Thursday, May 26, 2011

Thankful Thursday

Today is a much better day in Overland Park. We are still in the Land of Oz, but at least the sun is shining and the scary storms have moved away.

It is good to be able to get outside in the sunshine and cooler, dryer temperatures. We are hoping by cooperating with the flashy beast here that the Momster will be taking us for a reward walk later.

Here is a photo taken by a friend of our human sister of one of the funnel clouds that touched down. This location is just a few miles from our home. Tank, if you are reading this, it is the shopping plaza at the intersection of 135th and Metcalf looking toward the Kolache Factory and Jersey Boyz stores.

We were very fortunate here because the funnel clouds only made very brief touchdowns and rapid ascensions. No serious damage, no injury. But just a little bit south of us in Louisburg, there was more damage. One man in his truck was taken for a bit of an airborne ride. Luckily he was not injured, but his truck is totaled. And of course, farther north in Sedalia, there is substantial damage to many homes, businesses, and vehicles, and a few injuries. We are sure that many of you have seen the reports and photos on TV.

As you can imagine, the need in Joplin, Missouri, where the EF-5 tornado hit a few days ago, is tremendous. Tank, who also lives in Overland Park, has been telling everyone about an opportunity to help out the animals in Joplin. If you visit Tank HERE and HERE, you can learn about ways you can help.

Tank and his assistant have told us there is a need for fleece

blankets for the Joplin shelter

animals. It appears that they have enough food for now, but they


requested blankets. We are joining with Tank to invite all

of you send a blanket to the

Joplin Humane Society

Animal Adoption and Resource Center

140 E Emperor Lane

Joplin, MO 64801

Everyone who participates will receive a special ♥♥♥PROJECT

badge to proudly

display on your blog!

Ann of Zoolatry
made this awesome badge to help spread the message...
(please feel free to repost)

We also want to thank all of you for the many good thoughts and prayers you sent our way. We feel very blessed to have such wonderful friends around the world. We are all hoping that everyone else in the path of these dangerous storms can stay safe.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara


Frankie Furter said...

Dear Furends, I was really gettin a little nervous when you hadn't posted yet. WHEW.. You are all FINE as Sibe Hairs!!! THAT is grrrreat.
My bloggie furends who live in Detroit sent a PayPal thingy to me so that I could make a direct donation to Joplin Shelter. I am very very much sure that the blankets will be totally appreciated and much needed too.
That is one scary Tornado Pic.. and soooooo close to you.

Furkidsmom said...

We're glad you're all okay. Daddy's family lives in Kansas City and Concordia and we were worried when we heard the storms were in MO. That picture is very scary!

Furkidsmom said...

Um....dufus Mom forgot to sign our post.

The Florida Furkids and Angel Sniffie

Sue said...

Lucy you with sunshine. It stopped raining this morning and has been breezy and cool, but very cloudy. Not a speck of sunshine. It looks like it could rain again any minute.
Morgan, Tsar and the Porties

Princess Jasmine said...

So glad you are all safe and able to go outside and have some fresh air. We have had lots and lots of rain here today. Mummy said parts of the motorway turned into a river. It's all drying out nicely now. Hopefully tomorrow will be a nicer day for everyone :)xx

BeadedTail said...

We got nervous when there wasn't a title on your post - our mommy's a worry wart! We're glad you're all safe and hope the storms are over. That photo of the tornado gave Mommy butterflies in her belly and she sort of remembers where that location is in OP. We're going to check out Project Toto too.

We love the photos of all of you! Stay safe!

Kari in WeHo said...

All those photos seem super scary :(


Holly Loves Art said...

I'm so relieved that you're all okay! Very scary indeed. The pictures are really amazing to see. I couldn't imagine what that would be like.
All my best,

rottrover said...

We are SO happy to see woo out in the sunshine today. We hope you enjoy your walks. We sent some blankets this morning to Joplin. Please stay safe.

Your furiends,

-Gizmo, Bart and Ruby

Oskar said...

I'm so glad that you are all safe, it's such awful weather. Here we have cold and rain, with thunderstorms all the time lately. Mother Nature, can we please have the pretty spring now?

Nubbin wiggles,

Suka said...

So furry happy your pups are safe! I was pretty scared when I heard a tornado touched down in OP. Too close for comfort. Glad all your humans are safe, too!

The sunshine was sure wonderful today, and you pups look so pretty in your lovely yard!

The Project Toto badge is great, and the idea is super. It is devastating what has been happening around the area, but so heartwarming that so many are pulling together to help all the animals and humans in need. Thanks for helping to spread the word!

Suka and K

Erika and Blair,xoxo said...

Good to hear that everything is getting back to normal at your house.

Huffle Mawson said...

I'm glad that you are all safe! I hope the shelter gets lots and lots of blankets sent to them.

