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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The other day, a beeeautiful, sunshiney day, warm with gentle breezes, Mymi n me set out on our Walkies. It was so pretty it just awakened my usual optimism & characteristic enthusiasm. We decided to head over to the Neighborhood Park that’s on the way to The Pond.

Upon reaching the Park I spied a couple of squirrels out enjoying the sunshine & fresh air. I ran up to them but before I could reach them & say howdy, they scattered. 1 fellow ran up the tree nearest himself. The other guy ran to a tree a little further away. I just knew he wanted to chat with me at eye level.

He reached his tree & ran up it a little ways. Then he started running around the tree, playing Tree Tag. He ran around & around & up & down that tree. He ran real fast. He stopped as fast. He went up. He went down. We were having so much fun. We didn’t chat much.

We were having so much fun. I started yipping & barking just for the shear fun & the heck of it. That made Chatterless run even faster. He was having fun too. I could tell.

That’s when Spoil Sport Mymi hadda spoil all our fun. She spoke sharply to me. Very sharply. Barked my name. & I came immediately to attention. What else could I do?

She said that squirrel didn’t wanna play anymore. I disagree but by that time, Chatterless the Squirrel ran down our tree & over to his friend’s tree & up it. Game over.

Upon continuing Walkies out of the Park, onward to the Community/School Park, Mymi delivered a lecture in serious human tones. She called me a Bully. Me! OpalK9. Said I should be more sensitive to my friends’ body language & messages. Huh?

So I hadda be extra special vigilant & mindful to listen to & observe all Mymi’s signals & commands on the remainder of our Walkies. Mymi said I got a 50/50 for Walkies that day bc I was a Bully but I was real good & 100% spot on thereafter.

Yesterday, a not so pretty, foggy, damp & chilly day, Mymi hadda get gripped. I don’t know. Something to do with Golf, which I don’t get anyway. I had some experience with Golf during my stay in FLland. I guess Golf is a Human Thing. I mean, to me, there are so many more fun things you can do with balls & sticks. But that’s just me & every other dog on I digress. We left Mymi’s golf sticks at the Grips place.

From the Grips place it was just a ball’s throw to the BIGGEST park I have eVer seen. I mean this place had it all. A Zoo. Fairy Tale Town where they make all the Animation Fairy Tales, I guess . Even a golf course which I recognized right away from previous experience. 1 little teeny tiny drawback. I hadda remain on the leach. Bc no dogs allowed in various sections of the Big Park.

But I was game & we set off. I mean I’m not a dog to turn down a new Adventure. We walked under some pretty big trees. They had lotsa good smells at the base. We walked by a picnic area with tables & benches & trash cans. They got some pretty exciting odors. We walked thru the Rock Garden & past the pond. We were very careful to stay out of the golfers’ line of fire so’s not to upset a golfer. They take it pretty seriously.

We walked & walked & then we crossed a street. IMHO streets are pretty much the same everywhere. They meander & weave without any rhyme or reason & they all smell like oil & exhaust. Yuck.

But on the other side of the street, we spied another Person/Pooch Duo having unleashed fun in the Park. So Mymi let me off mine. She followed me while I ran & explored. Rolled & scratched in the wet grass. Those other guys were playing catch but somehow Mymi neglected to bring my ChuckIt. So it was ad-lib fun but fun nonetheless.

After not enough time (for myself) of unleashed fun, it was time to leash up again & head for the car. That’s when Mymi discovered she had no idea which way to the car.

We proceeded to the Right. Keep walking Rights, Mymi said, & we’ll make a circle & end up back where we started. Well I wasn’t too sure about that but hadda take her word for it. After all, I was the 1 on the short leash.

We kept walking & long after I knew we’d already passed the same domains & buildings & markings previously, Mymi stopped. She said . . . do you know where we are OpalK9? Cause I don’t. Then she started complaining about wet feet. Said her feet were sloshing in her shoes. We started walking again.

Came to another fork in the road. She complained about her wet feet. Said they need time to drain a little. Looked around for the car. We continued walking.

Another stop. More complaint about wet feet. Why didn’t I know where we were? Hey! I’m Just A Dog. Finally. Finally. She got smart. She pulled out her SmartPhone with GPS. Low & behold. We went around the park 2x & were on the opposite side of the Big Park from the Car Park. Go Figure!

So we walked around the perimeter of the park, following carefully street signs & names. Avoiding the Golf Course & sensitive Golfers. We walked in the tree groves with many big trees with lotsa good smells beneath. Naturally I hadda leave pee-mail to expand my social network, in case we ever pass that way again. Or in case I’m recognized on FB or Twitter.

