Heart Seizure

photo taken August 2009 • title thanks to Beth aka EweMama

one year ago: Wassup
two years ago: Ghost Dog

You all amaze me! I can’t even narrow it down to a short list this week ~ the entries are all so good.  I am loving all the heart puns!  So funny & clever, I’m in awe.  Beth~ you have great entries every week and this caption nails it, in my book!

• • • That’s not a real heart.  I had several such queries after posting THIS pic last week!  No, it’s a plush heart with a squeak in it, embroidered “It’s hard being a Princess.” I knew, when I saw it, that Charlie would love it.

This photo needs a name!  Leave your title, caption, or thought-bubbles in the comment section of this post and you’ll be in the running for a Wyoming care package ~ it feels like it’s been ages since I’ve sent off a box of rocks and bones!  This week’s prize is petrified modern art… ancient sculpture… this:

One perfect Dahlite ~ a petrified stone ball aged 150 million years ~ rests in a natural cradle, which, in fact, is a section of Gryphaea fossil ~ ancient oyster-like shells fossilized in stone, which are 150 – 200 million years old.  AMAZINGGGGG!

260 Responses to “Heart Seizure”

  1. Maegan Bergstrom Says:

    kindred hearts
    tugging at the heartstrings

  2. Claudia Says:

    The only way to eat garlic is together!

  3. Diana Says:

    a heart-to-heart talk

  4. Pellegrina Says:


  5. Simone Says:


  6. Courtney Says:

    “Two Hearts That Beat As One”

    of for amusement’s sake:

    “Charlie, it says PRINCESS! You may be neutered, but I’m the only princess ’round these parts!”

  7. Heidi Says:

    I know how it looks. It’s not what you think, I swear.

  8. JMS Says:

    separate canids of a single heart

  9. Suzy Says:

    Lady and the Tramp

  10. Suzy Says:

    Stop dragging my heart around

  11. Jia En Says:

    “My mind tells me to give up, but the heart won’t let me.”

    “Sharing some love.”

  12. Suzy Says:

    Hearty game of tug of war

  13. Nancy Latimer Says:

    Mom bought it for ME!

  14. Janice in GA Says:

    “My true love has my heart, and I have his.”


  15. Brianna Says:

    “Your ripping my heart apart give it back!”

  16. lynn Says:

    “She told me I had to share more of my feelings. So I gave he my heart.”

  17. Steven Swanson Says:

    You’re tearing at my heart!

  18. carol Says:

    after just one glance, he offered up his heart.

  19. Annemiek Says:

    Sharing is caring


    You’re breaking my heart!

  20. Susan Says:

    It’s mine, not it’s mine

  21. JANET FATE Says:


  22. Amy Says:

    Eyes on the prize!

    Sibling sharing.

  23. Dana Says:

    One heart between the two

    Chloe says “My mind tells me to give up, but my heart won’t let me”

  24. Netski Says:

    Uh…could I get some help here?

  25. Charlene Says:

    Mom, make him share!

  26. mjk Says:

    Mom, tell him to give me back my left ventricle!!

  27. Diane Says:

    Heart 2 Heart

    “You tug at my heart”

  28. saxon Says:

    tugging my heart strings

  29. James Says:

    If you love something, set it free. If it comes back, you can eat it.


    Love the heart that hurts you, but never hurt the heart that loves you.

  30. BethR Says:

    My heart will go on

  31. Brenda Says:

    Your heart belongs to me – now give it!

  32. BethR Says:

    Everybody’s got a hungry heart

  33. BethR Says:

    Stop draggin’ my heart around

  34. Tina Says:

    Take it! Take another little piece of my heart now baby!

  35. BethR Says:

    A bicker over a ticker

  36. Katie Says:

    You’ll always have a piece of my heart.

  37. Anonymous Says:

    Hey! You stole my heart!

  38. cfritz Says:

    Hey! You stole my heart!

    (I am anonymous)

  39. Sheryl Says:

    Over this way! Over this way! No! No! This way!

  40. Erica Says:

    Heart attack!

  41. BethR Says:

    I’m presumin’
    that I could be kinda human,
    If I only had a heart!

  42. Theresa Says:

    Having a heart to heart over a heart – that’s the stuffing of true friendship!

