Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Happy Birthday to ME!

Today is my birthday! Yes, dear readers, five years ago today, yours truly came into the world.

When I was just about one month old, momma and master came to visit me and my brothers and sisters. There were two momma dogs and a total of 13 puppies! Momma took a movie, but to be honest, I'm not sure which one is me. Oh well, neither is momma. You can watch the movie here.

Momma and master actually said they wanted a puppy that was NOT me! Can you imagine? But I heard they had a nice dog at home who was really lonely and so I said that I was the pup for them because I wanted to be sure I had a pal to play with. 

Well, I had some second thoughts once I arrived at the estate. I had expected a nice, normal dog, not some super sized monster!

I believe a mistake has been made. You said you had a dog, not a pony.

It didn't take me long to figure out that I was going to have to take charge of the situation. 

I soon had that monster dog under control.

That's right! Run! Dexter is in the house!

Despite the alleged "no dogs on the furniture" rule at our estate, I told momma and master that I was going to have to insist on using the couch as my safe zone from the Relentlessly Huge. How else was I ever to get my rest if I was always worried about being sat upon or stepped on?

Come on, look at this face. You aren't really going to make me get down, are you?

One of my main duties was always to make sure Mango got his exercise. Left to his own devices, that guy would never have moved at all. 

Move it!

The years have been full of good times. I feel like the ambassador of labradudes everywhere. Momma and Master never had a "normal" dog before and they continue to be astounded by what a game and easy going chap I am.

Snow and tennis ball! Does it get any better?

Nevertheless, they still seem compelled to torture me now and then.

STOP IT! I'll be good, I swear.

Momma scolds me for wanting to dive into any available body of water. But who doesn't?

Daycare, well, it wasn't much fun at first. I confess to being a bit overwhelmed and it seemed like momma might have affixed a "hump me" sign to my backsides.

But I persevered and now I am the leader of the pack.

Come on, guys, we can storm the gates!

I found it necessary to occasionally take over one of the RH's beds. Not that I ever really wanted to get coated in his stinky, slobbery residue, but because I felt it important to remind him that I was not to be trifled with.

Who's the big dog now?

What can I say? I'm a sucker for foodables.

As the RH aged, he became considerably more grouchy and less bouncy. Even still, I was not oblivious to how much he relied on my presence to sooth his tiny brain and at great risk to life and limb, I provided my company as required.

It's OK, big guy, I've got your back.

Yes, I confess that I'll do just about anything for food. Even sit in a box.

This is ridiculous, but I can't help myself.

I used to do agility, but I started to have a lot of aches and pains from it. I know the problem. Momma was too lazy to run around with me often enough so I suffered "weekend warrior" syndrome. I have high hopes that once spring arrives I can convince her to drag her sorry self back to agility school with me.

This is one of the last photos of me with the RH. I have taken up his top of the stairs guard post. 

It was a bit scary, especially after dark, to be out there all alone waiting for Momma to come home from work, but I like to think that Angel Mango will always be watching over me.

Life is good. Walkies, daycare, wrestling, food. A new adventure every day. 

Oh, you want to know what I received for my birthday? Momma and I are going to school! I know what you're thinking, but I LOVE school. I can show off how smart I am, I get lots of cookies, and I  spend time with Momma. We are learning something called Rally which is quite challenging (what is meant by "square sit?"). The class is with Miss Lisa whom I adore because she insists that Momma always come to class loaded down with string cheese.

Dexter done!


  1. Happy Birthday, Dex! You are indeed an excellent Labradude ambassador!


  2. Happy Pea Day!

    I'm sure it will be furry furry special - just like WOO!


  3. Happy birthday Dex! Your story made me a bit sad that I never got to know Mango. Did he ever sit on you when you were a pup? I was always scared Mr T would sit on me though I was never quite as tiny as you. Be brave on the top of the stair, Dex. You're the man, that is dog, in charge now. Big hugs X

  4. Happy Birthday Dexter!! What a wonderful post - it did make us miss the RH though!!

    Lilly, Piper, Celti and Ivy

  5. Happy Birthday, Dexter! You were such a cute puppy. Always looking forward to your adventures. Hope you had a great day.

  6. Happy Happy Happy Birthday Dexter! You and I are both FIVE :D I bet you're like me and act like you're 6 MONTHS of age ;) They say you're as old as you feel right? We're gonna be puppies furever! :D

    Your Momma did a great post for ya Dexter. Luved the puppy video and all the super photos of your famous Angel Bro Mango.

