This Valentines Day, being in the middle of the week & all, I didn’t figure there was much chance I’d gitta celebrate Hearts & Flowers Day with Mymi. She’s usually gone golfing on this day of the HW. It’s kind of a human tradition us dogs don’t often participate in. But I guess we all gotta face the New Normal these days.
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& so it was that Mymi decided to forego golf this Valentines Day in favor of sending me this cute Valentine msg. Isn’t that cute?!
She decided to forego golf as it was pretty cold (for CA) & cloudy when she was due to arise in order to meet her friends at the GC at the appointed time. It remained cool & cloudy for the morning & it took extra time for her to arise & begin the day. Which is not all that unusual, when I stop & think about it.
Be that as it may, she arose & announced we were going on a Valentines Day walkies. It is my Valentines Day surprise. I was thrilled.
So, walkies we did. We combined a couple of our known routes thru our Neighborhood. Only backwards from our normal approach. That was kind of unique & exciting. Made it seem like todolly new territory.
We went to the school park where all the kids walk/run around the park in PE. They always want to pet me & say I’m a nice/pretty dog. I like that.
Then we walked backwards (well backwards from our usual approach) to the little neighborhood park nearer our Domain. There was a fellow sitting at the other table who petted me nicely & gently after I got a drink of water from Mymi’s water bottle. Then we were off on the final leg of our excursion,
You know what was best about My Valentines Day walkies? We went along at my pace, since it was my Valentines Day walkies. I gotta ketchup on a lot of sniffing & investigation which sometimes gets overlooked in favor of speed walking cuz Mymi’s gotta be somewhere else soon. I don’t walk as fast as I used to. Well really, I don’ do anything as fast as I usedta.
Whatta nice Valentines Day. Wishing everyone a Happy Valentines Day like mine.
palK9 OTJ
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Oy vei! Seems like the HM of Jan. was just 1 thing after another. Could hardly catch my breath before something else needed attention & investigation. No time for real reporting of news & events around here.
Primary among Things That Required Resolution were:
1st of all, we hadda get used to another laptop while ours was sent to the manufacturer for repair. Seems kind of unfair that you gotta send your faulty electronic device back to the manufacturer for repair of said faulty product & then wait around until said manufacturer gets around to repair or replacement. Whattaya s’posed to do without said device? Mymi says all her brains are in our mobile devices. Of course, under those circumstances we gotta git ‘er done. Fortunately our ITGal had a loaner device so we could send oirs back. BUT not all of us users are as nimble-fingered (or even as fingered) as humans. Frustrating to hafta get used to nother devices & then hafta get used to yours again. Not easy for us 4-toed users. Phooey. Hopefully we’ll get the laptop back in a timely manner.
2nd of all…& more important & costly, we hadda replaced the HVAC system. Not zackly sure what that is but I know it is a Big Deal. There was lotsa talk about shifting money to the correct account. Then there was lotsa work persons around here the last few HDs. Banging & running big machines. Using a big arm sitting on a big truck to take a big machine off our roof. Then putting a replacement (it appeared to be) at the side of our domain. (Great! Another device to scope out & investigate. Don’t think I’ll actually need to used it tho, which is the good news.) So anyhow, I think everything is complete now. We just need to learn how to use these devices. Well Mymi does. Good luck with that!
Myself, personally, I’m gonna learn how to operate this new laptop device. Prolly have it functional about the time I gotta give it back. But you see what I mean about learning about another device. Where did this underline come from & how do I get rid of it! Not only that, why does my page keep jumping around? Getting bigger & then smaller. My mouse keeps jumping all over the page. Why don’t things work like they’re s’posed to?
I’ll be real glad to get my own laptop back. Seems to me these Labor Saving Convenience Devices aren’t necessarily all they’re cracked up to be & maybe humans continue to fool themselves so they can have the most Blingy & shiney stuff. Quit trying to take the easy way out of problems that have been mounting for centuries.
palK9 OTJ
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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all. 
We’re a bit slow with the ketchup after the holidays. I’m told it was a grand season altho yrs truly didn’t gitta go on any holiday excursions to the Valley of Casinos & Bling or over to the Coast to see the Great Zoo & Center for Conservation and Research for Endangered Species. Which was OK I guess. I was still kinda tired from our trip to see many of our cuzzins in the Southland. I still hadda guide & assist in the ketchup work when things returned to ‘normal.’ Whatever ‘normal’ is these days.
In any case I’m told that the family git-togethers in the Valley of Casinos & Bling were most successful. Everyone got a lotta loot. It looks like a busy busy day. Like to wore poor Mali out.
Then they traveled to south SoCA, San Diego, to see the Zoo among other things. They had a blast. Saw all the animals from elephants & zebras to koalas &warthogs. From flamingos to pelicans on the winged side. What a place! 
We, here at Todo Chronicles, & at K9Nation & in the Animal Kingdom generally, are todolly & happily support & encourage organizations like the San Diego Zoo. They were leaders in the Cageless Zoo Display effort so animals don’t have to look back at their audiences through bars & cyclone fencing. Not a perfect arrangement but sometimes some animals have to be protected from human incursion into their habitat or they’ll go estinct. That means there won’t be any of them left . . . anywhere . . . ever again. 
We, here at Todo Chronicles & across the (Animal) Kingdom, still can’t figure out why it’s so difficult for humans, especially humans trained in systems building & analysis, can’t understand that is a big huge system. Fiddle with this. Fuddle with that. Draw out a few strands from the middle. Eliminate some moving  parts & the system collapses. Things Fall Apart. The Center Won’t Hold.
If humans really want to keep that from happening, they better learn to peacefully coexist with their furry, fuzzy, finny & 4 footed co-inhabitants of After all it’s their only home domain. While, for instance, us dogs will return to PlanetPluto when our time here on is done. Where are humans gonna go?  We, here at Todo Chronicles, hope they don’t figure out a way to go off to some other planet & leave this one in shambles. A dry barren hunk of junk not habitable by any species we know of today.
We also think humans could make an effort to learn from their more domesticated companions on this sphere. Dogs are the best people. They have a lot to teach humans about being.  . . well . . . Human. 😎
This guy gets it!
palK9 OTJ 
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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


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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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 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, OpalK9.
Maybe humans ain’t so smart after all. Why do they think you named it 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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