Well . . . this has been a year for the books, as it were. & us dogs of K9Nation gotta learn to go with the flow. As it were.
As previously reported by this chronicle, we, here at Todo Chronicles, have been concerned with the on-going & severe drought gripping the whole western, Left Coast of the country, the US of A. We mighta got used to unusual & perhaps temporary conditions.
We been sorta used to being able to take our Walkies without consideration to weather-related, climatological considerations. We, here at Todo Chronicles, could count on a Walkies 1x/day. No need to prepare our wardrobe or have a partner that doesn’t particularly care to walk in the rain or thru the mud of parks & parkways.
But lately, with the relief of the drought pouring down upon us, we’ve had to get adaptive & innovative. To that end, me n Mymi tried to adjust our Walkies experience by exploring new venues for said Walkies.
Mymi thought it would be a real good idea to join other Mall Walkers at our Local Regional Shopping Mall. We didn’t plan to purchase anything. Just walk the long, long halls connecting alla the various retail & service establishments there on a couple of floors there. Looked like a real good idea to me.
However when we arrived there at that yuge mall, the Mall Cops nixed our great idea. They just said No dogs allowed. Pretty grumpy & inflexible if you ask me.
So we hadda come up with a Plan B. Which we promptly turned around & headed for PetSmart, my Alma Mater. PetSmart U. When we got there, I really hadda relieve my bladder of a lotta water which I did quite successfully on the brick post at the front door. Scheew Doggies. That was the relief me & all dogs gotta have on Walkies. I mean, peeing isn’t just for relief ya know. Often that behavior in this arena is to communicate with other 4-footed & furry passers-by. So anyway, that got taken care of.
We proceeded into the store where there are plenty of other of my brethren & sisters & other members & citizens of AnimalPlanet.com not of HumanKind. We stopped to study some of the items available for purchase. Mymi is seeking a replacement to P’butter Rawhide bones. Which PetSmart seems to have discontinued. What to replace my fave chew dessert with?
We next moved into the bird & gerbil section of the store, all the while walking double-time &, myself, sniffing out & investigating all my surroundings. Birds are pretty & make pretty sound with their chirpy songs. Gerbils are not necessarily so engaging. What do gerbils do?
Well, then’s when we had a small crisis in Adaptation & Innovation in our effort to maintain some regularity in our day while still taking into consideration climatological factors. Meaning . . . I really really hadda poop. So I did, on the store floor which was kind of a disconcerting experience, for myself at least. I mean I know better than to poop in our domain or inside a structure. When ya gotta go, ya gotta go.
But we overcame this adversity by seeking the appropriate sanitary station. Mymi got a little nervous & rushed up to the front of the store to seek a poop bag from store staff when, as it turned out, there was a sanitary station right around the corner from the evidence, which I hadda stay by & guard that no one step in it. Kind of embarrassing for a good dog that knows the rules of the road. But whatta you gonna do when you just gotta go?
So we made a hasty escape upon fully cleaning up the evidence. Now we just don’t know what to do to ensure we both get out & get our exercise & fresh air while our atmosphere works to correct many long HYs of drought & no rain. We’ll keep working on it.
Looks like humans better learn to correct & adapt, innovate. We been getting next to no rain for a long time & a lotta HYs. We have gone from almost empty lakes & reservoirs & water storage facilities to full & carrying capacity of the creeks & rivers is over the top. Our Big River Bypass is full & we got crumbling dams & outfalls. So humans are gonna hafta learn to adapt to disparate weather conditions & figure out how to deal efficiently & effectively. Here’s a thought! Why don’t humans consider putting money into the maintenance of the infrastructure to carry & store water as well as how to keep the rest of the system that keeps our country running smoothly & not jeopardizing life (all life) all around this, our home planet.
Just sayin . . . us Dogs’ll keep doing our job as best we can under adverse circumstances. Let’s see what humans can do on their side.