the smell of my desperation has become a stench

Zen master vs. toddler on meth

  • Milla

    2009/05/21 at 2:43 pm

    my dogs will give these two a run for their kibble.

  • Steph

    2009/05/21 at 2:44 pm

    I love Chuck. I really do.
    My dog is more of a Coco-type. Haha.

  • Marie

    2009/05/21 at 2:44 pm

    So funny.

  • Amy Tucker

    2009/05/21 at 2:46 pm

    Chuck, I know you’re a dog but I ♥ you and hate that you have to put up with Coco and her squeaking…though Coco is awfully cute.

  • Anonymous

    2009/05/21 at 2:46 pm

    Coco in the background is hilarious!!

  • Rochelle

    2009/05/21 at 2:46 pm

    I kept expecting Chuck to turn and say FU leave me alone. He kept blinking as Jon was questioning him in such a way as if to say you’re annoying me! Coco in the background playing with her toy was cute too!

  • dooce

    2009/05/21 at 2:48 pm

    #1 Milla, that’s Juice! JUICE! OH MY GOD! Tell Juice that Chuck says hi! We’ve got video of Chuck and Juice playing when they were both just a few months old, we’ll have to go find it now.

  • Cate

    2009/05/21 at 2:48 pm

    speaking with the eyebrows! i love animals with expressive faces.

  • Betsy

    2009/05/21 at 2:48 pm

    I have perma-grin.

  • maestra

    2009/05/21 at 2:49 pm

    Thanks for the laugh… that was awesome! If only I could go through life as unrattled as Chuck.

  • beyond

    2009/05/21 at 2:50 pm

    very cute. almost makes me want a chuck-dog. i can totally see what he’s thinking. and i love how coco is noisily begging for attention.

  • Kristan

    2009/05/21 at 2:51 pm

    LOL! I couldn’t tell if Chuck was, as Rochelle (#6) said, blinking out of annoyance, or if he was FALLING ASLEEP!! (I mean, Jon’s voice really is quite soothing.)

    Either way, AWESOME video. Of both dogs.

  • Jess

    2009/05/21 at 2:52 pm

    lol Chuck reminds me of our dog, Bailey! She looks at us from the side without fully turning her head… we call it her “sketch – eye look” because she seems so sketched out like something is wrong. Funny!

  • meowsk

    2009/05/21 at 2:52 pm

    Love it! Chuck is just like… yeah… if you could get that camera out of my face and stop talking to me… that would be great.

    I wish my cat would hold this still for photoshoots. She tends to get camera shy and start running around like Coco in the background as soon as she sees the camera come out.

  • Babing at High Altitude

    2009/05/21 at 2:54 pm

    Can I teach my baby how to do that?

  • Anonymous

    2009/05/21 at 2:55 pm

    Have a Coco.
    Looking for a Chuck.

  • Labradoris

    2009/05/21 at 2:59 pm

    My Lab Cosette will do this exact same thing with me – maybe it’s a Lab thing? Looks like Chuck has a little Lab in him 🙂
    She’ll do it especially if she knows that she is going to be kissed on her head soon after I’m done. She wants to be obedient and loving, but not looking forward to the upcoming sign of affection, so she’s listening but acts like she’s not. Ha!
    Chuck and Coco are too cute.

  • Leesavee

    2009/05/21 at 2:59 pm

    Chuck needs his own talk show. He makes far more sense than any of the political pundits I’ve seen!

  • Nanci

    2009/05/21 at 3:00 pm

    They are so awesome. I sent you an e-mail recently with pics of my two puppies. They definitely have a Chuck and Coco vibe going on. Although since my Chuck is still a puppy, he instigates very well. 🙂

  • The Dalai Mama

    2009/05/21 at 3:01 pm

    Reminds me of my two kids. The older one–much calmer. The second one–well she could give Coco a run for her money. While she might not eat her own poop–she does enjoy sticking her hands into her dirty diaper to show you she needs a new one. Not quite the endearing quality one looks for in an 18-month-old girl. Like you often say–she is really lucky she is cute.

  • Kit

    2009/05/21 at 3:02 pm

    phenomenal, I love it

  • Milla

    2009/05/21 at 3:03 pm

    hi, heather! please send me the video — would love to see the young kids tussling. i still have some photos of their play dates i can send you. Juice has her very own Coco now. i call her Pinko — shepard mix i got about two years ago that antagonizes juice (and me) to no end. she is an insane animal and she talks!

    here’s a photo of our kids french kissing back in the day. Chuck was a different dog back then from how you depict him now. i remember him being decidedly more dog like. just bring him back to cali and he’ll shape up fast. and tell Chuck that Juice says “hi” back. he was always her favorite. 🙂

  • Tara's mom

    2009/05/21 at 3:07 pm

    Can you board Chuck at my house next time you travel?

  • Phatchik

    2009/05/21 at 3:08 pm

    Oh how I love Chuck! I have one just like him at home and then this summer, I got the brilliant idea to bring home two kittens. Yeah, he’s thrilled.

  • Hummingbird

    2009/05/21 at 3:08 pm

    I live with the Brittany Spaniel version of Coco. The squeaking in the video was enough to send her into convulsions, and racing around the house for a good 5 minutes. We have no Chuck to balance her out. Chuck’s expressions always crack me up!

  • Jessica

    2009/05/21 at 3:08 pm

    He’s all, “I know you’re going to put this on the internet; leave me alone.” And Coco’s all, “I’m going to make as much noise as possible so they’ll put me on the internet!” So cute.

