Saturday, October 2, 2010

I Wanna be Like Mango - WINNERS!

It's time to unveil the fabulous winners of the I Wanna be Like Mango contest! Oh boy! Before I begin, I will share a nice poem that Anakin Man (aka Mini-Me) sent to my momma for her tennis ball El'bow...

Hey Mango Momma 'dat in Pain
From a doggie dat belongs to Sanne

No not really... just El'bows head
Me blame Big Adventures bro instead

Ice it, soak it heat it and rest
Listen to 'da Mango he know best!!

Thanks little dude!

Before I reveal the winners, I, Mango, would like to share with you some of my deep thoughts on all of the contestants.

It almost wasn't fair for Anakin to enter. I mean, after all, he is a total mini-me. In fact sometimes when I read his blog I get confused and think I am reading my own blog. Yuh, like looking in a mirror for sure.

I was impressed that his humans obtained a full sized agilities tunnel for him rather than forcing him through those wee tunnels that I am confronted with at skool. And his little slobbers were quite charming.

An amazing duo. Thank goodness they entered as a pair because I have trouble remembering who is Benny and who is Lily without benefit of undercarriage viewing. Plus they have a stripey friend (shown here) which gives them extra points right there.

Bolo works really hard. In fact he is so industrious that he kind of misses the mark on the whole mastiff meditations aspect of being like ME. He is constantly babysitting Puppy, saving his dad, and having general noseventures. But his appreciation of car rides is very mango-like.

I loved the fact that out of Calhoun's entire entry he was only actually standing up in one photo. That's a guy after my own heart.

Cali's entry contained shameless huzzy photos no doubt intended to sway my otherwise totally objective voting. Frankly, I considered framing her floofie self to hang over my mastiff bed.

Corbin kind of threw me off with the relentless purple in his spiffy outfit, but he redeemed himself with an amazing up close sticky slobbers photo.

I, Mango, have an outfit just like this! How did she know?

Forget those short leggies, Dozer has an attitude that is snarky and narcissistic that mirrors me to a T.

Fenris lives with about 9,492 cats and yet is able to maintain his dignity. That is an impressive accomplishment. But he did lose a few points for being disrespectful towards his stuffies.

Sigh. Miss Fiona. I appreciate the complement of your entry, but you are really almost the anti-mango. You are just so clever and beautiful and athletic and non-slobbery.

The milkbone tree is inspired and shows what a skilled gardener this little guy is. But, to be honest, I think the little dude is kind of confused because every now and then he shows up as Francine on his blog. Get it together!

I will tell you a secret. When momma and master were dog shopping for a friend for me they considered a bloodhound just like Fred, but opted out because they said these guys slobber MORE than the Mango. Is that even possible?

Another charming lady who is (thankfully) really nothing like me. Poised, fluffy... oh my!
However we do share the burden of living with stupid DOH's!

Go Leroy, go! A dude after my own heart. Here he is putting the moves on his brother. Ha! And even though the Newfie dogs are slightly smaller than mastiffs as far as weight goes, I think they have me beat when it comes to being totally gross, dirty, shedding, slobbery, icky, gotta love 'em doggies.


Maggie is not liking stairs and I can relate to that and Mitch, well, excellent athlete, but frankly they seem to actually be fond of each other and will even share foodables. The Mango does not know the word SHARE.

Combo move of athletics and expressive facials.

Miss Mayzie has stripes, just like me. However she is also not afraid of stairs and shreds her stuffies (bad dog, bad dog). Her mom is cracker which does earn some extra points.

I am not sure what to make of Minna's entry, but I hope I never run into her given this ACTUAL PHOTO that she sent in.

Ah, my friend from Germany. Now you all know we are soft on airedales here at the estate, and to be honest, Mishka strikes me as what would result from a coupling of my large and handsome self with, dare I say it, THE BEAST!
His entry had all the elements of athleticism, shamelessness, and fierce bitey face.

Careful review of Mr. Koda's entry led the Mango to think that he might actually have been mocking my mango-ness. Can you imagine? Figures. Labradork.

Alert readers know that Norwood is in my class at graduate skool where he is always commenting on my lipstick. Check out his entry. Got raisin envy much? You wish!

Oskar is one serious landscaper and frankly has more endurance than I do. Especially since his humans are constantly undoing his efforts.

Otis! You da man! Stripes, slobbers, and a total attitude.

Peppy Sheppys (Oscar [pictured], Edgrrrr, and Ethel)

These three are just INSANE! I pity poor Otis having to live with them. At least they have each other to bitey.

I was impressed by Rufus's slobbers photo because I know that isn't easy for a labradog to accomplish. As for Indie, what a perfect little princess!

and slobbers

As part of his entry, Sam included this photo of him flirting with MY MJ! Ouch! That really stings. Either he is indistinguishable from the Mango or MJ is a total tart.

