• http://aflawedbeauty.blogspot.com Susan

    Seriously, I don’t know if you’re aware of this, but DEMI MOORE (the real one) follows you on Twitter. You are such a superstar!!! Saw you on Today this morning, you looked fab.

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  • http://awthome.blogspot.com/ BonnieBelle

    Ah, it’s times like these I really wish we had room for a dog. Of course, I strongly believe the four cats we have would object in furry and possibly disgusting ways if we brought a canine in the house without their permission. Which they will never give.

  • http://sannaannukka.com.cn kurt

    I want a Coco soooooooo badly.

  • Lola

    You’re so great.

  • http://daddyscratches.com Daddy Scratches

    One of these days, you and Jon are going to end up convincing me that I should cave in and get a dog … and when that dog is relieving itself on the floor, and tearing shit up, and getting hair everywhere, I will curse you.

  • jennifer

    so damn cute

  • Nic

    Oh to be a fly on the wall during breakfast…

  • Anonymous

    Great post!

  • http://misha-pooh.blogspot.com misha

    i want another dog!

  • http://www.dfunkmcgunk.com Dana

    Oh Coco. I know this is strange, but everything you write about Coco makes me want another dog even more! Now where did I put those meds…

  • J. Bo

    My friend, the veterinarian, refers to babies and small children as “vending machines for dogs.”

  • http://www.nothingwitty.com Ariel

    I want a dog and another baby!

  • http://everydaysuperwoman.blogspot.com/ Amy G.

    I swear, there are days when I think the food clean-up is the ONLY thing our dog – a 7-1/2 year old female yellow Lab – is good for. She drools and sheds like a maniac, doesn’t obey to save her life, and she’s a shameless attention hog, but by God if a speck of food hits the floor, she’s ON it in a nanosecond.

    I always felt guilty taking our now 6-year-old son to restaurants when he was younger because he made SUCH a mess and there was no dog there to clean it up, like there has always been at home. You really take that for granted!

  • http://www.digitalcatharsis.com the mighty jimbo

    see, in our house, the dogs are the CAUSE of all the dirty floors. having two dogs with jowls, one one-hundred pound floppy mouthed beasty in particular who can’t seem to keep either saliva or kibble within those cheeks, means we are always wiping up something nasty.

    what i’m more curious about is how with two shed prone creatures, do you keep that hardwood so damn spotless.

    i swear i’d never stop vacuuming, but i love my dyson and i’m totally anal that way.

  • http://.hamiharri.blogspot.com HamiHarri


    We bring our doggies to my sister’s (who is dog-less) just so we don’t have to worry about dropping chips/crackers/whateves on her carpet…lol…LOVE DOGS!

  • http://www.leslieruthpetree.blogspot.com Leslie Ruth

    Oh my word, do I ever love a Coco story. Especially one that involves your narration of her thoughts.

    It’s a gift, I tell you.

  • http://www.soup-dragon.org Seren

    It’s worse with cats; they sit and watch. Every. Single. Bite. They make you feel like you’re willfully starving them to death, just for the heck of it.

    Coco is going to have so much fun when the new baby arrives. Another human to keep track of!

  • http://www.myspace.com/a_is_for_andra Andra

    Heather, I just got my very first dog of my entire life on February 8th, after having a lifelong dream of owning one while living in my “cats-only” childhood home.

    It was not a decision come to lightly, but since I was laid off in January and am not starting my new job until the end of March, my boyfriend and I figured that would be the perfect amount of time to get a little puppy so I could be around 24/7 to train and socialize it.

    I feel like I adopted an infant. Asmall, white, hairy, & mobile infant with a penchant for the crotch of your underwear and chasing my poor cat all over the place.

    She has opened my eyes to a fraction of the work it takes when you have a child. All I have to say is I AM SO GLAD I DIDN’T GET PREGNANT FIRST.

    And then she licks my face off and it’s so cute I don’t even care that she would rather poop next to the training pad on not on it.

  • Anu

    LOL, just fell off my chair laughing!!! You are just incredible with your words…I actually saw Coco slide and land under Leta’s chair.

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

    I have a terrible feeling that Coco will prefer offerings from the diaper pail to treats from the high chair

  • http://sadiesadiemarriedlady.com Sadie

    I want a Coco sooooo badly.

  • http://grad-nauseam.blogspot.com Grace

    God I love herding dogs. My family (very accidentally – we were told it was a lab mix) adopted a border collie/shepherd mix when I was growing up and she was the smartest dog I’ve ever encountered. We trained her to stay out of the dining room, and she did (no baby gates required). We trained her to walk off-lead and follow non-verbal commands; no problem. Her level of intelligence was borderline creepy sometimes (you know, except for that whole poop-eating phase as a puppy when we almost gave her back).

    My husband and I are looking for a dog now, but we don’t have the space for any kind of herding breed, and I’m really concerned about how much more difficult it’s going to be to train a significantly less intelligent dog.

  • Annie

    I love everything about that story.

  • http://gas-food-lodging.blogspot.com Ginger

    How sweet – the symbiotic relationship between beast and baby. Even with the food bonus, I don’t think my dog will ever truly get over being ousted as the primary creature of interest in my house.

  • Simone

    Can I just say that I enjoy your family almost as much as my own? Probably I enjoy your dogs more than mine at the moment, but that’s because my two Chewbacca beasts (read: Irish Setters) haven’t heard a damn thing I’ve said since the second child starting eating solids. Mealtimes at ours often erupt in growling dogs jockeying for position under the table and high chair if I forget to lock the dogs out of the room. They were quite well-trained at one point, I swear!