  43. Danielle Says:

    There’s a fine line between love and take.

  44. pam Says:

    ya gotta have heart!

    that’s my submission but I think the winner is already posted…

    “Heart Attack”

  45. Beth aka EweMama Says:

    Playing “Heart-to-Get”

    Heartfelt Competition

  46. Danielle Says:

    “This Heart Ain’t so Achy Breaky”

  47. whiskerbiscuit Says:


  48. Suzy Says:

    Have a heart

  49. belle Says:

    But… Mom… I did say please!!

  50. Sandra Says:

    King & Queen of Hearts

  51. Shannon H. Says:

    Attached at the hip, and sharing one heart.

    Getting down to the heart of the matter.

    It’s An Affair of the a Heart. (Rick Springfield! – he had mine back in the 80s)

  52. Kelli Says:

    Fighting for Affection

    A Hold on Shreve’s Heart

  53. cawingcrow Says:

    It’s the new Have-A-Heart Chinese finger trap — the more you tug, the tighter you are bound!

  54. Tina Says:

    Two hearts that beat as one.

  55. Kathleen Maynard Says:

    Crazy Canis Camaraderie

    Sending Big Purrs and Barks from our “crazy” animal comrades….cheetahs and dogs! They have great tug-o-wars as well!!


  56. Julia Says:

    A little Shakespeare for today:

    Ask your heart what it doth know.
    Measure for Measure

    Joy and fresh days of love accompany your hearts!
    Midsummer Night’s Dream

    Captain Alcibiades, your heart’s in the field now.
    Timon of Athens

  57. Megan Says:

    Charlie, you stole my heart!

  58. Sandra Says:

    Hearty Exercise

  59. Julia Says:

    Be still, my beating heart.

  60. Annie Says:

    Don’t go breaking my heart!

  61. Shannon H. Says:

    Be still my beating heart….. Chloe, I said be still!

    Love Offering

  62. Wife of a Sailor Says:

    “A Heart-y Discussion”

    “Heart Attack”

    “Don’t Break My Heart”

    “Heart Breakers”

  63. SuzyS Says:

    Nosing around the heart of things

  64. Sandra Says:

    Pillow Talk

  65. beth Says:


  66. beth Says:

    Heart’s Ease

  67. ACB Says:

    Two of Hearts
    To Heart and To Hold
    Half Hearted
    Heartily His

  68. Sandra Says:

    Got Pillow?

  69. barbara wade Says:

    One heart between the two.

  70. barbara wade Says:

    bummer. someone already got that!

  71. derrick Says:

    Make a wish

  72. Faith C. Says:

    Mine !

    Chloe : “I’ll have your heart!”
    Charlie: “But it’s mine !”

  73. LN Says:

    “Heart and soul, I fell in love with you…”

  74. Julia Says:

    An enterprise of great glee.

  75. Liane Says:

    Have a strong mind and a soft heart.

  76. Dena Says:

    Tug of Love

  77. Dena Says:

    Really, Chloe. I’m not sharing!

  78. LHays Says:

    Pillow Talk

  79. Tina Says:

    Whole Hearted

  80. Anonymous Says:

    One squeaky-heart to rule them all.

    Charlie: “Right from the start, I gave you my heart. So don’t go breaking my heart.”~
    Chloe: “I won’t go breaking your heart.”~

    What canidae use instead of rings.

  81. B Vista Says:

    One squeaky-heart to rule them all.

    Charlie: “Right from the start, I gave you my heart. So don’t go breaking my heart.”~
    Chloe: “I won’t go breaking your heart.”~

    What canidae use instead of rings.

  82. Denise S, Says:

    Geez Charlie I guess chivalry is dead today

  83. Ranger KT Says:

    Don’t Toy with my Heart

  84. Rhedrose Says:

    Love is a battlefield

  85. Skimmie Says:

    “It’s MY heart!! Beat it!”

  86. darci Says:

    But, I’M the PRINCESS!

  87. Elizabeth Says:

    One heart, One mind

  88. Lisa Says:

    Sharing Shreve’s Heart
    Heart Tugs

  89. Jackie Brown Says:

    “Two Heads One Heart”

  90. Skimmie Says:

    All’s fair in love and tug-of-war.

