TIS THE SEASON

Tis the Season to be jolly & so we are busy busy busy getting ready to be jolly. We been shopping for presents. Wrapping presents. Posting presents in the US Mail. We been making our Seasons Greetings cards. Making our lists. Checking them 2X. Gonna find out who’s naughty & nice.

Sandy Claws may be comin’ to town but we gotta be ready & prepared to celebrate our Holidays & Yuletide Festivities in geographically diverse localities. & that takes extra special & additional responsibilities in preparation to be where we gotta be on time.

In addition we gotta attend to the usual & normal activities around our neighborhood & community. We been walkiesing when it’s not pouring down rain, which is mostly when it rains . . . it doesn’t pour. Myself personally I don’t mind walkies in downpours bc I wear a fine all weather, indoor/outdoor coat at all times. Sure save a lotta hassle & time & annoyance trying to select just the appropriate apparel that also flatters one’s mood, the weather & compliments one’s assets.

My Walkies tho are pretty important bc that’s when I connect with all my Neighborhood BFFs. If I don’t actually see them, I post p-mail. Which has to be re-posted periodically due to rain &/or time washing it away. So there’s all these additional things that must be done & accomplished to be sure Tis The Season gets jolly.

This AM, tho, we had the sad task of sending 1 of our very own neighbors off to meet his maker. We discovered The Squirrel in the Pool watching the sweep, Sucky Beaver, do the usual work of going round & round in the pool. The Beav’s hose got all tangled up. Mymi hadda go out & untangle it which she didn’t want to do in the pouring rain. But it hadda be done. I myself, could not assist on that 1 as the little fellow was at the bottom of the pool & I don’t dive. Fetching is my thing.

So Mymi got all dressed in raingear & proceeded to use the net basket to scoop him up. She had black plastic bag all prepared & we placed him in there. His eyes were open & he looked very much alive to me. Todolly wet but alive.

We said so long to the little fellow. I don’t know his name. But we sent him on his way to the next Squirrel Dimension. Good luck little fellow. Wishing you lots of nuts & acorns & no pools in your future. GrandSire passed on to meet his maker 1 HY ago. We miss him but maybe you’ll encounter him along your journey. If you do, say hi. He’s a good guy.

We gotta move on & get into the Season of Festivities & Lights. Our neighborhood is all festooned with Lights & Decorations. We don’t decorate as we spend the season elsewhere which sorta makes us stick out like a sore paw. Maybe next HY we’ll do something special. Who knows by then . . .

Mymi is packing for the annual trip to the Valley of Casinos & Bling to celebrate with #1Son, Peach, Tootsie Roll & Scooter, Lily & Max. & the whole big family there in that Valley. Myself, I am staying right here at MySpa & Resort. Gonna chill out. Relax. Get down with my BFFs there. Get my fur & nails done. It’s gonna be a good Season to be Jolly.

We, here at Todo Chronicles, want to wish all our BFFs, far & wide, the very best possible Season to be Jolly. & a Very Jolly New Year. OpalK9 OTJ

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IT’S RAINING. IT’S POURING.

For like the 2nd time this very week, I didn’t get a Walkies. We Aussies need our exercise to maintain health & fitness, alertness & responsiveness. & our puppish figures.

1st time was todolly Mymi’s fault. At the beginning of each week she goes off to do good deeds regarding Information & Referral. My Auntie Judy comes to take me for my Walkies which is cool. I’m down with that.

But Auntie Judy has to use Old School keys to access the domain. I don’t know why it is that our domain cannot be accessed with a username & password. But there it is. So anyway my Auntie Judy arrived just like always & I was so ready for my Walkies. But she couldn’t access the Domain. She called to me & I barked my Welcome bark.

I couldn’t see her. I could only hear her over the gate. She threw me a couple of treats & milkbones but it’s not the same. We always go to the park & she chucks the ball for me with my ChuckIt. I run run run fast as I can to catch that ball on the fly which doesn’t happen often. But it’s something to strive for. I can usually catch it on 1 bounce. I just love to Run & Fetch. Don’t you?

So that began my week. It was kind of a bummer. When Mymi returned, she discovered her mistake. She apologized. Said it was a Senior Moment. Well just don’t let it happen again!

