Puppies Recap

The episode starts with a lovely family scene... the kids are staged around the kitchen table, crackling fire in the background, wearing bibs at age 4 1/2 and rapidly losing their marketability. What does any normal red blooded American family do in this case? Why, they bring in puppies of course. Two of them! continue



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fostersmom said...

The episode starts with a lovely family scene... the kids are staged around the kitchen table, crackling fire in the background, wearing bibs at age 4 1/2 and rapidly losing their marketability. What does any normal red blooded American family do in this case? Why, they bring in puppies of course. Two of them!

Kate has an announcement! The kids are ordered to face the camera while Kate, once again, makes sure it is all about her. She announces, snottily, that they need to listen because this will be "just about their only presents", so don't be looking all depressed Christmas morning: they are getting not one, but TWO PUPPIES! Lordy be, say it ain't so!

The twins let out some high pitched screams that could wake the dead and Mady flies out of her chair to hug the previously unseen Jon. The tups look clueless, probably because they have known about this for weeks and aren't as good as feigning staged surprise as the twins. Immediately cut to an extra orangey Kate and zombie-like Jon on the interview couch, looking uncomfortable to be touching each other, and Kate saying, "What were we thinking? That's what I'm asking myself, um, six weeks into this" Yeah Kate, what were the producers, oops, I mean you, thinking?

Well, yes Kon, your kids have always wanted a pet (hermit crabs anyone?) and you DO have all that land now! Kate, ever the martyr, announces that she is willing to make the sacrifice even though she could live her whole life without getting a dog. Somewhere along the script, once puppy became two puppies, and gee, we don't know how that happened? Jon smartly points out that two puppies can take care of each other! With that logic, they just need six more kids and they can go to Hawaii and live alone. Done and done. But oops, double the mess and, waiting two full minutes into the show before mentioning doody, Jon points out, double the poop.

Kate gives the edict that there will be a girl puppy and a boy puppy and their names will be Shoka and Nala. The kids have cute ideas about naming them, Cara openly pouts and says she doesn't like those names, and Mady is seen stomping off into the distance. Kate sure is glad she didn't let them pick the names, this isn't supposed to be fun you know. Even though they are eating, I am sure the Namegate meltdown will be blamed on low blood sugar. Kate points out that they will have these dogs for the next however many weeks (oops, years) and she doesn't want them named Poopoo and Buddy. The kids can name the puppies next season.

Kate wanted a little, tiny, yippy dog with a matching haircut, but it would inevitably get broken like all the kids' toys, so they chose the German Shepherds because they are "durable". And if you have an hour, she will tell you all the reasons why she doesn't want a dog... all the poop, all the pee, the hair, the expense, the slime, and she doesn't know anything about taking care of dogs. Perhaps more than an hour should've been taken in making this decision. Ironically, they point out numerous times they were more scared to get a dog than they were to have kids. That about says it all.

In a special scene to yet again point out Mady's flaws, she announces that she wants the puppy to only like her and that since Kon picked the names she should get to pick the puppy. Jon tells her the puppy will pick them and that Mady can pick the accessories.

They arrive at the breeder's, Kate stepping down out of the van wearing head to toe Ann Taylor, designer sunglasses and, yes, heels! The breeder was someone they met at one of the scamming engagements, he did security at the church. While he kindly brings out a miniature horse for the kids to enjoy, Kate makes a point to say all he did at the scamming engagement was blah, blah, blah about how great German Shepherds were and giving them information about the breed, but Kate doesn't have time for blah, blah, blah. She doesn't have time for commoners unless they have handouts... wait, now that they want a dog he is on speed dial!

So they finally go to look at the dogs, and Kate rushes ahead shouting, "I get to hold them first!" She wanted to pick out the dogs with Jon and wrap them up for Christmas morning, but the breeder said they needed to test the dogs with the family since some dog personalities would "shy away from us, can you blame them?" That doesn't just go for dogs.

Of course, they had planned to pick out the dogs and come back and get them later, but decide to take them home now even though they aren't prepared. Kate picks Nala immediately, and Mady tries to pick Shoka, but Kate ends up picking out the male dog too, making Mady cry.

The kids are shooed off to play, and Kate talks to the breeder about making an OCD schedule for the dogs. Alexis gets "stuck" climbing on an outdoor toy, scared to step down, and is encouraged and then helped down by a crew member, since Kon are nowhere around. Kate on the couch makes a Freudian slip about the breeder "giving" the dogs to them, then covers up quickly by saying, wait, no, dogs sure are expensive! Well, not if you adopt ones from a shelter, but not only would that not be good enough for Kate, no shelter in their right mind would allow this family to adopt a pet. Since the interview is done a couple of months later, Kate explains that the dogs are now nipping the kids, making holes in shirts and the really need training now...so expect an upcoming episode with Cesar Milan.

Poor Aaden is scared of the dogs, especially the adult ones, and wants to make sure all the cages are locked. Kon makes a point of writing the check for the dogs in front of the camera, and surprise, surprise, what do you know? The proceeds from this litter are all going to a cancer patient! Wow, the Gosselins sure know how to give back, by accident.

The dogs get back to the Konpound and proceed to pee and poo all over the house. Kate immediately directs one of the kids to tell Jon to set up a dog gate asap, amazingly while she is cleaning up dog pee herself. So the dogs are relegated to a playpen yard. Five minutes later Kate is threatening to take the dogs back because one of the twins isn't fast enough with the paper towels. Kate makes sure to tell us that the twins have to help with the dogs or the breeder will be happy to take them back anytime, because she has eight kids (really?) and that is a FULL DAY, and the twins have to help care for the dogs FOREVER. Kate potty trained eight kids, she isn't potty training kids with fur.

The kids very sweetly, in unison, thank mommy dearest for getting them puppies to which she responds, "You are not welcome." The puppies are just one more thing on the list. Jon says he loves the puppies even though he gets frustrated with them, Kate doesn't love them, since she is incapable of such things.

To sum up, Kate basically hogs the puppies almost the whole time, so there are very few cute shots of kids with the dogs. I thought that was the whole point of this Cousin Oliver episode? I give the puppies 16 weeks, tops.

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Carry another Maid said...

Kate didn't tug on her ear this episode when she was sitting on the couch with Jane. I was wishing maybe one day she'd accidentally tug a little too hard and rip it off along with her entire face. LOL

T.R. said...

Great recap!

Pretty much sums it up. They have zero business with raising puppies. These two cads are the most immature want-want-want brats I have ever seen in my life. They always have to have what the Jones's ( Carson's )have. Beth had 2 dogs, so they can't let her one-up them.

Golf carts and 4 wheelers are next.

Spend that college money before they can use it, by God!!!!!

AllisonSarah7 said...

very nicely done!

bellabee said...

Love it!!!Only two things you missed one was when she picked up Nala and says mine,also when the kids scream mommies mean in sequence ha ha.I noticed when mady was telling the little,big kids lets thank mommy and daddy. QUEEN CRAZY says daddy is not here!Mady says so what,say thank you to him anyways.

I really had a good laugh!!! Kate wanted a little, tiny, yippy dog with a matching haircut.Priceless.Thanks.

Marieblakey said...

The way that I just read you overview. I can just imagen Kate huanched over and Like "RAWR. These puppis are mine!"

rachel said...

Konpound had me laughing out loud! Good one!

Coco77 said...

First time commenter here - LOVE this blog and eagerly await the recaps each week.
It makes me so sad each week to see this circus act spiral out of control. But I could go on and on (and on and on...)
I read that the dogs are already gone now - those poor children, yet another disappointment in their lives. I thought this would have been great for Mady & wished that J&K had involved them more in the process of naming and choosing the dogs.

Joey said...

This episode left a particular sour taste in my mouth. Kate was in rare form. I am wondering if TLC told her to amp it up even more. I felt so badly for the kids that they couldn't name their own dog and that Mady was so upset the whole time. She acts that way for a reason. Then she said, "she loves me the most" meaning the dog. That just broke my heart. That little girl is crying out in desperation for attention and is not only not getting it, but getting responses like, "you're not welcome." Unbelievable.

Busy bee said...

Mady said. "I only want a dog that will love only me!"

What I heard was a kid crying out for help and love. A family of ten and this poor kid is feeling unloved? Perhaps its because of all the craziness of living your childhood in front of television cameras? Or maybe its because both her parents are insane.

Another excellent recap!

ScarySkierNewJersey said...

Excellent job. How about Joel asking if one of the dogs could be named Scott? That was so cute. I also liked the "mommy's mean" chorus.

Dawn in NJ said...

I just wanted to add that Kate was a LOVELY shade of Oompa Loompa orange during the interviews.

Um, Kate, honey? It's the middle of December and you live in Pennsylvania. No need to amp up the fake 'n bake. And perhaps you should use some of your tanning fund to, oh, I don't know...get your kids something for Christmas other than these "stunt dogs" that are clearly more for you than they are for them.

Angie said...

Awesome recap. I love how at the very end, after Kate rudely says, "you're not welcome", the kids start chanting..."Mommy's mean, mommy's mean"! Great!!!

Its A Good Thing said...

As usual (well the last three weeks anyway) I enjoyed the recap much more than I would have the actual show.

lifeoriley said...

I'm not watching anymore, so I look forward to the recaps and comments.
Did Kate really say "you're not welcome"? Why? Was she in a pissy mood or something? It just seems such a strange thing to say to your children.
It doesn't surprise me that Kate went ahead and named the pups-- and de facto picked them out-- it always has to be about her--Kate's way or the highway. It seems that Kate is all about appearances--God forbid the kids picked out the "wrong" pups or gave them names that Kate didn't like!
Also, in a previous episode when Beth babysat the kids, wasn't it mentioned that some of them were afraid of Beth's (small) dogs? Why bring two dogs that are going to be large into the family?

Ravello said...

Terrific recap, great job. The first paragraph pretty much nails Kon's motivation to get pets.
I was very sad for Mady who kept talking about "wanting a puppy who will love me".
And Joel breaks my heart when I see his dear sweet smile. Only the cameraman Scott appreciated Joel for the wonderful boy he is. Joel wants to name the dog "Scott". What a telling momemt. I hope Scott reads this blog and watched the show last night. Kudos to Scott for loving Joel.

pinkdiamond611 said...

Seriously, the kids are still shown wearing their bibs? Were they still in the highchairs too?

Your recap was very well written and humorous. Too bad the entire situation is so pathetic and sad. Of course the K8 wanted a tiny yippy dog. She's a Paris Hilton wannabe.

Ana said...

Katie did tug at her ear this time. I noticed because they were round earrings this time and I wondered if eventually it would pull out of her ear or rip off. Why does she do that? It is so annoying.

momto5 said...

