Mango Minster - Cabana the Working Stiff

official seal of the mango minster contest, featuring brindle mastiff mango himself, in shirt and tieFor the first time, Cabana and I have decided to participate in Mango Minster. Being extremely slow on the uptake, it has taken me about 3 years to figure out that Mango Minster is a dog blog show and contest, put on by the Mango Momma, based on the Westminster Dog Show. As Mango himself would say, "Duh!"

I have entered Cabana in the Working Stiffs category. After all, she may have flunked out as a guide dog, but she still works hard for her keep! Over the holidays, Cabana was invaluable as a babysitter, or more specifically, a young boy sitter. My nephews, ages 8 and 5, came for a visit, and Cabana was in stellar working form, which will undoubtedly lead to inevitable questions from the boys about why can't get their own dog back home in Louisiana. Sorry, but that's what happens when you come to the home of the greatest working stiff dog in the world.

two brown haired boys with bowl cuts, sitting on the stairs of our house, cabana in front of them, as they read a book to herHere, Cabana lets the boys practice reading to her. Her previous experience as a certified therapy dog/reading buddy came in handy. See how intently Cabana checks for accuracy? Or maybe she's having a staring contest with the Angry Bird on my nephew's shirt.

the boys and cabana laying on their tummies, looking forward at the camera, cabana has one paw tucked under her and the other paw out front, the boys have their hands in the same fashionAlways one to set a good example, Cabana shows the boys how to pose for a photo. They copy her, down to the paws! Now if only Cabana could teach them how to eat their vegetables....

cabana leading the way down the sidewalk, boys running up from behind herPlaying follow the leader, Cabana makes sure to steer the boys down the straight and narrow path. Exercise and routine are sacrosanct, and house guests are no reason for skipping a morning walk, especially when the standard dog rule also applies here--namely, a tired boy is a good boy.

cabana laying on her side on the floor, my daughter has her head on cabana's tummy, while a cousin has his head on her tummy, with my other daughter's head on his tummy, final boy cousin has head on her tummy, as they lay in a circleIf dog tummies make good pillows, cousin tummies must make good pillows, too. As with most things in our house, Cabana is at the center of the fun. With a single move, she can recapture the attention from all those bleepity techno gadgets, like iPhones, iPads, Nintendos and xBoxes. Cabana holds her own against them all--and that's got to be the toughest job there is! Any creature that can accomplish that deserves a prize, wouldn't you agree?

Hope you'll wish us luck in the contest. Or better yet, why not enter, too? I hear there are going to be some great prizes!

Mango  – (January 4, 2012 at 5:04 PM)  

Miss Cabana! You clearly have an excellent work ethic. You are officially entered and you know what else? You qualify for the pre show adventure. Is that cool or what?


garthriley  – (January 4, 2012 at 6:55 PM)  

Best of luck Cabana!!! You are clearly a very hard working dog!

Becky  – (January 4, 2012 at 7:34 PM)  

Oh Cabana you are indeed incredible and a winner. Do we vote for her somewhere?

Jed and Abby in MerryLand  – (January 4, 2012 at 8:17 PM)  

Hey, Cabana! It's a pleasure to meet you through your MM entry. Looks to us like you are indeed a very hardworking doggie. Keeping peeps in line, especially the little bi-peds, is exhausting work. We wish you the best of luck in MM2012.

Jed & Abby

Anonymous –   – (January 5, 2012 at 10:08 AM)  

Now that's hard word! Kidsitting!! And Cabana does it very well!

Congrats! :)



Tessa99999  – (January 5, 2012 at 11:08 AM)  

Too cute! XD Good luck Cabana! We all know how hard you work!

houndstooth  – (January 5, 2012 at 11:09 AM)  

We did some babysitting over the holidays, too, and it sure is exhausting! I admire you for being able to keep them all entertained all by yourself. I had the other dogs here to help me out! You sure do know how to do a good job!


Lassiter Chase and Benjamin  – (January 9, 2012 at 5:57 AM)  

Hi, just stopping by from the Mango Minster blog. We entered the contest too! Wow, you sure have lots of nice photos. We like the "pillow pet" photo the best. Very clever photo.

ArtemisiaFSS  – (January 9, 2012 at 6:09 PM)  

You have an outstanding work ethic Cabana. It is very hard getting the beans to pay attention to YOU instead of the XBOX, belive us we know. The guy things like HALO. Lucky for us Scylla can scream loud enough to wake the dead or in this case the Halo induced Coma the beans stay in.

Sammie and Avalon  – (January 10, 2012 at 6:46 AM)  

Congrats for entering MM, Cabana! We have missed blogging so much and Momma is making a concerted effort to get us back into it! We are also entered in the MM - it's so much fun - we'll see you at the Mango Estate - how cool is that? Maybe we could even see you again soon. (Our Momma lost your Momma's phone # uh oh...) We absolutely love your entry - such cuuuuute pictures of you, hard at work! You ARE such a good sitter, Cabana! We wish you a zillion good luck wishes!
Big Hugs xoxoxo
Sammie, Avalon and Mom too

STELLA and RORY from Down Under  – (January 14, 2012 at 12:55 PM)  

Hi Cabana, you certainly deserve an award for all that work. You look after your family so very well. Good luck. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

rottrover  – (February 4, 2012 at 1:39 PM)  

Cabana, it is furry nice to meet you. You are gorgeous, BTW. It is obvious that you are a hard working gal! Our mom's friend has a "career change" guide dog who is a golden-doodle. He is a wonderful guy and totally helped mom's friend when she had some bad sickies to get better. Good luck in MM!

-Bart and Ruby

Bigdogzola  – (February 5, 2012 at 1:28 PM)  

Hello Miss Cabana... you are a role model lady! Love your work and very nice to visit your blog. Aroofs from a faraway land called France..Zola the Ridgeback Girl

Cyber-sibes  – (February 9, 2012 at 8:58 AM)  

Woo are obviously an excellent trainer- Mom says she's impressed at how quickly woo trained those human pups. She says hers were never that obedient!
Good job!

jack & moo

2browndawgs  – (February 11, 2012 at 4:33 PM)  

I would say Cabana is very hard working! Good luck to you.

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie  – (February 15, 2012 at 9:03 PM)  

Well. Well. Well. What a nice pooch Miss Cabana is! She makes looking after her hooman nephews look like a piece of cake too...And we KNOW that is a task not for the faint of heart. Very nice to meet you Cabana. Good luck in MM2012.
Smooches from pooches,
BabyRD & Hootie

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