Let It Be.

This is Deputy Digby Pancake.  You know that a few things are a given.  First of all, that every pancake restaurant in the nation is on my list to visit one day.  Second, that I am a great backup to Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle.  Third, that I believe his name is too long.  Well, you may not know that I think this, but you do now, and it was a good place to say it.  But last, you know that I go with the flow.  Usually.

And when the night is cloudy
There is still a light that shines on me
Shine until tomorrow
Let it be

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When the skies have been as smokey as can ever be imagined for the last eight days here in Sonoma County, you get to a point when you just can’t believe what you are seeing.  Everyone has masks on.  Which makes it hard to eat pancakes. You can’t comprehend how your world can change so fast.  And you can’t believe that there is not a real end in sight.  For anyone.

And when the broken-hearted people
Living in the world agree
There will be an answer
Let it be

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And although I know all of this, I also know something else.  It is not under our control.

I am going to be honest right now, which is all a dog knows how to be.  This is one of the worst things we have ever seen.  But the smoke? I will tell you this.  We feel the love more than the smoke.

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Speaking words of wisdom
Let it be

But here is another honest statement from me.  The persons are not feeling good.  Their shoes are covered in ashes every day.  They made Brickle and I stay inside yesterday, because every time they went outside, they got smoke in their mouths. They took two showers to clean off the dust and smoke.  And it is just very hard to deal with.  Although we have reservations here at camp for one more week, today, we are going to really think about this.  We may have to leave if it is not better today.  Sheriff Brickle has informed us that we cannot make ourselves sick waiting it out.  We may be on the road sooner than we thought.  And guess what?  We can’t control all of this.  We can only control how we handle it, how we let it affect us, and realize that sometimes, you have to let it be.

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What I know is this, because I have heard the persons talk about it.  We will start to head back to Florida if the smoke does not clear.  There is no one telling us that we can’t come back in a couple months.  I mean seriously folks, do I have to state the obvious? We live in our car.  Our house is on wheels. Newsflash.  And I have heard enough news in the last week to last me the rest of my life.

Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
Yeah, there will be an answer
Let it be

So let’s see what today brings.  Persons like to control everything around them, and have plans.  Well, sometimes, your plans don’t mean much.  Can you imagine if I made plans?  Pancake house at 9 a.m., IHop at 10 a.m….you get my drift.  Or you probably smell it.  I have been told that before.

As we see families that have lost everything, and hear story after story of love and kindness, it makes us want to stay.  But sometimes, your choices are made for you. This may not have been what we planned for.  But we learned so much from this.  Sometimes, normal, everyday days are treasures.  Sometimes, normal, every day things like fresh air to breathe and clean water to drink we take for granted.  Maybe we don’t think about that electricity we have, or even our house we need the electricity for.  And who is in that house?  Don’t take any of it for granted, because you know I always say,  you never know what may happen tomorrow.

Let it be, let it be, let it be, yeah, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom
Let it be

-Deputy Digby Pancake

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Y’all Ready For This?

This is Deputy Digby Pancake. I have a question that I ask every morning before I take my first steps outside. Then I have a question when it is time for breakfast. Then I have another question when it is time for dinner. And then one more question when it is time for my treat at night. Are y’all ready for this? The persons may think I am howling.  But I am singing. Loudly for all to hear.  And almost getting kicked out of every campground so far on our trip.  It goes kinda like this…

But.  For business.  It is my job as Deputy to address it. So you know that the past week has been beyond belief. It is no secret that the fires in California, in the county that we are in, have been horrible. Awlful. And yet? Around the aforementioned times of the day, well, I have to forget about the fires for a little while. At least, put them in the back of my mind.  Most of the time, I let the persons worry for me.  But even I couldn’t ignore what was happening.  The smoke in the air wouldn’t let me.

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I told the Sheriff that he needed to let the persons worry at least some for us.  But as usual, Sheriff Brickle did not take my recommendation to do this and got a real bad tummy ache on Saturday.

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The persons had worried so much and talked about what we should do for so much of the time that they got upset. Should we leave or should we go? Every time we thought we should stay, another fire would come and more evacuations would come.  Every time we heard any type of siren we panicked. We couldn’t sleep at all and wondered what we could wake up to next.

