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It’s been a while. A long while. But we went to the movin’ pitcher show the other day. Well it’s been so hot, ya gotta find things to do indoors. I mean it’s HOT. Like over 106 degrees here in my BackYard this PM. Why shoot. It’s been so hot I hadda get a new do for the summer. Does this short do make my butt look fat? Mymi says I look 8 HY younger. Is she just being nice?
Whatever! Back to Meagan Leavy. Which the movie really ought to have been called Rex the War Dog, cuz Rex was the true hero of the show. See Rex kinda saved Meagan Leavy & a whole buncha military personnel over there in Iraq.
Meagan Leavy was sort of a drop out dead end kid when she decided to join the Marines. She was kind of a loner & had trouble finding her niche there in the Marines. Then she got sent to clean the kennels of the War Dogs in training. There she encountered Rex, who was something of a loner himself. They bonded. But Rex wasn’t real interested in learning his new tasks & responsibilities.
So Meagan offered to give it a try. After she got spoofed into not wearing protective K9 training gear by her fellow Marines. Lesson learned thought Meagan. Anyway they went thru their training to sniff out & mark IEDs in the roads covered by the Marines bringing supplies to troops out in the desert. Over there in Iraq.
Then they got sent to Iraq together, as the team they were. They sniffed out & marked (with little flags not the usual K9 method of marking but I guess little flags mean more to humans that p-mail) over 100 missions. Then 1 time (it only takes 1) they stepped on an unusually deeply buried IED & went BOOM.
Both Meagan & Rex were injured & sent back here to the US of A where they got separated. Meagan went to military human hospital & Rex to the same Animal Hospital. Eventually they both recovered but they missed each other. Meagan mustered out after her tour. Brass thought it OK to send Rex back into combat without Meagan. They weren’t having any of that nonsense.
Meagan made appeals & pleas all over the place & up the ying yang. Finally Meagan reached out to the right person on the steps on Congress where almost nothing else gets done anyway. That person pulled the right strings (no wonder us dogs can’t get the K9 Franchise. We aren’t much good at string pulling) & Meagan got her request granted.
Meagan & Rex are both decorated war heroes & Rex didn’t have to go back into combat. Rex passed on back to PlanetPluto in HY 2012. Meagan trains security K9s for some of America’s biggest agencies. Adios Rex. You were a good dog & knew your purpose. You had a good partner & served your country well & bravely.
Scheeeew Dawgies. What a close & exciting season on DWTS. It was a Fur on Fire Season, at least that last couple of shows. Of course, the Never Gonna Make It as Dancers got eliminated in the beginning. Typical. But then it got down to the Real Deal.
Truth be told, we all thought Normani would win. She tried very hard to develop her skills & talents as a dancer to accompany her skills as a singer with the girl band, 5th Harmony. She really did accomplish a lot. Became very polished out there on the dance floor. But Normani was a respectable 3rd place & proved a worthy contender.
It wasn’t so much that David was a better dancer than others. He’s just such a good guy. He learned to be a dancer & performer but we don’t think dancing is his calling in his next career. He’s a great role model for kids learning to play a sport. Fact is, he’s a great role model for everyone walking on 2 feet.
Rashad took the Mirror Ball Trophy in fine style. For us, it was the Hip-Hop dance to Uptown Funk that he choreographed & starred in that made us root for Rashad to win. He grew from a football star to a full-fledged dancer & choreographer which is quite a big leap when you think about it. Congratulations Rashad. He’ll be on tour with the DWTS Troop this very summer.
Things happen so fast around here lately I almost didn’t get the chance to let my UncaT & Auntie Teach know that Ka’ani Rose ascended to PlanetPluto quickly & arrived there safe & sound & in practically record time. Ka’ani is digging the ambiance up there on PlanetPluto with all the old friends from AnimalPlanet.com now comfortably now residing on PlanetPluto. Ka’ani says she misses everyone here but she says soon all (cosmically speaking) be reunited in the Hereafter.
