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Chuck, crackbaby

As part of ongoing experimentation with features on this website which recently has included opening up comments, purchase of a dedicated server to handle bandwidth, and new mastheads every month, I’ve decided to expand this site’s content to include weekly video and audio posts. We experimented with audio before (here and here), and that will continue soon once we figure out how to capture a clip that doesn’t sound like it’s being recorded inside a jet engine.

Today will be the first in a weekly series of small video posts, and since this is still in the experimental stage I’m starting off with a very small video (with no accompanying audio) just in case our server explodes from the downloads.

This clip was recorded in April 2002 in Los Angeles on our Nikon Coolpix 990 before we ever bought a proper camcorder. Chuck was probably eight weeks old, and it was during this incorrigible phase of his life that I asked the Lord every morning to give me strength not to drop kick him off the top of our two-story apartment building.

Click on this screenshot to view the video clip:

UPDATE: If you don’t have Quicktime installed or are otherwise unable to view the video here, you can see it over here.

  • geeky

    2006/03/23 at 5:16 am

    so cute! i fully support more puppy chuck videos 🙂

  • AnitaBonita

    2006/03/23 at 5:19 am

    Cutie cute cute!!

    All babies are cute, whether they are puppies or children!

  • Ms*Polly

    2006/03/23 at 3:33 am

    OMG. Chuck makes me turn to a lump of blubbering mush. In the best possible sense, of course. ;D

  • Heather

    2006/03/23 at 3:48 am

    That dog is too dang cute. Almost makes me want to get one. Need to walk neighbor’s dog to get over the urge. Thanks, it’s snowing here!

  • thleen

    2006/03/23 at 4:17 am

    Thanks for the Chuck Video. He is way too cute.If only they could stay that little, but less annoying.
    You could market Chuck Dolls and retire in a few years.

  • BigA

    2006/03/23 at 4:19 am

    He’s like a cross between a bunny rabbit and a piranha (or like that time Bugs put some giant dentures in his mouth).

  • Aden

    2006/03/23 at 4:31 am

    Puppy Chuck is too cute, I love that video. I like the idea of audio/video posts.

  • Master Foley

    2006/03/23 at 4:45 am

    chuck is da man

  • Melanie

    2006/03/23 at 4:56 am

    Oh my gosh, he is the sweetest thing!!!

  • BeachMama

    2006/03/23 at 2:46 am

    How cute is Chuck?? I wish we had video of our dogs when they were puppies. It would remind me that they were once sweet, cute , small dogs. Not the burly, huge 10 and 6 year olds that they are!

  • Hannah B.

    2006/03/23 at 3:18 am

    Awwww, they always look like little angels…when they’re they’re sitting still. Bubba was a crackbaby, too, or would have been if crack was readily available back then. Perhaps a PCP baby? At any rate, a wild thing who bit and scratched, but, as the video clearly showed, a cat’s jaws are much smaller than Chuck’s were even when he was a fuzzy-wuzzy pup.

  • jolie

    2006/03/23 at 2:33 am

    this day wasn’t looking good: up at 4, jammed my neck rolling around trying to get back to sleep at 5, gave up and crawled up from my cave at 6.

    but, ah, sweet puppy chuck with my morning coffee. much better now.

  • Mixed Up Confusion

    2006/03/23 at 1:29 am

    Cindy in Illinois – GEORGE! is now at:

  • Steph (Khya)

    2006/03/23 at 1:49 am

    My God he is soooo cute!!! I want one just like that! And he grew-up into such a handsome young man who balances objects on his nose! You really want me to take a flying start out my window! My partner won’t let me have a dog just yet

  • Scheherazade

    2006/03/23 at 1:51 am

    Aww, that’s adorable. I bet it’s hard to believe he was ever that small!

    When we got our Lab/Weimaraner, he could sit on my hand, now we’re lucky if his paw fits on my hand!

  • Chloe

    2006/03/23 at 12:53 am

    Might I join in on the rejoicing about the re-opening of the comments? I don’t tend to have anything especially good to say, but I like to read other people’s comments, and be struck by how 99% of us have the exact same reaction to something posted. Regarding the new comment policy, I guess the age of thirteen posts per entry that simply say “FIRST!” is now over. Can’t imagine how THAT ever got old.
    I ALSO need to get a newer version of Quicktime, cause it wouldn’t work for me, either– went to youtube.
    Future Senator Chucklesworth was even cuter as a puppy! I didn’t think that was possible. And while I remember dealing with a puppy of that age, with the little needle teeth and the constant need to play or pee or poop or drop down into a sudden sleep for five minutes before it’s time to PLAY again… goddamn, puppies are cute little motherfuckers. And, awww.

  • Cindi in Illinois

    2006/03/22 at 11:59 pm

    Hey, where did your cousin George! go? Can’t find his blog anymore!

  • Martin

    2006/03/23 at 12:27 am… you are surrounded by the most adorable things! What a funked-up whacked-out pooch!

  • Katai

    2006/03/22 at 11:38 pm

    Chuck was so cute as a puppy that my brain melted. Now I have to clean up melted brains. Thanks a lot.

  • kim from germany

    2006/03/22 at 11:38 pm

    OH MY GOD the cuteness kills me.

    “nobody puts my baby in the corner”

  • Cindi in Illinois

    2006/03/22 at 11:48 pm

    I was able to view Chuck on the youtube site. Had the same problem with Quicktime as some of the others did.
    Chuck is so adoreable.

    Love your blog…been reading you ever since you started! Looking at your gorgeous pictures of Utah makes me want to visit there someday too.

  • Kim E

    2006/03/22 at 11:53 pm

    I don’t think Chuck could have been a cuter baby or a cooler grown up dog. He rocks.