Today, however, it’s prolly not Mymi’s fault. I mean she mighta wished & hoped for rain. But she can’t jolly well order it up. & raining it is. All day long. Steady no let up.

As previously stated, My State, the Great State of CA needs water desperately. Badly. & we need lots of it. To replenish our supplies in lakes & ponds & reservoirs & our groundwater system. At 17% of capacity at the beginning of the wet season, we coulda run out next HY.

We just didn’t need all the rain at once. Like now there’s flood warnings & local flooding. People are using alternate forms of transportation to commute home from work. Which isn’t a bad thing. Come to think of it. But I bet this guy wishes he was better prepared.
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It’s been raining all day long. No let up. No break in the rain. So I didn’t particularly want to Walkies today. Even tho I wear the perfect apparel for any kind of weather & occasion. The ponds & gutters are filling up nicely. & pool water is fast becoming my fave beverage. Now that the pool is receiving all this additional rain, the water is easily accessible. Just a hint of chlorine so I know it’s safe drinking water. Hey! What’s not to like?

So I hope it let’s up a bit soon so what we have gotten can soak into the ground or runoff into our lakes & ponds & reservoirs. I don’t want to appear ungrateful for this December Miracle. We just don’t need 40 days & 40 nights worth of rain all at once.
OpalK9 OTJ

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ENCOUNTER WITH THE DUKE

It’s finally raining here in MyValley & all across the Great State of CA. Big time raining. Like it’s coming down so fast on rock hard surfaces, it’s not soaking in quickly enough. It’s running offa scorched forests & drought dry ground. There’s flood warnings up & down MyState.

It’s coming down so fast we don’t know where to put it bc it can’t all be directed into the reservoirs built for that purpose which are really really dry & empty & just waiting to fill up. But we need water to fill the rivers so fish & other water living critters can get along too so maybe fast runoff isn’t all bad. Just kinda scary that we need rain so bad but can’t take it all in as fast as it’s coming down. Way it’s going our reservoirs won’t be full & able to support the current population & needs of the Great State of CA even if it rains 40 days & 40 night, which I heard somewhere is a magic password.

We, here at Todo Chronicles, would like to suggest that the KXL be redirected & rededicated to move H2O east to west. Even us dogs could figure out this would be a much safer & intelligent design & use of resources than moving the dirtiest kind oil over the country’s biggest aquifer. & it’s gotta create jobs. So what’s the down-side. It’s a no-brainer.

So anyway we hadda adjust our Walkies to move out btw storm cells. So we were walking along, just about to turn onto our street, when Duke the Dog came running out across the street to greet us & make friends. Duke is a Chocolate Lab of Noble Heritage. He’s just a pup, all & enthusiastic & he came running up pretty fast. We weren’t sure what to make of Duke at first. Duke wasn’t talking. Duke didn’t look both ways before crashing out into the street either.

So we chatted with Duke a bit & went on our way. Duke followed & went off on his own investigation. Then he returned to our path. This happened a couple of times & before we knew, we were at our Domain & there was Duke.

Fortunately Duke was wearing the appropriate & necessary tags & so we called Duke’s Mama to come get him. She almost couldn’t believe us. She related that she was just home & Duke was there. Well Duke was most definitely in MyDomain. She said she would come get Duke straight away. So me n Duke hung out near my pool, which is filling fast, til his Mama arrived. Duke musta found a hole in his fence & gotten out just in time to encounter us.

We’re glad to encounter Duke & will look out for Duke in the future. I’m just glad we were able to guide & assist Duke in finding his way home again. Take care, Duke, buddy.
OpalK9 OTJ

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THANKSGIVING ENLIGHTENMENT

Thanksgiving Day, here in MyValley, todolly sunny & beeeautiful. Clear blue sky. Sun shining. Perfect day to practice our Walkies Partnership. Me n Mymi. Mymi likes to call ours a partnership bc we guide & assist each other as well as getting in our daily exercise & staying current in our neighborhood. Doing our Community Service as necessary. Mymi says it’s my Walkies & Exercise too so we like to move forward independently while monitoring our partner.

