Saturday, September 19, 2009

Dexter Day - A Visit from Oliver

As promised, my nephew, Oliver, came over today to hang out with his Uncle Dexter and Uncle Relentlessly Huge.

There have been a few comments regarding the size of the beastie in our Out of Office post from yesterday. Well, duh, that's why he is called Relentlessly Huge. I am no shrimp myself, weighing in at a beefy 80 pounds, but my freakishly large brother is three times my size, so, yeah, he is kind of big.

Anyway, little Oliver seemed happy to be at our estate and I was eager to show him around.

Of course the first thing any self respecting lab needs to do is to get wet. Given the cement pond next door is already closed for the winter, I was obliged to introduce him to my sub standard pool.

Unfortunately, in an uncharacteristically doofus move, my dumb brother had peed in the pool.

Yuck! Let's go find something else to do - and what is that nasty hose up to?

I pretended to let him play with my toys. Actually, this is one of the boring toys that I never play with, so let the kid have some fun, why not?

Then I gave him some careful instruction on proper body language for interacting with the Mango.

Might want to lose the paw when you talk to him, little guy, just a suggestion.

He listened pretty well and with a few deep breaths was able to hold the proper position for his first slobber bath.

Oliver's mom was very anxious for the little guy to do his business in our yard so we gave a demonstration, but he seemed a bit too up tight to empty.

Playing with fire, buddy! Right after this photo was taken Oliver felt the jaws of doom around his head. He yelled like his arm was being ripped out of its socket! I warned him!

Oliver is still too young to do actual agilities, but it's never too soon to be introduced to the equipment.

Notice how he let me lead out in front. Excellent. Over!

The Relentlessly Huge always seems to have a lot to say to our brother, Jake. They settled down for some quality guy time.

What do you think they are talking about?

Oliver is lucky because he can still sit in his momma's lap. She even lets him bitey her. He is her first doggie ever! Can you believe it? Please ignore me grazing in the background. Not one of my most flattering moments.

Check out Master communicating with the Mango. I think they kind of resemble each other.

OK, I had to put this photo in because you know who said, "Dexter! It is MY blog and you better put a super cute smoochie shot of me or else!"

Yeah, whatever.

Now, THIS is a good looking guy!

Thanks for stopping by, Oliver. Come again soon.

Click here to see a movie of our day together (don't worry, momma changed the pool water before we went in).

Dexter done!


pam said...

Yer an awfully good Uncle Dexter.

Bobo and Meja

Achieve1dream said...

All three of you are handsome!

Stella said...

I am going to agree with the first poster that Dexter is a great Unc for little Oliver. You did a good job of hosting him and giving him some fun times.

He will always be eager to come back as long as Mango doesn't take a body part off of him!


ScrapsofMe said...

Oh man, he's CUTE. Soft, cuddly kinda cute. The kinda cute that makes the peeps wanna go get some more cute to bring onto the estate permanetly. Be careful.

The Oceanside Animals said...

Awww, look at you giving the little guy some love at the end! That makes up for the Jaws of Doom, right?

1000 Goldens said...

I love the one where Mango seems to be sniffing Oliver's arm pit. And seeing Mango beside your brother was a great perspective on RH :)

Oskar said...

Olive was very good with the very large Mango!

Lorenza said...

Hi, Dexter!
Sure you are giving Oliver good lessons!
Looking at you I learnt... small... medium.... and large!
I hope he is a good student and you all get along pretty well!
Thanks for sharing all those pictures!
Kisses and hugs

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

We are so amazed at how gentle you both are with your little nephew - the video was so fun to watch.

Tail wags, the OP Pack

Sally Ann and Andy said...

Oh, Uncle Dexter you did a good job. Dexter, I know what your big brother is going to be for Halloween. If he bites you, you bite end up looking for blood, and not milk bones.
Sally Ann

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With KhattleDog! said...

Great job Unkhle RH and Unkhle D!

He's a khutie!


Astrid Keel said...

Dexter, you're such a great example to your young cousin! I'm sure he was very happy to learn a ton of stuff from you. :)

Unknown said...

