Thursday, June 4, 2009

Welcome Home and Training Practices

I have to apologize to my pals who have given me awards recently. I will post them soon, but Momma is being quite stubborn about helping me.

Now I think we can all agree that it is kind of sad when our people go to that work place, but I suppose it is required in order to finance kibbles and toys and whatnot, so I try not to complain too much.

But I know when it is getting close to time for Momma to arrive back on the estate and I always make sure that Master lets me on to the observation deck so that I can watch for the return of the mastiff mobile.

Holy crap! Did you see Pee-Wee's tonsils in that movie? He was being a VERY BAD DOG all jumping like that. Usually Momma just ignores him because he is not supposed to behave like some crazed jack in the box, but she was having difficulty managing the camera box and he kind of took her by surprise. I would never ever do such a thing. Imagine!

When Momma gets home, she and Master sit around comparing notes;

"What did you do today?"

"I worked on the barn. What did you do today?"

"Same old thing, went to work, came home."

"What did the dogs do today?"

"Oh, you know, went out, came in, napped."


Let's practice my mastiff moves already!!!

I am always very eager to sharpen my moves, but they are most difficult. As you can see, I am still working on contorting my large and inflexible self through the weave poles.

Hee hee! Did you see my slobbers? Just another benefit of being a mastiff. Those of you training peoples out there will notice that Momma was lagging on her queuing for the weave poles. That is because her brain slows to a crawl when doing more than one thing at a time. Sigh.

I also do what I like to call "barrel racing" which is when I run with great speed and dexterity around objects. I am a blur!

Pee-Wee gets quite agitated when I am working on my moves. He is locked up inside so that I can focus.

Then he has to solve his intellectual stimulations puzzle before he is allowed to join me for some team recalls and sit / stays.

Look at his dorky face. He needs more practice, I think.

After training time is over, Momma selects a toy for playtime. She keeps most of our toys locked up so that she can be in charge of playtime. Sheesh. What a Grinch.

The Squirt wastes a lot of energy all dashing about with whatever the toy of the day is. I am not bothered, let the little guy have his fun. He says he has to polish his retrieving skills.

Doesn't look like much fun to me. I mean, come on, it involves actual RUNNING!

When I have had enough of watching behave like a fool, I step in to let him know its time to simmer down.

We all know that everything on the estate belongs to the Mango!

Mango Man! Oh yeah!


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

Mom's going to the groomer...

She said we'll watch these later!


Asta said...


I bet youw Mom can hawdly wait to come home to such an enthoosiastic gweeting fwom the Mango and Pee WEE.
so Mango, if you think wunning is silly, how come you leawn weaving twicks and stuff, ow is that considewed something like sewing ow knitting?
I'm vewy confoosed
smoochie kisses

Owner of Storm and Jackal said...

Either Youtube is being annoying again or my computer is. Guess I'll have to try again later. Really, really want to see Dexter's tonsils. :D

Rufus, Indie (and Anita) said...

Hi Mango and Dexter! When mom arrives home we get a little bit too excited and Rufus jumps like Dexter! (hehe!)
You are getting really fast in those moves!
Indie (and Rufus)
P.S.: mom loved Dexter's ears in the video!!!

The OP Pack said...

Despite the fact that the videos kept stalling, usually right where Mom's hand was in somepup's mouth, we really enjoyed watching you weave and snd come and sit, and ,,,,, slobber.

Dexter greets Mom like TD does here, super excited. The older pups style is more like Mango, much more controlled:)

Tail wags, the OP Pack

Lady Kaos said...

That is quit the welcoming you give your Mom!
That red ball thingy looks like a totally cool toy!!

Martine said...

Love the videos... Mango you listen so well!!

xo sugar

Honey the Great Dane said...

Aww...that "dorky look" on Pee-Wee's face is priceless!!! :-) I also like that picture of you as a blur...that is such a rare occurence for us big dogs, it's a picture to treasure! :-)

You look like you had a good training session - I am just like you - I walk through 2 poles and then wander off - I just don't understand why I need to turn my big body and squeeze back through the next 2 sets! I actually think it's unfair - if you look at small dogs, they use the same poles and have so much more space to dive and turn between them - I'll bet if they measured the proportions and then actually built a set of weave poles that were scaled up to our size, we could also go through them really fast! :-)

Hy - that toy Pee-Wee's got looks so cool! Have you tried it, Mango? My human has heard about them and wanted to get one for me too...but then she wasn't sure if it would be a total waste of money paper since I am so stupid, I often can't even figure out simple things like what made that farting noise...I always whip my head around and stare at my own bum - whilst my humans are cracking up around me...

