Thursday, February 16, 2017

Pictures from my Phone & Weekly Distractions

I have positive news on the potty training front. We seemed to have reached some sort of milestone. No accidents in the last 6 days. And Mr. Duncan Doodle is doing pretty well too!

I have been taking him out, sometimes in the middle of the night, chanting the word "potty" in a cult-like voice as he goes so he'll associate the word with the action and do it on command, something I, for one, cannot do myself. Because this seems to have worked and he now immediately stops playing and does his business when I say this word, I have to be very careful not to say it in the house. I've been whispering it through this entire post because he's curled up in a ball next to me and I'm not sure if he's sleeping.

The point is, I think Mr. Duncan Doodle is well on his way to being potty trained, and I may be on my way to getting some sanity back.

In other news, if you aren't following Mr. Doodle on Instagram, you are unAmerican. He's doing vlogs on there now and they are very informative.

And now, your Puppies Pictures & Distractions:

Mr. Pants slept over. Hashtag they woke up like dis.

Quinn's going away party before he off and moved to China.

Snuggle time with Mr. Doodle.

Stranger Picture of the Week
From Michelle: "I call this 'The Two Sides of Winter.' First, my daughter Alice casually sipping her designer hot chocolate in a cute coat, looking good. Then there's my son Gordon—Gordon is clearly DONE with winter."

Crap to distract you from whatever you're supposed to be doing:

Our latest TV & Jelly podcast about the Oscars (sort of).

15 most controversial moments from classic TV. Thanks, Brian.

The son of one of our Strangers does not want his mom to wear a face mask. Thanks, Cara.

A letter to Justin Trudeau, who hates Paul Simon. One of the funniest pieces of writing I've read in a long time. (Some language). Thanks, Bella.

The most important legal ruling of our time. Thanks, Rob.

Handicorn. Plus, read the reviews. Thanks, Lindsey.

A tragic theft. Thanks, Susan.

Please join us on the Facebooks and find me and the pup at eliwmccann and mr_duncan_doodle.

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~It Just Gets Stranger


  1. It truly is a good thing that puppies are so cute to make up for having to deal with potty training and chewing training (when they start losing their puppy teeth) and not-jumping-on-people training and not-begging-at-the-table training and all the other training.

    And convenient for him Mr. DD is extra cute.

  2. You should have a stranger pet show for the next Friday. Everyone will have to send in their pet pictures.

  3. You've been training Mr Doodle to be a spy as well! I can hardly see him in the picture with you.

    1. He's so dark so it makes it hard to photograph him. He is so much cuter in person, but I can't get that across very well in pictures. Poor Mr. Doodle.

  4. I'm stealing Mr. Doodle from you. And Mr. Pants. All of them.

  5. That photo - 2 sides of winter - hilarious! Love it.