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BAD AIR DAYS

I ‘spect alla y’all heard about the terrible fires we’re having here in CA & indeed in the whole of western US. It’s bad, folks, & it’ll prolly get badder everyday for a while. Until the poor exhausted firefighters & emergency personnel can get the fires under control & contained.
We wake up in the morning & check the temperature & the AQI. For those of you not in the know, AQI is Air Quality Index. That’s tells you how bad the air is with all sorts of bad & toxic stuff.
Of course, if you aren’t into technical details, you can always look out your window. When the sky is dismal, dreary gray/brown & hazy, it’s a pretty good bet the air quality isn’t healthful for humans & other critters inhabiting AnimalPlanet.com.
Then, if you need further assurance that the AQI isn’t ideal, go outside for a moment. If you smell smoke & choke when you take your 1st big breath . . . it’s not good.
This situation necessitates schedule changes for many. Like we been having to get up early to Walkies before the smoke gets too bad. Which is real early in the morning. We’re just not used to being early risers but necessity is the mother of something or other. At any rate, we gotta walk while it’s still cool & clear enough.
We been trying to take pix but somehow our little Android phone/camera just doesn’t capture the essence of the situation so you just gotta take our word for it. It’s bad & not going to get better anytime soon.
More & more experts & common folk alike are coming to the realization that global warming contributes to these deadly & costly fires. We are experiencing longer & more frequent droughts. Which causes fire fuel to be dryer. Any little spark will set of a fire. & they just explode, ripping up canyon walls. Moving so fast. & burning into developed areas where people live & work & have families & keep animals. Kind of a chain reaction . . . 1 things sets off the next . . . quickly.
These horrible fires are accomplishing 1 thing. They demonstrate what the US will look like with the relaxation or removal of US Environmental Regulations & Standards. If things work as planned by the gov’mint, major & maybe minor US cities will look like Beijing in not too long a period of time. Is this what is meant by MAGA, Make America Gag Again? Thanks ever so for your efforts & hard ‘work’, #BLOTUS.
We, here at Todo Chronicles, continue to wonder at the Human Condition that allows many (too many) to chose not to believe in Global Warming or climate change. Or even science. Or they can decide Global Warming is real but not human caused so humans can continue to sit on their duffs & do nothing. Even if you can convince yourself of these fairy tails, it makes no sense at all to do nothing & allow people & property to be consumed 1 way or the other by climatological events occurring more frequently & severely. What’s up, Humans. Get a grip & get off your duffs. You aren’t the  only inhabitants of AnimalPlanet.com. If you let this go on, you aren’t even the smartest inhabitants of AnimalPlanet.com.
palK9 OTJ
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HOT & LAZY SUMMER DAYS

Been pretty hot here of late. So hot, in fact, that we’ve hadda change our routine & other changes.
Usually we go out for Walkies mid-morning, when nice sunshine warms our Walkies. Lots of others go out early in the morning, but not us, as a general rule. We like to avoid the heavy traffic of K9s/Partner & other Walkers.
But, with summer heat rising, we hadda start Wallkies earlier & earlier so I could get a good Walkies in before Heat Prostration strikes me low. We can’t go nearly as far most days when the thermometer reaches 70 by 7 AM! I mean, c’mon.
Our other defensive action is to find me a new Mobile Groomer. A groomer that comes to our Domain. Imagine that! Our new guy, Shane the Clipper, gave me a nice bath, filed my nails & gave me a new Summer Do. Do you like my new Do? Shane the Clipper says it makes me look HYs younger!
Pretty short this time. I hardly recognize myself but I like it. It’s much cooler, just as advertised. So now I can go for longer Walkies. This is very important for a K9 in my line of work. I gotta sniff & investigate my usual spots to be sure things are as they have been & should be. It’s an awesome responsibility, but somebody’s gotta do it.
My being able to sniff out & Investigate issues & topics in my Sphere of Influence is all the more important since I have assumed (as you, my BFFs know) the additional tasks & responsibilities as Editor in Chief, Publisher, #1 Journalist & Photographer of these Todo Chronicles. Some of you, my BFFs & loyal readers, have wondered that entries in these Chronicles have become fewer & fewer & less focused on Human Affairs, Follies & Foibles.
I think I’ve already mentioned that, being 98 in HY, I’ve slowed down a bit. But I can still watch TV & peruse FB, Twittter & other Social Media. & I gotta say, I’m just a wee bit intimidated. I mean, it’s hard to compete with the News of the Day. Just 1 Bombshell Report follows another. All fraught with salacious or ugly or fraught with nasty accusations, many of these substantiated by various credible sources. It’s so hard for the Little Guy, such as myself, to compete. I mean, you just can’t make this shit (you should pardon the profanity, but there’s no other way to describe it. I guess it’s sort of an implied OK since many of our ‘leaders’ & ‘legislators” use it) up.
But I’ll keep on doing my Best.
 palK9 OTJ
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SO MANY DUTIES. SO LITTLE TIME

