Friday, November 26, 2010

Thanksgiving Recap

Whew! That was one exciting day for sure. There were so many people! Sadly, the Mango was unable to partake of Thanksgiving foodables as they were all served in the barn where Master put his workbenches together to make a big banquet table. Pea and I were assigned to guard the main house whilst the humans gorged to the point of stupor. Hey, a thankless job, but somebody had to do it.

Now sadly, once guests started arriving, momma lost a bit of her brains and totally forgot that she even had the flashy beast so if you can believe it there are NO photos from the feast preparation, consumption, or aftermath. Huh? Whatever. There will be photos later anyway (and an exciting movie).

I want to give a special shout out to all of my Thanksgiving guests.

My brother Jake who cleaned up the barn.

My sissy-in-law Shannon who gave me lots of snuggles.

My sissy Liz who worked hard the night before to help get the foodables ready.

My brother-in-law Nate who peeled potatoes and happily pitched in wherever he was needed.

My Auntie Lynn who made nommy turnips (and if I am not mistaken some pumpkin pie which is still in the cold box).

My Grandma and Grandpa who kept momma busy chatting so she would not strain her mentals.

My Uncle Gary who came from California just to play tennis ball with PeeWee and cheer at my mastiff moves demonstration.

And special thanks to my Auntie Audrey and Uncle Rick who came all the way from Maine and took charge of the kitchen and made everything just happen at the last minute (plus they sent us a most beautiful centerpiece for our dining room table).

And then there is my nephew, Misha. What an odd little dude he is. He came up on Wednesday for a sleep over. That guy kind of scares me. I mean he only weighs 30 pounds, about the same as our Thanksgiving turkey, but he attacks me whenever he comes to my estate. Seriously! I mean it! Is that insane or what?

Oh, you don't believe me? You are saying, "Mango, how could a manly dude such as yourself be afraid of a wee little cocky spaniel." Yuh, you would be scared too.

Watch an actual video of him here.


I took some stills from the movie. They are kind of blurry which is just as well since it is so horrifying to relive even through the digitals.

Look at him! He tried to rip out my large and not wanting cocky spaniel toofers in it throat.

And then AGAIN! All AR AR AR right in my dumbfounded and trying to get out of the way face!

Even scarier, yuh, he totally was howling like the hound of hell. See his little pointy head all thrown back? I figured he was summoning his minions to descend upon the estate!

Of course PeeWee was no help at all. I think he had some annoying little black dog secret hand shake with the Misha devil because Misha never once tried to kill him even when he indulged in shameless belly rubs from Misha's dad.

He doesn't even lay down like a normal doggie. He disguises himself as a dust mop, but I was on to his tricks. He did not fool the Mango, not for a minute. I slept with one eye open you can count on it.

In the morning I showed him where the best grazing lands are to try and make nice. I didn't even bat an eye when he put his black leathery lips on my tug toy.

And you know what? By the end of the day we were kind of pals. Seriously.

Well, are you surprised? Nobody can resist the charms of the Mango for long. Not even little devil dogs from the far away land of Connect the Dots.

OK, it isn't exactly snuggling, but we are actually touching.

But I can't help but think he is wondering if my leggie tastes like chicken.

Mango Man! Oh yeah!


MJ's doghouse said...

wow cousin maggie looks exactly like your nephew...he does look a little nasty..nut usually with the little guys the bark is worse than the bite...i think you should have tought him how to get into the barn to bring you some foodable...i cant believe they didnt invite you to dinner...

Priscilla said...

Your mom gave you and Pea the most important job ever which was to keep an eye on the house while they were gobbling down the food! I wonder anybody reserved any turkey or pie for you both when their tummies were bloated! How could they not invite you to the feast???

Your nephew has an angelic name but he really showed his evil side when he tried to attack you. Luckily your mom got the proof! Clever she!!!

Martha and Bailey said...

Mango we have always said you are irresistable - is a hugely relentless sort of way!
Sounds like your humans had a great time..........even forgetting to take pics!
That must have been some Thanksgiving.
Much love
Martha and Bailey xxx

The Paw Relations said...

Goodness! That was real scary for a moment there!

Mack said...

Crazy. Like. Paris.

Jen said...

Wow! What a fantastic Thanksgiving you had!! And, yes, Mango, you ARE irresistable!!