  • http://katehaney.livejournal.com Kate

    You made my day. It needed making, so thanks. It’s almost as good as when I pound away at the laptop in the home office, only to find that my husband made the bed (which also needs making).

    Only not quite so surprising.

  • Aimee

    Can I just tell you how much you and this blog make my whole frickin’ day?! Usually when you open comments, I notice about 1000 in and it seems pointless to add my 2¢. But today it looks like I might be somewhere near the top… So THANK YOU.

  • http://leighsteele.wordpress.com MereMortal

    With the arrival of a second kid, it gets worse: my normally quietly begging dog now will get food right of the table and counters while we are busy trying to wrangle and feed and corral and diaper two youngins.

  • Jill

    Oh yes, dog as food vacuum is SO very handy. And my freak will eat ANYTHING: carrot shavings, lettuce leaves, onion pieces (!), and if he’s lucky, the occasional piece of cheese. (Who am I kidding. Lots of cheese. It’s good stuff.)

  • http://tinytreasures.wordpress.com d’Auria

    she’s going to go apeshit :)

  • Lori

    OMG you just described the a.m. crap we’re going through with our 8 month old Old English Sheepdog!!! I had no idea the herding breeds were so damn smart! Total manipulators! I feel your pain…

  • http://redpapercrane.com Tess French

    I LOLd.
    Andomygod clovers are meant to be green. Greeeeeeeeen.

  • Anonymous

    Tess – that’s driving me crazy too. but you know Heather knows it would drive some of us batshit and did it on purpose just so we could join her in the craaaazzzyyy. And we love her for it. And she knows that too.

    This post is made of WIN!

  • http://thebestlifeever.blogspot.com/ Stacy


  • lindsay

    I patiently wait for your entries. It really makes my day. Your dogs are HILARIOUS! My dogs are almost as funny as yours.

  • http://www.whoahgirl.com Anne

    haha Coco’s antics always bring a smile to my face (though I’m sure I wouldn’t feel the same if I had a crack!dog). Shall definitely be interesting seeing how the dogs adjust to having the baby around. :)

  • LoneWolf

    This is the cutest story. My cat does something similar. If I leave to take the trash out and come in, it’s as if I’ve been gone for DAYS and I have to pet him even though I was only gone for 1 minute and 35 seconds.

  • http://amazinggreis.blogspot.com Amazing Greis

    That’s great! Have I ever told you that I have a MINI Chuck? Mine is a miniature pinscher, but I swear when looking at some of Chucks pictures he could totally be twins with my Astro. :)

  • http://www.laurabell7.wordpress.com Bella

    I love the dog *sigh*. When I ask my black lab how her day was while I was at work, she almost always responds with a hefty sigh and turns her back to me. I think she’d prefer a stay at home mommy. TOUGH NUGGETS!

  • Sara

    I so enjoy the stories about your dogs. It lets me remember things mine do now and what I have to look forward to with children!

  • http://acautionaryblog.wordpress.com/ Cautionary Girl

    When I saw the title of this post, I totally thought you were going to tell us how you get your floors so clean. Because, and I’m not kidding here, I am amazed by your clean floors daily. The sight of those immaculate Flor tiles is a wonder to me, and I have only one dog. And no kids.

  • http://blogluckyyou.blogspot.com/ Heather

    I swear when we got the high chair back out our dog practically fainted with glee…like “OMG SNACK-O-RAMA IS BACK!!!!”

  • http://datingisweird.blogspot.com/ Serial

    If only my dog would start eating dustbunnies. She eats everything else that looks completely unappetizing.

    (Including the cat crap out of the litter box. Gross, yes, but at least it means less scooping, I guess?)

  • http://www.tbonelee.blogspot.com Jess

    Your account of the early morning whining of a dog is so spot on with EVERY morning in my house. I try to be tough, but am always pulled out of bed at the very thought that maybe he really DOES need to pee or poop or puke and I certainly don’t want that on my rug. Inevitably he walks outside and stands. Just taking in a nice breath of early morning air completely unaware that I am half naked, cold and pissed off.

  • http://www.armchairdesign.wordpress.com momomatic

    Dude, you funny. This is exactly why I don’t want another dog. Or another kid.

  • http://maybeinutah.blogspot.com Mari

    Shouldn’t the new sib be Chuck’s snack baby? It’s only fair.

    Our little dog died in June, and I’ve had dirty floors ever since, in her honor.

  • http://dog-allergies-123.com/dogs-pets dogs pets

    very touching story … this reminds me to our lovely dog.
    Coco is really man’s best friends … :-)

  • http://www.humanbeingblog.wordpress.com Lynn

    If only you could trick Coco like I used to trick my siblings–and that was by setting the alarm clock on Saturday morning so they thought they needed to get up for school or even better setting it for 2 am so they’d get up and shower, get ready for school, then realize that they had FIVE WHOLE HOURS for sleeping. Can’t you see Coco sitting expectantly under Leta’s chair wondering where the hell the manna from heaven went for hours?

    I have a cat who we call Percival the Never-full, because he constantly sits next to his food bowl, no matter the time of day or night, in the hopes that a delicious morsel such as chicken innards will land there. Because that one time, ten years ago, I gave him a piece of liver. What can I say? I have hopeful creatures.

  • http://cardassianvole.tumblr.com Amber

    And I thought having three VERY doglike cats was a circus! I can’t wait to live somewhere with a yard so we can get a dog. Herding dogs sound totally crazy and totally amazing–and great with kids. True?