    Enjoy your special day at school my furiend! :D

    Waggin at ya,

  7. Happy Birthday Dex! I can't believe that you're already five! You still look as cute as a puppy!

  8. Happy Birthday, Dexter! We don't blame you for being a little nervous when you first came home. I mean, hello, you being a wee pup were face with a thing the size of a Smart car. Eeesh! But good work in keeping the RH in line - that was no easy task. But we have to wonder why your Momma wonders about you wanting to leap into any available body of water. Um. You are a labradude, not some froo-froo poodle doggie. But congratulations on dragging the DOH back to school - our Mom needs continual refresher courses and we can't imagine the DOH is any better! Happy Birthday, handsome labradude we are luck to call our friend! :-)

    *kissey face*
    -Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus

    PeeEss: Mom has super early puppy pictures of both me and Abby, and in both of cases, neither she nor Dad is 100% certain which puppy is each of us. (Wow, that was a horribly constructed sentence. But that's what you get from a half froo-froo doggie! Heehee!)

  9. Happy Birthday Dexter!!!! My you have big teeth in that picture of you on Mango's bed!

  10. Dude! You sure were a cute puppy! What happened???

    Sam and Pippen

  11. Happy Birthday Labradude - my dogness if you could survive life with the relentlessly huge you can survive ANYTHING. hope you get lots of extra noms and cuddles today.

  12. You were a cute pup and you're quite dapper now. Enjoy school! Sissy loved it too, and I look forward to getting her back there again.

  13. Dawling Dextew. I'm sending a whole boatload of speshul Biwfday smoochies to you sweet Boy
    I'm so glad you will have such a gweat day showing off yoow skills and getting yummie foodabulls and always love. Angel Manho is loving and celebwating you fwom heaven
    And all yoow pals fwom awound the wowld. I wish you many many mowe
    Soochie kisses

  14. Happy Birthday Dexter! You sure had a lot of challenges growing up next the the Relentlessly Huge! I hope you have a great day filled with tennis balls and snow.


  15. Happy birfdee and many more! :)

  16. Happy Birthday, Mr. Dexter!

    Kili. THE cat.

  17. Ooooh, you'll LOVE Rally! Momma and I did Rally classes, and it was so much fun! It's not as active as Agility, so you won't get sore and achy, but you have to be super SMART to do it. Just perfect for dogs like you and me! Have a happy happy birthday and enjoy school!

    We have watched you go from PeeWee to Pea to Dexter!! What a wonderful life you have had so far.
    RALLY? We don't know what that is. Can't wait to learn more.
    Ernie and I hope that your Special Day is filled with FUN and FOOD.
    PeeS... I think that we ALL believe that Angel Mango is Watching over us... Always.

  19. Oh how I loved hearing all about your puppy years and those after. And it was good to see Angel Mango again. I nose he watches over you all the time and still teaches you stuff.

    Hap-Pee Birfday, Dex!

  20. Hey Dex – we wanna wish u a HAPPEE BARKDAY! Guess u had tue show the RH your toothemz once in awhile – just tue remind him that even tho your size wuz smaller than him, u were still in charge.

    The Diva Shasta here – I know what it’z like havin’an overgrown wus in the house. Shiloh THOUGHT HE wuz gonna b in charge when mom brought me home – even gave me a little nip on my ear when we both went fur the same treat when I wuz just a wee small pup my furst Christmas butt now I uze him fur a pillow an’ALL the toyz r MINE!
    Shiloh'n The Diva Shasta

  21. Happy Birthday, Dex. Hope the day is full of string cheese!

  22. Happy birthday, Dexter! I was so happy to read your life story! I hope you have a wonderful day!

  23. Happy Birthday Dexter!! You sure were a little dude.....and have grown into a very handsome mandog.

  24. Happy birthday, Dex!!! That video of you and your litter mates and your bio-mamma is over the top CUTE!!!!
    Play bows,

  25. Happy birthday, Dexter. Hope you get lots of good foodibles.


  26. Happy Birthday Dexter! from Goldie and her Master.


  27. Happy Birthday!

    Stop on by for a visit

  28. Happy birthday Dexter! Love the photo of your first encounter with Mango. You did look a bit, shall we say, taken aback.
    Hope you enjoy your birthday pressie. Gail and I looked up that Rally thing on the internet and it appears to be even more complicated than agility. Let's hope your handler is up to it.
    Toodle pip!
    Bertie (who is one on those dogs who very definitely doesn't want to jump in any available body of water. Are you nuts???)

  29. Happy Birthday, Dexter! Going to school for rally is a wonderful gift! We hope you post about it so we can see how you're coming along.
    Mango will always be watching over his PeeWee!

    Love ya lots,
    Mitch and Molly

  30. Woof! Woof! Happy BArkday! Precious photo with Mango. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar
    FYI: Just want to let you know we are in a temporary location and received your thoughtful holiday card (just got it caused it was forwarded). Lots of Golden Thanks

  31. Oh, I LOVED this post Dexter!! Oh, you were a wee little one, huh?! I'm sure glads you taught Mango who was boss. Very important dude!
    Tell your Moms she does a wonderfuls job of capturing your 'dudeness'!
    Happy, Happy Birthday Dexter!!