Gosh, I can see that I have missed quite a few some catching up to do!

Honey the Great Dane

the professionals said...

you both crack me up!

Gus said...

You guys are a hoot. Muzzer says she thinks she would turn around and RUN in the opposite direction if we greeted her with that much enthusiasm.

gussie d

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


Momma's home is soooooo sweet! Woo do look furry happy to have someone else to share PeeWee with!

Those weave poles are just too khlose fur RH khomfort!

And the slobber is such a turn on...was that bekhause of me and my Panty Loons?


MJ's doghouse said...

it just all looks like too much work for me....i will just sit on my floor and try and kill my new parrrot...he is a tough one...i should give him a name....anhhow keep up the good work mango...and be careful when you take those treats from mama

Lorenza said...

Hi, Mango!
My mom has the same dialogues with my grandparents everyday! Boring!
I give my mom a big welcoming that last 15 seconds and then I go away!
You do those pole waves at your own rhythm, right?
Kisses and hugs

Brind'Amour said...

Love those Mango Moves!!! My favorite agilities is the tunnel. Can you fit through there?????


Sam said...

Mango! My Marge just started on the weave poles, too, though she has an advantage because she's a bit smaller. But you look great and I enjoyed watching your video! I hope you at least think the poles are fun, even if they are a little bit small!

Sam and Marge

Anonymous said...

Hi Mango! Wow, what a nice welcoming committee! Dexter can jump really high! We'd both love to play with that red ball with the rope toy. We'd probably run around swinging it and then let it go and knock our mom right out!

See ya!
Joey and Zeke

Checkers said...

you two are a lotta dog to come home to - BOL -

Biggie-Z said...

Does that Pee Wee ever stop wiggling? We get tired just watching him.

Also, you have some very impressive slobbers. My Momma just goes "eeeewwwwwwww" when I so much as let one little string drip to the floor, or if I drool in my sleep. Like *she* never drools.

How does your Momma like her MacThing? My P-Daddy got one and he's had it for like 10 days and he's already turned into one of those annoying "macs rule" kind of people ... just like Momma.

xoxo Biggie

Dennis the Vizsla said...

What toys does a relentlessly huge dog play with? Any toys he wants to.

Stella said...

And a good time was had by all, right Mango?


Aniemother said...

Looks like FUN!


Abby said...

Hi, Mango...

Your agility training is coming along great...

The weave poles are a bit challenging for you...I think you need to super size them...

Abby xxxooo

Aki and Poopie said...

Hey there Mango!!

so glad to see that your mum is keeping up with your hectic schedule. Yes, I agree hoomans can be a little too slow for our pace, but that's what keeps them dependent on us.. *sigh*.. the trouble we dogs have to go through...

Your playtime looks so much fun.. but.. hiding all the toys? what is this? pre-school? come on! We hope your mum gives you the liberty to decide when you want to play, where and what. In return, she can also enjoy the privilege of cleaning up after you... believe me, she will absolutely love it! My hoomans are addicted. they are so happy I would hear them speak in very colorful languages.. BOL!

happy weekend!

drooly kisses,


Tee said...

Hello there Mango and Pee wee... what a great warm home coming you gave your mom ! We love the videos of yous and your moves!

licks and wags

tuffy and the Dog WOods Pack

Mack said...

Mango, I loved that first video where you said "Yay-Momma's home!"

Woodrow, Sweetie, MJ Campanella said...

great videos - we meet mommy at the truck too - but i guess ours is a bull terror mobile - mommys calls it woodmobile most of the time - silly pee wee - being bad and then running around all crazy he has to work on his meditation

woodrow - sweetie - mj

The 'splorin' Wolfies said...

oh Dexter--you are so bloody ADORABLE!!!! you are SUCH a labrador-aren't you? i don't blame you ONE BIT for jumping to see your momma--i mean lets get real--you don't stand much of a chance by the Relentlessly huge-huh? and we LOVED the video especially because Mango is so RELENTLESS he misses his turns--hehehe!! i bet you never miss your turns!

