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I am a male yellow Lab. My birth date is September 4th 2011. I am in training to be a guide dog for the blind. (guide dog school -Southeastern Guide Dogs) I'm my raiser's fifth guide dog puppy. She will keep me for (about) 1 year, then I will head off to harness training! Please feel free to follow my blog and keep up with: Brandon's Life... As a guide dog in training

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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Mango Minster - 2011!

I just heard that Mango will be doing the 2011 Mango Minster - and now that the rules are out.. I've got to enter!
The categories are quite different this year - no "working dog" category to enter myself into - so my raiser has been having a hard time deciding which category to go with; as I really don't fit in any.
The categories are:
Shameless Dogs and Doggie Divas
Good Old Boys and Gals
Bad Sports
Cracker Dogs
Since I really don't fit into any now (my raiser was going to enter my in the Cracker Dogs category - but all the things it listed for qualifications - I'm not allowed to do; as I'm training to be a guide dog - so she decided otherwise).

We decided to look at the categories another way - what category she HOPES for me to fit into and the "Good Old Boys and Gals" is the best fit for me - (if) I become a guide dog I've got to be really well behaved, calm, and - well - a GOOD "old" Boy!
Since I'm in training to be a well behaved dog - so I can one day be a guide dog; my raiser thinks that is what I qualify for the be
Though I really don't fit best in any category - my raiser really wanted to enter me, so though you may think I'm not the perfect match for the category - it is the best fit for me... if you look at it the right way :)
So when it does come down to voting, furry please pick me!
Thanks to Mango for doing the 2011 Mango Minster; we know it will be the best one yet!
*Most likely you STILL don't believe I fit in a "Good Old Boys & Gals" category - so I'm including some good reasons below of why I'm the BEST fit for this category!*

The dog with a blog

Only Good Old Boys & Gals...

-can do a calm sit-stay for a photo...

Black/white picture of Rudy in a sit-stay outside in the grass

-can sleep while your raiser and family are busily preparing the Thanksgiving Dinner
Picture of Rudy sleeping (while we are all working away at getting Thanksgiving Dinner ready!)

-can behave calmly in a down-stay while your raiser & her friends are eating pizza at a very busy restaurant
Picture of Rudy in a down-stay beside our table (which we are sitting at eating pizza)

-can read ALL the safety information for flying on a airplane
Picture of Rudy looking at the safety card provided on the airplane (during our guide dog airport meeting)

-can behave calmly AND do commands at the same time while outside in the itchy grass...

-can not be distracted while attending exercise class AND do a calm down-stay...

-can obey calmly during guide dog puppy class AND do wonderful at commands (down & stand)...

-can play with a squeaker toy WITHOUT tearing it up :)

Now if you still don't believe a qualify for the "Good old Boys & Gals" category - continue reading my (almost) daily posts - and see what a good boy I am :)

Or just think of all the training that goes into a working service/guide dog - because that's what I'm going through right now. Daily obedience, Monthly Guide Dog Meetings, Weekly New Exposures, Daily Outings - and I go EVERYWHERE with my raiser (including when she shops for clothes...)

I do hope I've finally proved myself!


Dexter said...

Rudy, buddy, you make me proud to be a labradog.


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

I'm sure Mango would find woo in the khrakhkah dog khategory -

All Labradorks belong there in his opinion!

Best of lukhk to woo!


Two French Bulldogs said...

Oh this is going to be a good one
Benny & Lily

Jed and Abby in MerryLand said...

Rudy, your career choice shows you are a very good boy, and someday you'll even be a good OLE boy. Best of luck!

Jed & Abby

Two French Bulldogs said...

Good job Rudy you picked a good category
Benny & Lily

Oskar said...

Mango Minster is going to be so much fun!

Nubbin wiggles,

Fenris and Family said...

Hi Rudy, we thinks it is wonderful you are training to be a guide dog, that is such an important job.

Dexter said...

You know we are partial to labradorks here, especially black ones.


Deborah said...

WOW! Rudy, you are awesome! Have fun!! Great competition is growing by the day!! LOL

brooke said...

Good luck Rudy!