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In fact, Girl Person was making not much sense at all. She was sick from not being able to breathe, and to make herself feel better, she decided to get in the shower. But the shower wasn’t clean enough for her. So she decided to clean the shower before she got in the shower. Boy Person asked her what in the world she was doing and then, well, she started crying right in the shower. And she didn’t stop for a little while. Therefore, Brickle’s stomach ache. I just took a nap.

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When everything seems to be falling down around you, but you haven’t been touched directly, you may feel guilty. And that is how the persons are feeling now. They want to stay and help. They waited to get back here for over five years and they dreamed about this happy place of theirs. You would think with everything happening that they would want to get out of here. But then Girl Person starts crying that she doesn’t want to leave again.

It seems, at least for now, that maybe the air will be getting better in the next few days.  The firefighters and all of the volunteers have been working themselves so hard.  In fact, at the little restaurant where we are staying, some firefighters came to get some food, and everyone started cheering and cheering!  Even Sheriff Brickle who usually demands all of the spotlight cheered too.  And he wasn’t even jealous about it.  I know.  This is a very unusual situation.

IMG_7815.JPGThe persons were trying to decide whether we should leave now instead of our plan to leave on November 1st.  Just the thought of leaving her “happy place” of Bodega Bay makes Girl Person start crying.  Which makes Sheriff Brickle get a stomach ache.  So as long as the smoke in the air keeps getting better, we are staying here at camp until next Monday.

 

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Boy Person spent his day Saturday driving around trying to see who needed help and supplies. Everywhere that he went, even people who had lost everything were trying to give HIM food.  They were trying to give HIM water.  And well, to say that we are impressed with this little community is putting it as light as a buttermilk stack of pancakes.  With everything going wrong in the world, this is what life is about.  No, not fires.  No, not tragedy.  But this is what people CAN be if they try, if they want to be.

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As we were walking around camp, we heard an entire family talking about losing their homes.  Then, they got in their car and started driving around to each and every campsite asking who needed food.  Can you imagine t hat?  I am not so sure if I lost my dog bed that I would be so happy about it.  But I guess you don’t know until it happens to you.  And I would hope to be that way if I could.

You may think that the persons are making a mistake by staying here when danger is still a possibility.  And they won’t argue with that.  But if we have to get out of here fast, we have a plan to do so.  I know, and Sheriff Brickle knows, that they love us more than anything.  So we have been taking very short walks and doing so on the beach at night.  We have been staying inside a lot which is driving us crazy, but we know that it has to be done because of the smoke.

When it's too smokey outside, so you spend the day looking at yourself. #sonomaproud #2travelingdogs

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So.  Will we stay till November 1?  We don’t know yet. But for this week, we will not leave the place we waited five years to come to.  Simply put? We aren’t ready.  We know that you are anxious for us to start our next venture, and it may seem like we are at a standstill.  Well, as Sheriff Brickle would say, be patient.  This last week was a very hard one to get thru.  Every time we think about it, we cry.  A lot can change in a week and it did for so many of our friends.  Their homes are gone.  But Girl Person told me that she truly believes there is nowhere like this place in the world.  As she went to the farmer’s market yesterday, she didn’t expect anyone to be there, but she was sure hoping that the bread people would be.  Four booths were set up, and she got her bread, and she got her duck eggs.  As a lady came up to one of the booths, and Girl Person asked how she was, the lady said her house was gone.  But she was smiling.  She told Girl Person that once the shock wore off, she realized this was her opportunity to start over.  This was her opportunity to have this experience to be able to help someone else in the future who would go through this same thing.

Then, another man person said that his teacher at college had traveled all over the world and that she knew there was no place like Sonoma County anywhere.  Another lady said that she had just moved here five weeks ago and immediately felt at home.  Now, she said more than ever, this was always going to be her home. And Girl Person knew she wasn’t alone.  For whatever reason, this place is our heart.  And our hearts broke last Sunday night.  So whatever decisions come our way this week, bear with us a few more days.  We need some time to figure this out.  Are y’all ready for this?  What this is I don’t know.  But we know it will be the right decision if we take our time with it.

