It's time to unveil the fabulous winners of the I Wanna be Like Mango contest! Oh boy! Before I begin, I will share a nice poem that Anakin Man (aka Mini-Me) sent to my momma for her tennis ball El'bow...
Hey Mango Momma 'dat in Pain
From a doggie dat belongs to Sanne
No not really... just El'bows head
Me blame Big Adventures bro instead
Ice it, soak it heat it and rest
Listen to 'da Mango he know best!!
Thanks little dude!
Before I reveal the winners, I, Mango, would like to share with you some of my deep thoughts on all of the contestants.
It almost wasn't fair for Anakin to enter. I mean, after all, he is a total mini-me. In fact sometimes when I read his blog I get confused and think I am reading my own blog. Yuh, like looking in a mirror for sure.
I was impressed that his humans obtained a full sized agilities tunnel for him rather than forcing him through those wee tunnels that I am confronted with at skool. And his little slobbers were quite charming.
An amazing duo. Thank goodness they entered as a pair because I have trouble remembering who is Benny and who is Lily without benefit of undercarriage viewing. Plus they have a stripey friend (shown here) which gives them extra points right there.
Bolo works really hard. In fact he is so industrious that he kind of misses the mark on the whole mastiff meditations aspect of being like ME. He is constantly babysitting Puppy, saving his dad, and having general noseventures. But his appreciation of car rides is very mango-like.
I loved the fact that out of Calhoun's entire entry he was only actually standing up in one photo. That's a guy after my own heart.
Cali's entry contained shameless huzzy photos no doubt intended to sway my otherwise totally objective voting. Frankly, I considered framing her floofie self to hang over my mastiff bed.
Corbin kind of threw me off with the relentless purple in his spiffy outfit, but he redeemed himself with an amazing up close sticky slobbers photo.
I, Mango, have an outfit just like this! How did she know?
Forget those short leggies, Dozer has an attitude that is snarky and narcissistic that mirrors me to a T.
Fenris lives with about 9,492 cats and yet is able to maintain his dignity. That is an impressive accomplishment. But he did lose a few points for being disrespectful towards his stuffies.
Sigh. Miss Fiona. I appreciate the complement of your entry, but you are really almost the anti-mango. You are just so clever and beautiful and athletic and non-slobbery.
The milkbone tree is inspired and shows what a skilled gardener this little guy is. But, to be honest, I think the little dude is kind of confused because every now and then he shows up as Francine on his blog. Get it together!
I will tell you a secret. When momma and master were dog shopping for a friend for me they considered a bloodhound just like Fred, but opted out because they said these guys slobber MORE than the Mango. Is that even possible?
Another charming lady who is (thankfully) really nothing like me. Poised, fluffy... oh my!
However we do share the burden of living with stupid DOH's!
Go Leroy, go! A dude after my own heart. Here he is putting the moves on his brother. Ha! And even though the Newfie dogs are slightly smaller than mastiffs as far as weight goes, I think they have me beat when it comes to being totally gross, dirty, shedding, slobbery, icky, gotta love 'em doggies.
CRACKER DOG! CRACKER DOG! NOT LIKE MANGO!
Maggie is not liking stairs and I can relate to that and Mitch, well, excellent athlete, but frankly they seem to actually be fond of each other and will even share foodables. The Mango does not know the word SHARE.
Combo move of athletics and expressive facials.
Miss Mayzie has stripes, just like me. However she is also not afraid of stairs and shreds her stuffies (bad dog, bad dog). Her mom is cracker which does earn some extra points.
I am not sure what to make of Minna's entry, but I hope I never run into her given this ACTUAL PHOTO that she sent in.
Ah, my friend from Germany. Now you all know we are soft on airedales here at the estate, and to be honest, Mishka strikes me as what would result from a coupling of my large and handsome self with, dare I say it, THE BEAST!
His entry had all the elements of athleticism, shamelessness, and fierce bitey face.
Careful review of Mr. Koda's entry led the Mango to think that he might actually have been mocking my mango-ness. Can you imagine? Figures. Labradork.