Sarge demonstrated his technique for leaving slobbers on the windows. I think that skill is underrated. I mean, it affords privacy without curtains, but his dad keeps cleaning up after Sarge, forcing him to forever reapply his snooter stains.

OMD! Look at that face. I admit I pee'd a little when I beheld Sasha's stern expression.

Sugar is one lovely gal, no doubt. She and I share a lot of sports like agilities and tricks and just being adorable. I think she excels at that last one.

Poor Tank has boo boo leg right now. How he suffers. I admire his fearlessness in the face of persistent squirrels and of course his overall attitude reminds me of, well, ME!

Wow! Don't you wish there was audio to go with this photo? Her little face is quite expressive and mostly it expresses happy which makes me ever anxious to read her posts.

Is it possible that the beastie is like me after all? I shudder at the thought, but revisit her disturbing post and you will see that her Mango-ness cannot be denied.

Hard to keep track of all those water doggies. In fact I just see big random piles of fur with the occasional face or tail mixed in when I go their bloggy. But between the lot of them, they have ALL the bases covered for a total Mango package.

Dude! Stairs! Bad! No way! I was also impressed by his refusal to participate in dumb sports involving actual movement, like flyball. I also feel kind of sorry for him as he is named after a trash can (see his post if you don't believe me). That is just so disrespectful.

Now, on to our winners!

The popular voting was totally swept by none other than

FRED! The amazing bloodhound who is almost a mastiff! Congratulations!

Excellent showing, dude. I think the shameless display photos are what pushed you into front place. But of course there is also your most versatile facials. You are, indeed, like Mango!

And now for our extra celebrity judging mastiff's choice awards.

First up, Thor! Poor Thor spent many a late night in front of the computer to reach his decision. He must be exhausted!

The Milk Bone tree is just delightful. We are actively in pursuit of seeds for such a tree; if we can't find any, we're going to consult our gardening books and learn to graft branches from other trees. Frankie is our first choice.

OK, now time to see who El'bow chose. He, too, was exhausted from his judging duties.

we (el'bow and Sanne for help :p ) finally find our favorite
and that issss Calhoun
we just love love the action photo's :D and he does the mango-show-man-thingies-laydown-move perfect :)
i think he is a cute dog to :p

Are you ready? Time for my choice for best I Wanna be Like Mango doggie!


Sure, she is just a wee little thing, but Sasha has shown real grit in overcoming her diminutive size to let her true Mango-ness shine through. She has developed such a heavy stride that the earth cracks where she walks. Not to mention her fierce face and deep meditations.

And there you have it... wait a minute, what's that Momma? YOU want to give an award? Oh man, apparently she thinks she is better able to judge than I, Mango, so given that she is the one with the thumbs here goes...


Come on! How can you not like this guy? He is the ultimate mastiff / airedale or perhaps Airetiff. That face! Those moves! That attitude! If you have any doubts, just read his entry (don't worry, he has a google translate button in his sidebar if you don't speak German).

Fred, Frankie, Sasha, Mischka and Calhoun, please send me your snail mail addresses so that I can get you your prizes. My peemail is backupdog AT comcast DOT net.

Thanks to all my contestants! I had a great time! Hope you did too!

Mango Man! Oh yeah!


Anonymous said...

cracker dog? CRACKER DOG? WTF? Loki totally represents that implication!

:) perfect winners! love that airy-belle!

Molly the Airedale said...

Congratulations to Fred and Sasha and Frankie and Calhoun and Mischka! Well done!
Yes, we do share, Mango. Mom makes us!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Congrats to all your winners. Once again, Mango and Momma, you did a great job. Love the commentary.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Arran, Arthur and Mum said...

Total Mango-ness 'splosion!
Congrats the winners!

Unknown said...

Congrats to all winners!!
Amazing how many dawgs are wannabe Mangos :)

Heather and Pumpkin said...

Congratulations to all the winners!


jen said...

This was a fun contest! Thanks for having it!
Congtats to all the winners:)

We are sorry to hear about your friend Tucker.

AFSS said...

I had a great time and enjoyed getting to meet some new friends. The Mom limited my computer time so I didn't get around to viewing everyone's post but hope to do so later.

Congrats to all the winners. Mommy is snorting coffee over the fact I lost points for being disrespectful towards my stuffies. She thought that was very funny and said she told me I should treat my stuffies and beds (I destuff them too.) better. ~Fenris

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

Khongrats to the winners!

(and even the whiner protesting being swisskhrakhkerdogs)

This was a furry pawesome AND relentlessly huge khontest!


PeeEssWoo: Now off to prakhtice my slobbers and other fruity traits

Anonymous said...