-Deputy Digby Pancake

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Should I Stay Or Should I Go Now?

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. What a week this has been. It is only Friday. Shouldn’t it be Friday two weeks from now? I am already there. Actually, I wish I was, because this nightmare in California would hopefully be gone.

One day it’s fine and next it’s black

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When things like the fires happen, it makes you think of what you would do in that situation. For many of the families we have met this week at camp who have lost their homes, they have impressed us beyond belief. And it takes a lot to impress this Sheriff for sure.

You sometimes hear of people coming together in a community to help each other. And we knew that Sonoma County would do that. But the way they did it was just something that you had to see to believe. Yesterday at camp, we had police officers driving down the road asking Girl Person if we needed any dog food. Guess they don’t know I eat organic steak, but still very nice of them to ask.

Now only were other law enforcement officers at camp, but there were people at camp too that were helping the officers by unloading donations and firewood to keep everyone warm. Some donations even had to be turned away because there were so many. Digby was disappointed though that no one brought him any pancakes.

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Every day this week were ups and downs. First, we would think that the worst of the fires were over. Then another would start, or get worse.

It’s always tease, tease, tease
You’re happy when I’m on my knees
One day it’s fine and next it’s black

Darling you got to let me know
Should I stay or should I go?

A new day in Sonoma County. We hope for the best. #2travelingdogs #cawildfires

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Then the winds shifted and people were evacuated. Many of our friends lost their homes, or had to evacuate and it was scary. Very scary. We even made room in the Big Blue Treat Wagon. It is still going on, and there is no very clear end in sight despite all the work and efforts by the firefighters and everyone helping. There have been so many helping. We thank them.

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So where does this leave us? Every day, we wondered. Are we ok? Are we in harms way? Should we stay? Should we go?

Darling you got to let me know
Should I stay or should I go?

For us, the persons had to decide every day what we should do. We got food and gas so we were ok there after a long day of searching. But then we couldn’t find diesel fuel for the RV, and we have been parked here so long, we knew we were low. The persons made the decision that if we had to leave in a dire emergency, if the rare thing would happen and the fires would make it out this far, that we would have to leave the RV. It’s just stuff. We had the important things ready to go.

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Now, we only have reservations here at camp until Monday here on the coast. And we can’t find anywhere available to camp of course because of so many displaced people. So now. What do we do? We want to stay and help when the smoke does clear, but can we? Can we take the smoke? These are all things that the persons have to decide this weekend. So bear with us. What we have to decide is nothing at all compared to the many dilemmas of the wonderful people of California. We never thought in a million years that this would happen. But life has a way of surprising you. It also has a way of telling you what you need to do.  Now…if we can just listen and figure this out.

Darling you got to let me know
Should I stay or should I go?

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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Heads, Shoulders Knees And Toes

This is Deputy Digby Pancake.  This has been a real bad week over here.  So lets take a moment to regroup. Bear with me.

Girl Person has been driving me crazy this week.  First, she is singing to Sheriff Brickle about some Buffalo gals coming out tonight.  Then she starts singing this crazy song to me.  Because she says that I have the cutest elbows in the world.  The cutest toes in the world.  The cutest everything in the world.  And she kisses me, kisses me, kisses me.

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Now, if my claim to fame was winning an elbow contest, so be it, as long as there were pancake trophies.  If my claim to fame was the cutest knees, well, so be it.  And I don’t need to finish that sentence. Just. Pancakes. I am just glad that apparently, just by existing, I can help out the persons when they are so stressed out with the fires around us.

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Usually, Sheriff Brickle has the monopoly on adoration around here.  But even his handsome cannot be overshadowed this week by cute.  And I usually don’t brag, but when you are getting this crazy song sung to you every five minutes, you have to say to yourself, self?  If cuteness could make all of these problems go away, I could do it.  And I wish that I could.  I also wish I could make this song go away as well.  Can I state the obvious here? This song does not mention elbows. Which in fact is added by Girl Person.