Mymi likes to walk & take in the sites. Chat with neighbors. Pet other Companions accompanying their partners. A very friendly atmosphere.

I prefer to acknowledge other Companions accompanying their partner. But I like to chat with the chipmunks. Corral squirrels. Wrangle the Magpies. I todolly love to find a good spot to roll & scratch in. Nice soft green grass under trees is the best. There’s usually some puddle water waiting somewhere to serve up a cool drink of water. My Fave is Messin’ With Cats bc they are so smug & snooty. All hissy & humpy. They think they, like, own the place or somethin’. Humph!

So we walk along, Mymi n me. Since she possesses an elevated point of view & can see over things, see what’s going on a little better, she often signals me with calls & commands, calling my name or just shouting Yoh!

So well we were in the Middle School Park, with trees & shrubs, fields & walkways. Great expanses to run in or just stop & sniff the pmails & messages, smell the flowers & other fragrances. & it’s all just so lovely. & I was having a terrific time. & well, I guess I sorta ignored her calls & commands, rollin’ & scratchin’. I rolled & rolled. Jumped up. Shook off. & did some more rolls. Then Mymi called my name. I guess I sorta ignored her. So she shouted Yoh! I sorta hadda give up my super superb rollin’ spot then.

We moved on to some curious & interesting scents that I just hadda investigate. I sniffed from this angle. That angle & the other angle. Scratched it with my paw. Hadda stop & think. Compare & contrast. I mean the wheels were turning, turning, turning inside my head. I sorta really didn’t hear Mymi. Or perhaps I did ignore her once again. But that odor was so scintillating. Just couldn’t tear myself away until she was stamping her feet on the walkway & shouting my name. Opaldammit. Could not avoid the inevitable then, by golly.

So we moved on, Mymi quickly bc she said it was time to get along home lil’ doggie. Myself, well, I was kinda dragging my paws, passing slowly thru the grade school park. So fun & practically empty due school being out for the holiday. I let Mymi get way ahead of me & todolly ignored her upon my passing thru the field & park, seeing what there was to see & sniffing out the interesting scents & aromas that the park had to offer.

Suddenly she was right there, beside me, with the Dreaded Leash, the Yoke of Ignorants. She tethered me to her for a very brisk walk back to our Domain. All the while she lectured me about how our Walkies is no longer a partnership. Mymi’s the Boss now. When she says Heads Up or OPAL or Yoh! I better sit up & take notice. I forfeited my partnership status in the deal. & DO NOT IGNORE ME anymore. I don’t need to be ignored by my Dog, of all people.

To tell you the truth, I didn’t understand a lot of what she was saying so I just let her babble. Sometime she needs to get things off her chest. But I learned my lesson re: The Yoke of Ignorants. Don’t Ignore messages when they are clearly stated. Clearly meant for you. & repeated often.

My Thanksgiving wish is that humans learn from my errors. Don’t assume the Yoke of Ignorants. Don’t ignore the clear messages that it’s time to get serious about Climate Change. It’s real. It’s happening now. It’s clearly & predominantly the result of Human Activity. So only humans have the will & the power to clean it up. & the Tipping Point to reverse Climate Change may have already been passed. If humans don’t want to blow up the planet & make it unlivable for all water drinking, air breathing & food eating critters, they better throw off that Yoke of Ignorants & get some Thanksgiving Enlightenment pronto.

Editors Note:
We, here at Todo Chronicles, hope that everyone had the very best Thanksgiving eVer.
OpalK9 OTJ

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VETERANS DAY

Well things have been as per usual, which is crazy, Goofy busy. Things no more get to normal, whatever that is these hectic days & then kaboom-pow, something out of the ordinary occurs. Like Mymi packing up & going to the Valley of Casinos & Bling for the annual Halloween Holiday festivities.

She reports that a great time was had by all. Going to the Punkin Patch. Riding the Train. Flying through the air on the Bungee Fling Thing. Getting all dressed up in scary costumes to go tricking & treating for sweets & goodies.

Lilly & Max love all the excitement but they don’t get to participate in the goodies. They been on diets…sigh. But I guess these things must be done to maintain good health & longevity. Bc they miss Buddy…RIP, Buddy.