Is it just me or is Father Time moving faster & fast whilst we, seniors, move slower & slower?
No? Good? I was hoping not. But it does seem it takes me longer & longer to get less & less stuff done. It’s a challenge.
So . . . that’s my excuse for not reporting on our Rolling N Pink trip to SoCA. We stayed with Cuzzes Rosie & Dug & their folks, UncaBobby & AuntieJoanie. Dug is a real enthusiastic young feller of Aussie/Border Collie heritage. He was all excited upon our arrival & barked out, real loud, his greeting just as I was preparing to relieve myself after a long ride down my state, the Great State of CA. It was . . . shocking, to say the least.
They gave us our own little unit to spread out in with kitchen to prepare my meals & a nice garden out back. It was luxurious accommodations.
Then the whole rest of the Fam came over for eats. UncaTim & AuntieJanie. Pups & grandpups. So many I couldn’t hardly keep track of them all. But that was OK. Dug was there, on duty. I was on vacation.
We had a real good time, laughing & scratching with the Fam. Eating good stuff. Chatting & so forth. Mymi n me also took a ride over to where Mymi & #1Son lived many, many moons ago. 1 of those domains is on the beach so we got to walk on the beach & stick our paws in the Blue Pacific. What fun!
The main purpose of our trip tho was to participate in the Rollin’ N Pink event. I, myself, am an excellent roller. I practice all the time on green grass under shade of trees. But more’s the pity. It wasn’t that kind of rollin. The Ladies played a funny game where they threw little white cubes with black dots on them, trying to get all 3 cubes to have the same # of dots show up on top. Rolling Pink is a fund-raiser for Breast Cancer research. Bunko Babes roll the cubes. Bunko Boys wait on the Babes, bring drinks & food & such. (As it should be). Over the 10 HY they’ve been doing this, about $400K has been raised. Pretty good huh?
See my Rolling4Pink tag? Pretty neat huh? Same logo is on Mymi’s shirt, tho you might not be able to see it. & there’s all the Fam, Bunko Babes & Bunko Boys. & myself, all set for a long dry trip. Whatta a Family contingent raising $ for Breast Cancer Research.
& now here it is, 4th of July, our Nation’s bday. Time for picnics & fireworks. Myself, personally, not too crazy about the fireworks part. But hey. It’s tradition . . . right? I’ll do my part to ensure that MyCountry moves forward in a positive & democratic way & hope that we haven’t been annexed by Russia by this time next HY. Happy 4th everyone. Hooray for the Red, White & Blue.
palK9 OTJ
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Why can’t humans learn to pick up their stuff? Clean up their mess. Take care of their things & home? Why do they always take the cheap & easy way out of the messes they created?
Heretofore, in Olden Times, when AnimalPlanet.com was less populated with humans, humans formed their little communities. Divided up the work to feed, clothe & shelter themselves & their progeny. They were Hunter/Gatherers. They wandered about seeking food & shelter. They stayed until food & water, raw materials & supplies ran out & they moved on.
Or they were farmers. In which case they stayed longer in a locale. They farmed the land. Used the H2O for drinking & growing food. They found raw materials to make homes, or fashion homes out of caves or rocks. They created middens to throw away their trash. They used the resources. After several generations, more than Hunter/Gatherers, they had used it up & they moved on.
But modern communities are much more stationary with their McMansions, & High Rises. With their infrastructure to serve the growing cities & towns. With roads & reservoirs. Modern humans ain’t going nowhere. Because there is no place else to go. Unless you count the Moon or Mars. We, here at Todo Chroncles, don’t think Moon or Mars are rational options for the burgeoning human population to depend upon to migrate to. Perhaps AnimalPlanet.com will become uninhabitable for human life forms as we know them today. & then . . . game over. No place for humans to migrate to even for the decimated, in size, human population.
& it’ll be humans’ fault. For not taking proper care of their home. Not stewarding & taking proper care of AnimalPlanet.com. This is on Humans. Us K9s will be off on PlanetPluto & we won’t give 2 figs what happens here. Bcuz it’s NOT OUR FAULT!
But in the meantime, while we’re still all in this together, I guess me n Mymi are going to have to resume our Litterary Activism. Now that the Great State of CA bans single-use plastic grocery bags, we’ll just collect plastic bags from other sources to pick up trash & littler. & there’s plenty of it. Which is a good use of those plastic bags which now can’t even be recycled at the grocery store bcuz grocery stores can’t give them out like gumdrops anymore.
We’ll do our best. That’s our job. But it would be nice to get a little human cooperation.
palK9 OTJ
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OLD DOG. NEW TRICKS