When bad things go on around the persons, usually, they can’t see the simple things that they still have in the world.  For us here at camp, we are seeing families that are sleeping in their trucks because they have left their homes.  But we are seeing that they are still happy.  Why?  The children are riding their bikes that they took with them when they evacuated, they are singing, they are enjoying each other. And it is hard to believe that they are even laughing.  Why?  They left with what was important to them.  Each other. And this is a very big lesson for our family. Could we do that?

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We realize that we are fortunate to be here.  Many would say that it is sad when we got back to this place that we love after five years of hoping, that this would happen.  But we have something to say about that.  We are privileged to be here when we are needed most.  We also say that if there is something that you want to see, or do…do it.  Don’t wait and enjoy it while you can!  You may not be able to do it tomorrow.  For us, we wasted alot of time worrying about the future when we could have been taking in all the beauty around us.

IMG_7174.JPGSo heads, shoulders, knees and toes? Oh, and elbows too?  Girl Person says that the things keeping them going and positive are the things that matter most.  She says that if she didn’t have my elbows to kiss right now, that would make her saddest of all.  So I willingly give up my elbows to person slobber.  But I cannot guarantee that they are clean.  Sorry.  You can’t have everything.

For Sheriff Brickle, here is his update as well.  He has briefed me that our family will be deciding how long we are going to stay here once the fires are contained and we are allowed into the area.  We are camped here until Monday in Bodega Bay as long as we are not evacuated.  It is a minute by minute situation, and although I sleep through most of it, I will let Brickle update you as he deems necessary.  For me, I have to put some lotion on my elbows. They are most needed around here.

-Deputy Digby Pancake

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Buffalo Gals, Won’t You Come Out Tonight?

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle.  Here is the deal.  We have been sad this week.  How can you not be when your world is burning down around you, and the people that you love and cherish are losing their homes?  We can’t help it.  We are worried, we are sick from smoke around us.  And Boy Person is very sick with the flu. Yeah, so it has been one of those weeks.  And it is only Wednesday.

But when Girl Person says that we are in the depths of despair, she pulls out all of the tricks.

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You see, I am one to pick up on other people and furkids’ despair and emotions.  As Sheriff, that is my duty, my job.  I care, even though I may not look like it in particular.  And I definitely care about everything happening around us right now.

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When I am in the total depths of despair, Girl Person pulls out the singing.  I am not happy about that.  But again, since I am being all sensitive this week, I am going to admit that it works.

As I was walking down the street
Down the street, down the street
A pretty girl I chanced to meet
And we danced by the light of the moon

She starts to sing one particular song…and I love it.  I admit it.  I go crazy for it.  It is about the only thing that can pull me out of a bad mood except for peanut butter cookies.  What the song is about, well, I have no literal clue.

 

Sometimes though, it doesn’t matter what the words of a song are.  Girl Person sings it funny, especially when she comes to the part about the mooooon.  We aren’t from Buffalo.  I don’t know any buffalo, and yet, the moon?  It is beautiful here in Sonoma County, California.  And so?  It fits.  Unlike Girl Person’s holey socks and holey shoes.  Yep, she really needs some new ones.

I danced with a gal with a hole in her stocking
And her knees was a-knockin’ and her shoes was a-rockin’
I danced with a gal with a hole in her stocking
And we danced by the light of the moon

Sometimes, when we are going thru really hard times, you can’t think of a song to sing.  And if that is the case, ask someone to sing one for you.  And then, sing one for them.  Because deep down, we are all strong, we can make it thru just about anything.  It may not seem like it at the time, but the little things are what can keep us going.  And we have to keep each other going.

We all may not be going thru a literal fire, but we all have something that we are dealing with.  It may not seem like a big fire to someone else, but it is to us.  And know that whatever you are going thru, it is important.  You will make it thru.  Someone else is counting on you to sing a song.  But try to sing it better than Girl Person.

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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If I Leave Here Tomorrow.

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle.  It is not often that I am at a loss for words, or for barks.  Or even growls for that matter.  But yesterday changed a lot of things for many people.  And our hearts are breaking for them.  When we woke up yesterday morning, it seemed that day was night.  And night was day.

