Sunday, November 28, 2010

My Estate - Transformed!

Before I start, I have to tell you that my friend Greg finally came home from Afghanistan and of course he came to see ME and tell me about his adventures there working for the NPR. He directs parts of some show called All Things Considered and I made sure that momma tuned it in to listen to his reports.

Wow, I was so glad to see him safe and sound. Welcome home, buddy.

My estate is what you might call a fixer upper of relentlessly huge proportions and it is still a work in process. But our neighbors are always excited to see what is going on with the exterior. With the front porch finished at last, I want to show off to you the transformation.

The original photo was taken just after Master chopped down all the arborvitae. They surrounded the house and obscured the windows making it night time all the time inside. Not to mention that they were all the way up to the second story and our across the street neighbors didn't even know our house was made of brick. For sure.

Here is my estate then... (I would have scanned in the photo if the DOH ever hooked up the new scanner she bought THREE YEARS AGO)...

And now!

Can you spot all the changes? I will list them for you...

  1. Second story dormers ripped off and doubled in size (yuh, like that made super sized holes in the roof and the inside ceilings all had to be torn out and whatchyercall reconfigured)
  2. New roof
  3. New windows
  4. Plastic screen porch turned in to my living room addition
  5. Fancy pants walkway (he had some help for that)
  6. There is an actual lawn instead of brown stuff
  7. New front door (the old one actually had a Monopoly board stapled up where the window used to be).
And of course my brand spank me new front porch which is very grand. Do you remember what it looked like before?

Then came demolition day and Master got in a big monster machine and smashed the old porch all up.

And Jarrod came to do the heavy work. Regular little Cool Hand Luke.

Look at it now! Wow! I spy on the humans as the go by on walkies and they are always admiring my estate and pointing and stuff. At first I thought they were maybe commenting on the fact that the Mango lives here, but now I can admit that they are looking at the Master's creation.

The porch has been 99.99% completed for some time now, but I did not want to show you until it had the finishing touch.

To whit, these pineapples.

Which a friend of ours who is a Master gilder antique restoration dude made all bright and shiny. Hey! Wouldn't everybody have gilded pineapples if they could? It makes momma smile every time she looks at them.

One of a kind, just like my Master.

Mango Man! Oh yeah!

P.S. You must be going through withdrawal after all those pictures without ME. Here you go. Ladies, get out your smelling salts...


Wild Dingo said...

Juno is literally crying right this moment. how dare you post that so early in the morning!

ps. awesome remodel! love it! and the finials are awesome...

Noah the Airedale said...

Your master sure is clever. The work is fantastic and your house looks pawesome matie. You must love living in such a nice house.

Noah x

Anonymous said...

Fabo renovation! Mom just luvs before and after shots :) And she's goin gaga over the gilded pineapples. Makes her smile bigger than her face.

I want to see inside your new Den Mango. Bet it has some really cool dog dude touches :)

Looks like you're likin your new grass. It does look very green. Does it taste good?

Waggin at ya,

Bouncing Bertie said...

Phew Mango. No purple!
Toodle pip!
PS Gail says please tell Greg that she didn't think she'd survive 2 years in Oklahoma until she found NPR!

pam said...

Meja has the vapors after seeing that there picture...

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

Wow! That is spectacular! We're talking about the estate here, Mango, although the same applies to that last photo!

We're very glad your friend is back safe and sound. When #1 lived in the States, she always enjoyed listening to that show, and tuned in again last month when she was in Iowa and Chicago.


Niamh said...

Amazing Mango! Your estate is terrific and of course you and Dexter deserve only the best so the gold pineapples are perfect. Your master is very talented.

Your friends,
Niamh & Ambrose

Priscilla said...

Woohooo! That is the right estate for you Mango and Dexter. I'm also glad that there is no purple but two golden pineapples! Your master is really creative and talented. He did make a great facelift of your estate! Oh, the green lawn is gorgeous too!

The Thundering Herd said...

What a terrific renovation. We had been following the various stories, but love that you showed us the before and after total picture.

Of course, The Herd was wondering where the teeth marks were.

Anonymous said...

What a charming estate you have Mango. Master does good work!

Gus said...

Mango Man, Momma, Master and alll....Marvelous Job. While we know that Mango is the creative genius behind this, everyone else has pitched in and accomplished miracles! It is such a dramatic change.

(having lived in older houses, we now ask "what next?"

Hope Mango is feeling well.

Gussie n Teka

Noah said...

That was a big change. Doesn't even look like the same house. More like a castle, which would make you royalty!

The Thuglets said...

Wow..your estate really has taken on a huge change. Looks fabulous..spectacular porch an excellent platform on which to watch the world go by.
Definately a home fit for Mango the Man, and of course Dexter.

We are glad your friend Greg is home safe.

Have a great weekend.

Big Nose Pokes
The Thugletsx

Anny said...

Beeyootiful renovation :) I love the blue... and the golden pineapples :) they would have made me smiled too if i had that on my porch. Your daddy is awesome.

Have a great weekend Mango + Dexter.

woofs n licks,

Aniemother said...

