In my family there are several Meaningful Maydays. For instance:
*:) happy Little BabyMak was whelped on the very 1st day of this month, 3 HY ago.
*O:-) angel GrannyJenny was whelped on the 2nd day of May. She’s BabyMak’s GreatGrandDam
*>:D< big hug I, myself, was whelped on the 4th day of this very HM. I have thus far achieved 11 HY which makes me quite Senior in K9Y
*:)) laughing My UncaT was whelped on the day following. He's BabyMak's Grand Sire. He's pretty senior in HY. *;) winking
*:-h wave Of course there's Memorial Day at the very end of this HM. That's where our country stops to give thanks to all the Veterans living & passed who served our country so courageously. Like GrandSire & all our Black Hawks BFFs.

But the very most special day of this HM is the special day just past, Mothers Day, the special day set aside in the busy fast paced lives of our citizenry to honor & thank the Dams, GrandDams, Aunties, Female Litter Mates (humans call sisters & sistahs) & those other caregivers that make our lives easier. We, here at Todo Chronicles, hope all the Mothers, Mother Figures & Caregivers had a very fine & happy Mothers Day, full of fun, family & friends.
People often ask me, OpalK9 (they address me not as founder, editor, reporter & publisher of Todo Chronicles but as a regular Bitch) OpalK9, are you Pro-Choice? So I must respond from personal experience.

My earliest memories are as a Litter Machine in a Puppy Mill. I do not recall off-paw how many litters or pups I actually produced in my 1st career. I never got to know the Studs. It was just like . . . Wham. Bam. Thank you Dam. I never got time to properly name & nurture my pups before the were ripped from me. Those pups that were created for human experimentation, convenience & profit. If it were my choice, I would have given them proper O-names. Olivia, Oliver. Onnix. Othello. Ophelia. Oscar. No. Wait. Oscar. Are you that Blue Dog that lives in a garbage can? Nice disguise Dude. Olga. Octavia. Om. Orlando.

If it were my choice I would have spaced my litters so I could properly care for & nurture each pup. If it were my choice, I woulda known you can't just mix & match breeds of disparate heritages to create the perfect dog for human purposes. Every dog knows oil & water don't mix . . . they just . . . Frack. I guess it's OK for humans to toss experiments gone awry into the trash. But it's NOT OK with us dogs & I don't know what became of my beloved AussieDoodles.

But then somewhere in my 2nd HY I got rescued by my AuntieKim. Fostered by my Mama & Papa. & they facilitated me n' Mymi adopting each other. So there's another Class of Nurturers & Caregivers that should be thanked & appreciated on Mothers Day, Rescuers of Lost, Abused & Abandoned Animals.

But, in answer to the question, I am definitely & 100% Pro-Choice. Pro. My Choice. We, here at Todo Chronicles, believe we can speak for K9 Nation on this issue. We are opposed to humans playing Great Todo, deciding a dog's fate for us. We Sit & Stay squarely in the Pro-Choice corner. Pro- Our Choice.
OpalK9 OTJ

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*:) Extended Political Campaigns: Is it just us, here at Todo Chronicles, or did we just barely get over 1 election season & another is starting up already. Time really does fly. Here we, here at Todo Chronicles thought Presidential elections were every 4 years. Already there’s something like 20 candidates declared for President in HY2016!

That just extends the season for candidates & parties, special interests & normally disinterested voters to sling bad words & mud around. To point fingers & lay blame for past disasters & failures. Call each other bad names. Imply that masses of voters are ignorant of bad behavior of the Political Establishment & other Oligarchs. It just all gets so ugly so quickly. & it goes on & on.

The good news about long election cycles is that it creates jobs for Oppo Researchers, Muck Rakers, Media Analysts & TV sponsors. I wonder when those $Bs are going to trickle down to the local communities.

*:| Potential Voter Suppression: We here at Todo Chronicles, have been advocating for HYs & HYs now for the K9 Vote. Us K9s are as alert & aware of our surroundings & what’s goin’ on in high places that affect our daily lives as many apathetic voters & irresponsible citizens who don’t even bother to vote & have a say. But we, here at Todo Chronicles, doubt that the Franchise will be extended our directions in our lifetime. Oh yah! We know Bo Bama did what he could to advocate in the White House for K9 Franchise but, face it Bo. Cards are stacked against us now & in the foreseeable future.

Humans believe they are the Top of the Food Chain. Highest Form of Intelligence & should therefore, run & they believe the most efficient, equal & effective to run said planet is like a bidness. They retain all the control & decide for all other critters. Well, IOHO, they aren’t doing a very good job of running things. Perhaps it’s time to rebel & revolt. Express our anger & frustration at not having a say in things. Choices & options . . . token & hollow words.

