Monday, February 22, 2010

For New Bloggers and Momma Goes Big Dog! Oh no!

So I was reading on Twinkie's bloggy about how confusing things were for her when she started blogging and how few pals she had and I got to thinking. It starts that way for all of us. It took me a long time to make pals. And some of my early posts got NO COMMENTS! Sob. But Momma was really just helping me post for her own amusement, so we weren't too bothered, but now I have lots of pals and it is swell.

All that said, I want to give special thanks to some great friends. First of all, Bogart, who was my blogging mentor and who helped me figure out how to do it all in the first place.

And secondly to Maggie and Mitch, my second oldest blogging pals. You guys are the best.

To any new bloggers out there, don't be worried if some stuff doesn't make sense or if you don't get the comments you expected, just post from the heart and you will never go wrong. Heck, when I was invited to my first party I didn't even know that it was a VIRTUAL party and thought I was being asked for a playdate.

Now then...

Alert readers will notice that there has been a bit less of the Mango lately. Why? I am PROTESTING! That's why!

Momma has decided that I am, quote, "a big spoiled baby" and that is bad because?

She says she is TAKING CHARGE! Oh please.

So you know how I like to sun bake?

But not come inside?

Well she started coming out and putting my leash on me and MAKING me come in even when I don't want to. Yes! I kid you not!

And you know how I don't like my meditations disturbed just to go potty when it is convenient for HER?

Now she brings stupid suck up PeeWee into the dog cave and has him do his dumb tricks RIGHT UNDER MY NOSE! And gives him foodables RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME and of course I do have to get up to see what is going on and then she MAKES ME GO OUT AND POTTY!

Not to mention that she has started leash walking me in my own yard! BORING! And she doesn't think my body slams are cute anymore and makes me walk around until I "simmer" and I have to do pointless sits and everything.

I ask you, is this any way to treat the Mango???

The worst part is that stupid PeeWee all gloating like totally, "See? I TOLD you to listen to her you big doofus." He even told me that he overheard momma making a date for his Good Dog Attention teacher to come over and give me a talkin to! As if!

Well fear not, dear readers. I have nothing better to do all day than to figure out how to confound momma with my "bratty behaviors" whilst she gets the busy brain and cannot always focus on annoying training. I think I can outlast her.

In a pinch, I can always unleash the ultimate weapon...


Mango Man! Oh yeah!


The OP Pack said...

You are so right, we all have to start somewhere. We would never have our blog if it weren't for the encouragement of Khyra and her Mom. They helped answer lots of questions for us and even sent us lots of visitors. We try to do that for others now, but we don't do it often enough. And then once you get going, all those new friends you make help you figure it all out.

Mango, we think your Mom is just trying to be sure you are being a good boy. Better to go out and come in when she wants - bet you will get lots of good treats if you do.

Woos, Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Marjie said...

I have the cute face, too. And I like to get up and request a potty break whilst the humans are watching a TV show they like. It keeps them focused on what's important: me! Just don't tell your Momma I told you about it.


dewdana said...

I saw Twinkie's post and was going to look back and figure out when I started really joining in and getting readers, I think it was more than a year! I could not believe she was so new though since she already has quite a following!
I am not so sure about this passive resistance method of yours. When the good dog attentions teacher comes she may not fall for cute face so I don't know if this will work.
I think it is pretty funny that momma uses pee-wee to lure you out of meditations. pretty funny to picture! Ok, well there actually is a picture and it is pretty funny- it captures both of you pretty well as I understand it!

Gus said...

Ummm...Mango are in Mastiff sized piles of Doo Doo if you don't sign on the the Mom's plan.


Deetz said...

Oh Mango, you said it right! No worries new bloggers, we will find you soon enough and then you will get so many comments, you won't be able to keep I remember finding Bogart and starting my own blog and soon, there was maggie & Mitch, Penny, Poopy, Patches, Lacylulu, Asta, and the Great Mango and many many more. I am amazed how much peewee has grown!!! Wonderful photo's

Molly,Taffy and Monty said...

Oh Mango that last picture is priceless! You could melt any heart with that look.

Good luck with the training.

MOlly, Taffy and Monty

Aniemother said...

Well you DO have a very cute face, Mango! We hope your strategies work out for you - we think. On the other hand if you drive your momma insane we may not get to read your bloggie anymore...


doyle and mollie said...

oh break my heart, that is a gorgeous huge cutey pie face - you big softey!!! and good skills mango momma for the bloggy advice - its good!

