Monday, January 11, 2010

Our First Sanctioned Event and Doing Housework

I am pleased to announce the first official Sanctioned Mango Minster Event. Biggie is running a dog pile contest. I am entering for sure. I will post more details on the MM blog, but you can read about it here.


There is now an official Mango Minster 2010 store (thanks to OC Grammy).

Shop there NOW for all your official Mango Minster Gear!

Half of all proceeds will go to NEADS Dogs for the Deaf and Disabled

Before I start, I am supposed to post a link to PeeWee's stupid agilities movie. Such a fuss over all that pointless running and jumping about. Sigh.

Running Mango Minster is not exclusively a life of razzle dazzle. Even when you are an international star, there are still day to day activities which must be done.

One such is the.... da da dum dum.... HOUSEWORK!

This is a task most often undertaken once each week, but sometimes Momma is TOO LAZY and it doesn't get done for TWO WHOLE WEEKS (like this week) and then it is extra hard and daunting.

Given that PeeWee contributes the vast majority of the flying fur and dirt, it seems only proper that he should help out, which, to his credit, he attempts to do.

His efforts are apparently unappreciated as I typically hear HBO words spoken in momma's scary voice. This does tend to discourage him.

Me? I couldn't be bothered. I am The Mango and not keen on activities, productive or otherwise. It is most difficult, though, to find a safe place away from all the action.

Housecleaning is accompanied by moving about of furnitures. This really upsets me. Particularly since I am oddly attracted to the narrow spaces between the recently relocated objects.

Once in the funnel it is often beyond me how to extricate myself (reverse is not my forte). I often persist in forward and relocate the furnitures on my own or just howl with frustration. Neither of these actions seems to suit momma who has been known to use a few HBO words on ME during the housework.

It is really never clear to me when the activities are actually completed and it is safe to resume my meditations.

But my exhausted self cannot withstand any more excitement and so I declare whatever spot I am in to be meditation central and chance the consequences.

Mango Man! Oh yeah!

P.S. Be sure to visit Moose to read all about our exciting trip to sunny Florida! And also check out my visit to OC!

P.P.S. Momma also cleaned out the dog stuff drawer and found about 50,000 clickers and some cookies that were so old that I wasn't even sure I should eat them. Her motto is, "If I don't know I have it and can't put it where I can find it, then it goes in the trash." So lots of stuffs got thrown out. Sigh.


Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Poor Mango you are so mistreated.. Maybe you need to move into the Mango cave during these activities..
Mom uses the ShopVac at our house. Louie usually tries to grab the hose away from her..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Marjie said...

My momma went nutsy cuckoo a while back and flipped over every single piece of furniture on the house to vacuum under. I think we have more furniture than you. I was able to hide in the playroom where she does not flip furniture. Dad told her she may not do that again for a year because she could not walk the next day. We need to keep those crazy moms under control!


Maggie and Mitch said...

We can't believe your momma was trying to run you over with that evil Hoover, Mango! This is just totally not right!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Sam and Pippen said...

Holy Goldendoodle, Mango! You need to train your mom better! We have put the kibosh on vacuuming and if she does get the hoover out then we sit and yell HBO words at her!

Your buds,
Sam and Pippen

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

Khrakhker Dog Monday!

PeeEssWoo: Great job on seeing how badly The DOH wanted to vakhuum!

Kasha said...

I love how Mango moved and Pee Wee helped! Africa just follows me around while vaccuming.

Kasha The Dainty Great Dane said...

Hi Mango & Dexter,

Bummer I couldn't see Dex's agility video, it was just blank..hmmm. Don't worry Dex I don't like that cleaning machine either, I'll have mom take a video of me with it some day so you can see.

Mango you are just so stinkin' cut squeezing in those small spaces.

AARF Kasha the Dainty Great Dane

Ashley (the mom), Dixie (the Catahoula) and sometimes Lola (the Pit Bull) said...

