This here bringer of the pooper to the fun party

Her porn star name would be Dirt Digger

I just this second caught Coco on video both crying and digging at the floor because Chuck won’t give up his bone (something I got a still photograph of yesterday), although the digging in the footage I caught is tiny in comparison to what she normally does. Like that one time we let her out to do her business and when we opened the door to let her back in found this:

coco likes to dig, part 1

And this (Note the discarded, dirty paper towel she stole out of the garbage can and took outside with her. It was a treasure!):

coco likes to dig part 2

And this is how far back she threw the soil:

coco likes to dig part 3

It’s like “go use the bathroom” translates from English into CRAZY as “we’ve buried two trunks of bacon next to the tree outside, why don’t you see if you can find them.”

So when Chuck isn’t feeling generous, this is what happens:

And then when he’s feeling sorry for her but not enough that it wouldn’t please him to screw with her, this happens:

We could put a stop to this at any second, but why? It’s like we’re living in the wild African Savannah but without the risk of death by stampede.

  • Emma

    My dogs do the exact same thing.
    All day long.

    And you’re right, it is hilarious!

  • I want a puppy so badly! And thanks you to, I want a miniature Australian Shepard.

    Yes, even if she eats her own shit.

  • zak

    Coco is batshit crazy!

  • I was a military police K-9 handler in the army, and always thought for sure I’d get a dog as soon as I had my own house.

    It’s amazing how undesirable the thought of having a dog trashing my house has become. My son is pushing for a pet; we’re going with a fish, for starters.

  • Molly

    At least Leta is out of diapers. My dog finds them and rips them to shreds….mmmm….probably sounds like a tasty snack to Coco.

  • KAS

    There’s something about the way Coco is just positive that YES SHE IS IN CHARGE OF CHUCK, and probably also the rest of the house, and every move you make. And the dirt. Kind of makes me think that she expects to be constantly sweet talked, totally pampered, and for Chuck to just toss his bone her way because she IS the queen.

    Reminds me of my dogs.

  • Anonymous

    Poor Chuck! Not only does he have to put up with you dressing him up every day, but he has to cope with that overly energetic puppy that’s suddenly invaded his life and home. But it did make me laugh, out loud!

  • Just think…the next time you need to churn up soil to plant a garden, you won’t need to hire help….just let Coco out!

  • Hmmmm…. leaning towards the “indoor cat” end of the spectrum now.

    Thank you. It’s a wonderful service you provide here!

  • little warning next time when you are posting XXX video. k? K!

  • I love the look on Chuck’s face when Coco first takes the bone. It’s the ultimate “WTF?!?”

  • Sarah

    My dogs used to play like that. Then one day, one of them snapped and attacked the other one for real. Around the neck. There was a lot of blood. We dont let them play like that anymore.

  • I love the way Chuck was all set to drag Coco around by the bone clenched in her teeth.

    And I love to watch dogs from the same home interact. But not enough to get two myself. More video, please!

  • Jen

    Team Chuck!

  • Dogmom

    God, that is so like my household when I had my border collie Rowdy, who has since died, and my now only-dog Belle, a McNab. It was so utterly charming to watch them parry and play/fight and fight/fight and attack each other, I could do it for hours… and I did! I miss the growly-growly stuff!

  • Meg

    I hate to see all the comments about anti-dog, given the viewing of only 2 videos and various stories. Dogs CAN be well-behaved and calm! I have a 1 year old black Lab and she’s perfectly fine at home — no barking, no digging, no chewing inappropriately, no object crashing, no destruction in general. When friends (little dogs, big dogs, foster dogs, etc.) come to visit, she’s playful and friendly but it doesn’t sound like there is a war going on in my house. She’s very well-trained (we’ve both been trained through obedience classes) and is very active. When they are given things to do, they are less destructive. People think that dogs, Labs especially, are so destructive and awful when left to their own devices…when it happens, usually it’s just sheer boredom.
    I hope folks don’t change their mind about dogs in general just because Heather’s dogs like to have, uh, fun.

  • Those videos reminded me a lot of my kids…

  • Jan

    PLEASE! – Can’t each dog get their own bone? I know, Coco only wants Chuck’s bone.

  • God, I thought the pigeon noises our cats made were bad.

  • Here I was finally not missing my dog. Granted, she has nothing on Coco, but basically every dog I’ve seen the past few days has turned me into a gibbering fool. A frat guy had a bulldog puppy and every time he yawned, I acted like he just figured out how to fix world hunger.

  • Living with Coco must feel like you are waking up half-drunk all the time: Wha? Who did this? Where am I? Who has my bra?

  • Nothing quite like the energy that comes from those herding breeds. She’s adorable, though. Good thing, though I doubt it redeems her much in Chuck’s eyes!

  • I love how Chuck stares Coco down! This is the soundtrack to our lives too except our dogs are more equally matched in size, about 70lbs. The noise gets pretty crazy sometimes but that face biting is always fun to watch. Half of a face will be stretched 2 feet across the room and they’re having a blast!