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

Once upon a time, I khouldn't get any help to blog but once evFURRY 7-10 days...

And only had a pawful of khommenters...

NOW, I don't think we sleep fur a day or two...

SERIOUSLY, it takes time...

Just as it will take time to retrain your DOH...

Humoms khan be slow so please just be patient with her...

AND yes, a khute face works evFURRYtime...

PeeEssWoo: If woo khan eskhape the Master Chew Sits forcefield, woo khan khome here with me!

monica said...

cute faces always work, makes 'em all mooshy and melting... he he..

BRUTUS said...

Yes, this makes me think of how far we've come with the blog in less than a year! What would we do with our spare time when not doing agilities if not for the bloggy! I was thinking how nice it would be to actually meet some of our blog buds, and that maybe this summer when Big Earl comes out of hibernation, maybe we can!! Sounds like your momma is planning on making your large self into some sort of model citizen. Resist I tell you, resist! There is no going back once you start to live up to a human's expectations!!

Brutus the Frenchie

Dog Foster Mom said...

When I started blogging I didn't know there were all these blogging doggies and kitties out there! I averaged one comment a month for the first six months I blogged and didn't know how sad that was! :-) Thankfully Amy from the House of Cats found me out there all alone in blogger-world, and then I found Mango Minster 2010, and now I'm making new blogging friends every day. Thank you Mango for making that possible! And thanks for the encouragment - I still feel somewhat like a brand new blogger because a lot of this is very new to me!

Nuthatch... said...

We're very new to blogging. We started as therapy for Mom and kept going when family members kept encouraging our shenanigans. Mango, you were one of the first blogs we found and we have been making friends slowly but surely ever since. Your adventures and those of the various dogs and cats we've met help us through the bad days and give us lots to laugh about and enjoy - for which we are very thankful!

Nuthatch... said...

Mom wants to know if she can send Delceg to stay with you and he can learn to be well behaved too? The Hun's almost as cute as you but somewhat smaller.

Anonymous said...

Hello Mr. Mango,

I just started my own blog not very long ago and I want to thank you for your words of encouragement. I also want to tell you that I'm a brindle doggie, too, and I think you are Ever So Handsome. I'm sorry you have to put up with so much from your human but it's good that you have the secret Cute Face weapon. Hang in there, Mr. Mango, and keep fighting the good fight!

Wags & Wiggles,
Mayzie Lou

TwoSpecialWires said...

Mango. Come here. Life will be easy. We promise. Moma is a pushover. And now that she met that big mastiff at the dog show, she has agreed that you'd fit in nicely.

Think about it when you're in a pinch.
Jake and Fergs xxoo

Martha and Bailey said...

Mango, you do have the cutest face!
When we started blogging we only ever had one or two comments.
We had no idea there was this huge dog blogging community out there so we were happy!
Now it is wonderful to having lots of great friends but we confess to having trouble keeping up now.
Our mum says all will be well when she retires!!!!
love you lots handsome
Martha & bailey xxx

Benny and Lily said...

Mango I think that Pee Wee is a brown noser just like my Lily. Good advice to all those new bloggers out there. A walk on a leash in your yard! Moms get crazy at times..Have a fun day
Benny & Lily

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

Hate to say this, big guy, but it's beginning to sound like your Mom needs a refresher course. ... Take the training right back to the beginning, and be gentle!


Asta said...

Youw Momma doesn't have a chance, heheheh
smoochie kisses,ASTa

Nellie and Calvert said...

Hi Mango & Dexter!

First of all we love your new header photo... you try to make believe you don't love Dexter but we can all see how sweet you are on him; kind of like me with Calvert.

We have confidence that you'll outlast mom; ours is the same way... hehehe (don't bark, sit, stay, come, don't bark, ssshhh... oh forget it, do what you want!) hehehe that's her!

Paws Out
Nellie & Calvert

PS: Funny that you mentioned about being a new blogger, I was thinking the other day that it would be nice to feature a new found blogger once in a while. This way we can all share our followers with them...

Nuthatch... said...

German Shorthaired Pointers come in four colours/patterns - solid liver, liver and white ticked (those would be the spotted ones), solid black, and black and white ticked. The black variations are fairly rare and the most common by far is the liver and white ticked but our mom has a real love for solid livers. They make her think of horses. It's just a colour variation like brindle versus fawn :)

Kari in WeHo said...

Wow thats not nice of the mom :( Mesa would love to come cuddle with you :)

Frankie Furter said...