We arrived back at the car after a long & adventurous Walkies, Mymi griping & complaining all the way about wet feet & lack of direction. Myself, personally, I thought it ROCKED. A Grand Adventure. I guess 1 dog’s Adventure is another’s Misadventure. OpalK9 OTJ

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Sheeew! Doggies! Sometimes it’s pretty hard to know what to do bc things keep on changing. Just when ya think ya know what’s what & what’s gonna happen next, they pull the mat outta your crate & you’re left there with a bowl of grits or something. Kinda hard to maintain your Good Dog & Know Your Purpose status.

Like, fur instance, this particular HW. I been working hard trying to resume my usual routine, guarding & Walkies with Mymi. Chatting with chipmunks & wrangling squirrels into their proper niche. This HW, my Auntie Judy came to our Domain on the usual & routine day, the day on which I have grown to expect to see her & we go Walkies to the park where she throws the ball for me. I just love to chase that ball & return it to my Auntie Judy. She’s getting pretty good at throwing it too.

The next day proceeded as per usual. Me n Mymi took a nice long Walkies to the USPO so that we could deposit Heart Cards & presents to our Valentines. That’s a nice long Walkies & 1 I have grown familiar with & look forward to. So that was cool.

The next day, which is Mymi’s usual Canhardly Golf day, Mymi & Golfernut left our Domain & my Auntie Judy came to take me to the park which I cannot object to but it was out of our usual routine. Mymi said they were going to take the Cat Tracks outta her eyes. WTFrack?

Upon returning to our Domain, Mymi did the couch potato thing the rest of the day with stuff stuck in her eye. Didn’t look like Cat Tracks to me which I would surely recognize. Any self respecting K9 knows Cat Tracks.

But the next day, my Auntie Judy came to fetch me, so I thought. But Mymi put a treat on my mat & told me to stay & then they got in Auntie Judy’s car to go. Well I didn’t get that & ran out of MySpot to get in the car. Mymi told me to get on my mat & stay. Well what could I do? But I was confused & despondent, for sure. Then no sooner did they leave than they returned & I thought they had discovered their mistake in leaving me behind. So I ran out to get a treat from Auntie Judy & get into the car for a ride to the park. Turns out Mymi forgot something & they left me behind again. You can imagine my confusion, anxiety & frustration.

They finally returned but by then I was enjoying the sunshine & fresh air by my pool fully resigned to the fact that I’d been left behind, prolly forever. & I’d never learn why Cat Tracks caused this personal CATastrophe. I was feeling pretty low & alone & depressed.

Me n Mymi went for a nice Walkies upon my Auntie Judy’s departure. I got to do some serious consideration about our relationship while enjoying my freedom to roam & patrol the neighborhood as customary. But I still had some consideration to consider so I remained inside my Domain, on my mat with my BFF, Venza, to further mull this situation over.

I have concluded that even tho I am still unsure what Cat Tracks in human eyes is, I sure wouldn’t wanna have ‘em myself. & Mymi hadda visit her vet in order to take care of this malady. Now I just gotta get past these feelings of insecurity every time something out of the ordinary happens & causes me to think I’m gonna get left behind for another long, long, interminable amount of time. Old Dogs don’t like changes to our routine. I’ll get over it. I’m a good dog & know my purpose.

OpalK9 OTJ
PS: Mymi says the Cat Tracks are gone. Check out the irises. *B-) cool

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So now things are beginning to settle into dull routine. & I mean dull in only the best way possible. Dull as in familiar & comfortable. But there are still changes afoot.

For instance, me n Takoa are not just todolly familiar & comfortable with each other as next door neighbors. Takoa is still working on Flatland Ways. & Takoa never told me he has a Feline BFF named Zeus.

Ooopsy! Jumpy keyboards are a challenge for the Digitally Challenged. So anyway . . . as I was saying.

Takoa & Zeus are BFFs, practically litter mates except well, you know, Takoa’s a dog & Zeus is a cat. I’m all for diversity but mixed species . . . well I dunno.

As the New HY rolls around so does Awards Season in the Entertainment Industry. So many awards. So much Glitz & Glam. Praise & honor for the talented & creative amongst the Humans.

There’s the SAGgies & the Grannys, the Emmys & the Academy Awards. Awards for movies & TV, for music & wardrobe (which humans wouldn’t need if they’da just kept their fur on).

Not sure if Pompeii won an award for last HY but it was the most popular song of HY 2014. We, here at Todo Chronicles, think it oughta win some kind of award for the Song Most Beneficial to Planetary Survival.