Does this new do make my rear end look fat?
No? Thank you. Didn’t really think so. But hadda check it out with my BFFs. I know you’ll tell me the truth.
Hadda get this new do in light of the onslaught of summer, which is a comin’. And it’s prolly gonna be hotter than last HY, which was hot. And in light of my advancing age.
We be gonna have to change a lot of our routine in light of the 2 above factors. Advancing age and rising heat levels.
So we’ve been Walkies earlier each day. Gotta say, I have noticed increased energy levels on my part Walkiesing earlier in the day, when the sunshine isn’t beating down directly on my Blue Coat, being a Blue Merle & all.  I was starting out OK midday. But we hadda walk shorter distances & lengths of time. Hadda kinda keep to the shadier streets & pathways. Shady park perimeters much more inviting than exploring the sunny open areas of said parks. I really like Walkies for a change of scenery so I hated to cut our Walkies shorter.
We been carrying water so we could take water breaks as necessary. But we can only bring along so much water & occasionally that wasn’t enough. We also like to frequent parks with water fountains where we could fill up our water carriers. Sometimes it’s hard to get to cool water without wasting a lot of water that’s been sitting in pipes in the hot sunshine. Getting so’s I like watering days in our neighborhood so I could also get water runoff from the lawn sprinklers. But sometimes that’s dried up before we get out. S’posed to water at night around here, ya know.
But as the days get warmer, I was having more trouble, even with all our changes in schedule & route & all. Hadda slow down. Take shorter Walkies & all that. Still just wasn’t working for me anymore. So Mymi came up with the brilliant idea to get me bathed & groomed with this new sportin’ summer do.  Gotta say . . . It’s helped some. We still gotta leave earlier & walk shorter. But at least Walkies are more comfy for me. Don’t come back to My Domain all panting & tuckered out.
1 benefit of this new arrangement is that I’m covering old ground with more intense skills & interest. Really getting into Siffing & investigating lots of stuff I mighta missed in youthful eagerness. And I’m still doing my usual excellent job om the Home Front. Guarding & keeping Bad Guys from our door. Mymi always says, upon returning to Our Domain . . . Good job, OpalK9. Not a Bad Guy anywhere here. Makes me proud to know I’m still capable of doing a good job!
So I’m real glad you approve of my new Do & other Life Adjustments to accommodate Advancing Age & Changing Conditions. I knew my BFFs wouldn’t let me down.

palK9 OTJ

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SAD STORIES MAKE ME CRY

Isn’t this a sad story? Pups ripped from their Dam’s front paws! Just awful. I’m happy to report that these particular pups were lucky. They got reunited with their Dam. Everyone was thrilled & happy. Happy ending.
I personally know what that story is all about. See a lot of you might not know it, cuz I’m so calm & polite, well mannered & without hang-ups, that I had pups ripped from my Front Paws. Not just once. Many times. Before I knew there was something else in my life besides producing AussieDoodles.
Yes, I, OpalK9, started this life here on AnimalPlanet.com (why do they call it that? Everyone knows, Humans are the King of Beasts on AnimalPlanet.com) in a PuppyMill. I was whelped in a PuppyMill. As soon as I was old enough to breed, I did . . . was. Whatever.
They were seeking an energetic, intelligent breed that had hair instead of fur. So they could accommodate people with dog dander allergies. So they mated Aussies & Poodles. Thus the name.
I had many many litters. To me each & every pup was precious. But I only got to name a few before they were ripped from my front paws to . . . what I don’t know. But I’d love to know. What happened to you . .. Oliver & Olivia, Oscar, Oneida, Olympia, Octavia, Ophelia, Olga, Oreana, Oprah & Oksana, Owen, Omar, Otto & Orlando? Txt me if you see this post.
I cried in my cage as each litter of pups was ripped from my forepaws. I sure hope some of you survived the experimental breeding ‘program’ that bred Aussies with Poodles. Nothing against Poodles. Some of my best friends are Poodles (shout out to Wink). But the ‘breeders’ were looking for an intelligent energetic dog with hair instead of fur. To accommodate people with pet dander allergies. What they got, so I’m told, were crazy, hyper pooches they couldn’t contain or train.
Maybe if they were left with me, their Dam, a while longer, they could have had AussieDoodles that met their criteria of acceptance. But my pain & heartache could have been avoided if humans would just quit meddling in the natural order of things.
So I know what it’s like to have your young ripped from your bosom.  I felt so sorry for the Dam in the video. So happy when they were reunited. & I’m pretty sure human Dams & Pups feel the same way. So, we, here at Todo Chronicles, want to register our opinion that the new Immigration Policy to rip human pups from their families & do ? with them is cruel & unusual & inhumane. & todolly NOT Pro-Life supporting. Shame on those humans who thought it up!
palK9 OTJ
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