Mymi accomplished some Christmas shopping bc she says that next holiday is right around the corner. We gotta get ready, buying presents & wrapping & sending them off to my far flung family. So Mymi made a few purchases while there in the Valley of Casinos & Bling in order to bypass some of the steps in preparation for Christmas there in the Valley.

So anyway, she returned & picked me up at MySpa & Resort. I like to go there. I like to come home even more bc to prepare me for my return home I always get shampooed & blow dried, fluffed & fancied up. My nails get attention even tho I don’t like my paws messed with much. I learned to trust Groomers at MySpa & Resort. But I always know when I get fluffed up, it’s time to go home.

The next day upon our return, we hadda walkies to the USPO to deliver some mail which contained bill payments. I hadda guide & assist Mymi so she wouldn’t fall on her face again like she did recently. We reported uneven sidewalk to the authorities & they promised to remedy the situation.

While at the USPO we made our donation to get a Red Poppy to honor the Veterans who have served this country in the many wars fought past & present to preserve our freedom & democracy. We always like to honor our Veterans as GrandSire was a proud Veteran. & Veterans provided a nice service for GrandSire’s memorial back there in FLland. We’re sorry that it appears future wars will be fought from within against Big Money & Corporate Interests. We don’t think that’s what GrandSire & his compatriots fought for. See me wearing my Red Poppy?

We did some walkies around the Neighborhood just to make sure everything is good as when we left. We met JanThurs & Daisy Duke Dog at the park. JanThurs is busy with her Choral activities & papers grading bc she like to keep involved in the Educational Community. Daisy Duke & I ran around the park. We rolled in the newly cut grass, which is the best kind of grass to roll in. We drank puddle water which is alway a treat. Daisy n me just had the very best time.

When we were almost home, just around the corner, we met up with Terry & her new dog Gracie. Gracie is a pretty black pup of approximately 4 HY. Gracie is of Mixed But Noble Heritage, being both Dachshund & Cocker Spaniel. Very Noble Heritage. Gracie & Terry are just getting accustomed to each other. & sometimes Terry has some business commitments which must be honored. We might offer to let Gracie hang here . . . just til she gets used to being Home Alone. It’s a knack.

We hope that everyone will honor our Veterans & do the right thing to assist & serve others.
OpalK9 OTJ

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RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS

The weather was wet & windy today. We got some much much needed rain last night. Not enough to fill the dams & reservoirs . . . but some rain nonetheless. Made our sidewalks & streets wet. Watered lawns & gardens. So yay!

We had a special errand to execute this morning. So neither rain nor snow nor dark of sky would slow us from our appointed rounds to deliver certain monetary documents to the USPS so that said documents could be fast fwded to the Valley of Casinos & Bling. See Tootsie Roll & Scooter are participating in a Fun Run to raise funds to support their Academy & Fount of Education; Source of Knowledge. So you see, it was very important that we deliver this post post haste.

So we braved the wet & blustery weather to fare forth to the USPS & on the way we spotted lots & lots of trash blown about on the streets & parkways. This often occurs when Trash Day turns out to be windy. So we picked up lots of trash laying about & placed it in the proper receptacles. Those being the trash containers still on the street post trash trucks rolling through the neighborhood. This will help keep our neighborhood neat & tidy looking. It’s a random & anonymous community service we are happy to perform.

But when we got out onto the main street, which was like a wind tunnel for the winds coming up from the Delta below our Valley, well it was a challenge. We found a wet & soggy plastic sack that had blown into a bush on the street. I pointed this out to Mymi & she picked it up. Promptly stuffing it with trash from the gutter & on the sidewalk. I was carefully sniffing my way to the intersection of Red Light & Green Light when I came upon the dangerous sight of a real thick bottle smashed along the parkway. Luckily it wasn’t on the sidewalk or I mighta stepped on a shard & cut my paw. (No good deed goes unpunished.)

So we picked up as much as we could & placed the heavy shards of glass in our recently collected plastic bag. But we hadda get it to a proper receptacle pronto bc it was hazmat & dangerous. Our only option was the waste slots at the USPS, where we were headed at any rate. We sealed our bag best we could.