B-( Climate Deniers: It is so difficult for we, here at Todo Chronicles, to admit this, but my State, the Great State of CA has denied the reality of drought for so long we almost won the Race to the Bottom. Bottom of the well that is. Elected Officials, H20 Officials & Mainstream Media have been watching the state go dry, making merry predictions of rain, doing the Rain Dance & all the while denying that the State is drying up. Claiming that H20 conservation would hurt the state’s economic recovery. Well the state going dry ain’t gonna help the economic recovery 1 little bit.

In addition to the dams & reservoirs, creeks & streams going dry, we have a snow pack somewhere around 10% of normal. A hot dry summer should take care of that. Did you know that there are communities in the Big Valley where the wells are dry. People are leaving their homes bc there is no water to be had. I wonder if they are migrating back to OK. A Reverse Dust Bowl.

Science & common sense were ignored. I mean how could humans convince themselves to that it’s OK to keep on keepin’ on when rainless years were becoming drought cycles. The drought cycles coming at a faster pace. That it’s OK to keep drawing down the ground water. What did they think would replace that water if it ain’t gonna rain no more? & why is it OK to keep expanding & growing when water supply is drying up? Not to mention FRACKING! Pumping fresh water full of chemicals to force it down into the earth in order to extract OIL? I mean which is more important to sustaining life? Oil or Water.

I know those seem like really dumb questions. But it just goes to illustrate. Maybe humans aren’t Top of the Food Chain. & maybe the time for the K9 vote has come. It really todolly Peeves Us Off, here at Todo Chronicles, that we have to keep hounding & barking on these issues.
OpalK9 OTJ

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Yesterday being yet another warming & relentlessly sunny day, me n Mymi couldn’t decide whether to Walkies over to the Pond to deliver our most recent Nat Geo to the GrandSire Memorial Nat Geo Library there at the Pond or Walkies to the store to purchase peanut butter, a staple flavor in our domain. We opted for the Pond.
We waved as we passed by our friends Paul & MaggsKay9 at the park. We usually see them at the small park in the opposite direction. But I guess we all need a change of pace.

We arrived at the Pond & exchanged pleasantries with the young lady at the front desk that used to be manned by Bonnie. She made prizes for the parties at the Pond but she retired. GrandSire won a glass Santa filled with marshmallows.

We also exchanged pleasantries with the Diva of the Pond. A very dramatic appearing lady who uses a rolling chair to motate. She remembered GrandSire fondly. She knows me & remembered my name is a gem, which I would have to agree with her. She doesn’t let the rolling chair stop her from looking lovely & stylish . . . for a human of a certain age.

Then we proceeded on our way to the Big Community Park & Middle School where we always Walkies. Often we meetup with JanThurs & Daisy Duke Dog. Yesterday, however, they were not present.

But we made new friends. Cecil & AJ were visiting from another neighborhood, not our immediate neighborhood. Cecil B. Pooch is of Noble Character & Breeding being a Jack Beagle, that is a Jack Russell Terrier & Beagle. Cecil loves to run & chase a ball almost a large as he is. The ball has holes so he can sink teeth into the situation & carry it to a far corner of the park & then go about his exploration. Until he tires of that & retrieves the ball & carries it back to AJ for another toss.

Cecil n me, we said our howdy-dos & went about our bidness. I like to sniff out & investigate recent park visitors. I like to roll in the shady thick grass under trees. I like to run & chase butterflies, should any be out there. Cecil just likes to run & run.

Mymi & AJ struck up a lengthy conversation discussing the wonders of K9s. & why wouldn’t they considering their companions of the day? AJ related to Mymi a story about an Informal Dog Park in their neighborhood. I mean, there are Dog Parks in the area. Me n Mymi used to go to one but it was a long ways away & we hadda get in the car to get there. I really loved the H20 feature but they hadda do away with it. Not bc of drought bc that was a long time ago in the Pre-Drought Era. Word was it became poison for dogs to swim in & drink bc it was reclaimed water & it became toxic with poisons spread about to control pests of many natures.

So anyway, at this Informal Dog Park, there is an Unofficial Mayor. He doesn’t allow the Unofficiousness of his office stand in the way of patrolling the park. If he spies any human allowing Poop to go unattend & cleaned up, he promptly reminds the human companion of his/her responsibilities. Patrons of the park also contribute plastic grocery bags, which are going out of style in CA, but as I previously observed, they do have their re-uses. Patrons also contribute shovels to re-cover holes any enterprising dog may dig to uncover treasure like, for instance, bones. AJ relates that it’s just the neighborly & right thing to do. We couldn’t agree more.