Cute Face SHOULD do the trick, if not you always have the backup... sloppy Slobber Strings!! Darn big guy... you have an WAR CHEST!!

The Thundering Herd said...

That is just abuse, Mango, having to pay attention to the humans when they want us to. Hrmph! Our humans have tried that stuff on us too.

Maggie and Mitch said...

Awwwwwwwww, thanks, guys! We love you too! If it wasn't for Miss Sunshade pushing us to blog, we would have never gotten started and she also taught us to hyperlink and upload videos! Yup, it all takes time and all of us are only too happy to help each other out.
That last picture of you is just melting our hearts, Mango!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

houndstooth said...

Oh my! Mango, I had no idea you were living with such abuse! What goes through these humans' heads at times?

Still, I hardly think it's fair to blame Dexter. I mean, look how cute he is! Surely he couldn't have nefarious plans for you!

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

Poor Mango. I feel for you. Since Hootie knows how to work the Yuppy Puppy treat machine he rubs it in.I sit there and watch treat after treat come out and HE eats 'em. Lately when I've tried to get some of his treats Mom tells me ,"No.No." What's that all about??
Sure hope you can get to the bottom of all this TopDogUsurption that's going on.

kissa-bull said...

well howdy there mango
the houston pittie pack here
i wnated to tell you that i feel your pain mango man and if you'd like you are welcome to visit our friday post under "bellas' friday funnies"
she gives some extra great tips for annoying the humans
hope you enjoy them
pibble sugars
the houston pittie pack
maybe we can be furryends
we'd love a big handshumest furryend like you

ocmist said...

We started off really SLOW too, and almost gave up, but we have figured out that to get friends, you need to BE a good friend! Dozer, Khyra, and you, Mango, have been such good friends and introduced us to so many more friends. Thanks BUNCHES!

Keep up with the cute face... How could ANYONE resist the CUTE FACE!!!! The CCC

Tobi said...

Mango Man, I am ever so grateful to the blog higher power that allowed me to find your blog. I appreciate what you said about not fretting over comments. Blogging from the heart is what it's all about. Hugs and Kisses to you and Lil' Dexter!

Chester said...

So very true that when we all started out we were wingin' it as we went. That first comment was like winnin' the lottery and egged us on to post again. Then more came, and then we started exchangin' emails and all of a sudden we're communicatin' with dogs all over the world. I know I never expected to gain such wonderful friends when I started.

Khyra is RIGHT! It is a lot of work and as hard as I try, I can't make it around to each of my friends as often as I'd like which breaks my heart. I really try as often as I can to see what's new with you all.

Mango Man-good thing you have that cute face 'cuz sounds like you're gonna need to use it often.

Woofs and slobbers,
Chester ;0=)

1000 Goldens said...

You are awesome for your post to new bloggers, it is so true :) Mango Man, good luck the Good Dog Attention teacher. It will be hard for Momma to resist when you do cute faces at her.

Kira The BeaWootiful said...

Wooos Mango Man.. bummer it sounds as if woo Mom has gone into what i call full training mode... not treats unless tricks...what a bummer, don't worry as long as woo are persistent she will get over it!
-Kira The BeaWootiful

Dory and the Mama said...

MAngo...I think you and Bilbo were related in a former life.. :-).


Toby- The dog with a blog said...

Poor Mango...

We wish you luck:)

Toby's Raiser

MJ's doghouse said...

Oh mango..that face just melts my heart....I may have to pack my bags as soon as all your cold weather goes away....I really think we need a mom is taking about white water rafting for my brudders birthday...she said my sister could bring a date...i am sure she woulnd mind if you showed would be mega fun

Wild Dingo said...

Mango Man! why don't you just take out a 38 special and put a bullet through your mom's heart with a face like that? I mean, how mean do you have to be to sink so low to pull out the cute face? that's just llooooooow! very looooow!

and believe me, i have faith in you going MUUUCH lower as your DOH gets smarter and smarter. it's just how it goes. then one day, you'll figure it out. she's not asking you to jump through hoops. Just the basic polite respectful behavior you should give the human who puts foodables on the table for you. or in this case, in the doggie bowl... afterall, you ain't earnin' the green papers that pay for your 230 lbs of gorgeousness. if you want to stay gorgeous with a nice full tummy, you need to do your part!

Being a good boy isn't so bad. really! Know what the best thing about being a good boy is? The fans. seriously, the fans. they will fawn all over you and hug you and snuggle with you and tell you how handsome you are, as it should be.

