And They Call it Puppy Love
Season 3, episode 7
And they call it puppy love
Air date November 10, 1989
Writer(s) Rob Dames
Director Bill Foster
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And They Call it Puppy Love is episode seven of season three. It originally aired on November 10, 1989.

Opening Teaser

Danny asks Michelle to help him separate the laundry, by the darks and whites that most families separate their laundry by (neglecting to mention lights, as some families separate colored laundry by dark and light). Unfortunately, she doesn't understand.


While he is reading a newspaper and listening to music, and she comes in pulling along a dog toy and barking like one, Joey and Michelle are outside having a little rest on lawn chairs in the backyard when a golden retriever named Minnie shows up and steals Joey's sandwich while he's reading his newspaper, as Michelle watches with her mouth wide open. He accuses Michelle of eating it, but she says "The doggy ate it." That, of course, doesn't sit well with Joey. The girls want to keep Minnie, but Danny's not sure that he should allow that. He says that his kind of dog "is on a bun with mustard" (that being a hot dog), and with Minnie around, he doesn't want the family to be fooled by her look of innocence on the outside, as on the inside, is a "jungle beast" thinking: "Here's a nice clean house that I can totally destroy." But no one is thinking that, as so far, the house is intact, and nothing's been destroyed by Minnie as of yet. But the only thing that she does destroy is Michelle's block tower (see Goofs).

Jesse is not exactly thrilled when Minnie picks his bed, of all places, to give birth to a litter of puppies. 

Minnie's owner, Frank Flood, who is from Ohio, arrives to pick up Minnie after the guys call the number on Minnie's tag and tell Frank where Minnie is at. Frank, after arriving and retrieving Minnie, decides to give the family one of the puppies in return, and Danny allows the girls to accept the puppy from Frank. Michelle chooses the one who loves Jesse's bed.

Jesse loses his driver's license when it expires, and he says Danny's not driving him to the DMV to renew it because Danny "drives like an old lady". He decides to take his motorcycle with him, but Danny threatens to take away the keys to that if he doesn't get his license renewed ASAP. In any case, he ends up failing the driver's exam because he cheated on it the first time. So he has to retake the exam, and he is not sure of his chances of passing it this time.


  • The second of six episodes to use the extended theme song
  • The episode title is a line from the Paul Anka song "Puppy Love" (1960) (also a 1972 hit by Donny Osmond)
  • Comet's mother, Minnie, was played by a male dog
  • The same dog who played Comet also played Bud in the 1997 Disney film Air Bud approximately one year before his death


When Michelle is playing with her toys in her bedroom, she stacks her blocks up like a tower, and then Minnie runs in and knocks them over. You then hear Michelle say, "Hey, you better fix it!" In the very next shot, they are all back in place.

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