  32. Happy Barkday Dexter. You will have so much fun at Rally school watching how your Momma copes with trying to read signs and follow instructions. I've tried it (as I also had to stop that agility, due to my own health issues) and my human got so confused trying to work out what she was meant to be doing that she just kept stuffing food into my mouth!

    Did I ever tell you there was a labradude "Dexter the Wonder Dog" who was famous here in New Zealand. He used to host his own TV show, called "Tux Wonder Dogs, until he died in 1999, and then the show continued with another labrador called DJ (Dexter Junior). Both were Golden labs (not black like you), the show was produced by "Dexterity Productions", and Dexter's owner (the co-host) had the surname Leishman (I kid you not - to me, with my NZ accent, it sounds like the human was a leash-man"). Everytime my mum sees the title of your blog she recalls the Wonder Dog music, cartoons of dogs in super hero capes, Dexter having his own chair to watch from the sidelines, and some of the funny antics that the competition dogs on the show (a combinination of agility, water retreiver, sheep hearding, general obedience, dog triva and general disobedience!) got up to. You can watch a 1998 video of it with this link if you are intersted

    Woofs, and lots of extra barks for your 5th birthday

  33. Happy Birthday! We like so many of the same things that you like! Guess that's not so surprising though! LOVE that movie of 4 week old pups - adorable!!!
    Hugs xxx
    Sammie and Avalon

  34. YAY! Happy, happy birthday Dexter!! Gosh, I just LUVED this postie and all the pictures and the movie! I Most Especially liked the last picture cuz you just look over-the-moon happy! I luvs going to school, too, so I think that's a great thing to do for your birthday. Have lots and lots of fun and enjoy that cheese!!

    Wiggles & WAgs,

  35. Yappy Woofy Barkday Dexter! Condogulations on all you've achieved. The photo of you and RG with the "Move It" caption is my very look like you're flying in that one

  36. Happy Birthday, Dexter; you are one awesome dude! I really love the pictures of you with Mango when you were a cute little baby. I hope Momma buys you bacon or something!

  37. Happy, Happy Birthday, string cheese-boy! Enjoy everyinute of it!

    Your pals,

    -Bart and Ruby

  38. Grrrrrrr stoop iPad won't let us correct spelling errors while commenting...

  39. Happy Birthday, Dexter! I'd say you've had a pretty awesome 5 years - and it looks like it's gonna get even awesomer by getting string cheese benefits!

    Woofs and stringy slobbers,
    Chester ;0=)

  40. Happy Birthday, Dex! What a wonderful video tribute to your life so far, like the old 'This Is Your Life' TV show. We're quite sure you were the black pup who was the first to tuck into the walking buffet in the video of your Labramomma with pups. And we know for sure that Angel Mango is watching over you from the Bridge every day of your life. We're being watched over by Danes we never even met, but we can tell they're here. We're going to have to look up Rally; we're not familiar with it, either. Sounds like a fun activity for you and Momma and we look forward to your visual aids and documentaries as you master this skill. And we're super glad you are still allowed sofa privileges, now that the RH is gone and the rational justification is no longer there. We sure won't remind your Momma of that fact. Actually, Abby says it would be cruel and unusual punishment to change the rules at this late date. Here's wishing you a wonderful year to come!

  41. Happy Happy Hsppy Birthday, Dexter!
    I loved your post!
    I hope you had lots of fun at your class!
    Kisses and hugs

  42. We really enjoyed this post Dexter. Momma says you looked just like my brother Jake as a puppy. Hope you enjoy Rally. We were thinking about trying it but we're taking another tricks class now so maybe will try Rally after that.

    Happy Birthday!

    your pal,

  43. Happy Birthday Dexter.

    xo Cinnamon

  44. Happy Birthday to YOU!!! You've really come along way and we know you're going to like Rally. Fudge has a Rally title and Norma Jean and Sebastian are both going to train for it, too. Mom's goal is to put a title on each of us. She'd better get moving because there are a lot of us.
    Morgan, Sebastian, the Porties and the little girls

  45. Happy Birthday, Dexter! I love the video of you as a puppy. I think that you're the one visiting the milk bar in the video. I also love you as a tiny puppy lying with RH. What a contrast! Yes, Angel Mango will always watch over you.

    And, I'm so glad about school. My dogs adore school too - I think it's a Lab thing!