You are a pawsome uncle taking the lead for proper mango interactions and labradorkiness.

Mom chuckled about master and mango resembling each other....

Charlie Daniels said...

Pups are fun to train aren't they! I loved watching the video .. moving pictures yeah!! :-)



Unknown said...

Awww...Dexter - what a great uncle you were! Little Oliver looked like he was having an awesome time, especially when he jumped in and out of the pool (I liked the bit where he did a sneaky paw bat at Mango's head and then rushed off! :-) ) I'll bet you really enjoyed having someone more fast and agile like you to play with for a change! Although Mango looked like he was enjoying things chasing you two around...and actually, you made him sound so scary with the "Jaws of Doom" stuff - but in the video, he was really gentle with Oliver!

Honey the Great Dane

Asta said...

I finally woke up aftew my Afwikan excuwsions,phew I weally needed that sneep. Youw nephew Olivew is a cutie pie and you'we awfully nice in instwucting him in the pwopew way to handle the welentlessly hooge. He seems to be a bwave kid and I'm suwe aftew a few bwushes wif the jaws of deaf, he'll leawn all you tought him.
Have a gweat sunday
smoochie kisses

River said...

That's was a great fun movie. You are so cute kissing Oliver. Oliver looks like he'll be a great play buddy.

love & wags,

Maxmom said...

Hey there Pee-Wee
You were really gracious to show that little Oliver around!
I had a thought(Yep, it sometimes happens:)) you realise that you will always be seen as "CUTE" whilst you are living with that gianormous brother of yours?
I enjoyed your post today. Regards to the massive brute!
Lots of licks

Sam said...

Aw Dexter. That little guy is going to grow up to be a great dog as long as he's under your wing. :)

Agatha and Archie said...

Hi boys, we are all caught up on all of your gossip..This Oliver kid looks like he has a lot of potential...He looks like he could crack a good joke... Keep him around..he could provide us with a lot of laughs.. Love A+A

Mack said...

Yikes...after seeing the video I think Mom officially has PUPPY FEVER!

Heather and Pumpkin said...

Dexter, you are a very good uncle.

Now I have been trying to figure out how big I am in comparison to Mango. I am only 8 1/2 pounds, so I am probably smaller than that puppy. I think I will have to wear a bell on our date so Mango does not accidentally step on me. But I'm confident Mango can keep the pawparazzi away from me.


D.K. Wall said...

Uncle PW and Uncle RH are nominated as Uncles of the Year. Excellent job!

Stanislaw said...

What up, Labradude and MangoManOhYeah?

Oliver sure is a cutie wee beast. Perhaps you need to educate him in the ways of feasting so that he can grow to be a magnificent creature such as yourself!

I'm not sure if the raw diet will undo greying - it sure hasn't helped my brother! HA! Raw food was the only thing my body was able to process normally, and so it wasn't until then that my figure and coat began improving. Those rusty spots and poor coat are most likely from straight up starvation - my last owners "forgot" to feed me. ever.

BUT, the diet has been linked to later onset of arthritis and milder cases, and other good things like that. If your folks are still considering it, let me know! It can also be fed 50% raw and 50% kibble if they don't want to go all the way.

Or Dexter can teach you how to graze. Fresh and tasty!

Two French Bulldogs said...

What a nice host. Thank goodness Oliver learned the rules. Don't mess with the ole folk!
Benny & Lily

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Oh Olive is so sweet and you were so nice to let him play with YOUR stuff..
Bet you had to take a nap after that little pest left..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

MJ's doghouse said...

those are some handsome photos of you and the relentlessly huge....i love your tender kiss at the end dexter....what a good uncle

Joe Stains said...

Its like the front and back half of him are 2 different dogs. He had a time getting in and out of the pool. Looks like he was getting a little sassy toward the end there too!

Ziggy Stardust said...

Dexter, You are such a good uncle. You were so patient with Oliver, who is adorable. You are very handsome as always, Mommy loves the picture on the header. I am glad the water got changed after the pool incident. Mango you are handsome as ever but I think you need to learn a little patience with Oliver. I can only imagine that you and Jake were telling jokes and stories at Dexters expense(giggle). Mommy loves the solo picture of you.

licks and sniffs, Sasha

The Army of Four said...

