I tell you, it’s getting harder & harder for us K9s to do our primary job. Guide & assist our humans. Bc it’s getting harder & harder to sniff out & detect Normal.

For about 10 HYs now I been reporting on a Dog’s Duties & Responsibilities. & I been depending upon Normal as it moves along. Normal – like predictable. You can count on certain things happening. Like most of the time, here in MyValley, it’s nice & dry, sunny, warmish to warm or HOT. But a dog could count on these conditions occurring in a predictable order.
BUT, now with climate change affecting our weather patterns (scientists don’t have to convince us dogs climate change is real. We know. We agree. & things need to be done to slow down the change so bad things don’t continue to happen at faster & faster pace. Like floods & tornadoes & hurricanes & drought.). Sometimes here lately, I thought we were gonna get blown back to KS, where it all started.
NOW, it’s been raining so much & so long here in MyValley, it’s more & more difficult to motivate our humans to take us out for regular Walkies so we can sniff & investigate wherever we walk, cuz our path isn’t always the same every day & we needa keep up with events in our Neighborhoods. & our most important Tool in our Toolbox to do our job is sniffing out clues as to who’s been where & what’s happenin’.
Believe me, us dogs know what usually occurs from late spring to well into winter HMs, usually. But with the Newest New Normal, who knows, who can predict what will happen next HW or next HM much less next HY. Now we got flowers bloomin’, like roses & camellias & daffodils & it isn’t even official springtime. You know, April showers bring May flowers & all that.
Ever since I can remember, me n Mymi, we been taking our regular Walkies. Around our community. Along the River. Around GrandSire’s community when we were there. In the open wetlands with my BFF, Wink & My AuntieKris. But lately, what with the rains & wind & all, I’m having a heckova time motivating Mymi to even get up from her mat or to get dressed in human body covers or to exit our Domain for those all important Walkies. All important for our exercise & for our keeping track of circumstances in our Neighborhood.
But us dogs aren’t going to lose hope for the future just cuz changes are coming rapidly & we seem to have lost any hope of gaining the K9 Franchise anytime soon. Why our new Dear Leader doesn’t even have a dog. Of course, what kind of Self-Respecting Offspring of Great Todo would want to live in a gold embossed tower on a very high floor where you can’t even catch a whiff of what’s happening down below on the streets, where it’s at?
Not really complaining, you understand. Even us dogs know rain is much needed & most valuable for continuation of life, as we know it, here in MyValley. But please, could humans just please, send us dogs, your K9 Companions & BFFs, send us a signal when things start to settle down to the Newest New Normal.
palK9 OTJ
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Just wanting to wish all my BFFs a very Happy New Year & special wishes for the upcoming HY.
As alla you know, I’m a very conscientious & prepared K9 & Editor in Chief, publisher, journalist  & all around gopher for the Todo Chronicles,’s 1st & only publication for K9 Nation. & I was fully prepared to extend my good wishes for Christmas & the New HY well ahead of those big holidays, BUT Mymi took off for the Valley & Casinos & Bling with MY laptop. So there I was. With the best of intentions & no laptop to extend them upon.
Be that as it may, I’m gonna squeak 1 last blog post in & wish everyone the above. We, here at Todo Chronicles, hope that next HY is at least as good as the HY. See you all in the next HY. Keep up the good work.
palK9 OTJ
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Today marks the #3 HY on the calendar on which GrandSire moved on to his Greater Reward. We, here at Todo Chronicles & in My Family, we’re sad. We miss him. He was always quiet & reserved. He didn’t understand bigotry & hatred. He was willing to give everyone a little understanding & a helping hand. He & GrandDam supported many, many underprivileged children in poor, war-torn, 3rd World Countries over many many HY. He considered his options carefully. He was never mean-spirited or ugly to another human or critter. He didn’t understand lying, cheating or stealing to get what he wanted. He got what he got the hard way. He worked hard. Saved some. Studied his profession. He didn’t get the memo that said that underhandedness & lack of honesty & integrity are OK as long as you make money. He never thought the only standard for success was how much money you acquired, by hook or by crook. He was a Good Egg & the Last of the Grand Old Gentlemen.

So, My Family is sad today, missing GrandSire & all. But we all know he’s in a better place. We know, also, that he wouldn’t have understood the present situation, here in the country that he loved & revered & fought for in 2 wars. He wouldn’t know how to assimilate the circumstances that brought a blow-hard, windbag, Con-Man to put PT Barnum to shame could possibly be elected to the highest office in the land. To the Leader of the Free World. He would be so very sad. Being as how he didn’t cotton to unethical bidness practices. He really todolly believed that everything should be on the Up & Up.
GrandSire moved here, to my state, the Great State of CA just before the election of Pres. Barko Bama. He came here as a member of the Red Party. A dues paying, card carrying member. But he allowed as how, when Mr. Bama won election #1, that the Best Man won. Subsequently he watched, sometimes horrified &/or embarrassed at the Red Party’s antics. Prior to the next election he renounced his membership in the Red Party & became a card-carrying, dues paying Blue Party member. Thereafter he was on board with the Blue Party & supported the candidate in the next election. Even contributed his laptop so the campaign would have enough equipment to get the job done.
We, my family, are sad today but we know he’s in a better place. Moved On back to his place of rest with GrandDam. I guess we will have to take a page or 2 from GrandSire’s book. We’ll have to move on & do what we can to ensure that this turn of events doesn’t todolly ruin GrandSire’s beloved country. The one he fought for. The one many of his generation & those coming after died for.
Us Dogs in K9 Nation will have to settle for no franchise for a while. Which doesn’t mean we’ll forget about it. We will just put it on hold & keep lobbying. Seems to work in all other aspects of social & political life. & humans concerned about issues affecting their society & species, will have to learn to work quietly to accomplish their objectives. So when sea levels rise & flood major human investment, when water becomes undrinkable, when the air chokes the life out of a few, they’ll just have to Move On, wait for another day to capitalize on their concerns & try not to devolve into repeating the old standby . . . We told you so.
Myself, personally, & professionally, I think that’s what GrandSire would do. & I believe we will effect the best results if we all remember GrandSire & Move On.
palK9 OTJ
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