Caption Challenge: Hungry Hungry Puppy


Which is why I need to give you this test. (Typical girl, they say. Always with the tests.) It’s easy though. I promise. And fun. Did I mention that it was fun?

It’s kind of like a Rorschach test. Which is a test that psychologists use to gain insight into the inner psyches of their patients. However. I am not a doctor (yet). And so I have taken a bit of creative license with this test so that it better suits my current occupation (as an eater). I am going to show you a picture. This picture has food in it. You are going to tell me the first thing that comes to mind when you see the food. 


Easy, right?

But wait. There’s a catch. You see. You are here, reading this. Therefore. You like food. And so I already know what you will say. Mmmm, lapin au vin. Looks delicious!

But who wants to sit around reading fifty versions of the same response? Not I.

So instead. For the sake of this little experiment. You will not be you. You will be a King Charles Spaniel. Named Nyoki (pronounced gnocchi). Who likes naps, sunsets, and long walks on the beach.

Ready? Go.

Please leave your witty, sassy, sarcastic, whatever-it-is-you-think-will-win-my-love-and-affection caption as a comment on this post by 9AM PST on Monday, April 19th.  Enter as many captions as you want. I’ll select my favorite caption. The winner and I will be BFF for life. And you’ll also get a bean sampler. Which, I have to say, is pretty darn good too.

Top Caption Announced!

If I were a little league coach.  And you guys were my team.  I would sit you down.  Smile apologetically.  And give you a really clichéd and inspirational speech.  Something along the lines of, “In life.  It doesn’t matter whether you win or lose.  It’s how you play the game.”  Or, better yet, “What doesn’t kill us, makes us stronger.  So let’s all learn from our mistakes and try harder next time!”  Then I would pat you all on the back.  Take you all out for ice cream.  And everyone would go home with a plastic trophy in hand that would serve as a nice dust collector in the years to come.  Happy.

However.  In reality.  I would not be that kind of coach. (I’m more of a tough love kind of a gal.)  And this isn’t that kind of softball game.

 And so my pep talk goes something like this.  In life.  There are winners and there are losers. 

And runners up. 

There are also runners up (two, to be precise). 

For example.  In this case.  Toni Hammer is a winner.  Bob and Eric are runners up.

And the rest of you.  Well.  Thanks for playing.  And.  Um.  Better luck next time!

(In all seriousness, thanks everyone for your entries.  They were super fun to read and really hard to judge!)

Toni, Bob & Eric, step up to the podium to collect your goodies!  Please send an e-mail to justin at marxfoods dot com with your full name and mailing address!  Toni gets the bean sampler…Bob & Eric we’re sending you something tasty for your pantry.

Post your recipe or comment here:

109 Responses to “Caption Challenge: Hungry Hungry Puppy”

  1. 1
    Pam says:

    “It probably has onions in it, so I wouldn’t like it anyway!”

  2. 2
    deana says:

    Will they notice if I just have a teeny bite???

  3. 3
    christo says:

    geez, cant I just have some kibbles and bits!

  4. 4
    Brian says:

    “They’re going to torture me with this food? I’m going to eat their shoes!”

  5. 5
    Joan Nova says:

    Rabbitt? I hope they’re not planning gnocchi for dinner!

  6. 6
    Cool Lassi(e) says:

    Will I have that “Cup of Chow” when my Karma runs over my ‘dog’ma??

  7. 7
    Debbi says:

    “She takes a picture of everything SHE eats but I don’t see any of MY food photographed!”

  8. 8
    Debbi says:

    “When was the last time she garnished MY plate with a sprig of dill!”

  9. 9
    Lauren @ Healthy Delicious says:

    Is she really using *me* as a photography prop? This has gone too far!

  10. 10
    Jaye says:

    “The cunning hunter stalks the rabbit.”

  11. 11
    christo says:

    I am so bored with lapin au vin, coq au vin, you name it au vin –

  12. 12
    Bob says:

    “Should I tell them what I did to that lovely stew?”

    “Why isn’t this look getting me food? This look always gets me food!”

  13. 13
    Tom says:

    These people don’t know the difference between sleeping and stalking. They leave the room and the rabbit’s mine.

    Lions, cheetahs feh! The stalking crown is mine.

  14. 14
    Mehan says:

    That camera strap looks yummy, I want to chew on it.

