Chomp on this ear and you’ll feel better

It’s amazing how when you’re have a crapulent day at the office, a small puppy ear-chomp or two can wipe it all away. Make sure to not bite all the way through (I know it’s hard.)


Jamie H., does "Princess" have any ears left at this point?

Nyahm nyahm nyahm.



  1. omg omg omg omg!

  2. …just….died!

  3. O.
    and her name is Princes…

  4. did i get first?

    oh well that dog is giving a look like “please use me to relieve all your crapulence based stress” squee!

  5. AuntieMame says:

    Lil’ Princess-pup looks a lil’ grumpy. Did she get handed another deadline just before going home from the office?

  6. too cute!

  7. NebraskaErin says:

    You haf tried to take pink blankie. Of zees, she disapproves.

    And I think my ovary just exploded. The cute, she burns!

  8. Puppy ears and kitteh paws. That’s a pretty sweet diet you have there, Meg. Be careful of going into insulin shock!

  9. That’s the purtiest ear flop I ever did see.

  10. [* Krissy ]* says:

    I could just eat it!! sooooo cute!

  11. persimmontree says:

    i wants to snorgle de chest stripe.

  12. [* Krissy ]* says:

    I could just eat it!! sooooo cute!

  13. Princess Pup looks pissed…or she looks like she’s trying really hard to read my mind and eat my brains……aiieee!! so cute already!

  14. ShelleyTambo says:

    Is using “crapulent” and “crapulence” incorrectly an CO joke? Cuz I know Meg’s used it before in reference to crap, and it just ain’t so…unless the gluttony-induced sickness (crapulence) produces a specific result.

  15. it looks like she’s guarding the little bear with all her might!

    so cute!!!!

  16. A thinker says:

    Her Royal Highness has an evil stare.

    “How DARE you disturb my nap on my pink blankie with my stuffed anipal…”

  17. That dog sooooo wants to put its head in my mouf.

  18. I’d like to snorgle puppeh.
    But it looks dangerous.
    Definitely ready to nip.

  19. haha, I didn’t even realize crapulence was an actual word! I thought it was just another Megism.
    and shelley, I think you have been around long enough to know that CO has its own lingo!;-)

  20. By the way, Lil Princess isn’t pissed, or evil…she’s concentrating reeeeeealllly hard trying to hold that giant bobble head of hers up! check that head to body ratio! she probably tips forward when she goes to eat! (spoken like a chihuahua owner)

  21. toughbublle says:

    She definately has the face of a stuck-up princess… definately scrumpcious though.

  22. AlbertaGirl says:

    Erk! Pink chest stripe… pink blankie… pink teddy bear… floppy ears… biiiig puppy eyes… (dies)

  23. Oh, hello, puppeh princess, such a pleasure to kronshe you.

  24. Is that a look of disapproval?

    I didn’t know that dogs could look disapproving!

  25. Cute dog, disturbing caption.

  26. Oh my goodness! I CAN’T! I just CAN’T! It’s too CUTE!

  27. ShelleyTambo says:

    ceebs–Indeed I do know that CO has its own lingo, but most of it is obviously intentionally misused, misspelled, etc. (No matter how much I swore to myself I wouldn’t, I have been using “kitteh” and other CO-isms lately.) I’m just can’t tell if “crapulence” is intentional. If so, I hereby shut my mouth…er, take my hands off the keyboard…and step off the etymological soapbox.

  28. This puppy is named Princess, which means “Butterstick”, or “fung shui”, depending on the tone. She will be officially named when she is 100 days old.

  29. What kind of puppy is that? It’s so cuuuuuuuute!

  30. Shelley, my husband has been using crapulence since I met him 10 years ago. Don’t know if it’s a military thing or a midwest thing. He’s both.
    Etymologically, I believe it derives its from from “flatulence.”