Mango Man! Oh Yeah! Give your mom some help here and do your chores.

wild dingo

Rocky Creek Scotties and Java said...

We have to agree - we would have never started blogging if Maggie and Mitch weren't such great friends and encouragers. We loved the first comments and still do - and we try to get out there to as many as we can.

Adore that cute face - who could resist it.

The Rocky Creek Gang

Schwang said...

I like how you can still sunbake in the snow.

Ms. ~K said...

The cute face works on me, for sure!!!

Laura, Lance, and Vito said...

ha ha, it's about time Mango! no sympathies from me :)

Ina in Alaska said...

Stand firm Mango Man!! We love you just as you are! We think meditation time is very productive! xoxo


Mango.. If I see you in class next to Tula.. we gotta talk. That cute face only lasts for a few minutes.. potty breaks at 3am have a more lasting impression.

Man mango- it's balls to the walls time. You better do what momma wants.

PS so true about new blogging. The A team were the ambassadors for moi!

Stella said...

I'm with Wild Dingo, Mango! Just do what she wants, you'll get your ROTE and your Cookies, and all will be just fine.

I think you both overworked yourself during Mango Minster and might need a break from each other.
Send your Mom someplace.


Lacy said...

w00fs, heehee mama says wiff that cute face she would give ya what u wanted...and i or mama remembers the no comment thingy...we work hard to build up our followers...and u dont lookfat to main thing with blogging for new bloggers, make sure u visit...and comment often on other blogs...

b safe,

Stella, Gunther and Betty said...

Mango, give up the fight. The parents will always figure out a way to get what they want. When mom is ready to leave, me and Betty will always walk out to the car with her. But stubborn ole Gunther will sit on the front porch and wait for his big butt to be picked up and carried across the wet grass. Mom got sick of it. So she just got in the car and said "c'mon on Gunther or we're leavin' without ya." If he didn't come she closed the car door as if we were gonna leave him. Never in a 100 years will you see a pug move quicker!


Lorenza said...

I am not really sure what your mom is trying to do!
But my mom says she'd do whatever you want if she looks at your face in the last picture!
Kisses and hugs

Twinkietinydog said...

I loved reading about Mighty Mango's start in bloglife. One time, one time I'm late to read your post and you have a link to me. Well, that little link brought me new furiends and I was shocked trying to figure out why today. Now I get it.
Great post RH if you hadn't hit on Asha on my blog I'd rave more about it, but I'm still a bit sore (and Khyra's probably still laughing)

Two Country Poodles said...

Oh we are still oohing over the Mango cute face! We are shocked at your mommas behavior. Oh humans act so strange when they get ideas in their heads...BOL

Wags and Licks,
Mollie Jo & Bobo

MAX said...

Hey there Mango Buddy!
What have you been up to, big boy, to deserve that treatment?! Tell me! Tell me! It must be something real fun.
Anyway its good to see that your sad look is still working wonders. As for Pee Wee - he reminds me of one little squirt in our household.
Take care now, big boy and send our love to that sweet mamma of yours...she knows just what is good for you.
Lots of muzzle licks

Dennis the Vizsla said...

hello mango its dennis the vizsla dog hay my old posts didnt git menny comments eether and wurst of all i had to shayr spayse with dadas own blog!!! but then i got my own blog and dadas blog went someware else and now i get ten times as menny comments as he duz ha ha in yore fayse dada!!! oh also way to go with the cutular opshun ha ha ok bye

hero said...

Hi Mango,

The last pic can melt the hardest of a rock, let alone mama's heart... but I must admit lately PeeWee has been getting all the spot light.

Licks, hero

Bae Bae said...

You sure look very cute in that last photo

~ Bae

Clive said...


Looks like a 'battle royale' is about to take off in your house between you and your Momma!

We have only been blogging for a year and it can be hard to begin with - when you get no comments and you feel no-one must be reading your posts. We must go visit some new friends over the next friends.

take care
Clive and the NSLM


Oh Mango,

That look could melt anybodies heart. Mom Mommy tries to trick me too, why do they do that but they are only doing it for our own good or so they say.

Nice pic of Pee Wee and ith "little" dude.


Peppy Sheppys said...


We understand the pain when the apes get the misguided notion to PUT THEIR FOOT DOWN. They get so bossy sometimes. Poor apes, they think they're in charge.

The Sheps w/Pep

The 'splorin' Wolfies said...

yes Mango--there is ALWAYS that!