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The past few weeks and months have been just, well, sad.  It does not help for me to go over all that has happened to so many people in so many places.  It also does not help for me to go into detail about the fires here in California.  Why?  The persons have listened to the news and read the news until their eyes hurt.  Even more hurt than from the smoke.  There comes a point where you just have to realize that some things?  Well, they are beyond your control.

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One night can change a lot of things.  We were going to sleep when the fires started.  That day had been a great day at the beach and being together.

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And we know many others had a great day too.  You know that we try to stay positive no matter what.  But we also try to be honest no matter what.  And honestly? Our hearts are broken. This place, well.  It means a lot to us.  Our hearts never left here five years ago when we left our little town of Glen Ellen, California.  And when we got back here, we were so happy.  We didn’t know our happy could be changed in an instance.  Tomorrow is something you can’t predict.

If I leave here tomorrow
Would you still remember me?

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Many know that if you have been reading what Digby and I have had to say lately, that it was hurting us to leave here in a couple of weeks.  In fact, because we didn’t know if we could stay, the persons found it hard to drive back thru where we used to live in Glen Ellen those years ago.  They knew that it would hurt too bad to see it and leave again, so we stayed out here in Bodega Bay.  As Sheriff, honest is the name of my game.  And there ya go.

But last week, we braved it and went to our old dog park there.

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We saw our old places. and we are so glad we did.  Because now.  Well.  Most of it is gone.

Bye, bye, baby, it’s been a sweet love
Though this feeling I can’t change

When you love something so much, you can’t stand the thought that you might not have it forever.  So I have a question for you.  The things you love?  The people you love? If you leave tomorrow, will they know you loved them?  You may not have any warning, you may not have any choice.  You have a choice today.

Sometimes, our life takes us on travels we did not plan to go on.

If I leave here tomorrow
Would you still remember me?
For I must be traveling on, now

For many in this California place, they have not only lost their homes, but their memories.  There are many people here that have lost family members.  Some even have lost their lives.  And it will take a very long time to get back any sense of normalcy.  If routine is important to a dog like me, I can’t imagine how it is for persons.  Right now, we don’t know when we are going to leave.  Now we know that people need help, and to leave here now does not seem like the right thing to do, even if our own lives will be put on hold.

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We thought we had our tomorrow planned.  But now we are not so sure.  One night changed everything.  And that may have happened to you in your life too. But you rebuilt.  You recovered.  And we know that the wonderful people here will too.  This place is not just made up of beautiful wineries and vineyards that our persons love.

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This place is made up of working people, hard working people.  This place is made up of families and farmers and people and furkids.  When will we leave here now? Our tomorrow is uncertain.  But all tomorrows are uncertain.  Aren’t they?

We want our fans to know we are safe.  We are in the safest part of Sonoma County right now.  We are ready to leave the Big Blue Treat Wagon if we have to and drive out of here.  Because our life isn’t about stuff.  Our life is each other.  And we will be reevaluating in the next few days our plan.  This may change alot of our own plans.

As we have always said, in order to help animals, well, you have to help people too.  This goes hand in hand and paw in paw.  There are a lot of people in a lot of areas that need help right now, and furkids too.  Many of our fans and family are torn as to who to help, or they are upset that they can’t donate to every cause.  Listen up.  Not everyone can afford to donate.  Not everyone can travel to help.  But even hitting that “share” button on Facebook, or talking to a friend can help.  We all can so something.  Our “something” is what we need to decide on in the next few weeks.  And we know we can count on you for your support.  I am not even asking this time.

Many of our fans have asked about the rescue we visited here in Santa Rosa, California, Soft Paws Rescue. They evacuated safely, all animals are safe.

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But some of the homes they operate out of are gone.  If you can help, please donate here.

Will we figure out what to do from here? We will.  But for now, we love you California.  We love your farms.  We love your food.  The persons love your wine.  We love how welcome we feel here and the simplicity of life here to enjoy the good things.  We love the small towns and the people that care so much about each other.  The places like Sonoma County are truly rare in this world.  We have traveled all over, and this place?  It is something special.  We love you.  And we will help you.