Happy Thanksgiving to you! We might be Canadian over here, but there's still a turkey planned for the weekend anyway. I figure, since I nearly ended up in Seattle, once upon a time plus I have so much to be grateful for, I celebrate Thanksgiving twice. (just not on Thursday like you because somehow I can't convince my employers that we need to have your Thanksgiving off too!!)

Jen and the Black Dog Crew

giantspeckledchihuahua said...

Thank dog you and Misha called a truce!

HoundDogMom said...

That little black dog is whacked for sure Mango. We are so glad he realized he is the visitor and needs to play nice with the Mango. Glad you had a nice weekend and that other bad monster is staying away. Sniffs, The HoundDogs

Gus said...

Mango, we are astounded by the nerve of that little black dog. Not even Teka would try to attack your most venerable self. Well, I hope she wouldn't


1000 Goldens said...

Mango - that sounds like a great holiday, we love that they were able to set up a special feasting station in the barn! We also like the picture of the pipsqueak howling - very funny :)

The 'splorin' Wolfies said...

i would have been scared too. why do the little doggies always want to kill us. my mom calls it little man syndrome

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Just another khrakhkah blakhk doggie!

Glad to see all survived the 'fun'

PeeEssWoo: Khwite the nice howl from Misha!

Raymond and Busby said...

Misha is obviously a devil dog and we don't know how you slept with him so close to you. You were very brave, Mango. He may have put his black leathery lips on your delicious tasting like chicken looking leg.

Brian said...

I'm glad to hear that you are feeling better Mango...even with some LBDS (Little Black Dog Stress)!

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Mango, that Misha is nuts but you are so patient with him. Glad to see you managed to get him under control - so do you still have that leggie all intact?

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Ms. ~K said...

What is about little pups and their need to push us big doggies around? Sheesh! You could have peed on the little dude and put him in his place!
But you handled yourself well Mango!

Sounds like you had a houseful of wonderful family for Turkey Day.
Hope you and MangoMom are getting some much needed rest today!
~K and The Pups

FiveSibesMom said...

Wow, that was scary for a minute! Glad you two became somewhat "pals." The nerve of a visitor to be so grouchy and you even let him play with tug toy - you're such a good boy, Mango. Glad with the stress, you're still feeling well! We are happy for you! Hope you got some yummy turkey nibbles! Now you can rest up with Hu-Mom and enjoy the long weekend! Husky hugs coming your way!

Kristine said...

What a welcomming host you are Mango. It's not your fault if a guest doesn't accept your friendly overtures. Hopefully next time will go much smoother.

I'm so glad you had such a fun and exciting Thanksgiving. You did a fine job protecting the house. I'm even gladder you seem to be feeling better. It's a Thanksgiving miracle!

Have a wonderful rest of the weekend!

Samantha said...

Your cuz is obviously nuts, Mango and after you were so welcoming to him. Yikes! In the last week, my sis has all of a sudden turned into a teenaged monster and twice, I just simply had had it and sort of growled and went into attack mode. It's sort of surprised me and it totally freaked Mom out, but she's been reassured that it's finally my turn to speak, cause I've been so tolerant of MonsterAva. I hope things will be calmer for you in the next weeks, Mango. We're thinking about you a lot...
Sending hugs to you, Pea and your family xoxoxo
Sammie and Avalon

Aniemother said...

I'm glad to hear the two of you became friendly and that everyone had a great time!


Niamh said...

Amazing that you and the little Misha monster became friends. That video is quite scary and his yowling is eerie. Ambrose was having a nice chew on a bone when the howling part started on the movie. As soon as he heard it, he froze and wouldn't chew on his bone anymore. Most disturbing. Glad that you had a great Thanksgiving otherwise.

Your friends,
Niamh & Ambrose

Stella said...

Misha looks like a good little guy to me. They just get over excited and want to play like maniacs. You do tend to over react to things like this (and almost anything else!)

Settle down, Buddy!


Maggie and Mitch said...

Misha is kind of a nutcase, Mango! We're glad that in the end, you got to be pals!
You had quite the guestlist for Thanksgiving! We hope your mom shares lots of leftovers with you!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

rottrover said...

It looked like that Misha dude was trying to put his head in your mouth. Such restraint, Mango! We never could have done so well!

The Thuglets said...

