A PRECARIOUS SITUATION

OMG! Fuh-Fleas & Frack. We have a todolly precarious situation going on right here in my region. My BFF, Doc & her ranch family hadda evacuate & leave home due to major fire outbreak in a location nearby to them.

The pups, Kiwi & Caruso, Missy & LadyDi, & the rest of those bros & sistahs & cuzzins, they got evacuated & they are doing time in a Spa & Resort here in MyValley. Spokesman Rhetty says it was todolly cool for a night. They never spent time at a Spa & Resort & they kinda dig the newness & luxury of the whole gig. But approaching Night #2, well it’s getting a little old. They wanna go home again to familiar surroundings.

All but 2 of the horsies got evacuated to shelter with friends & family in the area. Everyone is concerned about those left behind. Tho fire itself isn’t threatening their Space but smoke is heavy-duty.

The remainder of the family is sheltered with SistahCay here in MyValley. Skies are kinda clouded up with smoke here in MyValley but it’s better than back home at the ranch.

We listened to news about the Sand Fire. It has grown in size to 4K acres. 1200 humans have been evacuated from the area. No count of the critters & non-human population. It’s about 50% contained but digits are crossed that Delta Breezes won’t fan the flames & the fire get outta control again. Hard to predict with it being so hot & dry & all.

We consult Doc’s FB page for updates regularly. No signal as yet as to when they can return Home Again. We’re glad everyone is safe for the moment. We wish them a safe & speedy return home. My laptop & tablet & phone are on, waiting for happy updates, Doc. Call me.

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OH! FUH-LEAS

I hadda go to My Personal Health Care Specialist the other day. MyVet. Just a regular check up. Nothing to worry about.

1st we spoke with PupTech. He was very nice. I hadda get up on the scale. I’m at my slim & trim Fighting Weight. That’s good. Good & average heart rate. Blood pressure . . . just fine. & then he hadda take my temp. Not fun. But OK in the K9 Good Health Manual according to PupTech.

We chatted with him a while. He speaks good K9. He wondered if there were any special circumstances that brought us in today & we mentioned that I have been scratching & chewing a lot of late. Seems lately my belly itches . . . something fierce. So he took all the relevant info & left to consult with MyVet . . . . Dr.True.

Dr.True is very nice also. She sat on the floor to commune directly with me which was very nice. She said I am really healthy. Good heart. Good teeth. (That’s double good bc Mymi always says GrandDam would come & haunt her if a critter entrusted to her care developed unhealthy teeth & gums.) Mentally alert & sharp. (That makes 1 of us.)

Dr.True continued on to say that the probable cause of my itching & scratching is Fuh-Leas. Umbelieveable! We administer flea & tick treatment rigorously & ritually. End of the HM? Time for flea treatment.

But Dr.True says it’s easy to pick up random Fuh-Leas in the parks & playground where they mighta come offa other critters that inhabit & play in the park. Like squirrels & other rodents. They carry Fuh-Leas Big Time. It’s part of my duty & responsibility to keep squirrels & cats out of my yard, My Domain. But whattaya gonna do in open space, public parks & playgrounds. Open fields & down in drainage ditches? It’s just impossible.

So Dr.True prescribed medicine to stop the itch & she had the matted fur on my belly shaved. That makes my usual location on the cool floor even cooler in this summer heat wave we are experiencing. While they were at it, they trimmed my nails, all of them. Now I move silently along the sidewalks & pathways. No clackity nails. This assists in my guide & assist responsibilities. So this was a good visit to MyVet.

MyVet also wanted a fecal sample just for reference purposes. I didn’t really know how I was gonna manage that since I didn’t know what fecal sample was. But the mystery was cleared up this morning on our early early walkies bc it’s hot by our usual walkies time. Mymi picked up my deposit in the park just like always in the Plastic Poop Bag. Instead of redepositing it in the proper container, she put the bag in the car & drove away with it. Curiouser & Curiouser. But I think that satisfies all the requirements of My Health Check Up.

Fuh-Leas & Frack. The new F-Bombs in our Domain.

OpalK9 OTJ

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URBAN DOGS

It’s been more crazy Busyness around here. So hard for a dog to keep up with all that’s going on here, there & everywhere & still fit in the required observation & sniff time as well as much needed R&R in order to do my job properly. Awesome responsibilities.

I got hustled off to MySpa & Resort. I was real glad to be there as it was so crazy busy b4 as I think I already said. Be that as it may, Mymi went off to New England which is in the USofA as opposed to Jolly Old England which is across the Pond which I never been across. They got to visit with UncaT & AuntieTeach & just about the whole family. Even #1Son & all were there visiting from the Valley of Casinos & Bling. They met Ca’ani & Ginger & Scusi, the newest K9 member of the family. Scusi is Eye-ta-yan for Excuse Me. Scusi is very young, curious & rambunctious. Still learning.

