Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Graduate Skool Debut

If you had told me a year ago that I would be going to graduate skool I would have scoffed. But thanks to my hard work and some coaching from momma (and a ton of help from my pals) I am learning how to be a calmer doggie off the estate and it has paid off in spades.

That's right! On Saturday I made my big debut at graduate skool! You know it!

Check out my school gear. I wore my stylish bib from El'bow because it really is stunning and also because some doggies and their humans can be a bit squeamish about slobbers in great abundance. And you KNOW I planned on slobbering in great abundance, because not only does graduate skool include lots of nommy hot dogs...

It also includes THIS! Tula Muscle Butt. Aroo roo roo! Oh baby baby.

Yuh, and she got stuck next to some black labradork which I thought at first was PeeWee since they all look the same to me and are all total suck up goody two shoes doggies. Not like my Tula. AR AR AR! Oh yeah, she told that little black dude off for sure.

So skool was very invigorating and stimulating to my mentals.

We started with target practice (it's not what you think) and then moved on to moving downs. A very challenging skill for the Mango as it involves getting up and down a lot. Exhausting.

Then we did our walkies around other dogs and some little pom pom dog got really close to me and I wanted to eat it, but I was good and kept my focus on momma. Then some recalls.

It was around this point that I found the opportunity to discretely leave some of my Mango-ness in front of the door to skool so that all doggies would know that I had been there. It was really just a wee whiz (for me), but it garnered me a time out in the blistering sun in the middle of the desert. Do I deserve that kind of treatment?

But finally, an event that I excel at (as does the lovely Tula). Yes, the down / stay!

Clearly Tula has been practicing.

But I am pretty skilled at the down / stay myself.

By the way, stuck up teacher's pet dog, Norwood, skipped skool and let me tell you, buddy, you have lost your throne. Oh yeah, the Mango is the NEW teacher's pet and Tula is my queen. It is big dog skool now.

Check out this cool card Tula sent me to commemorate my first day at skool. Many more to come. You can betcha!

Mango Man! Oh yeah!

P.S. Momma insists I post a link to PeeWee's dumb movie here. Bad news. I hear I might have to share MY graduate skool time slot with the midget. Boo hoo! Apparently some short attention span creatures need to work on their attentions. He tried out a new agility skool, but momma didn't like it too much. Of course he loved his new skool because he was the biggest doggie there. Whatever. And here is an obligatory labraphoto. I think it speaks for itself.


The Thundering Herd said...

Grad school - we are so impressed. Maybe Norwood was just in detention?

1000 Goldens said...

Congratulations Mango, WOW...graduate school! We are so proud of you :)

Lola said...

Well, Graduate school indeed. You are quite an intellectual type, aren't you Mango. And yet, you come off as such a regular guy. I guess that's where the humility comes in. I wish you all the best as you pursue your advanced degree (or degrees) and if you continue long enough we'll be calling you Dr. Mango eventually.

wags, Lola

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

Congratulations on your progress, Mango! But what happened to taking the summer off and just chilling?!


Those Elgin Pugs said...

Hey 'dere's big me's!!

'dat is super cools yousa graduated and stuffs!!
I's reals happy big me's is smarty smarts!! We's is so prouds of yous and for dose 'dat doubts yous (Norwood Smoorwood & da Labradorks {sorrys Big Adventures} and the yankee doodles fluffies yous almost ates)...
Na Na Na!!
To celebrates yous is edumatcates,
You and Tula and me's and Sequoia will double dates!! Hu Hu's!!

Good jobs!!

Your Pal (and Twin)
Anakin Man

Rebecca and Daisy Mae said...

Mnago Man,
You look so good at graduation! I'm glad your listening to your Momma good and being a good pup out in public now. I'm still working on that, so your steps ahead of me!

3 doxies said...

wELL NOWS THIS ALL THRILLIN' THAT YOU IS AN HIGHER EDU....WHY ARE MY CAPS? Okays, that's betters....where was I? Oh yea, that you are a higher educated boy but I really sees no point in education....hehehehe! Course, that' just between us. If you has been educated then you can'ts get bys withs too much...hahahaha1

Heather and Pumpkin said...

