AND THEY CALL US DOGS

Ya know. we here at Todo Chronicles, know y’all think dogs of every color & stripe are just dumb animals. Just waiting around to do our Master’s bidding. Maybe y’all think some dogs are smarter than others. & perhaps more sophisticated or civilized.

But, fact check here please. But, we, here at Todo Chronicles, cannot verify 1 single solitary instance where 1 dog viciously attacked & slaughtered another dog without human command or provocation. Just because the 1st dog didn’t like the color of another dog’s fur or because the shape of the attacked dog’s body is different or unusual or some other reason. No Self-Respecting Offspring of Great Todo would commit such an atrocity. Not even the so-called Lone Wolf (4 legged kind) would would stoop to such a barbarity. Just not happening.

We, here at Todo Chronicles, would like to take this opportunity to suggest that humans take a good long look at themselves. Perhaps y’all aren’t the Top of the Food Chain, Last Word in Creation. There’s still some fine-tuning left to do.

Just a Dog is Just sayin’ . . .

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OpalK9 OTJ

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BITCH OF A CERTAIN AGE

Now that I have reached a certain age. Acquired knowledge & wisdom. Explored my surroundings in many & varied locations. Sharpened my skills & done my assignments & duties well & as required. Sometimes exceeding expectations. Now that I’ve got my ducks in a row & my poop in the proper receptacle . . . now I find that occasionally & sometimes I’m too pooped to participate.

Been there.

Done that.

So . . . sometimes I just gotta lets things go. You know . . . slide. Cause my faculties don’t work like they did in past days.

To be sure, I perform my duties & responsibilities as required. But sometimes I let that pesky squirrel bury peanuts in the planter on the deck out back. What the heck. I don’t think he’s hurting anything. Sometimes I even get a peanut outta the deal.

& for instance, previously, I made sure to corral the cats (they’re so humpy & hissy. What’s the good of keeping them in their place?). So I let a few cross my path without challenge or encounter. Every cat I ever Hi-4ed got all smug & snotty, so I’m not gonna waste my energy on them anymore.

& also, another example, squirrel wrangling in the park basically wastes my energy chasing them up & around trees. They just snicker & laugh at me up there in their tree they know I can’t climb even if I wanted to. Besides, it kinda stretches some weary muscles & bones & not in a good way. These bones is weary bones.

Getting so I’m not trusting my trusty old ears anymore either. Sometimes I don’t hear something happening right near me until it sneaks up & scares me. Mymi thinks it’s selective hearing & I just ignore her conversation & commands. Welllllll . . . sometimes.

There’s Postal Patrol which doesn’t bring the satisfaction it used to. Previously I would have to scramble across the hot (in the summer, like now) blacktop to the mailbox on the other side of the street. I left pee-mail for my little friends, Buttercup & . . . her name escapes me at the moment. Now it’s something of a chore to cross the streets being as they are so hot. Curbs a K9’s enthusiasm.

More & more I’m experiencing difficulty leaving pee-mail to mark my paths & routes around the neighborhood. I gotta try & try & it gets frustrating not to communicate with my homies here in the neighborhood. I tried puddlewater, poolwater, gutterwater, even the water in my bowl, warm or with icy cubes in it. Zip. Zero. Hardly nuthin’.

All of this causes great concern & consternation to Mymi & My Auntie Judy. So it has been decided that I must get checked up & checked out. I went to the vet already. They poked & prodded. They stuck a little biddy needle in me. They said it wouldn’t hurt but I noticed it to be sure.

Mymi says test results are in & indicate that I require further study. Tomorrow I go to My Vet for an abdominal ultrasound which sounds intimidating enough. Even for a courageous K9 such as myself. Among other indignities I face, they are gonna shave my belly to get a better picture of what’s going on in there. Worst of all . . . no breakfast. I may faint away.