  31. ShelleyTambo says:

    RedZ–your husband has been using it in the crap-related sense for 10 years? ‘Cause the real etymology is Latin “crapula” from the Greek … Sorry, I got back on the soapbox again, didn’t I? Sigh–end of a long (dare I say “crapulent”?) day with lots of shelter volunteer-related idiocy interspersed with actual work.

    (I moved away from the Midwest before I was old enough to know what most of the big words mean, so I can’t say if it’s a Midwest thing. I shall ask when I am back in the area for Thanksgiving.)

  32. anarcarrot says:

    Not so cute. Not enough fluff. More kittehs!

  33. hee! I didn’t know crapulence was a real word either. Thought it was simply a CO-ism. Just looked it up on Ha!

  34. gnaw gnaw gnyah!

  35. In lieu of “crapulent” may I offer “craptastic”? No classic definitions to worry about there.

  36. OMG! Look at that face! “You come near my ears again, and I’ll chomp, chomp YOU!”

  37. That’s one disapproving-looking puppeh 🙂

  38. michellemybelle says:

    For some reason I always thought “crapulent” and “crapulence” were from The Simpsons, but I could have been thinking of “craptacular” and “cromulent” and just making up words in my head.

  39. Holy McGoobersons!!! That stare! What ‘tude in such a little dude! Teeny lil goober with this huge forehead and SUCH a look. Yes, little Mr. McGoobersons. I shall fetch your Beggin’ Strips immediately. Please just stop looking at me that way!! Hurrying, hurrying!!

  40. No, Shelley, I mean the incorrect use of the word–my husband’s use springs from the word “flatulence.” It’s a formative borrowing, rather than a source borrowing. (hee! I gots my own etymology soapbox.)

  41. okay, i see now it’s a lil girl but she sure has a mess o’ “dude ‘tude” about her!!

  42. michellemybelle:

    It’s not from the Simpsons, but they do use it in at least one episode. In Who Shot Mr. Burns, Burnsie himself mentions that he felt free to “wallow in [his] own crapulence”. Something like that, anyway. And so you’re sort of right! (Yes, I’m a nerd in many, many ways.

  43. Stephanie C. says:

    I’m convinced that many of the ills of the modern-day worker could be cured by everyone having ears at home to chomp on. Cocker Spaniel ears are particularly well-suited to comforting the stressed, at least in my experience.

  44. AlbertaGirl says:

    michellemybelle: A large vocabulary, which includes words such as ‘cromulent’, embiggens us all.

  45. Mad As Spit! Just lookatheface!! Don’t mess with this Princess!! Jeebus, that’s a cute lil pissed-off stare.

  46. crap·u·lence (krpy-lns) Pronunciation Key
    Sickness caused by excessive eating or drinking.
    Excessive indulgence; intemperance.

    [From crapulent, sick from gluttony, from Late Latin crpulentus, very drunk, from Latin crpula, intoxication, from Greek kraipal.]
    crapu·lent adj.
    crapu·lous adj.

  47. Laurie C. – “craptastic” Yessss!!!! Ha ha!
    Now who else am I talkin’ to?
    carolina – You got it!

  48. embiggens [super loud snort]. Thanks for the laugh, AlbertaGirl.

    Wasn’t that from the dedication of the Jebadiah (Jedadia?) Springfield statue episode?

  49. Jedediah, yep. Point for AmyH.

  50. Another lil’ cutie I could hold, hug and kiss the whole day.

    The Government should pass a bill or law that establishes that your home page at work should be set up to, this way crapulents days will get reduced considerably.


  51. I think this is America and we have the dog-given right to say whatever the crap we want! haha 😛

    As long as it’s not
    Excetera, Etc.

  52. That puppy looks pissed.

  53. GreenEyedHawk says:

    Her royal Highness is not amused.