GonetoTheSnowDogs said...

We just found your blog! We are now following! We are looking for more friends to follow, and hopefully more friends to follow us!

Your such beautiful doggies!

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

Hmmm...either you've been really bad or Momma has come to her senses that life is NOT ALL ABOUT THE MANGO...

Sheesch...I've know that since I've been born...


We member when we were lurking before we were blogging and Asta had this James Bond pawty and we felt sooooooooooo sad that we didn't live in New York and know EVERYBODY so we could wear gold and go to the pawty...(Lacie giggles at how stoopid Mumsie was...)

We can almost walk in our back yard...and the snow water damage is up to $5000...yeppers..lotsa water everywhere...sheesch...



Peeesss...I noticed that Macie had airline tickets to Boston...she had to book two seats to just fit...hope she won't be a bother...

Just take her shopping. Please.

pam said...

Mommy says 'Oh My Gosh only release 'cute face' as a last resort.' It is a mighty and powerful weapon! Wars have been won at our house with 'cute face!'

Bobo and Meja

Sam said...

I remember when I didn't get any comments, either. I don't get as many as some, but my blog has grown a lot since I started it last year. One day, maybe we'll even hit 100 followers!

Cheryl, Indiana, Shingo and Molly said...

That's the way wer were too!! Thanks for the encourgement!!

Good luck distracting your Moms! We have our paws crossed!

Woofs and Kisses!

Eric said...

Hey Mango, yep that blogging stuffie is difficult to learn at first. Now I find it difficult to keep up my my friends however much I pull the cute face which makes me sad. Any bloggie got any tips?

As for the training Mango get it line pal saves all that tussle. Or buy a big clicker and a relentlessly huge box of chocolates for treats for the DOH. Then she's yours!

Wiry love Eric xx

Piappies World said...

Hi Mango,

You are truly adorable! Your cute face photo spells success.

We are new to blogging ourselves and we didn't really know what to expect when we made our first few posts. Mommy was so happy when she read her first comment. Little did she know that Piappies World has more in store for her and all of us. We slowly made friends and thanks for furry friends like you, we look forward to posting to share adventures and reading your posts. Thank you for letting us be part of your world.

-Fudgie, Princess & the Piappies

Sierra Rose said...

We love your 'ultimate weapon' Mango! Who likes coming back inside anyway!?!?!? Not me!

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

The Army of Four said...

That CUTE FACE should get you anything you want. It would around here, anyway!
Play bows,

Honey the Great Dane said...

Hi Mango,

I'd heard about your new 'bootcamp regime' and I'm in total sympathy coz that's pretty much my every day life! And I don't think your "ultimate weapon" is going to work anymore coz it doesn't work on my 'heart-of-stone' Hsin-Yi and I've heard her giving some evil advice to your brace yourself for some "tough love"!!!

But don't worry - you'll soon get used to it and actually, once you do, it's not so bad living by some rules and doing a bit of training everyday - you get a LOT more treats & cuddles & happy faces when the humans are happy with you and if they think you're being good, they feel like spending more time with you and doing more fun things with you - so you still win in the end!!! :0)

Honey the Great Dane
ps. great encouragement for new bloggers! I can remember when I was new and I only had 1 friend for months!! :-) Now I have so many, I can barely keep up with all their posts!!!

Amber and Nala said...

I am sure you can devise a plan Mango...good luck and may the force be with you. ;)


achieve1dream said...

I would so totally fall for that face!

Marvin -The Hollow Hound said...

Jeannie here!

Your post here about comments/no comments really did me good to read.

When I first started, I had no idea about how it all worked, I just blogged for the sheer selfish pleasure of putting some pics on of Marv, and writing about our life together.

So (back in 2005!), we never really had any comments at all, in fact it was ages (because I am so thick!) before I realised people could actually comment - doh!

Sometimes, because life is busy, I cannot always manage to comment/read etc all the blogs, nowadays, totally impossible, but I have learned now, not to stress over it all.

It doesn't matter if you get lots of comments or you don't, as long as you enjoy the whole process, that is fine!

I have learned so much (and travelled to the other side of the world from me, To Australia) just because of my dog blog. So it is a wonderful way of making real/virtual friends.

Thank you for this post. Sorry my comment, like my blog posts (!!), is a bit long winded!

lotsaluv, Jeannie xxxxxxx

Licks from Marv xxxxxxxxx

ps I have also learned so much with regard to blogging technicalities, I never knew were possible ;0D