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Thursday, November 24th, 2016
12:00 am
Pasadena Doo Dah Parade Thanks and Records Broken!
We had so much to be thankful for this past Sunday at the 39th Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade on East Colorado Boulevard plus we had a number of firsts happen:

1) Despite rain early in the morning, the weather worked in our favor with cloudy but rain free skies and cool temperatures. Just as we finished, though, it decided to rain - what luck!
2) In another stroke of good luck, the parade organizers placed us second in the lineup. That was a very pleasant and surprising first.
3) As we proceeded to walk our route a huge gap developed in front and behind our group allowing us to leisurely meet and greet the spectators lining the street without feeling pushed or bunched.
4) And the last but certainly not least first to be thankful for . . . a record number of fursuiters plus new critters to join in the fun - 22 fursuiters, and for the first time, two rubber pups and one rubber dinosaur.

So, without further ado, those joining the "Coast to Coast Critters" this year in Pasadena were (in alphabetical order): Al Bear, Bengal Tiger, Bouncer Pup, Brown Wolf, Dexter Fox as Bouncer Chipmunk, Flamie Shadow Tiger, Growly, Hoof as Rodney the Rottweiler, Kaze, Kei Fox as Nick Wilde, Lori, Maggie as Judy Hopps, Minnie as Candy Coon, Motomo, Neko the Red Fox, Pro Husky, Ruppy Puppy, Sahara as Brach, Sandoz as Lavoris Moose, Scruff E. Coyote, Scruffy the Fox, Single Speed Cheetah as no_name the dinosaur, Ultra Gor, plus two other fursuiters who joined in but I wasn't able to get their names (if yer out there reading this, get in touch so I can give ya credit).

But, as always we couldn't have done it without our handlers: Fire Wolf assisting me and handling all 25 critters plus Kureno taking tons of awesome pictures! I also wanted to thank three furry visitors for showing us their support: C-Eagle, John Connors taking video of us and the entire parade, and Ryan Valencia. Thanks guys!

But wait, there was more fun to be had. Afterwards, most of us trekked over to Rounds Premium Burgers in Pasadena for some tasty gourmet hamburgers, yummy fries/onion rings, refreshing drinks, lively talk, boisterous laughter, and rest and relaxation.

Kureno's awesome photos can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/quv2zr7i7bk008p/AABrNySlBSf4_-lW7nyKXz9Ya?dl=0

Al Bear and Dexter Fox found some edited footage NBC took of the entire parade with us in the beginning:
http://www.nbcbayarea.com/on-air/as-seen-on/Annual-Doo-Dah-Parade-in-Pasadena-402262275.html

WOW, what a day - a day of firsts, breaking records, and fun! In addition, I wanted to mention that with the $10.00 per person entry fee, our group as a whole donated $270 to the parade organizers, the non-profit Light Bringer Project. Very cool! Thanks again for an awesome event everyone!!
Tuesday, November 1st, 2016
9:00 pm
Pasadena Doo Dah Parade Madness is Back Once Again!
It's fall, it's November, so it's almost time for the "39th Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade" in Southern California. This year it will take place on Sunday the 20th of November (the Sunday before Thanksgiving) and you're all invited to watch, help, or if you have a fursuit, participate with the rest of us crazies in East Pasadena. So, here's your chance for some local fursuiting fun that began way back in 1990 with Thaddeus Fox of California and Rapid T. Rabbit of New York who walked under the banner "Coast-to-Coast Furries" (now "Coast-to-Coast Critters").

So here's how to join in on the fun:
1) Simply e-mail me (NOT this list please) at dlely@juno.com telling me you'll be there. I will reply with a confirmation giving you more details.
2) Check out the Parade's official web site at http://www.pasadenadoodahparade.info/ for additional information, social media links, maps, news, history, highlights, and pictures from previous year's parades.
3) Then on Sunday the 20th of November: meet all of us furry participants no later than 10:00 AM on shady Nina Street between North Altadena Drive and North Vinedo Street (which is just north of East Colorado Boulevard) in beautiful Pasadena California.
4) Pay your $10.00 per person entry fee to me who will then turn over the total loot to the parade organizers (the Light Bringer Project - a nonprofit arts organization based in Pasadena - http://www.lightbringerproject.com).  Do not mail in the entry form or your entry fee to the parade organizers, as I will be handling that.
5) Wait around a little, jump into suit, then join the parade around 11:00 AM and have tons of fun being crazy, out of control, silly, wacky, and zany to thousands of crazy, out of control, silly, wacky and zany spectators lining both sides of East Colorado Boulevard (in the 2500-2600 blocks) near the Denny's at 2627 East Colorado Boulevard.