  91. Julia Says:

    So shall you share all that he doth possess

    Romeo and Juliet

  92. Skimmie Says:

    I heart chew.

  93. Dave Says:


  94. Kathy Says:

    Walk this Way

    Chews his friends wisely

    Charlie Hearts Chloe

  95. Rhedrose Says:

    My heart belongs to Charlie

    (literally, right? I mean, Shreve gave the toy to him… Oh, this one is just too much fun!)

    Give me your heart

    My heart is mine alone

    Held by the heart

    With heart in mouth

    A mighty heart


    (Skimmie’s “I heart chew” had me rolling – great pun!)

  96. jackie Says:

    Make a Wish

    Two of Heart(s)

    Tugging on the Heart (Strings)

    Heart-ily Sharing

    Love giveth and love taketh away (grrrrrr)

  97. lynn Says:

    Heart warming

  98. lynn Says:

    Heart murmurs

  99. sal Says:

    Heart partners

  100. Heather L Says:

    A Hearty Play Session

    Getting to the Heart of the Matter

    Beat It!

    “It’s My Turn”

    A Toss Up!

    Hang In There!

  101. sal Says:

    Part of my heart?…. No!

  102. Heather L Says:

    Share and Share Alike

    A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand

  103. Barbara Says:

    I don’t care what it is. It’s MINE!

  104. Jen Says:

    Chloe: “I’ll take that, thank you”
    Hand-off in a Wyoming relay race

  105. Paul Says:

    Tugs of the Heart

  106. Heather L Says:

    Heart’s Content

  107. Shannon H. Says:

    She’s got a grip on his heart.

    You can’t tear apart this kind of heart.

    Puppy Love

  108. Heather L Says:

    Common Ground

    Give a Little, Take a Little

    2 Peas in a Pod

    Making Ends Meet

  109. Lois Says:

    Tugging at my heart

  110. Lydia Says:

    Heart Struck…Love Struck…Aww Struck

  111. msdramateacherlady Says:

    Stealing My Heart

  112. Sarah Says:

    My Achy-Breaky-Get-Your-Paws-Off-It Heart

  113. Wo Says:

    Love’s Eternal Message… I’ll share my heart with you.

  114. leigh Says:

    love (of this heart) will tear us apart

  115. sybann Says:

    “Take it! Take another little piece of my heart…”

    With apologies to Janis.

  116. lynn Says:

    Sharing secrets of the heart.

  117. Dave Robatcek Says:

    Okay, we’ll share it then.

  118. JoDi Says:

    She stole his heart!

  119. marsha Says:

    Total eclipse of the heart!

  120. Dave Z. Says:

    A Heart Stew

  121. Dave Z. Says:

    oops, submitted too fast:

    A Hearty Stew

  122. jb Says:

    Oh no you don’t, gurrrr , squeak… she gave that to me!

    What part…gurrrrr….of….”Princes”…..squeak,grrrr… don’t you get? ………….. gurrrrrrr…….ripppp.

  123. Karen Says:

    Here’s how to kiss without touching lips!

  124. Farmer Lady Says:

    Two Souls, One heart

    Two Loves, One Heart

    One Heart Between the Two

    Sharing of the Heart

  125. Rhonda P Says:

    Love- – - Love will keep us together….

  126. Sarah Says:

    Here’s chewing at you, kid.

  127. Bruce Says:

    Mom gave us her Heart!

    A Heart Felt Hug

    2 Heart Felt Smiles

    We Carry our Heart for You!

  128. Wendi Says:

    The tell-tail heart

  129. Liza Lundell Says:

    gimme! Gimme! GIMMEEEEEE!!

  130. Cait Says:

    All’s Fair…

  131. Susan Says:

    Two sides of my heart

  132. b Says:

    Heart to heart to heart

  133. Holly Says:

    A Heart Apart!

  134. Mackenzie Says:

    She Stole My Heart

  135. V Says:

    Heart Ache.

    Tearing up my heart.
    Chloe, you’re tearing up MY heart!

  136. Bess Says:

    “Don’t go breakin’ my heart…”

  137. Liz Berry Says:

    One heart, two souls

  138. Isobel Says:

    Heartthrobs – Stars of their own online show

  139. bonnie Says:

    I want it cuz you want it.

