Here's how it played out. We got an email from Frankie during our brief holiday hiatus saying "hi" and telling us to check out MangoMinster for some laughs. So we trotted on over and got totally caught up in the excitement that is MangoMinster. (Thank you Frankie from raising us out of our eggnog-induced stupor.) It looked like a fun time and we starting discussing among ourselves who to
Aspen and Gracie declared that they were WAAAY too
Kayla would be a great Diva, actually IS a great diva, but will rarely show her DIVANESS in front of the camera, so we would have no real proof, just hearsay and conjecture. Plus, we didn't really think she could compete with the current Diva contestant pool.
Now, we all know and have incontrovertable proof, that Taz is a BAD SPORT. Aside from the destuffing scenario,
he has regular bouts of "questionable potty habits" but is rarely caught in the act, much less on camera. He also has been known to detroy and strew about the contents of trash cans that he can reach, but again, never caught in the act on camera. So, once more, no real proof - just circumstantial evidence. Not to mention the fact that MOM won't hear of her little prince being held up as a BAD SPORT.
He's also a total DIVA - LOVES clothes, eats ON the dining room table, has his own CHAIRS, sleeps WHEREVER he wants, but we just didn't have enough proof on camera and, um, Mom doesn't know how to use Photoshop.
SO - that left Cooper, who - as you know - is younger and more
GOOD OLE BOY QUALITIES -
Coop was found in a Piggly Wiggly parking lot in South Carolina - the Good Ole Boy capital of the USofA.
He loves a good tractor pull.
We think he has some pointer/hunter dog in him 'cause he does a version of that crazy pointing stance, um, mostly at tennis balls, but whatever. Um, no pic of this move.
Then, we were like, yeah, TENNIS BALLS = CRACKER DOG. That's it - Coop's a CRACKER DOG. So, we set about getting his entry form all filled out with fine examples of his CRACKER DOGMANSHIP.
CRACKER DOG QUALITIES -
Then, it hit us - we remembered his debiliating STAGE FRIGHT. Oh, yeah, the Coop suffers extreme stage fright in public.
Witness this embarrassing display at a local charity dog show event. Coop was SUPPOSED to be doing a trick - any trick at all AND the lovely College of Charleston women's tennis team supplied TONS of tennis balls - a contest tailor-made for Cooper. BUT, what did he do? Did he catch those balls in rapid-fire succession like he does at home??? Well, see for yourself.
READY. . .SET. . .
Um, DON'T GO? Hey, Coop, over here - the ball's over here!
This all brings to mind ANOTHER embarrassment Cooper brought on our family at the local Dock Dogs event a couple years ago. One could not have THOUGHT of a better sport for Cooper than jumping in the water to fetch tennis balls. PERFECT! But, at the tryouts - STAGE FRIGHT! He got to the end of the dock and FROZE! Acted like he had never seen water OR tennis balls. Everyone laughed. Mom curtsied and, thankfully, refrained from shoving Cooper into the pool, um, 'cause that's against the rules and we think the SPCA was there.
So, while we know he has stellar CRACKER DOG qualities, we just couldn't be cruel enough to subject him to public humiliation.
It's probably all for the best, though. Mom is soooooo over protective. She would never have let us go to the Mango Mansion and have FUN! And it probably would have turned out just like the time we wanted to ride the wild mustangs. We were all ready for the ride with our boots and bandannas.
We're looking forward to the excitement of MangoMinster 2011! Good luck to the contestants!