Welcome to the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London

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Barked: Wed Jul 25, '12 12:27pm PST 
Hi Everyone!

Welcome to the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London!

Let's get ready for some really fun Olympics games!

The mascots for the XXX Olympiad are Wenlock and Mandeville.

Apparently they’re born from drops of steel from London’s 2012 Olympic stadium, and their names are inspired by Much Wenlock in Shropshire and Stoke Mandeville in Buckinghamshire, two towns with Olympic history at their heart – ‘Much Wenlock Games’ predated the modern games, whilst Stoke Mandeville is the birthplace of the Paralympics, for whom ‘Mandeville’ is the new official mascot.

Let the Games begin!!!

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Barked: Wed Jul 25, '12 2:20pm PST 
Here are some of the past Mascots for the Olympic Games....

Dove of Peace - Mexico 1968

The trend for Olympic mascots began back in 1968 with this unofficial icon for the Mexico City games, a dove of peace that represented the games’ slogan – “Los juegos de la Paz” (“Games of Peace”)

Waldi - Munich, 1972

Based on a real life Dachshund named Cherie von Birkenhof, ‘Waldi’ – designed by creator of the Rotis font family, Otl Aicher – was the friendly face of Munich’s troubled 1972 games and the first official Olympic mascot.

Amik - Montreal 1976

Fascinatingly minimalist, 1976′s mascot – Amik – looked more like a Spectrum ZX in this image (the standard icon featured just one, red stripe) than a warm, friendly Olympic mascot. Symbolising ‘hard work’ and being native to Canada, the beaver was chosen as Montreal’s mascot

Barked: Wed Jul 25, '12 2:24pm PST 
Misha - Moscow 1980

Russia’s mascot for the 1980 Moscow games was, of course, a bear… Misha, also known as Mishka, was designed by Victor Chizhikov – an illustrator of over 100 children’s books – and, having been used extensively throughout the games, was the first mascot of a sporting event to achieve large-scale commercial success as merchandise, even finding his way to a Japanese anime cartoon……

Interesting fact: Misha was the first Olympic mascot to have a girlfriend

Sam the Olympic Eagle - Los Angeles 1984

‘Sam the Olympic Eagle’ appeared as a mascot for L.A’s 1984 games and was a typically American affair – strong in national identity, being a bald eagle (the national bird) and sharing a name with Uncle Sam, the famous personification of the USA.

Interesting fact: Sam was designed by C. Robert Moore, an artist for Disney

Hodori - Seoul 1988

With a standard now seemingly in place for the Olympic mascot – child friendly characters with a huge cross-medium approach to use and merchandising – designer Kim Hyun’s creation for the 1988 Seoul Olympics was ‘Hodori’, a friendly Siberian tiger who appeared in various forms around the city and can still be seen today.

Leo - Always in- our Hearts

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Barked: Wed Jul 25, '12 2:32pm PST 
Cobi - Barcelona 1992

A cubist interpretation of a Catalan Sheepdog inspired by Picasso – it had to be Barcelona… and Cobi, designed by artist Javier Mariscal, is so very akin to the Catalan capital’s unique style. Massively successful, both in popularity and commercially, Cobi was seen in advertisements for the likes of Coca-Cola and Danone and even appeared in his own TV show.

Izzy - Atlanta 1996

There’s not much can be said for poor Izzy, the mascot for Atlanta’s 1996 games…. it seemed as though Cobi’s ten steps forward had been ignored in favour of an indeterminable ‘thing’, that during his lifetime underwent a number of changes – slimming to appear more ‘athletic’, growing a nose and losing the stars in his eyes amongst them. If Izzy did have one lasting impression however, it would be that – just like our own Wenlock and Mandeville – you no longer had to be, well… ‘anything at all’ to be an Olympic mascot.

Interesting fact: Izzy was the first computer generated mascot, and even had his own computer game – ‘Izzy’s Quest for the Olympic Rings’

Olly, Syd and Millie - Sydney 2000

Olly, Syd and Millie are a Kookaburra, Platypus and Echidna. Sydney’s millennium games were widely hailed as the best of all time.
Casey - Always &- Forever

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Barked: Wed Jul 25, '12 2:40pm PST 
Athena and Phevos - Athens 2004

Siblings Athena and Phevos were loosely based upon an archaic Greek terra cotta daidala from the 7th century BC.

Fuwa - Beijing 2008

The latest Olympic mascots are of course those from Beijing’s recent games – the Olympics that for us will always be remembered for Herzog & de Meuron’s spectacular ‘bird’s nest’ stadium. The Fuwa (literally meaning ‘good-luck dolls’), continued on from ‘Olly, Syd and Millie’ and ‘Athena and Phevos’ before them, in that they didn’t come alone – as previous Olympic mascots had done. The group of five – Beibei, Jingjing, Huanhuan, Yingying, and Nini – each had a rhyming two-syllable name, a traditional way of expressing affection for children in China.

The first syllable of each of their names – Beibei the Fish, Jingjing the Panda, Huanhuan the Olympic Flame, Yingying the Tibetan Antelope and Nini the Swallow – even came together to form a sentence, ‘Beijing huanying ni’ which means ‘Beijing welcomes you’…. demonstrating that the Olympic mascots had become more than just a symbol of the games, but an expression of a nation, its values and how it wanted to be seen by the rest of the watching world.

Wenlock and Mandeville - London 2012

So, what of our own shiny, little drips of metal? Upon meeting the Olympic mascots of the last 40-odd years they seem decidedly more normal… you can see the designer’s thoughts – primarily in that during the games themselves, the mascots are used across so many mediums, and more so in today’s age…. Wenlock and Mandeville – like the controversial logo before them – will be used across television, online video, social media platforms (they, of course, already have their own Twitter accounts and Facebook pages) and most vitally – the lucrative merchandise market. Wenlock and Mandeville are hi-tech Olympic mascots!

Edited by author Wed Jul 25, '12 2:42pm PST

Sissy, Our- Golden Angel

Peace is for- everyone...
Barked: Fri Jul 27, '12 3:52am PST 

So very exciting. Love the background. Great Job Auntie Eileen....
Luna Rose

Our Hearts Are- connected by- Paws!
Barked: Fri Jul 27, '12 3:53am PST 
Angel Calli- ♥

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Barked: Fri Jul 27, '12 5:48am PST 
snoopysnoopysnoopysnoopyOh my Let the Games begin!!!!! We love the olympics!!!
Oh Auntie Eileen you did a Fabulous job informing us on the olympics!!!! and the backround is great too!!! We have a buzy day, we have to go into the city for eye exams and then we are supposed to go to see a Trenton Thunder game (we may go but we may not, supposed to have Thunderboomers again tonight too) Opening ceremonys tonight too!

See ya all later We love youcheercheercheer
Lucy, Our- Golden Angel

Bark at- everything!
Barked: Fri Jul 27, '12 7:06am PST 
It's so exciting!!! Mom has the Today show on and they are playing that music that we all associate with the Olympicssnoopysnoopy

Of course we have to wait until 7;30 tonight for opening ceremoniescry But they are streaming lots of events staring tomorrow live on the pooter. It'll be so fun!

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Wilderness- Woofers

Happy are we!
Barked: Fri Jul 27, '12 7:08am PST 
We just love the background Auntie Eileen and thank you for all the history...very interestingsnoopysnoopy
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