• http://www.heatherbilly.blogspot.com Heather G.

    So, affection for crotch shots and bike crashes aside, our daughters could definitely be friends, or 85 year old convalescent home frenemies trapped in 5 year old bodies. If I am not forced ‘to attend a barbie funeral, or risky amputation with rusty scissors, I am role-playing as a husband while she announces her new-found pregnancy. How do you appropriately respond when your 5 year old daughter exclaims, “Honey, I’m pregnant. Aren’t you excited?”

  • http://www.raisingthesecrazyboys.blogspot.com Alicia

    My four year old also loves it and calls it “Silly Things”. Those two remind me much of each other, Leta and Jack. It must be the four thing and the neurotic thing (and the reading obsession, and the crazy eating habits…)

  • http://canikeepit.typepad.com The Furry Godmother

    Poor sensitive Chuckles!

    If my husband raises his voice for, say, a football game, one of our pups, The Zali Lama, will saunter over to him and give him a full on head tilt, movie star smooch.

    We’re all dysfunctional. We’re over it.

    Congrats on the team expansion!

  • Jen

    I love America’s Funniest Home videos. And you’re right, it’s funny to watch alone, but when you find someone to watch it with, it’s even funnier!

  • Jill

    I have a neurotic dog AND a psychotic cat, and a six year old boy who has loved the Funny Show since he was three. Now if only I can get him to quit hitting himself in his crotch, as he thinks it’ll make him a tv star…

    thanks for your blog – you rock!

  • http://jackandjillputupablog.com/ Jack and Jill Put Up A Blog

    My dog has a very similar sensitive manner. If I clip his nails, he doesn’t want me to touch/cuddle him for a week or more. Or if something scarred him at a point of our walk, he will remember the spot and skitter around it. He ran into a rattle snake a few months back, and still thinks every stick or mud clump is a rattle snake. Ohhh, our sensitive little guys…it doesn’t help that this kind of sensitive dog makes it even easier to humanize him…It can’t be helped.

  • Jenni

    My dog will start barking at me when I laugh. It is like I am not allowed to be laughing, if she is not in on the joke. My cat on the other hand, mews at me when I sneeze, so if Chuck reacts to sneezes, he is totally a cat at heart.

  • http://www.yummymummyclub.ca/the_inside_scoop sharon

    If she loves Funniest Home Videos then it would be a crime if you didn’t introduce her to the rivetting humour of Mr. Bean and The Three Stooges.

  • http://cribceiling.blogspot.com Krisco (Crib Ceiling_

    Yes, the “get hit in the crotch” show. It is amazing how there are basically only four or five plots to that show – fall off the table, get hit in the crotch, knock over the bride, fall in the lake, repeat with get hit in the crotch.

    Not that I don’t think it’s funny.

  • Steve

    Chuck and Coco sound like good projects for the Dog Whisperer. Seriously, how cool would that be to see the Armstrongs and dogs visit Cesar and his pack?!

  • http://chopstickbunny.blogspot.com angela

    We are getting our new dog in a couple weeks (black mini schnauzer born 22DEC so I guess it takes 8 weeks? I dunno) and I’m freaking out about having 2 dogs. Every once in a while our dog (white mini schnauzer) will wedge himself between us to break up laughing/talking/whatever, which makes me wonder what other things we accidentally taught him with our behavior.

  • http://www.tortillatime.com Tortilla

    Dogs are so funny.

  • gjb

    Only the videos on the funny show are worth watching. Tom Bergeron to me is as Bob Costas is to you; unwatchable. Thank goodness for Tivo and its fast forward function too!

  • http://thedalaimama.net The Dalai Mama

    I think my dogs fit somewhere between a dog (coco) and a cat (chuck).

    Your escapes with coco often remind me of things I might have seen on AFV–like the whole naked under the coat dog poop clip…

    Thanks for all the laughs–because you know we humans love to laugh at–I mean with others.

  • delia

    We’ve spent our Sunday nights the same way with our kids for years and Tivo is fantastic for replaying the horrifying videos in slow motion over and over again. Nothing spells Sunday night fun more than someone’s face hitting the pavement after they’ve fallen on their rollerblades and then hearing the chorus of “play it again in super slow motion!”

    Also, it sure feels nice to send the kids to bed with a smile on their face.

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

    And that is the story of family! Only now that T-Bone the Kitty is gone do we realize that he was the normal one and Badcat is the “unbalanced” animal. We don’t love her any less. We just swear a little more. The color and love in our lives is totally worth it.

  • rb

    My 6 year old son got so upset over how much his sister and I were laughing at Elf that he had to leave the room. Does this mean he’s a cat? Can I leave him at home by himself all day?

