Your Jambalaya Sounds Like What?

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle.  If there has ever been a sight for sore eyes, it is me. But if your eyes are sore, why are they open?  Just think of me instead.  You’re welcome.

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You know, this weekend, it rained in this Florida place. It rained a lot, a lot.  

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Girl Person had plans with her other girl persons on Friday night, but they had to cancel because it was too dangerous to go outside.  

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I was secretly happy about this, because you see, it is my job to keep an eye on her under all circumstances.  And this circumstance was dangerous. It rained so hard that I thought our sardine can RV would turn into a can of whales up in here!

But to me, you have two choices when it’s raining in a sardine can RV.  You either sit there and mope or sleep…

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Or, if you are Girl Person and your plans get canceled, you make some jambalaya.  

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It’s a funny thing about jambalaya.  I have no clue what in the world it is. No idea.

Girl Person says that jambalaya is a good thing to eat when it’s raining though.  Because it wakes you up.  It is comforting.  And it’s fun.  And Digby and I got to thinking.  We had some extra time on our paws. 

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Seems as though when it’s quiet in the campground, we think it is really nice.  Last week, we were the only ones here in the whole place.  There wasn’t much activity going on except for Digby’s barking for dinner at exactly 5:01 pm.  And as the days went on, all alone, the niceness of the quiet turned a bit boring.  

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I didn’t have much of anything to police except myself, and I certainly didn’t need arresting.  I wondered if I was missing things to get irritated at.  I wondered if I was missing the annoying noise of little persons screaming.  Yes, I said that out loud.  I wondered if I was missing the strange person who asked how old we were every time he saw us.  I wondered if I was missing other dogs barking, late night campers and campfire songs after quiet time started.  

How was this possible?  Was this possible?  Why was I missing annoying things?

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Did I miss the spicy in life?  I thought I had enough to go around for myself, and for others, but obviously, Girl Person was on to something.  We needed some jambalaya. And she was making it.  And it was good.  Real good.

And now, I knew what this jambalaya stuff was trying to tell us.  That sometimes, the most perfect dish in life is the spice.  It’s the stuff that makes us feel alive.  Noise and talking and activity and things to get irritated at.  It’s the stuff that we think we don’t want but that we need.  

You see, because if we were all alone, all of the time, it would get quiet.  Unless you are Boy Person who talks to himself way too much.

So I decided that the next time I got irritated…so irritated that my corndog tail was begging for some spicy mustard, that I would remember the quiet.  I would remember how I longed for the jambalaya.  You see, we all have our own jambalaya.  What does yours sound like?  What would you miss tomorrow if it was gone today?  Think about it.  If there was a time that you think about now..some spicyness that made you feel alive, get in your kitchen. And cook up some up! What does your jambalaya sound like?

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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Does Your Dog Really Want To Go There?

This is part of our Saturday Editorial Series. Normally, we let the dogs do all the talking on our daily dog blog! Join rescue dogs Peanut Butter Brickle and Digby Pancake every weekday at 2TravelingDogs.com and over a million social media followers on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

I read a news article this week about a new movie theater that opened. Oh, this would not have been newsworthy on its own. But what was newsworthy? That this movie theater, along with others, was dog friendly! Yes, you can now bring your dog to numerous theaters! For some, this is a dream come true! For other dog parents, like myself, I cannot imagine this scenerio! Digby Pancake in a theater with popcorn, candy and snacks? Loud noises? Peanut Butter Brickle, with crowd anxiety? Yeah. No. This would not work for us. But I wondered as I read this article…how many dogs, like Brickle and Digby, who had no desire to be there, would now be taken here? Do all dogs really want to go everywhere that we go? Why do we expect that they want to?

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When I first brought Brickle home from the shelter, I was super excited. He was the first dog in my life that actually liked to go places. He loved rides in the car, he loved walking thru the neighborhood. He wanted to go inside every house that we passed. He still does this!

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At the time, my best friend, my grandfather, was in a nursing home. I thought it would be a great idea to bring him with me to the nursing home. He loved it and the patients loved him too. But when we adopted Digby Pancake, this was a different story.

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Digby was nervous at car rides, often throwing up numerous times while driving. He eventually enjoyed car rides, but not with the same enthusiasm as Brickle. He hated going into buildings, he hated shiny floors, and he had no interest in any place but the woods and the forest. Now, I will say that he changed as he got older. To a point. But his personality never changed. Isn’t it like that with people? We think that we can change someone, but does anyone ever really change totally?

So you may wonder.  How did we get the name 2 Traveling Dogs?  Well, we started this blog in 2011 when we were moving cross country.

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We wanted to show how to safely move with dogs.  I was more than nervous.  Would the boys like the trip?  What would they do in the moving truck?  Was this going to be torture for them?  No way! They loved it.  But they each loved different aspects.  And life for them turned out no differently.

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As they got older, they each had their own personalities. Their own likes and dislikes.  By the time we embarked on our 48 states, 48 rescues tour in 2016, they loved to hike and go places.  But different places.  At first, I thought every dog would want to go everywhere.  I mean…they were with me! Right? Wrong.

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We had to make adjustments on the road.  This meant not subjecting Brickle to large crowds or groups of children for the sake of a picture.  This meant not taking Digby to the beach for long periods of time.  This pretty much meant that we couldn’t go everywhere we wanted to go.  This meant that we didn’t always get that perfect picture.  And that was a learning experience for us.  The pictures didn’t lie.  If they didnt want to be there, it showed.  And it made me realize that it was not fair to expect them to like everything that I did.  Maybe they wanted to be at home napping while I ran errands.  Maybe they were more comfortable not going to that festival that was dog friendly.  Because it was too stressful for them.  Maybe they didn’t want to go to that party with me because there were too many people.  Maybe.  Just maybe.  They had an opinion.  Was I recognizing it?

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When we subject our dogs to situations that they are not comfortable with, problems can occur.  If the situation is unavoidable, or for their safety, of course we have no choice.  But for recreation purposes, perhaps before someone just takes their dog to the movie theater, a crowded restaurant, a fireworks display or other activity, please consider your dog’s individual limits and personality.  Our dogs count on us. They can’t decide whether to go or not.  But if we truly know them and are honest with ourselves and their limits, we will make the right decision.  Just because not every dog is comfortable in every situation does not make them a “bad dog”.  It makes them human.  Yes, I said it.  Human.  When you see that they are capable of exhibiting their own likes and dislikes, respect that.  And ask yourself…does my dog really want to go there?

-Rachael Johnson, Owner of 2 Traveling Dogs and Your Dog’s Diner 

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