But wait there's more! After the parade everyfur usually regroups for a chow-down at a popular Pasadena hunting/grazing/watering hole.

If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me or leave a comment here. Hope to see you there!
Monday, November 23rd, 2015
11:00 pm
Pasadena Doo Dah Parade of Awesomeness!
Yet another awesome time was had this past Sunday in sunny southern California at the 38th Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade!  What made it so awesome you ask?  Nice weather, a well behaved crowd happy to see us, . . . and, drum roll please . . . a record being made.  For what I believe is the first time in the 25 years furries have participated in the west coast Doo Dah Parade, we had 18 fursuiters planting their furry feet on East Colorado Boulevard!!  Yes eighteen!!!!!

So, without further ado, the 17 joining me this year in Pasadena were (in alphabetical order): Brown Wolf, C-Eagle, Croc, Dexter Fox as Bouncer Chipmunk, Flamie Shadow Tiger, Growly, Hoof as Fenway the Boston, Kaze, Kei Fox, Lester Lizard as Richard, Muffle, Sahara as Brach, Sandoz as Lavoris Moose, Scotty Minotaur as White Gryphon, Scruffy the Fox, Single Speed Cheetah, and Ulric as Neko the Red Fox.

But, as always we couldn't have done it without our handlers and supporters: Al Bear taking pictures, Fire Wolf handling ,Sandoz's friend Lori handling, Procyon our water savior, Raw Dawg handling, and last but not least Shinra God handling.  Non of us could have done the parade without ya.

Afterwards, most of us trekked over to Hook Burger in Pasadena for some tasty gourmet hamburgers, yummy fries/onion rings, refreshing drinks, and luscious chocolate cake made by Kei Fox himself!  And if that wasn't enough, a few of us paid a visit to Dave and Busters in nearby Arcadia for some gaming fun!!

WOW, what a day!  Thanks again for an awesome event everyone!!

(By the way, if you attended, watched, or saw anything on the various social media/news sites out there, let me know the location of those sites hosting photos or videos that were taken of us so I can pass the URL along to all.)
Sunday, November 1st, 2015
10:00 pm
Pasadena Doo Dah Parade Coming Up - 25th Year for Fursuiters!
In exactly three weeks on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, it'll be time for the "38th Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade" in Southern California!  This year it will take place on Sunday the 22nd of November and yer all invited to watch, help, or if ya have a fursuit, participate with the rest of us crazies in East Pasadena!  So, here's yer chance for some local fursuiting fun that began with Thaddeus Fox and Rapid T. Rabbit way back in 1990 . . . 25 years ago - that's a quarter of a century of fursuiters being in this parade!

And hey, I have some good news: I can report that for the first time in I don't know how many years, the parade is marshmallow free - YAY!  The  ban on throwing what should be toasted over a fire and eaten worked.  So other than the long held traditional tortillas being flung and a bit of silly string, our paws should be caked in gunk no more.

So here's how to join in on the fun:
1) Simply e-mail me (NOT this list please) at dlely@juno.com telling me you'll be there.  I will reply with a confirmation giving you more details.
2) Check out the Parade's official web site at http://www.pasadenadoodahparade.info/ for further information, maps, news, history, highlights, and pictures from previous year's parades.
3) Then on Sunday the 22nd of November: meet all of us furry participants no later than 10:00 AM on shady Nina Street between North Altadena Drive and North Vinedo Street (which is just north of East Colorado Boulevard) in beautiful Pasadena California.
4) Pay your $10.00 per person entry fee to me who will then turn over the total loot to the parade organizers (The Light Bringer Project - a nonprofit arts organization based in Pasadena - http://www.lightbringerproject.com).
5) Wait around a little, jump into suit, then join the parade around 11:00 AM and have tons of fun being crazy, out of control, silly, wacky, and zany to thousands of crazy, out of control, silly, wacky and zany spectators lining both sides of East Colorado Boulevard (in the 2500-2700 blocks for you map searchers)!