Heather and Pumpkin said...

Those are some pretty smooth moves Mango! My mommy uses a clickie thing when I learn new moves. Does your mommy have one of those as well?


Martha Basset said...

Hi Mango & Dexter
We know your mom must just love to come back home.
Only dogs know how to welcome a human into the home.
Our parents realised that when they were left without a dog.
Their coming home was always empty - you really need a dog to jump up and nearly push your over - to drool all over your good work clothes and get lots of dog hair on everything.
Well done guys we are proud of you and we do our best over here in the UK.
You are getting very good at your moves Mango - nimble even!!
Have a good weekend.
Love you lots
Martha & Bailey xxx

wally said...


While it sounds like your peoples (like mine) live live of great boredom I see that you work your hardest to provide them with entertainment and meaning in their lives.

wally t.

ps. It took my ma ape a minute to figure out the "You Thin Ice Room" (Forgive her, she is old and not so bright) but she's thinking about using "You--THIN ICE!" as a threat to Oscar Bean next time he is naughty. He did great with the staff but then got anxious when he was away from me--can you blame him?

Nibbles Treats said...

You lead such a ruff life Mango.

Tinkerbell, Oscar and Tucker

Life With Dogs said...

You know how to work it Mango, don't you? I happen to like that dorky face, but your run around the rock pile is my new favorite!

Lacy said...

w00fs, wow mango u getting a lot better at the weave poles..omd the slobber, thats way cool..when iz Pee Wee gonna do the weaves...anddd u guys greet ur pawents like me does..

b safe,

Anonymous said...

Mango, we love your "brothers" dorky face! It really made us giggle! Love the pictures.

The Krazy-Kool Kat Krew

Technodoll said...

We loves ya, Mango Man Oh Yeah!

Even PeeWee isn't too bad... he he.

Us big doggies gotta stick together and YES everything in our castle belongs to US!

That's just the way things roll.


Dakotah & Maika

Minnie-Moo (Rescue Lab) said...

Awww cute video! Dexter, have you been to the same school-of-jumping as me?

Mango - running is FUN! And us Labs can't help jumping a little, we love life :-)


Minnie-Moo (Rescue Lab) said...

Oh and we've just seen your new blog header - Muzzle says you remind her of someone Dexter. Can't think who ...


Agatha and Archie said...

a;sljhy84tjh8 oopps sorry we learned today was Dunkin Donuts day here in Massachewsitts so we have been stuffing them in our mouths and our mouth was full! We were giggling at Pee Wee's welcome..You of course were calm and cool and we knew you would be..and doing the weave? Like Cary Grant( if he did the weave that is..) Love A+A did ya get any donuts??

Noah the Airedale said...

We do the same thing Mango mate. We greet D every night with great enthusiasm. I especially cause I'm a mammas boy.
We didnt know you were training in agility. Well done to ya matie. Never tried it myself.


Moco said...

You should see Foley when the crazy old bat gets home. He jumps straight in the air. One of these days he is going to knock her over like one of those things with the round bottom that comes right back up.
You are getting ready for the summer agility shows. We are seeing multiple trophies at the estate.

Maggie and Mitch said...

We think you're doing a swell job with the weave poles, Mango!
We enjoyed your videos!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Marvin -The Hollow Hound said...

Mango Man, you certainly rock! And Weave, and Slobber, King of all you survey and slobber and eat, and eat,

ha ha!

You are a good boy I can see this from the wonderful videos.

lotsalicks, Marvin xxxxxxxx

Stella said...

Relentlessly Sweet Mango Boy!

Stanley & I are trying to catch up with all of the fab scoop from your blog, but let me just say that you are more than a little amazing with the weave poles. I'm only half your size (I'm just estimating here) and *I* have a hard time with them.

Your videos are hilAIREous! You do the good boy stuff very well, and Dexter reminds me of myself ~ a lot of gooberness and quite a lot of enthusiasm!

Your mama must be one special hooman to get so much enthusiastic love thrown right at her when she gets home! I bet she can't wait for the time each day when she gets to see your gorgeous mug.