Mango..sounds like you had a great thanksgiving!

So many people. Glad the little chap decided to settle down with you!

Big Nose Pokes
The Thugletsx

Asta said...

I thought of you a lot yestewday, and all things considewed it sounds like it was pwetty gweat at youw many nice family and fwiends to help and even suwviving the unwanted attentions of the dust mop welative.I pawsonally am gwateful that you made it so smoofly..west up my deew fwiend
smoochie kisses

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

You must be exhausted after all that, Mango!


CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

Good job Mango! I can't believe you didn't eat Misha! he probably wouldn't taste good anyways!

Hope you are feeling better!

Anonymous said...

That's one wild and crazy Cocker, Mango...! I would have run for my life! Glad you had a good Thanksgiving.

Elyse and Riley

Rudy - The dog with a blog said...

Awesome pictures, looks like a fun Thanksgiving!

Agatha and Archie said...

Well we are sooo happy all went well!!! And a good time was had by all.. One word though That kid Misha is a loose wire... I would watch my back if ya know what I mean/ Just saying Love the A team

Kari in WeHo said...

how great that you two were able to work it out


Noah the Airedale said...

What a huge Thanksgiving you had. Not sure about the lunging at the throat though...what's that about?

Noah x

Oskar said...

I'm glad you got along at the end, but I think he's few brain cells short!

Nubbin wiggles,

violett said...

Hehe mango, there it goes for you like me! My small brother bites me in the face and everywhere... he has nobody respekt before me. And if I want to say him who is here the boss, then he disappears under the couch. There I am not able there. I am too big for it. But we can also be quite nicely with each other.
Mischa he is called? Almost as well as I *lol*
We both suffer.
Whether Mischa, Peewee or Hoover. Everybody wants only one- Be a boss!
Lots of love

houndstooth said...

Mango, I think those spaniels are all a bit touched in the head, but that guy takes the cake! Seriously, you're like ten of that little fuzzball! What is up with that? I am glad that you got through all that okay. Sheesh! You have the patience of a saint. Perhaps we should dub you Saint Mango!


Wild Dingo said...

Mango Man! Oh Yeah! I'm so glad you slept with one eye open. do you need the cracker to come and enforce "peace"? cuz he can come. he's just waitin' for someone to give him something to do these days besides shut all the doors and cabinets that his DOH keeps leaving open.

he said he'd take the criminal too. so you have some floofy entertainment while he patrols your perimeter...

Sue said...

You showed great restraint with that crazy little dog. Guess he needed to prove something. Glad you had a good holiday. They can be stressful and you need to avoid stress.
Morgan, Tsar and the Porties

Benny and Lily said...

You were very patient Mango. Hope you are feeling better. Like mine, bet yourleg tastes like chicken
Benny & Lily

Erika said...

Wow Mango that nephew of yours is crazy. I'm suprised you didn't show him the inside of your mouth like you do with all those boxers. Just to keep him in line.

XOXO Erika, and Blair

Lorenza said...

Glad all your family had a pawesome time together!
And your cousin sure is "interesting"
Why was he howling?? Hmmm....
Kisses and hugs

Carol from Down Under said...

Wow Mango, what a day. Hope you got to eat some of the good stuff too. And that little black cocker. Well, obviously suffering from Mango envy! You should have showed him what a proper 'howl' was like. Take care big fella, love Carol.

Jed and Abby in MerryLand said...

Glad to see you survived Thanksgiving in one piece, and that you didn't let that suicidal cocker put his head in your mouth. Even though it was clearly his fault, you know who would have gotten the blame for any unfortuntate eventuality. Hope you and Dex got a nibble of turkey. How is Oliver? Did he come, too? That would have been quite a family gathering.

Jed & Abby

Those Elgin Pugs said...

hu hu's... big me's!! Yous new furiend quite 'dat character! 'dem cocker spaniels usually are.. me Grammy has three of 'dems.. Buffy, Baily and Brady..
dey all knuckle heads..

Yous Misha does look a little shady all disguising himself's as a mops... me sees 'dat..

Me bets him ates all 'da turkeys too..

Me Momma went to 'da vets today to get me nerdy sissy's some pills (old lady pills) and she told me's she saw big Pugs todays.. So she told 'da peeps about her Mini at homes... duh.. me's and dey didn't know what a mini was!!!! what in 'da world... Mommy said she almost fainted when she heard 'dem say it she dids..

