Friday, August 6, 2010

Flashback Friday by Momma

First, some good news for a change. Little Ellie, the service dog, got a visit at work from her raiser family. It is so wonderful to see her all grown up and enjoying doing her job and making such a big difference in the life of her new owner.
Miss Ellie was raised as part of the prison puppy program sponsored by our local training center for assistance dogs, NEADS.

Ever go through your old puppy photos? Here is baby Mango for your viewing pleasure.

I am not certain but I think he is around four months old which would have put him at approximately 60-70 pounds.

Gaining proximity to Raja. He really doted on her, but she was most gruff with him.

Mango displaying his trademark keen, alert expression.

Gosh, Mango appears to be laying down in all these photos. Even as a puppy he was never the most energetic of guys.

Poor Mango was desolate when Raja crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. Can a dog grieve? He was less than a year old, but he became so lethargic I worried for his health.

But a second dog was just the ticket to get him going. Mind you, Mango is not the easiest dog to get along with (surprise). He will hump any female dog regardless of age or intactness and does not want to take NO for an answer (well, he never did hump Raja - are you kidding me? she was one tough bitch).

With male dogs he is fun and playful for about five minutes but then he gets tired and a dog that doesn't read Mango's body language is in danger of the AR AR AR smack down. Not to mention that he FREAKS if another dog picks up one of his toys. And, like most bullies (sigh), he is all show and does not do well with dogs who actually ARE tough guys.

But he and Dexter are great pals. They play together and Dex knows when Mango is feeling grouchy and when it is OK to (gasp) snuggle.

What a brave little guy PeeWee was to survive his puppyhood with the lumbering beast always in his face.

Of course Dexter was pretty annoying. Note placement of right rear foot. Ouch!

Hey! We still have that toy.

Bold as can be. I still have to feed Mango outside to keep Dex from interfering.

Look at hapless Mango.

"WTF? I thought you said I was getting a puppy."

Mango has to admit that ever since PeeWee came along he has gotten a lot more exercise. AND more mentals stimulation. In fact I think he is a better all around dog than in pre-PeeWee days and of course Dexter is obviously the handsomest, smartest, most easy going, best all around labradog ever.

Note - sometimes my fonts turn blue all on their own (and I am too lazy to change them back, whatever).

Go ahead! Indulge your memories. Post some cute puppy photos.

Mango Momma! Oh yeah!

P.S. I like to think that my video editing skills have improved over the past few years, but if you can stand some kind of clunky footage I have a couple of puppy movies for you.

First, Mango during his first week here. It even has a special guest appearance by our old Airedale, Angus. View it here. If nothing else, fast forward to the 1:50 mark to catch his graceful dive into the pool.

Another longish movie, but it is one of the few I have of when Dex was really little. He was just over three months old and quite persistent with bitey face. Fast forward to the 1:30 mark for inside action with Mango vocalizing (sorry, it is kind of dark). View it here.


Bouncing Bertie said...

Wow Mango, you were so BIG. Even as a puppy! That Dexter was a brave wee chappie, clambering all over you like that and stepping on your sensitive bits....Oh but why is Gail saying to me, 'sometimes Bertie, just sometimes, I wish you were a bit more like Mango, and appreciated the benefits of the slower lifestyle'.
Toodle pip!
Bertie (who is bouncing off the walls most of the time, despite regular and increasingly lengthy walks....)

Mr Koda MD said...


All I can hear is Mother Dearest making awy sounds at the pup...pup...puppies!

Keen and alert may not be the best of words to describe the Mangopup however, you were, dare I share it....Snuggleable - according to the still-"AW"ing Mother Dearest.

Lil puppy Dexter makes you live up to your RH status for sure.... it makes me want a brother!

Happy Weekend!

I'll get Mother Dearest to pop up some of my baby pictures for your Momma to go all googoo gaga over

monica said...

Awww puppies... so cute li'l plump peewee..
and Mango - his colours are gorgeous.. and so was Raja ..
Isn't it funny how his ears sort of have stayed the same size ? back then they were big ears, now they're.. not so big compared to the rest of him :o)

Priscilla said...

I cannot imagine Mango ever being a tiny pup lol!!
Raja sounds like a wonderful girl!