I have been J&K viewer free for many months, I also enjoy the recaps, but the whole dramatic change in look in Kate is astounding to me. Especially in the clothes shopping episode with Jon where she acted so blase about fashion, like she did not care for fashion, or something like that. She is definitely reaching the heights of hypocrisy now if that is the case. Her celebrity has definitely gone to her head. She has become addicted to the fame, money, lifestyle and at the cost of her kids precious childhoods. That is creepy beyond creepy. And now these poor dogs have to suffer along with these kids. Just for ratings. I am disgusted beyond belief by the whole thing, I cannot believe this show is still on, holy sh**. That whole family is going down the drain in a handbasket, and there will be many reprecussions to face when these kids see how ridiculous their parents made them look on tv and how ridiculous their parents looked on TV all these years. There is a chance one of those eight kids is going to come out with a tell all book and it will not be pretty. And also no matter what Kate does to herself(layers and layers of tan), she is still transparent, and many can see thru her, and see her two faced, stuck up, hypocritical, and prentencious new money act.

JenTru said...

Thanks everyone for the nice comments, this was my first try at a posted recap. I know I left a few things out, especially the "Mommy's mean" part, how could I leave that out? But honestly, I ended up at a concert last night and had to come home and watch the show and do the recap after 1:30 am, so it was a little flighty. I definiteyl used way too many commas and fractionated sentences, so sorry for the lack of clarity. Oh, and thanks, but I can't take credit for Konpound...that was someone else's brilliance. :-)

Maria said...

I watched the episode, and I remember at the end, on the interview couch, when Jon said that at the end of the day, he still loved the dogs, Kate made a snide remark to him. I can't remember what she said. The words alone were not mean, but the way she said it - very mean.

timetogokon said...

JenTru-

No apologies needed . I think the recaps, including yours, showcase great writing talent !!!

Brittany in MA said...

I understand that kate didnt want a crazy name (ie poopoo) for the dogs but there is a simple way around that. Have a family vote. Kon could have picked 3 names for each dog and had the kids vote on those differnt names. So Kon ultimatly get a name they can "deal with", and the children feel like they had a say...NOT THAT DIFFICULT!!!

Luey said...

I no longer watch J&K+8, as I don't want to contribute to this family's sad downfall. However, I would totally watch a Cesar Milan show cross-over. He is very good at seeing through people and getting them to alter their behavior. He's never mean or rude, but he is honest and always gets to the root of the issues that the owners have that keep their dogs from being well behaved.

I can just imagine what he would say to Kate and Jon! Kate is so deep in narcissistic denial that I'm not sure it would get through, sadly.

Rebecca said...

I noticed they were outside the entire time yet Kate insisted before they left there was no reason for the kids to wear winter coats. I wish Jon had said 'I told ya so'.

Level Head said...

Thanks for the recap, sounds like it was another train wreck of a week in the Gosselin household - haven't watched in 3 weeks now........

Oh, and LOVE the Ooompa Loompa comments from everyone else - hilarious! :)

timetogokon said...

I noticed they were outside the entire time yet Kate insisted before they left there was no reason for the kids to wear winter coats. I wish Jon had said 'I told ya so'

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I wish Jane would have told Keight to shove it. It's quite ridiculous how Keight needs to turn ANY decision into some sort of argument so she can have her way.

Doesn't seem Keight was so ORGANIZED in this episode, right sheeple?

Trashconian said...

Shoving the pups' muzzles into the food bowl?! The HELL?!!

Kate by her own admission didn't like or want the pups, but she insisted on:

-picking them herself
-naming them herself
-holding them first when they arrived at the kennel

That's it, this goes beyond making herself the centre of attention for an episode.

Her contempt for Jon is already on the record; however, her dislike of the children is becoming glaringly obvious.

I love my son! said...

To bad they didn't name the girl dog Kon, 'cause then I could have sung my favorite 80's song "Shoka Kon"! (and yes I know it's Shaka Kon and not Shoka Kon but it's darn funny)

CT said...

Honestly, I'm disappointed they didn't go for shelter dogs. Both of my dogs are absolutely amazing, and they really do make me feel good about myself everyday. (You'd think Kate would like that added bonus.)

That said, I'm so surprised she even got dogs. I have to vacuum everyday, and I have a pit bull mix and a labradoodle. (These are not your usual-suspect shedding dogs.)

Kate would love my dogs because they are super OCD about their schedule. Seriously. You can set a watch by my dogs needing to go outside, taking naps, and asking to be fed.

RealMom said...

Kate with the ear thing...maybe she is channeling Carol Burnett. The whole thing was so staged from the beginning to the end. You could see the kids sitting and waiting for the announcement and their canned responses were a joke. Kate running for puppies? In your dreams and her nightmares. Obviously TLC and her handlers are trying to soften her image up because she has to go on tour and sell books, appliances etc., so they can make THEIR money back!!!With the house they have now invested a heck of a lot. Also this could not have been the only Christmas gift and since they held off showing the episodes until after the holidays, we will never know. Of course, that whole Hawaii nonsense was shown over many weeks and not just one episode. Does anyone remember what was being shown November/December timeframe?

timetogokon said...

Echoing many others, I can't help but question the motives (of course, free advertising in exchange for a couple pups) or ethics of the so-called breeder that sold the puppies. Here is an excerpt from the Humane Society's website regarding buying puppies:


"Pet store clerks and other sellers will never admit their dogs come from puppy mills. How do you separate fact from fiction? The facts:
1) Pet stores cater to impulsive buyers and consumers seeking convenient transactions.These stores don't interview prospective buyers to ensure responsible, lifelong homes for the pets they sell

2) Many disreputable "breeders" sell their dogs directly to the public over the Internet and through newspaper ads. They often sell several breeds of dogs, but may advertise each breed in a separate place and not in one large advertisement or website. These breeders are not required to be inspected by any federal agency and, in many states, are not inspected at all.

3)Reputable breeders care where their puppies go and interview hopeful adopters. They don't ever sell through pet stores or to families they haven't thoroughly checked out."

Since I did not watch the episode, I don't know how the breeder knows the Gosselins, or how the transaction even came to fruition.

Based on what I've read here and on the HS site, the "breeder" sounds very suspect .

emma said...

First of all, excellent recap! I did not watch the show but you did a great job in explaining what happened. Secondly, can someone explain to me why these two idiots are on television? What in God's name is TLC thinking? Yes, the first couple of episodes back in the day were somewhat cute. But now with all the freebies and crap, where is the "reality" in this?

This particular episode just proves how desperate TLC is to keep this nightmare on television. The twins are getting more and more annoyed at being on camera, the tups are almost 5 so the whole "cuteness" factor is fading fast. Jon and Kate look like they're about to kill each other everytime they're interviewed. What is the purpose of this show? How is it "realistic" like TLC claims? I really hate saying this but maybe there was a reason why Kate couldn't pregnant and needed the help of fertility drugs: maybe someone up there was telling her that she wouldn't make the most fit and stable parent. The two of them are undeniably lazy and have the maturity level of 9 year old kids. Their "Christian" faith is a mockery to those who are true Christians. Do you remember at their wedding when she threatened to "kill Daddy if he got cake in her face?" Is that a Christian thing to say? How about in this episode when her poor kids thanked her for the puppies and she said "you're not welcome." Way to teach your kids manners, Katie. It is so unbelievably sad that these two bafoons are raising any child, much less eight. And now two innocent puppies. I agree with you all on this thread about how the pups will be gone in 2 episodes. Does TLC really think we're stupid? How is anyone going to believe that Ms. Neat-Freak will be able to tolerate two puppies?

Finally, it seems to me that all KON has been doing in the past season is complain about their kids. From calling the boys "icky and gross" to calling all of them "wreckazoids" I cringe everytime I think of how much damage they're doing to their kids. It saddens me to know that there are people out there who are willing to "pimp" their kids out for the almighty dollar.

And one more thing: who is this woman's stylist? Everything from her wardrobe to that god-awful hair of hers is a grade-A joke. I love how she feels the need to get dressed up to the dentist, amusement park, breeder, etc. You ain't in Paris, Katie. Hate to tell ya' but the gravy train is going to end soon and things won't be as "awesome" as they were when you were living off your kids. Shameful. Classless and shameful

leesehere said...

LOVE YOUR RECAPS...THANK YOU!



Can you write the show?????????
Maybe even photoshop TLC photo's

Anonymomma said...

I love my son! said...
To bad they didn't name the girl dog Kon, 'cause then I could have sung my favorite 80's song "Shoka Kon"! (and yes I know it's Shaka Kon and not Shoka Kon but it's darn funny)

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OMG!!! Can we officially tag this episode as "Shoka KON" (like gumgate, etc.) LOL Its PERFECTION!

machinegunsmom said...

This was as awful as I expected it to be. Why is Kate so nasty and mean to her children? She acts like a spoiled brat, not a loving mother. What grown woman spits out "you're NOT welcome!" when her children are chorusing 'thank yous' for her getting them puppies? And the name thing...they could have at least pretended to let the kids be involved and put names into a bowl, even if they were going to pick the names they wanted in the end. And she could have told Collin that "Scott" was a nice name, not "well, that's why you're not naming them." Frankly, the names she and "Jon" picked were a little stupid and their reasoning didn't sit well with me. They are DOGS, they don't have to go to school and be embarrassed that their names are Poopy and Fluffy. As long as they had those dogs, they'd have the funny memory of the kids picking out their names, no matter how silly. But no, they name them after a cartoon lion and a security guard in Hawaii? I thought they didn't want to talk about Hawaii anymore...

Did Kate think she was going to some sort of upscale puppy shopping mall? I have no idea why she thought they wouldn't be outside and made a point of yelling at Jon about it and telling him not to put the kids in winter coats (while she herself was in a long, wool coat), and then she wore HEELS. And blamed everyone else for not telling her.

I could NOT believe how bitchy she was being about the dog breeder guy explaining things to her about the nature of the dogs and how they're family-oriented. He's GOING TO SEE THAT, most likely, and if I were making that investment, I'd definitely want to know the information he was giving her.

It was nice to see the kids playing with other kids...but my friend pointed out how careful the tups were while they were playing and that they kept looking at their shoes and taking great care not to get their free clothes dirty. I don't know why she cares, I'm going to be snarky and say she doesn't dress them very cute anymore for someone who gets free Gymboree clothing. For all the crappy t-shirts and leggings they wear, she should have taken the WalMart donations. At least then they could play like 4-year-olds.

Kate and her spray tan disgust me. And Jon deserves the abuse, since he's old enough and capable enough to stand up for himself. He just doesn't want to because he's a spoiled mama's boy who wants to be taken care of and pampered in the lifestyle to which he's accustomed...but I guess I'm way off topic, since there wasn't too much of that in this episode in particular. But there was a whooooole lot of obvious stupidity and childishness on both of their parts. I've come to expect it.

livnlife said...

I wonder if Kate used a coupon for the puppies? (because, of course, they don't buy ANYTHING without a coupon)

chesterctymom said...

I love Shoka Kon!

emma said...