  15. 15
    Michael says:

    I love that they trust me. Mistakes happen.

  16. 16
    TL MacDuff says:

    I hate the war between good behavior and bad. A guy has needs.

  17. 17
    Frema says:

    mmmm, that looks good. Do you think anyone is watching?

  18. 18
    Dawn says:

    The humans are eating again, might as well nap til walkies time.

  19. 19
    Sarah Galvin (All Our Fingers in the Pie) says:

    Do you think they left that for me? I think they did… Maybe I will just wait for a minute…

  20. 20
    Nicole, RD says:

    “Is that a…boooone sticking out?! I love bones!”

  21. 21
    Cynthia says:

    Is this a test? WHY must I suffer the indignity of being controlled by my stomach?!

  22. 22
    Ryan says:

    “I know that they would want me to have that…”

  23. 23
    Swathi says:

    “Looks good, but I guess tastes bad”.

  24. 24
    Kamalika says:

    My captions-
    1.”What’s that????”
    2.”To taste or not to Taste”
    3.”Looks tasty,but who knows how it will taste??”

    right now this much..let me think more….this is really a very interesting fun…

  25. 25
    coloradolady says:

    “And I thought I wanted a bite, no thanks…I see green stuff!”

  26. 26
    Pam says:

    “That definitely looks better than the dog food they have been giving me”

  27. 27
    Sophia says:

    “Selfish humans. They won’t even let me take a bite, yet they’re letting it get cold, spending hours trying to take a damn picture of it.”

  28. 28
    Lawre O'Leary says:

    OH, OH!! Look, food with a bone. MINE!! Time to practice my teleporting skills. and remember– “The Cat Did It”

  29. 29
    Summer says:

    Ha ha…Debbi really has me all giggly[besides hungry] here, dis one sure is garnished jus 4me!!!

  30. 30
    nazarina says:

    Nyoki growls, “Ggrrrrrrr!” touch that, I dare you just touch that food and I shall personally put YOU on a leash and take you to the pound!”

  31. 31
    Eric says:

    “Hey! Leggo my leg-o!”

    “Yo quiero conejo vino.”

    “It puts the bowl upon the floor. It does this whenever it’s told.”

    “It could have been mine. It should be mine! Give it to me!”

    “Puchuuuuu.” (and now we have moved into truly obscure references)

    “When she crossed over, she was just a bowl, but when she came back… she was full of rabbit. Look at her, Joanne. Isn’t… she… beautiful?”

    “If I’m going to do this, I’ll need an unlimited supply of Xena tapes and rabbit legs. They help me think.”

    “Nice shoes.”

  32. 32
    AshaLatha R K Prasad says:

    “It shouldn’t harm me to take a BITE….. Because I am the one who Bites & not HIM”

    “Oh! Fangs (thanks) a Lot!!! Now beware of ME!”

    “Why are my hunger ‘FANGS’ tested???”


  33. 33
    ken albala says:

    Poor Fluffy. I guess I’m next…

  34. 34
    Tamy ~ Always Eat On the Good China says:

    “I hope she doesn’t notice the seasoning I added after I stole that bite. It was a little bland.”

  35. 35
    theUngourmet says:

    The second she turns her back, that rabbit stew is MINE! Wait for it…Wait for it… 😛

  36. 36
    Cool Lassi(e) says:

    Two more –

    “Will I get a timeout if I devour that curry in a hurry??”

    “Bolt down the food N Bolt outta here”

  37. 37
    Rohini says:

    LOL.. This is fun. Here comes mine..

    1. Not again.. I have not recovered from your last experiment!

    2. Why don’t you start loving animals and … nice to me?

    3. Joanne: Dinner, Nyoki?
    Nyoki: My choices?
    Joanne: Yes and No

    Nyoki thinks: I better not ask next time..

    4. Don’t you again dare to serve me in the same plate in which Papi ate!!!

  38. 38
    jeffd says:

    Sorry in advance…..

    1. Now I wish I had not crapped on the rug!
    2. Now I wish I had not humped moms leg.
    3. I hope he remembered to deglaze the pan this time
    4. The heck with this food, how do I get that dastardly Dachshund Buddy fired?

    I no good at those spilled ink tests either.