Mango just sounds like Laura in that they hate sharing toys and get very very grouchy.
How wonderful that the little PeeWee understands his big brother's needs exercise-wise and mentally!!

3 doxies said...

Okays, dis bes my third time trying to leaves a comment....
Holy ****, you were HUUUUUUUUGE at four months,,,,WOW!!!!!!
I so glad you showed baby piktures of da Mango and Dex today...they makes me happy. Brings back memories of when I was just a pup myself...hehehe! Me and Brudder Albert has to be fed seperately too cuz he gets made when I tries to steal it.


tula said...

Hey Mango,
now we see how pee wee got his name! & how annoying he's been from the get-go! geesh.. the torture woo put up with. guess he is stimulating & entertaining. as long as he knows who's the boss!

cute baby mango pics w/ raja:)

see woo in grad skool-

Roo said...

My parents don't have puppy photos of me. I was over 2 years when I was adopted.

Luvs the puppy photos of Mango and the labradude :)

Waggin my whole body,

Sam said...

I'm with Roo - no puppy photos of Marge. Though I do have a couple of photos of her siblings. I can kind of imagine what she looked like, at least.

I can't believe Mango will hump all female dogs! Something tells me a meeting between him and Marge would not go over well - LOL

Thanks for sharing your precious puppy memories with us. :)

Gus said...

Dear Mango and Mama..thank you for sharing puppy pictures with us. Mango was always a most handsome dude! And we are sure that he simply lies down to make himself more accessible and less threatening to others, right?


dewdana said...

I had not seen the blog about that NEADs program so now I am following it (i.e. another blog I will not have time to keep up with sigh!). I have seen tv stories about that program and think there could be nothing better. I wish there were more in place! Talk about win win!
And puppy pics are hilarious. I would love to have some puppy pics of my Moose- that is the sad part of rescue :-(
The part at 1:50 was hilarious! I see that Beautiful Raja and Grandpa Angus got along just fine so I guess she was just not fond of the younguns. Did she already have her joint ouchies by then. Poor girl! Pee Wee is one brave pup for sure! I bet Mango helped toughen him up!

The Heartbeats said...

Mango- me & you's got lots in commons. I was a cutie puppy too. Let's face it man, we just weren't so co-ordinated back then. It's a good thing da ladies just likes us to be laid back now wif our wrinkly, slobbery faces.

Your pal,

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

It's always so much fun to walk down memory lane. Great photos!

Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! Puppy photos are always precious. WOW Mango you are already 60/70 lbs at 4 months. Dex you a cutie. LOVE your photo on top of Mango. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

houndstooth said...

We were thrilled that Heather got to see Ellie as she started her new job! She must have been so proud!

Mango, you and Dex were both such cute puppies! Were you really that tolerant, or just too lazy to get up and lay the smackdown?


Molly,Taffy and Monty said...

We love your puppy photos. You were both soooooooooooo cute, well you are now, of course, just large and cute!

Have a good weekend.

Molly, Taffy and Monty

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

D'oh! Mango, you were so cute as a "little" guy (um, you weighed more at 4 months than I do now...)!!!! (Now, of course, you are just Relentlessly Handsome!) And you are so tolerant of the Wee Beastie (although we've got a little sympathy for Dexter with that ginormous head in his crate...)!!! Thanks for the walk down memory lane!

*kissey face*
-Fiona and Abby the Mutant Puppy

Samantha said...

Awwww Mango - have seen a puppy pic or two of you - what a cutey you were, even at 60# - whew! That's my (Sammie's) weight give or take 5#! I think you were very tolerant of Peewee. Everybuddy says I'm tolerant of Avalon, who really gets in my face with her sharp little needly teefies. And Dexter is adorable and obviously loves you - love your song - very cool vocalizations! Thanks for the memories!
Hugs xoxoxo

Busby and Raymond said...

Raja was NOT to be messed with was she? Yikes!

Love the old photos and video. The pic of Dexter on your back is classic! We'll have to whip out some kitten photos soon.

We're off for the next week. Our Moms are heading East into your neck of the woods. In fact, one of our Moms will be taking in the Red Sox vs Yankees game in NY on Monday. (Maybe your Dad will be watching on tv?) See you when we get back!

