Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Baby Mango, Award, and Where I Sleep

Momma finally went through some of my old not on the pooter pictures to find some actual baby pictures of my small but still handsome self. Here is an early family portrait of me with Beautiful Raja, Grandpa Angus, and Momma.

Note that even as a pup I had the keen and intelligent expression signifying my most large and deep thinking brain (which has often been likened to a bag of rocks - that's a good thing, right?).

This is my most favorite portrait of my young self. Damn, I'm good looking!

I got this really nice award on Travis' bloggy. It is extra special because the winners were voted for by my friends! My award was for the "funniest blog." I am not sure what to make of that since, to quote the late, great Roger Caras, "mastiffs are never silly." I am merely a reporter of facts. I guess since that Pee-Wee came along there has been some silliness on my bloggy.

Thanks to all my friends! The Mango is quite proud of his award!

My friend, Honey, tagged me to show you where I sleep.

When I was a little baby, I always wanted to be as close to Beautiful Raja as possible.

She was not always appreciative of my affections as you can tell by her ears being back, but she warmed up to me. How could she not? Me being so cute and everything.

I am not sure if Beautiful Raja is sleeping here or just ignoring me.

Eventually, she would let me snooze with her. There are pictures someplace of actual cuddling, but usually I waited until she was in a deep meditation and then snuck into bed with her.

Raja also taught me how to sun bake and when it was time to move into a shady spot (without her I sometimes bake for too long and Momma has to jostle me out of my stupor lest I become heat stoked).

As a grown-up doggie, I used to sleep primarily in the living room on my large and comfy bed in front of the fireplace.

It was very relaxing.

But for some reason, ever since the Master added the living room addition, there is NO ROOM for my bed! Thus I am forced to sleep in the middle of the room if I want to relax with my family.

The Pee-Wee hardly ever really sleeps, but he does have couch privileges which I do not consider fair at all so sometimes when he is reclining on the couch, I position my large and not to be stepped on self strategically so that he is at least trapped in one place.

I also guard the couch when momma is washing the labrastink out of the blankets lest the little midget put his dirty self on the nice clean cushions.

When Dexter was a baby, he was confused about the proper method of sleeping.

To be precise, he didn't really get the whole pillow thing for some time.

I was also in charge of guarding his midget self from birds that pray in the back yard, so I had to let him almost "gasp" snuggle me when I was doing my baking slumber (he kind of looks like a little turd... and I mean that in the nicest way).

Fortunately, he is now big enough and smart enough not to encroach on Mango space and so my sun baked meditations are undisturbed.

If Momma is outside with me on my Observation Deck, I like to wedge my large and not made for small spaces self as close to her as possible. This way, I can enjoy a deep meditation, but will be instantly alerted if she should decide to relocate.

When Pee-Wee is feeling tired, but doesn't want to miss any action, he plops himself down wherever he is and sleeps with his eyes open.

If Momma is working on the pooter, we both relax in the dog cave (well, I relax and Dexter pretends to relax, but he is just waiting for action).

Once Momma and Master go to bed for the night, we are officially off duty and Dexter does finally actually sleep and close his little eyes. He even snorts and howls (and frequently falls off the couch).

And I go to my favorite spot which is my Mammoth Dog Bed located in my Mango Dog Cave (which from the looks of the walls is in need of an extreme makeover).

Gosh! Just writing all those words is making me feel kind of like a meditation is coming on...

Mango Man! Oh yeah!


Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

What a nice post!

I'd go fur a nap but it is walkie time furst!

Woo surely were and ARE a khute as a button khanine!

PeeEssWoo: How's Hekhtor's rekhovery khoming along?

Peanut said...

What interesting places to sleep. You have it made with all of them.

Abby said...

Hi, Mango...

You were sooo cute when you were little (well, sort of little)...You are just amazingly handsome now...

Congrats on the Award...

Enjoy your nap...

Abby xxxooo

Aniemother said...

We're in awe of your cute puppy self! Give your mom a kiss for digging out old pix!


Lady Kaos said...

It's hard to believe you were that small! You were cute back then and still are! Dexter is pretty handsome, too.

Randi said...


That was the bestest post ever..almost as good as Hector gettin his bits cut off...that should be put up for POST OF THE MONTH!

GUESS WHAT? I was at the specialist vetty today & saw a 200lb brindle Mastiff named ...get ready for his...GOLIATH!!!!!!!!!!

My momma wanted to snuggle & give him kisses, but she thought she better act civilized & remain with the human talk...not enoramored doggie babble which she is accostomed to do once she sees a doggie she loves...She told them about you! & they LOVED your name!

Check your email in the next few days, OK! I need to ask you a question!

Love & Licks,

ps..Dexter was such a cutie butted little fur baby...& YOU ...oh my..what a handsome youngin!

