Have I mentioned before that Dancing With the Stars is my very fav TV show eVer? I been watching since about like Season 3. So I can’t believe it’s possible that I almost didn’t know Season 19 was starting last night. How could I, a seasoned sniffer & investigator of facts, miss that? Thank Great Todo for the DVR on my TV.

I just love all the glitz & glam. Bling & Zing of the show. Everyone is out there to do their very best. Put their best foot forward. & compete in friendly rivalry for the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy.

I love the pretty colors. Erin’s dress was my fav of the night. Blue is a color I can see & get behind, being a Blue Merle Dog & all.

I saw my 1st ever Wardrobe Malfunction. Very interesting. But Betsy pushed on to the finish line with a The Show Must Go On Spirit. Good Show, Betsy!

Julianne is back. She went away to pursue other interests for a while. Now she sits with the judges. Saw my 1st ever Boob Job too. I guess humans want to augment their mammaries since they only have 2. Myself personally I worked out for a long time so mine wouldn’t drag on the ground after my early upbringing & experience in the Puppy Mill.

So now we gotta watch tonight to see who goes home 1st. It’s gonna be an exciting season full of full of fun & music, smiley faces, bling & glam. My Fav Show. I hope it goes on ForeVer & eVer. OpalK9 OTJ

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Hey Buddy. Upon return from the Valley of Casinos & Bling, Mymi was pleased to report everything is running smoothly & quite as you left it. Good job Buddy.

Lilly & Max are a bit at loose ends, not knowing exactly how to step into your paw prints. They were surprised by your departure. & Peach is changing their feeding schedule from Graze Mode to 2X/day. She’s trying to mix dry & wet food which sometimes makes Lilly gag. But pretty much they’re getting it together.

Tootsie Roll & Scooter have returned to their academic pursuits after a hot hot summer. They study Readin’, writin’ & Rithmatic. They strive for additional Student of the HM honors so they can move along & upward.

Scooter played in his very 1st Little League of the new season. Twins won. Scooter is multi-talented playing 2nd & 3rd base & Short Stop, for which he’s uniquely qualified.
Tootsie Roll attended dance practice. She’s been dancing for some HYs & we got some good pix of the various previous dance revues. Pretty special. & Tootsie Roll loves all the dress up & music & team work to put the show to go on.

They attended various special camps to learn non-academic skills like crafty stuff & insect appreciation. Being in the desert, insect life is specially suited to hot, dry climates.

But departure from the Valley of Casinos & Bling was delayed for Mymi’s flight due to severe thunderstorms. We have been in receipt of many U-Tube vids depicting flash flooding & interstate highway damage. Cars floating down the highway in walls of water. Seems hard to believe a place ordinarily so dry could suddenly be filled with water. Not sure how much it raised the lake level which is way way down. Unpredictable weather patterns for sure.

So Buddy, just want you to know you did a good job of guiding & assisting your family. They are sad at your return to PlanetPluto but they know it was your time. If you ever need to communicate, you know where to connect. I’ll pass it on.
OpalK9 OTJ

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It being Labor Day & all, we decided to honor the thousands & millions of Americans that over the past several generations of humans helped to build this country, land of the free & home of the brave.

Collective effort has made many things possible for the average citizen:
*:) happy 5 day work week
*O:-) angel fair compensation for a day’s labor
*;) winking labor safety regulations
*:"> blushing child labor laws
*:-* kiss paid vacation & sick leave
*:-B nerd other benefits to families . . . among other things.
So we decided to honor Labor by doing our Litterary duty & picking up trash along our route to the USPO to deliver some bills to be paid for services rendered us & goods & items purchased in the last HM. It’s the least we could do altho truth be told we weren’t todolly prepared having only a couple of produce plastic bags with which to corral the trash & bags of poop Someone forgot to deposit in the appropriate receptacle instead leaving bags of poop in the gutters in our neighborhood. Yoo Hoo Someone. There’s still no Poop Fairy.

At any rate we did collect a couple of bags of trash & other junk which we did deposit in a proper receptacle. We were feeling pretty pleased like we had accomplished a small something in honor of Labor. We deposited our letters in the proper receptacle & proceeded on our way back to our domain.

Then we planted a Jade Plant in a nice pot & placed it on our front porch. We had been nurturing & rooting that plant for a while & it was time.

S’ pretty hot out so we just rested ourselves the remainder of the afternoon on this Labor Day as we can do bc we have holidays thanks to Labor. We were scrolling thru FB when we StumbledUpon a posting from Peach, our very own Peach.

Buddy has passed on to his greater reward & returned to PlanetPluto. Buddy was a good ol’ dog. The best says Peach. He’ll be missed by 1 & all in the Valley of Casinos & Bling. Buddy was a rock solid, regular dog. He was sensible & sincere. Glitz & glam didn’t interest Buddy. Doing his job, guiding & assisting his family interested Buddy & he always did his best to make his family aware when strangers approached the domain. Buddy was a good dog & knew his purpose. Max & Lily have some major paw prints to fill.

Buddy was a regular Joe Dog. We think he would approve of our days efforts. We decided to name our new Jade Plant the Buddy Memorial Jade Plant & it sits guarding our front door. RIP Buddy. OpalK9 OTJ

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We have a brand new addition to our family & a new human infant. I have a brand new human cousin. Isn’t that awesome!?