Dennis the Vizsla said...

Baby Mango: Still twice as big as full-grown Tucker!

Minna Krebs said...

Awwwwwh, my mom loves looking at puppy pictures! Since most of her dogs been dopted, she hasn't had a baby puppy around since Sissie Ditto was a puppy (almost 14 yrs ago!)

I specially loved dat last piktur of da Mango running with a wee black 'dot' behinds him!! Heehee


Ina in Alaska said...

Mango was adorable (still is) as a young'un! Loved his pool escapades. Sweet to see your lovely late doggies too. RIP

In the next video there is a view of Mango next to the dinner table... oh my he is a huge boy!! Loved his sounds.. it is always nice to hear how they actually sound.

We have no puppy pics, my entire pack, including Halle, are rescues. I have Halle's and Ginger's birth records but that is all.... Toby and Jeter came "as is" .... Happy weekend! xoxox

Heather said...

Ohhh baby Mango has got to be the cutest pup ever!!! I love his wobbly walk...and how he 'dove' into his pool. So cute. :)

The bitey face video is really sweet--Mango is so gentle with the baby even though Dex is the size of Mango's head!

the booker man said...

yay for puppy pictures!! mango as a baby was just too cute. he was already bigger than me when he was just 3 or 4 months old. egads! i love that his ears were so hooge when he was little! teehee. his pool wipe out was the best for sures.
dexter as a baby was just like me, only with black furs! i did lots of climbin' on asa and bitey face and zoomies, too. i wish asa would make wookie sounds, though! heeheehee.
the booker man

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...'s hard to imagine Mango being more lethargic than usual...good thing Peewee came along to give the RH Darling the kick in the pants he needed, dear boy...

Those puppy pix of him are darling....does the breed standard state keen of expression for Mastiffs as it does for us terriers?

I'm just sayin'.....

Lac E. Cakes

Mack and Mia said...

OH MANGO, How I've missed your goofy and uncoordinated self!

Woo were pretty cute as a puppy, I must say!

Hey, I'm just being nice cause I haven't seen ya's in a long time, but don't get confused, LABS STILL RULE - FAT BOY!

Wags and woofs,
Mack and Mia

Wild Dingo said...

waaaaah... we don't have any puppy footage. ok, i had loki puppy photos from his foster momma in taiwan... but that's all and none of juno under 1 year old. boo hoo...

if only i had seen her "mask" as a pup. maybe i woulda caught a clue to who she really was.

mango 60 lbs as a puppy? holy crap, that's as huge as my adult doggies! love peewee hanging on him. hilarious.

Alphini's Puppy Raiser said...

Mango, even when you were "little" (note that word is in quote marks, as you were still double the size of my current dog!)...your ears were FULL SIZE! Cute! Love the pictures, esp. the ones of you & Dex together. :)

violett said...

Mango the Great!
What you were for a cute, awkward puppy! So sweetly and already so largely!
Raja was a very nice dog. And also Agnus. Almost as nicely as I!
How nicely you have played later with Baby-Peewee.
I maybe get at the beginning of November also thus a small pain in the neck.

We had a lot of fun with the Viseo look. Thank you!

Lots of love

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Great trip down Memory Lane - we loved seeing Mango as a puppy - such a cutie. He seemed to really enjoy his pool too. We loved listening to his voice in the second video - almost lion-like. And that trademark face - we love it no matter what.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

brooke said...

Awww baby Mango! So cute! you sure were a clumsy pup! I love how you bounced around the pool and how Raja told you back away from HER pool.

dogsmom said...

My computer is not working well today. I will come back to watch videos. Mango is a star in any picture.

Nice to visit memory lane (with photos.)

Today I am blogging about upcoming doggie blog events.

mayziegal said...

SQUEE! Mango and Dexter puppy pictures! Oh, this just made my whole year, for sure! I have to wait for mom to get home to watch the movies but I'm most definitely gonna watch 'em.

Cuz me and Brudder Ranger were rescued when we were all grown, we don't have any puppy pictures of us. Well, mom has one grainy one of Brudder Ranger when he was a few weeks old but that's it. Sometimes mom googles "brindle puppies" to see if she can find a picture of a puppy that might look like I did when I was little. Um, yeah. She's a little weird.

