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K9 SNIFFESTGATIONS & CONTRIBUTIONS

Just in case any ill-informed individual goes along thinking us dogs are just dumb & not worth our salt, think again. Here’s an article from The Nature Conservancy, a well known & respected environmental protection organization, regarding the use of new technologies to understand (wild) animal migrations & better protect sensitive habitats. Us dogs are worth our weight in GOLD.
Conservation Canine
FOLLOW THE NOSE: Conservation Canines began two decades ago as a program of the University of Washington’s Center for Conservation Biology. Dogs from the program have been around the world, tracking species such as caterpillars, mice, bears and orcas. © Karine Aigner

SNIFF TEST

New Mexico is the only place on Earth you’ll find the Jemez Mountains salamander. But good luck spotting one. They spend most of the year underground, emerging only during the summer rainy season. Even then they mostly stay hidden under logs and rocks.

“They’re darn hard to look for,” says Anne Bradley, TNC’s forest conservation program director in New Mexico. They’re not just elusive; they’re also endangered. The National Park Service and the Forest
Service are thinning trees to restore overgrown forests where the salamanders are found, but to do so responsibly, TNC scientists want to know where the at-risk amphibians are hiding.

From 2012 to 2014, Bradley recruited some four-legged helpers. A program at the University of Washington trains rescue dogs to sniff out wildlife and their scat. To track salamanders, the crew brought in two specially trained “Conservation Canines”: Frehley and Sampson.

Working as a human-canine team, the dogs and their handlers detected more salamanders than either would alone, Bradley says. Now she’s working with geneticists at the University of New Mexico to determine precisely what bits of salamander DNA the dogs are detecting—a step that Bradley expects will further validate the use of dogs for more salamander sniffing in summers to come.
FYI: Us dogs been using our noses to sniffestigate & learn about things. Now humans seem to have found beneficial uses for our contribution to civilized society. Maybe we could help sniffestigate out the Valley Longhorn Elderberry Beetle whose habitat, the Valley Longhorn Elderberry Beetle Bush has been protected for many years despite the fact no one’s seen that elusive beetle. Us dogs could find ’em.
Get a clue, people. Give us the respect we deserve & give us the Vote. 
palK9 OTJ 
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TXT MSGS FROM GOD & GREAT TODO

Text Msg from God to Great Todo:
Dear Great Todo: Ya gotta do something. I’m at my wits end! Pls get a msg to ‘Mer’can humans on AnimalPlanet.com. They’re reading the tea leaves & tablets all wrong. I placed them on that particular planet as the Highest & Brightest forms of all life so they could care for & steward the planet & all it’s critters. I did NOT place them there to rape & pillage the planet for their exclusive benefit & profit. They got it all wrong & if they don’t shape up, there’s nothing I can do to save them from their own hubris, greed & arrogance. Even God can make mistakes. Ya gotta do something, Great Todo.
Txt Msg to God from Great Todo:
Sorry to hear of your troubles & disappointment. Shit happens. I’m forwarding this msg to my Editor, Publisher & Reporter on AnimalPlanet.com, OpalK9.
Maybe humans ain’t so smart after all. Why do they think you named it AnimalPlanet.com? Better luck next time if you have to start all over down there on that planet.
Txt Msg to OpalK9 from Great Todo:
Well, OpalK9, there you have it. God’s patience is worn out. Mine too. It’s up to you at this point. You have your mission, should you chose to accept it. Good luck.
Txt Msg to Great Todo from OpalK: I’ll do my best. You know you can depend on me n’ us dogs. Wish I could convince humans us dogs deserve the Franchise but that’s an issue for another day.
SO THERE YOU HAVE IT HUMANS. & just to illustrate the points of God & Great Todo, so far in the Great State of CA alone, there are:
  • 22 wildfires are raging throughout the state
  • 21 human lives lost. No telling how many critters living in those woodlands
  • 3500 businesses & homes impacted
  • 170,000 acres up in flames
  • 20K ppl evacuated
  • 2 fires rage out of control
  • Air Quality across NoCA is Dangerous (which keeps everyone indoors if they can). AQ in the Bay Area itself is unprecedentedly bad. (They usually send their GHG to our Valley)
  • 4 CA wineries LOST, 9 more damaged
  • Even the mutual aid system to fight these fires & save lives & property is stretched thin with 70 choppers, 30 air takers & thousands of firefighters/1st responders working 5 & 6 48hr shifts. They’re exhausted
  • a new category of fire emerges, the Wildland/Urban fire. These usually start in wildland & consume everything in sight. They don’t stop a the door of suburbia. They just consume it. So far in NoCA several suburban neighborhoods Up In Flames. Flattened. Nothing left but a chimney or 2.
What are you gonna do about it? It’s up to you. Save yourselves. Save your neighbors. Save the Planet. Get a clue. It’s up to you & you alone! Keep in mind too, that it took a long time for this to build up to a Climate Crisis. So whatever you chose to do, results will not be immediate. Nor is just 1 effort the answer. It’s gonna take time, perseverance, determination & (maybe) sacrifice. Don’t pull out of the Paris Climate Accords & make yourselves outliers among nations. You don’t need to win the race to the bottom. A 4th World Country.
palK9 OTJ 
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TXT MSGS FROM GOD & GREAT TODO