  • ChrisV

    Geez, wait until you can watch South Park with your kids.

  • Nat W.

    My dog Pete is a lot like Chuck. So scarred by whatever happened before we got him, that he just cannot handle life. He’s so emo. Sweet…sometimes somewhat dog-like…but oh so emo.

  • Jason

    We also have two dogs, and our older dog, Baxter (a Min Pin) I imagine has a personality like Chuck. He remembers things and holds grudges. He runs and hides in the closet if voices are raised or we are laughing hard, etc.

  • sar

    I have the same reaction as Chuck. Good boy.

  • Talon

    *sings Chuck’s theme song*

    Na na na na na na na naaaaaaaa…CAT-DEER!!!!

  • http://bichplease.blogspot.com Snarkmeister

    Well, if Chuck is a cat, then our kitty, Fremont, is most definitely a dog. She follows us around from room to room, is unbelievably needy, and loves smelly feet & shoes. Like, LOVES them. She likes you to pet her with your feet. And she would crawl inside smelly shoes if she could fit her body inside them. Instead she just sticks her face inside them and then rolls around on top of them. I kid you not.

  • http://puanani-puanani.blogspot.com/ Puanani

    Hee-hee. The first time i heard my son do this it cracked me up! I don’t think he has inherited from me, but at 15, he still laughs out loud when watching something funny, even when he is alone!

  • http://footnotes4steph.blogspot.com steph

    Hey! My kids call it “The Funny Show,” too! And cats? Weird? Where to start, where to start….

  • Natalie

    I’m pretty sure “The Funny Show” is what made my six year old think racking daddy was hilarious. Hey its funny on TV!

  • http://www.repliderium.com repliderium.com

    There is nothing quite as exciting/terrifying/confusing as owning a neurotic dog. Mine has me alternating between coddling her bizarre fears and rolling my eyes at her ridiculous antics. I feel your pain- my dog is more of a cat than my cat is.

  • http://shasta.blogsome.com gearhead mama

    Okay, this may sound totally ridiculous, but you might want to try a few drops of Rescue Remedy (floral essence / homeopathic available at Whole Foods, etc.) in his water. I have the most neurotic cat on earth and we decided to get two kittens because, honestly, it felt like we didn’t have a cat at all, and I wanted my kids to have pets in their lives. But I was scared to death thinking how neuroticat would handle this (we had twice before tried to introduce new cats into our household, both times with disastrous results). On a whim, I started putting RR in her water every time I filled the dish. She chilled way out, started coming out of the basement and even MADE FRIENDS with one of the new kittens (and tolerates the other). We only used it for a few weeks. She’s still definitely neuroticat, but she seems happier and less anxious overall.

  • Tam

    Poor Chuck! Our lab is the same. Cheering at any sporting event makes her cower in the corner. Also vacuuming. Always hides in the opposite side of the house.

  • http://bipolarbearsohmy.blogspot.com Jodie

    ROFLMAO. This is a truely funny story Heather. I also love that Chuck is a cat-dog and Coco is a dog-dog. My cat is semi-cat,semi-dog as she does play fetch, loves to greet me at the door and sleeps next to me all night long. She also scratches the s**t out of my grass-mat wallpaper in the entry way… so she’s still cat in that respect. I love the house cleaning project. I wish I could keep my energy going long enough to do my whole house. But it ebbs and flows with depression. I did cleanup after Christmas and everything is put away. Thanks for your writing, your off=beat humor and photos… and thanks to Jon too for his help with your site. I know it’s a team effort.
    PS. I resisted buying a princess “any thing” and mailing to Leta, as I know she was going to have a very princess Christmas especially from your mother. But I think of your daughter everytime I see a Disney Princess thing. My 2 year old granddaughter is now into the Princess stuff … she had a book with her at Christmas.

  • Becca

    You HAVE to video tape y’all watching AFV. The only thing funnier than watching people get their balls kicked in, is watching people laugh at people getting thier balls kicked in!!!

  • Katie

    Brilliant writing in this post! god, i love how your mind works. The fruit roll-up comment at the end was hysterical! thanks for the laugh today-i needed it!

  • http://scrappinjenny.blogspot.com Jennifer

    I’m so happy to hear that there are people, other than my daughter and I, who laugh themselves sick watching America’s Funniest Home Videos. We always felt so alone, but now we know we aren’t.

    Thank you.

  • Kris

    LOL! Chuck is a cat! It makes sense. I’m a cat person. One of my cats is named Emo and he’s very emotional. He won’t sit still long enough for me to put anything on his head, though.

