OMD! OMD! OMD!!! It’s here!!! The Most Wonderful Time of The Year!!! No, not Christmas, sillies. Sure, that’s kinda fun, but this is even better It’s MangoMinster Time!!!
If you have never witnessed MangoMinster, you are in for a Serious Treat; MangoMinster is totally unlike those snooty dog shows that expect you to conform to some totally unrealistic super-model body standards and often have ridiculous haircuts as well. Seriously… who thought this was a good look, like, ever?
Dude (or dudette – we can’t tell) – you clearly spend more on grooming products in a week than we do in a year!
Yeah, so, MangoMinster is not one of the those dog shows. It is a more, ah, egalitarian dog show. Your eyes don’t have to be exactly a certain number of centimeters apart, and you don’t have to be floofed out to within an inch of your life. You don’t even have to be a particular breed (a real bonus for mixed-breeds such as myself, and for the much-desired ‘mutts’ of the world). Heck, you don’t even have to be well-behaved (actually, there’s one category where you are rewarded for bad behavior…). You just have to have a desire to meet other doggies (and kittehs) (well, okay, since this is done online, you can be totally anti-social, if you want).
Really, all you need is a sense of humor and bloggie where other competitors, judges and the rapt audience can see you in all of your glory (good, bad, or totally cracker, as the case may be). Go check out the various categories, find one that you can shoe-horn yourself into and ENTER! All it takes is a blog post as to why you fit in that category (and a pee-mail to Mango’s Mom to let her know you are entering). It is Serious Funballs!!!
Why am I such a big fan of MangoMinster? It’s not just because I am a past winner (although I am). True, my family Totally Cleaned Up last year. See all those banners on the right side of the bloggie? Yep. Those are all the awards we won-
I was the judges’ pick for Best Sporty Dog (because I’m all athletic-like):
Mr. Bufus was the readers’ choice for Cat Dogs,
Yes, he was the epitome of the 'Man-Bear-Dog-Cat-Pig' class. Or whatever it was called. *grin*
TaiChi was both the readers’ choice and the judges’ choice for Bad Sports. I mentioned that there is a category where bad behavior is rewarded, right? Well, TaiChi was totally rewarded for her decades of mischief-making and evil-doing.
'TaiChi the Moocher' was just one of her many names... Cute, yes, but subtle she was not.
But the fame, glory and endorsements that come with winning a class in MangoMinster are not the best part of MangoMinster (even though it is pretty cool). Even the partying at the Mango Estate is not the best part (although that is fun, too). And the excitement of the voting is lots of fun, too. But the Absolute Best Part of MangoMinster is the chance to meet all sorts of doggies and kittehs that you might not have ever encountered before. I can honestly say that I met more friends from MangoMinster than anywhere else. It is, as the Relentlessly Huge would say, Total Funballs. Go check it out. You will not be disappointed!!!
My only question is where I should enter Abby.
She is totally shameless. Seriously. You should see her around the boys. It’s a good thing Mom got her spayed young, or Mom would probably already be a grandmother. I’m just saying…
Warning this next picture is R-rated. At least. Shield your eyes if you are of a sensitive nature.
Hey. You were warned. She is a total shameless hussy.
However, I have a feeling that she really falls into the family tradition of Bad Sports (here she is, at a mere 8 weeks old, having stolen my medium/large sized-doggie Jumbone; she didn't even have real teeth then).
Well, okay, she’s totally a bad sport. She still steals my bones, my toys, my treats. If I have something (even if she has the Exact Same Thing) she will bark and whine until she gets mine. Here is another example of her being at Bad Sport at a Very Early Age; she has the Exact Same Chewie, and she wants mine!
She is not a stranger to counter-surfing. She is a nudge – if I am getting scratchies, she will push her ginormous self between me and the scratchie provider. Yeah. Um. I could go on and on. And probably will. In another post.
Anyhoo. We’re totally excited about MangoMinster 2011. It is truly the Most Wonderful Time of The Year!!!
-Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus