On our walkies today we encountered lots & lots of activity. Preparation for the coming winter months, I’m assured. Workmen were trimming big trees with limbs & branches fallen down in the street & blocking the sidewalk. We hadda walk on the other side.

There was lotsa grass cutters & leaf blowers; painters & nail hammerers. There have been big machines & heavy equipment digging up our sidewalks & gutters, blocking access to my fave source of water. There’s even a tree trimmin’ buzz sawing right across the street from our Domain. It’s pretty noisy. But preparations must be made, so I’m told for the winter that’s surely coming.

Winter’s gotta come bc we need water so desperately . . . to drink; to water the crops; to just live. & while humans haven’t been the very best stewards of our water resource or any other resource for that matter, it’s just gotta rain & give us water again bc humans are praying & that should make it all better. They suddenly see the benefits of carin’ for the creation on which we all live, for the moment. At least until they can figure out how to get offa here & survive somewhere else. Not sure what they are planning for Man’s Best Friend in that arena.

Near the end of our walkies, we did meet up with Terry, Clarabelle’s Mum. Clarabelle passed on to PlanetPluto in Springtime. Terry & Chuck really miss Clarabelle. Terry was most happy to see me & to report that they are seeking to adopt another K9 like Clarabelle. A Border Collie of Noble & Distinct Heritage whose present adoptive folks cannot provide proper care due to illness in the human family. This particular Border Collie presently resides in SoCA. If this arrangement cannot be completed, Terry says they will seek out My AuntieKim to find the very best dog suited to their situation & needs, likes & dislikes.

So anyway Mymi & Terry chatted about this & that. About what a good dog I am. How friendly I am & how good I am at doing my job. I listened intently to that conversation from the periphery bc there was still plenty to explore, sniff out & investigate in the immediate area.

Terry warned me against the perils of Kitty Rocca but I must respectfully disagree. & altho humans know dogs prefer Kitty Roca to Puppy Roca, she felt the need to warn me for my own good. Mymi just yells & speaks sharply when I make a good find. Says my breath stinks. One being’s garbage is another’s steak.

Eventually they got off onto other subjects that weren’t the least bit interesting to me so I wandered a bit further. Discovered more delightful Kitty Roca & almost ate my fill. & then the workmen came to dismantle the equipment in front of Terry’s domain. They are repairing the sidewalk to reduce the possibility of human error, the tendency to trip & fall & injure themselves.

Then it was time to move on down the street to our domain. But Terry wanted me to TXT MSG CLARABELLE. Inform Clarabelle that she is missed greatly. That the time to adopt another dog & provide a good home has come but that you, Clarabelle, will always have a place in their hearts. They are good people, Clarabelle & I know this is true.

We’ll Snapchat soon Clarabelle so I can keep you updated as to the status of your humans & our neighborhood. Gotta run bc the workmen are tearing up our sidewalk & my supervisory skills are needed at the moment. Why can’t humans just look where they are going?! OpalK9 OTJ

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Sheew Doggies. Holy Cats. It’s been crazy, upside-down, fur-on-fire, runnin’ around in circles chasing my stumpy little tail, busy around here. & I hadda stand guard & be vigilant whilst guiding & assisting Mymi. But I keep doin’ my best.

On Thursday last, workmen showed up at our front door to install brand new & improved windows in our domain. They are real pretty. They keep the hot sun’s ultraviolet rays out much better. Keep the floor cool on my tummy. My AC. It took the workmen all day long to complete the task. So we hadda busy ourselves pretty much that whole time.

1st we Walkiesed to the USPO to deliver an envelop containing good wishes to #1Son & Peach on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of their Uniting Ceremony. I wasn’t around here then. It took place in the Valley of Casinos & Bling so I wouldn’t have been witness to the happy event anyway. Upon our return trip, we had some extra time, so we picked up litter & trash & other things that don’t belong on the streets of our neighborhood. The workmen got all the windows installed in place just as the sun was setting but they don’t do alarm systems.

So then we hadda arrange for the alarm & security people to come out & reconnect our security system. They 1st predicted that they could be out at the end of the HM of Halloween. That was just too long without electronic security to suit me n Mymi. So we hadda get very firm with them on the phone.

The Security Technician arrived yesterday afternoon. She was surprised at how complex the task was as the Company failed to properly assess the situation & did not supply our Technician with the proper information.

Workmen don’t do cleanup, necessarily, either. So we hadda put things away & straighten things up that got pushed aside so workmen could pop out old windows & replace with new. That included my crate & all my things that surround MyPlace & make it homie. They didn’t replace the blinds that were removed from the windows. Now we gotta decide what to do with those old blinds . . . return them to where they were or replace with new ones. Or just toss them . . . into the recycle bin for sure.

& we gotta figure out how to take care of the trimming that was placed around the windows on the outside of our domain. Good thing they are behind the fence.

So that’s why I been extra vigilant with regard to my responsibilities, guarding our Home & Domain. It was just plain uncomfortable at Walkies Times knowing there was no alarm & security system to set & no me there to be watchful on alert. Awesome responsibilities. I am ever up to the challenge.

So that’s my Domino Theory. You start 1 little thing & 100 more fall into place that need to get done before you can call the job complete.