Text Msg from God to Great Todo:
Dear Great Todo: Ya gotta do something. I’m at my wits end! Pls get a msg to ‘Mer’can humans on AnimalPlanet.com. They’re reading the tea leaves & tablets all wrong. I placed them on that particular planet as the Highest & Brightest forms of all life so they could care for & steward the planet & all it’s critters. I did NOT place them there to rape & pillage the planet for their exclusive benefit & profit. They got it all wrong & if they don’t shape up, there’s nothing I can do to save them from their own hubris, greed & arrogance. Even God can make mistakes. Ya gotta do something, Great Todo.
Txt Msg to God from Great Todo:
Sorry to hear of your troubles & disappointment. Shit happens. I’m forwarding this msg to my Editor, Publisher & Reporter on AnimalPlanet.com, OpalK9.
Maybe humans ain’t so smart after all. Why do they think you named it AnimalPlanet.com? Better luck next time if you have to start all over down there on that planet.
Txt Msg to OpalK9 from Great Todo:
Well, OpalK9, there you have it. God’s patience is worn out. Mine too. It’s up to you at this point. You have your mission, should you chose to accept it. Good luck.
Txt Msg to Great Todo from OpalK: I’ll do my best. You know you can depend on me n’ us dogs. Wish I could convince humans us dogs deserve the Franchise but that’s an issue for another day.
SO THERE YOU HAVE IT HUMANS. & just to illustrate the points of God & Great Todo, so far in the Great State of CA alone, there are:
  • 22 wildfires are raging throughout the state
  • 21 human lives lost. No telling how many critters living in those woodlands
  • 3500 businesses & homes impacted
  • 170,000 acres up in flames
  • 20K ppl evacuated
  • 2 fires rage out of control
  • Air Quality across NoCA is Dangerous (which keeps everyone indoors if they can). AQ in the Bay Area itself is unprecedentedly bad. (They usually send their GHG to our Valley)
  • 4 CA wineries LOST, 9 more damaged
  • Even the mutual aid system to fight these fires & save lives & property is stretched thin with 70 choppers, 30 air takers & thousands of firefighters/1st responders working 5 & 6 48hr shifts. They’re exhausted
  • a new category of fire emerges, the Wildland/Urban fire. These usually start in wildland & consume everything in sight. They don’t stop a the door of suburbia. They just consume it. So far in NoCA several suburban neighborhoods Up In Flames. Flattened. Nothing left but a chimney or 2.
What are you gonna do about it? It’s up to you. Save yourselves. Save your neighbors. Save the Planet. Get a clue. It’s up to you & you alone! Keep in mind too, that it took a long time for this to build up to a Climate Crisis. So whatever you chose to do, results will not be immediate. Nor is just 1 effort the answer. It’s gonna take time, perseverance, determination & (maybe) sacrifice. Don’t pull out of the Paris Climate Accords & make yourselves outliers among nations. You don’t need to win the race to the bottom. A 4th World Country.
palK9 OTJ 
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PUT ON YOUR BIG PERSON PANTS

