STAND DOWN K9 NATION

I just bet more than 1/2 the registered voters in ‘Mer’ca wish they’d let us K9s have the vote before this most recent presidential & unfortunate (for many reasons) election. Cuz no Self-Respecting Offspring of Great Todo would ever consider supporting a leader that fosters anger & hatred, exploits fear & ignorance. Encourages violence & division. Nor would we support anyone who continually embarrasses my country with friends, allies & foes around AnimalPlanet.com.
No Self-Respecting Offspring of Great Todo would discriminate & attempt to separate the K9 Nation. No Self-Respecting Offspring of Great Todo would think to define 1 breed as superior to another. And no breed would think that they were better somehow, more equal & deserving of civil rights than a K9 of Mixed But Noble Heritage.
Under the skin & fur, we’re pretty much all the same. 4 legs. Loyal (to a fault, perhaps). Ready willing & able to pursue & complete any task assigned to us, however our outsides might appear. Myself, personally, I wouldn’t consider all brown-eyed Blue Merle Aussies, such as myself, superior to a blue-eyed Red Merle Aussie much less, say, a little fellow, loyal to his folks but of Mixed But Noble Heritage. Just not happening.
However us dogs aren’t gonna butt our heads against a brick wall advocating for the K9 Franchise. Not now. No way. I mean this president (I can barely bring myself to peck out that word associated with the person that now sometimes occupies the noble White House) doesn’t even have a family dog (we miss you Bo Bama) or a furry or finny or scaley companion of any species. Maybe he’s got a Gold Fish.
So stand down, K9 Nation. Stand down for now & watch while humans try to wiggle out of this unfortunate situation. We’ll be prepared to pick up our cause, advocate for the K9 Franchise when the mood of the nation is more open & receptive to that Pledge they often make in public gatherings: 1 nation, Under Great Todo, indivisible, with liberty & justice for all.
palK9 OTJ
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THE PILL BOX

Scheew Dawgies! I hadda really be sharp & smart & On My Toes the other day. See over the weekend past, Mymi took off for the Bay Area, seeking a cool place to play golf with the Big Golf Gang she plays with sometimes. It’s now tradition to head to the Bay Area in the Valley Summers to slip outta the heat of MyValley where it was 100+ & no breeze, or drafts or rustling of leaves in the tall trees. It was HOT here. I should know. I got left here to keep a lid on things here at our Domain. Our Neighborhood. Don’t want any more Bad Guys stalking our Neighborhood.
At any rate, I was here at home, doing my job, keeping cool as possible under the circumstances. I am proud to report nothing happened. No Bad Guys approaching our Entrance. Guess I was sufficiently fearsome. I did a good job.
Time Mymi & them got home, the sun was going down. It was cooling . . . somewhat. & I was getting pretty hungry. My Auntie Judy came for my Walkies but I didn’t get to eat dinner until Mymi got home, which according to my calculations, was Late! But we got that all straightened out. I got fed. & we settled down to usual Sunday evening routine.
Next morning, however, things didn’t go so smooth when Mymi was preparing to go out . . . again. She turned our Domain upside down looking for a little gold-colored pill container. She searched up, down & all around to no result. Since she couldn’t find this little item around our Domain, she figured it musta been left somewhere on the golfing escapade. So she called the restaurant where they ate dinner. They had it.
She was overjoyed & said we would pick it up the following HD. That’s when my skill set came into play. Bc, in my capacity as Security, I was required to ride along, watch out & keep my eyes open for anything untoward. I got a real good night’s sleep in order to be sharp & smart for my duties the next day.
After Walkies & Chores. we headed out, hoping to miss major traffic jams in the middle of the day. & off we went. We made it without incident, but I was prepared just in case. The young man at the restaurant was there when we knocked on the door. He gave us the important little pill box. Off we went on the return trip. Which was uneventful.
Truth be told, I was unsure what all the fuss was about. I’ve seen Mymi use the little gold box but never suspected the significance. But during our trip home, Mymi ‘splained to me that the little pill box came to her from GrandDam. It is of Emotional Significance.
Sure glad Mymi ‘splained that all to me. I just couldn’t imagine what was so all fired important that we hadda travel many miles from our Domain & Valley just to retrieve a small, insignificant little thing as a small, gold-colored box not even big enough to hold a bone or some kibble. Now I know.
palK9 OTJ
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BAD GUYS