They had lotsa adventures in New England. 1 they were todolly NOT expecting was to have plans changed due to hurricane. But that’s just what happened. They are amongst the few to celebrate 4th of July on the 3rd of July due to wildly radical & unpredictable weather conditions which caused Beantown Papas & Mamas to hold concert on July 3, setting off fireworks without the usual & customary overture. So no duh, duh, duh, duh, duh, duh, dudda dudda duh dah dah dah dah BOOM. I bet the Revolutionary War Freedom Fighters never experienced such a thing. In Beantown. Cradle of Freedom & Democracy. I tell ya. Nothing’s sacred anymore!

I was just as well off to miss that cuz I don’t like fireworks anyway. They turned up nice soothing music & gave us all Lavender food on the 4th at MySpa & Resort cuz dogs just don’t like those loud booms.

My BFF Annie is visiting IN where they all cuddle & love her. She’s gonna hafta go home soon & resume being her duties in FLland. But she had a real good time traveling around with her Mama, guiding & assisting. She is looking fwd to seeing her sister Emily once again.

My Cousins, Ca’ani & Scusi are now in Chi-Town where they will take up part-time residence so as to be nearby to guide & assist Photogirl & Po’Boy as they become brand new parents of a new female offspring. UncaT & AuntieTeach are so excited. They are fixing up a crate which will have a mat for this new arrival. They will be helping out Otis in his responsibilities as Chief Family K9 Unit for Photogirl & Po’Boy.

Ca’ani & Scusi got some uphill learning ahead of them. For that fact, so do UncaT & AuntieTeach. Heretofore they’ve been Rural Dogs. Now they gotta learn the courtesies & civilities of being Urban Dogs. Being a Suburban Dog myself, I got a few suggestions that should help everyone make a smooth transition:

:-) poop bags are cheap & easily accessible at your local Pet Outfitters Store.
;) likewise poop bag dispensers
:0 it’s the dogs’ walk too so they should be allowed to do their own thing. However some places are kinda grumpy about dogs off leash. Best to find as many Dog Parks as possible to be safe
:-B in an emergency, poop bags will do as litter bags. For Serious Litter Patrol, bring along plastic grocery bags
0:) always carry your cellphone. They are useful for all sorts of purposes. Take pix of cute things your pup does. Or google home location of lost K9s you may find. Report water violations. Google your location in case you get lost
;) remember your manners & be polite when meeting other K9s on your journeys. Most dogs you meet are friendly sorts. Trained & professional security K9s prolly should not be out & about.
:) be aware of your surroundings. Earphones are a distraction & you can’t do your job satisfactorily.
B-) learn K9 sniffing & introduction protocols so there are no mix messages

Those are just some of my Pointers for settling in to new surroundings as Urban Dogs. Good luck, Ca’ani & Scusi.

OpalK9 OTJ

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LAVENDER DOG DAY

It’s been crazy busy around here the last couple a weeks. The very best most fun we had was going to Lavender Farm in Apple Hill. That’s a lotta miles away from here but not nearly as many as my Road Trip some HY ago. THAT was a lotta miles.

We went to Lavender Farm to meetup with my AuntieK9Lvr. She is visiting MyValley from the Valley of Casinos & Bling. She comes here often to visit her offsprings, pups & grandpups. She loves Lavender. She says it has calming & soothing properties. It’s also very versatile & can be used in many ways. It’s very pretty in the fields & it smells heavenlyyyyy! Much better than . . . well some a the stuff I sniff in my travels.

My AuntieK9Lvr did’t know I was coming & it was a grand surprise. I love meeting my BFFs. Expanding my friends & family, my network & support system. My AuntieK9Lvr rescues lost & abused dogs & she has 3 at home in the Valley of Casinos & Bling. Snickers & Violet & Chance. We hit it off just famously. Wouldn’t it be cool if Me n Lily & Max & Buddy meetup sometime with Snickers & Violet & Chance? In your dreams, OpalK9.

Following our tour of Lavender Farm, all calmed & relaxed & refreshed, we visited Ol’ Hangtown. It’s kinda old school town. Lotsa little shops & restaurants. Mymi resided there once upon a time. #1Son attended to his education there. So Mymi regaled us with lotsa insider’s insights about the place. It was . . . informative.

