Saturday, April 30, 2011

DWTDS - Week Three - Back to Basics

To say that momma and I are experiencing artistic difference about MY dog dance would be like saying The Mango only slobbers a little. Know what I mean?

Because she is all like, "Oh, Mango, we have to work on your heeling and sitting and get it to be a bit tighter?"

Tighter? I am an ARTIST! The Mango does not march about like some robot dog, the Mango DANCES.

Yuh, here you see me expressing myself during what was supposed to just be boring heeling. Come on, wouldn't you rather see this?

And then I threw in this move that I totally made up myself. Momma says, "Now Mango, you lay still and I will step over you and it will be very exciting."

Hello? The Mango laying about like a 230 pound sack of potatos is NOT exciting.

Now THIS is exciting!

Yuh, she was surprised for sure but said that we could not use that move in my routine because I was too unpredictable.

Listen to the music, woman! The music makes it happen. Predictable! Bah!

Here is a short video of us working on all that boring heeling crap.

Oh and then she hands Master the camera and says, "Please take a photo of us to send to Miss Honey."

I thought she meant her and ME, but NOOOOO, idiot PeeWee had to be there too because he is alleged to be working on a dance as well but near as I can tell he is just working on flinging his labraself around all spastic while momma frets and tries to look graceful.

Uh oh, PeeWee is in the death grip. Hehehe.

This was the best we could do for a family portrait. I was trying to look regal. How'd I do? I think Pea must have spotted a tasty rock. Nom, nom, nom, doofus head.

Mango Man! Oh yeah!

P.S. There is an update on the foster house blog here. After looking at those photos, I am wondering if Master and the boys are really spending their days eating the dunkin donuts and discussing Red Sox because the Mango does not see much progress. Master assures me much has been done. OK, whatever.


Laura and The Corgi, Toller, & Duck said...

I absolutely love that roll under your legs! I don't care if it wasn't planned, you need to keep it!!!

rottrover said...

Mango, Dude! All that physical therapy stuff that you did all winter really put a spring in your step!! Your "roll over" when your momma stepped over you was brilliant!! I must say, you remind me of my exceptionally handsome and inclined to do things my own way self.

Your pal,


PeeeeS: my dork brother thinks he looks pretty snazzy in his new halter. thanks for the info!

Unknown said...

Oh Mango, you are right, it's artistic lisence to be all "rolly on the ground like that", right??? Well done and looking good!!

Can't wait to see the finished product, hopefully with lots of Mango touches in it!!

Jen and the Black Dog Crew

Unknown said...

Oh Mango - I agree! That Roll-Under was TOTALLY AWESOME!!! You know how many years lesser dogs take to learn that move?? You're some swinging mastiff! You should definitely have that in your routine!! :-)

By the way, I was going through GR this morning and suddenly thought, "Oh no! I"ve missed Mango's birthday!" - only to rush over and find that the page doesn't exist!! Ho! So now I know all about your human's sneaky-preloading! :-)

Honey the Great Dane

Sue said...

Mango, I think your dance is inspired. I taught my Mom a similar dance, but she got all annoyed because I thought it up while we were in the show ring. Humans need to learn to go with the flow.
Your pal, Fudge

Kira said...


You are an artist, don't let the (wo)man keep your creativity down!!

Kira and Murphy

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

TM and FAD SO need to shoot MORE spyfootage of these dancing days!


FiveSibesMom said...

First, I love your new header pic! That is great! And Mango, you are a true artist! I like your family portrait too, very natural and loving!

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

You look Most Regal. And we totally support your artistic expression. Our Mom couldn't look graceful if she tried, so neither of us would consent to attempt to dance with her. If you know what I mean. Besides, we've got a bunch of new snow (yeah, really, snow), and dancing with Mom is not exactly high on our list of priorities. But we are most impressed with your 'dancing shoes'! Heehee!

*kissey face*
-Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus

Jed and Abby in MerryLand said...