  • Annie

    2009/05/21 at 3:11 pm

    Chuck rocks!

  • JennyM

    2009/05/21 at 3:11 pm

    I know you probably love getting email with videos from strangers, but if I can capture a typical evening in my house I’m sending it to you. Clifford (our Chuck) with THAT EXACT EXPRESSION while Mabel (our Coco) writhes on her back in the background trying to capture and kill her own tail. If you say anything to Cliff, he just looks at you like that, all, this was your idea, ARE YOU HAPPY WITH HOW THIS TURNED OUT?

  • Nikki

    2009/05/21 at 3:11 pm

    poor chuck…upstaged from somewhere off stage by the most annoying thing in the known universe, and she was yielding a squeak toy, to boot!!

  • Kri

    2009/05/21 at 3:13 pm

    LoL. I don’t know if it is the complete lack of sleep or just simply that that video is hilarious as hell, but I haven’t laughed like that in a while. Chuck reminds me what it is like to have a good dog that listens – a reminder that fills my soul with tears since I live in a home full of 3 psychotic Jack Russels (oh, and did I fail to mention that Jack’s are COMPLETELY neurotic?? they ARE!)

    Heh. Hearts to you all. I can’t wait for baby to be here!!

  • Oh, hilarious! Love it. My dog also refuses to look at me when I have the camera in front of my face.

    Even funnier is that the captcha down below says effaced by.
    Maybe that’s a hint that you will be having the baby soon?! ;o)

  • Cee

    2009/05/21 at 3:17 pm

    My dachshund is just like that too, when he’s “busy” (ie watching food or guarding the front door). I’ll just sit there going SAM. SAM. SAM. HEY SAM until he finally looks at me out of the corner of his eye.

  • Kim

    2009/05/21 at 3:17 pm

    That made me shake silently with laughter (watched it at work)! Chuck is even more Zen than I could have imagined, and Coco … well, she’s as crazy as you say!

  • Jennifer

    2009/05/21 at 3:19 pm

    I love it! It is especially great that he doesn’t even flinch at the squeaking noises from Coco’s toy. Totally undeterred, that dog is.

  • Jess

    2009/05/21 at 3:19 pm

    Poor Avoidance Chuck.

    I love when Coco cocks her head and gets up, like all of a sudden she realizes that squeaky squirrel in the other room needs killing.

  • Brandy

    2009/05/21 at 3:20 pm

    Standing still and ignoring Jon is obviously exhausting.

  • Alex Awesome

    2009/05/21 at 3:21 pm

    Hilarious. This in conjunction with your last post in which Coco is losing her shit over a stick made me do that snort-laugh people do when they’re reading something at work and it’s very quiet and they’re trying not to make a loud guffaw noise.

    So worth it, though.

  • Sarah @

    2009/05/21 at 3:21 pm

    I love Chuck.

    Also, I love that he sits still so well. That’s amazing. WHY CAN I NOT GET MY DOG TO DO THIS?!

  • kate

    2009/05/21 at 3:21 pm

    Off topic, but I just wanted to be the first to say regarding the new nursery? I liked it better before.

    Chuck, I love you.

  • Kathy

    2009/05/21 at 3:22 pm

    Personally, I think Chuck would rather be driven around in a limousine. Having to drive yourself around is so human.

  • Beth

    2009/05/21 at 3:22 pm

    The look of utter disdain on Chuck’s face says it all. You know he’s thinking on the inside:

    “why won’t this guy just shut up. And what is it with these people and their cameras. Honestly, can’t they see I have better things to do with my time. And this line of questioning – gimme a break. Domestic versus foreign? Dude, NO OPPOSABLE THUMBS! Or did you conveniently forget about that? idiot.”

  • Jess

    2009/05/21 at 3:23 pm

    Can I also add, I read the title of this post and thought you were going to have Leta talking for Chuck.

  • nikki

    2009/05/21 at 3:23 pm

    If Leta is a Chuck, does that mean New Baby Armstrong will be a Coco??!?! I’m so sorry I said that.

  • Jack & Jill Put Up A Blog

    2009/05/21 at 3:26 pm

    LOL – Dogs must think we are complete dumb asses – I get those same looks too. Blink, blink. They probably hold the key to all life’s troubles – arg!!! IF ONLY they would have been given the gift to form words!

  • Jasie VanGesen

    2009/05/21 at 3:26 pm

    I love how completely disinterested he looks.

    Also, just finished “It Sucked & Then I Cried”. You kick major, serious, intense amounts of ass. For real.

  • Elaine

    2009/05/21 at 3:27 pm

    funny stuff

  • Ellen

    2009/05/21 at 3:27 pm

    Hahah, I love how Chuck is just sitting there like “yeah, whatever” and Coco’s spazzing in the background.

    I think a Buick would fit Chuck nicely, yeah?

  • Anne

    2009/05/21 at 3:28 pm

    That dog is seriously part cat. I’ve never met a dog that calm before. And Coco cracking out in the background? Priceless. That is how dogs I know act.

  • James

    2009/05/21 at 3:33 pm

    Wow, the look of disgust Chuck gave John when he suggested GM makes me wonder if Chuck has some inside information on the business’s future.

  • Shaun

    2009/05/21 at 3:34 pm

    Dear Chuck,

    I’m dreaming of a deserted island, too!

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