  54. Ceebs, I’m axing you not to misunderestimate the imprecations of what you’re saying.

  55. ” YOU WOKE ME FOR THIS!?!? “

  56. Redz I think you meant, “what your saying”, didn’t you?


    p.s. you made me LOL

  57. arms akimbo, withering glare: that puppy says “Harumph”

  58. I have had that CRAPULENCE day, well, the last fifteen minutes of my day was CRAP…so I can relate to this pup. She is a cutie patootie, for sure!

    Oh, I hope tomorrow is better.

  59. Yes, please, let’s not go around inviting people to say things like ‘acrosst’.

  60. AuntieMame says:

    Also, if it hangs on the wall, it’s a PICture, and if you pour milk out of it, it’s a PITCHer.

    And I will be avaiLLLLLLLable for tutoring after grammar class.

  61. I do believe La Princesa Pequeña here is giving what my husband and I refer to as “The Eye.”

    But try as she might to look mad, mean, or disapproving, it’s just plain ole freakin’ CUTE!

  62. Adorable puppers!

    And while we’re at it: there’s no such word as “alot”, it’s “a lot” — two words!

    Not that I’ve noticed anyone here using “alot”, particularly, it’s just a pet peeve of mine, lol.

  63. Ceebs – have you been hanging out with my dad? “Flustrated” is standard, as is the state known as “Wesconsin” (is there an “Easconsin, Dad?”), and “clim” as the past tense of “climb”.

    For example, the following would be perfectly normal for my Dad to say:

    “Some people from Wesconsin stopped by to look at the cows. I was flustrated to beat the devil because I had clim the silo and was all covered in chaff. That was a blinger, I tell you what.”
    (Chaff is a real word.)

  64. michellemybelle says:

    Maybe I first heard the words on The Simpsons and just associated it with that – at any rate, they’re words with “crap” in them, so therefore they are great.

    And we worked in a discussion about “cromulent” – that’s never bad!

  65. AmyH – Was that a nucular silo?

  66. Yay, more grammar cops like me! If you haven’t already, you must read “Eats, Shoots, and Leaves”.

    What a perfectly prosh pup!

  67. Hey skippy!

    I read your first sentence completely wrong…I read it as

    “Yay, more grammar cops [who] like me!”

    I know, I’m odd.

    To step completely away from the topic, has anyone here read “Skippyjon Jones”?

  68. Rumi–grammar is a whole nother topic! 🙂

  69. ShelleyTambo says:

    Oh dear…I didn’t mean to start this. Anyway, AmyH, I’m a transplanted WIsconsinite (among other midwestern states), and I never said it “Wesconsin.” I moved from WI to Illinois, and the Illionoisans among whome I lived did say “Wesconsin.” RedZ–It’s been too long since linguistics for me to remember that stuff!

    As for grammar pet peeves… “liberry” anyone–or “supposably”–and “predominately”? I could go on and on…

  70. ShelleyTambo says:

    OK, OK, so that’s not quite grammar, but they certainly are pet peeves.

    I turned into the Word Witch in college when I had a friend who always managed to use words just incorrectly enough to be irritating but not enough for me to articulate exactly why they were wrong.

  71. I just followed that link, rpennefe, and I think I may have to purchase a SkippyJon book. Sample quote: “My name is Friskito Skippito/ I fear not a single bandito.” (If I remember it correctly.) Brilliant!

    Come to think of it, maybe that’s what Princess Pup is thinking as she glares at us: My name is Skippito Bandito. You touched my blankie. Prepare to DIE!!!”

  72. useta hada kitteh says:

    You chomp on my ears, I’ll chomp off your nose. Just so you know.

    (I have to confess I just don’t get the nawming on earses and pawses and things. Snorgling, yeah, that has great appeal, but putting puppehs and kittehs in my mouf? No thank you. sppt sppt coff… Can sumbuddy splain it so I can unnerstand why we want to chomp this sweetie-dorglums poor little earses?)

  73. useta hada kitteh says:

    I’m a grammar nerd to end all grammar nerds, but I prefer to talk in silly Snorglish when I’m at CO. I just can’t help it. The puppehs and kittehs are too cute for grammatical correctitude, dude.