  • mandee

    2006/03/22 at 10:01 pm

    how friggin cute is he?! i love puppies

  • hulahulagirl

    2006/03/22 at 10:02 pm

    opening comments: great (thought i can’t read them all! and i don’t know how you do either)
    video: great
    audio: HILARIOUS!

  • vivaciousvalerii

    2006/03/22 at 10:09 pm

    I think that just made my heart explode. Chuck was an adorable puppy.

  • Ryan @ The OC Blog

    2006/03/22 at 10:25 pm

    That reminds me of my former roommate’s puppy, a doberman pinscher. He was as active as Chuck, although a little bit shy at first.

    I wish I could afford a dedicated server.. that’d be so cool. Hmm.. maybe I should push my customized hosting services more aggressively.

  • Dave Thomas

    2006/03/22 at 11:20 pm


    Next time you get a puppy, have it bronzed. This not only calms their shit down, it also keeps them puppy-style cute till the end of time.

    (Does it work on human babies? Happily, yes!)

  • Torence

    2006/03/22 at 10:42 pm

    OMG SO PRECIOUS! I didn’t have a camera when my dog was that little!

  • Mixed Up Confusion

    2006/03/22 at 11:15 pm

    Seriously, baby Chuck would kick EVERYONE’S ass at

  • DesertJade

    2006/03/22 at 9:43 pm

    Have you ever thought of the MONEY you would make by cloning Chuck? Not to everyone, you gotta keep the supply and demand in your favor. Maybe only offer 2 or 3 to some top bidders. Just an idea.

    I have a friend who has a dog that looks like a mini chuck. He is some mix of chihuahua/dachshund/corgi or somthin. I’ll try to get a pic and send it to you. The resemblance is amazing!

  • Kristine

    2006/03/22 at 8:57 pm

    *chanting to myself*

    change is good. change is good.

    *rocking back and forth*

    change is not going to kill me.


    It could be worse…bucky’s assless chaps could be on video.

  • sassy7cassy

    2006/03/22 at 8:59 pm

    StuffED animal. Whatever. Proofreading is for wienies.

  • Jessica

    2006/03/22 at 9:03 pm

    Oh. My. God. Cutest little Chuck ever!

  • Kate

    2006/03/22 at 9:06 pm

    Hahaha… I can’t stop watching.

  • wrongwaywy

    2006/03/22 at 9:20 pm

    Oh my word, he’s so adorable!!

  • anneelizmary

    2006/03/22 at 8:50 pm

    Thanks for the chomp down memory lane. My standard poodle (Lizzy, Chuck’s dream date) still does that mouth thing at 4 years unless a tennis ball is inserted, completing the “chomp!” circuit in her brain.

    Thanks Charles R. for the Quicktime tip. Off to uninstall/reinstall!

  • sassy7cassy

    2006/03/22 at 8:52 pm

    That stuff animal had me thinking that video would turn out a LOT different than it did.

    What a precious little dogger! He’s grown into such a fine young man.

  • brie

    2006/03/22 at 7:30 pm

    Holy cute! I nearly choked on my dinner while squealing with delight at this clip!

  • oromat

    2006/03/22 at 7:35 pm

    that is the cutest stinking thing I’ve seen all day!!!

  • MissBehave

    2006/03/22 at 7:39 pm

    How amazing that something so evil looking as a puppy can turn out to be such a respected member of society when older..

  • cdkscully

    2006/03/22 at 7:41 pm

    Ahhh the puppy years!

    Now that brings back memories.

    The chewing.
    The destroying of shoes, socks, clothes…
    Chewing everything in sight.


  • honeykbee

    2006/03/22 at 7:48 pm

    Surely by now you are questioning the decision to enable comments.

    And wishing you had a nickle for every instance of “cute” above.

  • Crackerjack

    2006/03/22 at 7:50 pm

    Detroit Free Press tech writer Mike Wendland posts video clips of pretty good quality on his blog at It might be worth a look.

  • DyamondEye12

    2006/03/22 at 8:31 pm

    What a cute puppy he was! At first I thought he was going to have a little animal fun with the stuffed animal!

  • greenthumb

    2006/03/22 at 8:34 pm

    Seeing that snapping mouth of needle sharp teeth…ya, all to real over here at the casa de homo’s. Lucy is so mouthy…drivingmecrazy. I found small scabs on Harlow tonight, apparently she’s taking it for the team more than we are. We’re at 10 weeks and growing, growing….you get the idea.

    That said…How freakin’ cute is and was that Chuck? OMG!!!

  • Melly

    2006/03/22 at 8:35 pm

    That video needs to come with a Surgeon General’s warning – I died from the cuteness.

  • jes

    2006/03/22 at 7:25 pm

    Chucka Khan. Not much has changed.

  • Hanni

    2006/03/22 at 6:54 pm

    Lil’Chuck: what a precious puppy.

  • Christina

    2006/03/22 at 7:12 pm

    awwwwwww, what a cute puppy. I can’t believe he was ever so tiny.

  • Tiggerlane

    2006/03/22 at 6:37 pm

    Oh. My. Gawd.

    I think I just had a pupgasm.

    THE EARS!!

    Thanks for the youtube clip – I thought I was going to have a coronary when the quicktime didn’t work.

    Ever think of creating the spawn of Chuck?

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Hi. I’m Heather B. Armstrong, and this used to be called mommy blogging. But then they started calling it Influencer Marketing: hashtag ad, hashtag sponsored, hashtag you know you want me to slap your product on my kid and exploit her for millions and millions of dollars. That’s how this shit works. Now? Well… sit back, buckle up, and enjoy the ride.

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