  140. lynn Says:

    Passion Play

  141. Sandy Says:

    People fight over the wish bone…these two fight over a heart!

  142. Mary Says:

    I’ll take that

  143. Emily Says:

    Sharing is caring!

  144. sal Says:

    Have a heart!

  145. Rhedrose Says:

    Heart Bypass!

  146. Rebecca Vaughan Says:

    We Share One Heart Between Us

  147. MK Says:

    starving heartists
    (they look hungry for play)

  148. Phoenix Says:

    Stop dragging my heart around…

  149. Theresa Szpila Says:

    one heart, one love, one tug.

    Chloe: But Charlie, I’M the Princess, why can’t I have it???
    Charlie: Because Mom gave it to ME!!!

  150. Sal Says:

    You have my heart! ! ! ! ! ! !

  151. Rachael Says:

    My best friend is an archeologist, so this entry is for her!

    “I heart you, too.”

  152. i-ching Says:

    “One Love! One Heart! Let’s get together and feel all right.” – Bob Marley

    Full of Heart

    Heart’s Play

  153. Edal Says:

    A Heart Between Them.

  154. Feral Boy Says:

    Of course I won’t pull it away this time, Charlie Brown

  155. Marilyn Hampton Says:

    Trapped in a “Have A Heart” contest of wills…will he let go…will she let go>

  156. Diana Says:

    Shreve’s heart, shared by two

  157. sara Says:

    Joined at the Heart

  158. Lary Says:

    Heartly sharing at all !

  159. Kristine Says:

    Two hearts, believing in just one mind
    Beating together till the end of time
    ~ Phil Collins Song

  160. lynn Says:

    Sometimes the stronger partner is the one that lets go of their heart.

  161. Anonymous Says:

    It’s an affair of the heart rick springfields song comes to mind

  162. Penny Says:

    Sharing the heart of a Princess.

  163. felis sidus Says:

    His heart’s in her mouth.

  164. E.Jolie Says:

    Heart Grabber

  165. Beth aka EweMama Says:

    Others chimed in with Heart Attack so this time I’ll post … Heart Seizure

    Hearty Playmates

    Aorta Choke

    You’re So Vein, Charlie

  166. Debi Says:

    Eyes wants it, gimmie!

  167. Joanne Says:

    My Heart Overflows

  168. Roxie Says:

    Thief o’ His Heart

    Love Bandit

    “She Gave me a Coronary the Day I Met Her, And She Hasn’t Stopped Since” -Charlie

  169. Lynne Says:


  170. Roxie Says:

    Love Connection

  171. Nancy Peacock Says:

    Heart Attack

  172. Angie P. Says:

    He thinks he’s getting to her heart..

  173. Juliene Says:

    Girl After My Own Heart

  174. Heather L Says:

    Follow Your Heart

  175. Heather L Says:

    Change of Heart

  176. beth Says:

    Or, in honor of Heather L.’s “Change of Heart,” we could revise to “[Ex]change of heart”

  177. Tinare Says:

    It’s all fun and games until someone’s heart gets broken.

  178. Krystal S. Says:

    “Charlie and Chloe forget that Shreve’s heart doesn’t divide just between the two of them.”

    “The direct approach would be one way to winning the princess’s heart”

    “Not a meatball but it does bring this Lady and Tramp together.”

  179. Linda Says:

    Canine version of the classic “Hey! What’s that over there?” ploy.

  180. Matt Says:

    You Stole My Heart

  181. Loretta Says:

    Anybody else up for a game of Hearts???

  182. Heather L Says:


    Even Steven

  183. Heather L Says:

    “And Then My Heart with Pleasure Fills, and Dances with the Daffodils”
    (William Wordsworth)

  184. Liz Says:

    Tugging at their heart strings

  185. whiskerbiscuit Says:

    om nom nom nom…!

  186. Karyn N Says:

    Charlie & Chloe: Heart to Heart <3

  187. Cassie Says:

    “Take a Little Piece of My Heart” ~ gotten give a nod to Janis Joplin every now and then!

  188. Teresa Says:

    Hey, look over there! I thought I saw a puttytat!

  189. Britni B. Says:

    One Heart Between Them

  190. Kit.e Says:

    A hound dog and a heart breaker.