Upon departure, AJ declared, Good-bye My Beautiful Sistahs. Have a blessed day. What a beautiful morning encounter.
OpalK9 OTJ

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I just had the todolly most awesomely funnest day eVer! In a long time.

Gotta admit. At 1st I was somewhat skeptical when Mymi said . . . Jump in the car OpalK9. We’re going for a ride.

BC usually We’re going for a ride is code for you’re going to your Spa & Resort. Not that I have anything against MySpa & Resort. They’re good peeps & they know how to treat a Senior Dog right. But it ain’t Home.

So yeah! I was skeptical. But I did finally got into the car & off we went to a big, big park a short ride from our Domain. In this instance it’s known as a Habitat Restoration Area, whatever that means. I’m guessing it means that it’s Big. Room enough for all critters that go there to run around & sniff & enjoy the Great Outdoors.

At the Habitat Restoration Area, we met Mymi’s friend, 211Kristen. She’s Wink’s mama. Wink is a Princely Poodle of Noble & Standard stature & heritage. White color & markings. Wink is all Poodle. He loves the Great Outdoors.

Did you know Poodles were originally bred as duck retrievers & those goofy poofy bouffant coat stylings are actually helpful to Poodles when doing what they’re bred to do. Wink, however, was not coiffed in such a manner.

Wink loves to run so Me n Wink, we took off for the stream that runs thru the wetlands for miles & miles. Mymi & 211Kristen just walked & talked along the pathways. But Me & Wink we had ourselves a great time running & chasing. There were ducks & squirrels, rabbits & other birds. White birds with long thin necks. & gray 1s too. Critters I couldn’t identify as I’ve been outta the loop for a time.

There remains some water in the creek so, of course, I hadda make use of the mud bath. Get right down in it. Roll around. Get the scent & ambiance of the locale so I could remember it fondly.

Wink showed me lots of good stuff. Wink is a good deal bigger than me so he could out run me sometimes. But I showed him a thing or 2 when I did a Jump & Run & spied a rabbit while Wink was down on the stream bed just chasing around trying to find another critter to play with.

We had a Blast. Wink is a todolly Cool & Stand Up sorta fellow. Mymi n 211Kristen agreed to meetup again real soon. I hope so. It was so Fun. Funnest Day eVer in a long time.
OpalK9 OTJ

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Dear Gov. Moonbeam;
S’cuse me for bothering you again, but we, here at Todo Chronicles, todolly didn’t know about the situation discussed in the link below when we contacted you last HW regarding budgets & the current Droughtful Situation our state, the Great State of CA is suffering.

How. Could. You? Gov. Moonbeam. Permit Sweet Heart Deals such as that described in the link below to continue at the expense of the rest of this state which you are supposed to be Stewarding through an Unanticipated & Impending Total Disaster.

We all gotta do our part. Selling zillions of gallons of H20 to large corporations for next to $0 & then said corporation selling it back to us for large profit is just . . . UNACCEPTABLE. & selling fresh water to Big Oil so that they can pump if full of toxics & push it into the ground to extract dirty oil is just . . . CRAZY.

Meanwhile, We, the Expendable Citizens, gotta live on buckets/day. Not water lawns. Etc. I mean pretty soon humans will need Us dogs to lick them clean bc there’s no water to shower.

We, here at Todo Chronicles, would encourage you to re-examine the Great State of CA’s budget priorities. Reassess the budget situation in light of the fact that we’ll be outta water in another year. There’s no time to build your stupid tunnels even if they were good ideas. Why don’tcha figure out how to build a water pipeline east to west bc My UncaT & AuntieTeach are overburdened with snow back there in the East. They got Snow Farms filled to capacity with snow. & when it melts it’s all gonna go into the oceans causing them to rise faster. Water pipes would be a Hellova lot safer & cleaner than KXLs & bomb trains running thru our cities.

Come on, Mr. Gov. Put your Thinking Cap on. You don’t even deserve to be called Gov. Moonbeam anymore.

OpalK9 OTJ for

Yr Disgruntled K9 Constituents

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Dear Gov. Moonbeam:

As you know I am usually a big Fan & Supporter of My State, The Great State of CA. IMHO good ideas start in CA & drift eastward. Happens alla the time. But I dunno. This droughtful situation we are experiencing presently, well the Great State of CA was pretty slow in grasping the Concept of Water Conservation.

