Thursday, January 9, 2014

I am Six Years Old Today

That's right! Today is my birthday and I am six years old.

To celebrate, I have selected one photo from each year of my labralife. Are you ready? Here we go.


I arrive at the estate and meet the Relentlessly Huge. I confess to being a bit intimidated by him at first, but I soon learned how to manage. And he did teach me many wonderful things, such as the joy of sun baking.

I'm watching the clock so I know when to tell the RH to flip over.


I perfected my ninja moves. Good times.

Who's the big dog now?


I was invited to the cement pond next door. Oh happy day!

Poor Mr. Mouse should have worn his life jacket.


I began my campaign of civil disobedience.

Road closed? That can only mean there is something worth exploring.


I said goodbye to the RH. I do miss him sometimes.

Sure, I'm smiling, but I'm poised to flee should the torpid beast begin any actual movement.


I discovered yogurty goodness. Does it get any better than this?

Where have you been all my life?

So there you have it. Six years and going strong. I'm looking forward to a 2014 filled with walkies, foodables, snuggles, and all the stuff that makes life grand.

Dexter done!

P.S. From Mango Momma

I don't think any Dexter birthday celebration is really complete without this classic of "when Dexter met Mango."

I think Mango played a larger role in shaping who Dexter is than I did (which is part of why I sometimes regret not getting a puppy for Dex to nurture). Mango made sure that Dex was housebroken from the start. He taught Dex respect for stuffies, how to play gently with humans, and (partly as a matter of survival) how to read dog body language like a champ. 

In Mango's blog, I tended to emphasize their differences, but as they matured, one saw scenes like the one below more and more often.

Every dog has something different to offer us and we need to be open to how "having a dog" changes with each of our beloved companions.

In the past year, Dexter and I have grown much closer. Walkies are our primary activity and I think I get cabin fever as much as he does when we are forced to miss one. He's a wonderful pal, with an easy going disposition that is suited to my lifestyle. He's both the smartest and most well mannered dog I've ever had and has certainly spoiled me in so many ways.

Love you, little buddy!


  1. Happy Birthday, Dexter! You sure did grow into one handsome pup! Enjoy every bit of your yogurt!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

  2. Happy 6th birthday buddy......what an exciting life you have...but you forgot to mention day care.....isn't that one of your great places to go ?

  3. Happy Birthday, Dexter! You are as adorable as a puppy and we love your smile!

  4. Have a wonderfully happy 6th birthday Dexter! Thank your momma for all the wonderful photos (we miss Mango too) and look forward to seeing many more in the future. Hope you get some prezzies and noms today!

  5. Dexter...I'm wishing you a very Hap-Pee Birthday. ♫ ♫ ♫ Keep up being the wonderful guy that you are....(and save me a piece of cake pleeeeze)

  6. Happy Dexter Dude Birthday to you! Two yogurt servings for you today, and a fresh nommie bone

    gus and teka

  7. Happy birthday Dexter. You reviewed your six years on this planet with abmirable concision. And well done with helping Momma avoid cabin fever!
    Toodle pip!
    PS from Gail - well said Momma about every dog having something different to offer etc.

  8. Loved those classic photos, particularly the last when Dex met Mango. And I so appreciate how one dog shapes another... and how they they shape us!!!

    Wirey happy birthday hugs, Dexter!!!

    Just Harry (Mom insisted on writing this, pal. What could I do?)

  9. Happy birthday, Dexter! We think you did admirably when first brought home and introduced to that large piece of furniture that turned out to be Mango - not everypup could have handled the RH with aplomb. And you have done an excellent job in training your Momma to get her exercise everyday, not being deterred by "neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night". (And to be nerdy, our Mom would like to mention for the 2 people in the world who don't know this, but that was what Herodotus (some very old Greek dude) said about Persian couriers way back in 450-ish BC, long before the US post office decided to take on the phrase.) Happy birthday, and we hope you get lots of yogurt-y goodness!

    *kissey face*
    -Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus

  10. Happy Birthday, Big Guy!

    Monty and Harlow

  11. Happiest of Birthdays, Dexter! May you celebrate many, many more!


  12. ♫ HAPPY HAPPY BIRFDAY #6 TO YOU DEXTER ♫ I (Frankie Furter) remember when you arrived at the estate. Can hardly believe it has been that long. Seems like Yesterday.
    Will you go to Camp Hunch a Bunch fur a big celebration?

