Thursday, May 16, 2013

Am I Turning in to Mango?

Momma claims that I am developing some "Mango-esque" traits. Why not? Even an absurdly large, big bully, cry baby, momma's dog had to get some things right. 

Of late I have been sampling some of his favorite meditation locations and discovered that being next to Momma's comfy chair or grabbing the afternoon sun puddle on the living room carpet is quite satisfying.

Which led me to wonder "what was Mango doing in the dog cave every morning?"

Every day, like clockwork, that big old bumbling beast would retire to the dog cave after breakfast to lounge in his bed (albeit sometimes with a poor approximation of actually being "in" the bed).

"Why?" I asked my labraself, "would Captain Velcro opt to be in a room other than where his besotted momma was?"

I thought, "What the heck? I'll give it a try." 

You know what? That walnut brain was on to something. Because I love the peace of having my own quiet time in the morning to meditate and plan my daily activities.

Thus, after breakfast, while Momma reads the daily news in her living room comfy chair, you can now find me in the dog cave, snuggled in my labrasized bed.

Momma thinks this is quite odd since 99.99% of the time I use my couch for relaxing and I am almost always striving to be in the same room with her. But sometimes a guy just needs space. You know what I mean?

How about you? Do you have any habits that your humans find curious, but that actually make sense if they would just use their little brains for a moment?

Dexter done!


  1. Mom better watch out! I am sure you are spending this time planning world domination!

    Stumpy does all kinds of things that befuddle me. Mine is not to question why, my job is to make sure there is photographic evidence. I suck at that.

  2. Well how could you not want to go snuggle on the labrabed....look how comfy it is! A guy does need his ow personal space and down time.

  3. WOW Dexter wee finks dat it's kewl yoo has a place to go fur soms sollytude. Wee wishes wee had a dog cave

    Da K Krew
    x x x x x

  4. EVERYTHING the humans do around here confounds us. We just think we have them on a workable schedule and they: Move the clock ahead an hour, decide to go on a trip to St. Loulis or begin what they call a SABBATICAL which screws everything up the********

    Ours is not to reason why, ours is to start over again at training the hoomans.

    TEKA TOY! and gus

  5. Dexter, let's just examine this a little more closely. You need 'quiet time' to 'plan your daily activities'....?

    I think you are mistaking yourself for some kind of busy executive with a complex set of competeting priorities to manage.

    Whereas, if I have this right, a dog's life should consist of 'wake up, eat, demand attention, walk, sleep'.

    Oh, and perhaps, occasionally, 'blog'.

    Toodle pip!

  6. Actually, we use our 'other room' time to make sure Mom and Dad understand how much they cannot live without us. Sometimes we give a little wild in our bitey-face-on-the-bed action, and Mom gets all grouchy, or Abby roaches all the blankets off the bed and Dad says something along the lines of "rotten mutt" (in loving tones), so we go to the living room couch for a little lie-down. And to give Mom and Dad time to realize how much better it is to have us share their personal space, rather than having us avoiding them. They are much more appreciative of our presence (energy and all) after we've left them alone for a while.

    BTW, nice work on actually being ON your bed, rather than the RH's more, uh, casual approach!

    *kissey face*
    -Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus

  7. I would rather sleep on the comfy bed on the floor than use energy to jump on the sofa to sleep anyday. I think we got a little Mango in us too.

  8. Wow, I love your bed! It fits you so perfectly.

  9. BOL Dex! It was nice seein RH again. Lately I have taken to napping in mommas office by the door. B/c she is a feeble minded human she doesn't know that the reasons for this are two-fold. 1) I am not hearing so good lately so if I nap there I will see when she comes home- she parks by that door so the headlights shine in the window to alert me and 2) that Pixie is hoggin the bed by the front door. That's ok tho b/c the headlight alert doesn't work at that bed!
    also- I am almost always in another room where momma isnt. I love her and all but its much more peaceful being in another room!

  10. Sam is always glued to my side, and Monty is always glued to Aaron's. Monty starts putting himself to bed around 7 - and gets quite frantic when we don't join him. He will run back and forth between wherever we are and his bed.


  11. Mom says that curiously, several of us have picked up habits of dearly departed canine companions. Treat was Miss Perfect and after she died, Blueberry started being Miss Perfect. I have a habit of sleeping in the same spot between Mom and Dad that she had, too. Of course, we all have our own quirks and peccadilloes, too!


  12. Hey Dex!! I think you look quite comfy in your LabraBed. Why wouldn't you want some 'ME' time? A dude has to thinks, doesn't he? A Labradude must have like TONS of stuffs on his mind....
    Me? Well, I am perfectly normal...stop laughin' Ma!!
    Anyhu, as I was sayin', one thing that makes purfect sense to me (butts not to Ma) is that I play with my food. I have to pounce and jib & jab and taunt my foodable befores I eat it. I say, I'm just makin' sure it's deaded before I take a bite. Smart, I say. Smart.

  13. Channelling Mango for naptimes and meditations is a wise move, as mastiffs are known to be champions in the fine arts of napping and meditation. I believe you must keep the dog cave in good use to honor your brother's memory. Momma should be proud.

  14. Aw, being like Mango isn't bad at all!

  15. Since Kendra went to the Bridge, SHE says Bella and I have picked up her traits...mostly her bad ones, SHE says.

    That looks like the perfect 'thinkin'' place, Dexter. You might try the Mango pose sometime. There may be something in that, too.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  16. Emma would nudge me with her nose and push it up under my hand or arm for attention and Sweet Pea has started doing that. I've noticed Sweet Pea is taking on a lot of the other dogs habits. She's becoming a big copycat.

    Your labrabed looks really comfy. Why not have the best of both and when Momma is not looking drag your labrabed out beside her comfy chair ;) See if she notices.