Baby JunieBug was whelped by her folks, Photogirl & PoBoy 3 days ago. This turn of events has made my AuntieTeach & UncaT very happy. & my GrannyJen & GrampyFrank very happy & proud indeed.

JunieBug was gestating in her Mum’s Tum just 1 HM when GrandSire passed on to a greater reward. But everyone thinks & believes he is smiling down upon this happy & momentous occasion & shared it with GrandDam. Everyone is pleased & proud.

Humans often bestow 3 names upon their pups. A 1st name, a given-name. A 2nd given name & a family name. That one’s not a given. I guess you sorta inherit it or something. Far be it for me to explain human naming conventions. However JunieBug’s 2nd given name is after GrandDam that I never met. GrandSire’s mate. Everyone thinks that’s pretty cool.

Photogirl & PoBoy reside in a big town far far away & eastward of here, the Great State of CA. They reside in Chi-Town in IL. I think I flew over it or pretty near a couple of times but I never actually set 4 paws on the ground there. Which is kinda sad as it makes it difficult for me to carry out my duties & responsibilities to guide & assist JunieBug, now in her 3rd day of residence upon But JunieBug has Otis to guide & assist. & Caani & Scusi who reside with UncaT & AuntieTeach. I rest assured & am confident JunieBug is in capable paws. But if you ever need help or advice, guys, we’re connected.

The whole family, all over the US, thinks that’s pretty darned cool. & isn’t that awesome. OpalK9 OTJ

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Just a heads up here. BoDog.  Currents events being what they are re: #Ferguson, my advice is we should table K9 Civil Rights as an issue for the now.  Paws it so to speak. Unfair I know. But we gotta get a majority of humans on board. That’s gonna be a long slow process. & ppl just can’t wrap their heads around our K9 issues while their hair is on fire re: other issues. You know humans would rather shoot the dog 1st & ask pertinent questions later. Perhaps when you leave office as 1st Dog & there is no possibility of losing our Not For Profit tax status, we can think about it.  For now, lie low, my BFF.  Lie low. Yr BFF
palK9 OTJ
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We hadda vary our usual routine & schedule today.  Instead of my AuntieJudy arriving to take me for Walkies, Mymi remained at our domain.  We took our Walkies to the store. Not sure of the particulars as to schedule change.  Doesn’t matter really.  Such a small & insignificant detail.
We walked thru the park by the middle school in our neighborhood.  I always like to walkies there.  It’s nice & shady in spots.  Lots of trees that shelter squirrels.  I do so love to chit-chat with squirrels & other critters there.  They are a sensible lot.
There’s also lots of grass for me to run thru & roll in.  A good roll in the grass always makes me happy & cheerful.
After crossing from the kiddies’ play area to the fence line, we usually exit at the dead end street that dead ends at the park.  On a few occasions recently we have seen a shopping cart that belongs to the nearby store that we were heading for.  Now that cart definitely did not belong there.
On the cart seat was a telephone number to report misplaced shopping carts so we called that number. They were most happy to receive our call & arrange to retrieve the cart.  We proceeded on to the store & tended to our bidness.
Lately we haven’t been as attentive to trash & litter as we prolly should be.  I guess we think like a lotta others.  Such small & insignificant details. We do enough.  No matter really.  & when you think about it, if no one ever dropped another piece of trash & litter on the ground, we’d hafta walk & pick it up until 2,743,052AD just to pick up what’s already there.  Pretty daunting.
I know.  I know. I’m just a dog.  But I can’t help but wonder what humans think when they continue to throw other seemingly insignificant trash, garbage, junk & poison into the ground, air & water & tell themselves that eliminating pollution is just too economically inconvenient so we’ll just cut back slowly to some arbitrary year levels.  & we can’t (won’t) cut down until our neighbors to the south or west or across the pond cut down.  Blah. Blah. Blah.
But hey!  By the time runs out of air & water, & there’s no place left to migrate to, at least not in the numbers of humans that populate the planet at this point, I’ll be back on PlanetPluto.  So who cares?  It’s todolly insignificant & non-cumulative & unimportant to Just A Dog.  OpalK9 OTJ
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I mentioned all the trials & tribulations my BFFs at Doc’s place were having. Fire. Evacuation. Return & get resettled. Make sure the horses return safe & sound too. Horses hadda be evacuated by trailer & alla the friends & neighbors pitched in to help & shelter horses. Some of the horsies were trailer-shy & hadda shelter in place. A scary situation to be sure.

So no sooner did everyone get returned safe & sound to the ranch, than the big, uber- super-important dog show came up & Caruso hadda strut his stuff. So that’s what Caruso did.

Caruso hadda git fluffed & blow dried. He hadda look his super best. He hadda flawlessly interfaced with his show handler, Collin. He paid close attention to all what was going on. Caruso shined above alla the other Sammys in the competition. Caruso took home the Blue Ribbon.

That Caruso. He’s a trooper in the face of adversity. He did his home & family proud. Doc was oh so please & gratified. That Caruso. He’s a hero! Whatta Dog!


Wish I coulda added my pix but still learning new & improved, updated & simplified(?) blogging platform. What’s a dog to do?

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