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Sleepless nights ahead

Hello, Internet! How I have missed the smell of your breath in the morning!

It’s been much too long since we last spoke, but just when I thought my strep throat was on its way out I came down with a sinus infection. Plus, we had guests in town, plus Leta got sick, plus a death in the family and other devastating news. It’s as if the Universe is bi-polar and isn’t taking her meds, and we all know what that means. Mr. Universe has to dodge flying produce and sleep on an air mattress in the spare bedroom.

We had a wonderful Christmas together, but night after night with the extended family can really take its toll. Leta has learned several new church hymns and we’ve spent the last few days washing her brain out with soap. I’m very excited to get back to our normal lives, and starting tomorrow I’ll be back to my regular posting schedule. I’ve got many stories to tell about Leta’s reaction to Christmas, our weekend spent with my best friend from high school, and the many thoughtful things that Jon gave to me as gifts, including one in particular that stood out from the rest.

Introducing: Dame Eleanor Ritzford-Fitzsimons Puffs. You can just call her Coco.

She’s not a hippopotamus, but she’ll do I GUESS.

  • Oh my gosh – is that puppy uber adorable or what?? She is destined for greatness Heather!!!

    Glad you are back and feeling better. I’ve missed you!!!

  • Welcome back! While I’m sorry to hear things have been so difficult, I hope Coco brings you lots of joy. (And I have to say that I am so looking forward to getting the Daily Dose of Dooce again!)

  • Bee

    Awww CUTE! What are Coco’s puppity credentials? (i.e what sort is she?) Can we have a Daily Coco? Cue Jon madly recoding and designing your site again.

    I was just about to go to bed with my head full of thoughts of cannibals from a doco my other half inflicted on me, set to have nasty dreams… and you have saved me. Thanks!

    Now I will dream of having a puppy friend of my very own.

    Hope all the sickness, stress and chaos go away soon.

    Happy New Year from London!

  • Anonymous

    What eej said:

    She looks like a black tri aussie mix.

    My bff’s an aussie breeder. They are so smart and funny. They do need to work, though!

  • Chrissy

    When I saw your gift I gasped with delight! Hold on to that Jon – he’s the best.

  • Jane

    THAT IS THE CUTEST PUPPY EVER!!! SO ADORABLE AND FLOOFY! What breed is she? Or is she mixed?

    Anyway, I hope you’re feeling better and your family’s doing well. And I pray that the death in the family is of a plant…or a beloved fruit fly…

    May the New Year be brighter for you all. =]

  • awwwe. she’s adorable.

  • I just said “awwww” out loud…lucky you! I’m glad you got a really cute something for Christmas, and I hope 2008 is a much, much nicer year than 2007.
    (Can’t wait to hear about Chuck’s and Leta’s reactions. Write!)

  • Rachel

    OK that is one cute pup, I just want to cuddle her! Such a sweet gift.

  • SuzieQ

    Who says money can’t buy happiness? Nothing sweeter than a new puppy and I bet in short time Chuck will be in love if not already…now, maybe I can get that “Hippo” song out of my head!! Hope your new year is wonderful..

  • I can’t stand it. You have two cute dogs now. And who knows what you’ll get Coco to do. Perhaps dance or draw pictures with markers in his mouth.

    If I got a dog, I bet his trick would end up being peeing on all the wrong stuff. Like clean laundry. Or guests.

    You have all the luck.

    Sorry about the death in the family, and congrats on the new pup 🙂

  • I’m so glad to hear your feeling better. Nothing more hellish than strep throat.

    Coco is ADORABLE! How do Chuck and Leta feel about her?

    Washing Leta’s brain out with soap, I love that.

  • I bet if you add some drops of sunshine to Coco Puff’s water bowl, she’ll turn into a hippo. I’ve seen these hybrids. Very exciting!
    House of Jules

  • Janie

    Glad you’re feeling better mentally and physically, Heather…I hope your recent loss wasn’t too close to you.
    Very sad how much I missed you all LOL….I have literally been ACHING to hear about Leta’s Christmas! (what can I say? all the kids in my family are grown now!)

    Congrats on your puppy present.

  • sam

    one more dog and you could make them build a pyramid! so cute!

  • She’s gorgeous! Happy New Year.

  • Wow, that’s funny – I was about to send you an email about whether there is any way you could send me a print of my favorite Chuck picture, you know, whether you do that at all or had the possibilities.

    Now I may have to rethink some stuff. Because that new one, man, that’s a beautiful dog. Jesus Christ, how ADORABLE! Why does everyone get puppies this year?

    I’m so not jealous – as I’m sure you can tell.

    Can’t wait for the must-be-upcoming coverage of total Chuck-Coco-Leta madness.