  39. 39
    tigerfish says:

    “Don’t lure me with that tiny sleek bone *Nyoki turns eye to the left…staring at the rest of the real deal* …. we are all equal…but George Owell told me some animals are more equal than others…and so, I should have a PROPER share of this dish”

  40. 40
    Kerry says:

    Must wait to the master walks outside to pick up my poop to jump on the coffee table and take that meat to the middle of my bed!!

  41. 41
    christo says:

    No, I havent seen the cat – why?

  42. 42
    DAD COOKS says:


  43. 43
    Steven Blats says:

    I think I’d prefer the bean sampler.

  44. 44
    Ashley says:

    I hope the big people don’t notice my drool on their sofa UNTIL after they heap portion on top of my dinner bowl, which they know is the only way I’ll fathom eating any nasty dry dog food.

  45. 45
    Pam says:

    I’m on guard duty! BACK OFF, it’s mine!

  46. 46


  47. 47
    Athena says:

    I could be there and back in 5 seconds and she wouldn’t even know I had a bite.

  48. 48
    Paul Baumes says:

    ” And I have to wait for everyone to be seated?”

  49. 49
    Paul Baumes says:

    ” I think the Rosemary is a tad to earthy and it always gets lodged in my teeth”.

  50. 50
    dusty haverty says:

    Whatever happened to plain old kibbles and bits?!?

  51. 51
    Paul Baumes says:

    If that bowl is here in two more minutes, someone is going to be the Biggest Loser.

  52. 52
    Paul Baumes says:

    Is that what you call Wild and Free In-Range??

  53. 53
    Joanna Grammon says:

    Fricassee, I see, you see, I spy a bone. There’s got to be more meat in that dish, but that green thing sticking up makes me less hopeful I’ll get any of it…

    I saw that Glenn Close/Michael Douglas movie on TV last week.

  54. 54
    Morgan says:

    ahh i have a cavalier as well!! LOVE THEM!!

    here’s my quote

    “I’d lunge for that food, but this princess doesn’t lift a paw around here.”

  55. 55
    Morgan says:

    whoops, just realized Nyoki is a boy!

    let’s re-phrase

    “I’d lunge for that food, but this prince doesn’t lift a paw around here.”

  56. 56
    ruchikacooks says:

    Sigh! The luxury of being a dog is that no one will ever make a stew out of you, but you can still stuff yourself with some good old rabbit stew 🙂

  57. 57
    Pam says:

    “Darn it! I don’t care what they say I’m going to eat it anyway…..Have they left yet!”

  58. 58
    T. Chen says:

    “What am I, an animal? Where’s the fork?”

  59. 59
    Pam says:

    Oh sure, they get a fresh rosemary garnish. I get dry Kibbles and Bits.

  60. 60
    LK says:

    Is this a test? How long do I have to feign an interest?

  61. 61
    Marisa says:

    “No I don’t want your stupid human food”

  62. 62
    Preeti says:

    “Let me compliment her good cooking by NOT being a good dog”

  63. 63
    Preeti says:

    “Posing for this pic just can’t be it! She will notice my hungry puppy eyes soon”

  64. 64
    Preeti says:

    “Cmmon, I have never had my food garnished. Just this one time!”

  65. 65
    Barbara says:

    “Do I have time for a lick before she comes back?”

  66. 66
    Barbara Greiner says:


  67. 67
    Toni Hammer says:

    “I wonder if it’s gluten free.”

  68. 68
    Joan Parsons says:

    Sure looks good! I bet I can eat that before she gets back with her fork!

  69. 69
    RV says:

    1. This dish is out of my focus.. Sobs

    2. How many time should I say this ‘Stop eating such luscious dish in front of me. Don’t you know I am on South Beach Diet’

  70. 70
    Joyce S says:

    “Ah, ambrosia. Food of the gods, er, I mean, dogs!”

  71. 71
    Northa Turner says:


  72. 72
    Alisa says:

    Is that a bird leg? Petey?! Calm. Calm. If I am quiet maybe they will spare me.

  73. 73
    jerrica puckett says:

    Although the food looks good, I must admit, I’m glad that she made the IMPORTANT part of the picture clear.

  74. 74
    queen sixe funny bone says:

    If I only had a tongue like a lizard I wouldn’t even have to move from the couch to score dinner.