  74. awww, good call, meg! i DID have a crapulent day at the office.

  75. Thanks for the link, Arvay — love it! 🙂

    useta hada kitteh, I agree. 🙂 The snorglish here at CO is fine with me — INTENTIONAL and cute fake words, I have no problem with, lol! It’s just stuff like “alot” that peeves me.

    [rant]Here’s another one: I live in NY. In the NY/NJ area, people often pronounce those subdivisions in your dresser which hold your clothes “draws”, rather than “drawers”. That’s irritating enough, but on Craigslist NY I’ve actually seen people SPELL it as “draws”!!!! It’s enough to make me spit fire, I tell you….[/rant]

  76. LOL, Rumi. Having lived in the south for so long, I thought “draws” was what you were supposed to wear clean ones of, in case you got in an accident. As in: “Lawd, her skirt was so sho’t, I saw her draws.”

  77. Sis says “CHO CHWEEET.”


  78. THERE.

    Finally managed to wade through all the posts. I disappear for 5 days and it’s Cute Downpour. Wrong, man.

    Now ‘scuse me while I pick up the pieces of my head.

  79. musicchick2 says:

    I just wanna take her ‘lil ear in my mouf and feel the velvety goodness. But I don’t think she’d be amused.

  80. bunnajenny says:

    Meg, I want to believe you, I *really* do…but you see I had a mega-crapulent day at the office, so I came home to snorgle, and possibly ear chomp, our new puppy, whose pics I have still not posted over at vox, and the little sweetie head butts me. I’m sitting here with an ice pack on my lip…the bleeding has stopped, but the swelling, she is just beginning. off to find comfort kittens.

  81. bunnajenny says:

    Meg, I want to believe you, I *really* do…but you see I had a mega-crapulent day at the office, so I came home to snorgle, and possibly ear chomp, our new puppy, whose pics I have still not posted over at vox, and the little sweetie head butts me. I’m sitting here with an ice pack on my lip…the bleeding has stopped, but the swelling, she is just beginning. off to find comfort kittens.

  82. bunnajenny says:

    and my interwebs got clogged too…sorry for the double post peeps. Off to clean out the left over puddin’ from teh pipes.

  83. Thank you so much. At the end of a terrifically crapulent, craptastic, craperiffic day I know I can always count on CO to make things feel a little less…crappy.

  84. Positive Jube says:

    Gee bunnajenny – i didn’t know snorgling pups was potentially injurous (? injury inducing). I for one will be more careful in the future.

  85. could never hurt that lil ear!

  86. I don’t get the whole ear chomp thing.. but.. That is so freakin adorable.

  87. misscrisp says:

    ahhhh…embiggens…cromulence…are we gonna do a Simpsons lexicographer/etymologist hoedown? coz I’ll whup ya every time.
    so good and funny C.O.
    and rpennefe, way to bust skippy with her own weapon! (but I also highly recommend eats, shoots and leaves for all the word nerds out there…it ruleth).

  88. AuntieMame says:

    I’ve tried to read Eats, Shoots, and Leaves, and I just can’t finish it.

    For one thing, some of her grammar rules aren’t applicable on this side of the Pond.

    And her “funny” stories aren’t as funny as she thinks they are.


  89. That expression! I love it! She has that “Come any closer and I will show you want true suffering is.” look. <3 Wub!

  90. jackie31337 says:

    Am I the only one who thought that couch looked like some kind of albino butt crack before they scrolled down to see the whole pic? It was especially amusing considering the post above it. 🙂

  91. Stephanie C. says:

    Re: ear chomps. Of course, I don’t actually bite my puppies’ ears–it’s more like a snorgle. I put my face near an ear and make chomping sounds. One of my dogs loves it, it’s one of his favorite games. I usually end up getting batted in the face with a puppy paw, but it’s worth it.