Wiggles & Wags,

Those Elgin Pugs said...

Hello's 'deres blast from 'da past.. little big me's.. hu hu's!!

It's yous slightly smaller self's!!

Oh's 'dats good stuffs!! Yous were's a puppy's!! See.. I's a puppys just like yous were!!
And Big Adventures... alls jokey jokes asides.. butt he's very fonds of yous!! I's glad he was 'dere for yous and I's sorry 'bout yous late sibling..

Butt Raja is still 'dere and helped wits yous when yous hads yous shesure and keepings eye ball on yous!!

I's watched yous puppy movies and saw pho-toes and only our mothers coulds tell us aparts!!! hu hu's!!

Later big me's..
Little yous!!

Anakin Man

Marjie said...

I love the picture of Mango and Raja nose- to-nose. It's just beautiful. Mastiff puppies are so cute. I swear you can almost hear them growing! And that last picture of Dexter following Mango is so funny. Dex looks like a toy dog, you know, like the ones human babies pull along on a string?

Martine said...

Thank you for taking us down memory lane! Both boys were so cute as tiny baby puppies!!!!

Dexter looks the same just bigger, CUTE!!!

Ms. ~K said...

What a great post w/ great memories and photos!

Agatha and Archie said...

We gotta say big fella you were really cute as a young lad( of course you still are just in a larger way..) love A+A

little princess Luna~ said...

omd--when me and mummy were reading about mango--he reminded us of my brofur sid~! BOL~! except sid WILL fight back and won't back down. luckily it has only happened once at the doggy park and it wasn't even sid that started it. and dex is ADORABLE all teenie weenie next to huge mango--awwwwwwwwwww moment FOR SURE~!! :D


The Army of Four said...

You two were TOTALLY adorable as puppies!!! TOTALLY!!!
Tail wags

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

What great old pictures. It sure is fun to look back at them and remember how things used to be. hehe Happy Memories...
Have a great weekend...

Big Slippy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

The Life of Riley said...

It is so cute seeing the old puppy photos and video. Have a good weekend Mango.


The Life of Riley said...

Mum meant to type "Mango and Dexter" above, but sometimes the words I dictate get missed out.

Laura, Lance, and Vito said...

super super super cute! I just love your flashbacks!

LucilleMia said...

Ciao Mango!
First of all thank you for the nice comments you left on my posts... you cheered my human up with your last one...
She is still angry at me - you know... We went for a walk and I wanted to see the flock again but she would not take me there... Guess she still fears the shepherd...

You are so damn right... small doggies can have so much more freedom... instead us big doggies always have to behave perfectly...
Can't people see how good we are? We are not as noisy... we are just big but what is so wrong with that I do not understand... :(

By the way, my compliments for the wonderful video! You were such a cute puppy... I was given a pool too once, but from day one I made it clear that I do not like water...
Insted you looked so smart and completely at your ease with water...well done! do you still like swimming?

Speak to you soon my friend!
Ciao Lucille

Maggie and Mitch said...

Both of you were the most adorable puppies but we couldn't stop laughing at your graceful dive into your swimming pool, baby Mango!
How nice to see Grandpa Angus!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Scout 'n Freyja said...

So, it appears that Mango was born HUGE! Gotta say, little Dex sure had some good self-esteem to put himself right out there with his big bro.

Lola said...

Oh, I love these photos. Mango was pretty much always a big boy, huh? But cute as a very huge button! And Dexter was adorable and brave and optimistic which is so lab of him. Neither Franklin or I have baby pictures, which is unfortunate, but can't be helped. Safe to say we had more wrinkles than we do now.

lotsa licks, Lola

Tessa the Maltese said...

OMD Mango Man you are one BIG pup! I weighed 3 pounds when I was 4 months old! Maybe the weight of one of your SMALL Stuffies!!! BOL

woo woos, Tessa

Cinnamon said...

Thank you for sharing photos and videos of puppy Mango and puppy Dexter. I especially loved the last video, in which Mango looks so happy playing with puppy Dexter.

Dewey Dewster said...