  75. 75
    jerrica puckett says:

    TAKE 47 : *Picture snaps*

    I’m a little tired of this, I’m ready for my walk. (And maybe a taste this time?)

  76. 76
    Paul says:

    I bet a bowl of Berger- Gruner Veltliner would be a nice crisp finish to this meal.

  77. 77
    Marcia says:

    “Looks tasty, but what’s with the tree?”

  78. 78
    kris says:

    Ok, I have a few…

    “I thought they brought Salem to the vet… but this was a much better idea!”

    “She will be mine… oh yes, she will be mine.”

    “I picked the wrong day to become a vegetarian!”

  79. 79
    Shannon says:

    You think that’ll be there when you turn around?

  80. 80
    Amy says:

    “Is my time-out over yet? I’m hungry.”

  81. 81
    Jeremy from We Took The Bait says:

    That looks like a wonderful meal to scarf down incredibly fast, get sick on, and vomit all over the laptop…. I think the warranty on it expired yesterday.

  82. 82
    katklaw777 says:

    “I’ll let the cat try it first, if she lives…my turn!”

  83. 83
    Ronna Farley says:

    “If I lick the bowl clean, do you think they’ll notice?”

    “I get it….this is a test!”

    “That’s got to be better than the stuff they give me to eat!”

    “If I don’t touch that bowl, what will you give me?”

    “To eat or not to eat!”

    “See, I have more self control than you do!”

    “Will you still love me after I lick that bowl clean?”

  84. 84
    Wendy says:

    Is that on my low carb diet?

  85. 85
    Mimi says:

    If I were a helicopter, I could just fly over to that yummy stew. Alas, I am only a dog and a lazy one at that. I guess I’ll just keep napping.

  86. 86
    Jessie says:

    *sigh* If only beans didn’t give my little tum tum such terrible gas …

  87. 87
    meena says:

    OK…enough already!! Could you please stop with the clicking away so that I can be done with that bowl and go back to doing what I do best…you guessed it right!!! I do need to get my beauty zzzz’s!!!

  88. 88
    Paula says:

    ” well, I wonder how long it would take me to make the jump to the table from the position I am in now”

  89. 89
    Barbara Greiner says:


  90. 90
    Ally @ Sweet & Savory says:

    “I bet if I casually walk on the coffee table no one will see me snag a bite”

  91. 91
    Stella says:

    Those Humans! I get dried, low quality dog food and they get Lapin Au Vin…

  92. 92
    Rettabug says:

    “And they think MY food looks like a dog’s breakfast???”

  93. 93
    LCOM says:

    ” Can I, dare I? Or I better not?”

  94. 94
    Holly says:

    I am going for it! I am already in trouble for napping on the couch….

  95. 95
    tigerfish says:

    “Hurry people! I have waited a week or more for you to make a caption out of me. And I really do NOT enjoy this. The aroma is killing me yet I can’t get to eat at this instant. I’m keeping my eyes wide open to “protect” my reward”. You get the beans, I get the dish. Deal.”

  96. 96
    Tracy F. says:

    One little lick…they will never know!!

  97. 97
    Reeni says:

    “You promised cheeseburger! All deals off. I can pee in boyfriends shoe again.”

  98. 98
    Sharon C. says:

    Food! Food! Food! Nap! Food! Food! Food! Nap!

  99. 99
    Paul says:

    “Dear God, thank-you for the treats we are about to eat”.

  100. 100
    Cool Lassi(e) says:

    Congrats to the winner and the runners up!

  101. 101
    Eric says:

    Awesome, thanks! Great contest. 🙂

  102. 102
    Pam says:

    Congrats to the winners!

  103. 103
    TL MacDuff says:

    Hey Guys! That was fun.

  104. 104
    theUngourmet says:

    Congrats to the winners! This was fun! 🙂

  105. 105
    Toni Hammer says:

    Awww! Thanks!

  106. 106
    Barbara Greiner says:

    The winner makes no sense what-so-ever. Please remove my name from your list.

  107. 107
    cindy hartz says:

    “ok,no worries.. I just need to take my beeno first.”

  108. 108
    cindy hartz says:

    “ok,no worries.. I just need to take my beeno first.”

    no I haven’t said it..and if this is just a way to get my email..then that’s not nice

  109. 109
    Jessica says:

    “Did they say don’t eat this or eat this?…. I’m thinking they want me to have it!”