We like the music. We give that an 8. We like the beat. Very good for vigorous walkiesing. We give that a 9. But the words . . . we give them a 10. Remember, words are what humans believe sets them apart from other species on Sometimes, we here at Todo Chronicles, wish they would actually listen to their words.

The words to Pompeii talk about the eruption of a very big volcano a long long time ago in a place far far away from My Valley. Far in distance. But . . . not so far in other respects.

The eruption of Mt. Vesuvius was 1 of the most catastrophic events in European history & it happened in 79 AD which is like Y2K HY ago. A long long time ago. People there at the time wrote all about it & that writing still exists today. Imagine that. Volcanic gas, rocks, ash & fumes were spewed high up into the air. Bout as high as a satellite orbiting around up there today. This happened over a brief period of a couple of days & there wasn’t much anybody could do about it. Can’t stuff toothpaste back into a tube, even with thumbs.

Altho the eruption occurred quickly, the residents of the area had some indications of what spewing gases & carbon dioxide can do to air breathing critters. It can kill ‘em dead.

The words to the song say:

And the walls kept tumbling down
In the city that we love
Great clouds roll over the hills
Bringing darkness from above
But if you close your eyes,
Does it almost feel like
Nothing changed at all?
And if you close your eyes,
Does it almost feel like
You’ve been here before?
How am I gonna be an optimist about this?

So how long are humans gonna keep sticking their heads in the sand, closing their eyes to what’s happening all over today? Only now it’s not a volcano spewing catastrophic amounts of carbon dioxide all over. It’s human activity. Carbon Dioxide is Carbon Dioxide. & there’s still some of it floating around since the beginning of the Industrial Age. It’s accumulating until the atmosphere can’t absorb any more. & so fires rage hotter. Winter blizzards paralyze major cities. Hurricane season is year around. Ocean levels rise. Shore lines sink. Droughts are longer & more often. Humans are creating their own destruction & all they can do is SING about it. Makes you wonder just how humans fancy themselves at the top of the food chain. Of course, they can be knocked off pretty fast. Just ask a dinosaur . . . if you can find 1.

So, we here at Todo Chronicles, think that somewhere amongst all the awards handed out this awards season there oughta be a Pompeii Award.

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I been playing Ketchup ever since returning home to my Domain. You know. I got all these important tasks & responsibilities I gotta Ketchup on.

Of course, there’s my Neighborhood Patrol responsibilities. Since I been away so long, whole strings of messaging have been obliterated. Not so much by rain which we haven’t had any significant amounts of since before I left, (but drought is a long issue for another day) but just by time & the scent of strangers passing by. So now I gotta investigate each & every message & add my comment to the peemail strings. Us Neighborhood Patrollers gotta stay networked.

There’s watching out for my old Buds & BFFs like Maggie. We usually see her & her Papa Paul in 1 neighborhood park but lately we been seeing them in the other. We hadda stop & have a long chat with them. Actually, the 1st time we encountered Maggie & Paul in this new location, Paul was chatting with a Lady that lives under a bridge next to Jesus’s Center of Education & Worship. She was quite chatty & we never did ascertain why Maggie & Paul changed destinations before we hadda MoveOn. Maggie didn’t seem to know or care 1 way or the other.

We encountered old BFFs like Daisy Duke & JanThurs. They are doing fine. Me n Daisy like to meet n greet & then go on about our bidness in a separate yet collaborative manner. JanThurs & Mymi like to chit & chat about this, that & the other.

We have new NextDoor Neighbors. Ken & Carla & Takoa. Until the other day, me n Takoa had merely exchanged greetings thru the fence. But we got to meet eye to eye, face to face the other day. Takoa is a rangy 4 HY old Huskie of Indistinct, tho no less Noble Heritage. He’s still a bit young & immature so I gotta show him the ropes of life in the Big City. Takoa & his family moved here from Fiddletown, in the Foot Hills. So Takoa needs to learn to know & appreciate Flatland Ways. I think, with my Guidance & Assistance, Takoa will soon learn. Takoa’s a good dog & willing to adjust to the Flatlands & know his purpose.

This being the 1st month of the current year marks the 100th HY since GrandSire was whelped. Our cousin Perky in MO pointed this out to us. & we are happy to be reminded. We immediately contacted our personal flower people in FLland to have red, white & blue flowers located in the place where GrandSire & GrandDam are laid to rest. Thanks to Cousin Perky. RIP GrandSire & GrandDam. We miss you. All of us.

GrandSire shares a birthdate with another Notable & Noble American. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. There will be parades & prayer services & a holiday marking this occasion. RIP Dr. MLK Jr.

Now I gotta get Mymi going so we can go Walkies. I just gotta Ketchup. OpalK9 OTJ

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