Goobery love & kissies to you, Dexter, and your peeps,
Stella Bean Latifah

Lucia said...

Ciao enorme Mango and caro Dex!

I would love to visit you sometime just to get that fantastico welcome! Your momma must feel so treasured!

Eccellente job with the agility training, Mango. You weave with great dexte, strike that ...accuracy and skill!!!

Tanti baci!

Joe Stains said...

You look as close to being excited as I have ever seen when your Mom came home! Good job welcoming her back to your estate! I can't believe your Mom keeps your toys hidden away, now my Mom is going to get ideas...

Eric said...

Mango. Man. I bet your Mom taught you not to jump up pretty quick didn'she? As for the new stairs at the barn,Mom might want to go on strike next time it snows andwhat about you Mango , how are you going to get up there?

How's that Hector? Agility Haaaa!!! Did he hurt himself the silly goof? Still who cares, plenty more Hector clones around.Only one Mango, so take care when weaving.

Wry wags n kissies,Eric xxx

Honey the Great Dane said...

Hi Mango,

Thanks for telling me about Dexter's toy - actually, the one I was talking about was the wooden puzzle thing! My human saw this company which makes puzzles for dogs and she got really excited but she wasn't sure if it would be a waste of money for big guys like us who are "slower thinkers" - that's why I wondered if you'd ever tried the puzzle? I think I would probably just give up if I couldn't find the treat in the first hole!

Hey - have you seen my latest post about my new dance moves? Coz you know we were talking about people doing stupid things to big dogs like us...well, there's a picture in my post of this guy MAULING my head in his attempt to say hello...really! And they say us dogs need training!

Honey the Great Dane

Peanut said...

I think you did the weave poles wonderfully well. I can't believe that your mom thinks she needs to control the toys.

aninhas said...

Hi Mango and Dexter!!!
We are back!
We miss you so mutch!
Congrats for the video :D
And good luck for the training :D

auf auf

Hugs and kisses from kikos word :D

ps. we have a award for you :D

Murphy Dogg said...

Um, I think your momma bought those weave poles a few sizes too small ...
Murphy Dogg

Anonymous said...

Mango - don't know if you're aware of this, but you were put in charge of weapon acquisitions for operation whack-a-squirrel. Announcement was made on 5/31/09. You can pick up a badge at the TN Bull Terrors blog.

Lacy said...

w00fs Mango, me just had an idea, y u not enter in Ludo's tricky t-days..u can show ur expertees at weave polling and stuffs.. its

b safe,

Sophie Brador said...

Mango, YOu did those stairs amazingly well. You are super handsome too. What more do your people want from you?



mango.. smooth moves. Your nimble body fits wonderfully braided between the poles. That Peewee.. he needs to run. You'll never understand. You did teach him how to sunbake quite well.


Anonymous said...

Sorry to bother you again, but you need to check this out:
Our troops don't have any weapons to fight squirrels... WITH BAZOOKAS! You need to start doing your job or I'm afraid I will be forced to replace you.

GoldenSamantha said...

What good work guys! Mango - awsome pole weaving - and love the intellectual stimulations problem - I think I need to get mom to grab one of those for me! (Naw - I get too many treats as it is and since it's Monday, have to attend Obed. classes, where I get more treats so...) I like your mom's idea of "toy of the day."' Great idea!
Hugs xo
PS - Sorry you had to rescue uncle off some cliff (Mt. Wash? by any chance?)

Molly and Taffy said...

Golly that video with Pee Wee, not only did we see his tonsils but also what he had for breakfast!

Mango you are magnificent going through those pole thingies. We prefer to knock them down flat. :-)

Molly and Taffy

Allison (Dog Mom) said...


Doesn't your mommee know that it is unfair to expect your relentlessly huge body to go through the small gaps in the agility poles? She should move them at least 2 feet further apart. Then you'd be weaving like a champeen!

Gus and Waldo

Anonymous said...

Apology accepted Mango - now get with the program pronto! Dogs are desperate for your help buddy!

dewdana said...

Mango man, what's up? Dexter dude, you there? It is one thing to miss a day or two of blogging, but since you missed Dexter Day we are starting to worry! Hope you are just busy!
Moose + Dana