We received a text marked URGENT the other day. It was from our Next Door Neighbor, Marie. Mother of 3 & candidate for a job at the local Juvenile Justice Center. So when we got Marie’s text marked URGENT, we sat up & took notice. Wouldn’t you?
Marie said, ‘In case you can’t understand the voice from the Chopper in the Sky, there’s some Bad Guys on the loose with guns. Right here in our neighborhood. Go inside. Lock windows & doors.’
So that’s what we did. & don’tcha know? I hadda sit up & take special care & notice. That’s my job. So I assumed my position of alert right in the front hall way. I remained on High Alert all afternoon. It wasn’t easy. Hard to remain awake in the heat of the afternoon. But I did it. It’s my job. I barked & growled my most ferocious whenever anyone wandered by our front door. There weren’t many however. I guess not many wished to encounter Bad Guys With Guns on a hot afternoon where tempers flare & mistakes get made.
We stayed inside all afternoon, long after the Chopper in the Sky flew off to another emergency or something. Then we got the All Clear from Marie.
She said the Bad Guys got caught. Without violence or bloodshed. She said ‘The Bad Guys were messing around in their car. Taking selfies of themselves with guns in their car. Weren’t paying strict attention to their driving & caused an auto accident . . . from which they fled on foot . . . through our neighborhood. Eventually they got caught bc getting caught is cool & trendy nowadays.’ Go figure!
How dumb is that. Messing around with phones. In a car. With guns. & they won’t give us dogs the K9 Franchise.
palK9 OTJ
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MEAGAN LEAVY

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RASHAD TAKES THE MIRROR BALL

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MY EXCELLENT MOTHERS DAY

This HY, for Mother’s Day, we did something very special indeed. It was the funnest Mother’s Day I ever had. Of course, heretofore, I wasn’t exactly sure what Mother’s Day was since I never got asked to celebrate it before. But now I know all about it.

We decided, it being my 1st Mother’s Day that I’m aware of, to take a trip to see my AuntieKim, my 1st Mother that I remember. I know. I know. I was already whelped & had already whelped a few litters of my own by the time I hooked up with my AuntieKim. Not my fault & I don’t remember much before my AuntieKim rescued me from my previous poor situation producing AussieDoodles as if on an assembly line.