YIPPEE! Congratulations to all the winners! That was so much fun! And I promise real hard to TRY not to shred my stuffies. But, well, I really can't promise anything - no matter how much I wanna be like Mango!

Wiggles & Wags,

Sue said...

Congratulations to all the winners from the giant hairball known as the Portuguese Water Blog dogs.

rottrover said...

What a fun contest! Congrats to all the winners. But really, there is no one quite like The Mango Man!
Your friends way out in California,

-Gizmo, Bart and Ruby von Weller

Marjie said...

Mango, you are ever the gracious host, even to the point of allowing your Momma to be a celebrity judge! It has been an honor to serve on your judging panel.


The Blab Labs said...

That was fun! Sorry Mango, we didn't even try to be like you. If you have a contest for your labradog Dexter, then we'll win paws down. (I know--that makes us annoying peawees in your glazed eyes but we like you anyway.)
Are we picking up a little bit of a Mango crush on Sasha?

Blab Labs out,

Emerald & Tierra

Infrequent Flyers said...

Mango, you have a gift. Truly. I'd be hard pressed to say so many nice things about one dog. You had something relevant to say about all 256, or however many there were. No one is quite like the Mango!

Infrequent Flyers said...
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Yoda_the_Dog said...

What a great contest - my congratulations to all the great entries and the winners! I did not enter the contest because I just can't measure up to true Mango-ness and I am very competitive and would have died if I didn't win!

the booker man said...

gratsers to fred, calhoun, mr. frankie, miss sasha, and mischka!!!
me and asa and mama loved reading your commentary on all the participants. :)

the booker man

Niamh said...

The amount of Mangoness shown by your winners is relentlessly overwhelming! Congratulations on their great efforts.

Your friends,
Niamh & Ambrose

The Thuglets said...

Whooooooo Hooooooooooooooooo

Congratulations to all the winners!

Excellent competitions and entries..everyone was a winner.

Thanks Mango! Not forgetting your PA (mom) and assistant Dexter.

Big Nose Pokes
The Thugletsx

Oskar said...

Great winners. We knew little Sasha had Mango toughness inside of her!

Nubbin wiggles,

Anonymous said...

Congrats to the Winner!

Thanks for the chance to be a Mango Girl!

woo woos, Tessa

Oreo said...

Congrats to all the winners!! They certainly deserved to win!! It was a great contest there Mango!!


houndstooth said...

We enjoyed reading this summary and the results almost as much as we enjoyed reading all the entries! Way to go everyone!

I was disappointed that the raisin picture didn't make it, though! Tee hee!


Peppy Sheppys said...

ZOMD so exciting! What a fun contest. Oscar was a little disappointed so we gave him a consolation prize and told him he won a Look Like Ethel contest. We asked Otis how he felt about the winners but he was already asleep.


Kapitein Haakje said...

this was fun mango :D

and sanne laught at the poem its soooo goood :D

El'bow & Hauwii

Maggie Mae and Max said...

Congratulations to all da winners! You can never haves too much Mango-Ness!

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

violett said...

Congratulations to all winners!
We had a lot of fun with the competition.
We are surprised to belong to the winners. We have worked out to us no chances. Because we do not have many German friends. Our readers are english and american Blogs. Unfortunately, there are in Germany no Airedales Blogs. We are glad very much and will further write diligently. On the 5th of November my Airedale brother draws here. Then it becomes even more amusing and more mad.

The Army of Four said...

What a great contest! Congrats to all the winners! And really ... isn't being like Mango a great prize in and of itself!?!?
Play bows,

Road Dog Tales said...

This contest cracked us up from the start! Congrats to all the winners - heck, congrats to everyone who entered! You're creativity is inspiring and entertaining! Loved the whole thing!
The Road Dogs

TwoSpecialWires said...

Mango. Man. You outdid yourself again.

Congratulations to all the contestants and to the winners! The best part for us was all the new doggies we got to learn about. So many of them we've never seen before (we've had a bit of a blogging problem ... if you know what we mean).

Now. It's time for some serious meditations. For all of you!

Jake and Fergs

Dewey Dewster said...

Gee Mango.....what an impressive array of contestants....'n that made fer a hard time decidin' who would be the's tuff ta be a carbon copy of perfection....don't ya agree ? Everyone did a great job in the contest and congrats ta the winners.....

Dewey Dewster here....

1000 Goldens said...

We loved looking at all of the pictures, what a great contest :)

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

Mischka...did you see that pic of him on the sofa??? He looks JUST LIKE that pic of me meditating...yep...he totally copied it...

I so see an Airehead in the Mango Momma's future...she does love that terrier tude...

Now, is it possible that you used the words coupling and beast in the same sentence in this post?

I'm just asking...

Work for it, Darling. I do like purple posies...FTD does deliver.


Beastie Girlie

brooke said...

yea to the winners! that was a fun contest!