  46. Happy Birthday, Dexter! We can't believe how little you were next to Mango!! We hope you're having a great day!!

  47. Happy Birthday Dexter!

    The silvers and more

  48. Happy Birthday Dexter!! Cute pics!!

    jazzi and addi

  49. Happy Birthday Dexter. OMD we loved all those photos. The one of you and Uncle Mango when you were a teeny tiny bub is sooo cute. We think Uncle Mango is always watching over your family. Don't you wonder why the snow sometimes feels slobbery hehe. Good luck with the Rally. We've tried it, Stella was fabo, I was crap. Everyone had a laugh though so that was fun.
    Anyhoo mate, we're sending you five smoochies (from Stella of course) and hope you get spoilt rotten. No worries, and slobber, Rory and Stella

  50. Happy Birthday Dawg!

  51. Happiest of Birthdays, Dexter! You have accomplished quite a lot in your life. May you have many more years of entertaining us all with your wit, charm and funny stories!


  52. Happy Birthday sweet Dexter...Great pictures. We miss big boy
    Benny & Lily

  53. HAPPY BIRTHDAY lil dude! I love your memory lane posts. It is nice to see RH even tho it is your day! That pic of you on the sofa is just too adorables. I lost my square sit after knee surgery but then after acupuncture it mysteriously came back for a month or so! Long gone now though. :-/ watch out for that weekend warrior bizness. I do hope you can be a full time warrior at Rally Scool tho! Anywho, happy b-day and many happy returns of the day buddy!

  54. HAPPY BELATED BIRFDAY DEX!!!!!!!! Geez how you has grown up to be so big. I can't get overs how little you was...and nows you BIG!
    Dat was such a fun postie...but I still don't gets da whole water thing with you labs. Guess I ain't suppose to though.
    Anyways, I hopes you had a most awesome birfday!


  55. Happy Birthday Dexter BOL BOL BOL BOL BOL, that is my 5 bark salute to you. I don't know which puppy you were but they were all really cute. I hope you have a great day with pressies, foodables and lots of loveys.

    Loveys Sasha

  56. I hope you had a great birthday!!! I'm so excited you're in a rally class!

  57. Happy Happy Belated Birthday Dexter! I think you were the pup who tried to drink milk from your momma when she came out :) ur such an adorable lil one.. and still am very adorable now. Hope you have had a great celebration!

    You are indeed a good companion for dear ole Mango.

    woofs n licks.

  58. Happy birthday! Great recap of photos too. Best wishes from all of us.

  59. OMG, Labrapups hinies are HUGE! what fat hinies! And going to rally? Ok, dex, rule of thumb, if the teacher tells your mom "don't give dex a treat just for being handsome" (because that's what they always told me when I gave Loki a treat)... you must remember to say "do you KNOW how hard it is to look this good? give me the treat lady! and shut your pie hole."

    Happy Birthday big guy. I guess you're not so "pea wee" anymore. YOu're the big man in the house now, bro.

  60. Happy Birthday, Dexter. Hope you got lots of goodies!

  61. Happy belated Birthday Mr. Dexter!!! Boy were you a cute puppy!
    Have fun at school!

  62. Happy Birthday Dexter!!! You were such an adorable puppy!!! A fabulous buddy to the RH!! Hope you have lots and lots of fun at Rally School!! xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

  63. Dexter Buddy Belated Happy Birthday. Sorry I am late but my life has been turned upside down. I am now no longer an only dog and little Miss Tuiren sure keeps Mommy busy. She likes water too, me no way am I getting wet. Your pal, Fenris

  64. hello dexter its dennis the vizsla dog hay happy belayted birthday and menny happy reeterns!!! by witch i meen more birthdays not reeterns of gifts becuz reeterning gifts is just a payn in the tail!!! ok bye


    I think class is a swell birthday gift. It's a great way for you and your Momma to spend time together.


  66. Happy Belated Birthday Dex!

    woof - Tucker

  67. Hey Dexter!
    Wow, a great big HAPPY HAPPY BARKDAY TO YOU! sorry i'm late Well, there isn't much in this world cuter than little labrapups! So glad your peeps chose you and I really enjoyed all of these memory pix. Hope you had a great time at school and scored a bunch of yummy cheese! Congrats buddy!
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, COP

  68. Happy Birthday Dexter! I missed this post and am so glad I went back to look at it. Seeing your baby video was precious - I say you were the one who latched on to Momma Dog, we know how you like to eat! Seeing all those pictures of you with Mango brought a big smile to my face. He really was something, wasn't he? Good thing you had him trained.

    Have fun at school and make sure Momma blogs about it so we can see what you are doing there. Ann TBL

  69. Happy belated birthday, Dex. We all sure enjoyed reading about your puppihood and remembering your growing up years and seeing the ExtraWonderfulPictures of you with AngelMango. You are a lucky dude ... and school is sounding pretty nice! Enjoy!

    Jake and Fergs (who still prides herself on CrackerDog status)

  70. Oh Dex! Happy Belated little Pea! Sorry we missed it!