Sunday, February 21, 2010

Another Crossing and a Visit with Oliver

Our hearts are breaking. This morning we learned that Poppy crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. This just a few days after her human dad crossed over. So many losses in blog land. Penny, Poppy, and Patches are amongst our oldest bloggy pals and we are just filled with emptiness. Please visit Penny, Patches, and their mom and leave your healing thoughts.

I also learned that one of my agility pals will not be with us soon. A wonderful golden girl named Phoebe who, at 14, still loves to strut around the agility ring at a dignified pace. Her human has the cancer too and when she was too sick to bring Miss Phoebe to agilities, her friend would still bring Phoebe so that she could enjoy watching. Phoebe and her mom came to school yesterday and she did her tunnels and weave poles and got plenty of cheering and cookies and love from everybody, but her momma says that she has the terminal cancer and her vet does not think she will survive the week. So much sadness.

I suggested a visit to see my little nephew Oliver, who is now eight months old and whom I haven't seen in a bit. I figured get out in the nice sunshine, a brief romp with his Uncle Dexter, have some fun to brighten the day, right?

So I arrive at Oliver's estate and I'm just kind of hanging out in the yard when this GIANT MUTANT PUPPY comes barreling out of nowhere and practically knocks me over. Are you kidding me??? This is an eight month old puppy?

I had to do something fast to gain the upper paw and let him know that I am still the big dog...

I was thrilled to discover that I am still faster than he is, but once he gets up a good head of steam, watch out!

Momma insisted on practicing stupid recalls right while I was in the middle of my labrabonding with Oliver.

Then for no apparent reason he starts roaching in the snow. Such a silly thing to do... hehehe.

This kid is a few slices short of a loaf. All over the place. First he's rolling around in the snow and the next thing I know he has me by the throat.

OK, so he isn't a cute little puppy that I can push around anymore, but I do have some experience with big dopey dogs, right? Bigify to check out his dorky googly eyes.

I think they felt this smack down all the way west of 495!

For my final big dog assertion, a bit of my snarly face. AR AR AR!


And what of the Relentlessly Huge? Don't worry, he had plenty of entertainment back at our estate.

Dexter done!

P.S. Dave and Zim posted a movie of them singing. I watched it a gazillion times because I have to confess that they sing very strangely. Mango seemed a bit confused (so what else is new) and had to leave the room. If you want to watch the original, you can do it here. Otherwise, watch me watching it. Who knows, maybe somebody else will post them watching me watching Dave and Zim and then somebody else will, you get the picture...


achieve1dream said...

Holy Mackerel!!!! Oliver grew fast!

Great videos too. :)


Aniemother said...

Hehehe... Is he growing up to be as annoying.. ahem.. I mean energetic.. as you, Dex?


doyle and mollie said...

thanks for making us laugh on such a sad day... loves and licks!

Frankie Furter said...

Hi Dexter and Mango. Did you hear that Cesar's bestbuddy Daddy Crossed the Rainbow Bridge too??? What is this... I can't believe how many are leaving us.
I am thinking that it will surely be closed for maintainance due to the excessive weight of all who have gone across recently. I certainly hope it is closed for a long time.
Paws crossed for those left behind. Paws in the air to bid our furends a gentle journey.
My heart is too heavy.

Peanut said...

That is sad news about Poppy. Oliver sure is big now.

Jazzi said...

I am sorry about several of your friends leaving us, It is all sad!!

You look like you had fun playing with Oliver. Great smack down~~gotta let him know who is boss!! WTD Dexter!! Yo Da Man!!


Niamh said...

That is not a puppy, that is a moose! And I thought that Ambrose grew fast. Glad to see that you can still control Oliver with your leg lifting and ninja moves.

Your friend,

Mack and Sally Ann said...

Oliver is huge now, but you showed him.
Sally Ann

Amber and Nala said...

Oh my, that Oliver sure is silly but you let him know who was boss! ;) And Mango certainly looked and sounded like he had a VERY stimulating afternoon. ;) hehehe!


MurphyDog said...

Holy Steriods! Has Oliver's Mom been feeding him Miracle Grow again? That's one big 8 month old puppy!! (and I should know cuz I myself was a big 8 month old puppy!)

looks like you were still able to show him the smack down though. Nice job Dex.

wags, wiggles & slobbers

Kari in WeHo said...

He is huge! Such a sad couple weeks with losses :(

Stella, Gunther and Betty said...

Such a sad week. But thanks for bringing a smile to our face.

Say, what in tarnation are they puttin' in Oliver's water? Dang.