I hadda scramble yesterday to post my latest entry with the laptop here at MyDomain because I thought Mymi was going away to the Valley of Casinos & Bling & that she would take our laptop with her. But she didn’t. She left it on our desk so I gitta complete this latest posting at my leisure which is why I didn’t get to DWTS until now. There’s lots of new dance competition shows coming in the new summer lineup that we might have some more dancing shows to occupy our summer viewing.
Mymi is going to the Valley of Casinos & Bling to view the latest performance that Tootsie Roll is starring in. She dances & sings & acts. A multi-talented & versatile young lady. So I’m here, on my own, left to my own devices & I getta use the laptop without scrutiny. Of course my Auntie Judy comes 2X/day to feed & walk. To provide a little companionship. Of course, you understand, my usual duties continue. I gotta be sniffing out & investigating My Neighborhood. & I’m becoming pretty good & efficient at keeping tje Bad Guys outta here. Makes me feel so good when Mymi comes home & observes Not a Bad Guy in sight. Good job, OpalK9. So this bidness of being alone is, overall pretty beneficial for Yrs Truly. I really look forward to these opportunities to grow & expand my talents.
This HY, for Mother’s Day, we did something very special indeed. It was the funnest Mother’s Day I ever had. Of course, heretofore, I wasn’t exactly sure what Mother’s Day was since I never got asked to celebrate it before. But now I know all about it.
We decided, it being my 1st Mother’s Day that I’m aware of, to take a trip to see my AuntieKim, my 1st Mother that I remember. I know. I know. I was already whelped & had already whelped a few litters of my own by the time I hooked up with my AuntieKim. Not my fault & I don’t remember much before my AuntieKim rescued me from my previous poor situation producing AussieDoodles as if on an assembly line.
Also my AuntieKim’s Aussie Sanctuary was located much closer to our Domain than it is now. So getting to see my AuntieKim & all my cousins, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and shirttail, & the new Sanctuary & Domain was a treat better than a Blu-Stix.
So we jumped in the car & drove & drove. Upward & eastward from our Domain but not upward into the crest of the mountains which are still lined with a Yuge Big Snowpack, which is a good thing. But we did travel for quite a distance upward in elevation so that when we arrived at the Sanctuary, we could look out & see snowcapped mountains & ski slopes in 1 direction & blue sky & forest in the other.
The Sanctuary sits on top of a mountain & it’s all decked out & equipped to properly care for the many Aussies, Aussie Mixes & Pocket Pooches that are presently being fostered there while my AuntieKim seeks Forever Homes for these guys. Just like she matched me n Mymi low these many HY, & more K9Y ago.
Me n Benny became fast BFFs & I’m gonna hafta mentor Benny a bit. He’s an Aussie/Border Collie of Noble Heritage but he’s only about 1.6 HY old so he’s all full of youthful enthusiasm & energy. I hadda calmly but firmly remind him not to rush another or to keep jumping up on all the humans around that he was so joyful & happy to encounter. But upon setting the ground rules, Benny turned out to be OK & set his focus on welcoming Mymi & Golfernut to his Sanctuary.
Once me n Benny got that sorted out, I got to walk around the house, the barn, the kennel & the grounds & sniff & investigate to my heart’s content. I got to take a dip in the pond which was refreshing on a warm spring day.
The Sanctuary is a big place, comparatively speaking, with lots & lots of new material to learn & understand. It was a nice & welcome challenge for this Senior Dog. I asked my AuntieKim if she knew where any of my AussieDoodle pups got to after she rescued me. It being Mother’s Day & all. But she told me she never knew what became of any of them. They were quite hyper & high strung which wasn’t their fault. After all, the were somewhat the effect of Human Interference & genetic engineering. So wherever you are, Orlando, Olivia, Otis, Oscar, Octavia, Ozzie, Odessa, Oprah, Olaf & alla you other O-AussieDoodles, I’m here at Todo Chronicles giving you a Shout Out. It’s Mother’s Day. Call me!
