14 March 2011


A splendid award – November 2010. A heartbreaking death – December 2010. A surprise box of delicious treats - December 2010 and February 2011. A fabulous award – March 2011. Four events that I have been terribly remiss in acknowledging, and I humbly ask for forgiveness. I have no excuse for my thoughtlessness, and meant no disrespect to my friends. So, without further ado, I shall begin:

My darling, sassy, spunky, extremely funny, and breathtakingly beautiful friends, Cocorue and Tiffane, considerately honored me with the marvelous Versatile Blogger Award. Thank you my sweet friends!

One of my newest and dearest fluffy friends, Jon Terry, an amazingly adorable, sweet, smart, and loving fluff ball that you just want to pick up and cuddle, kindly awarded me the magnificent Stylish Blogger Award. Thank you my delightful, charming friend!

Both awards stipulate that I must share seven things about myself. Being a somewhat modest Alpha Male I like to keep myself wrapped in a mysterious aura. However, I will do my best to share seven interesting things about me:

♥ Seven Things About Me ♥:

► I pick and choose which “No” I will understand.

► I once broke free of my leash and was gone for over three weeks. I returned right before Christmas, very gaunt and quiet. Where I was, and what happened to me, remains my secret.

► I destroyed a comforter by playing on the bed of a family member we were visiting.

► When I was first adopted by my human, K, I destroyed two fancy couch pillows. It was my “Welcome Home” gift to her.

► I have mastered the art of tuning out human sounds to the point where I am oblivious that a human, specifically K, is talking to me.

► I do a happy dance that involves shaking my head and prancing when I am about to receive a treat that I really really really love.

► I love my Pack very much. Even more than I love snow.

I am deeply touched by both of these wonderful awards and will honor them to the best of my ability by becoming even more versatile and stylish than I already am. Thank you again, Cocorue and Tiffane, and Jon Terry! It means a lot to me to be recognized by the three of you.

Do I look versatile and stylish?


Edmund Blair Leighton, The Accolade, circa 1901

Antonio de Correggio, Ganymede, circa 1531-1532

Back to me...

Toby and I at Toby's Sixth Birthday Party, circa September 2008.

It is with very deep sorrow that I paw a tribute to my dear, esteemed friend Toby, who passed away in December 2010. Toby was one of my first blogging buddies, and despite my somewhat shy nature took me under his wing and introduced me to his wild and exciting lifestyle of fun, partying, and travel. Toby had an amazing personality and a great sense of humor. Toby was found wondering the road one night with a broken leg. The little pup was picked up by a wonderful female human and rushed to the doggie doctor. While in the car of his new mom Toby was frightened and crying so his new mom turned on the radio to try to calm him. A Toby Keith song was playing and hence, the name “Toby.” When I read that story I pawed to Toby that it was a good thing his new mom was not listening to Meatloaf. Thereafter, I would refer to Toby as “Meatloaf.” Toby, having the great nature he did, never minded his new nickname by me and in fact, at times would even refer to himself as “Meatloaf.” Toby and his three siblings, Scuba, Keiko, and Norman, were The Desert Pups. Sadly, sweet and intelligent Scuba passed away in April 2010. With the loss of Toby in December, the year 2010 was indeed a very heartrending year for the Desert Pups. Keiko and Norman, and the mom, we think of you often and hope that you have healed and have been able to continue on your desert journey of fun, adventure, and travel. The blog-o-sphere has not been the same without you, and your presence has been greatly missed. Peace.

My dear, kind, generous, sweet, and very loving friends The White Dog Army, who consist of Siku Marie, Mighty Quinn, Nuka Angel, and Puff the Magical, graciously sent me (and my Pack) not one but two boxes of treats and gifts! They are the first pups ever to send me gifts and it was truly a very touching, and yummy, surprise. It meant a lot to me and my Pack, and the treats were delicious! Such huge hearts! Such thoughtful deeds! I and my Pack feel blessed to have the White Dog Army as our friends!

A couple of the thoughtful, and yummy, gifts from The White Dog Army.

Finally, I and my Pack send prayers and love to all the humans and animals in Japan as they heal from the devastating events that have occurred over the past few days. Also, continued prayers and love to all of the humans and animals in the Gulf Coast who are suffering toxic effects from the poisoning of the Gulf of Mexico that began almost a year ago.

Woofs that was a long post! I don't even think my howls are as long as this post was, and I can howl for quite a while, too. The coyotes have nothing on me. I’m just sayin’…


Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

What a pawesome hodgepodge!

Khongrats on the awards -

Nice stuffs woo shared - fur some reason, the NO part khaught my eye!

As fur three weeks on the a walkabout - WOW! I'm sure woo khan tell me what all woo did!

Thanks fur mentioning the Desert Pups - I miss them too

Great pressies from GREAT pals in NM!


Remington said...