Looking good, buddy. Good you finally have an estate to match your handsomeness ;)


The Boston Lady said...

Hey Mango!!! I love the improvements to the front of your estate, those pineapples make me smile too. Kudos to all involved in the great transformation. Glad your friend Glenn made it back safely. All Things Considered is one of my favorite spots on NPR. Say hi to your momma and get to work on your Christmas list - I'm curious what someone such as yourself would ask for. Ann TBL

giantspeckledchihuahua said...

OH! I love NPR and "All Things Considered"! Welcome home, Greg!

The transformation is amazing! Are you all done now? Renovations drive me crazy (or used to). Pineapples are the symbol of welcome, so very appropriate for your front door!

Benny and Lily said...

Wow,I had to help Lily up after that picture! Anyway, welcome home to your buddy. Your pad/house/mansion looks awesome! What a great job. Who needs HGTV or Extreme Makeover!
Benny & Lily

Heather and Pumpkin said...

Mango, I am sure the pawparazzi are just pretending to admire the house whilst they snap photos of you sunbathing for the tabloids.


Zona said...

What a beautiful estate! You have some pretty handy two leggers!!

Welcome home to your buddy!


Raymond and Busby said...

Wow, the estate looks pawsome. When we saw the title of today's post, we thought it would be the estate covered with a foot of snow or something. We DO think gilded mangos would have been more appropriate for the front door. Just sayin'.

Mack said...

Dude, your estate is awesome! Mom especially likes those pineapples. I know you did most of the supervising right? And we are big NPR fans over here. All Things Considered is one of the peeps faves.

Anonymous said...

wow mango, our mom loves all things considered and is a regular NPR junkie! she doesn't own a television, so it's all radio all the time....

pee ess: he's kinda cute!

Martha and Bailey said...

A most fitting Estate for yourself and Dexter!
It looks very nice indeed.
Those pineapples were the finishing touches....!We had never thought of gilded pineapples - but they do make you smile.
That last pic Mango, really is was too much....... we have both fainted and our little barrel shaped bodies are rolling away down the hill.
Much love
Martha and Bailey xxx

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...


What a great post fur many many reasons!

Thanks fur sharing all the great stuffs - from Greg on down to the - well woo know what ;-)

I happened to see your advice to Wild Dingo Woman - I think she needs a Mango in the bakhk fur trakhtion khontrol PLUS if she got stukhk, woo khould pull her out!

Great work on The Estate!

PeeEssWoo: But why not Golden Mangoes?

rottrover said...

What a project!! Beautiful -- especially the pineapples! Welcome home, Greg. I, too am a huge ATC fan...

Stella, Gunther and Betty said...

Hey Mango,

The Estate looks wonderful!! You must be very proud. We're all glad to see you're feeling better too!

The Smushies

Sue said...

Wow, that was a lot of work. Looks really good. We especially like that circular brick pattern in front of the steps.
Morgan, Tsar and the Porties

Lacy said...

woofs, wow, the master has dided an awesome job on the estate...did u pups snoopervise??

b safe,

JD and Max said...

Hiya Mango,

Wow, your master is indeed a master craftsman, what a fantastic transformation. No wonder people point at his great project - although we're sure some of them are just pointing out the Mango, he he he!

Schnauzer snuggles - JD and Max.

houndstooth said...

Mango, your estate looks amazing! Could you send Master over to do some work on our house? I love the pineapples! Better gilded pineapples than your nards. Just sayin'!


Daisy Dog said...

The remodel is beautiful!! Good thing they built you your own room! The pineaples are the perfect finishing touch too! Glad you had a nice Thanksgiving!

Daisy Dog said...

The remodel is beautiful!! Good thing they built you your own room! The pineaples are the perfect finishing touch too! Glad you had a nice Thanksgiving!

Ms. ~K said...

Beautiful transformation...and the pineaplles are the perfect "hospitality" touch!

Oh Mango, I needed more warning!
I'm sinking fast...

Ms. ~K said...

PS...Rama wants to know if you hire out the Master?

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

Mango...sheesch...Lacie just passed out cold on the floor and we can't get her to move...

She might have post concussion syndrome cuz Mumsie had picked her up the other day to sniff her sanitary section to see who stunk and well, she um dropped her...Mumsie was in a state of shock and Lacie was in a state of extreme anger...she sprang up and bit me and then chased the Dale around snapping. Mumsie had to rock and placate her in the swivel rocker to calm her...frankly, I think that hoooge whoosh you heard on Wednesday was just the gas goin' outta her all at once...

It blew all the windows out here...

Glad your Givingthanks Gorge was a RH success...

How are ya feeling? We've been thinkin' of ya....



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

Mumsie here...I can't believe Scruffy blabbed about that little was awful...

Wanted to tell ya how bootiful the Estate guys have put tons of work into it and how it shows!!!

Great job!!!

Fumble fingered barks,


Jake of Florida said...

Your estate is indeed now worthy of your RH self!!!