Upon returning to the Flatlands, Mymi & AuntieK9Lvr dropped me off here at My Domain so they could go to a Garden Party hosted by OFA_CA. AuntieK9Lvr participates in OFA_NV. Our CA family was most pleased & delighted to welcome her. It’s good to broaden one’s network & horizons. Then Mymi returned AuntieK9Lvr to her family’s Domain. It was fun to meet my AuntieK9Lvr. I learned a lot about Lavender & chillin’ out. Lavender high.

Now we can get ready & look forward to our next sojourn which we’re starting to do. On our Walkies today we spotted a neighbor who accidentally left sprinklers on with water running rapidly into the storm drain. We knocked on the door & reminded him the water was running away. He was pleased we let him know. Water is getting scary scarce around here these days.

Nearing the end of our Walkies, we met Lola, looking all lost & confused. Lola’s a nice K9 & we sniffed politely. She wears a tag says her name is Lola. Gives Lola’s home address. But she didn’t know where that was. She couldn’t get Home Again. So we brought Lola here to our domain while we searched Lola’s home. Lola was so excited to find friendly shelter, she jumped in my pool. But she couldn’t get out. We pulled her out. Gave her some water to drink. & then she pulled us along toward somewhere. She wasn’t sure.

We double-Walkiesed today taking Lola home. Good ol’ googlemaps. I couldn’ta found a place I never been before & Lola was just too scared & confused to turn around & backtrack. So it feels real good to be sure Lola is safe Home Again. I hope her Mama covers her with Lavender & hugs so she won’t wander off again.

Now I look forward to returning to MySpa & resort for a visit. Mymi’s goin’ eastward to New Englasnd. I met enough BFFs, friends & family to do me for a while. I’m gonna order Lavender pillows for my crate. & Lavender shampoo for my grooming.
OpalK9 OTJ

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SPARE THE AIR. SAVE THE DRIP

So the other day we hadda walkies over to The Pond to deliver our Nat Geo to the GrandSire Memorial Collection of Nat Geos they keep in the library there at The Pond. They like to keep the residents of The Pond well informed. They like our Nat Geos. We chit-chatted with Debi. She usedta take good care of GrandSire. We met some new residents. They petted me & it was cool.

We hadda ask Debi for the phone number of the P&R district that operates the parks in our neighborhood. Ya see, as we walkiesed past that park on our usual & ordinary path to The Pond, we hadda watch out for the water sprinklers that were spraying water all over the place. I could tell they’d been spraying water for a long long time cuz there were lotsa puddles to drink from. & while puddle water is some of my fave water, it’s not a good situation to be making puddles at the present time here in MyValley.

Ya know, we are experiencing an awful & worrisome drought here in MyValley, in My St8. In the whole & entire SW of the USofA, truth be told. Truth be told, it’s a result of Global Warming which is creating radical changes in weather patterns around the whole globe of AnimalPlanet.com. So we gotta be water-wise here in my St8, the Gr8 St8 of CA.

We gotta conserve water so we have it to grow crops & to drink. Cuz alla us carbonated based critters gotta drink water so it wouldn’t be good to run out cuz then where is everybody gonna go where there might be sufficient water? Cuz even humans haven’t figured out how to get offa this planet & go find a new home where there’s adequate air & water. I wonder if, when they do figure it out, are they gonna build an Ark like Noah & take lesser critters like dogs with them? But I digress.

So we obtained the correct phone number from Debi & placed a phone call to the correct P&R District. We hadda leave a message but they called us right back within a short & acceptable period of time. They were very pleasant & courteous & said the problem had been called in & maintenance crews were mobilizing as we spoke to repair the problem.

Today on our walkies past the park, the problem was solved. Sprinklers turned off. & puddles nearly dried up. That’s cuz we been have drying Delta Breezes which are certainly refreshing & welcome after calm 109 temps. But still, those very same Breezes dry out the landscape. Now we gotta worry about wild fires whipped up by those same Delta Breezes. I tell ya, it’s a kind of a tornado-like weather pattern, goin’ around in circles. OpalK9 OTJ

So the other day we hadda walkies over to The Pond to deliver our Nat Geo to the GrandSire Memorial Collection of Nat Geos they keep in the library there at The Pond. They like to keep the residents of The Pond well informed. They like our Nat Geos. We chit-chatted with Debi. She usedta take good care of GrandSire. We met some new residents. They petted me & it was cool.

We hadda ask Debi for the phone number of the P&R district that operates the parks in our neighborhood. Ya see, as we walkiesed past that park on our usual & ordinary path to The Pond, we hadda watch out for the water sprinklers that were spraying water all over the place. I could tell they’d been spraying water for a long long time cuz there were lotsa puddles to drink from. & while puddle water is some of my fave water, it’s not a good situation to be making puddles at the present time here in MyValley.