Mom and I really want to thank you for donating to such a great organization! Service dog organizations are obviously close to our heart and the ones we hold closest are the ones who pull some of their dogs from shelters (since i am a shelter dog turned service dog myself).
Sorry you had to deal with that awful vacuum thing.
Hugs and Tail Wags,

Cassie said...

Wow, there is so much info packed into this post Mango! We'll go by to see about the new event.I can tell ya that Hootie would never stand,sit or lay for that!! I might though.We'll also check out the store. ANd, your momma's throw out policy is great...our momma even has trouble throwing out old, torn up stuffies even though we have a ton of perfect toys to replace them. Go figure.Do you want to come to our place and straighten her out??
Smooches from pooches,
BabyRocketDog and Hootie

Frankie Furter said...

I had no idea where he had gone. I am sooooo very much sorry to say this, butt that thingy is
VACULA.... Vacula used to live in one of my mom's closets. I gave him such a hard time that he finally ran away!!! I guess he found your place in Master Chew Sits.
I will have to find my stories about Vacula and his evil offspring... Vacula Jr. and re-post them. Not that I have any desire to relive that horrible time in my little life. I'm just sayin'.

The Thundering Herd said...

Mango - you don't get excited about the vacuum? You are one calm pal.

Twinkietinydog said...

Mighty kind of you to move after you were told to "move" finally. As for Dexter's video, it set our Linguini off. She does not appreciate house chores either. Well, at least your home is clean for the next 2 (3,4?) weeks. You can rest now (yeah, as if you have time for that with the contest and all...). I'm going to check out all the links you posted.

Jazzi said...

Yah, my mom was cleaning and runnin the vac thingsy and I had to go to my kennel cuz I really go into ATTACK mode and that isnt a pretty picture so I totally relate to you guys!!

sighing here too

The OP Pack said...

Thunder Dunder is jst like you, Mango, won't move for the Dyson devil for anything. Phantom just sits by the back door hoping someone will let him out.

We couldn't get the agility video to play, so we will come back later and try again.

This Mango Minster is quite the project - keeps you and the Mom quite busy. We have seen some very good entries as we have been out and about at the blogs.

Woos, Phantom and Thunder

Kess And Her Mama said...

Chores are such mundane things. Looks like you picked the right spot to get away from it all!

Benny and Lily said...

This Mango Minster stuff is getting pretty official we see..BOL we will check out the contest
Benny & Lily.

houndstooth said...

Dexter, that video of you in agility class was truly impressive! I tried a few of those things when I took obedience class, but I didn't have much time to get used to them. Also, good work showing that vaccuum who's boss!

Mango, I thought that vaccuum might suck you right up! You have nerves of steel!


TwoSpecialWires said...

You mean your moma moves the furnitures when she cleans? Oh! Imagine! The stuff we might find!

We'll be sure Moma reads this.

Happy meditating. Where ever you are. From what we understand, a bunch of judge types are coming to the Estate and life may not be the same for a while.

Good luck.
Jake and Fergi xxoo

Kira The BeaWootiful said...

Wooos Mango Man! I completely get it. That vacuum thing comes along wherever i have chosen to take a nice nap, and then she follows me with it! I have even heard words about vacuuming the dog!
Poor baby, take a nice nap now and maybe Mum will not clean for another couple of weeks!
-Kira The BeaWootiful

kissa-bull said...

mango man , we shout hbo words at mommish when she brings out the carpet munster too. we are not fond of cleaning i must say.
wiggles and waggles
the houston pittie pack

hero said...

Hi Mango,

You have a store of full of merchandise going for Mango Minster... wow! And you are most relax amidst all the ruckus in the house.

Licks, hero

Schwang said...

Is there a Mango imprint in the carpet from vacuuming around you?

Huskee and Hershey said...

Poor Mango... all you want is some peace for your meditations.. Ommmmmm...