How cute are you guys with your nephew?!?! I LOVE that last picture! Puppies are just special. Even I let them get away with all kinds of things.
Tail wags,

Anonymous said...

Dexter you are a good Uncle and Mango well he is a relentlessly huge uncle and a slobbery one too!

♥ Tiffykins ♥ said...

It looks like you guys had a fun time and you are all so handsome! Puppys are always fun theres just so much to teach them.


Nancy at the Farm said...

You should take that film to the Sundance Film festival, it's a winner. Nice of you not to bite the little guy's head off Big Guy.

Love, Dozer, Dottie and Cooper

Molly the Airedale said...

We just love that last kiss picture, Dexter! You and Mango are good uncles!
We have a couple of those squishy roller balls and we never played with them either until mom saw on another dog blog that someone had squeezed a tennis ball inside the roller ball and now we play with them all the time!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

the magic sleigh said...

Wooos! That last picture is sooo cute! I hope you had fun with your nephew and did not torture Mango too much!
-Kira The BeaWootiful

Dewey Dewster said...

Wow what a cute friend Oliver is.....ya kind of ferget how little puppies can be don't ya....just like people ferget just how little babies can looks like ya treated him ta a good time and even Mango shared his estate with what could have been an intruder....but the pool water looked pretty clean ta me....ya should see ours when my Mom gets in after layin' in a mud that's dirty.....

Dewey Dewster here.....

Duffy said...

Oliver is really cute and you were very hospitable to him. I liked the ball, too.

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

OMD...that little puppers is ADORABLE...I know...he's too young to date...

So...Mango peed in the pool...tryin' to cut down on the water bill??? hahahahahahaaaaaa....

I actually enjoy peein' in the pool's actually in one of my nursing books on MEASURES TO STIMULATE VOIDING...

Since Mumsie works in Same Day Surgery and can't go home some days till said patients void, she knows all about "measures"....she's thinkin' bout bringin' in our substandard wading pool too....

Frankly, I think my bows look adorable...well, make that bow, fell out today and I ate it...


Amber and Nala said...

Great work showing Oliver the ropes Dexter!! He is lucky to have an uncle like you!!

By the way, I got some popcorn from my Dad....I always get some but it is torture waiting....I mean, I should get a whole bowl to myself...not just a few teeny pieces!!


Nibbles Treats said...

Great job showing Oliver the ropes. You have taught him well Obi Wan.

Lots of treats,
Tinkerbell, Oscar and Tucker

ocmist said...

What a wonderful uncle you are, and Oliver is a pretty cute AND brave little guy, and, of course, the Mango Man is just WAY TO COOL to be so nice and gentle to the pup! Dott says that if we lived closer, she MIGHT even let her pups visit since you guys are so good with little ones! OC

Oh, and yes, you are right about the little ones looking like drunken sailors at 2 weeks old! At least, with their short little corgi legs, they don't have to far to fall... makes me wonder if there were minor earthquakes when you were learning to walk... LOL BG

Clive said...

What a great day with had with your little nephew Oliver! We loved the video - great fun watching you all playing together!

take care

Mr Darcy said...

Dear Dexter,
It is so cool that you have taken on an apprentice in Dextership. I think you are doing a really good job with him and he looks like he's putting in a fine effort!
ahhhh if only I had an apprentice in Darcyness. I have so much to give you know...

Mr Darcy

Lucy-Fur, as typed by Dr. Liz said...

What a cool uncle you are! I can hardly wait to be a big sister! (And I'm glad your Momma changed the water before you played in the pool... Otherwise... Eeew.) And yes, Mango and Master look a lot alike! Heehee!

*kissey face*

Moose said...

Oh My Oliver is pawsitively smooshy sweet! He is obviously very brave to lie belly up for RH. We love watching him climb in and out of the pool!
You are a great uncle Pee wee! Say... does Oliver have a nickname yet? Perhaps you will lend him one of yours? Pee-wee? Squirt? Or has RH come up with a new one for him?
Moose + Dana