Dozer and Coop said...

Mum fell asleep reading your post! She said to tell you that you were the cutest pup and she just wants to eat you up. Personally we think eating Mango the Largest Mastiff in the World would be wrong and we have no idea what kind of condiment Mum would serve with you.

Love, Dozer, Dottie and Cooper

dewdana said...

OMD What a cute puppy you were with your beautiful Raja!
I did notice some similarities with Moose + Dexter's swimming style back when you posted their video so I just looked again. Indeed this must be the proper labradog-in-kiddie pool behavior! I did note that pee-wee seemed to be chasing his tail in the pool which is just a little bit goofier than moose! The head dunking is something moose does too:
Moose + Dana

Gus said...

Yes Mango Man, you were one cute puppy, just as you are one handsome dude now!

gussie d

Anonymous said...

Hi Mango! It was fun to see pictures of you as a youngster! And I was kinda surprised at being nominated for funniest blog, too. Personally, I think we both should have been in the "handsomest blogger" category, but oh well. Congrats!

See ya!

wally said...

Woooo! The baby pictures of both of you are too cute, though I think full-sized Mango are the most handsome.

My ma ape says I make that Beautiful Raja face with the ears back. So maybe I could be Beautiful Wally.

wally t.

Lorenza said...

I love your puppy pictures Mango!
The sleepy ones are great too!
Kisses and hugs

Life With Dogs said...

Great power nap marathon!


Dannan and The Girl said...

Congrats on the award, Mango!

I think it is most unfair that your big doggy bed no longer fits in the room where the family gathers. I would think that's an essential piece of furniture!

Thanks for your wise words about the Relentlessly Huge puppy that The Girl is thinking about stealing. I am so used to being an only dog, the thought of a new doggy horning in on my Girlie is quite upsetting. But a large and distinguished fellow such as yourself would be a pretty pawsome choice, I think.


Dennis the Vizsla said...

So cute! "I love you, Beautiful Raja!"

The OP Pack said...

Hmmm, those are very nice puppy pics, but we are wondering now if the labradude is payback for your adventures with Raja???

Congrats on your award - you definitely deserved it

Tail wags, the OP Pack

Amber and Nala said...

Ahhhhh, baby Mango was adorable! And handsome. :) That is funny about Dexter going under the table....I slept under the couch as a puppy was like my own den undfer there. :)


ocmist said...

OH, MANGO... We all LOVED your baby pics!!! Your Raja was just gorgeous!! I'm not totally clear, but I gather she was your Mama? Whether she was or not, she looks like she was a wonderful role model for you!

You definitely deserved the award... especially when you write something like Wheelie-Wed. Tutoring! OC, BG & Dott

MJ's doghouse said...

hey were the second cutest baby everrrrrrrrrrr...I wish i knew you then....congrats on all your wonderful awards...i used to get awards...and have had one from you lately...but mom is too disorganized to do anything about them....but we reallly appreciate all of them...anyhow talk to you tomorrow you handsome baby turned manGO

Fiona, as typed by Dr. Liz said...

Wow! Cute to handsome - and So Many Cool Places To Sleep!!!! Mom and Dad let me sleep on the Big Dog Bed (where they sleep), but I am jealous of all of your Sun Baking spots! (And did I mention how Handsome you were, even as a pup?!?)

Martha Basset said...

Oh my goodness - our mum is now oohing and aahing all over the computer!
So you were cute!
These humans go gaga over puppies -we cant understand it!
Say thanks to Dexter for the dinosaur info - if he can just give us a clue what a Mango smells like that should do it!!!
Also it would help to see a Mango footprint and we can compare them to the basset and the dinosaur - get an idea of size!
We loved your pictures today!
Martha & Bailey xx

Huskee and Hershey said...

We love the pic of you and 'little turd' Dexter!! (Sorry Dexter...)..
Raja is a truly beautiful and majestic doggie.. no wonder you idolised her!

Tee said...

What a lovely historical post of pictures from old pictures to pictures now ... ! We enjoyed reading about your life very much.

Licks and Wags

Tuffy and the Dog WOods Pack

Maggie and Mitch said...

You totally deserve the funniest blog award, Mango! You are a hoot! A DexterTurd! hehehehe

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Penny, Poppy & Patches said...

It's hard to believe that you were ever that small, Mango! You were really cute them, and you're really a handsome boy, now!

Poppy, Penny & Patches

Noah the Airedale said...

Hey Mango
How old was grandpa Angus when he crossed the bridge?

Noah x

Noah the Airedale said...

Oh dear, we're sorry we didn't mean to worry you by asking that question. Noah is fine, actually he's been really good since he got over his pinched nerve episode last October. He is 8 years old but has always been a sloth unless he sees something he is keen on. These days he often acts like a teenager especially around Tess & Willow.
The pictures of Angus just remind me of Noah.

denise xx

Ludo van Doggy said...

