26 May 2011

Stormy Times and Tummies

“Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.”

~~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca a.k.a. Seneca The Younger, Roman philosopher, 4 - 65 Century AD

It has been hard to be a happy dog these past few days as severe storms and tornadoes have been devastating so many lives in and around where I live – Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and a few other Midwestern states. I know that my Pack and I have been very blessed to have been spared the worst of these storms, and for that we are very grateful. But such tragedies over the past few days have put a sadness in the air and our hearts cry for those who have lost loved ones and/or their livelihoods in these powerful storms. We send our prayers to all those affected by the storms.

A hiatus from the storms.

Very windy.

What do I see on the horizon?

Storm clouds, a common sight lately.

Silvius, perhaps it is time to head back home.

Wait, is that bunny I smell? Hey, I smelled it first Silvius!

Sad for all those hurt by the storms and hoping the sun comes out and brings healing.


Etienne-Maurice Falconet, Tender Sadness, marble, circa 1761-1763

Corrado Giaquinto, The Birth of the Sun and the Triumph of Bacchus, fresco, circa 1762-1763

Back to me...

“It is a hard matter, my fellow citizens, to argue with the belly, since it has no ears.”

~~Marcus Porcius Cato, Roman Statesman, 234 – 149 BC

My thoughts exactly! What tummy grumbles, tummy gets. Speaking of tummies, or bellies, whichever you prefer, I am in a belly contest! My adorable kitty cat friend from Portugal, Kika, is holding a cat and dog best belly contest. Because of the overwhelming number of belly entries submitted, Kika has put the contest on one of her other blogs. You can view and vote for the bellies here: cat bellies and dog bellies. You are allowed two votes total: one for a cat, and one for a dog. On the dog page I am lucky number 13, so please vote for my belly! However, my sweet Italian friend Chicco [Ciao, Chicco!] is also in the contest, and is number 2. If you prefer Chicco's tummy, then please vote for Chicco. Or, just vote for whichever tummy you find to be the cutest. Voting is open from 26 May – 31 May. May the best belly win! I just hope it is mine. No pressure. Really. No pressure at all. But remember, the more votes, the happier my belly, and a happy belly makes for a happy Suka. I’m just sayin’…


Finn said...

What a great idea for a contest! Hope everyone is your neck of the woods is safe!

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Thanks furry furry much fur the update from your part of the khountry -

It has been khwite the nasty week -

Paws khrossed it will subside -

As fur your tummy, of khourse!!!


Remington said...

Some really scary weather lately. Stay safe!

Schnauzer Days said...

Love the belly contest! We've been seeing on the news all about the awful storms, we have been thinking about the poor people, and animals affected by it. We have had force gale winds here this week and that has been bad enough, just can't imagaine what people have been through. Lovely photo's of you guys out checking the weather! Dex & Lou x

Amber-Mae said...

Sorry about all those yucky storms you've been having lately. I hope no tornadoes head your way! And I've voted for you!!

Bouncing Bertie said...

Hi Suka, so glad to hear that the tornados did not come to close and that you are safe and well. And with SUCH a splendid tummy. We are going over right away to vote for you.
Toodle pip!
PS Thanks for telling me all about your Briard friend. I have been getting lots of useful advice!

Bailey Be Good! said...

Oh! I didn't realize that you were in the midst of all those storms. I'm sending lotsa puppy prayers and hope you and your family keep safe!

I went and voted for your tummy!! teehee!

Woofs & hugs,


Teddy Bear said...

Oh, Suka. We sure are glad to hear you all are ok after that nasty weather. We have been keeping our paws crossed for all those affected by the tornados. We are on our way to vote for your tummy.:)

Teddy Bear & Sierra

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Suka, we are off to vote for your belly:) You lie just the same way we do - some pup has to hold up those walls, right?

What a glorious day we had today after the scary one yesterday! Not a cloud to put a blemish in our bright blue canvas today.

Good luck in the contest.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

GRAÇA said...

I know the competition is very strong toward the Chicco, but are in second place, advertises on your blog and ask friends to vote and EMTI fazermtambempropaganda to vote for you (that's what he did) will make a post aped You still have until 31 days, a lot can change ... do not give up power, but also like him very much I love you.
Ronrons Girlfriend

Chicco said...

Hello dear Suka,

Thanks for your vote and your kindness.
I voted you too, because you're a very sweet friend.
Woof, woof,


Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! Crazy weather everywhere. I am not a BIG FAN of Storms.Happy Friday! Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Bailey Be Good! said...

Happy Friday woofs & hugs, Suka!


Peggy Frezon said...

I agree, sad times with those storms. Lots of prayers going out. Good luck in the belly contest, I'll have to check it out!

FiveSibesMom said...

We voted for you, Suka! The best belly by far!!!

We are so glad you are OK. Our hearts and thoughts go out to all who have been affected by those awful storms. We pray everyone and their furpals will remain safe. Be well, our friend! And good luck in the contest!

PS - you looked so awesome for the Cinco de Mayo festivities, we can't wait to see what you and your Hu-Mom come up with for the "Patriotic Pets" contest!!! Wooos to you!

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

Tender Sadness is one of momma's favorite sculptures...and that is the state we seem to have hovering over us the past few weeks...friends in bad weather, sick friends, so much pain. We are grateful that you and K and your family have been spared and we send you protection and positive energy every single day. We share the concern and worry over the victims of Nature's fury and help as best we can...and it gives us hope to see so many others doing the same. We ask the Universe for calm...in the weather AND in the soul.

Of course your tummy is award winning! BTW the duck jerky truck arrived! Woohoo!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

I am sending doggy prayers to Mother Earth.,,,,,,
"please stop the winds and storms"

Please stay safe...

I think your tummy photos should win.

Kristin G. said...

The storms have really been crazy this year. We're in Virginia, and we've even had some really nasty ones here, which is out of the ordinary. I really feel for those that have been impacted in your area by tornadoes. I hope the worst of them are over, and people can start to rebuild their lives.

Jon Terry said...

My dear pal,

Yes it is not easy to see and hear of those who have been affected by the natural disaster. Then lets remember that behind every dark cloud there is a silver lining. With all this hardship or suffering, we must also know that we have all that is within us to overcome. Sending all my prayers of hope and strength to all of them.

p/s: i'm no physic, lets just say that furry frens of the same "tails" do share kindred spirit, do you agree? ;0)

Love ya,
Jon Terry

Bailey Be Good! said...

Happy Memorial Day woofs & hugs!


Bailey Be Good! said...

Hi Suka! Just stopping by to say hello. HELLOOOOO! Hope you're having a great start to your week!

Woofs & hugs,