounds like my dog, he’s a great dane and when we brought him a new brother – a cat – I don’t think he ever forgave us! But then again he has OCD and will not step over any cord or similar contraption in his way. He also has a balloonophobia and will hide under the bed until the mean balloon is disposed of!

    I love Chuck!

  • http://www.lovemaegan.com …love Maegan

    the proverbial nut does not fall far from the proverbial tree. :)

  • Mamapajama

    Thanks for the giggles at Chuck’s expense. You just made my lunch break!

  • Rick Smith

    Heather, Chuck’s behavior isn’t news to us; our sweet, 9-year-old pound mutt Roz does the same thing when all three of us dissolve into howls of laughter. Mainly, she seems to fixate on licking the laughter right off Declan’s face (and it usually works, given that the kid’s disinclined to accept tongue from even his beloved dog) but she also shakes and looks at us with such distress: “What’s wrong? Jeebus, WHAT’S WRONG?!” So big laughter at our place also ends with hugs and reassurances to our furry neurotic pal. Some dogs just can’t handle the funny, man.

  • http://daddyscratches.com DaddyScratches

    OK, so “The Funny Show” thing is, well, funny … because recently, we were at my mother’s Christmas party, and my 5-year-old son and his 5-year-old second cousin were playing with some action figures and what not, so we left them upstairs playing … and when I went back a short while later they were naked and acting goofy and saying that what they were doing was called “The Funny Show.”

    I quickly slipped into Les Moonves mode and canceled that show.

  • Dana

    Not to change the subject, but please tell me you saw this on Kottke: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oGFogwcx-E

    I can’t find a bucket big enough to catch the projectile vomit I am now stricken with.

  • http://AprilJennifer.etsy.com April

    I love your site. And I was excited to see 0 comments! Could I be the first?

  • http://www.lilja.no Stellare

    Dogs and cats and humans all behave in mysterious ways. That’s all I know. :-)

  • Emily Joyner

    I love it. My 2-year-old English Bulldog (Dorsey) sounds an awful lot like Chuck. I’m convinced that no one’s told her she’s a dog!

  • http://www.heathersgarden.typepad.com Heather’s Garden

    I wish we did silent laughter. My family veers into snorting if you really get us laughing hard. My sister loves to make me snort.

  • Zoe, in Ireland

    Just wanted to comment because I have never seen your comments under 100 before. And I wanted to say that you are not alone in wondering whether your daughter came out of your womb or not. People have told me, and still do in fact, that I was obviously just the incubator. Good times.
    Oh, and you think being newly pregnant was shitty, try doing it while holding onto a 9 month old and a 2.5 year old. What the hell happened?

  • Nancy

    So, this is where my cat’s neuroses ended up…you know – the cat I have who thinks he is a dog? The one who plays fetch, “barks” at the door, begs for treats – but stops short of eating his own poop – thank goodness. I was going to offer to trade – but I think I will just keep the bizarre behavior – identity crisis and all.

  • http://www.realityfish.com Robin G.

    I think it’s a bit harsh to imply that Chuck’s quirks are shared by all, or even most, cats. There are plenty of non-neurotic cats out there. Not that I own any of them — my three are some of the most bizarrely wired mammals you’ll ever meet in your life — but I have met a few and they’re perfectly fine. Neurosis is as neurosis does.

    And if Coco is like a normal dog, I think I’ll stick with cats, all things considered.

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  • http://groovebag.typepad.com/groovebag/ Lady K

    I will sit on the couch with hubbie and watch the funny show and cry with laughter….and then fall into fits of silent laughter. While crying. He just sits there and watches me. Rolling his eyes.

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  • http://dearhearts.org Joey

    Oh, Chuck. At least he’s got a steady hand with the eyeliner.

  • Chuk

    We just got a standard Australian Shepherd puppy. We only had cats before. She does this all day (well, during the parts of the day when she isn’t trying to chew on my everything):

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/91694861@N00/3189803070/

    Our brains are going to explode.
    I may need the name of your dog trainer.

  • Anonymous

    My daughter loved that show too except she called it “America’s FUN videos”.

    Poor Chuck.

  • http://www.d3voiceworks.com d3 voiceworks

    I’m posting mostly because I’m in the top 10–whoa!–and because I wonder sometimes if I might love my dog Fozzie more than my people (family).

  • http://bushbabe.blogspot.com Bush Babe

    Thank the Lord. I though MY kids were the only ones rivetted into soundless hysterics by Funniest Home Videos. Dash will NOT let me change the channel when even the most DISTURBING clips are on. Neither will my husband.

