08 June 2011

Bronze Belly

Our minds are like our stomachs; they are whetted by the change of their food, and variety supplies both with fresh appetites.

~~ Marcus Fabius Quintilian, Roman Rhetorician and Orator, 35 - 96 AD

Just call me Bronze Belly Suka! You may recall that my very sweet and cool cat friend, Kika, had a fun belly contest for both cats and dogs. Well, I was awarded third place - Bronze! I would like to thank all of my great friends who took the time to sniff their way over to Kika’s contest to vote for me. It is much appreciated, and I am a lucky pup to have such amazing friends!

Belly of a Champion!

The first place - Gold - belly honor went to my sweet and fun dog pal, Chicco. Way to go, Chicco! In Chicco’s winning belly picture he added the cuteness factor by sticking out his tongue. Very clever, Chicco!

Maybe I should have upped my cuteness factor by adding in some puppies and kitties.

This year Bronze, next year, the Gold! To do that I must start work on toning up my tummy to reach gold standards. My first step is to decide on the “how." Good old-fashioned calisthenics are always a sure thing, such as the exercises taught by Bernarr Macfadden or Jack LaLanne. But authentic yoga or a powerful martial art would also do the trick. Where are my treats? I need to eat as I mull over my choices.

Time to get serious. How do I achieve Gold belly?


François Perrier, Aeneas and His Companions Fighting the Harpies, circa 1646-1647

Luca Giordano, Aeneas Defeats Turnus (Enea Vince Turno), circa 1664

Back to me...

Let the battle for Gold begin! I will now demonstrate my first set of exercises, which I think are excellent for toning up the tummy. I like to call this Suka's Stretch and Slide Nose Dive:

First - and this is the most important step - find a lovely scent. Wild animal poop is usually the most commonly used, and the easiest to find.

Next, place head, neck, and shoulders flat on ground with behind up. Feel the stretch!

Now slide and twist the head, neck, and shoulders all around the scent. Keep that behind up!

Breath in deeply and hold the position.

Release breath. Relax.

Now remember, wild animal poop is the best, but a dead fish is also excellent if you can find one. There are many options of lovely scents out there, so explore and be creative! But please, don't ever use another dog's poop, because, well, that is just wrong. I'm just sayin'...


Siku Marie, White Dog said...

What a worthy bronze belly it is! Congratulations! Hey even the guys in the moment of beauty paintings have pretty good bellies!

Your workout will give you magnificent abs in no time (although they are pretty lean and mean now). Have you considered doing an instructional DVD? Your advice was clear, concise and demonstrated perfectly! Maybe a regular fitness show, especially now that Jack LaLanne passed on.

Don't change a thing, really...we love you just the way you are!

Finn said...

I was afraid that's what Finn was smushing herself into when she did that nose dive!

Congrats on your bronze medal! Cute belly indeed!

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Hey, we all do that same move, Suka - will we all really get gold bellies? Congrats on your win - nothing wrong with bronze!

Beautiful works of art there.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Hey, I do that too!

Imagine that ;-)

Khongrats on your BB -

In my book woo are Solid Gold!


Teddy Bear said...

Congrats to you my Friend. You are always 1st place in our hearts.:) Ahhhhh...love the photos of your rubbing/rolling your neck int he fresh stinky poop. I did the same thing today...well almost...it wasn't fresh but it sure smelled like it was.:)

Teddy Bear & Sierra

Chicco said...

Hello dear friend Suka,

Oh, I think you do not need to bronze ... You are always so beautiful!
Oh I have to take note of those exercises! they are very helpful ..... and they can always serve!
Happy weekend.
Woof, woof,


bbes tribe said...

Congrats on the Bronze!!! Next the GOLD! We think you are on to something with the doga(dog yoga) Very Khool Suka!!!

Tanner and Beth said...

I'll have to try that work-out. Maybe I can enter the contest next time.

Puppy Kisses,

Amber-Mae said...

Congrats on your bronze medal! Me thinks you should have gotten gold with that kind of belly.