One very sad note on Mother’s Day. My Cousin, Ka’ani Rose passed on to back up to PlanetPluto. My UncaT & AuntieTeach are very sad that they had to say good-bye the day before Mother’s Day. But I’ll let you know when I get a text from Ka’ani, UncaT, AuntieTeach. I’m sure her trip there will be direct & short. Ka’ani Rose was a good dog who knew her purpose. She was so fortunate to get a loving home & good folks the 1st time around. We all miss you, Ka’ani Rose. Now newbie, S’cusi has no mentor. You’re on your own, S’cusi. Take good care of your folks.
I know I haven’t even mentioned DWTS this season. Terribly remiss of me. But last night was the semi-finals. Normani the Singer. David the Baseball Hero & Rashad the Football Champ compete in the finals next week. We were surprised to see Simone, Gold Medal Gymnast, go home last night. But it will be a Battle Royale for the Mirror Ball Trophy come next Monday. Bet your best bones on that.
Today marks my 13th Human Birthdate. No one is more surprised than myself to find that I am now as Senior in K9Ys as GrandSire was when I 1st encountered him back there in FL-land
Now I understand
Slow to get up from a sitting or lying position
bland Senior recipes meal recipes
being less inclined to accept changes in routine
valuing quiet & alone time
less inclination to chase the ball or the squirrel or what have you
taking my time to thoroughly sniff out & investigate. Stopping to smell the roses & other delicious scents
But it’s all good. I like the new old me. I’ve learned so much in my time here on AnimalPlanet.com. I plan to take it back to PlanetPluto when the time comes. Lessons to learn by.
I’m gonna be sure to tell my Buds up there on PlanetPluto that we gotta be sure to protect our Homeland from bad invaders like fossil fuel emissions. Ya gotta wonder what AnimalPlanet.com will look like in a few more human generations. Maybe they’ll all be green from having to breathe the same air as plants. That air will be so loaded with CO which makes plants green.
I’m gonna use my Senior Status as my excuse for excluding the arrival of Loukie-Doo to our family. Loukie-Doo is #JuneBug’s baby Bro & the Delight of his folks, PhotoGirl & PoBoy. He’s a cute little fellow . . . as human pups go. We’re so happy to have a new beautiful family member to expand the Tribe .
Seems like time is passing as quickly as I’m not moving these days. So I better be sure to wish a Happy Birthdate to all my family having birthdates in the Human Month of May, My Birthdate month. Happy Birthdate to
My Little Cousin Makkie. Makkie starts school so she can be a learned & productive humn adult.
Happy Birthdate to us all. Now I think I’ll take a nap!
Can you believe . . . it’s already the middle of springtime in HY 2017? Umbelievable! Where has it gone?!
Seems like when it’s happening, nothing’s happening, You know . . . like how I thought nothing was happening & already, since my last post alla this got done/happened 1 way or the other:
we got our taxes done & got a little back
so we put some funds into Grandpups’ Education accounts so they can be properly educated when the time comes
Mymi & Golfernut traveled to the Valley of Casinos & Bling to witness a Uniting Ceremony for a family member of Golfernut. While there they made the most of the trip by:
taking Tootsie Roll & Quits to the Museum of Natural History & to a movie. What’s a Smurf? Some new fancy dog breed?
then they traveled to Zion NP before it gets closed & sold off by an ill-informed & ungrateful administration trying to enrich itself in any way possible. Meanwhile I, myself…
remained here on the Home Front making sure no Bad Guys entered our premises. My Auntie Judy was here to feed & Walkies me, play with me & sit for a while in the evening.
Mymi’s been meeting & marching & entering data regarding said meets & marches for our Cause, impending Global Climate Disaster. Climate Change/Disaster is real. It’s caused PRIMARILY by Human Activity. & AnimalPlanet.com is over the Tipping Point. We believe that it can’t be stopped. Big changes are coming. & Humans would be stupid & ill-advised to ignore the obvious for the Profit Motive & not prepare for the inevitable. What good’s having all the $ in AnimalPlanet.com if you can’t get anyone to wait on you Paw & Rear Paw cuz they’re all dead?