Wow, Mango, you've got the genuine Esprit de Dance! We're so impressed with your original moves and the enthusiasm with which you are throwing yourself into your choreography. Looks like all that bouncy ball & other exercise Mango Momma made you do is paying off; just look how limber and strong you are . Remember the hu-moms lack our mental agility and be patient with Mango Momma while you're teaching her your dance steps. And you always look Relentlessly Regal!

Jed & Abby

Anakin Man said...

Big Me's!!

Me tinks you is doing a fine job!
and again (just to put it out 'deres- hu hu's)

if yous need a stunt double just in case yous Momma is working yous to hard- or yous need to take a nap me can totally stand in for yous-
Me's got some moves-
tell yous Momma to do theme song to Shaft (hu hu's) right on! can you dig it!

Love 'da family portraits- butt big adventures looks like him not trying to have any of its like me sissy Josie- 'da nerves-

Okays- me's getting me red hammer and off to check 'da progression of yous foster house-

yous slightly smaller (not by much's) self,
Anakin Man

Amber-Mae said...

OH that was too funny! You sure know how to make your practice a lot more exciting. I think the last picture is the best!

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Mango your dance moves are exceptional, for sure. You must take notice of your Momma though. You look awfully big, I mean huge, in your photos. I can picture your regal self in a top hat. Take care big dude, no worries, love Carol.

Molly the Airedale said...

What a graceful roll that was, Mango! We give you a 10!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Scooter said...

Hey Mango!
Wow, nice moves! I gotta say that as far as this dance thing goes, I think you're a natural and it looks like you mom is really working at it. You're're supposed to let the music move your relentlessly huge self!
Grr and a BootScootin Woof,
Sarge, COP

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

Mango I think that you should remind your momma that you (Mango) are supposed to be the STAR of this thingy.. and As the STAR you are the BOSS. I say Choose Your Move and let HER follow Your LEAD or Walkin String. What ever!!!

Cyndi and Stumpy said...

Mango, if you can get a handle on your Momma, that is going to be one tough act to follow!

Achieve1dream said...

I agree that roll as you stepped over was totally awesome! :) You guys are doing great. Seeing that you guys have 'artist differences' makes me feel better about how mine is going too hehe.

The Army of Four said...

Woo. You've got the moves, Mango. You're the GUY -- you should lead, not your mom. She should follow you!

Marjie said...

Dance, baby, dance! Remind Momma that John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever didn't follow the rules. She will remember that one.


♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Mango, nothing wrong with that roll move at all - we thought it looked great - the Momma just needs to be careful not to mess up with HER feet, not yours.

Great family portrait - Honey will love it.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Amber DaWeenie said...

You Momma is a very good teacher of da dance. My Momma wants to sends me and brudder Max (DaOdderWeenie) to your house.

Nicole said...

Oh dear week 3 already, we have to get our tails moving, Griffen is so far behind in his practise.

Your doing a great job Mango, I love the flare your adding to the moves.
Keep it up.

Anonymous said...

Um, yah, what dave said about the leading thing. and i have NO idea why your mom wants 230 lbs of MUSCLE to be so sedentary during a DANCE. when you shoudl be struttin' your stuff. what she afraid of? a little bump by the mango or the mango steppin on her toesies? geesh. your momma is a pansey. just sayin.

LOVE LOVE LOVE that last photo of you all. you look so happy. you all look awesome.

Tucker said...

Can I trade MOmmas? I was practicing wif my Momma yesterday and she can't dance for crap. She fell flat on her butt during our simulatanius spins. She says I tripped her with my back feets. I say she tripped herself. Too bad the camera wasn't recording - then we would have proof.

woof - Tucker

The 'splorin' Wolfies said...

your momma is busting a move at 40 seconds

Michelle said...

Hey Mango should totally have free reign over his dance! He is awesome and he is totally right - you can't harness creativity!

Lexi and Jasper the Danes said...

We thought your moves we fantastic - *pfft* these humans don't know anything!

Licks and lots of slobber,
Lexi and Jasper the Danes

ForPetsSake said...

Your artistry is being suppressed! Call Juliard! Call someone!

Red Sox and Dunkin Donuts? Oh how I miss New England...