Old age sux. & it ain’t for sissies.
OpalK9 OTJ

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THE MORE THINGS CHANGE

Our apologies. We, here at Todo Chronicles, have not been absent & derelict in our duties due to any lack of motivation or interest on our part. But rather we, here at Todo Chronicles have been away from our chronicling duties for nearly a HM due to a series of unanticipated events.

First on our list of unanticipated events was that I had another date with my new BFF (Boy Friend Forever) Wink. Love of my life. OK. Call me Cougar. Wink’s a little on the young side for a mature bitch of accomplishment such as myself. But we have sooo much in common. 1st of all our companions are becoming fast BFFs (in the original sense of the term). So Mymi & 211Kristen like to walk us together. So fun to team up with Wink & point him in the proper direction so he could dive into the tall grasses for the bunny I flushed out with my superior sniffing skills. Wink’s long legs permit him to run pretty fast tho bunnies still seem to elude him.

Then I was just day dreaming of more walkies in the wetlands with Wink when I was whisked off to MySpa & Resort. For an exceptionally long stay (IMHO). Mymi & Golfernut were flying off to vacay in VA, home of our Founding Fathers. They were gonna meet UncaT & AuntieTeach there & seek out my family’s roots & origins here in America. & play some golf.

Well I woulda liked to go along. I gotta dog in this race too ya know. But far far too many human vacay rentals frown upon pets accompanying their companions. I woulda loved to tour the old family Township in SW VA or the family estates & plantations which haven’t actually been in the family since a Family Founding Father explored that American Way of Life . . . Overextending Oneself in the Financial Arena. Oh well. Guess that’s why this country got settled. Hadda move beyond the Repo Man.

They took pix of the City sign. The family Marble Garden. The Family Plantation & Horse Hang Out. Present owners having to sell bc they took too many spills offa their horses permitted a grand tour of the place by the present Lady of the House. A fine & gracious hostess. They also attempted to tour the even older family Farm which is still a working farm to fork farm supplying meat & produce to the Inn in town where my folks had a healthy & nutritious lunch. But they got turned away from seeing that homestead by some not so friendly cows with mean looking horns.

So while they all are frolicking back in VA, I’m here at home, hanging out with my buds at MySpa & Resort. I thought I was gonna go home 1 day bc I got all shampooed & blow dried. Fluffed up & fancy & then . . . nada. No one came to get me. Til late the next day. Late in the day. Ya gotta know all this unsettlement & upset makes me pretty nervous at my advanced age. I was looking forward to getting home & getting nice & settled again. But when we got home, there wasn’t home there. At least not sos I could recognize it.

My domain with my mat was all filled up with junk & stuff. Nothing smells right. Nothing looks right. Mymi says it’s OK. It’s just a Home Makeover. But you know, ya gotta check it all out for yourself. So I spent hours familiarizing myself. Then I could rest a little easy. The next day, bright & early workers showed up & began banging & pounding. & emitting noxious smells. & laying down dirty cloth all over everywhere. & making so much racket & noise, there was just nowhere for a dog, at loose ends anyway to go. & Mymi hadda go on shopping expeditions & tours with our Interior Designer Patty. So she was gone. Very unsettling.

This went on all HW. But finally I figured out it’s best to make friends with the workers & then find a hidey-hole. So now they are cleared out & only a little bit more work is needed to complete phase 1. I can’t WAIT for phase 2. (Not!)

Yesterday Mymi promised me another date with Wink. I was soooo looking forward to our Teamwork flushing out more bunnies & squirrels & running free through the wetland. But we went to an Urban Park for Doggie Dash. Well I gotta see Wink for about like a minute. Then Wink hadda guide & accompany 211Bob on the 5KRun. I guess 211Bob didn’t know the way very well & needed Wink’s assistance. Me n Mymi & 211Kristen did the 3KWalk around a pond & everything. But as I was on a leash (todolly against our standard practices) I couldn’t even adequately sniff out & assess the situation around the pond. & now way was there any swimming in the todolly tame & tepid pond. Ah Wink. When will I see you again?