Both Hershey and I H.A.T.E the vacumn monster cos it makes the scariest noise and normally on cleaning days, I'll hide in the **ahem**bathroom while Hershey will try to 'attack' the monster. :P

Kari in WeHo said...

way to hold your own against the vacuum. Dexter is a bit crazy and seems to be trying to eat it!

The Army of Four said...

I resent having to move when Mom vacuums. I mean - can't she work around me?
Play bows,

Ms. ~K said...

With 3 Labs in the house our mom should vaccuum 24/7/ she is usually covered in our hair too...if she wears light colors, Buddy hair shows up and wearing dark colors shows up Sassy and Zack hair-she can't win!
Licks and sniffs,
Zack, Sassy and Buddy

BRUTUS said...

OK - comments directed at Dexter....
Dude - you are a man after my own heart! Must be a black dog thing! I can say that agilties are much more fun when you improvise! Make that momma follow you around for a change! Oh, and if you go slow, your human will start dancing and clapping and yelling to try to get you excited & go faster. Just keep going slow - it's really fun to watch them make fools of themselves!!

And I see your trainer human has a power chair. BEWARE! There was a handler in one of those at my trial last weekend. I couldn't successfully convince my mom, but those things WILL most certainly EAT you!! Oh, and watch those contacts on the A-frame - stoopid rule but ya gotta put a paw in the less dark part on the way down... Good job on the tippy thing though - especially if that was your first time!!

Brutus the Frenchie

Lorenza said...

Two different points of view for that vacuum thing!
Yes. Go to the Mango Cave until the monster goes back to the closet!
Kisses and hugs

Life With Dogs said...

You house is a happening place these days. February is going to be a lot of fun! :)

Stella, Gunther & Betty said...

Dexter, nice work trying to get your mom to vacuum faster. Doesn't appear she was buying it though.

Mango man, I don't know how else to say this. It's a good thing you got up when you did because it looked like that vacuum was about ready to suck up one of your, ummm rhymes with walls... ouch!

Your buddy,

Moose said...

Mango- Next time DOH barks at you to move tell her to be more specific. I mean you did move your front end, how were you to know she wanted you to move your bottom too!
I don't get all worked up about the vacuum like dexter but I do not have the fortitude to not flinch when it touches me, you are the king Mango!
Tell Dexter that You tube won't let me see his agilities so I will try again later. They sound super awesome!

Amber and Nala said...

OMD....that Mango Minster store is super COOL!!! And how neat about where the proceeds go! :)


Scout 'n Freyja said...

Your momma has a good motto for cleaning. Uhm, couldn't those clickers have been donated to a shelter - maybe☺

Wild Dingo said...

dude, those weeve poles...i hate them! we do agility "for fun" and won't compete in it, but i always hate the weeve poles! and not that i know a darn thing about agility competition but i have to say one thing: FAULT! on that last V ramp, Dex man missed putting his feet on the yellow. that is sooooo DQ! (LOL)...

Mango man, tell your mom she's interrupting very important meditations. I mean seriously, how are you supposed to achieve enlightenment with pee wee, moving furniture AND all that noise? it's just so wrong. so very wrong.

wild dingo

Cinnamon said...

Hi Mango,

Biggie's DOG PILE contest looks like fun! I will have to ask my humans to pile up something on me!! But wait...staying still is one of the hardest things for me...

Mango Minster Gear looks cool! I want some too.

I used to bark like Dexter when my mum vacuumed, but now I have learned to stay lying down like Mango:-)


Hamish Westie said...

Well Mango, housework sucks (is that what you would call an HBO word? Some of these American expressions are a bit of a mystery to us Scottish laddies! )
As for Mangominster - well I have just read Asta's blog, and I really don't envy you having to deal with those judges. High maintenance or what!?
(But I do hope you gave Martha a nice cup of tea - remember us Brits like it made in a warmed pot, with properly boiled water and all...)
Cheers, H.

1000 Goldens said...

Mango, your baby brother is making quite a spectacle with the vacuum. Perhaps he is trying to save Momma from that evil machine and convince her that a walk would be a much better activity!