I never roll in anything dead or smelly. I am just not the type of dog who does that but Chloe, Megan & Faith love doing that.

Bailey Be Good! said...

WoooHooo Suka! That's so awesome!! Congratulations!!

Happy Friday woofs & hugs,


Huffle Mawson said...

You are going to have a gold medal winning belly in no time with those moves! Congrats on your bronze medal too.

Remington said...

Was that a tummy rub alert I saw?

Alfie said...

congrats, Suka! i read about that contest in Chicco's blog awhile ago and i was excited for both of you! :D

and i must say, i am extremely impressed at your Doga poses! and i once thought i was pawsome for being able to drag my behind across the carpet! ;)

Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! Oh! Oh! A TUMMY RUB Alert! Alert! Alert! Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Bailey Be Good! said...

I'm sorry I haven't been by to say hi in a few days -- hope you're doing well!

Woofs & hugs,


Schnauzer Days said...

Hiya Suka, don't know how we managed to miss this post with those fab photo's of your exercises! Brilliant. Anyway just to let you know there is a cold one waiting for you and a little fishie, dwx 7 lou x

Alien said...

Hmmm. I think I might go with the puppies and kittens.
But either way, I know you will win the gold next time. Congratulations!


GRAÇA said...

Suka Hello!
Thank you for your kind words
I see that you have not received your gift, I coluquei in the mail all in one day, the Sort and Chicco have received, I hope it is this week!
For weeks and returned with news Mami presisa to be busy!
Good weekend
Ronrons girlfriend, kisses from my mami

GRAÇA said...

I returned because I forgot to tell you that these exercised are good for stomach, but I'll give you a hint:
To begin training, the language
I said I had new things for weeks, so this language will get you ready and more .... do not say ....
Good weekend
Ronrons girlfriend, kisses from my mami

The Thundering Herd said...

Thanks for the kind words earlier this week. We really appreciate our blogging friends.

Congratulations on the award. Cheoah totally approves of your exercise techniques.

Peggy Frezon said...

Congrats on the bronze. Kelly does that too! Must be fun!

Oskar said...

Excellent instruction! You are a master.

Nubbin wiggles,

Bailey Be Good! said...

Dropping off some woofs & hugs!!
Thanks so much for the birthday wishes! You are just too sweet! :)


Siku Marie, White Dog said...

Hope your Summer Solstice celebration is filled with dance, song, bonfires, and mead! Keep those evil spirits away and bring on a season of bountiful crops! May you be blessed.

FiveSibesMom said...

Suka, you are just so cute! Congrats on the Bronze award! Now that was some workout! Our Harley loves to roll around over dead birds. Yuck....Chloe, on the other hand, thank heavens, loves clean laundry! She must've missed the K9 Memo about rolling in stinky stuff!

Jon Terry said...

My dear pal, Suka!
Congrats on your bronze belly medal!! It seems this prize have spurred you to reach for greater heights, go for it!! You can do it :0)

Throw in a big bone and im sure you would get to Gold standard in no time ;)

Thanks for your wishes and I missed you lots, my pal!

Love ya,
Jon Terry

GRAÇA said...

Suka Hello! are all well?
I hope so
I come to ask you for going to my blog, to see the request I have for you
Good weekend
Ronrons girlfriend kika

FiveSibesMom said...

Hi, Suka! Just checking back in...I know you mentioned you were entering the Photo Contest, but I haven't received your pics yet and the deadline is soo, so I'm just checking to be sure they just didn't get to me. I hope all is OK! Good luck and Happy Saturday!

Chicco said...

Hello Suka,

How are you?
Have a wonderful weekend, my friend.
Woof, woof,


GRAÇA said...

Although you do not receive the coleia Suka?
We've all received!
What's up, your not the lord of the registered mail said it was not necessary, only those who were registered went to Brazil
Turrinhas loving daamiga

GRAÇA said...

Thank you for voting for me, you are very sweet
The collar is good or is it small?
Ronrons Girlfriend

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

Hope you are staying cool, my friend! Thinking of you LOTS and hoping you have blue skies and deep starry nights.