But wait there's more!  After the parade everyfur usually regroups for a chow-down at a popular Pasadena hunting/grazing/watering hole!

If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me.  Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015
5:00 pm
Standing Deer and Running Deer - Pals Forever

In my early grade school days when I showed no signs of interest in team sports or any kind of athletics whatsoever, in the days when it seemed like every other boy was into the Boy Scouts except me, and way before the arts/entertainment world of music and performing became my life and passion, I was a deer . . . of sorts. I was one of THE fastest runners among my friends, I leaped over logs and streams, my sharp vision kept me out of trouble with the predators (AKA: bullies) - I was free and wild. Around that same time, a friend’s father approached my dad and asked him if we would be interested in joining the YMCA’s “Father and Son Y-Indian Guides” and we readily accepted the invitation. Started in 1926 in Missouri and becoming a national program in 1935, the Indian Guides was a club by and for fathers and sons whereby a small group formed a tribe, the tribe participated in meetings and programs with activities and projects together, which then enabled comradeship and companionship between father and son. The well earned slogan of the Indian Guides was “Pals Forever”. Since the program employed the lore of Native Americans of the U.S., each father would choose a name for both themselves and their son. My father took on the name "Standing Deer" while I was given the apt name "Running Deer". Always together (as was the steadfast Indian Guides rules) we attended bimonthly tribal meetings each in a different teepee and participated in occasional tribal campouts as well as pow wows with other tribes in our Nation.


The years have gone by, but I have never forgotten how my dad stood by me in helping to hone my sharp vision with difficult spelling words in grade school, taking a great interest in my music as I leaped with my fellow junior and senior high school band mates on the football field and parade route, and as I ran off to college and later the great outdoors for my various natural resources positions with the National Park Service.


On Saturday the 2nd of May my sister and I saw the Great Spirit take our dad from this world to the hereafter.  As we held memorial services this past Friday and while I watched my father’s casket yesterday being lowered into the earth from which he came, I was reminded of how we were and always will be Pals Forever!

Thursday, February 5th, 2015
10:00 pm
The End of a Retail Era?
If I was to mention the following brand names to you, would you know what store they exclusively belonged to?  Where could you pick up a: Realistic, Archer, Micronta, ArcherKit, Science Fair, Patrolman, Supertape, DuoFone, or TRS-80 product?  Only at your friendly neighborhood Radio Shack store!  And how many of you out there knew that?  Those brand names are long gone now from the shelves of those little electronics stores that practically every American community had and soon some or all of those franchised retail stores might disappear altogeher.  You see just today Radio Shack filed for Chaper 11 Bankruptcy due to 11 consectutive quarterly losses.  How a unique store and mail order operation that started in 1921 by two brothers in downtown Boston for amateur (or ham) and professonal radio equipment operators has pretty much come to an end is a tragic story being told too many times these days.

One of my fond memories of Radio Shack stores was their annual catalog, which was produced between 1939 and 2005 with the exception of World War II.  In those catalogs you would find the exclusive brand names listed above for items such as radios and stereos, turntables and tape players, speakers and headphones, clocks and clock radios, telephones and answering machines, CBs and scanners, TVs and TV tubes, wire and cables, tools and hardware, and even one of the first mass-produced personal computers to hit the market!  What wonderous things appeared in those paper pages!  But not all is lost.  For those out there who remember the old Radio Shack catalogs and waited with baited anticipation for the new one each year only to go through every single page of it once it arrived, fear not, for someome has painstakenly scanned every page of almost every catalog ever produced for you to peruse.  I give you the Radio Shack general catalog archive: http://www.radioshackcatalogs.com/.  Enjoy!
Thursday, December 25th, 2014
9:00 pm
A Classic Christmas Anniversary
It's been said many a time that old traditions make Christmas a holiday that's meaningful and memorable.  It doesn't matter what those traditions are, if you maintain them they become deep emotional ties to the past.  And if these traditions are collectively maintained by society then they become a powerful link we all can share.  On Sunday the 6th of December 1964 a made-for-television movie tradition was born, the annimated TV special "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer"!  A Christmas holiday classic I never miss year after year, thus a tradition I have continued and shared for many a year!!

