Sunday, November 21, 2010

Training Update, Walkies, and a Couple of Other Things

My friend, Roo, is in big trouble. His mom turned him into a cartoon and I went to help him, but, oh dear, you really have to just read it for yourself here.

Loyal readers know that the PeeWee has enrolled in something called Beyond the Leash. Whatever. I'm not too bothered except that momma is making ME do HIS homeworks. Most recently some ridiculous "activity" called "leave it" where you are apparently supposed to ignore hot dogs falling from the sky. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? I made a movie of our trainings. Watch it here.

Did you see idiot momma wearing her coat inside? Yuh, because she is LAZY and forgets to take it off and what about her hair? Oh the horror.

Now normally Sunday is the housework day, but since we have guests coming on Thursday for the big gorge fest, momma decided to kick back and just enjoy hanging out with us and leave the dirties until Wednesday. Sounds like a plan to me.

First the Pea had his woodland walkie and Momma says, "NO MORE WOODS WALKING UNTIL IT SNOWS!" Cause she totally was pulling ticks off the little dude even though he uses the Frontline. Ew!

What? Does he think he is a pointer or something?

Now, let me tell you something about my walkies. I used to think that I only had to be a good doggie at school and let me tell you I am a most excellent student.

But funny thing is, I am kind of getting in the habit of being a good boy whenever my leash is on. So sure, I still feel the need to yell at joggers who run too fast or weird neighbors, but I am getting more and more relaxed.

Look at this! I am so far from home you can't even see my estate!

A Mango sized tree for some peemail, yuh!

And check this out! I went all the way across the scary turnpike bridge! Wow!

Friends, it is with a heavy heart that I must encourage you to boycott the Trader Joe's groceries. Yes, I know they have tons on nommy foodables, but it appears they have gotten on the bandwagon for black market Mango based products. Alert reader, Khyra, sent me these actual photos from a recent trip to said establishment.

Things are still kind of busy here at the estate what with momma trying to get all her work place stuff done AND get ready for the Thanksgiving, so bear with me if I am not my usual witty and blog reading self.

Mango Man! Oh yeah!

P.S. I am going back to the special vet this week so I made a movie for her to watch how I run. If you want to see it too, just click here.


Sue said...

We're sadly impressed with your leave it training. Impressed because you let those hot dogs fall all around you and didn't touch them. Sadly because our Mom will probably try that with us next. We'll fail miserably because what Portie can sit there with it raining hot dogs and not jump around and scarf them up? Oh well.
Morgan, Tsar and the Porties

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

Uh, we don't do so well with hot dogs raining from the sky. Actually, we do great, it's the hot dogs that don't fare so well!!! I am most impressed with your walkies - no wonder you are marathon-runner skinny! Mom banned us from playing in the backyard until it snowed (something about Abby being a giant mudball), and the gods have answered our prayers, and it's DUMPING!!! (Now Dad is whining about us coming in as giant snowballs and melting for the next 3 hours... *sigh*) Oh, and we would totally ban Trader Joes if there were such a place here, so we'll just ban them on principle.

*kissey face*
-Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus

Carol from Down Under said...

Hi Mango, just a couple of things. Bite the heads off any gnomnes you see. They are creepy. Your 'leave it' skills are very good, but doesn't your mum know about the 5 second rule. If you can't get it by then, you are not supposed to eat it (in case of germs). Another thing, your mum's hair looked fine to me. I've seen similar photos of myself so what's the problem? As for your courageous self out walking, you are amazing. Love you big fella. No worries, Carol.

rottrover said...

Mango and PeeWee,

GOOD BOYS!!! Both of you did so well! Sorry your hip/knee/leg/bottom are still giving you trouble, RH, and eeeww sorry about the ticks, Pea.

I have no room to comment on hair.

Gus said...

Mango Man:

We are sorry to say that we cannot boycott the Trader Joe's place. Muzzer is totally hooked on them, and we like to think it is because there are GIANT bags of Charley Bear treats at most reasonable prices. (the truth is a bit more all inclusive)

Seriously, it is also next to a pretty good pet store here in Richmond, and we almost always get and extra thing or three, so ----since we know those are not REAL Mango bits and pieces, we respectfully decline. Or recline, or something.

gussie n teka

Raymond and Busby said...

Mango, if you bark at weird neighbors you would have a field day at our house. Just saying.

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

If we had a Trader Joe's around here, we would definitely boycott it!

Hope the vet can figure out the gait issue!


giantspeckledchihuahua said...

We told Roo we thought you were the perfect choice to help him with his dilemna. you can just sit on those gnomes and cover them in drool.