Kate said...


Great winners! And I must admit I feel slightly lightheaded (Mango trait...Uh oh!) reading all these enlightening examples of how many "Mangonesses" are out in the big wide world that perhaps I have looked over in the past!

The RH must have some sort of higher power... I am not sure, I feel I might have to delve into some serious MD research.

Happy Sunday!

Sunshade said...

OH man what great contestants!! I don't know how you managed to pick winners, they're all so Mangolicious!!

That Mischka definitely has the whole package in my book ;-)

Love nibbles,
Miss Sunshade

Raymond and Busby said...

Awesome post, RH! We know that must have taken forever to post all those photos and write up those descriptions. Congrats to all the winners!

Pippen said...

Congratulations to all the winners! and much thank yous to Mango and Mango momma for hosting such a great contest!

Sam and Pippen

PeeS. When we first read the comment on Sam's picture, we thought it said MJ was a fart! BOL!

Daisy Dog said...

What a fun contest! We visisted so many blogs that we had never visited before, and they were all like Mango!!

Clive said...

Huge congrats to all the winners! We loved reading through the commentary - absolutely brillant!

Well done to everyone!

- Clive and Murray

Granite State Pet Sitting said...

Congrats to all the winners!

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

What a great bunch. We think they are all winners..
Mango we will work on Callie's FOCUS!!

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

koko said...

Congrats to all the winners... and also thanks to all the contestants for a Mangoful time... and to Mango momma for hosting yet another pawsome contest in doggy blogland.

Licks, hero

Puglette said...

congratulations to all the winners!! the competition was fierce!

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

Outstanding winners! Congrats to all!! I especially was pleased at Mischka winning, since he is my sweetheart. Yup. My guy Mischka. Gotta love that face and that loverly fuzzbutt!!

Congrats to all the MangoWannaBees!
Great contest MangoMan.You da man! You da dog!

Those Elgin Pugs said...

Big Me's!!!
It's yous slightly smaller self's!!

Me's wanted to Congratulates 'da winners!!

Me's relief'd me's not wins, 'cuz it not be fair... being a puppy mastiff and all!! it just wouldn't be right.. hu hu's!!

We's had fun Mango and yous Momma cool for doing 'dis!!

Tanks for posting me poem too me wrote special for yous Momma and me hopes she's feeling betters!!

Me still blames big adventures...

Yuh... hu hu's...
me says Yuh now...

hey.. we's still cool, and role around Mastiff style in 'da Mastiff mobile listening to our theme song!!

Me's catch up laters!!
Yous twinner!!
Anakin Man

Bouncing Bertie said...

Congratulations to all the winners. Mango you must be so proud (and the rest of us perhaps a little surprised?) that so many pups aspire to be your relentlessly huge self.
Toodle pip!
PS Now as for the field trip thing. I really will need you to make a good case of your inclusion. We have to bear in mind the axle weight limit on the minibus. Perhaps if you could provide your own transport it would help. Also, there is an 'attitude' issue. A regular reader of your blog cannot help but notice that you do like a good moan now and then, and there are some fears this end that you have hte potential to foment discontent amongst the other students...

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

"Anti-Mango" *sheesh* I was feeling so good about today, until I discovered that I was the anti-Mango. I mean, that's almost as bad as being called a labradork. Oh well... I still wanna be like you, even if I am currently the anti-Mango... Great contest, and congratulations to all the winners!!!! *anti-Mango*sheesh*

*kissey face*
-Fiona (the anti-Mango) and Abby the Hippobottomus

Golden Samantha said...

Mango; that was a GREAT challenge! Congrats to all you winners - cheers to you all who entered too! (Momma was not helpful, even though WE wanted to pawticipate - next time you put up a challenge (Minster?) we will be there!
Hugs xoxoxoxo
Sammie and Avalon

Kari in Alaska said...

Congrats to all the awesome winners!


Levi said...

What a great contest! Congrats to the winners. I loved reading about all the bloggers and hope to visit some new ones and make some new furiends.

Bruce from Down Under said...

What a great competition. We enjoyed all the great pictures. Mango, so many dogs want to be like you that's for sure but as we know, there is only one Mango Man. Oh Yeah. Slobbers, Bruce

Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

Woof! Woof! Golden Congrats to all the participants n winners. It was a FUN contest to be part of. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

ocmist said...

What a lot of great contestants! Congratulations to the winners, too! Great to see Sasha back and in the middle of things again! Mango, you definitely know how to throw a contest/party/shin-dig!!! The CCC

Ziggy Stardust said...

Wow, sorry Mommy is a little behind this week. Pawsome contest and thank you so much for picking me!!! I am so excited. I knew I was Mango and now you have proven it. Oh thank thank thank you. We will send you our address right away. Congratulations to all the winners!

licks and sniffs, Sasha