Friday, January 14, 2011

Mango Minster 2011 "Cracker Dog" Entry

For those of you unfamiliar with it, Mango Minster is a yearly dog competition like no other. Initiated as a response to Westminster, Mango Minster pits dog against dog, kitteh against kitteh in fierce competition. This year's categories comprise Shameless Dogs and Doggie Divas, Good Old Boys and Gals, Bad Sports, Kittehs, and Cracker Dogs. Charlie, while not a terrier, is entering in the Cracker Dog category.

From the very start, it was clear that Charlie was not going to be the mellow, soft-mouthed, eager-to-please dog that the movies have taught us to expect of a golden retriever. It was clear that he was going to be a serious "cracker dog."

He had so much energy that he just couldn't control himself.

He pushed one boundary after another. No person, no cat... dog, no bed...

...not even his own tail was safe from his attention and his sharp little puppy teeth.

As he grew older, he learned to zoom.
indoors... outdoors... doesn't matter. The dog must zoom!

Of course, there are also the goofy Charlie-isms. He squints for people he loves:

He eats anything and everything:

He goes nuts when friends arrive:

He has serious histrionics when I leave the house without him:

And the singing... dear lord, the singing. He demands to sing. After. Every. Meal.

Now, at 6, he has mellowed a bit --- I can honestly say that it's been a year since I saw Charlie chase his tail. But the dog's still crackers. And I confess - I'm crackers about him!


Moose said...

Wonderful post Charlie! This is a whole side of you I have not seen before but I have to say you nailed it! Cracker is as cracker does!
say... watch it around that wall. Looks like trouble!

Dexter said...



NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With KhattleDog! said...

Pawesome entry!

I do believe woo demonstrated your talents AND tailents!

I love it when I see other khanines channel their Inner Sibe!


~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

What a fun post! I feel like I know Charlie a bit better now! He reminds me of our second Golden that we still have named Wendy (now 13) who did a lot of these same things. I always used to joke that if we'd gotten her first we may have never gotten another! :-)))

Jed and Abby in MerryLand said...

Wow! We've heard of singing FOR your supper, but singing AFTER? Must be asking for seconds. Or he's an opera fan, like mama. And the "eating anything" picture: is that GLASS? Thought Jed was bad, with eating metal and rocks and stuff, but not even he would eat glass! [Well, don't think so. Mama is pretty careful not to give him the chance.] Anyway, this is definitely the perfect category for Charlie! Good luck!

Jed & Abby

Charlie said...

Jed & Abby - that's a sheet of ice, not glass! :)

Lorenza said...

I could not believe it!
You are a real Cracker Dog!
I loved your entry!
Good luck at the MM!
Kisses and hugs

AFSocksScylla said...

Charlie, we agree you are Crackers, in the cutest possible way.

rottrover said...


We didn't know goldens could BE cracker dogs!! But you're the man!! We are very impressed with your cracker-skills!!

How Sam Sees It said...

We will be rooting for him!


Moco said...

Truly a cracker dog if we have ever known one. May he crack forever.

Anonymous said...

Dear Charlie,
You have a new follower here and on youtube, I'm afraid this is the only good news though. Buddy, I'm sorry to inform you that I am your category's judge. I've already been by with my scoreboard and I'm going to post my feedback real soon. Meanwhile, do consider bribery. I can't tell you how much it would help your case!
If you do decide to follow my advice, pls leave me a comment. I wouldn't wan to miss your post.

Twinkie V. Twinkerson

United Pet Blogdom District Judge (cracker dog division)

Bella the Boxer said...

Hi Charlie,

I've never met a cracker that I didn't like! Keep on cracking...

Bella the Boxer

Unknown said...

Charlie! you look so doubt you are the real cracker dog..keep cracking.
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Curt Rogers said...

Terrific post! Thank you so much for sharing.

I watch Charlie and I can't help but think of Duncan. They are so very similar, in color, in disposition, in craziness. It's like they were separated at birth.

Kari in Alaska said...

Awesome entry!


noely said...

What a wonderful homage to a true cracker... as a representative of the Kerry Blue Terriers of the world, I dub Charlie with the title of "Sir Charles, Honorary Heart Terrier" ♥