Stumpy has been forced to advere to the leave it rule, also. No ever told her life was fair.

What? No Trader Joe's????? Your asking an awful lot of us...

1000 Goldens said...

I am with you Mango, the "leave it" command is one of the most ridiculous notion the humans have ever come up with. My Mom is passionate about Trader Joe's and cannot believe they are selling the Mango!

Samantha said...

First, we missed the contest win! Congrats, Mango! And PeeWee's and your movie on the "leave it" talents are striking and mind boggling - triple A-plusses dudes! Sorries about all the black-market Mango-products out there - we'll be boycotting the scene of the crime. We are also most impressed with your long walkies - over high bridges, next to frightening, speeding traffic, and all while surrounded by tick infested wild woods with Mango-sized trees. Yikes! You're our here! Love the movies!
Hugs xoxoxo
Sammie and Avalon

Sam and Pippen said...

We are so glad we don't have a Trader Joes around our here! We wouldn't want to see any "sweet and juicy mango"... what part is that harvested from anyway?

Sam and Pippen

PeeS. The water in my mangosized water bowl froze overnight... I don't like it cuz it's all hard and not drinkable! blah...

Bouncing Bertie said...

Mango. can you please tell me where is this place you live and where hot dogs (I assume of the sausage variety and not just, well, overheated pups) fall from the sky?
I need directions!
Toodle pip!

Marjie said...

Now, I must first say that the Mango Slices are simply way out of line. The other products might be explained if they had pictures of your most handsome self on the front, but there is no way to explain "slices" except exactly that. Very creepy.

Next, what kind of person would ignore hot dogs falling from the sky? Probably the same sick and twisted individual who would claim to sell Mango Slices. Hmpfh.

And finally, my Momma says that of course you and Momma and Master can excuse yourselves politely from your house guests, sneak into the Mastiff Mobile, and rush west to our estate. We will keep you safe and fed until your house is cleared out of irritants. We trust Pee Wee will be up to the task of harassing, I mean hosting, the festivities. He is very energetic, after all. Or, he can sneak out, too, but then the guests might be suspicious.


Mollie Jo and Bobo said...

Whew thats impressive leave it you both have going there. We could never do that!

Wags and Licks,
Mollie Jo & Bobo

The Army of Four said...

So... I watched the "leave it" movie. I think you and Dex are training your mom really well! I mean, if I get it right, you shouldn't have to get up for your snacks, your mom should hand them to you. Is that right? I've got to try this! Thanks for the great idea!

Wild Dingo said...

WTF? I love your DOH's hairdo! It rocks. It's what I call my saturday mornin' wake up! and it's so much nicer than my white snake hair cut...

you want us to boycot Trader Joes? sure no problem-o for us dude. We'll TOTALLY do it. (tee hee)

happy t-day boys and DOH and Master...

Moose said...

Nice work on the leave its buddy. I HATE that word! I can do it ok but it does not mean I have to like it! Momma is most impressed with your new walkies abilities! I think like so what I could do that even with my hurt leggie but momma says you have some more obstacles than I do and so I should be very impressed. Ok... guess I am then. Was there any good peemail at that tree?

Dennis the Vizsla said...

hello mango its dennis the vizsla dog hay wow yoo ar verry brayv to wawk across that bridj and risk having it kollaps under yore relentlessly hyoodj self!!! and i wil try to git dada to boykott trader joes but i dont think he will on akkownt of that is ware he gits his fayvrit kind of coffee!!! ha ha ok bye

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

You 2 are doing well with your training.
Wow ticks yuck we do not like those either...
Hope you get a bit of that turkey on Turkey day..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Niamh said...


We are so impressed with your training and your bravery on walks! Way to go RH. The soft and juicy mango sign was most disturbing though and we can see why a boycott of Trader Joe's is in order.

Your friends,
Niamh & Ambrose

Sam said...

I'm glad your world is expanding, Mango. I remember a long time ago, your mom said that you didn't leave the estate much because of your issues with certain people and other dogs. It's great to hear that you're conquering your problems and getting out and enjoying yourself!

The Boston Lady said...

Mango, I am much impressed with and Dexter and your "leave its". I'm afraid the black and whites may not do so well here with that. You put us to shame. Momma's hair looks Da Bomb and hey thats just the way we women look on weekends.

No Trader Joe's around here, but should I boycott all the restaurants and bars that are named after you here in FL? The one is South Beach is most interesting with lots of dancing, music and funny drinks. Your name seems to be oddly associated with certain parts of the human female body, hence the many bars with your name. We do have a fine dining establishment here in O-town named after PeeWee too. Dexter's in Winter Park. You guys are everywhere! Ann TBL

Mack said...

Mom says you did like 3million times better at the leave it than we could ever do. Good luck at your vet. That slowmo pic was awesome!

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

Mango, you had me giggling SO HARD talking 'bout those hot dogs raining from the sky! Then again thinking about delectable sliced juicy mango! You crack me up!

You did a good job on PeeWee's homeworks!!!

Tell your momma, we feed Mabel Lou Garlic and Yeast tabs year round. Those old ticks don't like the taste of her!

houndstooth said...

Hot dogs from the sky?! Maybe Thanksgiving has come early!

You guys sure put up with a lot from that mama of yours. I'm not sure how you manage!

I hear that ticks have to bite you to get the Frontline poison, and then they fall off.


Chester said...

I am packin' my suitcase now Mango! It has never, I repeat NEVER, EVER rained hot dogs at my humble abode. I will be glad to help catch them and my leave it will go out the proverbial window.

Did you mebbee eat one of Nordude's frog legs? You kinda have a froggy hop goin' on there. I think you better 'fess up to the dogter before they wanna do sumpthin' drastic.

Woofs and humble slobbers,
Chester ;0=)

KB said...

OK, no Trader Joe's for us :) I have to admit that we don't have any near us!

Did you see that someone thought that you, Mango, had been walking in the snow on my trails? You are almost as big as the dude who walked there... but not quite. He probably weighs 3-400 lbs. How much do you weigh?

I have to come back to watch videos. Out here in the country, our internet crawls on the weekends when everyone is trying to use it... Frustrating.

Daisy Dog said...

Raining hot dogs? Oh gee I would like that to happen here! Outr mom was at trader joes this morning and guess what she brought home! MANGO!

Sierra Rose said...

Awesome videos! Hope your vet LOVEs your vid :)
I'm back in classes too...Recall Madness and Agility. Wootwoot. Keep up the great Leave Its!
Oh that Roo! Couldn't load the will go back over and try again now.
Happy Turkey days :)

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

Anonymous said...

Most pawesome videeeeeooooos Mr Mango Dude

x x x x

Frankie Furter said...

They are selling Sliced and Diced Mango chunks??? Not Right!!
Hummmm while you are lounging round there on T-Day... I hope you have some special thoughts circulating in your RH brain... I mean... gee whiz, it is Almost time for MangoMinster 2011.

Laura, Lance, and Vito said...

Looks like they're doing great!!! If you need to block them it might be easier to use you foot rather than your hand though. And personally I like treating with a different treat so the dog learns to not bothering staring at it, they're never going to get it. But it really doesn't matter :)

Very impressive with the walks!!! You must be so proud of him and relieved that your hard work is starting to pay off!

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Mango, we don't have a Trader Joe near us so no problem to boycott ir - FOR NOW, but there is one coming soon - is is OK if we just boycott the mango products? TJ's has some great stuff.

Nice leave it, hope we don't have to learn THAT now.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Minna Krebs said...

Mango Man!

I was most impressed with your training abilities....butt the thought of having to "leave it" while hot dogs are raining from the sky is appalling.

And I was also appalled by TraderJoe's joining the unauthorized marketing of your Mangoness. I did note that they properly identified your slices as "a little slice of Heaven"!


Kirby, CGC said...

Way to go on the leave it command Mango dude (tell the Pee Wee good job to). My mom did it to me the other day with a piece of steak! Can you believe that!

Did mom have to do your leave it thing outside because of your drool?


Lola said...

I don't understand. Why would they be throwing food at you if they want you to leave it. Normally they don't want food all over the floor. I've noticed that they tend to pick it up if you happen to be a picky eater and you DO leave it. Oh well. Humans are weird. Lovable, but weird. You're so patient with yours, Mango. Very admirable.

lotsa licks, Lola

Lorenza said...

Hi, Mango!
That "leave it" thing sure is not for me!
You and Dexter do it pretty well!
Looks like you went out for a nice a long walkie!
I guess I'd need to boicot lots of stores here. You can find Mango... everywhere!
Kisses and hugs

The Island Cats said...

That was quite a walkie you took, Mango!! And our mom says she wishes we had a Trader Joe's by us so she could boycott it....well, at least she'd boycott the Mango stuff....

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

Mango...we're goin' right over to Trader Joes for that soft and squishy Mango juiceables...does it come in a drink box with the little straw????

So, the Gorge is Thursday, huh? Mumsie's not cooking so we'll probably be left here to rot...sheesch...