    The whole Chuck thing is interesting… I don’t have a house pet (anymore) but our Great Dane hated it when we “debated” and would come and stand directly between us. Hard to maintain the higher ground when one is being leant on by an 80kg dog…
    :-)
    BB

  • http://www.d3voiceworks.com d3 voiceworks

    Well, I thought I was in the top 10 but between writing and hitting ‘submit’ I got bumped.

    Still love my dog just as much, though. ;)

  • http://www.allconsuming.blogspot.com kim at allconsuming

    I’m commenting solely because I’ve never EVER been in the tens – only the 100s and normally the 1000s if I comment here.

    I love you all, even if you are dog lovers.

    That is all.

  • LA in OK

    Thanks #11… I’ve wondered if that really WAS eyeliner on Chuck on occasion, or if it was just the lighting!

  • dessessopsid

    Is just good to know that someone else has a dog that is so very cat like too…

  • http://www.lifeisfunformost.blogspot.com/ Cindy

    I love AFV too! I sometimes laugh so hard I cry or can’t breath…thankfully we have dvr so we can pause while I catch my breath back up to normal (or go to the bathroom, if you know what I mean). :-)

    I’m so happy you all love the show too…the fact that Leta narrates the happenings makes me smile – a lot.

    Poor Chuck – please hug him when he’s so stressed. Or give him earmuffs.

  • Becki

    AFV is one of our family’s favorite shows too. Although, for the past 3 years I’ve been trying to get my daughter to call it AFV. But she seems to prefer “America’s Homest Funniest Homest Videos.”

    We’ve got a very neurotic dog too – she does the same thing. She sits in front of the TV facing us and shakes and wears an expression of severe torture. You’d think that, with every guffaw, we were beating her severely. When my dad is around her, he yells “Why can’t you act like a normal dog? Just be a dog.”

  • Solarjoles

    If it makes you feel any better, Dino, my 90lb Dobie, shakes with anxiety too. All the time. Especially when there are cats around, since he knows he’s not allowed to chase them, but they are SOOOO tempting.

    It’s better than the licking, though…the constant licking of his back leg until it bleeds. I have to promise everyone that no, I don’t abuse my dog, he just needs more Valium.

  • Lori

    My son (5) also calls it “The Funny Show”! I have to admit that it is one of our Sunday evening staples and I am frequently laughing so hard that I’m crying. It freaks my dog out too and I think I may have discovered the answer. On the National Geographic Channel there was recently a program entitled “In the Womb: Dogs” at one point they mentioned that dogs with red hair are more like to worry and be easier to upset. Guess what I have… a red haired labradoodle.

  • Ronna

    Sounds a lot like my dog. Chuck isn’t part Chihuahua is he?

  • Britte S.

    My dog, Major, is a lot like Chuck. He was badly abused as a pup and I rescued him when he was 6 months old. He’s almost 2 now and is finally over the majority of his fear of feet. We still have bags, newspapers, boxes, anything that resembles a bat when rolled up, and Ramen noodles to conquer (I’m not sure how that fear came about, but god forbid I take out a packet of Ramen noodles in his presence). He actually looks a lot like Chuck if Chuck was chocolate coloured and had a Bubba (from Forest Gump) like underbite.

    My family and I are very very careful to stay away from him when we argue because otherwise he’ll go into shakes and try to either shove his body between the people arguing or he’ll try to shove himself under the couch. Although funny to watch, it breaks my heart to know he’s get affected by it that badly.

  • Marshall

    Have you introduced Leta to “Jackass” yet?

  • http://kristanhoffman.com/ Kristan

    “Emotionally delicate”? Did you tell her you write about Chuck online for millions of people to read? Because I’m willing to bet a therapist would blame you, so maybe a dog trainer would too. :P

  • http://jewelspreciousandpriceless.blogspot.com/ Jewels

    Thank you for the laughter.

    Your humorous account of Chuck’s behavior reminds me of my dog Scooter.

    Scooter was a german shepard/cocker spaniel, you think Chuck’s got issues. My dog looked like a minature german shepard but thought she was a lap dog. Had the brain power of a cocker spaniel and would kill birds, bring them into the house and never sit still. She was an odd dog.

    I’m definitely impressed that you are able to get Chuck to sit still long enough to balance a myriad of things on his head.

  • Christine

    OMG.. our pup acts just like Chuck. We call Ollie our “emo son” mainly because he doesn’t believe he’s a dog. Once our daughter was born, the emo factor increased ten-fold. Our favourite is his ability to learn and copy baby by crying — in an overly-dramatic way–in order to get our attention. And if the 3 humans are having a good time, he’ll come over all sad and pitiful looking and then is sure to position himself between the 3 of us. Or he’ll sit on the baby as much as he can without getting in trouble (i.e. without crushing her. he’s a standard schnauzer — heavy, but too heavy). His life must be rougher than we thought b/c having a bed in our bedroom, going to dog camp, taking a part in my walks with baby every day and going to the dog park just isn’t enough.

