30 May 2011

Memorial Day and My Peep

The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.

~~ Thucydides, Greek Historian and Author, 460 – 395 BC

Happy Memorial Day! Today is a bittersweet day of both celebration and remembrance. Originally called Decoration Day, it is the day we set aside each year to honor and remember those who have died in our Nation’s service. Officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, National Commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, Memorial Day celebrated its first observance a few weeks later, on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.

My Pack and I humbly honor and salute all the humans and animals who have given their lives in service. Rest in Peace.

Woofing of peace, it is time to put an end to all these nasty wars so people and animals the World over can once again live in harmony, beauty, happiness, and love.

Paws crossed!

Rainbows and sunshine! Just what the World needs!


Sébastien Slodtz, Hannibal Counting the Rings of the Roman Knights Killed During the Battle of Cannae, circa 1687-1704

Ernst von Bandel, Hermannsdenkmal (Hermann Monument), Dedicated to Arminius (also known as Hermann), circa 1838-1875

Back to me...

Some of you may have noticed that many pet bloggers are participating in Sarge’s very cool Holiday Event "Peeps on Parade." While my human, K, unfortunately did not participate in Sarge's event, she liked the idea of introducing the human behind the pet blog. So, as a change of pace, and for the first time ever, my human's photo graces my blog. May I present to you my peep, K! And her beautiful mom!

My human, K, (right) and her mom (left) in St. Paul, Minnesota, overlooking the mighty Mississippi River. Circa 1999. {Click on photo to enlarge.}

I have great love for K's mom. When K headed to California to try and make a go of it, and could not take me, K's mom took me in and gave me excellent care. She also helped me to handle my sadness of being away from K. I really had a great time hanging with K's mom and we had a lot of fun. Sadly, in 2005 during my stay, she passed away. God rest her Soul. We really miss her. K's mom's favorite charity was Disabled American Veterans. So on this Memorial Day, we also honor all the wounded Vets and pray they get the help and assistance they need, and deserve.

You may have noticed that the photo is 12-years-old. I think K looks very much the same, except add about 12 years of the ravaging effects of horrible human aging graceful aging. When I asked K why she finally relented to putting a photo of herself on my blog she said, "everybody else is on the internet, so I thought I would be too." Sounds good to me! Hey...what a minute...that sound vaguely familiar. I'm just sayin'...


Schnauzer Days said...

Hi Suka! We've been thinking of you all on your special Memorial Day. Your humans Mom sounded a lovely lady, our human laughed because she NEVER puts photo's of herself anywhere but decided to join Sarge's weekend because everyone else did too :-) It's still continuing today so you'll have to let Sarge know. Now see you at Mr Pip's party I hope, Dex & Lou x

Tanner and Beth said...

Love the photo of your Human!! Glad she finally let you post it. My humans love to see themselves on my blog.

Puppy Kisses,

FiveSibesMom said...

What a wonderful post, Suka. And we are sorry about the passing of your Hu-grandma, she sounds like a wonderful person. And your Hu-mom is awesome too! We like your paws crossed wish and we too hope that one day we will all be war-free, but until then, may all our soldiers - human and K9 - be protected from harm.

PS - we always enjoy your moments of beauty shots. Thanks for sharing!

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Great post, Suka. It is too bad too many people think of today as just another day off from work and a time to have fun. We salute all those who served our country and sacrificed so much.

Great to see your Mom, we will have to work on ours. She is a "K" too:)

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Tweedles -- that's me said...

I woof for peace with you.
Like it is heavy on your heart, it is also heavy on mine.
Your master K and her mom were heros in my eyes to take such good care of you.
I also say rest in peace to K's mom.
Your post is beautiful

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

What a PAWESOME post from the khrossed start to the pikh of K and her beaWOOtiful mom!!!

Please give her some extra Suka time fur sharing that!

I khan see where woo get your good looks ;-)

PeeEssWoo: Furry nice Memorial Day theme too!

Jon Terry said...

Aww..K and her mom look so sweet and beautiful.I'm sorry to hear that K's mom has passed away but I know for sure she has imparted wonderful virtue to you and K.

This is a wonderful post of reminder, all of us ought to remember and honor those who have served and sacrifice much for our country. My grandpa used to be in the army too so he's knows this is important.

I'm crossing my paw that all human & K9 would rise and speak on radical opposition towards corruption, accountability and a good governance!

Love ya,
Jon Terry

hero said...

Thanks for sharing with us a pic of your hooman, Suka... and she looks a lot like grandma. You are so right, the world needs more love and not war, let's hope for a peaceful planet.

Licks, hero

Amber-Mae said...

Wonderful post, Suka!!! Happy Memorial Day my friend.

Mr. Pip said...

Hi Suka! Thanks so much for coming to my superhero party yesterday! What fun and we raised lots of money for animals in need! Thanks again.

Your pal, Pip

P.S.: I am a rescue dog, too. I am going to sign up as a follower - we rescue dogs have to stick together!

Remington said...

Great post, my friend!

Sarge said...