  • Margaret

    I read somewhere that the smartest dogs on the planet have the intellect of a 2-3 year old child, but that all dogs have the sensitivity of a 13-year-old girl. I liked that.
    Our little dog shakes when we use the serious voices, too! And both dogs use their bodies as shields between us when we use the serious voices. So funny to know there are other dogs out there that do that!

  • http://simplyblissful.blogspot.com/ tracy

    I think my dog (an Alaskan Husky; the sled-dog variety) & Chuck must be related. When I went crazy during my pregnancy, Porter would assess the situation every day when we got home from work: Is mommy insane today, or is mommy capable of having a rational thought? And if he answered his question in the former, he would would hide in the corner with his back facing the living room, his ears pinned down. It killed me to see how I was affecting everyone in my family, but especially my dog because for all he knew, I was yelling at him. Even now, 8 months after the birth of my baby, he still goes running to the corner with his ears tucked if I so much as raise my voice.

  • http://fibrohaven.wordpress.com/ fibrohaven

    We have a neurotic dog too. At just 2+ years of age he has learned to hate football season the way Chuck hates AFV.

    Finley doesn’t shake though. Instead he cowers and stares unblinkingly at us with his crazy Marty Feldman eyes. Every time he does this I have to suppress my overwhelming urge to yell BOO!

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    You have to go and see Marley and Me. Exactly what you are talking about. Please do.

  • http://cheatymonkey.com Haley-O

    Chuck DOES sound like such a cat. Especially with all that shedding…! ha! My cat Minden is such a dog. I’m sure he and Chuck would get along GREAT! ;)

  • Jess

    We call it Funny Videos. Period. And I can’t believe I’m saying this, but this is excellent family entertainment. We can’t get enough of little kids whacking their dad’s balls with a baseball bat. Fun for the whole family! Though I will say, my 4 year old is sometimes just freaked out by what he sees. Does not like it when a guys lip blows up to four times its natural size because of a bee sting, or when a butterfly will simply not let go of someone’s nose. I suspect he’d be shivering right next to Chuck while the rest of us guffawed in silence.

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    Man my beagle is just the same. Crazy as a monkey. I don’t know how she got that way but she is. I love your posts about the dogs!

  • http://bigpikchur.blogspot.com HouseofJules

    Wait until she’s a teenager and you can introduce her to the hilarity (and high cringe-factor) that is MTV’s Jackass & Viva La Bam. Best to save that up for the day she needs a reminder that you guys are cool parents!

  • http://www.fidgetfarm.com Erika

    My 6 year old daughter and I gasp for air laughing while we watch “The Funny Show” and my husband rolls his eyes. He is the only one who knows that this ridiculous trait for schadenfreude runs 3 generations deep. You should hear us when my mom visits.

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    Umm… do you have any advice for someone who has a crazy dog and a depressed cat that can’t get along? They say that pets reflect the mind’s of their owners but I’m not so sure… unless I’m bipolar?

  • Lisa

    I always thought that tense look of Chuck’s was he just had to pee…..instead it is iNSaNitY!!!!!!!

    My daughter and I love that show too! Have you ever seen Animal Planets Funniest Animals?

  • http://www.missivesfromsuburbia.blogspot.com Missives From Suburbia

    Maybe Chuck could use a little hit of Xanax?

  • http://www.justanotherjenn.com justanotherjenn

    If Chuck is like a cat, then maybe I like cats afterall!

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    First, can’t wait for the book! Wish you were coming to San Diego! You’ll be SO CLOSE and could stay in our guest room???

    Second, we too have sensitive dog. He barks at the TV. We have four dogs, have had probably 8 in our lifetime and none of them gets hysterical over television. Especially anything with four legs.

    Rocky barks when he sees whatever it is with legs, growls thinking about it for an hour or two after seeing it and will occasionally back through the night I guess as the picture of the four legged creature comes to his memory.

    It’s making me crazy. We’ve tried calling him over to us, petting and loving on him. No. We’ve tried the “NO. Stop it! Bad Dog” approach. No. We’re considering getting a four hour long DVD of animals, locking him a room and seeing if eventually he’ll just desensitize himself but I have a feeling it’s not going to work.

    PS It is fun when you can finally see “adult” humor come out in your children.

  • http://meandyouandellie.blogspot.com/ Jacquie

    We discovered long ago that AFV (we’re tight enough to use acronyms) is the one and only show that the whole family can stand to watch together. We TiVo it at all hours of day and night so there is always an episode available in case of an emergency. And our dog? She WATCHES. And barks. Chuck might have the corner on the crazy market, but Moki is right out front on the sidewalk peddling cuckoo from a hand cart.