Reilly / Bree said...

Mom has been busy sewing up some fleece blankies that we are sending - isn't it a wonderful thing Tank is doing! SO glad you are all okay - we had some scares last night but got through them all safely

Amy and The House of Cats said...

We are so glad that you are all ok! We have a few blogger friends in the areas that have been in the path and we are hoping that they all can post soon (one is on vacation and we are super worried about their fosters). We were with mom watching the storms all night the past few days - we were very lucky that it was mostly south of us - but we know that a lot of others were not so lucky. We are sending all those affected lots of purrs and prayers.

Deborah said...

Hi! What a picture of the funnel cloud. I know I would freak out...I would take snow storm any day of the week compared to what you have to live with...Again, Crazy..
I am going to donate a blanket. Probably two or three, I'm will go to Wallyworld (Walmart) tomorrow and get them and mail them! That is such a nice idea!

Tessa the Maltese said...

Oh so very happy that you are all well and that the bad storms might be going away!

woo woos, Tessa

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

As woo know, it is khurrently kinda storming here now -

I didn't see Toto BUT I did see Butterkhotch run passed tail ovFUR teakhups as 'they' say -

Thanks fur sharing those treat pikhs -

We are glad all is well in OP KS - save fur The Momster's nerves -

PeeEssWoo: Mom is trying to distrakht me from 'it' - I did get a furry yummy hardkhooked egg!

Sychoberians said...

We are glad everyone is OK. Great photos of the pack.

Remy and Flash

Cyndi and Stumpy said...

Thank DOG, You're seeing the sun shining! I've lived through some pretty hairy blizzards and ice storms, hurricanes and earthquakes. Nothing scares me like tornadoes!

it's so awesome of Tank and all those helping to open their hearts and share what they can with those in need!

Stumpy and me

Max the Quilt Cat said...

What a great post. I'm so glad you are okay and that the tornado didn't stay on the ground in your area. I'm sending up my blankie tomorrow.

Have a good evening.

pawhugs, Max

Maggie Mae said...

Mom and me hopes to get a package out in da mail dis weekend fur Joplin. :)

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

Ruby's Raiser said...

Been away for a bit, very glad to hear you are all ok in the midst of these frightening and tragic circumstances. Our thoughts and prayers for all who have been affected by these terrible storms.

Tank said...

Thanks for spreading the word about our little project. Great pic of the tornado. My asst. says she might actually pay attention to the warnings in the future.

Lorenza said...

I hope the storms go away soon!
Paws crossed here for you all!
Take care
Kisses and hugs

Honey the Great Dane said...

Oh my goodness - so sorry this is late!! We're behind with blogs and only just heard!! So glad that you're safe - what scary pictures! Am keeping all paws crossed for the other doggies too.

Honey the Great Dane

Sarge said...

Wow, I'm so glad you are all okay. I am keeping my paws crossed for all of the peeps and critters who are suffering.
Grr and Woof,
Sarge, COP

Stella said...

Its great that you didn't get a touch-down in OP, KS! I really have to wonder what kind of a summer we are going to have. Spend most of it in the basement??? No, no!

You are always in our thoughts and are most happy all is well with you and the Pups!

Stella, Jo and Zkhat

Tweedles -- that's me said...

We have been thinking of you our friends - non stop.
The photo is amazing.
What a great way to help, by sending blankets to the shelter.. thank you for letting us know

Holly and Khady said...

It's just been such a scary spring in way too many places. We are glad all our friends are safe and are sure sending our prayers to all those affected by these horrible tornado's this spring.

Holly & Khady

scotsmad said...

We're happy it has passed you by, but sorry for Joplin. Enjoy that sunshine while you can.

XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

Maggie and Mitch said...

What great pictures of the three of you. That funnel cloud is certainly a scary sight!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Rocky Creek Scotties and Rocky Creek Ramblings said...

We're getting ready to mail then now!! How wonderful for Tank to let us know.

Glad you guys are safe and sound.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Ruairi

Channon said...

Just saw Tank's notice on Sue's PWD blog, but that will be tonight's project; some quick, no-sew fleecies for those poor pets.

Mrs. JP said...

We are so thankful that you all are okay. Thanks for spreading the word about help for all the lost pets there. I saw a picture of them last night and it just broke my heart. Have a great weekend.

Remington said...

So happy you are all okay! So sad for some....they are in our thoughts and prayers. Have a great weekend!

Julia Williams said...

So glad you are okay. I can't imagine what that man in the truck was feeling on his wild ride. I'd be praying like the dickens.

♥I am Holly♥ said...

we saw the news yesterday and it was just horrible. Those storms and tornados are so scary and destructive. Our prayers go out to all that have been hit by them.

we love the pictures of your sweet pack!! How in the world do you get them to sit so calmly?!!! They make such beautiful pictures!!

