2 Traveling Without Dogs In Italy-The Little Things Make Big Things That Help You Remember The Little Things Again

This is Digby Pancake.  If days could be counted down like a stack of pancakes, everyone would have a pancake clock.  And if everyone had a pancake clock, no one could actually count down the time or the days because the clock would never last.  So it’s a good thing that I know that the persons will be picking us up on Friday!  I can’t wait.  I can’t wait.  I can’t wait.  But actually I can, because our Aunt Veronica is making us breakfast and lunch and giving us naps and massages and sunshiney and new friends to play with.

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I am going to miss Jake.

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The persons start their trek back to the Florida place today.  It is going to take them a few days though.  Today, they have to drive three hours from the Cinque Terre to Milan, Italy to ride the big bird plane back to London, England.  I suppose that they are going to eat more chips and more scones.  And maybe they are going to have fun doing that in the cold rain.  Seems like I hear it rains a lot in that London place.  I will just wait here for the gifts that they are going to bring us.  Girl Person said that they had a really good time in that Italy place. She said the only thing that would have made it better is if me and Brickle could have been with them.  She said this would probably be the last trip they ever take without us because they missed us too bad.  I guess they didn’t have that pancake clock to know that the time flew by for me and Brickle. Because the pawty never ended over here.

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When Girl Person told us about their last day in that Italy place, she seemed really happy,  but really sad at the same time.  She told us that she didn’t expect to like so many things about a place, but that it wasn’t about the big things like the houses, or finding the houses, or not finding the houses.

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She said it wasn’t about the meals or the long hikes or the beautiful drives.

She said what will alway stay in her heart is the little things.  That one perfect orange.

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That one perfect cup of espresso.

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That one perfect moment…over and over again. When the heart actually feels something.  When the trials of life and problems melt into the sea.

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When decisions and money and schedules and plans don’t matter.  Because living in that one moment enjoying something little means something big.  That you are actually more than a wife.  A husband.  A daughter.  A son.  A mother.  A father.  A worker.  You are you.  And everything arounds you reminds you that you matter.  Guess what?  Dogs know this already about you.  You are our world.  Why can’t you see the little things in your world?

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Girl Person said that you don’t have to go to a place like Italy to remember your worth.  She said the little things around you at any time (even without a pancake clock) and the little things around you any place remind you that they are there for you to enjoy.  Because you matter.  But when life gets you down, as it often does because of pressures and schedules and money and houses and where to live, you have to remember the big picture.

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Have you ever smelled something that made you remember someone you miss?  Maybe you see a tree that reminds you of times past.  Maybe it’s that moment when you stop and look up at the sky that you wonder what else you have missed lately.

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But it is those little things that help you remember the big things in your life that made you feel good.

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Shouldn’t life be like that every day?  Shouldn’t we take a moment to appreciate what life is truly all about?  Don’t wait.  One day you will have to say goodbye.

The persons will be taking many lessons back with them from Italy.  First, that they need to learn better Italian.

They also will remember, as they make some decisions, that sometimes, persons try to make things too complicated.  The answers are already there.  They are in the little things.  The little things that make the big things that help you remember the little things again.

-Digby Pancake

We will be telling more stories, posting more videos and pictures of Italy over the next few weeks!  But until then, fly over with us to London again.  We start our countdown to seeing our boys on Friday!

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2 Traveling Without Dogs In Italy-No Bears, Just Stairs.

This is Peanut Butter Brickle. The days are getting flying by…and seeing the persons soon is on my mind. Will they recognize me after their trip to Italy? Or will they not believe how much more handsome I have become? I prefer to assume the latter.

It’s not like I am suffering over here, and I am thinking that me and Digby’s plan to give Aunt Veronica the puppy dog eyes to get our eggies cooked just the right way is working.

Today is the last day that the persons have in that Italy place. Tuesday morning, they will begin their journey to Milan, Italy to catch another flying bird plane to London, England. They will stay the night there and then head back to that Florida place pretty late in the day. Stay tuned for that. But now…on with the dog blog.