    Wild at heart.

  191. Mary Jane Says:

    Joined at the lip.

  192. Devin Says:

    Sharing is hard, but somebody’s got to do it.


    Sometimes you just gotta grin and share it.

  193. Tessa Says:

    Relay Race

  194. Karen Says:

    ‘Oh brother!’ (as Chloe rolls her eyes)

  195. Heather L Says:

    Double Teaming the Squeak Toy

    “Between the two of us, we’re sure to kill the mouse in this heart”

  196. arwo Says:

    “Beware what you set your heart upon. For it shall surely be yours.” (Emerson)

  197. Nancy Latimer Says:

    Two hearts are better than one. Lets rip it in half!

  198. Anonymous Says:

    Heart to Heart

  199. Lisa Says:

    (That anonymous “heart to heart” was mine… too quick to click!)

    It’s supposed to be Heart to Heart & Nose to Nose.

  200. Kathy W Says:

    Wearing their heart on their Shreve.

  201. Tiger Says:

    Jokers Wild

  202. Stephanie Says:

    the first thing that popped into my head was the saying ‘Sharing is Caring’…lol

  203. Bethany Says:

    Wherever you go, go with all your heart…

  204. Alice Says:

    It may have been said already, but I don’t have time to read all the comments today.

    Chloe, please don’t break my heart!

  205. Yvonne Says:

    Chloe is a beautiful dog!

  206. karen hanson Says:

    me ‘heart’ you..

  207. Rhedrose Says:

    Squeak to me only with your heart

    (Sorry, y’all! )

  208. Debra Lawhorn Says:

    Heart enough for two.

  209. pansypoo Says:

    GIMME! no way BOY!

  210. Diana Says:

    My funny valentine
    Sweet comic valentine
    You make me smile with my heart

    From “My Funny Valentine”

  211. Siobha Says:

    Stealing Her Heart

  212. Lydia Says:

    I outta have the aorta

  213. Tommy Says:

    don’t you mess around with me
    You’re a heartbreaker!

  214. Finnegan's mom Says:

    Tug’n Luv’n

  215. Marquand Says:

    Prince called and he wants his heart back.

    You already made off with my Tiara, I can’t like, you know, let you take my heart too!

  216. Lucky Says:

    tryin’ to get down to the Heart of the Matter

  217. Sandee Says:

    One heart between them.

  218. Laura Says:

    Don’t Blink

  219. Stephanie Says:

    Let go of my heart

  220. Renée Says:

    The first thing I thought was ‘Quit Playing Games With My Heart’ (song by Backstreet Boys) haha!

    (Charlie): Come on Chloe, have a heart!

  221. astro-horse Says:

    Chloe May Be the Princess, But Charlie is the Divine Lupine!

    Where is the Love? In Their Mouths! :)

  222. linda in NC Says:

    Don’t want to be heartless.

  223. linda in nc Says:

    It’s such a heart rendering experience.

  224. yvonne Says:

    Two a heart apart

  225. linda in nc Says:

    Meant to say Don’t want to appear heartless.

  226. Melissa Says:

    Pulling On Heart Strings

    Fighting Over Love

    Playing With Love

    Nose to nose, eye to eye, heart to heart

  227. Suzette Says:

    “She makes my heart go squeakity-squeak” (Charlie)

  228. Sophie Says:


    Heartbreak Hotel

    Heartattack & Mine (inspired by Tom Waits)

  229. Lesley Says:

    Tug of Rawr!

  230. Wehaf Says:

    i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
    my heart)

    from the poem by e.e. cummings.

  231. Susan Says:

    Of two minds, but one heart

  232. karen Says:

    Eyes on the Prize!

  233. Barb R Says:

    Charlie and Chloe meet their match

  234. Barb R Says:

    This girl’s clearly thinkin’ on her feet.

  235. Suzette Says:

    Chloe initiates CPR (Coyote-Pulling Romp)

    Reluctant Organ Donor

  236. Jocelyn Says:

    Not-so lonely hearts club

  237. ursula Says:

    my achy-breaky heart

    it says princess, not prince

  238. Marcy Says:

    breakin my heart apart

  239. marcy Says:

    give me a piece of your heart

  240. mlaiuppa Says:

    “This is the night…it’s a beautiful night and they call it bella noté”.