What cute puppy pictures....Mango was 60 or 70 pounds at 4 months.....we can't even guess what he weighs now..It's great that he gets along well with the labradude.....he sure was a sweetie pie as a tiny...but then I was just the sweetest puppy ever or so Gram tells me all the time....I try not ta let it go ta my head but it's hard....really hard....

Dewey Dewster here....

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

I think PeeWee and MrKoda are LabraDUDs separated at birth!

PeeEssWoo: Of khourse khanines grieve...

The Thuglets said...

What a fabulous post! Mango you are just one gorgeous big puppy!

Pawsatively fabulous, fabulous post!

Big Nose Pokes
The Thugletsx

ocmist said...

We LOVED the puppy pics of the two of you, and so did Grammy! Raja, being the lady that she was, at least tried to teach you some manners around the girls, didn't she.

Sounds like PeeWee was exactly the right playmate for you, Mr. Mango! He doesn't let you get to bored with life, keeps you exercised, yet knows when to back off and give you some space... at least sometimes anyway! :)

Cheryl, Indiana, Shingo and Molly said...

Awww, we love baby pictures!!

Happy Weekend!
Woofs and Kisses!
The Fiesty Three

Minnie-Moo (Rescue Lab) said...

Mango, what a beautiful puppy you were!

Coincidentally, Muzzle found a really cute puppy photo of me while she's been looking through all of Cassie's photos. We will post it on my blog soon. I'm a little smaller than you were.


Lorenza said...

I loved watching again those videos!
Mango in the pool! I just love it!
I know Mango is happy with Dexter at home with him!
Happy Saturday!
Kisses and hugs

Sue said...

Gee, Mango you were a cute, big pup. You make Dexter puppy look like a dwarf. We liked the shot of you looking in his little crate.
Morgan, Tsar and the Porties

Zona said...

The puppy photos are pawsome! LOVE IT!!!


JD and Max said...

Awww, you can't beat puppy photos! Our FH is a bit sad that they didn't get that many puppy photos of us - we were such hard work apparently, coming together as we did, that she didn't get round to taking many photos. Excuses excuses!! We loved this post - unfortunate paw placement by Dexter when he was using Mango as a climbing frame though - ooof!! Schnauzer snuggles - JD and Max.

Kari in WeHo said...

Puppy Mango was bigger than Mesa, my largest!

don't forget, we've moved to


What's up with your ears dude? They looked huge on your puppy peanut head! Momma says that her last dog Snoopie went thru a depression when Scruffball went to the bridge unexpectedly. It was sooooo sad. Umm... so when did you start the love songs and singing career?

Cerberus said...

Oh my, both of you guys were certainly cute as puppies! When I went to puppy school all the other puppies got to play afterwards. But not me. :´( The teacher said I was too big. But I wasn't even as heavy as puppy Mango. I just had very long legs. Maybe I shoul make a post about me as a puppy too when I find the time. :)
/Cerberus the Cool

Twix said...

Great photos! I'm so old that mom doesn't have any digitals of me. And, she keeps telling me that she can't find my puppy pics either. I think that is just a bunch of crap! Maybe I'll see if I can kick her into gear and find them. I'm sure they don't compare to your photos though, Mango.

HoundDogMom said...

Oh, Mango you are just as handsome today as you were at a puppy. Only a lot larger. Mom is looking for some baby pictures of us to post, but they maybe on the computer that crashed. :( The Hounddogs

Peppy Sheppys said...

This was a most delightful stroll down memory lane seeing beautiful Raja and teeny tiny Dexter pup and not so teeny tiny Mango. We don't have puppy pictures so maybe we will have to do re-enactments.

Sheps w/Pep and Otis.

Maggie Mae said...

You guyz were sooo cutes as pups! These are all grreat pictures!

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

littlemissjackie said...

Wow, thanks for sharing your baby pictures, guys, it is so neat to see them! I like to eat my brother Dillon's food too but Mom makes me stop. Maybe we need a puppy to exercise us! I loved watching the videos - such cute puppies - and Mango's funny noises made my ears perk up! I think I will put on baby pictures of Dillon and me too (Mom says they are "toddler" pictures, because we each came to our family when we were about 18 months old.)