  • Meg

    My first dog’s name was Coco — she was a scamp of a beagle mix who never complained when I decided to sleep in her dog bed, WITH HER, as a toddler and tied ribbons on her ears. I can only hope that this Coco and Leta, and Chuck, have as many wonderful memories as I do of mine.

    And I send you wishes and good luck for a quick housetraining!

  • icanread

    I like it.

  • Awwww! Can’t wait to hear about Chuck’s reaction! My dog was smitten when we got our second, then jealous, then back to smitten. Unfortunately for him AND for me–she has eyes only for my husband.

  • I’m sorry to hear about all the crap going on! But your new pup is so cute! My husband gave me a puppy for Christmas as well and I’ve been exhausted trying to keep up. That cute little face keeps me going though!

  • Keely

    Oh Jesus H, she is so friggin cute.

  • J. Bo


    A new pup in the family! Can’t wait to hear what Chuck thinks of this one…

  • schwa

    If her nose looks off-kilter tonight it is because I have softly kronshed it from afar.

    And then I nibbled on Chuck’s ear so he wouldn’t feel left out.

  • Carolyn

    Oh, she is just absolutely *gorgeous*. Perfectly fluffily wonderful.

    Hi Coco-puppy! No matter what he says about it, don’t listen to Chuck’s emo music. You’re far too young to emote that level of angst. Stick to cute, you do it well.

  • OOOOOHHHH. LOVE her. She’s adorable. I hope she and Chuck are getting along. My puppy biological clock is ticking louder than ever now.

    Chuck and Coco calender for 09!!!

  • Jodi

    What will happen to the daily chuck photo? will you treat the second just like the first (written as only a second child could write) :o)

  • Hope you’re feeling better. Our New Year started with Lily the toy poodle shredding her share of anything she could get her paws on. Good thing she’s cute 🙂

  • I hope Coco is already in training for champion head balancing. True she is cuter than cute can be, but her head does not look as flat and conducive to balancing objects as Chuck’s does.

  • Amy

    That’s such the best present ever. I hope she came bounding into the room with a big red ribbon round her fluffy neck.
    I got to spend most of my holidays with a little black labrador puppy, and it certainly gave us lots of laughs. Was sad to see him go!
    Hope your throat gets better soon.

  • She is ADORABLE. Can’t wait to see pictures of her and Chuck. What a fantastic Christmas – I officially have puppy fever!

  • She is going to have the other dog chuckholded before you know it. Coco will rule the roost in short order.

  • Anonymous

    Oh my doodness! She’s so dute! Let’s eat her!

  • she’s so cute!!!
    i’m so jealous!

    i hope she brings much happiness to you guys 🙂

  • No way!!! She’s perfect. I love her and I don’t even know her.

  • That puppy is so darn cute!! When I saw the pictures I totally understood how you could write about the past few weeks: all the puppy cuteness is balancing out the horribleness of everything else. Both Coco and Jon are keepers. =)

  • She is adorable. Border collie?

    Please tell me how life with two dogs is. We’ve been considering getting a second for awhile and have worried about how much more work it means.

  • Bingo

    I think that just might be an Aussie girl.


  • SilverPoet

    Gosh what an ADORABLE present! Sorry to hear about the bad news in your family and the being sick-ness.

  • Sarah

    Hooray! Welcome back!

  • I don’t know whether Chuck is getting a noose ready for himself or is in the corner, quietly sharpening his shiv.


    It’s a toss up.

  • Lisa Martin

    that makes my doggy uterus hurt!

  • paul in kirkland

    I sure hope Chuck’s ok, because if he’s the…I don’t even want to say it…reading all these “I hope Chuck’s ok with this” comments must just be killing you guys.

    Hoping that’s not the case of course…

  • Great lookin woofer.
    I know one useful thing about strep throat. You should throw away or boil your toothbrush – it can harbor the germs and cause relapse.
    Glad to have you back.

  • jkrnyc

    Ditto #46: Where’s Chuck?

  • Jennifer

    I’m so in love with Coco I can’t stand it. My daughter is very jealous of you because you have two puppies in your house. 🙂

  • New year…new dog…new shit to clean up.

    At least she’s cute!

  • Crate train! Crate train! It’s the only way to go. Our dog has had 1 accident in his entire life and that’s because I left him inside too long when I went shopping.
    And cute chair!
    Swing by my place for a contest!

  • Go Coco!

  • Kerstin

    Happy for you!
    What could be better than a pup?!!
    Excited for you that you get to chill out a little now and will get better. That’s no fun being so sick over the holidays. It’s over now and a new year, wooohooo!!
    Have a Happy One!

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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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