OpalK9 OTJ

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Big surprise this AM. It rained. It was quite lovely & refreshing. The air smells nice & clean. & gutters & puddles are filled with nice cool, clean rainwater. My Fave!

Rain makes for Excellent Walkies. So we Walkies’ed over to GrandSire’s former place of residence, The Pond. Excellent Walkies. We like to contribute our monthly Nat Geo to the GrandSire Memorial Nat Geo Library. The residents there like to read the Nat Geo. We also contributed greeting cards & calendars made of paper b/c the Greatest Generation still uses Snail Mail to send their sentiments to BFFs, friends & family.

Upon departing The Pond, we followed our old route to the middle school/park. It’s always a joy to roll in the grass there. I, personally, however, could not detect much change in the condition of the soil that had just been rained upon. As dry as the prairie grass we passed thru on our Road Trip Westward to CA when we brought GrandSire out here from FLland, Land of Swamps & Gators. Where if it ain’t rainin’ it’s about to rain. At least it usedta be that way, tho my BFF Annie tells me it’s different now. But that’s another issue for another day. Quite a climate change from that which GrandSire was accustomed to.

Much as we enjoyed our Walkies today in the residual sprinkles of the rainstorm that passed thru My Valley, we, here at Todo Chronicles, don’t think it’s time to blow off the the Voices of the People here in the US & around AnimalPlanet.com, participants in the People’s Climate March. People & citizens, & dogs too, asking Officials & Decision Makers & others in High Places to Sit Up & Take Notice. Climate Change is not just a figment of over-active imaginations of Fuzzy Headed Treehuggers & other Liberals. It’s real. & it’s causing severe drought in My State, the Great State of CA. Drought so big & severe the rain we got today is only a drop in the bucket of dry lakes & reservoirs which are the water supply for My State, the Gr8 St8 of CA. That’s not to mention the need to replace groundwater supply which is also receding, but it’s under ground so no one can see it or estimate how much groundwater needs to be replaced.

We, here at Todo Chronicles, can only hope the rain helped extinguish the huge & horrible fire ravishing the foothills & valleys, villages & habitats so near us. Fires are made more intense in severe drought b/c drought creates more dry fuel for fires to gobble up.

We, here at Todo Chronicles, think it’s time for Leaders on AnimalPlanet.com to take the lead on climate change. If the US wants to retain a position of Leadership in this most serious & important matter on AnimalPlanet.com, it’s time to quit dithering around, questioning the science & asking stupid questions like why wasn’t Global Wobble included in the modeling of Climate Change? B/c Global Wobble happens over a period of 10s of Ks of years & not in the course of the 100 years of Climate Change modeling presently used. Global Wobble has no statistical relevance to Climate Change Modeling as we know it. Even Just a Dog could figure that out.

So, c’mon, US Leaders. Get off it & get going. We can do this if we want to. We can do better. We have done better. Go Big or Go Home cause we can’t afford to remain on the sidelines in the State of Denial any longer.
OpalK9 OTJ

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Today, marking the end of Summer & the very 1st day of Fall & all, we decided to do what thousands of citizens, humans & K9 alike, did & join the People’s Climate March. We decided to take a long march in our neighborhood to see how our neighbors are taking responsibility to #ActOnClimate Change.

We are delighted to see lots of homes with solar panels on the roof. There’s prolly a lot more we couldn’t see b/c they are on the back of the domain, just like ours. Lotsa people driving electric vehicles these days which is good. Lotsa bike riders & people taking our very own commuter rail system for trips other than to work. That’s good.

NoCA is doing real good on reduction of water usage during the major & historic drought our state is experiencing. B/c we gotta save water to fight the increasing & increasingly intense wild fires burning outta control in our state. These fires are increasing in number & intensity each HY due to hotter & dryer weather conditions caused by Climate Change caused by climate denialism creating lack of cooperation in reducing global carbon emissions.

Some people evidently didn’t get the memo about reducing water consumption tho b/c we saw a gentleman washing his vehicles with a hose that didn’t have a shut-offable nozzle on it & he was letting water flow down the driveway into the gutter & into the drain. I, myself, tried my very best, to reduce the damage by drinking as much gutter water as I could, gutter water being some of my most fave of drinks. But the flow was such that my efforts were hopeless. The gentleman prolly thinks he’s entitled to use as much resource as he can pay for. . . like it isn’t a system or something. Bad attitude.

But most seem willing to do their part & we are happy to see it & report on it.

Coincidentally, this date was the day of the biggest People’s Climate March in history. What, you may ask, is the People’s Climate March. Well, let we here at Todo Chronicles, tell you what the People’s Climate March is. It’s the global demonstration demanding attention for climate change spanning 162 countries. & we decided to help out by tweeting, FBing & writing about this event of historic proportions.

An estimated 400K people & K9s turned out in NYC, the Big Apple, alone for this historic event which also coincidentally takes place on the Eve of the U.N. Summit on Global Climate Change. & there were marchers marching all around the nation. & right here in my state, the Gr8 St8 of CA. Right here in MyValley, on the capitol steps. Isn’t that awesome! If you don’t believe me, just look at some of the pictures & stories of this great & historic event on the links below.

It’s so gladifying to be alive in the Age of Awareness. Now if we could just translate Awareness into Action. #ActOnClimate.

OpalK9 OTJ

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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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