I don’t know when things will eVer get back to Normal. Or is this the New Normal . . . Nothing Normal at all & prolly gonna stay that way. The more things change . . . the more they change. OpalK9 OTJ

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MEANINGFUL MAYDAYS

In my family there are several Meaningful Maydays. For instance:
*:) happy Little BabyMak was whelped on the very 1st day of this month, 3 HY ago.
*O:-) angel GrannyJenny was whelped on the 2nd day of May. She’s BabyMak’s GreatGrandDam
*>:D< big hug I, myself, was whelped on the 4th day of this very HM. I have thus far achieved 11 HY which makes me quite Senior in K9Y
*:)) laughing My UncaT was whelped on the day following. He's BabyMak's Grand Sire. He's pretty senior in HY. *;) winking
*:-h wave Of course there's Memorial Day at the very end of this HM. That's where our country stops to give thanks to all the Veterans living & passed who served our country so courageously. Like GrandSire & all our Black Hawks BFFs.

But the very most special day of this HM is the special day just past, Mothers Day, the special day set aside in the busy fast paced lives of our citizenry to honor & thank the Dams, GrandDams, Aunties, Female Litter Mates (humans call sisters & sistahs) & those other caregivers that make our lives easier. We, here at Todo Chronicles, hope all the Mothers, Mother Figures & Caregivers had a very fine & happy Mothers Day, full of fun, family & friends.
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People often ask me, OpalK9 (they address me not as founder, editor, reporter & publisher of Todo Chronicles but as a regular Bitch) OpalK9, are you Pro-Choice? So I must respond from personal experience.

My earliest memories are as a Litter Machine in a Puppy Mill. I do not recall off-paw how many litters or pups I actually produced in my 1st career. I never got to know the Studs. It was just like . . . Wham. Bam. Thank you Dam. I never got time to properly name & nurture my pups before the were ripped from me. Those pups that were created for human experimentation, convenience & profit. If it were my choice, I would have given them proper O-names. Olivia, Oliver. Onnix. Othello. Ophelia. Oscar. No. Wait. Oscar. Are you that Blue Dog that lives in a garbage can? Nice disguise Dude. Olga. Octavia. Om. Orlando.

If it were my choice I would have spaced my litters so I could properly care for & nurture each pup. If it were my choice, I woulda known you can't just mix & match breeds of disparate heritages to create the perfect dog for human purposes. Every dog knows oil & water don't mix . . . they just . . . Frack. I guess it's OK for humans to toss experiments gone awry into the trash. But it's NOT OK with us dogs & I don't know what became of my beloved AussieDoodles.

But then somewhere in my 2nd HY I got rescued by my AuntieKim. Fostered by my Mama & Papa. & they facilitated me n' Mymi adopting each other. So there's another Class of Nurturers & Caregivers that should be thanked & appreciated on Mothers Day, Rescuers of Lost, Abused & Abandoned Animals.

But, in answer to the question, I am definitely & 100% Pro-Choice. Pro. My Choice. We, here at Todo Chronicles, believe we can speak for K9 Nation on this issue. We are opposed to humans playing Great Todo, deciding a dog's fate for us. We Sit & Stay squarely in the Pro-Choice corner. Pro- Our Choice.
OpalK9 OTJ

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PET’S PET PEEVES

*:) Extended Political Campaigns: Is it just us, here at Todo Chronicles, or did we just barely get over 1 election season & another is starting up already. Time really does fly. Here we, here at Todo Chronicles thought Presidential elections were every 4 years. Already there’s something like 20 candidates declared for President in HY2016!

That just extends the season for candidates & parties, special interests & normally disinterested voters to sling bad words & mud around. To point fingers & lay blame for past disasters & failures. Call each other bad names. Imply that masses of voters are ignorant of bad behavior of the Political Establishment & other Oligarchs. It just all gets so ugly so quickly. & it goes on & on.

The good news about long election cycles is that it creates jobs for Oppo Researchers, Muck Rakers, Media Analysts & TV sponsors. I wonder when those $Bs are going to trickle down to the local communities.