But did you know many people understandably believe the Arthur Rankin Jr.-Jules Bass/Videocraft TV special was based off of the song of the very same name?  It turns out in 1939 a copywriter named Robert May first wrote the story "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" as a promotional booklet for the Montgomery Ward department store chain.  It was illustrated by Robert's friend, Denver Gillen, from Montgomery Ward's art department.  Then based upon Robert's original story, Brother-in-law and composer Johnny Marks wrote the song, "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer".  After failing to sell the song to Bing Crosby, among others, Johnny eventually found singing cowboy Gene Autry who recorded the song on the Columbia label in 1947 which became the biggest hit of his career and made both men and Robert May, who owned the rights to the original story, very wealthy.  Shortly thereafter, Johnny Marks formed his own publishing company, St. Nicholas Music, and began turning out a series of Yuletide classics that have come to be beloved by many: "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day", "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," "Run, Rudolph, Run," "A-Caroling We Go," "Have a Holly Jolly Christmas," and "Silver and Gold."  The latter two being introduced in the classic 1964 TV special for which Johnny provided the score.  But it wasn't until 1964 when writer-producer Romeo Muller ran into and befriended the associate producers Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass that the three collaborated to make "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and later, many more stop motion animation and traditional cartoons plus live action and puppet shows.

An interesting bit of trivia: the 47 minute holiday classic I (and many of you, I'm sure) know and love had a much different ending that first December airing back in 1964.  According to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) archives "In the original TV version of the show, Rudolph, Hermey the Elf, and Yukon Cornelius visit the Island of Misfit Toys and promise to help them, but the Misfits are never mentioned again.  After it was shown, the producers were inundated with letters from children complaining that nothing had been done to help the Misfit Toys.  In response, Rankin-Bass produced a new short scene at the end of the show in which Santa and his reindeer, led by Rudolph, land on the Island and pick up all the toys to find homes for them, which has ever since been the standard version of the show run during the holidays."

. . . and as the lyrics at the end of the song reads, "You'll go down in history", I believe this 50 year old Christmas holiday classic has gone down in history!

(The above Information was discovered at the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) page for " Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" - check it out!
Sunday, November 16th, 2014
9:00 pm
Awesome Parade Time in Pasadena California!
We couldn't have asked for a better Doo Dah Parade this past Saturday in Pasadena California!  Now back in November, after being in the spring for four years and before that in the winter for two years, it felt so right (and a whole lot more comfortable), having it in the fall before Thanksgiving once again.  I'm also so elated to report that the marshmallows spectators would throw at us participants were pretty much nowhere to be seen!!  The parade organizers have been trying for years now to get people to stop chucking them as it made for a sticky mess on the parade route not to mention our paws and my skateboard.  Tortillas were still being tossed and silly string sprayed, but that's nothing compared to those white spongy sugar cylinders!!!

So, joining me this year on Colorado Boulevard was (in alphabetical order): Croc (for the first time), Brown Wolf (in suit for the first time), Fire Wolf as our one and only AND very indispensible handler, Hoof as Fenway, Kyash-tyur (for the first time), Procyon, Sahara as Joust, Scotty Minotaur (for the first time) as his Griffin, and last but not least, Scruffy the Fox!

Afterwards we all headed over to Rounds Premium Burgers (formally Wolf Burger) in Pasadena for some tasty gourmet hamburgers, yummy fries, and refreshing drinks!

Thanks again for an awesome day everyone!
Saturday, November 1st, 2014
10:00 pm
Wacky Parade Time in Pasadena California!
In exactly two weeks it'll be time for the "37th Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade" in Southern California!  It's returned back to the fall where it once reined supreme for many a year.  This year it will take place on Saturday the 15th of November and you're all invited to watch, help, or if you have a fursuit, participate with the rest of us crazies in East Pasadena!  So, here's yer chance for some local fursuiting fun that began with Thaddeus Fox and Rapid T. Rabbit way back in 1990 . . . 24 years ago!