Congratulations Mango! Now that you have more refined manners, we can go on a second date.


Frankie Furter said...

Mango you are gonna LOVE Grad School. I know I did... and wow let me tell you about the gradUATION PAWty you get at the end!!
Hey you get to hang with TULA. That will make it extra "exciting" for you.
What was the problem with leaving a little of your pee by the door? I mean you WERE supposed to SIGN IN weren't you. What did they expect???
You asked about my lap top. It is as Dell. If I had an Apple.. I would have eaten it. hehehe

Gus said...

con GRAD ulations! Wowser. You are gonna be Doctor Mango really soon.

teka toy

(hey big guy..if you need practice with little dogs getting in your big handsome face, call me! tt)

BRUTUS said...

Wow, we never noticed how BIG Tula is - no wonder you have eyes for her! I mean, she probably still looks small next to you, but a good-looking couple no doubt!

Brutus the Frenchie

Karen Raye and Bentley Beargrass said...

Congrats! You and your Queen will look good together!

Bouncing Bertie said...

Well Mango, graduate school, I am most impressed. I am not sure if my human, Gail, is mentally up to taking me to the next level after puppy school finishes in a couple of weeks time. Perhaps your Mom could give her some useful tips in how to survive in the canine education system?
Toodle pip!

Heather and Ellie said...

Wow, that's fantastic! Grad school! Looks like you're doing school and winning over Tula. :)

Sorry to hear about your time out in the sun, we humans are pretty picky about where doggies leave their scent.....

But it looks like you did great other than that. And you look extraordinarily handsome in your Mango bib!

Kira The BeaWootiful said...

Woos Mango Man! Congrats at getting to graduate school! I remember those target practices... yum, but I hated those moving down, I had a tendency to creep forward, boy did I get in trouble a lot too...I was the trouble maker of school, those lab are such do goodies..
Have fun and stay cool!
~husky kisses~
=Kira The BeaWootiful

tula said...

whew! glad you're in class Mango! just think.. we can have a BIG DOG take ovah of all those goodie-2-shoes, like Mr. Sunshine, Norwood. i mean, you count for at least 2, 3, maybe 4 doggies, right?! not mention the serenade was furry nice.. it reminded me of the first time we met!

GREAT JOB MANGO! most impressive debut. you even mugged it upside to the wrong instructor..

can't wait for #2!
stay cool get in the pool,

Jake of Florida said...

June is the time for lots of honorary degrees given to people for just showing up! We're glad you are actually going to skool to get your degree and will be looking forward to addressing you with the term of proper respect once you have completed the required courses!

But of course you know that we love you regardless of any degrees because you are MANGO MAN!!!

Wirey love,

Jake and Just Harry

Sam and Pippen said...

Way to go on the grad school! Looks like it might be fun but we aren't the intellectual types... so we'll just go have a nap!

Sam and Pippen

Mack said...

Congrats on your graduation!!
Will you be going for your doctorate next??

Kari in WeHo said...

aww congrats on a great debut!

Ms. ~K said...

We're impressed....Will we be calling you Professor Mango soon!
Licks and sniffs,
Zack, Sassy and Buddy

Benny and Lily said...

Holy crap Mango grad school!! Congratulations.. What next a doctorate we are impressed even though you had a bib on BOL
Benny & Lily

houndstooth said...

Grad school?! Mango, you'll have a doctorate at this rate! Will we have to call you Dr. Mango?

Way to go in agilities, Dexter! I think you'd better crack down on your studies so Mango doesn't start thinking he's smarter than you!


Pearl said...

You are the smartest! I am sooo proud of you!

I think you might want to eat me if you ever met me, kinda like that pom pom dog. Some people have said that my physique resembles a loaf of bread. Hmph.


Two Pitties in the City said...

We knew you were smart getting all the way to graduate school. We can't wait to see all the new things you're learning!