Lots of love,

Debbie & Holly

Ginger Jasper said...

We have seen it on the news here and it looks horrific. I am glad you are safe and so sorry for the one's effected. Tanks project is brilliant and I am sure will help so much. Love that last picture of you alll. Stunning. I hope you got your walk.. Hugs GJ xx

Amber-Mae said...

OH dear the 2nd picture is scary! I read the news this morning & saw the 'before' & 'after' pictures of Joplin. It's terrible! I will continue to pray for the people over there. I hope the tornadoes will stop soon.

kira said...

Hi! friend´s!
how are you?!
very photographs beautiful!

Thor said...

Glad that you are all ok. Those storms and tornados are very scary!

Thor and Jack

George the Lad said...

So pleased you all are ok, cus I have so many blogging friends over the pond my heart sinks when things like this come up on our news.
Blogger has only just let me start commenting again, its been driving me nuts reading all the blogs and not being able to comment!!!
Stay safe and Have a good week
See Yea George xxx

Lacy said...

w00fs, i can only imagine the storms, we usually get them when they have lost some of their will c iffin me can send those puppies a is very happy u all is safe, too...

stay safe,
the hudson furkids...

KB said...

Based on the news, I wasn't sure if the storms were all over for you. I'm glad to hear that they are. What beautiful photos of the trio in the sun. They are just gorgeous!

That's also an astounding photo of the funnel cloud. Very scary.

kira said...

Thanks! for visit!!!

Doris Sturm said...

We were worried about you guys and I'm glad you're ok and that nothing else will happen and the tornadoes start to go away (wherever it is they go!) I think if I saw a funnel like that approaching me, I'd have a heart attack...that is so scary!

Those photos of the three of you are adorable as always and what a great post about helping pets in need during a disaster.

Thank you for your help and God bless you and protect you all.

We love you,
Doris and Gizzy

Bleu said...

I hope the scary weather stays away for good. And I'm relieved that you made it through unscathed.

We certainly support Tank's project and our hats (if we had them) are off to you for getting the word out!

Oh... and we ADORE the photos of you three!!!

with love from the Bleu

FiveSibesMom said...

So glad you guys are all OK. That is one scary photo of the funnel cloud. Here's hoping everyone will remain safe and that clearer weather is on the horizon.

Beautiful photos of you three! Stay safe.

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

We so worry about you and our other friends across the Great Plains. Glad you are all right. We send protective White Dog energy to surround and hold you safe and ask the Universe to grant the weather and our beaten up hearts.

Tank's Projuct is brilliant! We sent some things through Amazon to help.

Have a relaxing and recharging holiday weekend.

T. Maxx said...

Now that's a Perfect Portrait!!


bichonpawz said...

So glad you all are OK! What a terrific picture of you all! This is a very good project and we will repost about it tomorrow! Have a fun weekend!!! xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

Sally said...

I am very glad you're okay.
I see it on TV how bad it is with the tornadoes.
Happy Weekend.

Nice woooh

Schnauzer Days said...

Hi Guys, glad to see you are all okay. What a sight those funnel clouds are, it must have been very scary for you all. Thinking of everyone and all the animals needing help, keep safe over there, Licks and woofs, Dexter & Louis xxx

Mack said...

We are so glad you guys are okay! We know all about how scary hurricanes are and we have never lived through a tornado; they scare mom to death just thinking about them. You all are very brave!
Thanks for letting us know about the blanket drive. I will send mom to the store for one this afternoon.

Luv ya,

Cheyenne -Millie said...

We hope that those storms stay far away for the rest of forever! It is terrible the devastation! We hope you all stay safe! We will be looking into the blankie drive.


Thank you for visiting a leaving your kind words behind. Yes remembering and cherisihg the memories will help.

Essex & Dog Dad

pat said...
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Cyber-sibes said...

what a gorgeous photo of all of you together!

How'd your mom do that????

jack & moo

Asta said...

Phantom, Thundew and Ciawa
I am so vewy vewy gwateful that you awe all wight. Those funnels awe vewy vewy scawy and I am so sad fow all the peeps and fuwwkids who have been caught up in the dweadful stowms.
I went to the wish list on Amazon, and they said the centew needed some othew thingses too,and I sent something else, not blankies..I hope it still helps them even if I don't get a bootiful badge
smoochie kisses
pee ess, have you heawd the tewwibull news of Deacon of the Key West Collies cwossing the bwidge?
It's so sudden and shocking and vewy sad

Winnie said...

So glad to hear you are OK - and we are thinking of all those less fortunate.

Love and licks, Winnie xx

Sagira said...

That is very scary. I'm glad that you guys are all safe and sound. All these tornadoes and other natural disasters have been very scary.