Then we hadda negotiate across the big streets at the intx of Red Light & Green Light & go to our destination sans leash bc Mymi forgot it. Well I’m OK with that. I can behave & cross the streets carefully, with the proper lighting & signalling. But the USPS frowns upon K9s entering the building sans leash. Mymi took me to a quiet corner under the overhang & told me to Down & Stay, which I did superbly. I watched & waited & she was only gone briefly so it’s all good. See. That’s me there, holding the bag so nothing further happens to it.

Upon return & arrival at our Domain, we discovered that it’s World Kindness Day, No matter where you are, this is the day to change the world with one simple act of kindness. We kinda like to think we practiced Random (& Anonymous) Acts of Kindness today, picking up trash & properly placing it so our neighborhood would look clean & well kept & so neighbors leading busy lives won’t hafta stop & pick up remnants of a windy & blustery Trash Day. What Random Act of Kindness did you perform to honor World Kindness Day? http://www.randomactsofkindness.org/
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THE RIGHT THING TO DO

Well things have been as per usual, which is crazy, Goofy busy. Things no more get to normal, whatever that is these hectic days & then kaboom-pow, something out of the ordinary occurs. Like Mymi packing up & going to the Valley of Casinos & Bling for the annual Halloween Holiday festivities. & me going off to MySpa & Resort.

She reports that a great time was had by all. Going to the Punkin Patch. Riding the Train. Flying through the air on the Bungee Fling Thing. Carving punkins. Getting all dressed up in scary costumes to go tricking & treating for sweets & goodies.

Lilly & Max love all the excitement but they don’t get to participate in the goodies anymore. They been on diets…sigh. But I guess these things must be done to maintain good health & longevity. Bc they miss Buddy…RIP, Buddy.

Mymi accomplished some Christmas shopping bc she says that next holiday is right around the corner. We gotta get ready, buying presents & wrapping & sending them off to my far flung family. So Mymi made a few purchases while there in the Valley of Casinos & Bling in order to bypass some of the steps in preparation for Christmas there in the Valley.

So anyway, she returned & picked me up at MySpa & Resort. I like to go there. I like to come home even more bc to prepare me for my return home I always get shampooed & blow dried, fluffed & fancied up. My nails get attention even tho I don’t like my paws messed with much. I learned to trust Groomers at MySpa & Resort. But I always know when I get fluffed up, it’s time to go home.

The next day upon our return, we hadda walkies to the USPO to deliver some mail which contained bill payments. I hadda guide & assist Mymi so she wouldn’t fall on her face again like she did recently. We reported uneven sidewalk to the authorities & they promised to remedy the situation.

While at the USPO we made our donation to get a Red Poppy to honor the Veterans who have served this country in the many wars fought past & present to preserve our freedom & democracy. We always like to honor our Veterans as GrandSire was a proud Veteran. & Veterans provided a nice service for GrandSire’s memorial back there in FLland. We’re sorry that it appears future wars will be fought from within against Big Money & Corporate Interests. We don’t think that’s what GrandSire & his compatriots fought for.

We did some walkies around the Neighborhood just to make sure everything is good as when we left. We met JanThurs & Daisy Duke Dog at the park. JanThurs is busy with her Choral activities & papers grading bc she like to keep involved in the Educational Community. Daisy Duke & I ran around the park. We rolled in the newly cut grass, which is the best kind of grass to roll in. We drank puddle water which is alway a treat. Daisy n me just had the very best time.

When we were almost home, just around the corner, we met up with Terry & her new dog Gracie. Gracie is a pretty black pup of approximately 4 HY. Gracie is of Mixed But Noble Heritage, being both Dachshund & Cocker Spaniel. Very Noble Heritage. Gracie & Terry are just getting accustomed to each other. & sometimes Terry has some business commitments which must be honored. We might offer to let Gracie hang here . . . just til she gets used to being Home Alone. It’s a knack.

See. That’s me wearing my new Red Poppy below. We hope that everyone will honor our Veterans & support them with a contribution to the Gents giving out those pretty Red Poppies. It’s the right thing to do.
OpalK9 OTJ

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