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When Girl Person told us about their many hikes over the past week which totaled over 40 miles, I was a little jealous at first. Until I heard about all of the stairs. The many stairs. In just one day’s totals, it was enough to make my corndog tail spin. But Girl Person said that I was not the only one complaining. There were many on the paths that connect the five villages in the Cinque Terre that did not expect so many stairs. But for the persons, they knew it was part of the journey to truly experience these trails the way they should be enjoyed.

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Olive trees, vineyards, tiny towns and the smell of simmering soup thru the countryside.

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It doesn’t take flat paths to reach most of these places. It takes climbing and stopping and catching your breath inbetween. Oh, but what rewards. I was having a hard time believing that most of these places existed in Girl Person’s pictures! I also had a hard time believing what she told me next.

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One of the days that they hiked was an eventful one. You see, many of the houses and buildings that they wanted to look at in that Italy place were waiting. But after talking to persons there and realizing that things worked a bit differently in this country, they found out that if they wanted to see any of the places they had researched, they would have to find them by themselves. Without an address. Because most had no address.

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They had nothing else to go by but pictures. And there were no streets to reach these places. No, just paths. But which paths? They had to look at pictures.

Which may explain why on this particular day, they ended up walking almost 14 miles and 300 flights of stairs. Those stairs.

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Did they find the houses? Yes…they did. And they looked just as wonderful, molto bella in person. But it wasn’t just about finding them. Girl Person said they looked at the ways you had to get to these houses. Could Digby and I walk to these houses? Was the path easy enough for us.  This was all weighing in. And at the end of the day, they were very tired, but very determined to figure all of this out. Until they remembered that they had to catch a train back to the place they were staying and walk up another 300 steps to the top…of the road. Then almost another two miles back to their room. Up a road. In the dark. Carrying wine. And bread. And tomatoes. And fruit.

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Boy Person made the suggestion that instead of walking back in the dark with the wind howling and the cold making them cold which they do not like, that maybe, just maybe, they could walk back on the trail that connected all the towns instead. Obviously, there were no lights, just cell phone lights for their way. But no cars. And Girl Person wondered though, would bears or animals try to get their wine? Their bread? Their tomatoes? Their fruit? And Boy Person said no..no they would not. There were no bears out here, only stairs. NO bears. JUST stairs.

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Girl Person had never heard of such a thing. There were no bears here.  Isn’t it just amazing what we take for granted?  I never thought there would be a place that didn’t have squirrels running up the trees everywhere to bark at.  No, but Girl Person told me that there were animals here.  Just different ones like the dormouse.

Then there is the weasel, mole, beech-marten, badger, fox and wild boar. In wooded areas you can see reptiles like frogs and coloured salamanders in the Cinque Terre. They share the space with the persons, the winemakers and as I may imagine, even take rides on the little trains that help the farmers get around.

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I would say that if we decided to come to this Italy place, that I would miss the squirrels and the bears and maybe others things I am used to.  But then maybe I would like the beech marten?  Maybe.  And maybe I could ride the train with one.

We can’t expect one place to have all we are looking for.  But when we do our best to keep walking, to keep climbing, we will aim to make the earth a better place by learning what each area has to offer.

We will aim to make ourselves better too by learning from our past and leaving that down the hill.

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Once you find those houses like the persons did, or what you are searching for, it’s up to you to decide if that’s truly what you want and need.

But even if it was just the climb that was accomplished in the end, know that every step you take may not lead you in the direction you thought.  But it may be just what you were looking for.

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And even if you end up the same place that you started, love it even more knowing your journey led you back.  Every step we take helps us be better, love better, and look better. Or maybe that’s just me.

Stay tuned to our Facebook page today to follow the persons on their last day in this windy, chilly, Italy place!

-Peanut Butter Brickle

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