  17. Maybe Mango told you to do it. Well me, I ringtone bell to go outside pee pee. Then I learned if I just ring it, I get her attention too
    Benny & Lily

  18. Howdy Dex, you sure look comfy on your bed. Lucikly you don't slide off like Uncle Mango did. Rory has habits that mum adores. Like he follows her everywhere, rattles the toilet door when she shuts it in his face and makes her walk around him at all times (she hasn't walked in a straight line for nearly two years in our house hehe). If you have some of Uncle Mango's qualities, that's not unusual cause you were brothers. Take care mate. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

  19. Nothing wrong with having your own space sometimes! Your bed look so comfy so enjoy my friend!!

    Jazzi and Addi

  20. What a fabulous bed you got there Dexter!! We do have a rather curious trait of using our big brother's old bed...the two of us fit perfectly on there...and it's in front of the window so we can peer out over the kingdom! xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

  21. Mabel has two beds in the living room and often prefers the sofa!

  22. Hey Dexter!
    Wow, I think it's great you have your own meditation spot and being Mango-like is a really wonderful thing! Really it is! My peeps say I have lots of strange habits and they have no clue. You look totally zonked out and comfy!
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, COP

  23. I think it's cool that you're channelling your inner Mango. I'll bet it makes your mama smile.
    Play bows,

  24. You couldn't have a worthier role model, young Pea. We're sure it warms the cockles of the Mango Momma's heart to see you adopting the RH's habits. It's like you're making sure Mango Momma knows the Mango may be physically gone, but his RH spirit lives on. We like to bunch our comforters up in a ball and then push them off the doggie beds until mama gets them folded just right for our comfort. Someone has to keep up the standards around the estate.

  25. Well, we also think that the big guy was right about having some alone time. Some of the pack, especially Hiker, really enjoy the alone time. She is the only one who doesn't come upstairs to bed. We think that she prefers having the couch to herself. Hiker likes upstairs, her and Breeze will go up and play together and sometimes the foster pup Twiggy will join them.

    Dexter, you can't go too far wrong if you do some Mango type things!

  26. I like to sleep on the floor. :)

  27. Dex, we don't want mum understandin our foibles otherwise we would have to change em. Keep the humans guessin we say!!! Your brother Mango did have more n a few clews as you are findin out. You should be gibbin some of 'is other habits a sensibility test. Some of em you may never work out thou.

  28. Your LL Bean bed is to die for, Dex!

    Believe it or not, I was just mentioning to Cushion (before we abandoned Ms Pea) that she was taking on some characteristics and behaviour of Rufus (our big bear of a dog that died before I met you). For example, she's become just as tenacious about where she wants to go for walks, usually to her favourite food find places. If we don't want to go there, be prepared for a public struggle of wills. Unfortunately for Ms Pea, Rufus was a giant dog, too heavy to budge or carry if he decided to stay put in one spot (always an amusing spectacle for passersby). Georgia, on the other hand, is not!

  29. Heehee! Oh the Mango! He passed on such wisdom!


  30. I assure you, you are uniquely you

    Stop on by for a visit

  31. Dexter,

    The two black and whites here have similar odd, morning rituals. While I am reading MY paper in the family room they head back to the big bed for more snoring even though they just got out of it maybe 40 minutes earlier. They shuffle about as I try to make the bed around them and then after the bed is made, they head to other, sunny spots in the house. And they think I'm strange! Ann TBL

  32. I don't think you are turning into Mango, but I fear some of the years of exposure to Mango "Suds" could be causing some of this behavior. I don't think it is a bad thing, it looks very pleasing. Just go with it and see what happens

    Loveys Sasha

  33. Mom said, Dexter you are so adorable all cuddled up in your bed. Looks very comfy. :D

    I think she's sucking up to you for some reason! I think alone time can be good. I used to have to be next to my mom ALL the time... then I realized in the summer it's MUCH cooler to go sleep on the floor by myself BOL!


  34. How funny! You asked your "labraself" and you call Mango a walnut brain! Too funny. Anyway, I do understand that dogs need their space but Daisy, my coon hound, thinks everything is so much better when she is sitting by my computer as I blog. Otherwise, she wouldn't know what I look like! LOL

  35. When I adjust all the covers on their bed at night they look all confused. A dog's gotta have a "just right" spot of course!

    Nubbin wiggles,

  36. Mom thinks Everything we do is strange and curious. Like using her pant leg for a napkin after we eat...make sense to us!

    Wyatt and Stanzie

  37. Oh Dexter, I has been thinking of Mango recently and I was very happy to sees your post. The pictures of you two in your beds (or kind of in them, as the case may bes) gave me a smile.

    The thing I does is to grab my chewy, ask to be picked up and putted on the couch, then growl at the people who tries to pick me up because they is too close to my chewy.


  38. Even with ten of us, we each have our own special place to relax. Having one's own space is important.
    Morgan, Sebastian, the Porties, Syd and Mac

  39. hello dexter its dennis the vizsla dog hay i wood gess that my habit of destroying the furnitcher is wun wot puzzels mama and dada but reely if they wood just stop and think abowt it i am both trying to help the ekonomee by enkooradjing them to spend green paypers on noo furnitcher and also i am mayking shoor their ar no ninja hedjhogs hiding in the kushins so yoo see??? it al mayks perfekt sens!!! ok bye

  40. I am so glad that you are seeing the wisdom to Mango's ways. The dog cave sounds divine. Our dogs use our bed for that purpose... retreating to it while we slave away, at their service.

  41. That bed looks awesome Dexter! I do the same thing sometimes. If I'm really tired, I'll go lie down in the bedroom instead of hanging out in the living room where mom and dad are. Sometimes we all need some quiet.


  42. I'll never figure my canine loves out, but that's what I love best about them.