In response to "RealMom's" question, in November and December they showed the two idiots "giving back." They had an episode where they all pack up and go to St. Jude's to visit with sick kids and make a donation. There was one ridiculous part where KON actually distributed their show's DVD seasons to the sick kids. Yeah, that's exactly what an 8 year old cancer patient wants: 12 episodes of Kate yelling at Jon, her kids, the mess, the wreck, and everything else under the sun. They then had an episode where they had a yard sale. I guess they sold all the stuff they don't need or use and gave the proceeds to charity. Again, all masterminded by TLC. Trying to show Kate in a good light. I say dim the light on this nightmare. Enough of this nonsense. She is a maniac who needs to (a)talk to her husband in a respectful manner (b) stop putting her kids down and calling them names (c) take a few parenting classes at the local community college and (d)learn a few more words other than "awesome" "amazing" "schlop" and "wreckazoids."

machinegunsmom said...

Maria said...
I watched the episode, and I remember at the end, on the interview couch, when Jon said that at the end of the day, he still loved the dogs, Kate made a snide remark to him. I can't remember what she said. The words alone were not mean, but the way she said it - very mean.
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I believe she snapped "good for you," or "how nice for you" or something to that effect. And yes, the way she said it was meant to be dripping with disdain and nastiness.

Trashconian said...

timetogokon said...
Echoing many others, I can't help but question the motives (of course, free advertising in exchange for a couple pups) or ethics of the so-called breeder that sold the puppies.

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Didn't Kate come right out and say she came into contact with the breeder through one of her Praise-The-Lord-and-Pass-The-Collection-Plate speeches? This leads me to believe the whole undertaking is suspect. I've adopted animals from the Humane Society and from rescue groups, that have assured my fitness to look after an animal before letting me adopt. Reputable breeders do the same.

I weep for the kids and the animals.

Fay said...

Shoka Kon how clever and very funny,I think Kate needs to quit being so negative she is realy rubbing off on those children,and you can see how negative they are about everything.They have no positive feedback,no confidence building in that house,Mady has been shown how to be very ungratefull,Kate did a good job with that,nothing will ever make her happy and her children see this every day,how very sad.

ThreeFarmers said...

Terrific recap. Enjoyed every word.

Jen K said...

Thanks for the great recap! It's perfect for people who are on a Jon and Kate diet!

Great job!

RealMom said...

Emma, thanks I do remember the hospital now but when were the wedding episodes shown? The yard sale was probably due to the cleaning out of the house before they moved. Yes the videos given to the sick kids I had forgotten. Just what they were waiting for I'm sure. Here is a thought:If it disgusted Kate to spend 4 hours cleaning a disgusting fridge, how in the world will she live thru constant puppy pee and poop cleaning.

multiplemom said...

Did anyone notice that besides Kate being really oarnge, that she is super skinny? What is up with that?

Grammy said...

I just went back into the archives and reread Jon's December interview with the Philly Inquirer about Christmas and the kids gifts. Nothing about the million dollar house or the 2 dogs. He tried to sound so humble like he was living in poverty and making ends meet. Hypocrite

LisaS said...

Jon's supposed to be this know-it-all computer dude so why didn't he and Kate look-up basic puppy care on the internet?

Also, why-oh-why did they not have the floor lined with newspaper if she was so scared of pee. They make puppy training pads for just that purpose. She just wanted to be a martyr: oh look at all the pee I must clean to make my children happy. Gag.

About the naming thing, I've had cats my entire life and my parents never insisted on naming them for me when I was little. I had many a Snoopy and Garfield. Heck, I named a little girl kitty Archie because she was orange and I loved Archie comic books. I just can't imagine naming an animal before I'd even met it.

Aim said...

Oh man! That was harsh! I just peaked over at the other side and googled jon and kate and puppies and found myself in one of their fan clubs! For the most part it seemed as many "fans" are really fed up with this behaviour too. But then there were some who were so far gone, it was sad. They are so lost over there. But now I am back, I am glad. It was kind of funny to see the coup rising up and see the faithful try to keep it down. Very entertaining indeed. Hee Hee.

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About the naming thing, I've had cats my entire life and my parents never insisted on naming them for me when I was little. I had many a Snoopy and Garfield. Heck, I named a little girl kitty Archie because she was orange and I loved Archie comic books. I just can't imagine naming an animal before I'd even met it.
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I agree with you. That is why all of our pets have plain or strange names - because we let our kids name them. Our Calico cat was named Cali (how original, right?), but it fits her! And we have an all black cat that my daughter named Salem and a gray cat that my son named Sundrop. I can't imagine them with any other names. And I can't imagine naming my kids' pets FOR them.

itcouldhappen said...

I totally agree that the scene where they told the kids was staged and fake. If you look at the tup on Mady's right (one of the girls) she's looking over at Jon and misses her cue - she lets out her shriek of surprise early before Kate gives the news. Oops.

ThreeFarmers said...

My great-nephews got a puppy for X-mas. The 2-year-old got to name it. They poor thing is named Fatty.

alice-jameson said...

I agree, I don't think they should have EVER got dogs. If they were desperate for pets, they could have got cats or fish. I am somewhat OCD about cleanliness like Kate, but I love dogs and actually dogsit for weeks at a time for my friend, but I know my limitations. I can stay at my friend's house for a week caring for her dogs and cleaning up after them, but I could not do it on a daily basis.

The reason why I choose cats is because they are SO easy. As long as one vacuums regularly (i.e. once a day) and cleans their litter box (i.e. usually every 1-3 days depending on the cat(s)) It's really very simple.

I was watching the first 1 hour special the other day and I REALLY miss that Kate Gosselin. She had her faults even then, but when she held and played with her kids, I saw love. Now, I don't. I just feel awful for this family and the kids.

Allison P. said...

May I say that Kate looked like a social climber? She wanted to show off her expensive clothes and accessories even though they were not appropriate for the environment. They were outside the whole time to look at dogs and she wore heels! Kate you should invest some money for etiquette school.

ms0tee said...

One name for Kate seems to fit: Cruella de Vil. Watching the show just makes me want to hug each kid and tell them how special they each are. It breaks my heart to see how much the kids are lacking in love and it's crazy to see these irresponsible parents fail at every turn. Just when you think there's hope (thanks for the puppies mommy!) it's crushed with a cruel comment from Kate (you're not welcome!). It's not funny Kate (if that's what she thinks). These children are going to suffer the consequences of her and Jon's actions. And it's even sadder that they have brought 2 puppies into the mix. I wish those kids and puppies could be saved.

bluecheese said...

Hmmm... didn't Kate once say she wished she was Korean? Maybe that explains the overdone tan... she doesn't like her pale skin tone... just a theory.

undergrad RN said...

I don't watch the show anymore (haven't since sometime last year) but I do like to read the recaps. This is the only J&K blog I subscribe to because I feel it's the most honest. When I read about the dogs I was flabbergasted. I immediately went to Google to see if there were any animal rights groups getting involved.

Picture my surprise when the only hits returned on my search, except for GWOP, were posts from people fawning (STILL??) over J&K and saying ooooh those babies with puppies, how kyoot! Even people on dog forums, who should see this for what it is, were commenting on how much they love the show and how the puppies will be soooo kyoooot. I say it'll be a miracle if one of those poor kids doesn't get bit because he/she tried to "play" with the puppy the way he/she plays with siblings. i.e. by hitting.

I can't believe it, but it seems like GWOP is still an oasis of common sense in the thick of continuing J&K obsession. I'm baffled by the whole thing. I freaking hate the show and J&K, and it used to be my favorite. You know, back when they loved each other in their shabbyish house.

Miranda said...

Here is what got to me:
When Mady said "on the count of 3 let's all say thank you mommy & daddy for the puppies" and Kate said "daddy's not here".
To which Mady IMMEDIATELY responded, without even thinking "oh well, 1-2-3 Thank you for the puppies mommy and daddy"

(and then kate's horrible "you're not welcome"... what a bitch).

Anyway: what got me was Mady's "oh well". She didn't hesitate a second before saying it. My ex-husband used to marginalize my feelings my saying "oh well" immediately after I'd said something. It infuriated me. I felt about an inch tall.

Mady didn't learn that behavior on her own, I'm sure Kate is just as dismissive of her family as my ex-husband was of me. I envision Kate saying "oh well" to trivialize the feelings and ideas of her family. And it's a terrible thing to say to someone.

I know that's one stupid sentence, but it really spoke volumes to me. Mady feels like her mother doesn't value her, and it's sad.

simplykristi said...

Great recap! I rarely watch the show. TLC needs to pull the plug on it.

Strife said...

Did Kate actually tell the breeder he was annoying? I might be a cat breeder and not a dog breeder but if any of my buyers said something like that they would have returned home without a new pet.

mbdrew said...

so so many things bothered me about this episode, but one that hasn't been mentioned yet is when keight scolded jon about the kids jackets (with snow on the ground)! she told him they were not going to be outside and that the kids didn't need jackets, but she arrived at the dog farm in a black trenchcoat. if it was cold enough for her coat, certainly it was cold enough for the kids. she probably wants them to get sick so that she can have an episode with 8 sick kids to take care of while jane heads to the bars in reading.
my husband hasn't seen the show in a while and he said "keight looks an anorexic hot mess! why is she orange?" he hit the nail on the head!

alana said...

alice-jameson said:

"I was watching the first 1hour special the other day and I REALLY miss that Kate Gosselin. ...she had her faults even then, but when she held and played with her kids, I saw love."

No, you didn't! What you saw, alice, is what's called "Baby Love" and Hate Gosselin has the absolute WORST case of it I've ever seen.

Baby Love is what people feel when they see bunnies and chicks hopping about the pet store window right before Easter - aaawwww, they're so TINY!
Baby Love is what people feel when they see someone with a basket or box of kittens in front of Safeway on a Saturday afternoon - ohhhh mom! PLEEEEEEEZ? they're FREE...
Baby Love is what some women feel when The Franklin Mint comes out with the 16th edition in the series of "Baby-Oh-So-Real" and, having just paid the fourth and final installment of $33.95 for Baby-Oh-So-Real's sister, they HAVE to have this one... she's just like a REAL newborn.
"Baby Love" is what teen-aged girls feel when they want a puppy AND a BMW for their sixteenth birthday ...ohhh daddy! it's so cute, I could die!

Hate Gosselin feels Baby Love whenever she is pregnant with or has just given birth to, any baby under the age of 12 months. ...oh, Jooooon! the girls are getting soooo big - let's have another babeeeeeeeee, o.k?
(A child who is even ONE DAY over 12 months exactly is not eligible; Baby Love has magically disappeared by then.)

Did you see how Take held the new puppy up close to her face? Do you think, if she could lift it, she'd do that if puppy was a two year old dog?
Hate will NEVER EVER treat her children like little children, again. It's OVER! Hate suffers from extreme Baby Love and once it's over, it's over - poof! Baby Love doesn't come back; that is, unless...perish the thought!

can'tstopwatching said...

I think that they are just trying to come up with new things for this show. Are they trying to compete with the Duggars bringing home a new baby? And, you would think that Kate would edit herself a bit on TV, but she just gets bitchier and bitchier every week.

Keeley said...

timetogokon--that is real clever...keight. I bet she's laughing her skinny butt off.

doubleD said...