Here's how to join in on the fun:
1) Simply e-mail me (NOT this list please) at dlely@juno.com telling me you'll be there.  I will reply with a confirmation giving you more details.
2) Check out the Parade's official web site at http://www.pasadenadoodahparade.info/ for further information, maps, news, history, highlights, and pictures from previous year's parades.
3) Then on Saturday the 15th of November: meet all of us furry participants no later than 10:00 AM on shady Nina Street between North Altadena Drive and North Vinedo Avenue (which is just north of East Colorado Boulevard) in beautiful Pasadena California.
4) Pay your $10.00 per person entry fee to me who will then turn over the total loot to the parade organizers (The Light Bringer Project - a nonprofit arts organization - http://www.lightbringerproject.com).
5) Wait around a little, jump into suit, then join the parade around 11:00 AM and have tons of fun being crazy, out of control, silly, wacky, and zany to thousands of crazy, out of control, silly, wacky and zany spectators lining both sides of East Colorado Boulevard (in the 2500-2600 blocks for you map searchers)!

But wait there's more!  After the parade everyfur usually regroups for a chow-down at a popular Pasadena hunting/grazing/watering hole!

If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me.  Hope to see you all there!

** As a public service and warning to all who wish to participate: in the past years spectators have been armed with tortillas, marshmallows, and silly string.  Due to a growing problem with the resulting mess the parade organizers are calling for a prohibition on marshmallows.  We'll see if this works or if they will enforce this prohibition.  Regardless, I wanted to warn all who might suit up that the parade (and our paws) can get a bit messy and some spectators (mainly the kids) can get a bit ornery with the throwing of what should be eaten. **

PS: Please feel free to copy and post this message to other social media out there in Internetland.  Thanks!
12:00 pm
2014 West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval
The Holidays have officially begun now that Halloween has come and gone.  And what a Halloween it was!  Once again Growly organized the local critters for a night of fun out on Santa Monica Boulevard where we joined around 500,000 others showing off their silly, scary, serious, scantly, sickening, scurvy, satirical, swanky, seductive, showey, sinister, spooky, and stunning costumes for the 27th Annual West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval.  Despite the threat of rain and braving the eventual drizzle outside were: Growly, Luxeon Panda, Scotty Minotaur, Sammichez, Kei Fox, Charli Wolf, Lockford, JP Foxtails, GDZeek, Shinfox, Jazz Otter, and myself.  Helping us out in the cold were: Mozdoc, Strega, South Kitsune, Greaseyote, Takoda, Keeva, Amrien, Snowdog, Tiberious, and St. John.  And look ma, we got ourselves on TV too!
Sunday, April 6th, 2014
11:00 pm
Biggest Little Fur Con - More Like "Littlest Fur Con with the Biggest Heart"!
Just last weekend I had a most excellent time at one of the newest furry cons to hit the fandom . . . Biggest Little Fur Con in Reno Nevada.  At only the second one so far, it totally amazed me despite hearing awesome things about it the previous year.  I still can't get over how the entire con space (with the traditional art show, dealers den, marketplace, dance floor, fursuit lounge, panel rooms, video game room, tabletop gaming room, and registration) not only fit into one humongous space but worked together in harmony!  It meant that running into old furiends and meeting new furs was so easy.  But wait, there's more!  In addition to those bodacious times to be found inside the con space, there were radical activities to be found outside of the convention and even the Grand Sierra Resort hotel/casino too!  Tubular activities like gambling, blowling, movies, arcade games, laser tag, mini-golf, go-carts, sky-swing, and more!  And, oh my dawg, don't gag me with a spoon, I can't forget to mention the food choices just inside the hotel!  A starving coyote's dream-come-true actually came true at the "Elements" all-you-can-scarf buffet!  Garfield, eat yer lasagna loving heart out!

(In case ya couldn't tell from my old school speak above, the theme for this year's BLFC was the "Radical 80s"!!!!!)