Hey Suka!
Wow, you got your peep's pix on your blog! That's pawesome. Sounds like K is a great mom and her mom must have been very special to you both. I'm glad to have met you and you got what a lot of pawticipants couldn't...a pix of your peep. I am including you in the drawing and thanks so much for joinging my event!
Grr and Woof,
Sarge, COP

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

Amen, to your prayer for peace, my friend. It is time indeed.

K and her mom are lovely ladies with deep honest eyes. The kind of faces you can trust and love, but you already know that, right? We are SO glad that she agreed to be seen, because no matter how you write it, our blogs are NOT just about us pups but about our lives and families and those who share our journey. Thank you for a peak at your peep.

Peggy Frezon said...

Love the way your paws are crossed. And wonderful thoughts for today too.

Teddy Bear said...

What a great photo of K and her Mom. We salute all those who made it pawsible for us to celebrate Memorial Day.

Teddy Bear & Sierra

Bailey Be Good! said...

Happy woofs & hugs to you! Sorry I'm late -- hope you had a happy and safe Memorial Day. :)


GRAÇA said...

Suka,gosto muito de ti.
Vai ao meu blog que já lá estão os vencedores do concurso das barriguinha
Ronron e espero que fiques contente

Chicco said...

Hello Suka,
beautiful post, i love the photos of your humans! They are good persons!!
I'm very happy that you have been awarded in the concourse of Kika too.
Woof, woof,


Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! Golden hello. Good to know about your peep ... LOVE the photo. Golden Thanks for sharing. LOVE not War. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Kristin G. said...

I totally missed the Meet the Peeps campaign until I started reading everyone's posts. It's been lots of fun getting to know more about fellow bloggers. Maybe I can participate another time, or just make my own "Meet the Peeps" post. Thanks for sharing!

Holly and Khady said...

Memorial Day is certainly a very important day for all of us to think about those souls who gave their life for our freedom and the freedom of others across the world.

What a nice pic of K and her mom. I'm so sorry she passed away. One day you will all be together again.


Parsley said...

Great post Suka! Yes...peace...ahhh. We had 11 dogs in our house and all was quiet and peaceful. Try doing that with HUMANS from different backgrounds...wouldn't happen.

bbes tribe said...

FINALLY!! We been trying to visit and comment and kept getting kicked out. It is so good to actually visit & woof at you!!Nice photo of your human and her mom. Really liked your post.Sorry about your Grandma. We like what FiveSibesMom wrote! Thanks for visiting us.

Oskar said...

Nice to meet you K & to hear how important Memorial Day is to you.

Nubbin wiggles,

Rudy - The dog with a blog said...

What a wonderful post, and love the photo!

MAXMOM IN SA said...

Hi there Suka (and K!)
What a wonderful, reflective post honoring some special people. K's mom sounds fantastic and how special that you got to spend that time with her, when she was still with us.
Thank you for putting up a picture of your peep, K. Yes, us doggie-blogs are very much about our relationship with our peeps (and how we keep them in check), so its really nice to see her. How about some 'mom and me' photos. (They are a rarity).
Sending lotsalicks

GRAÇA said...

Suka, friend!
You must send me the address where you want to send the collar, are already bought them on the blog
Good weekend
Ronrons Girlfriend

Ms. ~K said...

Great post about your peep!!!

Sorry we have been away for a while...we're been trying to get Buddy back on his feet, literally!

Huffle Mawson said...

It's nice to meet your human, Suka! My mum refuses to put her photo on the interwebs. I have no idea why.

Alfie said...

interesting info on memorial day! i was unaware of the holiday until i saw one of my people putting up a big scary thing waving in the wind. i was told that its called a flag oops! your human is cute like you :) i wish i had a nice yard like you!

p.s. my person has a dog figurine that looks like you! i shall post it sometime soon. Suka JR!

Joe Stains said...

Thank you for stopping by Joe's blog, the comments have helped us all so much. Khyra is so wonderful to refer you to us.

Joan said...

Suka (and K, too - of course :)
We thoroughly enjoyed reading your beautifully written post.
Janie Pug and I are sending you tons of hugs because we are so sorry to learn of K's Mom.
We always enjoy seeing your handsome photos along with reading the words that go along with them. I share your blog with my daughter - McKenna. And I have started a "I'm Just Sayin" expression with her now on various subjects -- it has turned into our new thing!
Suka..you are very popular in our household, indeed.
Have a wonderful week,
Joan & Little Janie Pug

animal lover, quilt lover said...

Hi Suka,
I want to thank you so much for coming to my blog and says such kind words to me about my lose!! I miss Bambi more then words can express!!
I have been through this many times before and it never gets easier. It gets harder with each dog because my love gets deeper with each dog!! I think I can't love one more and then I do love that one even more then the last!! I love the dog more than I ever thought possible.
Thank you for your visit and please do come again!!
xx, Fern

Anya said...

Hi Suka and Mommy

Nice to see your Mommy and grandmommy
on your beautiful post :-)
They are both adorable :))

Sorry Suka
for our long absence
but we cant help it
our Mommy was bloglazy :P

hugssss and nose kisses from
Kareltje =^.^= ♥ Betsie >^.^<