So many things to comment on: first, when our Dogdad is not watching all the house renovation shows on TV (which means he really appreciates what the Master has done), he and Mom are listening to All Things Considered and so we've heard your buddy's reports. How cool!!!

As for the pineapples, they are indeed a special symbol of welcome and hospitality -- so they do deserve the place of honour on your estate.

Excellent post!!!

Wirey woofs,

Jake and Just Harry

Molly,Taffy and Monty said...

Mango you have an estate to be very proud of.
It looks amazing after all the hard work of your hoomans; under your supervision of course.

Molly, Taffy and Monty

The Life of Riley said...

Mango and pineapple - that sounds like a dessert! Your master has made you a very fancy doghouse!

Sending you woofs,

Marjie said...

Mango! Your estate's new look is outstanding! My momma wants a fancy pants thing called a porte cochere, which is explained to me as a porch for the mastiff mobile, but the Great Red Protector doesn't want to drive cars past the front door. Nuts. We have some of those huge arbor vitae in front of our house, but they don't block the windows.

And your new dormers are awesome! Totally mastiff sized. Good job that Master recognized the need for mastiff sized windows.

My momma says she wants gilded pineapples, too. What is it with these DOH's, anyway, and their gilded fruits?


Carol from Down Under said...

Hi Mango, wow your Master is so clever. If we renovated, our house would look like yours in the beginning. I admire handyman people. The pineapples were just right. How did your Momma think of them. She must be into tropical fruit. Our old girl Kara saw your picture and started panting. Please no more excitement for her. Take care big fella, no worries, Carol.

1000 Goldens said...

Very cool that your friend works on All Things Considered :) Mango, we love your new banner photo and your Master did an outstanding job on your renovation! Pineapples were a nice touch :)

Kari in WeHo said...

Your estate sure is beautiful Mango!


Lorenza said...

That was a supreme renovation... not like the one my mom made!
It is pawesome!
But... I guess a pair of mangos would look nicer than the pineapples!
Kisses and hugs

Wild Dingo said...

ps. both of us are quite used to driving in the snow. but for me, it's been a little over 11 years since i've had to do it! it's just that it wasn't at ALL driving conditions. i'm just so used to "oh this isn't bad" back in Connect the Dots state... but it actually WAS really bad!

Maggie and Mitch said...

Wow! You and your master and momma have been busy, Mango! A transformation indeed! We love those snazzy new pineapples! They are just gorgeous!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Wow Mango your house looks awesome now.. WE love it..
Sure glad we got to see a nice picture of you too...

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Oskar said...

Your house looks fantabulous! You look great too!

Nubbin wiggles,

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Mango, we are so glad you saved the best for last - and you don't even have to have gilded pineapples:)

Your home looks marvelous after all that very hard work. Mom just loves the porch.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Sewmouse said...

Your Master is very talented. He has done beautiful work, I am sure you are very proud!

For a moment, my momma thought that there was a mounted "head of Norwood" on the front of your new porch, just above the stairs. I had to point out to her that it was a LAMP. Mommas can be so silly sometimes.


brooke said...

That's a great transformation!
And welcome home to your friend!
And that was way too much Mango-ness to handle!

Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! I'm back from my Holiday break. First, glad to hear that you're alright. My peeps just love the pineapples. Golden Welcome to your handsome friend Greg. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

TwoSpecialWires said...

Totally. Absolutely. Amazingly. Wonderful transformation. Your supervisory skills have paid off in a big way, Mango. Your people should be very proud. The estate is perfectly fitting for your great and awesome self. Selves. All of you. It truly is beautiful. Including those gilded pineapples. The perfect finishing touches.

So cool.
So deserving.
We're so impressed.
Jake and Fergi (and OurMoma)

Jed and Abby in MerryLand said...

Really, Mango! Consider the ladies! Pretty Girl is visiting us for the holiday and she nearly jumped though the computer screen. I, Jed, had to restrain her by jumping on her head. Abby was no help, just standing there with a glazed look in her eyes.

Your Master is most talented! Maybe your NPR friend [welcome home!] could pull some stings at PBS and get you your own home improvement show? "Mango & The Master Renovations" or "Relentlessly Huge Home Improvements." You'd be a natural on the TV. Bet the PBS fund raising would at least double on account of your show.

Jed [Abby & Pretty Girl are still incoherent.]

Jed and Abby in MerryLand said...

Thanks a lot, Mango! Pretty Girl is now following ME around with her nose stuck in what Scruffy calls my sanitary parts. And I've been tutored! This is all your fault!


CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

Love those gilded pineapples!

monica said...

what a great estate - most suitable for the one and only relentlessly huge and adorable Mango... and his little pea brother...

KB said...

I needed those smelling salts...

achieve1dream said...

Your estate looks great! What a difference. :)

dewdana said...

WOW! Obviously we need a master like yours at the moose lodge! Heck, even a tool time pal or two would be nice! It is looking great!

Those Elgin Pugs said...

Oh Mango just like you.. you hooman furiend is pretty handsome

and what a wonderful jobs on 'dat estate!! 'da before and afters are Pawsome!! Great Job to your family!!

Josie Posie