Thursday, September 30, 2010


Last week I was out enjoying my perambulations as is my wont and when we arrived back at the estate, momma noticed that she still had some tasty chicken left in her pouch. Nommy!

Given that I had shown stellar behavior on my all too brief walk, apparently she had not seen fit to pump her entire stash of tidbits into my mouth. That, I suppose, as well as the fact that she has been forcing me to (gasp) jog the last part of my walk which is not an activity conducive to consuming foodables regardless of their quality.

I thought that she should dump the bag into my waiting maw, but she insisted on doing something called "leave it" exercises to whit throwing chicken morsels on the ground and expecting me to ignore them for about 5,764,987 seconds.

Well, being a bit spent from my vigorous activities I was frankly too fatigued to arise from a seated posture, even for chicken and apparently excelled at this particular "activity."

So much so that she ran into the house to fetch the flashie beast and record my non movement.

Her absence provided me ample opportunity to restore my large and surprisingly athletic self and by the time she returned, let's just say, I was no longer in the mood to hold still and passively watch chicken bits fall from the sky.

Here you see the tempting treat.

And here you see me rising from my sit in a most stealthy manner...

Now momma has read many books on training doggies and attended oodles of classes and she KNOWS that one of the most important rules is to never repeat a command. NEVER NEVER NEVER! Right? Because if you want me to sit, just say sit, not SITSITSIT. And if I happen to get up, you don't make throaty vowel sounds (ah ah ah) but just return me quietly back to my original position.

Seems somebody forgot all of this because I was peppered with SIT-LEAVE-IT-AHAHAH which, frankly, was a bit confusing.

That, combined with the ever present chicken morsels resulted in, well, how to put it delicately... a rather unfortunate sit with eager licking of chops and (gasp) LIPSTICK (you know what I'm talking about).

Excuse me...

Hey! It's all Mango, it's all good, right?

Fortunately, the entire incident was captured on video so that you can see how confusing life can sometimes be for me. Watch the movie here.

In other news, PeeWee is encroaching on my territory again (and momma is thinking about a new carpet for my Barbie Dream House Dog Cave). Sob! My manly braided rug is the only thing left that isn't purple and girly.

Don't forget to cast your votes this week in my I Wanna Be Like Mango contest. See the sidebar and my Sunday, September 26th post for details. And speaking of that, my good friend, Tula, from skool posted a late entry and I could not include her, but I thought you might enjoy reading her post here. Hubba hubba. She is ALL Tula!

Mango Man! Oh yeah!

P.S. Thanks to all the helpful tips that came in regarding my nephew, Oliver's itchy problems. I think he is scheduled for blood work soon. Hope he can get some relief.


jen said...

Mango man you did great!!!
Who cares if it took you a few times! You still dug deep down and found your Mangoness and left it!!!

Niamh said...

Leave it is my least favorite exercise too. And having to do it with chicken as the temptation is very hard. The expression on your face when you look at your momma is priceless Mango. I guess we just have to humor our people with these silly exercises because they are the ones that buy the kibble.

Your friends,
Niamh & Ambrose

Maggie Mae and Max said...

You da man Mango! :)
I know from experience how hard it is to ignore da chickens...I thinks you did grreat!

Woofs and Licks,
MAggie Mae

Those Elgin Pugs said...

Pug Stud!!
It's yous little Mini Puppy selfs!!

hu hu's!!
Mommy loves 'dat second pho-toes of yous!!
Not only we's got 'da same faces... butt 'dats how me acts too wits 'da trick er treats...
what dese Mama's tinking??

Me tinks yous got mad skills toes!!
good works!!
Big Adventures.. yous can learn some tings or two... hu hu's!!

Laters big me's!!
Yous reflections..
Anakin Man

Rocky Creek Scotties and Rocky Creek Ramblings said...

Our Mom has read all the books too, but she just can't stop with one "leave it". Because we don't want to "leave it". And we know we wouldn't want to leave some tasty chicken morsels.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Ruairi

Levi said...