Also my AuntieKim’s Aussie Sanctuary was located much closer to our Domain than it is now. So getting to see my AuntieKim & all my cousins, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and shirttail, & the new Sanctuary & Domain was a treat better than a Blu-Stix.
So we jumped in the car & drove & drove. Upward & eastward from our Domain but not upward into the crest of the mountains which are still lined with a Yuge Big Snowpack, which is a good thing. But we did travel for quite a distance upward in elevation so that when we arrived at the Sanctuary, we could look out & see snowcapped mountains & ski slopes in 1 direction & blue sky & forest in the other.
The Sanctuary sits on top of a mountain & it’s all decked out & equipped to properly care for the many Aussies, Aussie Mixes & Pocket Pooches that are presently being fostered there while my AuntieKim seeks Forever Homes for these guys. Just like she matched me n Mymi low these many HY, & more K9Y ago.
Me n Benny became fast BFFs & I’m gonna hafta mentor Benny a bit. He’s an Aussie/Border Collie of Noble Heritage but he’s only about 1.6 HY old so he’s all full of youthful enthusiasm & energy. I hadda calmly but firmly remind him not to rush another or to keep jumping up on all the humans around that he was so joyful & happy to encounter. But upon setting the ground rules, Benny turned out to be OK & set his focus on welcoming Mymi & Golfernut to his Sanctuary.
Once me n Benny got that sorted out, I got to walk around the house, the barn, the kennel & the grounds & sniff & investigate to my heart’s content. I got to take a dip in the pond which was refreshing on a warm spring day.
The Sanctuary is a big place, comparatively speaking, with lots & lots of new material to learn & understand.  It was a nice & welcome challenge for this Senior Dog. I asked my AuntieKim if she knew where any of my AussieDoodle pups got to after she rescued me. It being Mother’s Day & all. But she told me she never knew what became of any of them. They were quite hyper & high strung which wasn’t their fault. After all, the were somewhat the effect of Human Interference & genetic engineering. So wherever you are, Orlando, Olivia, Otis, Oscar, Octavia, Ozzie, Odessa, Oprah, Olaf & alla you other O-AussieDoodles, I’m here at Todo Chronicles giving you a Shout Out. It’s Mother’s Day. Call me!
One very sad note on Mother’s Day. My Cousin, Ka’ani Rose passed on to back up to PlanetPluto. My UncaT & AuntieTeach are very sad that they had to say good-bye the day before Mother’s Day. But I’ll let you know when I get a text from Ka’ani, UncaT, AuntieTeach. I’m sure her trip there will be direct & short. Ka’ani Rose was a good dog who knew her purpose. She was so fortunate to get a loving home & good folks the 1st time around. We all miss you, Ka’ani Rose. Now newbie, S’cusi has no mentor. You’re on your own, S’cusi. Take good care of your folks.
I know I haven’t even mentioned DWTS this season. Terribly remiss of me. But last night was the semi-finals. Normani the Singer. David the Baseball Hero & Rashad the Football Champ compete in the finals next week. We were surprised to see Simone, Gold Medal Gymnast, go home last night. But it will be a Battle Royale for the Mirror Ball Trophy come next Monday. Bet your best bones on that.
palK9 OTJ
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HAPPY BIRTHDATE TO . . .

Today marks my 13th Human Birthdate. No one is more surprised than myself to find that I am now as Senior in K9Ys as GrandSire was when I 1st encountered him back there in FL-land
Now I understand
*:( sad    Slow to get up from a sitting or lying position
*:x lovestruck    Forgetfulness
*:O) clown    bland Senior recipes meal recipes
*:-/ confused    being less inclined to accept changes in routine
*:)) laughing    valuing quiet & alone time
*=)) rolling on the floor    less inclination to chase the ball or the squirrel or what have you
*I-) sleepy     taking my time to thoroughly sniff out & investigate. Stopping to smell the roses & other delicious scents
But it’s all good. I like the new old me. I’ve learned so much in my time here on AnimalPlanet.com. I plan to take it back to PlanetPluto when the time comes. Lessons to learn by.
I’m gonna be sure to tell my Buds up there on PlanetPluto that we gotta be sure to protect our Homeland from bad invaders like fossil fuel emissions. Ya gotta wonder what AnimalPlanet.com will look like in a few more human generations. Maybe they’ll all be green from having to breathe the same air as plants. That air will be so loaded with CO which makes plants green.
I’m gonna use my Senior Status as my excuse for excluding the arrival of Loukie-Doo to our family. Loukie-Doo is #JuneBug’s baby Bro & the Delight of his folks, PhotoGirl & PoBoy. He’s a cute little fellow . . . as human pups go. We’re so happy to have a new beautiful family member to expand the Tribe    .
Seems like time is passing as quickly as I’m not moving these days. So I better be sure to wish a Happy Birthdate to all my family having birthdates in the Human Month of May, My Birthdate month. Happy Birthdate to
*:) happy    My UncaT
*O:-) angel    My GrannyJennie
*:-h wave    My Little Cousin Makkie. Makkie starts school so she can be a learned & productive humn adult.
Happy Birthdate to us all. Now I think I’ll take a nap!
palK9 OTJ
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