I have to go get the boyz in...they're out barkin' at deer and waking up the neighborhood...


Darling Beastie

Jed and Abby in MerryLand said...

Our heartfelt gratitude for introducing us [& mama, who controls the green papers] to bully sticks! We had never heard of such a thing until we saw you & PeeWee enjoying yours. We finally cajoled mama into getting us some. Delish!

Nice to see you moving better, but looks like you don't have your championship gait back yet. We're sure the long walkies will help exercise your RH muscles. We were most impressed with your courageous explorations. Maybe when the ticks are gone, you might even get a woodland walk yourself.

We don't have a TJ near us. We're glad to see you are alertly protecting your good name. We never buy anything that claims to contain mangos!

Jed & Abby

the booker man said...


holy cow, my mama does that same leave it thingie with me, and i'm like whatevs! what doggie in their right mind would ignore tasty treatsies on the floor?!
okie dokie, so i am totally disturbed by the increasin' numbers of mango foodables, but i gotta woof...who knew you were exotic, spicy, soft 'n juicy, and a slice of heaven all rolled into one dude? what lady doggie could resist? you are totally my hero!!

the booker man


Jeepers you went across that scary bridge??? Momma doesn't even like walking over those things. Hey I have an idea.. maybe me & mom can run all crazy at you to practice... just like we do with tula. BTW- when is this walkies date we're suppose to have...

PS- THey opened up a new Mango CAFE in Marble bureau on rte 20. I pass by it. Apparently you get free salads at the salad bar. I keep looking for your large moosehead to veer out the door.

Those Elgin Pugs said...

Hu Hu's!!! Oh big me's!! Me sister Josie called me's and said she thought hers got a bad brownie or sometings 'cuz her saw yous and Roo & Pip walking around all toony... hu hu!! Me's was laughing...

Now as far as 'da Mango products... me's outrages and gots me crayons and plans 'da boycots at once... after me watch yous last vidwo agains...

me likes 'da musics and me's telling yous.. me got lots of calls tonight saying who 'dat be.. 'dat you Anakin Mini or 'dat Mango Pug?? hu hu...

Yous stunt doubles,
Anakin Man

Pepsi Bum said...

Impressive! Leave it's just don't work for me, nope. I'm more of the "do it now, face consequences later" dawg. Woofz!

& there's no TJ here in Singapore! No worries!


The Rocky Creek Scotties said...

We could never let hot dogs fall from the sky without catching them - you are so brave!!

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Ruairi

Maggie and Mitch said...

"Leave it" is just not in our bag of tricks. It never was and it never will be but we do admire you!
No Trader Joe's for us - nope!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Sapphire said...

loved the video! Mango Mom is cool (so is Dexter and Mango)!
Mango slices? yikes.

The Thuglets said...

Well done on the walks and going over that scarey bridge!

Love the video. (We aint having much luck with our video's ggrrr)

We agree with your boycott of Trader Joe's.

Big Nose Pokes
The Thuglets

Ludo van Doggy said...

oh no, now I feels sick. I ate some dried mango just the other day. I did not realise they contained actual Mango!
Trainings is fun Mango! Glad you is enjoying your walkies. I still like to do barkings on mine, even when I is heeling nicely. hehehe!
~lickies, Ludo

Kari in WeHo said...

Um Trader Joes is just too nommy to boycott. Sorry


Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Mom wonders if these hot dogs from the sky is anything like it's raining men...

As fur the TJ Mango produkht line, I hope I didn't khause woo any extra stress and strain...

PeeEssWoo: Mom told Eva and Brice's momma a ZILLION times 'good thing we don't have one of these'

Honey the Great Dane said...

Oh Mango - those pictures of you out on your walk brought tears to Hsin-Yi's eyes - she is just so proud of you! And your Momma! What wonderful, wonderful progress! And you look so chilled too (and so majestic, I might add!)

Keep up the great work!

Honey the Great Dane
ps. Hsin-Yi has a suggestion which might help with the Leave It exercise - although it might be different to what you're learning in school - which is for your Momma to give a 'release' word before she gives you the treat (after she has told you to 'Leave It') - this makes it easier for us doggies to understand that it's the end of the "leaving it" time - otherwise we will keep anticipating the 'break' - whereas if we know we have to wait until we hear that word, no matter if our humans are bending down or picking up the treat or whatever - then we tend not to try to grab things before we should. It also means that if it's something else in the future, our humans don't always have to pick it up to let us have it - they can say "leave it" and then "Ok" (or whatever you release word is) to let us pick i up ourselves, eg, with a toy or something else. Just a suggestion!