So I gotta tell you, it just Blows My Mind that the State is just now addressing this droughtful situation by directing a large amount of funding for Flood Control. Dear Gov. Moonbeam, it hasn’t rained in any appreciable amounts, amounts sufficient to fill our dams & reservoirs in 4 years!. Same dams & reservoirs are down, way down below 50% capacity. & + the Ground Water situation is equally as dire. Not to mention, Snow Pack is gone, baby, gone. That’s where 1/3 of our H20 comes from. What’s to flood?

We got driy lake beds. We got parched river & stream beds. We got fallow crop fields. Why oh why are we considering flood control. I mean I understand that funding may already have been allocated for flood control. But come on, Gov. Times change. Weather patterns change. Resources dry up. We gotta get lighter on our feet. Keep up with the times. & admit Global Climate Change is real & it’s drying up CA, not to mention, & to a slightly lesser extent, the West. Face it Gov. Global Climate Change requires a rethinking of funding & resource allocation. Conservation & adjustment.

I know. I know. I’m Just A Dog. But us K9s & other critters need water to live just like human. So we, here at Todo Chronicles, think we’re entitled to some say in the situation. Of course, we believe we K9s are good citizens & know as much of what’s going on as many, or maybe most, humans, who tend toward willful ignorance in situations that are outside their comfort zone. But that’s an issue for another day. Just sayin’.

Some of Us in the Critterverse suspect that this might be a ploy to get the Tunnels started. & we definitely oppose the Tunnels. #StopTheTunnels. #SaveThe Delta. Plans & data for the Tunnels Under the Delta are based on obsolete data assuming weather patterns will remain the same as the last 100 HY, which is a pretty short span in Geologic Time to base your plans on. Even us Dogs understand that. So we don’t necessarily need flood control anymore even if the Tunnels were well advised. But they are not.

Why don’tcha redirect that money toward H20 Conservation. Like cover irrigation canals. Like drip irrigation on drought tolerant landscaping. Low water use plumbing in residential & commercial construction. Retrofit every existing structure with low water use plumbing. Like appropriate H20 conserving irrigation for our crops & orchards. Like restricting Urban Sprawl. It’s not that hard. We gotta catch up & jump into the 21st Century. & + alla this will create jobs, especially for people who lost a job due to the drought. It ain’t that hard to figure out!

Come on Gov. Moonbeam. CA is always at the forefront of innovation. Sometimes bc we hadda be or bc Left Coast Liberalism opens up minds to innovation. We gotta take this bull by the horns. Just get out ahead of this Droughtful Situation before it becomes a reverse Dust Bowl. & guess what . . . there’s nowhere to migrate to anymore.

Just sayin’.

OpalK9 OTJ

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In MyNeighborhood it is just considered Good Form & Polite to properly dispose of waste, trash & litter. There are trash cans & Proper Containers located in parks for just such purposes.

We went for Walkies the other day to the Little Park nearest our Domain. We met up with a Granny. She was playing Swings with her little GrandPups. Male & Female. They were having fun. Granny pushed them on the Swings. They jumped off & ran around the Play Area. They giggled & laughed as only human young can do.

We said Hello & a Pleasant Good Day to Granny. She replied likewise. At which point, Granny asked politely, Do you have any extra plastic bags?

This caused some extended conversation at whereupon Granny explained that there was some unpleasant human waste left on the picnic bench & table.

We immediately offered a couple of plastic bags we carry around for such purposes, usually K9 Poop. But often we pick up litter & other waste people accidently (I’m sure) leave behind. Granny was particularly upset that anyone could be so rude & thoughtless as to leave Barf & an Unauthorized Beverage Container in the Park for someone else to clean up so that others could use the picnic bench on that lovely & relentlessly sunny CA day.

Being Litterary Activists, we completely understood Granny’s objections offered our Plastic Bags. Granny was pretty brave & thorough to even attempt to rectify such an ugly & disgusting mess. But Granny was diligent & got some of that disgusting mess up offa the bench. She placed the bags & the Unauthorized Beverage Container in the Proper Waste Container provided by Park Management. We certainly hope this unfortunate incident does not recur. However, the Good News is we have uncovered a beneficial use for Plastic Bags, other than Poop Bags.

We encourage our BFFs to place any unneeded Plastic Bags in Park Management Containers provided for extra Plastic Bags for Bagless Park Visitor’s & Friends. It’s considered Good Form & Polite & is 1 good use for Plastic Bags.

Tomorrow & for a few days thereafter, I’m gonna hafta be on my Very Best Behavior. My AuntieJudy is coming for My Walkies so that Mymi can go off & get the Cat Track removed from the Other Eye. As she is slightly incapacitated & Outta Sorts thereafter, I better be on my Very Best Behavior. OpalK9 OTJ

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