  13. Happy Barkday Dexter!!! Now when is the pawty?
    To Mango Mama: That picture of Mango & Puppy Dexter is the greatest! Nothing can top that one.

    June & mom

  14. Happy barkday, buddy! Take it from me, #6 is one heck of a year!!

  15. Happy Birthday!!

    We hope all your wishes come true.

    Big hugs from all of us

  16. Happy Birthday!!

    We hope all your wishes come true.

    Big hugs from all of us

  17. Happy Six Years Dexter!!! I still miss Mango - but love love still having you around.
    Love Noodles

  18. Happy Birthday!!!

    Stop on by for a visit

  19. Happy, happy birthday, Dexter! From adorable pup to chick magnet in only 6 years! Quite an accomplishment.

    Have a relentlessly HUGE celebration!

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  20. Happy Happy 6th Barkday Dexter! We love every single photo in this beautiful post highlighting your growing up years. Our most favorite is the day you met Mango, of course though everything else is our 2nd favorite. We wish you many many more wonderful and fun adventures with your Mama. We are so happy to be your pal. Happy 2014 to you Mama and your loved ones.

    Piappies Mom and Piappies Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Max, Wai-Pai & Forgie

  21. Happy Birthday Dexter!!! May the next 6 years be as good as the first!!


  22. Happy Birthday, Dexter! You surely do make Momma very happy, with good reason. I hope she brings you a nice birthday cake, or something just as Nommable!

  23. Happy 6th birthday Dexter; I do hope you get so many wonderful presents. You seem like a wonderful companion to your mom and I know you feel the same way.
    Wags, Noreen & Hunter

  24. What a sweet post. Happy birthday, Dexter. May your walks be regular, long and rarely impacted by weather and such!

  25. Happy Birthday Dexter!!! Have a great day and I hope you get a nice meaty bone and lots of treats.

    Loveys Sasha

  26. Happy Birthday Dexter Dude!

    My compliments to your staff for such a wonderful birthday post. I love the little Dexter photos, and in the "when Dexter met Mango" photo, the look on your face says it all!


    p.s. - my dad loves your blog, Dexter. You're the only one he reads regularly. I think he reads yours more regularly than mine!

  27. Awww, Dexter. You are teaching your mommy too, now that you are an grown pup. Mom agrees that us doggies all bring something new to our families, expectially when dianamixs change. BOL
    PS- Happy birthday little dude. I know we would have a really fun time playing if we were closer!

  28. Aw, we love seeing all those pictures of you, Dexter, 'specially when you were a little guy with Mango. Happy Birthday!!

  29. Happy Birthday, Dexter and many more to come. We miss the big guy too.

    Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

  30. Holy Dog Slobbers!!!! SIX YEARS OLD??! Wowsa! Happy Happy Burthday dude!!! You look FABulous BTW! Not a day over 3....hehehe
    I sure do miss the Big Guys too....Butts just lookie at you and your Moms! Lots of funs everyday...what would she do without you?!
    (get a fat hinnie like Ma, that's what!! BOL!!!!!)
    Ruby ♥

  31. Happy Birthday Dexter! We love your big smile in that last picture.

  32. Haaaaaaaaaaappy Birthday, Dexter!
    I loved your post! Wonderful memories, right?
    Kisses and hugs

  33. I just love those little puppy Dex pics! Oooh, how did you not just kiss him for hours on end???

    Dex, I hope you had the most wonderful day today! You bring lots of joy to your mom and to blogville!

  34. Happy Birthday, Dexter! And Dude, isn't yogurt the absolute BEST THING EVER??? I'll do anything for yogurt. I'm gonna have some right now to celebrate your birthday!


  35. Aww Dexter, we love this post. Happy Birthday mate. Was it YOU that taught Mango to say WTF? By the look on your face (third last photo) it must have been hehe. We love the fact you and Momma have funball times and plenty of walkies. Life is good. Sending you six smoochie kisses from Stella and six slobbery, well, slobbers, from Rory. Rub it in mate, remember? Makes the coat shiny.
    No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

  36. Sending you six very loud woofs! Happy birthday Dexter!

  37. Happy Birthday Dexter!! We sure enjoyed looking at your great photos of the first six years and we look forward to the next six too!! Happy Weekend and hope you get some more yogurt!! xo Chloe and LadyBug

  38. Hi Dexter!!! Happy 6th birthday!!!!! You know, I just turned 5 on New Year's Day and my humans embarassed me SO BADLY with their loud singing and prancing around. So humiliating. I love seeing all your photos, especially the one where you met RH. Mango was the best - you could tell how he looked out for you from the beginning. I hope you had a great birthday!