The 'splorin' Wolfies said...

my mom said she would love a photo shopped picture of her lifting the Mango--HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

love guinness

Rocky Creek Scotties and Java said...

This reminds of our house - Java is like Mango and can't be bothered with the vacuum (but Java does do reverse really well) and Piper wants to chase and bitey it.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

The 'splorin' Wolfies said...

yes! we are entering today--stay tuned!

The 'splorin' Wolfies said...

we don't believe in house work either and end up going on a rampage once every 2 weeks--lol. to much fun outdoors to bother cleaning indoors. we loved the vacuum video--Dexter is so cute--and Mango--youjust lay there completely unphased! lol

Mack said...

Those noisy floor machines are SCARY! You are one brave dude!

Why do moms insist on cleaning so much? I for one like a little Eau d'Mack in my living space.

Tosca the Lakeland Terrier said...

Wow, I'm impressed that you could keep your meditative calm even with the suck-monster right up in your face! When that thing comes out I run away! (or attack)

achieve1dream said...

Tell Dexter we're proud of him for making it over the teeter.

I'd be thanking my lucky stars that my Mom went two weeks without using that loud, scary machine!! My Mom uses a broom. Wow, you put up with a lot Mango!

Jackal & Storm

Dennis the Vizsla said...

hello mango its dennis the vizsla dog hay dont wurry abowt the hbo wurds howsewerk just mayks hyoomans cranky i think!!! ok bye

Martha and Bailey said...

Hi Mango, you are one cool customer - Martha has to leave the house when the hoover goes on!
If the door to the garden is not open she will wet the floor!
Is it any wonder our house is cold in this weather?
We hate to say this Mango but Dexter is very impressive with his agilities but don't tell him!
Martha & Bailey xxx

Cheryl, Indiana, Shingo and Molly said...

Moms is working on our entry!! This is going to be such fun!!

Woofs and Kisses!

JD and Max said...

Mango - we're still reeling from the fabulousness of that Mango Minster store, it's just so COOL! And we have to say - Biggie's event looks like great fun, so funny!

Max wants to say that he's very proud - he's now SO laid back with the hoover than we has even been known to NAP on it. JD's not quite so sure about it, but figures if Max has it all 'in paw' he doesn't need to sweat it!

Schnauzer snuggles - JD and Max.

Ludo van Doggy said...

omg Dexter! That be exactly what I do to the scary hoover monster! I get told off too!!
The agilities video will not play for us so we will come back to watch it.
~lickies, Ludo

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

Oh Mango...I just went to the Mango Minster official product site...I'm thinkin' bout replacin' all my thongs with new ones from there...I just don't know if they have any that are TINY enuff for my very smallest butt...

So, looks like your momma is till keepin' up with her New Year's housecleanin'...same's so boring...but now she sez she can't put the Christmas stuffie away till she cleans out the hooge closet where it all lives till next December...

Kisses, Darling...


ocmist said...

Your Mom actually had time to CLEAN!!! My Mom's motto is, if Sadie is getting so disgusted that she starts bring her huge Corgi dust bunnies AKA Cor-bbles (Corgi tribbles) that it's probably time to THINK about getting out the vacuum.

Actually, the pups are about wearing Sadie (our main housecleaner) out picking up after them. Mom doesn't appreciate HER work either because she brings the pieces of confetti over to Mom who is trying to work on the computer and then shoves her elbow with her cold nose to get her attention so that she will take it, pay her, and throw it in the trash can (which, at least, Mom keeps beside her.)

Do you believe Sadie actually had the nerve to ask if she could enter the hard working competition?! Who do you think would clean out the cinders from the wood stove if she took a night off to dress up and go out?! She'd probably want a pair of glass slippers to go with her outfit too! Hurmph! OC

Joe Stains said...

I absolutely HATE when Mom moves stuff in the house. Or Dad even, and Dad is the coolest. It makes me SO MAD.