Some of my most fun moments: watching the "Fursuit Go-Cart Tournament" (wanted to be in that so bad, but the sign-up list filled up within minutes), celebrated my 15th birthday at con Saturday (you read that right - check out my profile as proof), participated in what seemed like one of the largest "Fursuit Group Photo" shoots ever (and this was supposed to only be a second year convention?), paraded in what seemed like one of the longest "Critter Conga" lines (again, this was supposed to be a small relaxicon?), played in the snow west of Reno with nine other critters (photos or it didn't happen!), partied until 4:00 AM at the official BLFC "Biggest Little Room Party" (hey I'm a teen 'yote now!), and hung out with furiends in their room watching 80s movies (a perfect end to a super con).

Yip outs go to Tk Coyote for finding me den space with Rangen Eevee. Thanks dudes - I wouldn't have been able to attend without your help!
Thursday, September 5th, 2013
9:00 pm
Be Back Home When The Streetlight Out Front Comes On
During the hot summer days of my childhood after dinner when I knew there was still plenty of daylight I would run out the front door to capture as much time that was left to romp and play outside.  But before I could get too far my mom would say, "Be back home when the streetlight out front comes on!"  Ah, those summer time memories of the smell of a freshly mowed lawn, the sound of crickets chirping outside, the stars above in the cloudless night sky, and that terminator of fun and frolic for one more day - the streetlight in front of our house!

This past week bits and pieces of memories like this one have flashed before me.  And above all of them, memories of my mother.  Long ago images of when I was 2 or 3 years old walking hand in hand with her from our old house to the corner store.  Remembrances of being read to, of playing board games with, and listening to my mom playing the piano in the days before school required my presence.  Recollections of when I would come home from elementary school at noon for a lunch that would be waiting for me.  Memories of undivided support while I devoted myself to junior and senior high school band and later my college studies of natural resources management that would even later take me away to the great outdoors.  In short, strong impressions of being cared for, nurtured, and loved.

Why the flood of fond memories of years spent with my mom?  I regret to report that she was taken away from this world the morning of last Wednesday the 28th of August with my family's graveside memorial to her yesterday morning.

Those days of being told to come back home when the old streetlight outside comes on may be in the distant past, but not my memories - those will live on with me as well as my love for my departed mother.
Tuesday, July 16th, 2013
9:00 pm
Desert Southwest Visits
Last week my Tk Coyote came out from California to visit me at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona!  Actually we both came out separately from California on the 8th as I had been visiting family for the week of the 4th of July.  Our timing wuz perfect as we surprised each other by somehow meeting up at a travel center in Kingman, Arizona.  Unfortunately I had to work during the week, but Tk somehow kept himself busy on his computer and visiting the rim of the Grand Canyon during the day to people watch and take pictures.  It wuz so nice to come back to my usually quiet apartment to find a tail waging coyote pup waiting to give me hugz and kisses.

Our travels weren't over quite yet as Tk and I continued further east to visit Carol Kitty and Sabot L'ours in Albuquerque, New Mexico this past weekend.  As usual Carol and Sabot were gracious hosts as they fed us real food and gave us a comfortable bed to curl up in.  On Sunday the 14th we all drove north to Santa Fe to take in the very culturally rich old town area with it's shops filled wiff southwest and Native American art and restaurants serving red or green chilly dishes.  After returning to Albuquerque in the afternoon we were treated to a free show of what meteorologists call a monsoon thundershower.  This one seemed to surround us with thunder, lighting, dark clouds, and very heavy rain - both exhilarating and refreshing!!

Unfortunately Monday had to come around to spoil the fun.  Carol and Sabot went off to work in town.  I took off west to return to my summer digs in Grand Canyon, while Tk drove off in the opposite direction for Oklahoma and to ultimately end up in Wisconsin later this week.

Why does it always seem like good things have to come to an end?  Is it fate, destiny, chance, the will of God . . . or design, planned, choice, free will?

To be continued . . .

Monday, May 6th, 2013
11:00 pm
Greetings from . . .
. . . fabulous Grand Canyon National Park (http://www.nps.gov/grca) in sunny Arizona!

Wait?  Dejavu anyone?  Yes, those words above were written two years ago (and should have been written again last year) by yours truly!  But, here I am back for a third summer season at THE grandest canyons of them all!