Alert readers know that Norwood is in my class at graduate skool where he is always commenting on my lipstick. Check out his entry. Got raisin envy much? You wish!
Oskar is one serious landscaper and frankly has more endurance than I do. Especially since his humans are constantly undoing his efforts.
Otis! You da man! Stripes, slobbers, and a total attitude.
Peppy Sheppys (Oscar [pictured], Edgrrrr, and Ethel)
These three are just INSANE! I pity poor Otis having to live with them. At least they have each other to bitey.
I was impressed by Rufus's slobbers photo because I know that isn't easy for a labradog to accomplish. As for Indie, what a perfect little princess!
As part of his entry, Sam included this photo of him flirting with MY MJ! Ouch! That really stings. Either he is indistinguishable from the Mango or MJ is a total tart.
Sarge demonstrated his technique for leaving slobbers on the windows. I think that skill is underrated. I mean, it affords privacy without curtains, but his dad keeps cleaning up after Sarge, forcing him to forever reapply his snooter stains.
OMD! Look at that face. I admit I pee'd a little when I beheld Sasha's stern expression.
Sugar is one lovely gal, no doubt. She and I share a lot of sports like agilities and tricks and just being adorable. I think she excels at that last one.
Poor Tank has boo boo leg right now. How he suffers. I admire his fearlessness in the face of persistent squirrels and of course his overall attitude reminds me of, well, ME!
Wow! Don't you wish there was audio to go with this photo? Her little face is quite expressive and mostly it expresses happy which makes me ever anxious to read her posts.
Is it possible that the beastie is like me after all? I shudder at the thought, but revisit her disturbing post and you will see that her Mango-ness cannot be denied.
Hard to keep track of all those water doggies. In fact I just see big random piles of fur with the occasional face or tail mixed in when I go their bloggy. But between the lot of them, they have ALL the bases covered for a total Mango package.
Dude! Stairs! Bad! No way! I was also impressed by his refusal to participate in dumb sports involving actual movement, like flyball. I also feel kind of sorry for him as he is named after a trash can (see his post if you don't believe me). That is just so disrespectful.
Now, on to our winners!
The popular voting was totally swept by none other than
FRED! The amazing bloodhound who is almost a mastiff! Congratulations!
Excellent showing, dude. I think the shameless display photos are what pushed you into front place. But of course there is also your most versatile facials. You are, indeed, like Mango!
And now for our extra celebrity judging mastiff's choice awards.
First up, Thor! Poor Thor spent many a late night in front of the computer to reach his decision. He must be exhausted!
The Milk Bone tree is just delightful. We are actively in pursuit of seeds for such a tree; if we can't find any, we're going to consult our gardening books and learn to graft branches from other trees. Frankie is our first choice.
OK, now time to see who El'bow chose. He, too, was exhausted from his judging duties.
we (el'bow and Sanne for help :p ) finally find our favorite
and that issss Calhoun
we just love love the action photo's :D and he does the mango-show-man-thingies-laydown-move perfect :)
i think he is a cute dog to :p
Are you ready? Time for my choice for best I Wanna be Like Mango doggie!
Sure, she is just a wee little thing, but Sasha has shown real grit in overcoming her diminutive size to let her true Mango-ness shine through. She has developed such a heavy stride that the earth cracks where she walks. Not to mention her fierce face and deep meditations.
And there you have it... wait a minute, what's that Momma? YOU want to give an award? Oh man, apparently she thinks she is better able to judge than I, Mango, so given that she is the one with the thumbs here goes...
SPECIAL MANGO MOMMA AWARD
Come on! How can you not like this guy? He is the ultimate mastiff / airedale or perhaps Airetiff. That face! Those moves! That attitude! If you have any doubts, just read his entry (don't worry, he has a google translate button in his sidebar if you don't speak German).
Fred, Frankie, Sasha, Mischka and Calhoun, please send me your snail mail addresses so that I can get you your prizes. My peemail is backupdog AT comcast DOT net.
Thanks to all my contestants! I had a great time! Hope you did too!
Mango Man! Oh yeah!