I did not see the episode, but someone please tell me this recap is an extreme exaggeration of what really went on?! It's pretty clear to me that these dogs have not found their forever homes with the Gosselins. If they actually made comments like "the dogs can go back anytime" and Kate threatening to send the dogs back...those dogs should never have gone to this family. Shame on the breeder for not having any sense.

Ugh.

Marcy and Loki said...

Who here hasn't had a pet with a goofy name? That was half the fun in getting a pet! I had a blue budgie named "Blue Bird" a calico cat named, "Sweet Heart" and a B&W cat named Loki. It breaks my heart that the kids were denied the fun of naming a pet!

me said...

People wonder why Kate is tweaking her look? Well, she is now doing tons of interviews, traveling and speaking (alone) for the show, etc... She sees herself over and over in pictures. She isn't just staying at home taking care of the kids, she is out meeting the public. EVERYONE would tweak how they looked in her situation. I'm sure that's why public figures worrying so much about their looks, they are faced with it every moment of their professional lives.

This time in their show, the attention is more on her. So, she is focused on how she looks. She has become the public
"face" of the show.

By the way, I don't think she has had any face work done. Getting a tan really changes how you look. And the weight loss would also smooth out her face. Before this last weight loss, I thought she had a lot of pouches and sags for a young 30ish woman. They are mostly gone - it was the weight loss. Nothing adds years like weight, even 10-15 pounds.

meg said...

Miranda said...

Anyway: what got me was Mady's "oh well". She didn't hesitate a second before saying it. My ex-husband used to marginalize my feelings my saying "oh well" immediately after I'd said something. It infuriated me. I felt about an inch tall.

Mady didn't learn that behavior on her own, I'm sure Kate is just as dismissive of her family as my ex-husband was of me. I envision Kate saying "oh well" to trivialize the feelings and ideas of her family. And it's a terrible thing to say to someone.
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Actually I think I've heard Jon say "oh well" to Kate in quite a few episodes... My guess is that's where she picked it up.

Barb said...

Thank you for the recap. These dogs are guard dogs and will have little if any interaction w/the kids. The pics on TLC do not show interaction between the kids and puppies... Cara looks miserable (and my gut instinct) tells me that the puppies/kids photos were staged. You also are right w/the tups not old enough to act, it was too funny how they just sat there with no reaction... The new TLC producers have taken what use to be a decent show to unbearable levels.... everything is staged and the family can't even fake it enough to feign interest. Why drive all the way to Delaware.. aren't there any puppies in PA? Did they all disappear....Unreal. I'm surprised they didn't say what pet store they got supplies cause that would be another way to get free stuff... Yeah I noticed those strange coat things in the middle of the room... obviously TLC is reading the truthful blogs and trying to KON us into thinking that yes, the dogs are family dogs and no they don't have new furniture....

Moons in Leo said...

JenTru, good job!

Ilovemyson, Shoka Kon, terrific!

jill said...

My husband, who hates to watch this show, said, "I hope the dogs get into Kon's parents only bedroom and crap all over the place!" LOL

AuntSue said...

I used to be a huge fan of the show and watched it from the very first episode, but . . . I can't bear to watch it now. I loved watching the children and thought that even Jon and Kate could be amusing (bite my tongue). I started to notice more and more things - particularly Kate's complaining. Then came gumgate, poopgate, vomitgate, etc., etc. That's when I began doing some research and discovered this blog as well as Julie's. What a relief it was to discover that I wasn't alone in my thinking. I had to stop watching the show because my blood pressure would soar. I change the channel every time Jon and Kate appear (which unfortunately is ALOT what with the "new" show each week, reruns throughout the day, and the endless marathons). I hope with all my heart that this show is not showing the real day-to-day life of these little kids. It makes my heart ache for them. And now the two new puppies! I just have to add here that if the public encounters with Jon and Kate when they are out and about in the area are true (and I have no reason at all to doubt the posters), then these are two of the rudest, most ungrateful people I have heard about. The posters who have experienced these "close encounters" approached them in a very polite and non-threatening manner and Jon and Kate's actions are inexcusable. A polite "thank you" is all that was necessardy. But what am I thinking . . . Kate's reply to her own children's thank-you was rude beyond belief.

didew said...

I've been reading this blog since I googled J&K's new house, and found all the negative comments that mirrored my own. Keep up the great work!
I only caught the last five minutes of Shoka Kongate when Kate dripped with distain for...well,everything, and when she shoved the puppies head into the food bowl. My sons and I gasped! Clearly this woman knows NOTHING about dogs,or she would know that dogs can smell food a mile (or yes, even 6.000 sq. ft.) away.
Someone questioned the integrity of the breeder they used. One of the parents in my sons Boy Scout Troop breeds German Shepards and she raises the pups in her home, never using cages outside. She says it nurtures the "pet" side of them instead of the "guard" dog side, although they are still great protectors. Don't think these dogs are going to be spending a whole lot of time inside.
Just a thought, maybe Kate wouldn't be so "exhausted" or nasty if she ate something?

Coco said...

yup, auntsue, i'm with you, i can't watch anymore.

thanks for writing a recap, though, i truly enjoyed that! maybe if enough of us acutally stop watching this dribble, tlc will pull it.

mdwestmom said...

I have a confession to make. I hate the show and only watch it to see how much worse kate behaves each week. She never disappoints! I've come to the conclusion that the producers include this footage precisely for that reason. Its like looking at a car wreck, you don't want to look but you can't help yourself. I have decided to give up watching the show for lent, and hopefully forever. Give me strength (I'm not giving up this blog)!

didew said...

I just googled the Philly Inquirer article that Grammy mentioned. I COULD NOT BELIEVE MY EYES. Do they really believe everyone is as delusional as they are? "We're trying to bring back family values and traditions". Where I come from verbal and emotional abuse is not considered a family value. And because of their "Christian" beliefs, "my kids are the ones who tell kids there is no Santa". WHAT!? Whose kids? They think this is okay?
I did let TLC know how I feel. Hopefully we can get throught to them, but I don't suppose they'll consider cancelling until J&K aren't making them money. So sad.

my9cats said...

How come all 8 kids are mature enough to vote to continue the show but not mature enough to name 2 puppies?

Cheryl B said...

Wow! The dogs seem to have their own mini kitchen. The carpet in the basement where the dogs were appeared to me to be a very large
leftover piece, it was not finished at either end where the stone started. I wonder if there is stone under it and it was used for the drama factor of the dog peeing on the carpet. No one likes to be lied to and I feel crap like this is the same as lying to the viewer.

All of the girls except for Hannah had on matching coats. I see all kinds of different problems this favortism will cause in the future.

When they came home and we all saw the woman in the blue coat, the story of Leona Helmsley(queen of mean) came to mind. No matter what time Leona came home all of her staff were required to be up to greet her. They had been gone all day, unless she is a live in(which I think), why would a housekeeper or nanny need to be there? Leona said "Only little people pay taxes). She served jail time for tax fraud, for writing everything off to her corporations. Watch out Kate, is this why you turned your family into a corporation?

At the end of the show they were eating dinner that the chef had prepared complete with fresh flowers on the table. The queen just had to nuke it and sling it on Gosselin China aka paper plates.
Wonder why Jon wasn't having dinner with his family.

Kate has that new OCD that you can turn on and off as needed.

Since this is no longer a family doing a show, it is a corporation doing a informocial, isn't there a law about truth in advertising?

Jon if you are reading this, aka means also known as.

All of this is my personal opinion. Thanks for the rant.

Michelle said...

I also have stopped watching the show, so I look forward to your recap.

All I can say is TWO puppies? They can't even watch their kids. Crazy!!!

Momof3kidsand3dogs said...

Kate and Jon had no business getting thiese puppies. That is plan and simple. I am a true animal lover (I have 3 dogs and a cat and have rescued and foster many others) and I can spot a "non-animal" lover a mile away. They made this clear when they said in one of their shows that they used to have cats, but traded them for the twins. People like that view animals as "disposable" and unfeeling. They may or may not have gotten rid of the dogs (I truly hope they are in a new home), but you can bet if they are still at the Gosselin house they get little attention or human interaction. The novelity of the "cute puppy" has worn off and they have probably been banished outdoors due to behavioral issues because no one has taken the time to properly train them. This was the fine example set by the "breeder" who "sold" the puppies to them. All his dogs were living outside. The pictures on TLC show the dogs only outside or in the basement. Not everyone is an "animal person" and that is fine. I respect the people who know this and therefore choose not have animals. Jon and Kate decided to "try" these dogs out for their own personal gain. When they tire of them they will simply toss them aside like all the hundreds of toys that have been donated to them. At this point, It seems like Jon and Kate are bored with their children now that they aren't cute little babies anymore. Again, I really hope they will at least have the dencency to rehome the dogs and not just ignore them for next 12 years or so. And, I truly hope no harm comes to the Gosselin children because they have not been taught how to properly treat a dog and because the dogs have not been trained to behave around the children.

Dunwoody Mom said...

I have a confession to make. I hate the show and only watch it to see how much worse kate behaves each week.

That is what TLC has turned this show into - "tune in to see how bad a person Kate is."

The show has ceased to be about the children a while back. It is now all about "Kate the Shrew". However, as long as the money keeps rolling in, Kate could care that her sad self has been made into a tv show.

Tess H. said...

me said...
People wonder why Kate is tweaking her look? Well, she is now doing tons of interviews, traveling and speaking (alone) for the show, etc... She sees herself over and over in pictures. She isn't just staying at home taking care of the kids, she is out meeting the public. EVERYONE would tweak how they looked in her situation. I'm sure that's why public figures worrying so much about their looks, they are faced with it every moment of their professional lives.

This time in their show, the attention is more on her. So, she is focused on how she looks. She has become the public
"face" of the show.

By the way, I don't think she has had any face work done. Getting a tan really changes how you look. And the weight loss would also smooth out her face. Before this last weight loss, I thought she had a lot of pouches and sags for a young 30ish woman. They are mostly gone - it was the weight loss. Nothing adds years like weight, even 10-15 pounds.

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IMO too much of a tan looks bad. A little color is ok but too much is like 'not knowing when to stop'.

And I disagree about the weight adding years. I think that most people look much better when they aren't too thin. Sags don't go away with weight loss.

All in all, the tan, the weight loss, and the extreme hair make Kate look harsh and not soft. Maybe the look matches her personality. Now why people look up to Kate given her personality and look (or given anything about her) is beyond me. If 'EVERYONE would tweak how they looked in her situation' why wouldn't everyone also tweak how they act/present themselves? Maybe it's too hard. Maybe they shouldn't be in the public eye.

Its A Good Thing said...

my9cats: That is a great point! It is odd that they are required to be mature enough to decide if they want their privacy to be invaded and the childhood to be exploited but they can't name two puppies that are supposedly their only Christmas gift?

It Happened said...

The whole name thing really bothers me; we recently got a puppy (lab) that my children named Snickers. I have 4 (nearly 5) and yes there was some tears but in the end they all agreed on that name. They also named our lab/german shepherd cross (Dory). Yes they are funny names but thats part of the fun.