What’s it gonna take for humans to get with the program? In the wake of, yet again, another deadly mass shooting, what’s it going to take for humans, citizens of the US of A to do something about rampaging gun violence in our country?
These massacres keep happening, over & over again. People quake in fear. Offer thoughts & prayers. Contribute money & blood & sympathy & offer help. Shed tears. Issue demands. Launch twitter campaigns. Do all sorts of meaningless & frankly, useless shows of concern, of shock & awe. But NObody is willing to actually DO something, something besides dither, fingerpoint & divert the fear & anxiety to something less traumatic. Leadership that does anything but LEAD. To come forth in the public forum & discuss what can prevent this violence & bloodshed, reduce the deaths & work within the 2nd amendment.
The 2nd Amendment says A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. 
1st of all, the 2nd Amendment was written about 240 years ago. We,here at Todo Chronicles, are pretty certain that the framers of the Constitution and accompanying amendments did not consider advancements in the technology of guns, ammo & ordinance. We, here at Todo Chronicles, are pretty certain that had they considered such advancements & improvements in this technology, they might not have made it so open ended.
We, here at Todo Chronicles, can’t help but wonder when ‘Mer’ca’s Leadership is going to stand up to MoneyBag Lobbyist ATM Machines, such as the NRA which slobber palliatives like Guns don’t kill people. People with guns kill people. Or the only way to stop a Bad Guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. 
 
YUCK & bullpucky.
 
The NRA owns too many of our “leaders”. Holds them in a stranglehold so they can’t & don’t wish to do anything because they’re to scared of losing their office & the gravy train that put them there. Prevents these ‘Leaders” from doing the very thing that most ‘Mer’cans & even many, maybe even most of their regular (guy on the street) members want them to do. Legislate sensible gun regulations so that 1 lone & angry person can’t become the executioner of 60 people & injurer of another 550 humans. This is how they do it. Typical human response to horrible circumstance . . . stick their heads in the sand & pray. 
 
Isn’t the definition of insanity doing the same thing over & over, (cry & offer thoughts & prayers) & expecting different outcomes (hope & pray that the next mass shooting tragedy isn’t the next biggest & deadliest mass shooting, terrorist attack (foreign or domestic).
 
We can tell you for sure, no self-respecting offspring of Great Todo, nor any other species of the lower realm (below human) would continue to pursue such insanity.
 
C’mon Human Leaders. Put your Big Person Pants on. Grow up. & Lead. Even us dogs could do better. *:(( crying
palK9 OTJ 
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MY EXCELLENT HOLIDAY WEEKEND