Stella, Gunther and Betty

Benny and Lily said...

Oh so sorry about your friends crossing...Dexter we love your playing pictures..
Benny & Lily

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

Holy Mutant Puppies, Batman! Wow! He's GINORMOUS!!! But it looks like you got a little more action out of Oliver than you did out of the RH the other day... Sorry for the continuing sad new. It has been a rough week.

*kissey face*

Dozer and Coop said...

Mum says your Mum needs to think before she puts videos up. Just because we went slightly crackers when we heard the squeaker in the movie, Mum gets strange. Okay, so I knocked over her tea jumping up on the desk to get the squeaker, big deal. What is it with these humans?

Love, Dozer, Dottie and Cooper

houndstooth said...

Great googly moogly! Dexter, what the heck was that thing? Did you have some kind of close encounter?

That video! Mom said me listening to you listening to it was enough!


Lorenza said...

Hi, Dexter!
Oliver has grown a lot!
I love your Say it! picture!
Kisses and hugs

Sam said...

Holy Pup! Little Oliver really has gotten big. Amazing how quickly they grow, isn't it?

Life With Dogs said...

Loved the play pics - hate the news this month. Life is such a damn challenge at time. Good thing the dogs quickly forget...

Kasha The Dainty Great Dane said...

I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your dogggie friends and the ones that are sick as well.

Oliver is such a cutie patootie!! You guys play well together.

Hey - was that a Dexter squeaky toy that Mango was playing with??

AARF Kasha the Dainty Great Dane

Piappies World said...

Hi Dexter,

First, we're so sorry about the sad news. Losing loved ones hooman and furry friends is really heartbreaking. We have our paws crossed for everyone in doggie blogland who are going through struggles.

You have made us smile when we saw your day out with Oliver. And he is ONLY 8 months old, you say? Wow!

Have a good week to you and Mango and we hope we get lots of happy news too.

-Fudgie, Princess & the Piappies

dewdana said...

Soo much sadness in blogland and in real life for so many of us it seems. I hope there will be a dry spell (with no tears!) soon. It is all too much.
Oliver is going to be a Moose! Totally mutant for sure. Awfully cute but still! I looked up Moose's weight as a pup (his original owner kept great records) and he was 78lbs at 8mos... So that is the first hint that you will end up with a mutant labradog on your hands ;-)
That video of RH was hilarious and I really needed that! Thanks :-)

animal lover, quilt lover said...

Hi Dexter, your the MAN!! You have alot of experience with huge dogs!!!
Your the MAN!!!

Ina in Alaska said...

The concert was better than watching Celine Dion singing on Oprah last week!! Hugs, Toby, Ginger, Jeter & Halle xoxo

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

I still think Oliver and Benson J Puppypaws are REALLY the same labradork!

Great jaw akhtion MRH!

As fur all the sadness, yes: TOO MUCH - and we are sorry 'bout your agility furiend AND her human -


Dennis the Vizsla said...

hello dexter its dennis the vizsla dog hay we herd abowt poppy verry sad!!! we hope she is with her dada over the rainbow bridj now!!! it luks like yoo had fun laying the smakdown on oliver i think we felt it heer in sandy eggo altho it may hav just ben an erthkwayk and mango luks like he wuz enjoying mowthing that basketball or wotever it wuz!!! ok bye

TwoSpecialWires said...

Have you met your match, Dexter? We do have to say you are a perfect picture of contrasts.

Rooting for you,
Jake and Fergi xxoo

ocmist said...

My Goodness! I think I agree with Niamh... That does look like a Moose... Although isn't Moose the same color as you? Anyways, at least you got to have some fun with him and I'll bet he wore you out!

We are so sorry to hear that you are losing and have lost another friend, Mango. We, too, hope that this all ends soon... The losing them I mean! OC & the CCC

Huskee and Hershey said...

You are spot-on Dexter.. too much sad news in DWB land.. we were so sad about the 3 P's losing their dad over a week ago, and now dear Poppy's suddenly decided to join her dad. Currently we feel that life is a bunch of prickly thorns... send me some roses anytime.

Whoa...IS THAT THE SAME Oliver?? What did your human brother feed him?? LOL.. beware UNcle Dexter, your nephew will be bigger than you by the time your next playdate comes!

Maggie and Mitch said...

OMG, what a brute that Oliver has become! He needs to show some respect for his Uncle Dexter!
We were very shocked and saddened to hear about Poppy. Our hearts are breaking for Lana. We are so sorry to hear about Phoebe. There have been way too many pups leaving us lately!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

MAX said...