My point is that Kate ruins EVERYTHING! Those kids would have had a blast naming 2 dogs. And it would be something they always remembered. But no, now they remember there freakishly orange mother telling them they are getting two dogs, Shoka and Nala and they are their Christmas presents so they better not expect anything else!

samcarter said...

We've let our kids pick the names of nearly all our pets that we've had since we've had kids. Our oldest has picked the names Chester and Marie for cats so far. Fine names.

This Christmas the kids got a fish tank and two goldfish. Our four year old was asked to name the little fish. He named it "Dub-Dub". Our eight year old said, "Well, the bigger fish's name needs to match that," so he named the bigger fish "Glub-Glub".

Stupid names? Yep. But if a pet is truly for the kids, you let the kids pick the names. Stupid narcissistic bitch.

RuthinVA said...

Your comments that point out the ridiculous or illogic when Kate does or says something that adds to her nastiness or peculiar behavior were spot on.

doubleD said...

OMG. I'm watching it on YouTube right now, this episode.

These people NEVER should have been given dogs. EVEREVEREVER!

These two are IDIOTS.

ThreeFarmers said...

How come all 8 kids are mature enough to vote to continue the show but not mature enough to name 2 puppies?

Can you imagine being a fly on the wall during one of those votes?

Kate: All those in favor of continuing J&K+8 please raise your right hand.

(pause) (The children give each other puzzled looks.)

Kate: Oh, I forgot most of you don't know your right hand from your left. OK. Those of you in favor of continuing J&K+8 raise the hand that you use to hold a pencil.

(pause) (A couple of children raise a right hand or a left. One raises both.)

Kate: Lordy be! Don't you children know if you're right handed or left handed?

Mady: Don't you?

Joel: Scott, which had do I write with?

Jon: Aaden, raise your hand like a man.

Kate: Blah, blah, blah. Hurry up! I have to get to the spa. Maintaining this shade of Clementine takes some effort.

Hannah: My head hurts.

Kate: Well, it couldn't possibly be because of the hot studio lighting or the four pounds of hair on your head. I'll give you your own room if you tell me what hand Colin writes with.

Jon: (to children) Just raise both your hands or I'll miss my flight to Utah.

Virginia said...

I had never heard the term "baby love" before I read it here. But it does fit Katie Irene to a "T", doesn't it? Gee, sorry, Nurse Kate, but living things grow. You should've learned that in your semi-pro nursing course.

It happens that my parents live in one of the wealthiest areas in the U.S. and that is where I grew up (no longer live there), but if I learned anything it is this. People who have money don't see the need to show it off all the time. They don't overdress, they don't over-fuss over their things. No one I knew (or their mothers) would've dressed up for this little adventure to the dog breeder's place. Katie Irene and her lap-dog Jon don't know how ridiculous they have made themselves.

When this gravy train is finally over, and I sure hope it is very soon, I wonder what will become of this peacock woman and her high faluting (sp?) ways. She has made herself a laughing stock and her husband a eunich. Her kids are the reason she has a pot to -- well, cook in --- and she treats them like dirt.

Katie Irene, we are done with you.

Sasha222 said...

"Jon says he loves the puppies even though he gets frustrated with them, Kate doesn't love them, since she is incapable of such things."

-I just pee'd myself a little on that one.

And why the eff would they pick German Shepard's of all the breeds in the world? I had one as a kid and they shed more then like any animal in the world. Unless you stay on top of picking up the hair every time the dog moves, you and your furniture are going to be constantly covered in dog hair. That just shows that something fishy is up knowing how much of a neat freak Kate is.

SuzyQ said...

Tha name of this show should be changed to "All About Kate" - because that is truely what it is about...she picked the puppies, she picked the names, she, unfortunately, gets more camera time, she monopolizes the interview time, etc.

The only cute moment in this entire episode is when Alexis is afraid to get down for the playset and the cameraman helps and she says so sweetly "thank you" - at least the children have some manners. Although, that won't last long when their very own mother replies to their thnks by stating "you're not welcome".

grandmaonthego said...

Sags don't go away with weight loss.

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Yes they do. That's why people look younger when they lose weight. I'm 55 and lost 40 lbs. - and my turkey waddle neck!

PK said...

I thought the best part of the show this week was the Mama Dog playing with her little pup.
Kate could take a lesson from that dog.

DirtyDisher said...

3F.....LMAO! That was good

Jayme said...

That's right--Kate DID say the kids were afraid of dogs last season (even Beth's)! Nothing in the Konpound makes sense or is real anymore. I'm switching to the Duggars. After their mission trip last week, THIS is the family we need to watch!

Barb said...

I say we all give up this show for Lent. I know I am. I am a Roloff fan and I thought Molly's graduation episode was cute. Amy's only little girl is not a little girl and she really had trouble dealing w/it. Molly's speech was excellent. I know there are Roloff critics but watching the Roloffs before J &K is really eye opening. To actually see a real family who are growing up and changing, but still hug each other and tell each other (on camera) they love each other. I had to laugh when Molly wanted to wear her bra under the dress and Amy made her change. Cute parent/child interaction. That is what is definitely missing from J&K this season. They also have a "real" dog. Rocky is too cool, I still remember the episode where a stray dog just walked into their house and Rocky did nothing and I think Matt talking to Rocky telling him what kind of watch dog is he to let another dog into his house. That would be something my dog would do. I can actually laugh and cry with the Roloffs but I cringe with the Gosselins. The new producers have made the show all about Kate and little about the kids. Shame on them and shame on us for watching this train wreck. I know I will have 6 weeks w/o it and with read this blog for the truth....

Jenn from CA said...

Did anyone notice new furniture in the house?

Oh and there's a shot downstairs with one of the kids and there is a lady in a blue sweater in the background...who is that?

AnneMarie said...

[b]it takes a lot to maintain this shade of clemintine![/b]

OMG I nearly choked on an M&M !

WhitneySmith said...

From experience (when I was 10 we got our current dog) I have to say that it is not the traumatizing that I wasn't able to name my dog. Or any of them for that matter. Neither was my sister.

Granted, my Mom and Dad didn't make as huge a show of it as Jon and Kate did.

Casey and Smudge said...

Just checked out the Puppies! on TLC's website. Hmm, those puppies didn't stay small and cute for long! Interesting that Aaden is nowhere to be seen. Is there no snow in Pennsylvania in winter?

I see Cara has lots of lift passes on her jacket, someone's been skiing!

momoftwinsplusone said...

I have never seen this site before and I love it! I used to be a huge fan of the show because I have twins about 5 months older than the Gosselins. I could relate to what they were going through when the first specials were shown except they had a lot more work to do then me. My twins seemed so easy when I watched the show. But, now..now...the show is a total horrible example of a spoiled mother, a brain dumb husband and adorable children that are never able to think, do or say anything for themselves. Opps..I mean the kids try...just no one hears them.

I almost felt bad that I was feeling so negative about this family. But, with everything that they are getting free by exploiting their children. It is so shameful. I have had quite a few offers from agents to have my twins model, do print work, etc. But, these are my children. We did not have them to make money off of them. Their childhood only lasts so long. It is a shame that Kon does not get it!

konspiracytheory said...

OK, I'm only one person, but I vote that we 'offically' re-name this episode "shokakongate".

Anybody with me?

meg said...

Casey and Smudge said...
Is there no snow in Pennsylvania in winter?
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Sadly it is typically very cold here with little/no snow

AuntSue said...

Barb and Jayme I agree with you 100%. I too am a fan of the Roloffs and the Duggars. What a difference between those two families and Jon and Kate. I mean it is absolutely glaring. I watch the Roloffs and then immediately change channels because the G's come on. The difference in the families has really been evident in the past couple of weeks. Last week Matt goes to Iraq and holds the hands of those adorable little kids going through surgery and the Duggars go on a mission to visit the poor and then you have Jon and Kate. If i didn't know better I'd say that TLC is actively trying to show Jon and Kate in a bad light, but I highly doubt it. They're making too much money off them. I'll bet those camera people and the director could tell some stories about Jon and Kate's homelife!

AuntSue said...

I also wonder why no one who knows Jon and Kate personally ever come to their defense. If I were related to them and knew that all the criticism was not true, you'd better believe that I would be defending them. If Kate were my sister (heaven forbid) and I knew her to be completely opposite of the way she is being portrayed, I would be coming to her defense wherever and whenever I could. Maybe their families have done this but if they have, I haven't seen anything they've written. I applaud Julie for coming to Jodi's defense. I do believe that she waited as long as she could and then just couldn't take it anymore. She's a wonderful sister and she and Jodi are lucky to have each other.

fvr4mvp said...

Love the recap. I dont watch the show anymore and your recaps are how I stay in tune with what is going on.

All I have to say is that Puppies eventually grow up. The dogs wont last.

What kind of breeder would give two puppies to these two? I agree that they should have at least considered rescue or shelter dogs but maybe that is just too much work for Kate's crew.

timetogokon said...

kyoot

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add that one to my list of faves that have been born on this site:

Konpound
wonky
Jane and Keight
Yawn and Hate

timetogokon said...

Keeley-

I love the name Keight also, but I can't take credit. The recap came from k8 is gr8's recap a few weeks ago =)

duggarfan said...

First time poster...
I live in this area and, while I don't wish to post things that are only here say, I will tell you that nothing good is ever said about Kate. Nothing. Jon gets some sympathy votes and some positive comments from the twins' school. Many say, away from the cameras and HER, he is really a decent guy and loves his kids a lot. But, editing does him no good. I graduated from college with his brother (who lives out of state) and not surprisingly, there isn't a family member who likes her-nor have they even from years ago. HE says THIS is her true side and that she had toned it wayyy down in prior seasons for some small sort of likability to gain fans for the show.

KatesNoMom said...

I think this woman needs an intervention for psychiatric help. SHE has to pick the dog, SHE has to hold the dog, SHE has to name the dogs...???? I just don't get it. Did this poor woman grow up as a child with not ONE OUNCE OF ATTENTION, so she has to make up for it now?! It's not ALL ABOUT YOU, Kate.

Will a child be traumatized for not picking out a pet's name? No, of course not. But why must this woman suck every ounce of excitement or happiness out of EVERY event??

I remember many years ago sitting around the patio table, talking about the new Golden Retriever my family would be picking up from the breeder. We went around the table, each giving an idea for a name. There were the usual "Spot" and "Sparky" and then we came to my brother, who, with a TOTALLY straight face, announced, "Angelo". Well, my little old Italian grandmother almost fell off her chair. She giggled so hard her entire body was shaking. LOL
Alas, we did not name him "Angelo", but to this day, I get tears in my eyes when I think of how tickled Granny was with the thought of a dog named "Angelo" - and what a fun, silly, family memory that was. Hey Kate - THAT'S an example of a MEMORY - not those prefabricated ones you always try to arrange. ::sigh::

SmartyQ said...

Great re-cap!