I know those commands from school too! I just started and let me tell you it is WAY too confusing. There is all these people saying sit, down, watch, etc and all these clicks...I just want the yummy treats...please mommy gimme the yummy treats. But nope, gotta be like Mango and get all confused and excited and happens (lipstick). BOL!
Mom gets embarrased cuz its school :)

Lola and also Franklin, too said...

Leave it, take it, take it or leave it. If they don't know what they want, how do they expect us to figure it out for them? And why would they even want you to leave it? Humans can be so strange.

lotsa licks, Lola

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

Perhaps Tula and Norwood would help bakhk woo at skhhool and see if the instrukhtor dude would give The DOH some special extra training -

My fluffy tail about spun off its base listening to yes no stop start sit stand chew Mango blah blah blah -

PeeEssWoo: Thanks for the wake me UP - not my kholour but an attrakhtive shade fur some

Golden Samantha said...

When those humans screw up, it's definitely time to go for the chicken. I'm with you, Mango! As for PeeWee, maybe you should put up some of those "No Trespassing Under Penalty of _________" (whatever works)around the perimeter of your Barney cave.
xoxoxo Sammie and Avalon

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Great job,Mango - we have to do that sit, stay, and leave it stuff too - and yes, our Momster uses a lot of those vowel sounds too. Why don't they just give us the treat - it would make it a lot easier for all.

So will the new carpet exude lavender too?

Good luck to Oliver, hope the tests show something his humans can manage.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Corbin said...

Oh, I hate it when mom does the "leave it." She trys to impress everyone by making me wait. Horrible.

AFSS said...

My Mom excels at giving confusing commands. I mean really she will tell me to stay which I am doing, then she starts says come on, get a move on. So I come and then she SHRIEKS NOT YOU FENRIS!!! I was talking to the cats. Well how am I suppose to know she means for ME to STAY and the cats to COME. ~Fenris

Raymond and Busby said...

Jeez, Mango, we watched that movie and your Mom was confusing US too! Sit, Leave it, arg, wonder you were confused. We're not quite sure why your lipstick made an appearance. Apparently you find chicken very exciting?

The Boston Lady said...

I am well known in these parts for repeating my self repeatedly. No wonder the black and whites are in a constant state of confusion. Mango, you were so patient with your momma.

rottrover said...

Ah Mango...We are very familiar with the SITSITSIT command. We love your mom's sense of humor!
-Gizmo, Bart and Ruby

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

Yep. I know that LeaveitLeaveITLEAVEIT command quite well (well... I've heard it a lot - no idea what it is supposed to MEAN). But chicken raining from the skies? Dude. Did I ever mention that I TOTALLY want to be you? Chicken most certainly Does Not fall from the skies in this part of the world.

*kissey face*
-Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus

Mr.Mews said...

Ah, the chicken temptations. I must say your preambulations must be quite jowly!

Ms. ~K said...

Another classic Mango video!
Thanks for laughs!

Peppy Sheppys said...

Oh, our ma ape needs to go to the same class as our mudder. "Sitnositwaitahahahahasitoohsitstayaaaahoooohoooga!" Jeez. You're quite good at that. In our house some of us (sheps) are better at that than the others (the others.)

Peppy Sheppys said...

P.S. GREAT lipstick. That shade looks good on ya. -OtP

brooke said...

hahahahah! That video was so funny! stay with lipstick! hahaha that had me laughing out loud!
Hold on to your manly rope rug! Pretty soon the Mango Momma may try to put a tutu on you and little bows in your fur!

Two French Bulldogs said...

Why oh why do they love teasing us? We'll tell you one thing, you just won Twinks tongue contest with that picture!
Benny & Lily

Oskar said...

My mom person attempted to teach me this exercise. I lasted an amzaing .000000127 seconds before nomming the treat. I think I'm a natural.