Oh.. me needs a warm glass of milk and some Zzzzz's....
Laters me big self's
Anakin Man

Those Elgin Pugs said...


me is having me Mommy work on a new pho-toe of all four of us's...
yous can't even see me face...

Oh wells, just look in 'da mirror.. hu hu's
'dats what me looks like... you..
what are you still doing reading 'dis

ocmist said...

Gee, that IS to bad that you didn't get to share in the big meal with everyone. That happened to us, too. They went to eat and Auntie Dee's house and since she already had several dogs and there were so many people, we had to stay next door at Mimi's.

That Misha sure is a grouchy pooch! Auntie Dee has one called Pepper that is that way. At least he finally succumbed to your sweet self and perfectly gentlemanly behavior and settled down some.

Hope you got some leftovers from that feast the people's had. Grammy ended up in the hospital on Thanksgiving night from an asthma attack, but got home this morning and she made sure we got some leftover turkey (not the skin cause that is bad for doggies) We even got some dressing cause Uncle Robert is allergic to onions so they made some for him and he didn't like is so we got it! Yummy!

We are so thankful that we have you as a friend, and if Grammy hadn't been so sick these past few weeks, we would have visited you sooner to tell you! The Country Corgis

The Thundering Herd said...

Woo - Misha howls just like us!

Ina in Alaska said...

Mischa is one daring spaniel! But a cute one.

I had to laugh at your comment about forgetting to use the camera. I barely remembered mine too and I had mine AT THE TABLE... and forgot to take shots of the enormous amounts of delish food! Just got the group present lined up by the fire and that was it... oh .... except for taking a picture of the corner of the pumpkin cheesecake which Halle scored when we were not looking..... it was Halle's first Thanksgiving with us and our first dining room table extravaganza with her present... I am used to little poodles who cannot reach the table top... I have been schooled by the Diva.... xo

Anonymous said...

Laughin my tail off at you and your cousin Misha :D One tough dude he is!

Glad y'all made up a bit toward the end :)

Waggin at ya,

Lacy said...

w00fs, me and jodee has to guard the big house sumtimes too...sounds like u all had a fun day, even if the devil doggy was there..

b safe,

Sarge said...

Hey Mango!
Wow, what a weird little guy. I can't imagine anyone not being respectful of your hugeness! I think he needs a psych evaluation or something. Definitely don't turn your back...he might mistaken your marbled coat for a modern-art kinda target!
Grr and a Cautious Woof,

KB said...

I wish that we could hear the howling! You look relentlessly huge, Mango!

Marjie said...

The charms of the Mango win over even an insane cracker dog! And I am most happy for your Momma that actual people came to take over the preparation of the foodables. As for me, well, I got my very fair share of food. Everyone was very careful to save some turkey or mashed potatoes for me. I even got some sausage stuffing, and, dude, that was awesome. I only regret that you didn't escape the estate and venture through the wilds west of the 495 to share in my feast. I still have some left for today, even!


Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Mango that was hilarious. Dad is even rolling about the dust mop and the minions..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

BRUTUS said...

What the host you must be, Mango. Not only letting strange humans pillage your Estate, but a dustmop too? Too bad they crop those cocker tails or they might actually be convenient handles for dusting! Hope your floors are cleaner if nothing else!

Brutus & Carmen

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

Wow. Um. That Misha was, uh, something. I am impressed with your diplomatic skills - there is no way that you would catch me touch/cavorting with a spawn of Satan masquerading as a dust mop. You are the much better dog than me! Happy (belated) Thanksgiving!

*kissey face*
-Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus

achieve1dream said...

Happy Thanksgiving! Sorry this is so late. :(

I think you should have chewed that evil cocky spaniel up and spot him back out. Glad you made friends eventually. :)

Honey the Great Dane said...

Hey Mango - sometimes the little guys feel like they have a lot to prove...I get that too all the time.

Sheesh! Your Momma didn't take any photos of your Thanksgiving party??!!! My God - I think she needs to come to Hsin-Yi's Camera Machine Boot Camp where the golden rule is Never Move A Inch Without Using Your Camera Machine!!! :-) Paul sometimes says that Hsin-Yi never actually lives the actual events coz she's so busy taking pictures of it!

Honey the Great Dane