I join many others in questioning the breeder's ethics and wish there was some way to find out more about him and his business. A family friend was a breeder for many years, and I know he checked out the people and home situations of those interested in buying one of his dogs. No way one of his dogs—let alone two—would have been sent to the Konpound.

I have a sinking feeling the puppies are in a horrible environment.

ThreeFarmers said...

When I was a kid we had a cat with the most ridiculous name. My older sister got the cat before I was born. She couldn't decide on a name so she took the first letter of all the names she liked and arranged them into something vaguely pronounceable.

The cat's name was Schnapecarmel.

melodee said...

i'm hoping that the rumors are true and the go$$elins no longer have those puppies. she walked RIGHT by the puppy while it tinkled on the carpet. she turned around and went after that puppy, snatched it up, and right as she was about to rub it's nose in the mess, the camera cut away. and when she was feeding the pups their first meal in the new house, she grabbed the puppy behind the neck and very forcefully shoved it's face into the bowl. right as i was reaching for the rewind button and doing a double-take, she finished making the 2nd bowl, and grabbed the other puppy behind the neck and really shoved it's face into the bowl as well!!!!

URGH!!!

Its A Good Thing said...

When my family adopted our puppy from a shelter there was certain things we had to do. The sent out somebody to our home, (to make sure we had adequate space, fencing and such.), first we visited with the puppy at the rescue a few times, then we were allowed a trial weekend, we had to agree that if we ever had to give up the puppy to give it to the rescue and nobody else, there was an adoption fee, and they still call us (over a year later) monthly to see how the dog is doing. I don't understand why anybody would give J&K a dog, especially once you see how they treat their children.

Lori said...

I'm so proud of myself! This is the first week I actually did NOT watch the show. Even though I was growing progressively disgusted by it all, I kept watching until this week. You know...."curiosity killed the cat"! LOL! I will get my highlights from here from now on. :o)

Sadie said...

Barb and Jayme I agree with you 100%. I too am a fan of the Roloffs and the Duggars. What a difference between those two families and Jon and Kate. I mean it is absolutely glaring. I watch the Roloffs and then immediately change channels because the G's come on. The difference in the families has really been evident in the past couple of weeks. Last week Matt goes to Iraq and holds the hands of those adorable little kids going through surgery and the Duggars go on a mission to visit the poor and then you have Jon and Kate.

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On the other hand, last night's new Duggar show was about them being photographed by People magazine complete with a stylist and free clothes. Plus, the Duggar kids were jumping on a trampoline!

There's clearly a double standard for J&K and everyone else.

The only solution is laws to protect all minor children involved in realty television.

AmyC said...

Three Farmers said:When I was a kid we had a cat with the most ridiculous name. My older sister got the cat before I was born. She couldn't decide on a name so she took the first letter of all the names she liked and arranged them into something vaguely pronounceable.

The cat's name was Schnapecarmel




I love you Three farmers!!!! ROFL!!!

SAHM said...

I think I enjoy the comments on here just as much as the recaps now!

2badsosad said...

What I fear will happen as a result of the 'Puppies' episode is viewers will be quick to run to the nearest means possible and acquire a German Shepard puppy, for no other reason but, 'the puppies were so cute one the show and I just have to get one'.
IMO, J & K/TLC and the breeder should have taken the opportunity to inform and educate viewers of the following:
Although J & K made the choice to purchase a German Shepard puppy, the breed may not be the appropriate fit for your home/family/evironment.
Equally, the breeder should have utlized his air time in reminding viewers that one should NOT purchase a puppy on IMPULSE but really think about their reasons for wanting a dog and they are ready to fully commit to the obligations , responsibilities, and cost of being a dog owner.

Im sure the breeder that was featured on J & K + 8 would love nothing more than seeing his puppy sales increase as a result of his, and his dogs appearance on the show. Im sure there are viewers who will run out and get themselves a German Shepard puppy because they 'LOVE' the IDEA of owning a German Shepard PUPPY just like J & K. Until the novelty wears off , reality sets in, and the local shelters are bombarded with German Shepard 'drop offs' or they try to return the dog because 'they just dont want it anymore'.
IMO, For TLC to utilize 'Puppies' for an added cuteness factor on the show and 'product' placment for the breeder without any due regard for the potential of consequences that may result, was an extremely irresponsible decision on the part of all those involved!

ThreeFarmers said...

On the other hand, last night's new Duggar show was about them being photographed by People magazine complete with a stylist and free clothes. Plus, the Duggar kids were jumping on a trampoline!

There's clearly a double standard for J&K and everyone else.

The only solution is laws to protect all minor children involved in realty television.


Blanket statements are where we get into trouble. Although I like the Duggars more, I don't watch their show for the same reason I don't watch Jon and Kate. I don't think it is right for underage children's lives to be put on display. It's all exploitation. I believe there are many others here who feel the same way.

Maria said...

Cheryl B has left a new comment on the post "Puppies Recap":


At the end of the show they were eating dinner that the chef had prepared complete with fresh flowers on the table. The queen just had to nuke it and sling it on Gosselin China aka paper plates.
Wonder why Jon wasn't having dinner with his family.

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Someone else said that when they were at the table and the girl said "let's thank Mommy and Daddy for the puppies" that Kate said "Daddy's not here". They got home late that night. Kate said so. Yet Daddy isn't eating dinner with them and Kate says he isn't there. I am starting to believe the rumors that they really ARE separated. And if they are, I think that would make Kate even bitchier, if at all possible.

Lori said...

I'm so proud of myself! This is the first week that I didn't watch. I have so sickened and disgusted for a LONG time, but kept watching out of morbid curiosity. You know..."curiosity killed the cat"! LOL!

Thanks for the recaps. I will continue to come here for recaps. I will say it was a "freeing" experience not watching this week. ~grin~

Maria said...

The cat's name was Schnapecarmel

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That is an EXCELLENT name for a cat! And you know that no other cat in the WORLD had that name! Love it!

AuntSue said...

You're right about the exploitation of underage children and the rules should apply to all the shows. I don't agree with everything the Duggars do, nor the Roloffs for that matter. I felt squeamish about the People shoot last night with the Duggars -- it began to smack of J & K and freebies. The kids all kept commenting on how they never buy new clothes, etc., and seemed very grateful for the new clothes BUT that doesn't make it right. I'm kind of surprised that the Duggars have let the filming go on as long as it has. The Roloff kids act up and run wildly throughout the house (sometimes in one door and out the other)and I have honestly wondered if the "fame" is getting to them. Amy gets disgusted with Matt and lets him know it, but that said, there's a different atmosphere from that of Jon & Kate's projected in both of these homes. For all I know, OFF camera they could act exactly like Jon and Kate act ON camera, but I sincerely doubt it. Amy and Michelle are very much both in mother-mode -- something Kate lacks. I have watched both shows (and Jon & Kate before I quit watching) from their first airings and I was blessed with a very vivid imagination, but in no way can I even picture Amy or Michelle speaking to their husbands, sons and daughters like Kate speaks to Jon, her little girls and boys, and apparently anyone else she comes in contact with. From all appearances, the Duggars and the Roloffs appear to treasure and appreciate what they have (their marriage, children, parents and other family members)and I really can't say the same about Jon & Kate. I would like nothing better than to give Jon & Kate the benefit of the doubt and learn that they are truly wonderful people. I guess what it comes down to is that all three families are exploiting their children; Jon and Kate are just going about it in a nastier way.

ddee said...

I usually dont write in on these things but I spent all morning looking for a site to discuss this issue with the puppies. I was horrified by Kate's comments and attitude and treatment of those poor things. I am an animal lover and it was distressing to here her go on and on. There are so many good pups to be had in shelters that they did not need to go to a "PUPPY MILL" I am sorry but I truly believe that is what that was. Those dogs never saw inside or a warm house. I do not believe they will let those dogs run thru and enjoy there "new" house as a dog truly should. They really have no business with those dogs. I wonder how many weeks it will be before we no longer "see" them. To hear her tell those kids
"the dogs are going back, Jeff said he will take them" THAT IS CRUEL! and then they would be thrown back in a pen and bred themselves. Are they going to have them "fixed" as any good pet owner should?
Is there a site that I can email the producers or show directly, I couldnt find anything and I really want them to "hear" my opinion.
ddee

Addison said...

I love it that Kon couldn't even explain the loigic behind getting two puppies.

Kate: "And eventually, one puppy became two puppies. I don't know how that happened. Jon, how did that happen?"

Jon: .....................

I'm sure it was just so they could have even more to complain about...

CdnMom said...

Do you ever wonder how they speak to each other when the cameras are off, and what they might be saying to those poor children. Hate to think about it.

Lisa said...

this is really funny!!
but did anyone notice towards the end of the episode, when madys bent down petting one of the dogs, in the upper left hand corner theres a blonde lady. does anyone know who that is?

mom_of_2 said...

People have jokingly mentioned that there will be a cross over show where Cesar Milan comes and helps with the new puppies.
I'd rather TLC do a show combining the Gosselins and Duggars on "What Not To Wear!"

timetogokon said...

What I fear will happen as a result of the 'Puppies' episode is viewers will be quick to run to the nearest means possible and acquire a German Shepard puppy, for no other reason but, 'the puppies were so cute one the show and I just have to get one'.

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It's been well documented that this very scenario is what happened when 101 Dalmations was released a while back. There was a sudden increase in demand for Dalmatian pups, but many ended up in shelters after the owners realized that Dalmatians were quite "feisty" dogs.

sandy said...

My 10 year old who always wants to watch the show, is even done with it. Her comment "whats the point anymore"

twins241 said...

Excellent recap. Katie Irene showed more love to those pups than she does the tups.
And no I do not think they bought those dogs. Another freebie IMO. I wish someone would give her free makeup and hair lessons.

kelly said...

we let our 2 year old name his baby brother. we picked 3 names that we liked, and put them in a hat and let him pick one out.
he will always have that as they grow up. if we have any more kids, we'll let our little guy name him/her and so on.
and this is our child! why didnt these two do something similar? pick some acceptable names and let them vote / or pick out of a hat. but like others are saying - these are temporary dogs, why bother being decent to your kids??

Moi said...

The most disturbing thing to me was when the dog peed on the floor, Kate went to grab it and rub it's nose in it. That's the way the edit looked to me anyway.

Deb said...

Kate wanted a little, tiny, yippy dog with a matching haircut, but it would inevitably get broken like all the kids' toys,

Priceless! Great recap!

I had to laugh at her style nowadays... it wasn't that long when she was wearing generic button up blouses with tan pants, now she shows up at a dog run looking like she's there for the Oscars.

Can someone please deflate this ego?

RealMom said...

TimetogoKon: Listen to this. A few years back someone was giving away a daschund (weiner dog) in the local paper. We called and went to look at it. The woman explained it was her young son's (about 10 yrs. old) dog but she wanted to get a new dog so she waited until the kid went away to the shore to unload the dog!!! Can you imagine? I asked what she would do when the son returned from vac and she told me she would tell him the dog ran away. Apparently, they got the dog because of watching Toy Story 2 and there was a similar dog in it. I don't know who I felt worse for, the kid or the dog. (To think she would give a beloved pet to total strangers.)

mom_of_2 said...