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

I See That You Have Paella In Your Car

This is Deputy Digby Pancake.  Today is a new week, a new start, a new menu.  At least in my book.  If I knew how to read, my book would have all kinds of menus.  And you can guarantee, and I will guarantee, that every day would include pancakes.  And also paella.  I just found out about paella.

This weekend, we took a walk at one of our favorite spots in the world, the beach in Bodega Bay, California.  And as usual, Sheriff Brickle lost his mind, found his happy, and I  became attacked.  Again.  In case you missed one of our live videos, here it is.

Well, as you can see, we both worked up quite an appetite.  Honestly, I work up an appetite going from the bed to the floor to the chair to the bed again.  And as we were leaving the beach, a nice man person with a furkid asked Girl Person if we were the 2 Traveling Dogs.  Girl Person told him that we were, and the man person said he had a treat for us.  Well, I know that word better than I know my last name of pancake.  And so Sheriff Brickle and I ran up to his car.  He opened his trunk and I was expecting to see the usual dog bone, or boring nonsense of that type.  Instead, he took out a brand new take out carton he had just picked up at a fancy schmancy restaurant with some fancy, schmancy paella in it, folks.  You heard me.  Paella.

Now, I am not the international traveler yet, but I know about Spanish paella.  You see, you take rice and all kinds of stuff and you bake it and you eat it and it is delicious, I tell you.  Delicious.  And for some random, nice man person to offer us some fancy, schmancy paella out of his car trunk? Well, that was interesting.  And that was delightful.   It made me want to dance a spanish dance if I knew how to do such a thing.

Girl Person usually does not let us get treats from strangers, but she saw the take out bag, and it was brand new.  As Girl Person talked to him, he took out a fork, and opened the container and started feeding it to me and Sheriff Brickle!  He liked us so much that he shared his paella not only with us, but his dog got some too. There I was, just a normal foxhound on a beach in California, and I was getting fed paella with a fork on the beach.  You heard me.  Paella on the beach.  This doesn’t happen every day I hear.  But in our view, it was going to happen every day now.  So after this point, every car we saw, every man person we saw, well, we figured that they had paella.  And so we tried to drag Girl Person to every car to find more paella.  We knew it was in there.  And we knew we had to find it.  And so yes.  If we see you in your car, we will try to get your paella too.

Girl Person tried to explain to us that she could make us some paella if we stopped trying to jump in people’s cars to get paella.  That worked.  For a minute.  Girl Person thinks you might want the recipe for her Paella for Pups

Ingredients

1 cup organic brown rice
2½ cups water or unsalted chicken broth
½ teaspoon organic coconut oil
1 tablespoon organic olive oil
1 cup frozen organic green peas
½ cup sliced organic zucchini
5 ounces of any lean animal meat (about 1 burger patty’s worth)
1 tablespoon canned, organic black beans

Directions

In a large saucepan, bring the rice to a boil in the water or chicken broth.
Add the oils.
Cover and simmer for about 35 minutes.
Then add the peas, zucchini, and meat.
Continue cooking for another 10 to 15 minutes.
Top with the black beans.

Let cool completely before serving.

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It is not my imagination folks that paella grows in car trunks.  I know that pancakes grow everywhere, and maybe one day soon when we find out where we can settle down, we can grow our pancakes and paella.  I hope for that soon.  Very soon.  Otherwise, we have a lot of car trunks to search.

-Deputy Digby Pancake

We want to thank 4-Legger for being such a big part of our tour this past year. They generously donated to the 48 rescues we visited and we love them and their organic products. You know that we always recommend organic! We can say that we would never use another shampoo on our dogs. And we also admit to using them ourselves. They are that safe and that amazing. Learn more about these products that will change your dog’s life. And for their commitment to animal rescue, we thank them for that most of all!
www.4-Legger.com

The New York City Special Edition Pawcast Podcast

When we took Brickle and Digby to New York City, we were nervous.  And we had reason to be.  Listen to Girl Person and Boy Person discuss our trip into Manhattan, running out of gas, Central Park and how two country dogs reacted to the Big Apple.