    Ahhh… but we love our furry, 4-legged children.

  • http://kristanhoffman.com/ Kristan

    RE: Britte S from comment #25-
    I’m so sorry your dog was abused (seriously, that’s horrendous) BUT OMG RAMEN?! We can agree that’s hysterical, right?

    Maybe he’d prefer another brand — Cup Noodle, perhaps? ;P

  • http://www.thevandervens.blogspot.com K Van D

    1. If there was a cult dedicated to AFV, I’d be a charter member and you could always count on me for the Kool-Aid.

    2. Our daughter Mad (1 yr) has already started laughing at any video that includes a baby. As long as it isn’t her. That freaks her out.

    3. Our dog Zoie barks incessantly as I laugh hysterically because I am pretty sure she is trying to help keep my blood pressure down. That doesn’t necessarily help.

    4. I am 19 weeks pregnant with our 2nd little girl. I laugh so hard I pee. Even if I just peed…and my husband thinks this is funnier than the “Funny Show” could ever be.

  • Jonnelle

    That poor cat/dog!!! My cat thought he was a dog and he would chase me around and “bark” at new people. I miss that cat. But congrats on the baby! And now there will be 4 lanky people on the couch having laughing fits on Sundays! Chuck may just start hiding under the couch like a cat.

  • Lizzy

    When cats, and apparently Chuck, fill out worksheets on Career Day, all signs point to Postal Worker. I know this because I have two cats and I see the way they look at me.

  • http://www.weweclothing.com Folake Kuye Huntoon

    This is hilarious, because it is a ritual for my family to watch this show on Sundays too. My husband, 10yr old son, and 16mth old daughter all sit to watch it, but the only problem is that while we are laughing, my little daughter is crying and acting like Chuck :) Instead of joining in in the laughter, she actually gets frightened. She mistakes the screams and laughter for arguing and crying?!?! Still baffles us too.

  • http://chronicknittingsyndrome.blogspot.com/ Helen

    My aunt’s dog (little brown poodle) was fine if either my aunt or my uncle was in the room, but if they were both in the room at the same time, she hid under the table. Intelligent dog.

  • jane

    My husband and I watch that show and laugh like buffoons, only in my house I’m the one gasping and saying, “Rewind it!” Our son is 4 months old and I can’t wait to enjoy it with him; he seems to think my husband is hilarious (apparently mom has to work on her material a bit more) so I’m hoping he shares our sensibility! Thanks for giving me another thing to look forward to with the baby.

  • Anonymous

    Heather,

    Just wanted you to know, I dig, dig, dig your blog. We’re not a worlds funniest home video family, however my son cannot get enough of anything Indiana Jones. He hums the theme song twenty four/seven. We’re a dog family. Two of them. Huge galumphing dogs. Sometimes I think I should just move out of my own bed the way everyone/thing piles on. Check out my blog: hutchfoster.blogspot.com.

    Hutch

  • Emily

    My kids and I watch The Funny Show every afternoon (at 5:00 Eastern). We laugh until our sides hurt, and I can’t tell you how much good it has already done for us.

    My dogs don’t hate it, though. They’re used to us behaving like morons.

  • Adrienne

    Poor Chuck.
    And thank god we never had a dog growing up. (Although, I did have two gerbils, one named Chuck as a matter of fact.) My little brother would laugh so hard and loud at AFHV that we thought he would have a stroke at the ripe old age of six. My other brother and I didn’t think the show was funny, but the insane laughter, *that* was funny.

  • http://unsweetmama.blogspot.com steph

    You know that part when they paste the host’s head onto other peoples bodies? That part scares the crap out of my 2 year old son. He turns to me, climbs up on my lap and burries his head. I still watch the show though.

  • Denise

    Poor Chuck. Your dogs sound exactly like mine only with the sexes reversed. We have a 9 year old female neurotic red mutt and a 2 year old little boy aussie. Our red dog will run and hide when we raise or voices and shakes uncontrollably in a car, around loud noises etc. We blame the hubbies mormon mother on the neurosis though :-)

  • http://www.larissagaston.com Larissa Gaston

    I still love Chuck – even if he is a neurotic mess.

  • Anonymous

    My Rot/Lab cross is wary of all small rodents. She’s not afraid, I don’t think, just would rather not have the little balls of fur trying to sniff her feet.

    It’s fun to stick the dog and two guinea pigs into a small space and watch the dog fidget. I’m a nice person, really.

  • Anonymous

    Chuck is delightful.
    I have a labrador who acts like that.
    It might be Chucks neurotic labrador retriever roots showing.