Real Mom said...
TimetogoKon: Listen to this. A few years back someone was giving away a daschund (weiner dog) in the local paper. We called and went to look at it. The woman explained it was her young son's (about 10 yrs. old) dog but she wanted to get a new dog so she waited until the kid went away to the shore to unload the dog!!! Can you imagine?
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That is such a horrible story! That really hit home...When I was little I had a cute little brown chihuahua. I loved that dog. While I was at school, my mom gave away my dog to my Aunt who lives in another state! I'll never forget that! 23 years later and it still bothers me! I sure hope they keep the dogs for the kids sake!

twocents said...

I'm not sure if this has already been speculated, but Kate might have excluded her children from naming the puppies because there was a good possibility that they wouldn't be keeping them. Perhaps she didn't want them to get too attached to them. This might also be why she didn't let the kids pick out which puppies they wanted to take home.

LKG said...

In 12 to 15 years when one of the twins writes a tell-all book exposing Kon, that will be a Gosselin book that I might actually buy.

timetogokon said...

RealMom and momof2:

Yes, very sad indeed that these types of things happen.


Jane and Keight never seem to care about the possible repercussions resulting from them always acting on impulse.

AJ17 said...

I don't know if someone posted this but i just looked up German Shepherd Forums and found this thread about KON getting the dogs.

http://shepherdcentral.com/viewtopic.php?t=12369

Hambone said...

I just can't help but feel like this whole puppy thing was a direct result of all the publicity the Obama's have been getting about their decision to give their girls a puppy. The media took that and ran with it for weeks, and it made the family ( Obamas ) seem so...real.

Jon and Kate said themselves that they don't know how all this puppy stuff came about so quickly. I can just picture them sitting in a production meeting with the producers, trying to come up with show ideas, and someone points out the huge media coverage of the Obama's doggy plans and how receptive the country was to that. Well, if one puppy is getting the Obamas so much attention, then two puppies will knock it out of the ballpark for the G's.

The only difference is the Obamas spent literally months researching and making certain they choose the right breed. Kon did it in, what? 3 minutes?

I suppose now all the media outlets and talk shows will have Kate on as an expert puppy owner, and giving advice to the Obamas about what to expect and how to raise pups on a budget, and even making organic doggie chow. Her fourth book can be about raising and training puppies, complete with pictures of the kids holding them.

emma said...

Three Farmers, I loved your entry!! "How can 8 kids be capable of voting to continue with the show but are incapable of naming two puppies." It was great! I loved the part where Hannah's head hurts because of the lights and the four pounds of hair on her head! Oh my goodness, I'm glad to have found this website. It's such a relief to know that there are a lot of people out there who are just as sick of these "KON artists" as I am! Excellent website, great recaps and even better blogs!

Lew said...

I think ANYONE who has a zillion kids these days is nuts to begin with but... contrast this puppy episode to the one where the Duggars adopted a dog. As I recall the kids did research into the care and training of dogs and when they were ready they went to their local shelter and actually adopted(not bought) a pup that needed a home. I'm not sure that they aren't exploiting kids for their own religious agenda but they seem to love and respect one another unlike J&K

Narcissism Please said...

i agree with previous a few previous posts ... i was led to this blog, blindly through a friend and local talk radio-show host [they really only bring up Kon on the tail of octo-mom..]

he sent me this link after i'd professed that jon and kate plus 8 can always make my day better.
that was in my naivete.

this episode was surely my kick in the you-know-wheres.
previous to my coming here and exploring, i actually admitted to my kon-loving partner in crime that "kate is getting too diva, even for me .."

i thought i was alone on this.
i thank you all for the verification that im not going shallow and that kate is, actually .. way too orange.

Mom of Nine said...

OMG This was the funniest thing I have read in a while, I have 7 of my 9 kids at home and three 8 year olds, two 6 year olds and a 3 year old, as well as two boxer puppies and a 6 year old golden retreiver. I love my life, kids chaos, puppies, I have no problem with keeping my house, garden and the rest poop and pee free. The kids to the playing with the dogs, and I take full responsibility for the rest. These people are a sad example for parents. I adopted 6 of my 9 and believe me, the stuff we went through to have them, should be the same for these people. OMG OMG somebody stop this nonsense!!

anon1967 said...

Did anyone notice when she was talking about the kids taking care of the pups, she said all the girls names, and then she said, and the other kids, or the rest of them, like she can't even say the boys names.
And check out the clip on the TLC site, after the puppy clip, where they are playing "Jon & Kate", it's creepy and sad. They are playing the shows they've probably watched a million times on DVD, calling each other "Jon & Kate".

Soon2bWife said...

I love my son! said...
To bad they didn't name the girl dog Kon, 'cause then I could have sung my favorite 80's song "Shoka Kon"! (and yes I know it's Shaka Kon and not Shoka Kon but it's darn funny)
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Good one!
You all say the funniest things!!

I have not been watching, however my Mom called me screaming about how awful Hate was acting on the show and compeled me to turn it on. The brief moment I saw was unbearable, she has gotten worse. Please tell what's with the heels to go to the kennel? I spend a majority of my life in heels (love them) but come on Hate you are reaching.

Great recap fostersmom!

Soon2bwife said...

About the whole namegate so what if it is something silly its for the kids. When I got my first dog I got to name him. I picked Chachi because I loved Scott Baio from Happy Days. My nephew thought he was getting a boy dog so he picked Buddy as the name. Well my sis ended up buying a girl dog so they just changed the name to Buddi. It may seem silly to some people it made my nephew so happy to pick the name so who cares.

Melissa said...

Why do I have the feeling Mady is going to end up as the next "Octumom" having kids because she felt like she needed someone to love her.

Loved the recap! I quit watching the show months ago, but I actually watched this one. Seems like I didn't miss much, Kate is as nasty as ever.

sharon said...

I agree, what were they thinking bringing two innocent puppies into that insane asylum.. Princess kate training puppies,"I don't think so" I don't feel sorry for Mady. If she were my child and threw those fits she would not get what it she wants. Kon isn't teaching her a thing about how to behave. I love this site. I'm so glad that I'm not the only one who thinks kate is crazy.

MSM said...

People are paying attention to TV shows. I was just reading my local New York paper where authorities in Florida are probing possible child abuse allegations seen in a February 13th episode of "Supernanny". The dad was seen slapping his daughter. A child service agency wants to make sure the Davis family is receiving counseling. At least something good came from one reality TV show.

dcbeds said...

I am surprised tht Jon and Kate payed for the puppies. I'd expected them to be free like everything else. But I guess the only things they pay for are things which the money goes to cancer patients.With the whole naming thing I would let the kids agree on a (nice) name. Who names thier puppies after a security guard from their free vacation. Well great recap.

dcbeds said...

Kate must have no contact with her family. After Jodi gave the sextuplets gum, they sowed her once after that. Then they moved and now they don't have any friends except their camera crew and handymans.

4thekids said...

Why on EARTH would some put Kate the
Tanorexic in an orange shirt under interview lighting? LORDY BE! She looks terrible.

And is it true that the entire crew is new?!? How sad...those were the last "friends" the kids had (and how sad is that, by the way.)

cubby1128 said...

I don't have a comment on the puppy episode, it's just totally sad. But I was wondering if TLC is scripting Jon and Kate to act the way they do? Do you think they are worse when the camera's are not rolling or nicer? Just wondering if it's all for rating's. Two years ago she would have never dressed like that to go to a breeder's place. Do you think TLC told her to vamp it up a few notches to get a rise out of viewers.

jonandkatewho? said...

I found it sad to begin with that the crew were about the only constant people in the kids' lives. How pathetic is that, and what does it tell you?

Now that there are different crew members, I guess the kids will bond with them, a whole series of strangers just coming and going out of these poor kids' lives. I hope when they go to regular school that they are allowed to bond with other kids and have real friends. It's such a shame that they have no family members left to go to. I feel their parents probably really try hard to keep them away from Jodi and the grandparents, and really the kids are paying. I don't know why these parents are so stupid that they don't see all of this, and see all of the harm they are doing to those children.

I hope they get a moment of clarity someday. I don't know what it will take, but I hope for the kids' sakes that it happens.

I have to wonder if the money and fame could possibly be so blinding that they can't see what everybody who watches sees on television.

my9cats said...

4thekids said...
Why on EARTH would some put Kate the
Tanorexic in an orange shirt under interview lighting? LORDY BE! She looks terrible.

And is it true that the entire crew is new?!? How sad...those were the last "friends" the kids had (and how sad is that, by the way.)

That's not tanning lotion, Kate is regularly dipped in teflon!

Tangerine Tanya said...

I love my son.....Good one...Shaka Kon....

Lisa....I wonder also who the blonde woman was...I will view alot closer...There was also a blonde woman in the episode when the G family moved in the new house. She ducked when the camera panned her way...

MBach said...

Remember the cat hiding in the shed? Can that cat get out? Do they feed it regularly? What about half grown, untrained, huge German Shepard dogs finding that poor cat? I fear for the quality of life those dogs might have, but I fear most for the horrible death that trapped cat might face! If it doesn't starve or die of thurst, then it just might be torn to pieces by dogs that just do what untrained dogs do -chase, catch, and kill!
What about very small children? These dogs will grow much faster then those kids. How many "playing" dogs have also chased, caught, and scarred or killed small children. I still have a scar from a "wonderful" family pet. There is more to having a dog then just bringing it home. This breed usually shows great wisdom and intelligence, but dogs need guidance too. These people are not ready for the added responsiblity of also raising TWO dogs, especially of this potential size (60 to 100lb), that will not create a dangerous future situation.
I see disaster on the way.
If these dogs are dumped forever into kennels, which seems very likely, then that is a pretty sad life for the dogs too.
No good will come of this.
J&K+8 truely is like watching a train crash. Disaster on the tracks, but no way to stop it from happening!

ddee said...

MY EXACT THOUGHTS! I could have written this. When I saw the cat episode I thought the same thing, Who is fending for this poor cat, I am sure Kate figures it will make it on its own or "who cares, let it get mice or something" EEKS, this is becoming sickening to watch. My grandaughter is 4 1/2 and used to love the show, now she says I dont want to watch the mommy and daddy. TRUE, they are always on the couch bickering.
SOMEONE snap that woman back to reality! REAL REALITY!
ddee

felineix said...

Gosh, don't forget the part where she very clearly told the dog not to lick her fake tan right off her face, she isn't ready to fake affection yet!

Sheri said...

I think Kon should have just taken the twins to pick out the dog, and let Cara and Maddy pick out the names of each dog. The tups are still young so they didn't care as much about the puppies, but the twins were excited. It just would have been a great moment to make the girls feel special and included. I used to love picking out our puppies when I was younger, and picking names is half the fun!

missykj said...

About the cat in the out building! They are feeding the cat, because they were going out there to see if the cat had eaten the food they had left! Also The cat goes in the building, I'm sure they didn't lock the cat in there, it comes and goes as it pleases! That cat is ferrel so there is not much you can do but call animal control and have them take it away, but they will just put the cat down!