Catch us on ITunes!

Talked about on the podcast:

Pizza Treat Recipe For Dogs

Girl Person making pizza for dogs on Daytime NBC

Urgent Pets Of Death Row

 

Into The Great Wide Open!

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. What a week this has been.  I have been dealing with that Depression Monster trying to get in our house on wheels all week to make Girl Person sad again. I have been dealing with a Vet Person visit, and the usual of trying to deal with all of this handsome I have to carry around.  By the way, the Vet Person said I am in perfect health, and that I am perfect.  So that is that and was expected.

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When you are handsome as I am, it is hard to worry about the future because you can’t imagine what will happen if you get any handsomer on the next day of your life.  But the future is something that the persons have been discussing for weeks.  And when you have many choices, sometimes, that makes it harder.  We have the whole world open to us right now.  And yet, we are limited with money as persons usually are.  We do not regret our decision to visit 48 states and 48 rescues the past year.  But it was a lot more expensive than we could have planned for.

California which is a place we love, especially Sonoma County, was a place we wanted to stay.  But we didn’t plan for it to be so expensive.  So California?  Florida?  Europe?  What are we going to do?  Where are we going to go?

Into the great wide open
Under them skies of blue
Out in the great wide open
A rebel without a clue

Because life doesn’t wait for anyone, and because the days fly by faster than the one before, we want to get going.  When we get going, it is harder for that Depression Monster to find us.  When we sit still for too long without any direction, it always finds a way in.  Plus, we are excited that we have this opportunity without a lot of responsibilities and nothing is forever, right?  So what are we waiting for?

So.  Here it goes.  On November 1, unless a miracle happens in this Sonoma County place and a house becomes available to suit our needs and budget, we will be headed to Amelia Island, Florida, specifically Fernandina Beach.  Yes, back across the country.  Into the great wide open!

Some persons may think that we have no idea what we are doing, and those persons would be correct.

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But our persons know that if we have too big of a house payment and they have to get other jobs to make that payment, they would have to leave Digby and I at home to go to their jobs.  And we would be lonely and bored.  And all of us want to stay together and they can work from home now. The persons really wanted to go to Italy or France right now.  But they realize that the trip may be too hard on us and too expensive for us now.  So if we go back to that Florida place, but in a different area than we were in before, our sense of adventure and excitement will still be there.  The ocean will be there.  Family and friends will only be four hours away.  And if we don’t like it once we get there in November?  No one is making us stay.  We will be parking the Big Blue Treat Wagon there first to make sure it is a good place for us all.  If it is, that is where we will stay for a few years.  And the persons can go to Europe later on, maybe if they find a plane where Digby and I can fly first class.  That is the only way I would fly.  Also, if something becomes available in Sonoma County, especially Bodega Bay, we can drive right back.  And we would.

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If we do leave on November 1st, we will be taking our time to drive back to that Florida place.  We will be seeing some new things along the way, and who knows? Maybe we will drive thru your town.  We aren’t going to put down roots there though until we see for sure if it will work and if we can find a little house.  If it doesn’t, the future is still wide open!  Will you join us?  Do we have your support?

They moved into a place they both could afford
He found a nightclub he could work at the door
She had a guitar and she taught him some chords
The sky was the limit

We will admit that this decision is extremely hard for us and Girl Person is crying a lot.  It was our dream to come back here, and we didn’t expect to love Bodega Bay and the people here so much.  Even more than wine country, the ocean and the bay called our names louder this time around.

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But the facts are the facts.  And we are going to work with what we got!  And that is a lot.  We have our whole lives ahead of us! Who knows…maybe we will be back one day.

Into the great wide open
Under them skies of blue
Into the great wide open
A rebel without a clue

We are going to make the most of every single day!  And every single day of whatever comes our way.  Will we be boring you with beach pictures everyday?  Pretty much.  But that is the way it is, and as Sheriff, you are arrested if you complain about it.  Because life is meant to be enjoyed, life is meant to be lived.  We each have our own paths and direction on where we want to go.  Are you following yours?

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

Thank you to Dr. T and the staff at Bodega Bay Veterinary Hospital for being amazing, loving and helpful.  

