18 December 2011

The Dogfather

You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.

~~ Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor (last of the "Five Good Emperors"), Stoic Philosopher, 121 – 180 AD


Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.

~~ Plato, Classical Greek Philosopher, Mathematician, Student of Socrates, Writer of Philosophical Dialogues, and Founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world, 424/423 - 348/347 BC


In a scene reminiscent from the movie, "The Godfather," I found a horse jaw in my bed.

O.K., actually, the horse jaw was found at the front of our driveway. I moved it to my bed for dramatic effect.

Who left this for me, and what are they trying to tell me?

I woofed about this with my Wisepup, Silvius, and he went out to sniff around and pay off some informants. Turns out the horse jaw was left for me by the West Side Furs, a local coyote gang. They mean business. They don't like free roaming dogs wondering around on their turf. And they especially don't like dogs that run away from their homes. I happened to have been both a few weeks ago. I didn't realize, though, that I was encroaching on their territory. I mean, I was aware of their territorial markings but seriously, they are coyotes and I am a dog. And an Alpha Male at that! I think I take precedence.

Silvius informed me further that the West Side Furs are all about respecting the home and I am not to go on a fun adventure run away again. Well, between the West Side Furs and all my amazing friends who left me comments in my last post, I can woof: Message heard loud and clear! Thank you to all my amazing friends who expressed fear about my adventure running away the other week. It was very touching to know that I have so many friends who care about me. I took all of your advice and concern to heart and promise not to put my Pack and my friends through that again. [To my friends Tiger and Cindy, I left a message for you in the comments section of that post.]

I don't like this one bit.

I'm gonna make the West Side Furs an offer they can't refuse.



Pietro Cavallini, The Nativity of Christ, circa 1296-1300 (Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere, Roma, Italy)

Gentile de Fabriano, Adoration of the Magi, circa 1423 (Galleria degli Uffizi, Florance, Italy)

Jan Gossaert, The Adoration of the Kings, circa 1510-1515 (The National Gallery, London, England)

Gandolfino da Roreto, Nativity, circa Late 15th - Early 16th Century (The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia)

Back to me...


Where is the man who has the strength to be true, and to show himself as he is?

~~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German Writer, Pictorial Artist, Biologist, Theoretical Physicist, Polymath, and the supreme genius of modern German literature, 1749 - 1832


Poor horse.

[Suka's human, K, here. We really did find this jaw bone at the foot of our driveway a few days after Suka returned from his running away.]

As my Wisepup Silvius and I were sniffing around where the West Side Furs left the horse jaw we suddenly heard them howling nonsense about me. Well, I do not take kindly to taunts so I howled right back at them. If you turn up the volume at the beginning you can faintly hear them.

Did you like the little jig I did at the end? I was pretty proud of myself! West Side Furs, you've been served. I'm just sayin'...


Scrappy said...

Well, you tell em, SUKA!

I hope you will not wander off ever again...

Maybe they are just trying to tell you how lucky you are to have the home and family that you do.

Poor horse, exactly.

We hear them howling here all the time. YIKES

Tweedles -- that's me said...

I am so happy you are safe and home.
I cannot tell you how happy!
Now just let them howl at you!

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Whew, Suka, we are so happy to hear that you will not wander off like that again - remember all of us out here in blogville have it in writing now - and we know you are a pup of your word:)

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

Nola said...

Don't run away again!
Dachshund Nola

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

Glad you heard the word, dear friend! We will hold you to your promise...The WDA considers a pup's oath absolute!

Those guys are always talking tough because they hang in a Pack. You certainly let them know you are a Warrior tempered by Wisdom... the most fearless of beasts.

Bouncing Bertie said...
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Bouncing Bertie said...

Wow Suka, there's no messing with you!

Oh and that was a great howl in that video. I am thinking of adding a howl to my repertoire of barky noises, I am so impressed. Gail is always saying she'd like a husky after all.

Toodle pip!

Joan said...

Eeeks and ickiness a -- horse jaw! Yuck - not the kinda present one really wishes for this time of year, ya know it!

You are BRAVE Suka...howling back like that at them there coyotes! "Take that you Coyotes you ....

WOW WEE you got some serious moves....definitely a favorite for "Dancing With The Dogs!!" I would vote for ya Suka!

Have a wonderful week.

Hugs and Kisses,
Little Janie Poo

Finn said...

We are still thinking about your adventure away! Glad you are back home again, and enjoy your new pressie!

Amber DaWeenie said...

UhOh....I think they were leaving you a warning message not to tred on their turf ever again. Pleeeeeze listen to them and stay home from now on. Home is where the heart is, after all!

Remington said...

Next time leave a note of where you are going so they don't worry....

duendes said...

Felices Fiestas y un ano nuevo magico!!!!

Teddy Bear said...

You tell them, Suka! Love your video.:) Wow poor horsie.:(

Teddy Bear & Sierra

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...


My word is TOOTHI


ANYWAY, those are some of Mom's favourite movies!

I LOVED your video - Mom wishes I would sound like woo - instead of my yappy Yorkie bark!

PeeEssWoo: Khwite the khlever post Handsome!

Berts Blog said...

OH Suka

We are all just howling here as My Vickie plays your video over and over.

And we all love the jig at the end.

We are so so glad you have committed to stay home and not wander off again.

Bert adn My Vickie

haopee said...

Wow Suka!

You're one complex doggy. I say this because this is the first time I've visited you.

That's some creepy horse bone. See you around.

Huggies and Cheese,


Roo said...

That is one cool bone Suka! It still has some teeth in it! :D

You have a great howl :)

Waggin at ya,

Peggy Frezon said...

I'm so glad you've decided not to wander off again. You are much loved at home I know. That horse jaw is huge!

GRAÇA said...

I wish you a Merry Christmas and the new year become even more friends, are always in my heart
Turrinhas fond's friend
Beijinho of mami

GRAÇA said...

I wish you a Merry Christmas and the new year become even more friends, are always in my heart
Turrinhas fond's friend
Beijinho of mami

Brandon - The dog with a blog said...

What a furry awesome movie!
I'm so glad to hear you are back home, safe and sound :)


Cyber-sibes said...

Now that's telling those coyotes! We hear our local pack howl too, but we don't usually howl back.
We have to admit, though, leaving a horse jaw as a warning is pretty impressive.... moving it to your bed for dramatic effect...pure cinematic genius!

jack & moo

Chicco said...

Hello dear Suka,
I wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year full of happiness, with your family.
Woof, woof,


Ailsa,Teesha and Burtie said...

Ailsa here. donts you go wandering offs ever again, my mums will leak if you goes missing, its bad enough having to make sure the kid is always on a lead as she goes walkabout to.