Monica said...

If the puppies get returned, will the kids get Christmas presents?

L said...

I think it's a sad example of instant gratification and totally overdoing it. They can't start with one child or one kitten, lets get two big dogs and as many kids at once. I really liked the program at it's start but it makes me physically uncomfortable to watch her treat her husband like he's an idiot. I actually give him credit for trying to stick it out sometimes. I'm sure it's in his best situation to stay but I can't imagine being treated that way every day. Too many kids, too many pets already and all she talks about is being overwhelmed. If they are so into charity and giving, the first stop would be a shelter. But of course adoption wasn't an option when trying to conceive so heaven forbid they take in a needy animal. I just keep wondering how these kids are going to be as teenagers...then adults...I just pray it doesn't end up how I think it will.

fadingnebula said...

I think what we've not discussed yet re: the puppies is that they didn't get them from a shelter because shelters do home checks, and no self-respecting shelter would have let them take home a dog.

realitybites said...

"When I saw the cat episode I thought the same thing, Who is fending for this poor cat, I am sure Kate figures it will make it on its own or "who cares, let it get mice or something" EEKS, this is becoming sickening to watch."

IMO, More than likely the cat in reference is a 'barn cat'and has lived outdoors and on the property its entire life and does for the most part, by instinct 'fends' for itself by eating mice.

Lori said...

Fostermom,
I love you for the "Cousin Oliver" quip. (I can't stop laughing.) Just like every other long-running show, Jon and Kate Plus 8 has definitely "jumped the shark." (New house, new puppies, etc.) A new baby seems inevitable, since the six "Bobby and Cindys" are growing up and starting to lose that Nielsen family cute factor.

Jessica and Greg said...

I used to love Jon & Kate, but lately I am unimpressed with Kate and her attitude. I still watch the show, but now it is to see what she will do next. She was particularly rude and mean in this episode. The topper for me was when the kids said thank you and she said "you're not welcome!" How can you say that to your children?

Maria said...

Jessica and Greg has left a new comment on the post "Puppies Recap":

I used to love Jon & Kate, but lately I am unimpressed with Kate and her attitude. I still watch the show, but now it is to see what she will do next. She was particularly rude and mean in this episode. The topper for me was when the kids said thank you and she said "you're not welcome!" How can you say that to your children?
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I think she said it because she truly did NOT want the dogs. I think probably Jon and TLC wanted the dogs and convinced Kate to go along. But if you truly WANT to give something to your kids, then of course you would say "YOU'RE WELCOME!" when they say thank you. Her response was very telling.

NJMama said...

I loved the Cousin Oliver comment! Kate looks a bit like little Oliver-except he wasn't into Botox and designer labels.
I also loved the mommy's mean chant from the kids.
I'm surprised that she didn't tell the kids that HER house was their only Christmas present.
I feel bad for those poor dogs. They're just 2 more things for those 2 to complain about & ruin.

James B. said...

After watching this episode, it just doesn't make sense why J&K would get dogs. In fact, a lot of things on this show don't make any sense anymore, like Kate being crazy about coupons, but living in a million dollar house. I was always worried that the show would degrade into some type of money making scheme, and I just feel sorry for the kids and dogs; and bit for for Jon too.

Raising dogs should involve the entire family, but Kate just doesn't want to put in any effort. It does sound like Jon is putting some effort in, but Kate's whole attitude is just bad.

When the producers said that J&K were getting puppies (Or at least I assume it was the producers, since Kate doesn't know how they got the puppies in the first place..) Kate wanted to control as much as she could; which is why the kids didn't get to choose names..

Theda said...

I am so glad I found this blog! very well done.

As far as this particular episode(I have only been able to stomach the show twice-the Toys R' Us incident did it for me) I must say that the recaps have made me rage, big time.

I have volunteered at shelters, and am an avid dog lover. I have this sick feeling in the pit of my stomach that once the novelty of the cute, German Shepherd puppies goes away(i.e. when they get bored and start to destroy the yard, or the house, because I know these two will not put in the effort to properly train or socialize the dogs) they'll get tossed to the Humane Society, given away to the first person who is willing to shell out big money for the "Gosslings dogs", or tied-up in the backyard and forgotten.

Ugh, I now weep for the children and those poor dogs.

trish said...

Hey my dogs are named buddy and hannah I would not of had it any other way. whats so wrong with those names. part of getting a family pet is naming it together as a family. Oh but kate wouldn't know that because she has never owned a dog. I personally think worng breed for that family. I thnk they got that breed to be more of wtachdogs than family pets.

Sarah H said...

Did anyone else notice that at the end of the episode, while K8 was "cooking dinner" and Mady was coaching everyone with "Thank you Mommy" comments, Hannah was sitting at the head of the table NOT in a highchair. All of the other tups were in their highchairs, except Hannah...

Wynema said...

Sarah H,

I read your blog about Hannah not sitting in a high chair and the other tups were. Gotta check that out...Very good observation....

Maria said...

This is unbelievable. The girls get their hair cut, but Hannah gets to keep hers long.

The girls' coats all match, except for Hannah.

Alexis and Leah are still in the high chair but NOT Hannah.

Hannah gets her OWN room.

How can it not be obvious to at least Jon that Kate is playing favorites?

nosheeple said...

I am sure that TLC offered to pay the breeder for the dogs and that they made a whole show about how that money will go to cancer. I am sure they are donating it, but once again, it is the show's money and not KON's going to it.

MirandaB2008 said...

for Luey:
regarding having Cesar Milan on one episode. I watch his show regularly and I don't think 'his episode' would even make it onto the Air. He would immediately tell them that they have NO business with 1 dog, much less 2 of them, especially with a Breed like the German Shepherd which has a Strong personality. They need Alpha Owners and neither of them are that. Jon could maybe ' learn' but I don't think Kate could put her mirror down to listen to what Cesar had to tell her......... she would think he was Wrong anyway! as is anyone with an opinion that might differ from her own.

Jonathan Adler said...

When I watched this I thought to myself, " The woman can't even stand crap under her washing machine, how can she be able to take care of one, EVEN TWO DOGS!"

I think this is horrible, I wish to be a future veterinarian, get truely pissed off people people get animals and they dont deserve them.

You have 8 kids, you dont need 2 more.

mb said...

I have watched this show since the very first episode. This has been one of my favorite shows for a long time because I love children and I think that their children are just darling and very entertaining. My son is 7 and absolutely loves the show as well.

With all that said, I am totally disappointed in the last few episodes. I can understand how the fame and 'status' could go to your head and how her image might change over time, but I am completely frustrated with the uncaring, unloving attitude Kate has developed.

While watching this episode my heart just ached for Mady as she went on and on about wanting a dog that would only love her. Yes that was a selfish remark, but it was a remark stemming from her need to be loved. I can't help but worry about that child.

Kate's dislike for the dogs was rather funny and I didn't take any offense to her not liking them - I think it's just for show because she has to keep up with her 'neat freak/OCD reputation (she couldn't have people thinking she actually liked the dirty little animals). What did bother me, however, was the way she said "you're not welcome" when the children thanked her for the puppies.

How could any mother make a remark like that to her children? How can she teach them to be that way? I felt so horrible for Mady when Kate said that to her and then bless her soul she had the kids say thank you anyway.

I read Multiple Blessings and loved the book, but her Christian-like attitude in the book couldn't be any more different than her behavior on the show. She has been given the gift of 8 children - something that most women will never experience. She should treasure and value each one of them and it makes me absolutely sick to watch her belittle them.

I can't even allow my son to watch the show anymore because I'm afraid of the things she might say/do that I don't want him to see.

It's not TLC's fault at all, though. If they really are making her act a certain way, she should put her foot down immediately and tell them she will not treat her children that way. Though I don't think they are asking her to.

My newest favorite show has been the Duggars (17 Kids and Counting) - it's so refreshing to see parents who unconditionally love their children.

Mommy in PA said...

When Mady was saying that she wants a dog that only likes her, that was clearly a cry for attention and love that she isn't getting from her own parents. She is always being put down and ignored by Kate. Is it really any wonder that Mady wants the dog to love her? Wake up Jon and Kate! Mady isn't looking for attention just to be an annoying brat - she wants attention because she is an ignored child who needs someone to love her.
I remember awhile ago when Mady was attached to Jodi's baby (can't remember his name) more so than her own younger siblings, and he loved spending time with Mady when they were at Jodi's house. Now that Jodi has been cut out, Mady no longer has her friendly playmate.
Mady just needs someone, anyone, to give her some affection.

TN_Mamato4 said...

So, we obviously can't get child protective services to do anything, but how about PETA?... =)

We just recently got a puppy in our family too. YELLING and SCREAMING when dog has an accident is NOT effective training.

Notice the camera fades out as she's taking the dog over to its pee?.. I was thinking she's probably the sick kind that rubs their nose in it.

Why oh WHY would anyone sell that woman animals? She can't treat her kids or husband with respect, and now those poor puppies have to suffer too! My heart broke for those dogs!!!!=(

renee said...

"extra orangey Kate"

Thank you! What was with her face??

Orange face and a white neck..eew!

Disappointed said...

I used to be a fan of this show, and now I just can't get over how horrible cackling Kate is. There are so many things that are just wrong in this episode:

1. She groaned and complained incessantly about getting dogs yet insisted that on naming and choosing them - completely leaving the kids out of the process.

2. I can't believe she threatens Cara and Maddy to get them to take care of the puppies. Call me crazy but I don't think it's right to tell children that you will kick out their beloved pets if they don't do your bidding. Great parenting example - get your kids to do what you want by threatening living creatures.

3. I'm just shocked that naming a dog after some random security guy that she'll never see again was more important to Kate than taking the time to include her children in the process of naming new family members. I thought the dogs were the CHILDREN's Christmas present. If she weren't so obsessed with her own wants, she would realize that there is a value in having the kids decide the names of the dogs. If they had given the kids a list of names and had them vote, they may have learned a lesson in cooperation and compromise. They are siblings and should be able learn to do this lesson in a more civilized manner than just constantly hitting eachother.

Sigh. I could go on and on about this episode. I think this one hit a nerve because I hate when people get dogs for the wrong reasons. They are living creatures that can be very damaged if they are not treated in a loving manner. Kate did nothing but threaten these dogs and yell at the twins in this episode. So, so sad.

Shell said...

IT has been posted on here
"The new TLC producers have taken what use to be a decent show to unbearable levels.... everything is staged and the family can't even fake it enough to feign interest"
and someone also posted when one of the boys wanted to name the dog Scott, (which I thought was so cute) that they hoped he was watching.
did I miss something. what happened to the producer Jen and Scott the camerman, are they not there anymore. Please say it is not so.

J & Melody said...

I believe that Jen is not the series producer anymore. It is now someone named Jeff Lanter. And I also believe that Scott is still on the show, but is now a "Music Composition". I dont think the kids see him anymore.... They loved him so much!