Nubbin wiggles,

HoundDogMom said...

We thinks you were doing pretty good on that sit/stay training session. We did notice that you appear to have an Elvis Leg in your sitting position. Your one leg was shaking like a leaf. Can I get the chicken yet, please oh please. The Hounddogs

Marjie said...

Isn't "LEAVEIT" the same as "Go take a nap"? How could she expect you to leave chicken tidbits around? This is such an unfair game to play with the Mango.


Zona said...

"Leave it" - UGH! One of my least favorite activities. You did a great Mango job!


Molly the Airedale said...

You did a great job sitting and leaving it, Mango! We are most proud of you!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

houndstooth said...

Oh Mango! You have some serious powers of reserve! It sure looks like you proved that your mama needs some remedial training. I suggest using more chicken!


Ziggy Stardust said...

No No No Mango this will not do. Have the humans gone insane. They expect us to wait now and eat on thier command. We must stand strong together and rebel in this. No holding back on treats!!! We do not understand this behavior and will have none of it. The nerve of these humans.

I must go rest now, stay strong my pal.

licks and sniffs, Sasha

Anonymous said...

I do NOT like that Leave it command either! Bad hoomans!

I think you did a Grrrreat job sitting and leaving it Mango Man!

woo woo to the Mango, Tessa

Nuthatch... said...

This is tehy first time we've ever been able to download a Mango video and see you in action - fabulous! We were totally impressed. We would have just knocked Mom over for the chicken. When we do this we here long streams of "arrrggh".

Sue said...

We understand, Mango. Our MOm gets confused and starts giving us a whole bunch of commandments at once and we're supposed to figure out what she means. Silly woman, why would we leave pieces of chicken tossed all over the place?
Morgan, Tsar and the Porties

Lorenza said...

Good job, Mango!
Hmmm... I am a wild girl who will never obey commands! Ooops!
Kisses and hugs

Wimsey said...

Hi Mango. Wimsey here. As you know, we share many fine traits--prodigious drool producing abilities, intense uninterest in obedience skills and a certain inconvenient largeness. But imagine my surprise that the #1 comment my humans have been getting is "Is he a mastiff?" Of course, I am flattered but my humans are appalled Isn't he big enough as it is!" Thought you might be amused.

Wimsey, the relentlessly petite

The Thuglets said...

We are impressed..welldone Mango. You did good.

Big Nose Pokes
The Thugletsx

Unknown said...

You're amazing, Mango! The chicken looked so good and yummy!

Love your video very much, you really show the world what a strong man you are, Mango. Bravo!!!

Hoomans always like to say sitsitsit and leaveitleaveitleaveit to dogs, why don't they say it to their own mankind??? Weird!!!

Anonymous said...

I think you did a Most Excellent job considering you had to put up with a momma who is most obviously not as well schooled as you are. Plus, leave it is HARD.

On the night of my middle school graduation, my mom put a treat on the floor and said "leave it." But, well, I thought she said, "eat it" and so I was only too happy to follow her directions. And I got a ZERO on that part of the test. All because she needs to spend more time in elocution class.

Wiggles & Wags,

Unknown said...

Actually, my human doesn't believe in the "don't repeat the command" thing - well, as in she doesn't think people shoudl say "Sit! Sit! Sit!" first time round when they can just say one "Sit" - the key is doing is CALMLY, according to Hsin-Yi - and then wait a bit and if the dog doesn't do it, then it's fine to give the command again - again calmly. The point is everything remains very calm but persistent. It's like you don't get it until you follow the command, This is what she's always done wtih me and it hasn't made me turn into a doggie that needs to hear every command 3 times in a row before I obey! In fact, now often, Hsin-Yi just says nothing and stands there quietly and waits - and I sort of just do the Sit by myself coz I know just know that I'm not going to get anything without earning it first! :-)

Honey the Great Dane

Kari in Alaska said...

Not repeating a command is the hardest part!