*:| Potential Voter Suppression: We here at Todo Chronicles, have been advocating for HYs & HYs now for the K9 Vote. Us K9s are as alert & aware of our surroundings & what’s goin’ on in high places that affect our daily lives as many apathetic voters & irresponsible citizens who don’t even bother to vote & have a say. But we, here at Todo Chronicles, doubt that the Franchise will be extended our directions in our lifetime. Oh yah! We know Bo Bama did what he could to advocate in the White House for K9 Franchise but, face it Bo. Cards are stacked against us now & in the foreseeable future.

Humans believe they are the Top of the Food Chain. Highest Form of Intelligence & should therefore, run AnimalPlanet.com. & they believe the most efficient, equal & effective to run said planet is like a bidness. They retain all the control & decide for all other critters. Well, IOHO, they aren’t doing a very good job of running things. Perhaps it’s time to rebel & revolt. Express our anger & frustration at not having a say in things. Choices & options . . . token & hollow words.

B-( Climate Deniers: It is so difficult for we, here at Todo Chronicles, to admit this, but my State, the Great State of CA has denied the reality of drought for so long we almost won the Race to the Bottom. Bottom of the well that is. Elected Officials, H20 Officials & Mainstream Media have been watching the state go dry, making merry predictions of rain, doing the Rain Dance & all the while denying that the State is drying up. Claiming that H20 conservation would hurt the state’s economic recovery. Well the state going dry ain’t gonna help the economic recovery 1 little bit.

In addition to the dams & reservoirs, creeks & streams going dry, we have a snow pack somewhere around 10% of normal. A hot dry summer should take care of that. Did you know that there are communities in the Big Valley where the wells are dry. People are leaving their homes bc there is no water to be had. I wonder if they are migrating back to OK. A Reverse Dust Bowl.

Science & common sense were ignored. I mean how could humans convince themselves to that it’s OK to keep on keepin’ on when rainless years were becoming drought cycles. The drought cycles coming at a faster pace. That it’s OK to keep drawing down the ground water. What did they think would replace that water if it ain’t gonna rain no more? & why is it OK to keep expanding & growing when water supply is drying up? Not to mention FRACKING! Pumping fresh water full of chemicals to force it down into the earth in order to extract OIL? I mean which is more important to sustaining life? Oil or Water.

I know those seem like really dumb questions. But it just goes to illustrate. Maybe humans aren’t Top of the Food Chain. & maybe the time for the K9 vote has come. It really todolly Peeves Us Off, here at Todo Chronicles, that we have to keep hounding & barking on these issues.
OpalK9 OTJ

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BEAUTIFUL MORNING ENCOUNTER

Yesterday being yet another warming & relentlessly sunny day, me n Mymi couldn’t decide whether to Walkies over to the Pond to deliver our most recent Nat Geo to the GrandSire Memorial Nat Geo Library there at the Pond or Walkies to the store to purchase peanut butter, a staple flavor in our domain. We opted for the Pond.
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We waved as we passed by our friends Paul & MaggsKay9 at the park. We usually see them at the small park in the opposite direction. But I guess we all need a change of pace.

We arrived at the Pond & exchanged pleasantries with the young lady at the front desk that used to be manned by Bonnie. She made prizes for the parties at the Pond but she retired. GrandSire won a glass Santa filled with marshmallows.

We also exchanged pleasantries with the Diva of the Pond. A very dramatic appearing lady who uses a rolling chair to motate. She remembered GrandSire fondly. She knows me & remembered my name is a gem, which I would have to agree with her. She doesn’t let the rolling chair stop her from looking lovely & stylish . . . for a human of a certain age.

Then we proceeded on our way to the Big Community Park & Middle School where we always Walkies. Often we meetup with JanThurs & Daisy Duke Dog. Yesterday, however, they were not present.