Busby and Raymond said...

Mango, we know you will be the teacher's pet in Grad school, you are the king! We wonder if a drool bucket would be more manly than the bib?

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

Graduate school? We are SO IMPRESSED! Especially since Mom seems to think that we both (Me? Abby I could see, but me?!?) need to go to Remedial Obedience School. *sigh*

BTW, you are Super Handsome in the bib!

*kissey face*
-Fiona and Abby the Mutant Puppy

Life With Dogs said...

I think this calls for a party. Directions please! :)

Dory and the Mama said...

Go Mango!! We are ever so happy that you are enrolled in and enjoying your graduate school fun!!

Smileys and Snuggles!
Dory, Bilbo and Jacob

3 doxies said...

Uh Mango, you theres? Ummmm, you mights wanna go see Tank cuz uh...we both is in trubles...hehehe! Don't tells him I sent you though...we keeps it on da down low.

brooke said...

Graduate school! Man Mango, you must be really smart to get into graduate school! Is it like Harvard or MIT or Yale?!

Kitty+Coco said...

Mango you have bragged so about your new grad school that pee wee has to get in on the action! Now he will be that annoying little brother trying to spy on you and your girl.
Geese, bet your small marking incident was the size of a lake.
Sighs (Kitty), and Snorts (Coco)

the booker man said...

hey, mango, way to go! everybuddy knows only the really smart doggies get in to graduate school. i hope i can be like you some day...i kinda have that short attention span thingie you mentioned. teehee.
the booker man

The Life of Riley said...

Graduate scool.. does this mean you'll graduate with a degree like a "B.Ark"? Your mum must be so proud of you going to classes at this level.

Sue said...

Wow, graduate skool! You must be super smart. Mom is home-schooling us for awhile, then later some of us can go to class with other dogs.

We like down stay, too, especially in this hot weather.
The Porties

Nuthatch... said...

Congratulations on going to graduate school. Mom says we're not even fit for the basic school yet :( She also said she's sure you were just leaving a bit of the Mango behind because if you'd had to pee the school would have had its own Mango-made lake. She once saw a mastiff puppy create just such a lake in an outdoor show ring. The ring wasn't usable for the remander of the day lol

doyle and mollie said...

hey mango man norwood may be yesterdays news but YOU our friend are hot news on our blog this week
loves and licks xxx

Anonymous said...

Yay for grad skool!!!

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

I was tutoring Norwood ;-)

Great job Tula and Mango!

Of khourse, the Labradork video was highly entertaining!


Anonymous said...

Woowoo, Mango! I'm SO very much proud of you! Wow! Graduate skool! That's the big time!

But, um, now that you're the teacher's pet, does that mean you have to move all your stuffs to the teacher's house and live with them instead of your momma? Well, at least maybe they'll feeds you better and won't worry abouts your poop as much.

Wiggles & Wags,

Marjie said...

Graduate Skool! Will you get a doktor-it?


Inky and Molly said...

Well done buddy! Those pom pom dogs always have us crack up too so you did well to keep your calm there...

Maggie and Mitch said...

Wow! Grad school is quite the acomplishment, Mango! Congratulations to you!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

3 doxies said...

Hehehe, from da comments we left on hos last post bouts da shark...oh boy, I can't stop giggling. I said "Bye Tank" and you said," Nice knowing you Tank"...hehehe! He came backs withs his most fabulous sarcasm once again...hehehe. Gotta love him!

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Hey, how did you get that music to fit Pee Wee's moves so well?

It sounds like you and graduate school go quite well together. Glad you had fun and we see nothing wrong with leaving your mark there. After all, all the other pups coming in need to know who has been there before them.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

TwoSpecialWires said...

Dr. Mango. It has a nice ring to it. And it comes with lots of respect. Which we know you deserve. Or might you perfer Professor Mango? We want to be socially and politically correct. Gotta set a good example for OurGirl.

Totally impressed. We never even got enrolled in remedial classes, let alone anything as advanced as what you're doing.