And let's make one thing clear, I am not tending to children at the Park's day care center.  I am, however, returning to work in the Park's native plant nursery starting plants from seeds or cuttings, growing and tending to young plants or older ones saved from construction projects, and eventually releasing mature plants to the restoration crew for planting into the field.  I feel like such a father coyote sometimes but without the stress humans have wiff their offspring!  (Oh by the way, it's true in the past friends, family, and other acquaintances really did think I wuz working wiff young folks in a day care facility here!)


I'm so lucky to be housed in the new apartments - now only three years old - for the second year now.  So, unlike 2011 I now have room for visitors to crash in over the weekend if anyone wants to visit!  (HINT, HINT!)  I'd be more than happy to be your personal coyote Ranger, show ya around, and explore this part of the southwest!


Have the grandest summer everyone - I know I will . . . for the third year!
Tuesday, December 25th, 2012
6:00 pm
Snoopy's Christmas (Snoopy versus The Red Baron)

The news had come out in the First World War
The bloody Red Baron was flying once more
The Allied command ignored all of its men
And called on Snoopy to do it again.

'Twas the night before Christmas, 40 below
When Snoopy went up in search of his foe
He spied the Red Baron, fiercely they fought
With ice on his wings Snoopy knew he was caught.

Christmas bells those Christmas bells
Ring out from the land
Asking peace of all the world
And good will to man

The Baron had Snoopy dead in his sights
He reached for the trigger to pull it up tight
Why he didn't shoot, well, we'll never know
Or was it the bells from the village below.

Christmas bells those Christmas bells
Ringing through the land
Bringing peace to all the world
And good will to man

The Baron made Snoopy fly to the Rhine
And forced him to land behind the enemy lines
Snoopy was certain that this was the end
When the Baron cried out, "Merry Christmas, my friend"

The Baron then offered a holiday toast
And Snoopy, our hero, saluted his host
And then with a roar they were both on their way
Each knowing they'd meet on some other day

Christmas bells those Christmas bells
Ringing through the land
Bringing peace to all the world
And good will to man

Christmas bells those Christmas bells
Ringing through the land
Bringing peace to all the world
And good will to man

Writen by George David Weiss
Listen to it here: http://xmasfun.com/Lyrics.aspx?ID=90
as performed by the Royal Guardsmen in 1967
Saturday, June 11th, 2011
7:00 pm
Greetings from . . .
. . . fabulous Grand Canyon National Park (http://www.nps.gov/grca) in sunny Arizona!

YAAAAAY, I finally made it!  After visiting this magical place a number of times alone and wiff friends, applying for numerous positions here over the past few years, and hoping and wishing like crazy for employment here, I got in!!  I'm back for another summer with the National Park Service, in a new National Park unit, in a new state, and in a new position.

This summer I'm working in the Park's nursery, taking care of children, and only eating one a week.  [WHAAAAAAAAAAT?!?!?! That can't be true at all! That coyote is loco in the cerveza!]  Naw, that's only partially true - Arizona is hardly a new state since it gained statehood in 1912.  Oh, and I suppose the statement of taking care of and eating children is not really true either.  But I am working in the Park's nursery growing, raising, and taking care of native plants that have been grown from seeds, cuttings, or rescued from certain doom.

For me, nursery work here is busy and constant, predictable yet rewarding, but definitely not boring nor tiring.  The one drawback is having to live wiff three other guys in a small trailer that wuz really meant for two in only two rooms, no living room, and a small kitchen.  TV reception is non-existent and Internet can only be found in a few select locations such as the lodges and recreation center here.  Oh well, I can definitely see myself spending lots of time outside exploring the Park as well as the state and beyond - YAAAAAY three-day weekends!

As always, visitors are welcome and I'd love to show ya around and explore this wonderful place, even though I won't be able to put ya up for the night this time around.  For those wishing to contact me, e-mails are THE best way even though cellular service now works here and so for the summer I can be reached at this temporary new cell number of 818-800-5572.