Hey there Dex' dude!
That pup sure has grown! It's unfair that us older dogs have to try and show respect for the younger generation!... Geesh! I say you stick with Mango!

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Yuu-Chan said...

We agree with you about the sadness upon sadness we have been seeing of late. But you are also right in thinking that a crazy puppy is just the thing at such times. Life must go on and they are good medicine!

Rocky Creek Scotties and Java said...

WOW! How did Oliver get so big so fast! Looks like he is going to be bigger than you.

The Rocky Creek Gang

Penny, Poppy & Patches said...

We can't believe how big Oliver is getting! He looks to be a formidable opponent for you, Dexter! Thanks for mentioning Poppy. We miss her soooooo much!

Poppy, Penny & Patches

Gracie =^o.o^= said...

I was so sad to hear of your friend gong to the bridge soo after his human. There have been many losses in the blogging place. Leaves a big hole in the hearts of all that know and love their friends. I am glad you could get outside and find a little fun that will help you to heal from your hurt.

Tucker said...

I still pee like a girl, don't tell Dexter!

woof - Tucker

Deetz said...

Mango Man.....Its been a tough year so far. Poppy is going to be dearly missed. I am sure Sharkie is keeping her busy playing ball...or atleast it brings me peace to think they are together with the others. I just pray for their momma everyday.

Joe Stains said...

holy crap is Oliver on steroids or what? That squeaking video was very therapeutic. We are still so sad about all our friends :(

BRUTUS said...

Yowza! Are they feeding Oliver fertilizer or something? He's gonna oust Moose as the largest lab of all time! Glad you told us they were renovating - mom thought maybe you guys actually had diminished part of the house to rubble by running Oliver into it!

Brutus the Frenchie

Marvin -The Hollow Hound said...

Thank you for making us laugh with this post.

My Jeannie is kinda down with it all just lately, such sad times on the dog blogs, she has lost her heart for blogging.

But your post did make us smile!

Is that puppy on steroids or something, he is frightenly huge!!

Sad licks, to you all,

We were totally saddened by Poppy's passing, just too much sadness to contemplate it seems just now on the blogs.

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

That's OLIVER??? hmm...he looks a lot bigger than when he and I went on our secret date...he actually fell asleep IN THE MIDDLE OF ME TALKING ABOUT MYSELF...perhaps he was just on a growth spurt and is now a better listener???

I dunno, Peewee...those yellow labbies are built like better be careful...

Kisses, Beastie

hero said...

Thanks for the cheers amid all the sad news... I may be late but I just noticed that PeeWee is now officially sharing the title of the blog too... way to go, Dexter! Oliver sure has grown... exponentially!

Licks, hero

Tobi said...

Oh, such sad news. My thoughts are with your friends.

We loved seeing Dexter play and play with Oliver. He has one of the greatest smiles!


Schwang said...

That is one huge puppy!

The 'splorin' Wolfies said...

dear heavens Oliver has exploded into a full size labradork for sure! We love Mango entertaining himself at the end! and we love Dexter watching the howling--hehehe--he is too clever to sing along!

The Army of Four said...

Your nephew may not be so little any more, but he looks like a BLAST to play with!
Dave could have listened to Mango squeak his toy for hours. Ha roo.
Me? I LOVE the vid of you listening to me and Dave. Do I sound like a coyote to you? I think I'm sounding more Siberian than I used to, but every now and then a little Coyote-speak comes out.
Play bows,

The OP Pack said...

OMD, Oliver is such a big boy!!! Looks like you all had lots of fun. And the best part was at the end when you got him to admit who was top dog.

Woos, Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Ms. ~K said...

Are you sure that's the same cute, little Oliver? Better be nice, Dexter...he's only gonna get bigger.
Mango, We watched your video over and over...very funny!
Licks and sniffs,
Zack, Sassy and Buddy

Martha and Bailey said...

Hi Dexter, we found your post today very funny - loved the video.
We are sorry to keep reading sad messages of dogs going to the Bridge.
We are so sorry for their families.
Martha & bailey xx

Cinnamon said...

I am sorry to hear about Poppy. I still do miss Cookie who crossed the rainbow bridge over two months ago. I hope Poppy and Cookie are meeting there and playing or napping together sometimes.

Oliver is really big for a puppy!


Twinkietinydog said...

Good idea to change scenery and visit with the "pup". You got us all BOL with your plenty of entertainment, Mango. :)

Two Country Poodles said...

Mango I guess you like the squeeker...It is quite a unique sound.

WOW that little yellow pup has grown to be quite a big labradude!

Wags and Licks,
Mollie Jo & Bobo