  92. little miao says:

    *chomp* mmmm, I love ear-chomping. What a cute puppy with little velvety earses.

  93. LOL Amy and Shelley, et al…my ex-coworker used to say flustrated & supposably (another pet peeve) and all kinds of other atrocities…just try to get her to say ‘Mitsubishi’ and hilarity ensued…
    my mom is from upstate PA and she has all kinds of weird expressions & some odd pronunciations…”Do you want some melk with dinner?” and “It’s over there on the window seal” (you sure that’s not a window sea lion, ma?)

  94. I had a Humanities prof years ago who learned English as a second language and spoke it impeccably *except* swore the word “film” was meant to be said “flm” as though there was no vowel in it. Me and the other film major in the class cringed every time we heard it.

  95. Oops — “the other film major in the class and *I*”. Sorry, grammar mavens.

  96. Besides, if you want funny, proper grammar reading, just stick to that old gem Strunk & White. Okay, so it’s a dry humor.

  97. Jan Spencer says:

    Shelly, I lived in both Wisconsin and Illinois, and now live in Florida. Ha. People get me all the time for my midwestern accent, but I can assure you, THERE IS NO NOISE IN ILLINOIS! I HATE it when people say IlliNOISE. The S is silent. I am such a grammar cop too, it’s terrible.

  98. Prof. Henry Higgins is smiling at you grammar gurus. The rain in Spain stays mainly on the plain. And Eliza Doolittle is all, “Dint ay sy that?” Or she could have danced all night.

  99. Oh, and, 100th comment!!!! Or post? argh.

  100. Pyrit: COMPOST!

  101. Theo – You beat me to it. I was settin’ it up. Griiin. You da postMAN!

  102. rpennefe – thx so much for the link; I just got 3 copies of Skippyjon Jones for Christmas gifts! I can’t wait to read it to my nephew & grandkids…

  103. I feel like I’ve just mailed one in from the 3-point boundary. w00t!

  104. ShelleyTambo says:

    ceebs–one of my coworkers from Hazleton says “melk.”

    Jan S.–One of the kids I knew in Illinois (the one who most notably said “Wesconsin”) also said “melk”–per ceebs, maybe he was a transplant from upstate PA!

    Anytime I’m back in the Twin Cities, MN, to visit the fam, my brother criticizes the way Philly people talk (I have managed to avoid the accent thus far). No one with as strong a MN accent as his has any right to criticize, as far as I’m concerned. 🙂 My mom’s was still going strong after 17 years away from MN.

  105. That’s a 3-pointer for Theo Bird, with an assist from pyrit Barkley. (Keepin’ with the pets theme is all.)

  106. Subject: Made-up Words
    I’m from SC as is my dad and he always says “flustrated”!

  107. “CRAPULENT” – now that’s a keeper.

  108. I cant believe no one mentioned craptacular in place of the aforementioned words??

    Also, did I detect a hint of puppeh discrimination?

    Puppeh is indeed having a bad day..

  109. It’s like this pup pup is putting me into a trance …. ‘You will pet me and kiss me and feed me and …’

  110. My family also says “dooryard”, and we do have a dooryard, off the side of the house where the main door is, in addition to the front yard and the back yard. It’s such an old word no one else (except old farmers)seems to know it. I’m always accused of making it up.

    I was reading “East of Eden” a couple of years ago and I saw “dooryard”. I immediately called my college roommate and said at least Steinbeck knows it’s a real word!

  111. I must kiss hers’ little head!

  112. gah! so cute….

  113. jenni joon says:

    good grief. GOOD GRIEF… and on top of being absolutely effing overloaded with cuteness here, I learned a new word: crapulent. Just doesn’t get any better’n’this, yo! Hah. Thanks, C.O. peeps!! I’ve said it before but I’m sayin’ it again: I WUVS Cuteoverloaddddddd!! 🙂

  114. Now I REALLLLLY want a puppy !!!