  • This is something that would entertain me for hours on end.

    Clearly I need my own Chuck and Coco.

  • Jen

    I still absolutely love those Flor tiles.

    And the dogs. Yes of course the dogs too.

  • They are hilarious!

  • She looks so sweet and innocent, too…

  • Hes

    Coco and my dog Dakota were separated at birth. Digging? Check. Destroying flower pots? Check. Trying to get her brother’s bone? Double check. Our wild African Savannah is a little more exciting since our male dog weighs about twice as much as our female!

  • Mel

    The Chewbacca-speak that Coco does is the same thing our lab does. Makes us laugh for hours.

  • dooce

    to #16 meg: Coco did all that digging after we had taken her on an hour-long walk. She was not bored. She’s obsessive, and we’re working on that.

  • Frickin’ hilarious! Especially the part where Chuck is lifting Coco up with the bone!

    As for the comments that this is somehow unhealthy or undisciplined, I say bah! Bitey-face is completely normal for dogs (it’s what dogs are supposed to do with each other – PLAY – for god’s sake!), but it’s a great energy release. Heather, you’re shown no sign that you’d let it get out of hand (like to the blood-letting point), and good for you that you are letting Coco and Chuck exhibit NORMAL dog behaviour.

    Some of your comment-writers (commentors? commentators?) would benefit from reading Ian Dunbar, Jean Donaldson or Patricia McConnell.

  • Sandi

    Chuck?

    Cutest.
    Dog.
    Ever.

  • Sherri

    The bottom video is soooo darn funny !! 🙂

    Sherri

  • What is wrong with me that I could sit and watch that all day? It’s so sweet and funny and ridiculous all that the same time.

    And what in god’s name is that sound Coco is making? I played the video a couple of times and my dog kept burrowing his face under my arm to try to get away from it!!! Sadly my dog is 1/8 the size of either of your dogs, but he wouldn’t play that nice. He has such a Napoleon complex it’s ridiculous.

    sara

  • daisy

    Our labrador-retriever is just the same. My god is he insane. Sandy (my dog) and Coco would be hilarious to watch together.
    About the only thing they don’t have in common is that my dog wont eat shit. He’ll eat anything (ANYTHING) else. But not shit. He’s eaten knee-length socks (pulling those out was FUN), stones (operation time after the second go of those), Christmas decorations (pooping gold flecks for weeks), you name it- he’s eaten it. Dental floss is particularly gross. And all of our pots look like yours – smashed with a side of soil.

  • We were told when we adopted our dog that she liked being outside. What that translated to in reality for us is she likes geography. Meaning she wants to get to China. Through our backyard. Straight down! Fun stuff!

  • Robert B

    Cocoa sounds like one of those Alien tripods from War of the Worlds.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XKJRxhSveo

  • are you sure chuck is a real dog and not something from a universal exhibit?

    i particularly love the coco-lifting in the second vid.

  • My two-year-old watched the second video with a keen eye, and when it was done, he requested a replay. After that was over, he looked up at me and said, “Doggy fart.” What are you teaching my kid, Dooce?

  • My kids are constantly fucking with my french vanilla coffee mate and it makes me feel a lot like chuck does here. I feel your pain, Chuck, I do.

  • Our two do the same thing and we love it. LOVE it. Our sheltie is the noisemaker in the house (shocking) and makes that same sound when they do their face-eating thing all day long. Who needs TV when you can sit and watch that all day long?

    Love me some Chuck – especially the photo today. CHUCK!

  • I had two Australian Shepherds growing up. One of them was also completely obsessive – it’s a hard trait to crack.

    The other one speaks fluent wookie.

    Ever since your edamame video i’ve been craving it like a fiend – and I can’t find it in a grocery store in Australia! Tragic.

  • Amy

    I wish I could find this entertaining.

  • Oh my crikey. Mel beat me to the punch with the Chewbacca comment, but I can’t help but concur. It also sounds a little like the little guys from Mars Attacks. Just don’t be playing any Tom Jones.

  • mikie

    Chuck rules. I love in the first video how he just has that look that says “don’t you dare even try to take my bone.” It’s a look and a message that can’t be ignored. And so Coco just whines, haha… so hilarious. Chuck is definitely the alpha male.

  • Lisa

    Those videos are great – makes me wish even more I had space for a friend for Leroy, my American bulldog-Boston terrier mutt.

  • Candice

    I have been thinking about getting another dog – to keep mine company, because that is what he would love. I think. Is this what you thought too?

    Currently rethinking this plan…

  • My dog just freaked the fuck out about the sound on those videos. Love it.

  • Leslie

    Man was I having a bad day, and watching those videos made me absolutely laugh out loud. Best three minutes I’ve had in a long while. So thanks, once again, for making the blog that will always make me smile no matter how upset I am with the world. Keep it up, you’re doing good.

  • rb

    What is that unholy noise she’s making? Do you have to listen to that all the time??