I am so sorry to hear about your friend.... Congrats on your award! I love to learn more about my friends! Next time you break off your chain give me a holler and I pick you up and we can go and do something fun!


Woof Suka,

Wonderful post. It brought tears to mine and Norman's eyes when we read it to Mom. She was crying too hard to read it. Thanks for the kind words. We miss everyone as well but Mom is too sad to post anymore. We'll keep trying to get her back on the Blog.

Take care,
Keiko, Norman and the Ghosts of Scuba and Toby

FiveSibesMom said...

First, we are very sorry about the loss of your friend, Toby. May he be happily romping over that Rainbow Bridge, keeping a friendly protective eye on you, his dear pal.

Congratulations on your awards! You so deserve them!

And you, too, pick and choose what "No" you will respond to? You just maybe be related to my Wolf. He picks and chooses which commands he will respond to. He knows them, he just doesn't always feel like doing them. "Bored now." That's his motto!

Happy St. Patty's Day Eve, Suka!

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

Suka, what a great catchup post! You SO deserve the awesome awards! And now we know a little more about your devilish side.

Sad woos concerning your friend. We, too, hope that soon they will have healed enough to sing out in the Blogworld again.

You moment of beauty once again was well chosen. You and K have a refined sense of classical art.

We join you with our prayers to the Universe to keep those in troubled parts of the world safe from harm...unfortunately, there are too many places like that right now.

Teddy Bear said...

Suka, you are quite versatile AND stylish. We love learning more about you. Three weeks is such a long time. We're so glad you came home.:) We are so sorry to hear about Toby.:(

Teddy Bear

Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! Golden Congrats on your award. Now I know you more ... Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

bbes tribe said...

CONGRATS on your awards!! That was a long time walkabout!! Glad you came home safe!

Full of Grace said...

It's been quite a few months hasn't it?!?! Happy St Paddy's Day (and you DO look stylish!) :)

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

We know K's not cooking up a corned beef but we hope you get to celebrate St. Paddy's Day with some fun and special noshes. Are you wearing green? Momma asks you let K know a way overdue email is coming and thanks for your lovely wishes for her birthday...

The Thundering Herd said...

Wow - when you catch up, you catch up. Sorry about your friend.

Jon Terry said...

Hey Suka! Thanks for saying all those kind words about me..you make me "blush"

Congrats on the awards. I'm so exited to see your "list" as it reveals that you are a mischief just like me and that "creativity" is inborn within you ;)

Mommy says that we seem to have the same style in our tails as it seems to open up like paper fans..hahahaha

Im really sorry to hear about your pal Toby & Scuba but i know they will remain in your heart forever.

May all those precious memories give you much strength to spurr you on with greater courage, wisdom and hope for all the wonderful adventures that is to come and in leading your Pack to greater heights too :)

Love ya always,
Jon Terry

Huffle Mawson said...

You are indeed versatile and stylish, and what a great post! So many topics covered so well.

Holly and Khady said...

I like your hodgepodge! Especially the 7 things about yourself! Thanks for sharing with us!

Holly & Khady

Anya said...

on your award sweet Suka :-)
Lovely to knoww more about you !!!
Its a wonderful post ....

Hugs and Happy Weekend
from us all

♥ Sallie said...

Congrats on the awards!

And to the Desert Pups, We love you!


missbreezysbox said...

Great awards! I'm sorry to hear about Toby.

I think when you were gone for 3 weeks-some other family tried to keep you and it just took you that long to realize K was yours and to escape back to her.

hero said...

Such heartbreaking news... sorry about the loss of your friend.

Congrats on your wardie, Suka... you totally deserve it. Missing for 3 weeks, wow, what did you do? Your hoomans must be so worried for you... hope you won't repeat that again.

Licks, hero

Tweedles -- that's me said...

First of all, congratulations on all your awards. You truly deserve them. This is such a beautiful thoughtful post. Your heart is so loving and caring. I am sad for the ones who went to the Rainbow Bridge., and left the humans behind. I know how hearts hurt and are sad and sometimes it is too hard for some to talk, for a very long time,,, but then those like you who come along and continue to give love....
My heart is with yours as we send hope to those affected by earthquakes and oil spills , and catastrophies in our world..
Your heart is caring and I love you.

Joan said...

CONGRATULATIONS on Your Wonderful Blogger Awards Suka. They are most definitely well deserved. You are one very special pup, indeed.

We sure wished that your friend's mom could start blogging more because it might help heal her heart. There are so many of us who have the same sadness in our hearts because it is really hard when a furbaby goes to the rainbow bridge. We know from experience that our special pals here in the blogosphere do help with the healing process. Sending her lots of hugs.

Well you have a very good day and we will talk with you later.
Joan and Little Miss Janie Pug

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

Hi Suka, my friend! There has been LOTS going on here and we are going to send a catch up letter just as soon as I can get momma to FOCUS! Hope all is well with you and your family. Know you are always on our minds.