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.