Mymi’s been using the ol’ Laptop for data entry about Marches & Protests so I gotta fend for myself on the Occupy Myself Domain Front. Have to Sniff Out & Investigate on our Walkies. So I don’t mind Long Walkies so much. I gitta cover lots of territory to keep abreast of any changes in the landscape. Awesome Responsibility which I take very seriously.
However I haven’t been so successful re: That Damned Squirrel who likes to dig in Mymi’s Prize Flower Pot to bury his Peanuts. Makes Mymi very Mad. Maybe if he’d bother to clean up after himself instead of spreading dirt all over the patio & exposing the plant’s roots. Mymi doesn’t like her plants jeopardized. Sorry Dude. Can’t help you there in the Clean Up Department. A word to the Wise (That Damned Squirrel)…Go bury you peanuts somewhere else.
We met up with Ethel & her Human Companion. Immediately we notice that Lucy wasn’t accompanying them as per usual. We inquired. They said that Lucy had returned to PlanetPluto. They are very sad but both said Lucy was now in a better place. We’ll forward any txt msgs we get from Lucy on PlanetPluto, you guys. Lucy was a good dog & knew her purpose. Which her purpose was visiting the Seniors at The Pond. Residents there loved Lucy & Ethel. They would always lay on the entryway floor, guarding, while their Companion went to visit a relative residing at The Pond. We’re sorry for your loss, guys. RIP Lucy.
Never thought I’d say this in the past few HYs but it’s good the rains have slowed down. We got so much rain this Rainy Season we broke the Bank; or at least the Spillway. We got so much rain this Rainy Season, our rivers are flowing at capacity. Our storage is at capacity. Our Weirs & Causeways are at capacity. Only thing left to refill is our Groundwater System. But that, like many other things, doesn’t happen over night. So while the Drought may be “Over” we aren’t letting up on Conservation efforts & we shouldn’t, SHOULD NOT, return to our Water Wasting Ways. We don’t know when or how long the next drought will be. & we already have more citizens than our CA Water System was designed to handle. But for the present, Enough Rain Already!
Things may appear to be going slow . . . but I gotta slow down & wait patiently for the next Big Thing to occur. I ain’t getting any younger, ya know.
In a stunning turn of events, the K9 Franchise has been won by the #Resistant & #Persistent K9s of this country. K9s celebrate in every corner of the US of A.
President Wink says he’s new to this Presidential Gig so please, allow him some time to grow into this new & exciting role he’s been landslided into. He’s gonna take his time & get it right.
President Wink has signed a few Executive Orders & named associates to some key Cabinet positions. He’s named OpalK9, spearhead of the K9 Franchise Movement to fill the Vice President’s spot. In an exclusive interview with Pres. Wink & VP OpalK9, President Wink, in his usual exuberant yet thoughtful manner demurred to OpalK9, indicating that he thought she should actually be President. Seems fitting that the 1st K9 President should be female & the female K9 spearheading the Movement. However, OpalK9, in that same interview indicated that it would be an honor, but she is on the downhill side of her stay here on AnimalPlanet.com & she prefers to see a younger, more energetic President.
President Wink has also named Chet the Dog to head up the Justice Department, hoping to send a message that & Justice For All still means something in our Pledge of Allegiance. Chet already has much law enforcement experience & he’ll do a good job for the Nation Within not to mention all other citizens of this Great Country.
Daisy Duke Dog will be the Secy. of Health Education, Welfare & Recreation. They had a serious exchange regarding these important branches of our gov’t & both believe these are very important aspects of a healthy productive electorate & feel these should not be separated in order to avoid duplication of efforts & also to avoid gaping holes in the delivery of these services.
President Wink is still considering candidates for such Cabinet Posts as Energy, Environment & Climate Damage.
Among the Executive Orders signed by President Wink are:
All wars & violence will cease immediately
No more cheating, stealing, lying or other un-K9 like activities
the USofA will immediately begin transitioning from a fossil fuel driven economy to clean sustainable & renewable energy. & fossil fuel cartels shall educate their workers how to get along & get jobs in the new economy.
And lastly, for the present, all humans shall be on the leash of their K9 companion when outside their own domain until he can figure out what the hell’s going on here & how to fix it. It won’t be long, folks, provided President Wink is given all the bi-partisan, X-species support he so humbly seeks.