  241. mlaiuppa Says:

    Hug of war.

  242. mlaiuppa Says:

    Dr Doolittle had the push me pull you.

    Dr. Shreve has the tug me slug you.

  243. Robert Says:

    Chloe: “He gets like this sometimes.”

  244. Mimi Says:

    And, until heart do us part…

  245. Rick Says:

    “Are the cameras rolling yet?”

    I saw your book in the airport while flying to my family over Thanksgiving. What a heartwarming story! Charlie is truly a marvel!

    Recently, I read that they found that dogs are descended from Canis lupus, and were successfully bred from the ones that were able to socialize with people. That and Charlie show it is possible to “tame”, for lack of a better word, a coyote. No, we would not be guaranteed that a wild-born animal would socialize with us, but, unlike the common advice, it’s not automatically impossible. (Did any of that make sense?)

    Anyway, God bless you and Charlie!

  246. Danielle Says:

    Stealin’ hearts

  247. Shannon S. Says:

    Heart Tuggin’

  248. Isa Says:

    Mine! Mine! Mine! (from the movie Finding Nemo)

  249. Lyssette Says:

    Just let me borrow this for a moment…

  250. Medic Says:

    Call the Tin Man – we found it!

  251. Ida Says:


  252. Eileen Greene Says:

    Awww… have a heart!

  253. Naamah Says:

    Love Bites

  254. Elizabeth Says:

    “Look, it’s Elvis!”

  255. Shanna Says:

    All’s fair in love and war

  256. Patr Says:

    Three Hearts running amuck

    Two Hearts shared by one.

  257. Deb D. Says:

    My heart is yours to share!

  258. darlene H. Says:

    I loved your book so much I’m reviewing it January 11 for my book club. They have all bought your book and we’ll discuss it. So far, they want to know if you still have Charlie (yes) and if you and Mike are still together (yes).

    I lived many years in a place similar to Ten Sleep (extreme western Nebraska) and I understand how you handle the animals, the weather, and the small population. Some in my book club don’t understand that.

    I’d name the stones Enduring Globe.

  259. Cynthia Odell Says:

    I read your book, and it is superb; I sent you a letter addressed to you in care of your New York publisher.

    I told a friend about it; she is a special education teacher and speech therapist. She works with troubled teens in a New York special education school. She is ordering many copies of the book for her students.

    Cynthia Odell

    We had a coy-dog, who has since passed, but she was extraordinary. And a psychic told us when my granddaughter passed away that the coy-dog, Jessica, was with her. She said, “If ever a dog could wear long gloves, it was Jessie.” If we hadn’t believed before, we would have then. The psychic had no previous knowledge of this dog, and she was right on the money. This coy-dog was elegant, but she could throw down if she had to. The psychic said they (my granddaughter and Jessie) are joined at the hip.

  260. Paloma Doveny Says:

    for the beautiful rock phot0:

    “How nature holds hands” or “the stillness”

    Shreve, I loved your book, found it at the Phoenix airport bookstore, recently loaned it to my 83 year old mother who loved it too. I live in LA with six cats and a dog. My dog, Zoe and I walk/hike in Griffith park every day, picking up sharp shards of glass along the trails, well I pick up the glass, Zoe watches me. It is rugged California Park that divides LA from the San Fernando valley. The kitty-girls wait at home. We see coyotes almost every day. It makes me sad when they are starving or thirsty, I can hardly stand it. my son is devising a way for us to chain metal bowls to the base of the water fountains in the park so some water could be left for them like in the neighboring Runyon canyon. I understand we are not to feed them but without water they venture the short distance down the hills into the city in search. Too heartbreaking.

    I am a photographer and I love what you have captured, and the humor and spontinaeity (sp?), the expressions and the light. I’d love to send you some of my photo cards in appreciation of your spirit and role in this world. If you can, email me where to send. Happy New Year .

    ps. there is a book that you would love. may be out of print but you can find it used on amazon. It is called “Tracks” by Robyn Davidson, who chronicles her walk alone across Australia with three camels and a dog, when she was around your age. It is a slim volume that hooks you by the end of the first paragraph. There is also a large photo book that was published many later, that is a treasure, called “From Alice to Ocean” but read the little one first.

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