I knew something was up the minute I saw Mymi dragging out bags on rollers & other bags that she placed the strap on a shoulder. Brought it all into her special mat room & began taking clothes & other articles from closets & drawers to stuff into said bags. I KNEW something was up.
Then she started placing my food & other necessities into a brown cardboard box. I was so happy. I knew I was gonna get to go along . . . to wherever they were going. Always fun & productive to take these adventurous trips. &, let’s face it, they need me to Guide & Assist. Without my Superlative Sniffing & Investigative Skills, they might still be up there in the Lava Beds seeking signs of Capt. Jack’s Last Stronghold. Perhaps wishing to assist in his efforts to save his heritage & culture & to conserve & steward his environment & resources.
But alas, if it weren’t for me leading them up the black, dry & sharp mountains, they woulda never figured out that Capt. Jack is long gone. & his band of 60 or so fending off attack from about 1,000 humans with superior weapons. Trust me, in the heat & the smoke THAT was quite an adventure. Good thing they had me to remind them it is important to rest & hydrate.
We saw a beautiful mtn lake that is really a volcanic crater with an island, a volcanic plug. The neatest thing about that lake is humans haven’t settled around it & ‘improved’ it to their satisfaction. Very quiet & peaceful. & visitors there were very quiet & peaceful & respectful of the surroundings. Very nice.
Upon descending the mtn, we drove back into the smoke from the many many wildfires burning in the Western States. Kind of upsetting to travel thru beautiful countryside all discolored & blackened & thick with smoke. That’s life in the West these days.
We traveled thru Lava Beds NP & saw Mt. Shasta, a pretty high & snowed dotted mtn. There were lots of people hiking & exploring this wild & untamed region. Pretty scenery. But Smokey. It was lucky to see the Mt. Shasta with snow bc drought the last 5 HY has caused snow to disappear. Not really keen on snow myself, personally. It’s very cold to walk on. & dirty by this time. But the big rains of last winter helped retain the little snowpack we did get to see. Mother Nature does spectacular work!
Next day we headed back down toward My Valley to take in the scenery & beauty of another NP, Lassen. There were lots & lots of ppl & some dogs there exploring & hiking & enjoying the day or longer if they were going into the wilderness areas. Those people should be sure to have a dog guide with them in case they go out of cell range, which can happen very easily up there. Happened to us & we stayed mostly on the beaten paths. Could happen to anyone cuz believe it or not, cell coverage isn’t everywhere . . . yet.
We saw boiling mudpots spewing out mud from way down deep in AnimalPlanet.com’s core. Best no t to fall in 1 of those. We saw amazing rock formations & burned out places where some past wild fires destroyed whole forests. Forest managers are challenged to clean up after such blazing devastation & keep down & dead flora from becoming fuel for the next fire.
We saw our Heroes, Firefighters & other Emergency Personnel preparing to descend from a big trailhead to assist & rescue & downed & injured hiker. Those ppl are heroes, every 1. Altho they are terribly busy & challenged fighting said wildfires burning in the West, they still look out for visitors enjoying the parks & locals not yet going up in smoke.
It was all very informative & I enjoyed my trip with my people even tho accessing MySpot in the vehicle is becoming increasingly challenging. Not as spry as I used to be, ya know. I’m really glad I got to go along & supply K9 Knowledge & Expertise so we all had a safe & fun trip. I just wish there were more vistas like Crater Lake where the Human Touch is largely excluded from the landscape.


palK9 OTJ
PS I wanted to send some of my excellent pix of my trip BUT my ISP must be sleeping on the job cuz the msg would not go thru. No how. No way. *:( sad
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ECLIPSE SCHMECLIPSE

So we waited, like everyone else in ‘Mer’ca, for the 1/lifetime experience that will happen again in a slightly different location in HY2024, for that Total Eclipse of the Sun which was s’posed ta happen & be a really exciting, Once in a Lifetime ‘Sperience.
We got up & walked extra early to save our eyes, cuz, wouldn’t you know, they don’t make Eclipse Eye Shades for dogs. Humpf. Dogs got eyes too.
Be that as it may, the TV & other information outlets were talking this Once in a Lifetime ‘Sperience up. Warning. Nagging. Be prepared. Don’t risk the hot hot sun’s corona burning holes in your eyeballs. Mymi didn’t believe that my eyelashes would be sufficient protection for my eyes which are somewhat cloudy anyhow.
So we took our Walkies earlier than usual. We returned back to our domain & awaited with eager anticipation for the big event to start. I watched out my door/window, waiting for the action to start. It was ’bout like watching a snail cross our driveway. So I gotta admit, I did nod off a bit.
Mymi, meanwhile, busied herself in the kitchen, cleaning up after our morning meal & looking out the little window that had a perfect view of the action . . . such as it was.
As we watched, the sky appeared to dim but not exactly darken. Mymi never saw any shadow over the sun tho she looked diligently out her little window.
& then she was rushing in to my spot & exclaiming . . . OpalK9! We missed the Total Eclipse of the Sun!
Well, as you can imagine, we were both disappointed. So close yet so far away. We now are given to know that you hadda be in the Path of Totality to get a real feel for the Total Eclipse of the Sun. Which we definitely weren’t.
Maybe TX was more in the Path of Totality & that’s what stirred up Hurricane Harvey presently tearing up the Gulf Coast, much like Hurricane Katrina did not so long ago in geologic time. Monster weather events such as those, 500 & 1000 Storm Events, just can’t be ‘splained by Global Climate Change caused by human activity.
palK9 OTJ
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