Have a grand summer everyone - I know I will!
Wednesday, October 13th, 2010
1:00 am
One Too Many Anvils
In the wee hours of Monday the 11th my poor Coyodawg took one too many anvils to his insides and was rushed to an emergency hospital in Fresno California with severe pains. It turns out his gall bladder had anvils inside and was so far gone the doctors had to remove it in the afternoon of Tuesday the 12th. Thank goodness his Zorch was alright, though! Anyway, at the time of this posting he is recovering in the hospital but sure could use some friendly hellos. He is without computer access until he gets home, but he does have his cell phone with him. If you have him added on Twitter or can find him there, please feel free to leave a message. If you have his cell phone number, give him a call or text him. Or if you live in the Fresno area, arrange to visit him once he gets out of the hospital, which should be before this weekend!

Thanks so much - I know your thoughts and cyber hugs will help him feel better soon!

PS: As of this past weekend I'm back in Southern California and hope to see some So Cal friends soon! YAAAAAY!!
Friday, October 1st, 2010
9:00 pm
All Good Things . . .
. . . must come to an end.

Yesterday (the 30th of September) was my last adventurous day with my seasonal National Park Service position in Colorado National Monument (http://www.nps.gov/colm). It was an interesting yet productive summer working in the out doors, filled with some not so comfortable and odd work situations, but it in no way compared to my awful summer of 2008.

Then today my Tk Coyodawg drove off into the west after spending 110 wonderful days and nights with me in Grand Junction Colorado and other parts of the southwest. This was our first time living together under our own roof since we got together in December of 2008, and it was sweet! I think back to how he literally surprised me one day after work in early June by driving out to Grand Junction without saying a single bark. Now, we both made arrangements for him to move out here so we can stay together, it's just I was expecting him weeks later. I had barely gotten in the back door when I heard a knock at the front door. "What the . . . who could that be?!" I thought as I looked through the living room curtains to see Dooey Husky-riskerdoo bouncing around. I immediately opened the door and was pounced, hugged, licked, and squeezed to death!! My crazy Tk had decided to send in our furry friend first as a surprise. And boy howdy was I surprised. It actually took me a little while to figure out my Tk had joined the silly Husky in an early yet very welcomed trip out here for the summer.

Unfortunately Tk Coyodawg had to put up with being unemployed for the summer while I worked during the week, but we had our fun now and then. Twice we drove down to the Four Corners area to spend some time with Czar - once when his mate Cory was there for a visit - to explore Mesa Verde National Park and Chaco Culture National Historical Park. We drove to Denver on the other side of Continental Divide for Rocky Mountain FurCon. Last month we visited Sabot and Carrol Kitty along with Ari in Albuquerque while Kofu Lion came to us for a brief visit as he was passing through on a charter bus tour.

Overall it was a good summer. But now I sit here in front of my computer in an empty apartment that once had two silly coyotes. It was hard seeing Tk drive off without me, but I will be following in his tire tracks next week as I make my triumphant return to Southern California. Not to fear though, I know we will be together someday soon. And for those who've missed me in chat, I'll be back on-line regularly once I return to California.
Monday, May 10th, 2010
11:00 pm
Back in Colorado for the Summer . . .
. . . but not in Mesa Verde National Park where I lived and worked during the summers of 2006 to 2008. So, where's Scruffo now? I'm working due north of Mesa Verde NP in Colorado National Monument (http://www.nps.gov/colm/) just outside Grand Junction - so named because of the meeting of the Colorado and Gunnison rivers AND the linkage of railroads from Denver and Salt Lake City - where I am also living for the summer. Due to a lack of Park Service housing I was forced to find an apartment in town, which is not my usual nor desired situation, however, I have found that I was very fortunate in finding this one and only available furnished apartment in a quiet neighborhood where I can call it my den for a while and where my Coyodawg-mate can join me, albeit for a few months, making it our den!
Thursday, December 3rd, 2009
11:00 pm
My First Year With a Wolf
One year ago tonight while visiting my really good friend Tk Wolf, I made a rather simple statement to him: "It sure would be nice to have you as a boyfriend and maybe even a mate someday". Not expecting an immediate answer and much to my surprise he replied: "I'd like that". And ever since that night, two lonely canines left the cold heartless world of "him" and "I" for the warm loving world of "we" and "us". HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, my Love Wolf! I'm so looking forward to the many awesome years with you!!
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