 

 

A Bad Day Only Lasts 24 Hours

This is Deputy Digby Pancake.  If there was ever a day that the Sheriff needed to take off…well, it is today.  And my idea of work is working on a nap.  And I do an excellent job at that if I say so myself.  I would say it myself, but I need to go back to my nap.

Where is the moment when we needed the most?
You kick up the leaves, and the magic is lost
They tell me your blue sky’s faded to gray
They tell me your passion’s gone away
And I don’t need no carrying on

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If you have ever had “one of those days” as Granny Person used to say, you understand that everything that can go wrong on that day will go wrong.

I guess Sheriff Brickle didn’t like going to the Vet Person yesterday. He didn’t like getting weighed…he worries about his slim figure and doesn’t want his driver’s license to reflect those extra five pounds he is always worried about losing.  He also did not like the fact that he was tricked into going by taking a leisurely drive thru Bodega Bay.  The Sheriff and I have come to realize that when we are put in the car by ourselves and not with each other, nothing good can come of that.  And nothing good came from the rest of the day either.  Other than the day was over.

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As usual, it was time to move campsites.  And as usual, the persons were tired of putting everything away to move, unhooking everything and then setting everything back up.  If you do something so much, sometimes you don’t pay attention to what you are doing.  At least with Girl Person, she starts daydreaming about something she has to do or to get done.  And so when Boy Person was backing in to our new campsite…about five ones over, she didn’t pay attention that there was a big stump hidden in the seagrass behind him.  She was looking into the sky wondering how many birds there were in Bodega Bay and bam!  It wasn’t a bird that she had to worry about.

Cause you had a bad day
You’re taking one down
You sing a sad song just to turn it around

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As Boy Person got out and surveyed the damage, which wasn’t a big deal by the way, Girl Person got to setting up our campsite outside again.  She puts down the big rug first of all because the Sheriff has a panic attack if he can’t sit outside immediately.

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She put the water bowl down, she put down the door rug, and she put the bicycles on the ground to block anyone from walking into our campsite and disturbing the Sheriff. She thought it looked good, and although she wouldn’t win any awards from any interior decorators, or outdoor ones either, it was good to her.  But I guess not to Boy Person.

As he went to move the Jeep, he also meant to block our campsite from trespassers and pulled up close to the Big Blue Treat Wagon RV.  Girl Person was paying attention this time and yelled to him to stop, but it was too late and that is when he messed up her outdoor decoration and ran over one of the bikes.  And her shoes.

Well, about this time, Girl Person started laughing, Boy Person surveyed the damage again, and they just stood there.  Girl Person told him one point for him, one point for her.  And the Sheriff was keeping score.  He told me that he was going to write in his report that on the days he has to go to the vet that nothing good will happen that day.  And I agreed.  So since we were having such a bad day, Girl Person decided that she was going to have to take a little drive to clear her head.

You work at a smile, and you go for a ride
You had a bad day
The camera don’t lie

She knew that Gandma had sent us some mail “General Delivery” to the post office here.  And she went to go get it.  When she got there, the post office had decided that since this was a bad day that they would keep with the flow and send the mail back to Gandma because they didn’t feel it was addressed properly.  One point for Girl Person.  One point for Boy Person.  One point for everyone.  Even as Deputy, I had about had enough of this day.  Do I ever have a bad day?  No not generally.  Not much can mess up dreams of pancakes.  Unless you get scrambled eggs for breakfast.

 

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But, after I ate my breakfast at lunchtime because breakfast was late from all of the commotion, I put things into my Digby perspective. Was it truly a bad day if you can laugh about the “bad” parts at the end of it? Probably not. For Sheriff Brickle, he does need a day off today because his meanness is more than usual, and rest will do him some good. For me, there is always an excuse to rest. And recoup. And regroup. And forget about the bad parts. Because today is today. And it can be good if we learn from the bad of yesterday and move on. Probably to a new campsite if you are us.

By the way, thank you to everyone who helped us decide what our next adventure is going to be. We have an announcement tomorrow. So don’t miss it.

-Deputy Digby Pancake

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