Very sweet piccures of you and Dexter as pups Mango. You sure do sleep a lot, and Dexter not enough. I like all your beds though. I sleep on the people beds. Auntie Penny has stoled my old bed.
~lickies, Ludo

Mack said...

What beautiful relatives you have Mango!

And you are very lucky you get your own doggy bed. I don't get one cause I like to treat it like a stuffy.

The 'splorin' Wolfies said...

oh Mango what a good post! we adored your baby pics! there are two baby mastiffs down the street from us, one just like you, and one like Raja. we are not sure who she is but she is beautiful--we will have to go back in blog time a ways and research this. perhaps i should send you the pics of the sweet little mastiff brothers! and guess what! we have mammoth beds too! they are so comfy aren't they!!!

DCampy34 said...

What great puppy pics of you and dexter - mommy doesnt have puppy pics of me and sweetie because we are rescues - Mommy says i am defective so i was returned what ever that means - It is good you took care of your little brother when he was small thats what big brothers do!!

Woodrow, Sweetie & MJ

Asta said...

All those gweat places to welax and meditate awe kindof making me sneepy. congwatulations on that cool awawd..We awe laughing wif you, not at you.
smoochie kisses
pee ess you suwe wewe a gowgeous pup

Brind'Amour said...

Hi Mango!

Boy, were you sure cute in your teeny-tiny Mastiff self. You seem to possess the ability of making yourself comfy no matter where you are. I admire that.

Congrats on the award!!!


Owner of Storm and Jackal said...

You have such a beautiful brindle coat! Not that I'm partial to brindle for any reason . . . nope not me . . .

Nibbles Treats said...

We're sleepy just looking at you constantly meditating. You live a very mundane life, dude.

Tinkerbell, Oscar and Tucker

Molly and Taffy said...

Gosh Mango

Reading about sleep is quite exhausting. You certainly have napping off to a fine art.

Your puppy photo was gorgeous, thank you for showing it to us.

Molly and Taffy

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...

Oh Mango...I'm getting sleepy now myself...(Lacie stifles a yawn by delicately placin' her small paw by her sweet little TEETH.)

Hmm...have ya ever thought of bottlin' Labrastink??? It would probably sell...try Petey and Eric...they like that kinda weird stuff....

So did you outgrow Raja??? She looked ginormous...I don't think I knew she was a wonder you're so in touch with your feminine side...(Speakin' of which, Susan signed Bruvver up for BALLROOM DANCE LESSONS.) ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaa!!!

Mumsie's thinkin' of goin' and takin the camera for some bloggin' fun!

Gotta run...almost time for our nourishment in DINNER.

How is Hector...busy little week for him, huh? wink wink

Um...would Autumn mind if he and I went on a date?

Barkies...the beastie

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Oh Mango you were so cute.. You are one handsome big Man now...

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Kimberly said...

Mango and Dexter you are both such great looking doggers.... love all the pictures and Mango - you have a huge lip (flipped up in the sleepy picture.. too barkin' cute!)

Joe Stains said...

omdog dude you were quite cute when you were little. little for you, of course. Anyway, thanks for sharing all the sleeping spots and I take offense that you are not allowed on that couch. You have my permission to get up there anytime you want.

Lacy said...

w00fs, hmmm me sleeps on the couch and big bed...heehee but me guesses iffin u sleeped on the big bed woodnt b room fur anyone else..u both as handsome a dudes as u iz big doggies...heehee and me sleeps wiff eyes open sumtimes like Pee Wee..

b safe,

Honey the Great Dane said...

Oh, Mango - I love that picture of you in your Mammoth Dog Bed, in your Mango Dog Cave! :-)

And I know I've said this a million times but you were just SOOOOO cute as a puppy!!

Hey - I was sorry to hear about Raja's sickness - it must have been so difficult for your human. Tell her not to feel sad - I think she has done a great job raising you and you're lucky to have such a big estate to play in...if I did, maybe I wouldn't go out so much!

Honey the Great Dane

Honey the Great Dane

Scottie the 'cutie' said...

You sure looked cute in your puppy photos, Mango! But then, I guess it's expected, right? *wink* I can't help but laugh at Dexter sleeping with the pillow ON TOP of him! *grins*

Hope you have a great weekend!


Anita said...

Hi Mango! Your blog is great and we just can say that you and Dexter are adorable doggies! May I add your blog to our blogroll?
Rufus and Indie

aninhas said...

Nice photos Mango!!!
You are so lovely when you sleep ;)
you were a cute puppy :D
Kiko respond to the same challenge of Honey ;P

hugs and kisses from kikos world

Anonymous said...

Wee baby Mango! You were so adorable as a little tyke... I'm sure you were only about 100lbs back then.

xo :)