President Wink has only signed these few EOs for now, until he can get a Cabinet up & running & wrap his head around all the things that need fixing & which trusted associate should be in charge of fixing it.
HAPPY APRIL FOOL’S DAY ALL
Had you going there for a minute, didn’t I?
When I was but a young pup, which wasn’t very long when you consider my personal history, my Elders told me . . . Just you wait OpalK9. When you get older time will pass more quickly. So quickly you won’t even believe . . .
Well I think that time has arrived . . . for me personally. Certainly for myself, professionally. Like I can’t even believe 1 whole HM has passed since my last entry into MyJournal, Todo Chronicles. We, here at Todo Chronicles wish to apologize for not keeping viewers & readers updated, but . . . time is passing so quickly, we, here at Todo Chronicles can’t even believe.
Of course, some of this slack is NOT my fault. We, here at Todo Chronicles & here in MyDomain, were just recovering from the recent presidential campaign & election. I was keeping up with all my usual tasks & responsibilities. Walking. Sniffing & investigating. Guarding MyDomain & Community. Schmoozing with the squirrels & birds. Socializing with friends so Mymi would have something to do. I was doing all that & considering for & preparing for the next entry in MyJournal, when Mymi announces she’s going on Vacay to HI. & then she was gone . . . & she took My Laptop with her. Humpf! & Howl. Pup oh Pup, did that ever throw a monkey wrench in plans. (That often happens to plans, I’m told, which is why us K9s don’t often engage in such things as planning. Waste of precious time.)
So there I was without My Laptop to even send a Tweet or 2 out on. Couldn’t receive any pix Mymi mighta. I was without the tools of my trade; Editor, Publisher, Jourmalist & photographic editor of these here chronicles, Todo Chronicles. Don’t think I missed that much time in all the 10+ HY I been at this gig.
& truth be told, I was kinda scared time would hang heavy on my paws while I was without Mymi & MyLaptop. But My AuntieJudy came 2X/day. She gave me my food & we went for fun Walkies. She is also Daisy’s Nanny so we had fun sometimes Duo Walkies in the Park. She watches some TV w/me & we sit & cuddle. I hadda keep up guarding MyDomain against all Bad Guys that might skulk around MyDomain, watching & listening, perhaps tapping.
The only thing I can’t seem to manage is that ‘damned’ squirrel, as Mymi calls him. He buries peanuts in the big ceramic planter in our back yard. Mymi is not amused . . . or impressed.
But now, Mymi’s been back a while & we’re still playing Ketchup. You know. It takes a HM to Ketchup on all the things missed that require attention from a 1HW vacay. HI or no HI. You can’t let things slide or you run the Ketchup Risk.
On the HI thing, tho. Mymi says they had a real great time. Stayed in Kauai, 1 island in that chain of islands that are the Great State of HI. Beautiful & mostly unspoiled by the affects of Human Habitation & Adaptation. Lots of beautiful beaches. Narrow roads. They toured the island by Tourist Van & Tourist Chopper. They put their feet in the Pacific Ocean at the topmost point of Kauai. They went over & toured the Pearl Harbor Memorial. Mymi said it’s very moving & interesting.
They had a big ceremony on the Mighty Mo, now docked in Pearl Harbor adjacent to the USS AZ to mark the end of WWII, the Big War to End All Wars. The ceremony is all laid out on the Mighty Mo, the end of the War, across from the AZ, the beginning of the Great War. They wanted to show the devastation of that war which killed an estimated 70M humans. No one counted the devastation to critters other than human but I’ll bet it was >70M. But who’s counting. At any rate, it’s clear to us critters that they didn’t do an excellent job in discouraging future wars.
I’d like to fly in a plane or a chopper. Like to see & investigate new & interesting things. Tour historical monuments. & all that but nobody asked me.
So now I know what my Elders were barking about all those 13 HYs ago. Time is indeed passing so quickly, we here at Todo Chronicles can’t even keep up. But we’re sure you, our BFFs, understand.