Jake and Fergi

Lorenza said...

Congratulations, Mango!
I knew you could do it!
Kisses and hugs

Anonymous said...

Gosh Mango, I hope your head doesn't get any bigger than it already is... no, I'm sure that's not possible.


P.P.S. Don't listen to Puddles anymore. She's crazy you know. Some of us are getting together to do an intervention on her... you want in?

Anonymous said...

That is so awesome Mango!
It means even more of the world can get to know and love the Mango!
I bet your mumma is so proud of you (and herself!)

your pals,
Digby and Delta

Laura, Lance, and Vito said...

yay, yay, yay!!!! I'm so glad to hear that he did so great! No video though? :(

What didn't you like about Dexter's agility class? It looked like the contact obstacles were lowered, is that so you guys can better work on your contact criteria or get confidence, or both!?

Mr Koda MD said...

It really is no surprise to me that down/stay was a well accomplished Mangotask... No surprise at all....

Great Labraphoto! Don't worry Dexter, giving the Mango his shine time will pay off in the long run. Everyone knows he looks ridiculous in his sports bra and spitrag.

Happy Thursday!

Wild Dingo said...

Oh my dawg. How DO you concentrate with that Huzzy Tula in your class?

MasterChew Sits must have some really laid back gun laws if doggies get to target practice. what caliber are you shooting?

The 'splorin' Wolfies said...

slow recovery for the alien, but he is up and around, still in jail and no levitation aloud. he has been working hard on his new rap album during his down time.

JD and Max said...

Way to go Mango - you have it all you know. Brains, brawn, cool good looks - and slobber! Oh yeah, that surely puts you top of the class in anyone's book! Schnauzer snuggles - JD and Max.

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Oh we are so proud of you Mango. We knew you could do it.. You are our hero.. Glad Tula was there to cheer you on...

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Honey the Great Dane said...

Oh - HUGE congrats, Mango! :-) I'd heard the great news already through my human and her sneaky private email correspondence with yours - but it was great to hear it in your words!! That sounds like a pretty challenging class - I HATE those "push ups" they make you do - I mean, getting Down once is hard enough but again and again? And "moving downs"??!! I mean - either you're moving or you're Down, right? Us giant breeds don't do multi-tasking well, I think.

Anyway, I thought you looked so relaxed in your photos and I know you made your Momma very happy - and me and Hsin-Yi are both SO proud of you! We remember a day not so long ago when you said those training classes are not for you and you vowed never to leave your estate...and look at you know! Graduate School Teachers Pet, no less!!!! :-)

Honey the Grea Dane

Anonymous said...

I never said you're "senior" all I said was that you need to work a bit on your romancing technique.If I used the word senior with you, it would be out of respect for your wisdom (and size). At least you only had eyes for Tula this last time, so there's a chance for you. A chance at puppy love, I mean.

Dennis the Vizsla said...

Why didn't you eat the little dog? Tucker's minions would have.

Cinnamon said...

Hi Mango - Congratulations on your debut at graduate school!! You are not alone. I was also put in a time-out several times in my CGC class. It was so hard to keep hiding my Cinnamoness.


Ina in Alaska said...

Good work Mango! And I always enjoy your movies too! Looks frightfully hot in Master Chew Sits!!! I am originally from NJ and I can tell you I do NOT miss the humidity one bit!! Always feel like Mango looks lying on the floor.... melting..... have a great weekend!

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

Congrats Mango Man!! Hard to believe you are now in graduate school. Will you go on to become a professor after this??
XX-Hootie and BabyRD

Oskar said...

What a brilliant dog! You hugeness must be all filled up with brains.

Um, Dexter looks a little crazed in that picture.

ocmist said...

Congratulations on getting to go to Grad School, Mr. Mango! We think you can do just about anything you really want to, being the RH and all! Mercy wants to know, does Dexter have a girl friend? Pippin

achieve1dream said...

Alright! I'm proud of you for getting your momma out of the house and taking you to school! I can't wait to see you graduate. I know you'll pass with flying colors.