1. Clive
    Clive May 11, 2022 at 3:07 pm | | Reply

    Fantastic •

  2. Linda
    Linda May 11, 2022 at 5:38 pm | | Reply

    Whoa, this exactly describes first time parenting, the early years. I’ll always associate Six Feet Under with infancy of my firstborn because that’s what was on during the 4am feeding.

  3. Jeff Arnold
    Jeff Arnold May 12, 2022 at 9:07 am | | Reply

    Glad they didn’t act on their worse impulses and ended up loving him despite all the sacrifices and annoyances. At least they didn’t have to deal with the consequences of it attacking a porcupine.

  4. Will Staats
    Will Staats May 12, 2022 at 9:50 am | | Reply

    Great story! All prospective puppy owners should listen to this . The feet stuff cracked me up! But oh boy having raised many I can sympathize but then they are only with us for far too short a time! And until you have lost one you can not understand what that grief is like ! So those of us that can’t help it -we get another! And it all starts again!

    1. Gloria
      Gloria May 24, 2022 at 11:00 am | | Reply

      The utter cuteness is by design, so you (and they) can survive their puppyhood (or kittenhood).

  5. Erik
    Erik May 12, 2022 at 12:37 pm | | Reply

    Wonderfully curated podcast yet again, Erica! Chris and Beth did a perfect job turning the experience of parenting a young dog into an all too relatable narrative. Thank you for 32 minutes of pure laughter.

  6. barbara
    barbara May 12, 2022 at 3:16 pm | | Reply

    absoutely endearing, woefully funny and edifying! I’ve listened twice now and it just gets better. Tonight I think I shall take to a friend’s for dinner for after dinner entertainment. I LOVE their marriage too; they have such a great time together and Mouse , altho’ hard, has made the marriage even stronger. I love the snoring! Why Mouse?

  7. Sha (and Mochi)
    Sha (and Mochi) May 15, 2022 at 5:17 pm | | Reply

    Chris and Beth? Can we be friends? I’ll sacrifice my feet on the wee alter of Mouse for you!!!

  8. Nancy Griffin
    Nancy Griffin May 19, 2022 at 6:08 am | | Reply

    Thank you for ALL your podcasts…I have methodically listened to many after starting with Finn and the Bell. I have suggested that to so many friends including those who have lost a child.
    Your gift is the skillful way that you change insightful conversations into podcasts. You have an intuitive way connecting with people and the connection reveals what is true humanity. I have been a social worker for many years in Vermont and still love the connection part of the work. We can all be seen as gifts to one another with all our quirkiness, humor, courage and basic goodness.

    Thank you Erica


  9. Marilyn Keay
    Marilyn Keay July 20, 2022 at 1:23 pm | | Reply

    Just wow!
    Made me cry
    Made me laugh
    Brought me back to my first months with
    a shelter puppy, 2 rescue cats ( all three the
    same age), new job, new home ( under construction)
    plus a surly teenage daughter.. only 10 years ago
    I was sure that I had made the biggest mistake but
    wouldn’t change a thing!Thanks for the laughs

  10. TB
    TB July 26, 2022 at 6:03 pm | | Reply

    I loved this episode. Reminded me of 14.5 years ago when I adopted one puppy from a rescue group and was happy with my decision. Then the rescue group called and begged me to adopt her littermate. I did and I thought I was going to have a nervous breakdown the first year. And I’m a vet, so I thought I knew what to expect (HA!).

    Now at the end of their lives, I don’t regret the time I’ve spent with them, but puppies are a huge commitment. I’m not sure if I’ll have a puppy again. Give me someone else’s unwanted but semi-trained adult dog any day! And there are so many of those who need homes.

    Yes, puppies are cute and such a romantic idea but think about reality before you get one. Hope this episode makes a few people consider adopting an adult dog.

Leave a Reply

The maximum upload file size: 2 MB. You can upload: image, audio, video, document, spreadsheet. Links to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other services inserted in the comment text will be automatically embedded. Drop file here


Get the Newsletter

I'll email you when new episodes arrive.

Get the show

Never miss an episode! Subscribe to have the show downloaded to your device:
the iTunes store

Follow me

Extras, chatter, and other observations (and show notices, of course):


  • Travis Elliott commented on Speaking Whale: Thank you, Erica. I especially love the blend (...)
  • Elena Lopez commented on Fifty. A Phoenix Moment.: Constant slaying of the lonely multiheaded mo (...)
  • Elena Lopez commented on Leland is Moving On: Leland is refreshing (...)
  • erica commented on Fifty. A Phoenix Moment.: Loneliness Killing is the point! I'm glad it' (...)
  • Elena Lopez commented on Fifty. A Phoenix Moment.: THANK you for this !! I have been binge liste (...)