Hey Dexter! You want to help me choose judges for Mango Minster 2013?
What? I thought we were canceling the show.
No, I don't recall saying that. I think you would make a great MC.
I can't argue there. In fact with me as MC, the overall quality of the commentary would be vastly improved.
So you'll do it?
Sorry, no. It IS "Mango" Minster after all. Don't push your luck. You don't want to Jump the Shark.
Well, maybe you're right. Hang on, what if I did a Mango Minster 2013 Special Rainbow Bridge Edition? It could like totally have only Rainbow Bridge dogs in it.
Dead dog Mango Minster? That's messed up.... even for you.
OK, you win. Mango Minster 2013 is officially cancelled.
Now what? Are you crying momma?
Oh Dexter, I miss Mango so much and I always loved Mango Minster even though it strained my mentals to the point of breaking.
How about a compromise? You can do a short history of Mango Minster (yes, on MY blog) and even use your blue italicized words.
You would let me do that?
Who loves momma best?
Thanks, buddy, here goes...
For any new readers, who never experienced Mango Minster, here is a link to the blog. I have the posts categorized by year and, of course, the special adventures can all be seen by clicking on the "mayhem" tag.
Here's a short retrospective of four great shows.
Mango Minster grew out of my frustration with Westminster and the annoying partiality in the Best in Show category towards certain breeds (did somebody say Wire Fox Terrier?). I figured, a good joke, with some of my blogging pals. No biggie. So in 2009, Mango Minster was born (scheduled to coincide with that other dog show). I recruited some of my blogging pals to act as judges and we were away. The response was overwhelming (110 entries). Wow!
Mango Minster 2009 Best in Show
Friends sent me some impromptu photoshop images that got me to thinking about making a photoshop adventure a permanent fixture for the following year.
That first year was kind of expensive (I did all the awards and prizes) so for year two I started soliciting sponsors. Again, great support and I quickly filled the slots for all the awards.
Entry was still just "submit a photo" in 2010 and the number of contestants ballooned to well over 200, forcing some categories to be broken out into boys and girls (for the sanity of the judges). 2010 also included the opening of the official Mango Minster store (thank you Country Corgis). I still have my Mango Minster 2010 sweatshirt. In fact I'm wearing it now. Hehehe.
Mango Minster 2010 Best in Show
Moose Mom did a bang up job assisting with the photoshop adventure.
I usually solicited judges in the last week of the year. I assure you that ALL the judges comments and decisions were always entirely theirs. The hardest job for judges was listening to my hysterical rants as deadlines approached, late entries were dealt with, and the photoshop adventure seemed like it would never be done.
In 2011, I did my best to limit the work of the judges by requiring contestants to write posts about themselves. I also closed each category after just 20 entries (well, OK, I stretched it a bit). The complexity of the big adventures also increased (what fun). Try putting together a photoshop adventure as an internet "team" with other crazy dog ladies if you want mental fits.
Mango Minster 2011 Best in Show
Abby, self appointed Guardian of Ethics for Mango Minster played a pivotal role in unearthing less than stellar behavior on the part of some contestants and (gasp) judges.
Not totally immune to the charms of cracker dog Loki, her integrity was near compromised.
And finally, Mango Minster 2012. All the thrills, all the excitement. Totally the BEST Mango Minster. For real.
Mango Minster 2012 Best in Show
I think my photoshop skills improved over the years. This is my favorite MM adventure photo ever.
Water skiing on the Kansas Ocean!
You know it! Oh yeah!
Never say never, but for this year, I'll let Mango Minster take a breather. It was a wonderful ride. I am forever grateful to all the sponsors, judges, contestants, and fans. Despite the hard work, Mango Minster was a joyful experience which allowed me to make new dog blog pals and get to know some of the humans (meaning noble souls who agreed to judge) a little better.
To see more, visit the Mango Minster blog and enjoy.