    Your friend,

    Indiana Bones taylor (aka chocolate labbie extrordiniarre!)

  39. Happy Belated Birthday Dexter. We can't believe that you are six! We loved seeing the puppy photos and your times with RH. You are such a good guy and we are happy to be your blogging friends. BTW thanks for the Christmas card. It is posted on the bulletin board at our training room!

    Your friends,
    Niamh, Ambrose and Barbara

  40. Happy belated birthday, handsome friend!!! I am 6, too! It's fun so far - except for the ice.
    Yogurt is WONDERFUL, isn't it?

  41. Happy happy birthday, Dexter! I sure hope you had a wonderful day! I can't believe you're six. I'll be six soon so maybe we can celebrate! We put up our weekly flashback post on Friday and it included Mango too. I didn't know him too well but I know he and Twix are causing havoc at the bridge. (Momma says she misses the big guy!)

  42. Happy belated birthday Mr. Dexter!!! Keep taking good care of your mom!

  43. hello dexter its dennis the vizsla dog hay happy belayted birthday!!! hay i am going to tel my mowse frend not to reed this post as it mite upset him to see wun of his relativs floting in the drink!!! and also i miss mango the relentlessly hyoodj too!!! ok bye

  44. Happy Birthday, Dexter!! You and R, the Labradudes, are both the same age. You were born just a few months after him. I must say that I simply adore the Dexter meets Mango photo! That one should be framed and on your wall!!!!

    I also love reading about how you and your momma have gotten so close over the past year. You are a great dude. I hope you had a wonderful birthday!

  45. Aweeee....happy birthday handsome! You're all growed up now and a young man.
    Wild Dingo crew

  46. Awww, love those pics! Have pinned a few. Happy Birthday, Dex! And hugs for the big Mango whom we miss terribly.

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  48. Sending you rather belated birthday greetings Dexter.
    It's the staff you know! We are seriously considering firing this lot and employing people who pander to our every whim.
    Molly, Taffy, Monty and Winnie

  49. Hello handsome Dexter at only six years young. It is my tenth gotcha/gotthem day today so goodness how old I am. Quite right to put pix of Mango on your birthday post as he was such a big (ha) part of your life.

    One reason my people got Snowy was for me to train a little one because they are no use at important things like canine training.

    Thank you for visiting my last but one post and leaving a comment. You and others expressed interest in the fleecy harnies so I got Misery to write some more. They are available in a few US outlets or you can get them shipped. Walk over to my blog for more info when you want a peek.


  50. Happy Belated Birthday, Dexter!
    6 is the perfect age...old enuff to know better, but puppy enuff to do it anyway!


  51. Dexter!!!!

    Happy Happy Belated Barkday wishes!! Max and me is so very happy to be back in Blogville, we sure has missed you. :) Mom had a ruff year last year wif her sickies but fur da past few months her has been doin' better so we is able to come back. :)

    Woofs and Licks,
    Maggie Mae and Max

  52. Ahhhh, such a great post! Happy Birthday!

  53. Furst, we Beaglebratz wanna thank u fer stoppin'by our blog - it reminded us we NEEDED tue come over here fer a vizit. 2nd - in that furst pikchure with u an'the RH bakin'on the deck - were u waitin'tue turn the Mango over OR were u watchin'so if the Mango suddenlymoved then u cood suddenly exit the scene? We like puppy Dexter with the Mango in that other pikchure. I, Shiloh wuz kinda like that with my lil'sis Diva Shasta. Mom;s Angel Oreo did such a good job helpin'me grow up so that in turn, I cood help Diva Shasta grow up (after I nipped her on the ear a little durin'her furst Christmas - I wuz justified cuz sum loose treatz fell out of her stockin'an'I had tue show her that u hazta b quik an'do what it takez tue git to'em furst). The little wimp had tue go tue the ER dogtor on CHRISTMAS DAY tue git a stitch in her little 9 week old puppy ear. BUTT tue this day, she will not git close tue treatz if I am nearby so I wood say that iz a lesson well learned.
    Gotta git off that tangent now an'wish u a HAPPEE B-LATED BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!
    Shiloh'n Diva Shasta

  54. Yeah Dexter! I'm sorry I missed your birthday! Happy Belated Wishes!

  55. Happy belated birthday! hugs from Nala, Otis, Roscoe, Hermione and even Rufio the cat :)