But we made new friends. Cecil & AJ were visiting from another neighborhood, not our immediate neighborhood. Cecil B. Pooch is of Noble Character & Breeding being a Jack Beagle, that is a Jack Russell Terrier & Beagle. Cecil loves to run & chase a ball almost a large as he is. The ball has holes so he can sink teeth into the situation & carry it to a far corner of the park & then go about his exploration. Until he tires of that & retrieves the ball & carries it back to AJ for another toss.

Cecil n me, we said our howdy-dos & went about our bidness. I like to sniff out & investigate recent park visitors. I like to roll in the shady thick grass under trees. I like to run & chase butterflies, should any be out there. Cecil just likes to run & run.

Mymi & AJ struck up a lengthy conversation discussing the wonders of K9s. & why wouldn’t they considering their companions of the day? AJ related to Mymi a story about an Informal Dog Park in their neighborhood. I mean, there are Dog Parks in the area. Me n Mymi used to go to one but it was a long ways away & we hadda get in the car to get there. I really loved the H20 feature but they hadda do away with it. Not bc of drought bc that was a long time ago in the Pre-Drought Era. Word was it became poison for dogs to swim in & drink bc it was reclaimed water & it became toxic with poisons spread about to control pests of many natures.

So anyway, at this Informal Dog Park, there is an Unofficial Mayor. He doesn’t allow the Unofficiousness of his office stand in the way of patrolling the park. If he spies any human allowing Poop to go unattend & cleaned up, he promptly reminds the human companion of his/her responsibilities. Patrons of the park also contribute plastic grocery bags, which are going out of style in CA, but as I previously observed, they do have their re-uses. Patrons also contribute shovels to re-cover holes any enterprising dog may dig to uncover treasure like, for instance, bones. AJ relates that it’s just the neighborly & right thing to do. We couldn’t agree more.

Upon departure, AJ declared, Good-bye My Beautiful Sistahs. Have a blessed day. What a beautiful morning encounter.
OpalK9 OTJ

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WINK

I just had the todolly most awesomely funnest day eVer! In a long time.

Gotta admit. At 1st I was somewhat skeptical when Mymi said . . . Jump in the car OpalK9. We’re going for a ride.

BC usually We’re going for a ride is code for you’re going to your Spa & Resort. Not that I have anything against MySpa & Resort. They’re good peeps & they know how to treat a Senior Dog right. But it ain’t Home.

So yeah! I was skeptical. But I did finally got into the car & off we went to a big, big park a short ride from our Domain. In this instance it’s known as a Habitat Restoration Area, whatever that means. I’m guessing it means that it’s Big. Room enough for all critters that go there to run around & sniff & enjoy the Great Outdoors.

At the Habitat Restoration Area, we met Mymi’s friend, 211Kristen. She’s Wink’s mama. Wink is a Princely Poodle of Noble & Standard stature & heritage. White color & markings. Wink is all Poodle. He loves the Great Outdoors.

Did you know Poodles were originally bred as duck retrievers & those goofy poofy bouffant coat stylings are actually helpful to Poodles when doing what they’re bred to do. Wink, however, was not coiffed in such a manner.

Wink loves to run so Me n Wink, we took off for the stream that runs thru the wetlands for miles & miles. Mymi & 211Kristen just walked & talked along the pathways. But Me & Wink we had ourselves a great time running & chasing. There were ducks & squirrels, rabbits & other birds. White birds with long thin necks. & gray 1s too. Critters I couldn’t identify as I’ve been outta the loop for a time.

There remains some water in the creek so, of course, I hadda make use of the mud bath. Get right down in it. Roll around. Get the scent & ambiance of the locale so I could remember it fondly.

Wink showed me lots of good stuff. Wink is a good deal bigger than me so he could out run me sometimes. But I showed him a thing or 2 when I did a Jump & Run & spied a rabbit while Wink was down on the stream bed just chasing around trying to find another critter to play with.

We had a Blast. Wink is a todolly Cool & Stand Up sorta fellow. Mymi n 211Kristen agreed to meetup again real soon. I hope so. It was so Fun. Funnest Day eVer in a long time.
OpalK9 OTJ

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