Ya know, we are experiencing an awful & worrisome drought here in MyValley, in My St8. In the whole & entire SW of the USofA, truth be told. Truth be told, it’s a result of Global Warming which is creating radical changes in weather patterns around the whole globe of AnimalPlanet.com. So we gotta be water-wise here in my St8, the Gr8 St8 of CA.

We gotta conserve water so we have it to grow crops & to drink. Cuz alla us carbonated based critters gotta drink water so it wouldn’t be good to run out cuz then where is everybody gonna go where there might be sufficient water? Cuz even humans haven’t figured out how to get offa this planet & go find a new home where there’s adequate air & water. I wonder if, when they do figure it out, are they gonna build an Ark like Noah & take lesser critters like dogs with them? But I digress.

So we obtained the correct phone number from Debi & placed a phone call to the correct P&R District. We hadda leave a message but they called us right back within a short & acceptable period of time. They were very pleasant & courteous & said the problem had been called in & maintenance crews were mobilizing as we spoke to repair the problem.

Today on our walkies past the park, the problem was solved. Sprinklers turned off. & puddles nearly dried up. That’s cuz we been have drying Delta Breezes which are certainly refreshing & welcome after calm 109 temps. But still, those very same Breezes dry out the landscape. Now we gotta worry about wild fires whipped up by those same Delta Breezes. I tell ya, it’s a kind of a tornado-like weather pattern, goin’ around in circles. OpalK9 OTJ

http://portal.cityofsacramento.org/utilities/conservation

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#DDAY70

dday770 HY ago, which is a long time ago, Allied troops began the invasion of Normandy. That’s in France which is across the country & across a big wide ocean from my St8. The Gr8 St8 of CA. Allied troops were trying to stop Hitler in his 1/2 tracks & save AnimalPlanet.com from the Nazzis & other hate groups.

I learned a lot about this war fought by the Greatest Generation, GrandSire’s generation. I followed Mymi & GrandSire thru a couple a reunions & studied information available to an intrepid reporter of the K9 persuasion. We, here at Todo Chronicles, are dedicated to factual reporting.

We watched on TV this evening the stories of 4 Greatest Generationers who participated in the Longest Day, DDay, the Invasion of Normandy. They were young men, just pups with 2 legs. They were determined to do their job. They knew their purpose. Then they returned Home Again. They went to school. Got an education. Went to work. Had families. Moved On.

But they never forgot the sounds & images, the noise & terror of that day & the days that followed. So they thought it would be a real good idea to return & see what changes occurred in those 70 HY.

They are a very impressive buncha guys. They were bent with age but still determined. They remembered & described the details of their experience, big & small. They wanted to share their experience with their sons & grandsons & great-grandsons in the hopes that such Global Destruction never eVer happens again. Some of their offsprings are veterans of Iraq & Afghanistan. They were overwhelmed with the enormity & accomplishment of DDay. Maybe the Greatest Generation will get their wish . . . or maybe not.

GrandSire did not land on the beaches of Normandy. He followed in the 2nd & 3rd wave of liberators of France & Europe. He never talked much about his experiences & memories. But his reunions with his Black Hawk Brothers in Arms were very important to him.

Unfortunately GrandSire could not see the 70th anniversary of #DDAY70. He woulda been proud of his Generation. We’ll watch & learn. & hope to live up to the examples set by the Greatest Generation.
OpalK9 OTJ

http://ok9otj.wordpress.com/2007/09/10/those-were-the-days/

http://ok9otj.wordpress.com/2007/09/14/heres-to-the-boyz/

http://ok9otj.wordpress.com/2007/09/20/homework/

http://ok9otj.wordpress.com/2009/09/15/a-reunion-of-black-hawks/

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TX MSG TO GRANDSIRE RE: CHILDFUND

We received a very important message today by Snail Mail, if you can believe! It was address to GrandSire but we could open it because he’s not using the address anymore.

It was a message from ChildFund International stating their pleasure to announce & honor GrandSire as a member of the Heritage Circle & recognizing his Enduring Commitment.

Furthermore, ChildFund gratefully recognizes more than 43 HY of extraordinary support for children in need.

Presently there are children in So America & Africa that GrandSire sponsors. & we’re pretty doggoned proud to of his & GrandDam’s generosity.

GrandSire keeps on being a Grand Old Gentleman even after he rejoined GrandDam who was a Great Lady. Way to go GrandSire! OpalK9 OTJ

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