We Notice.

This is Deputy Digby Pancake.  We have to admit it.  We had a wet start in this Kentucky place on Monday, but yesterday?  It was pretty much perfect.  It WAS perfect.  But I feel the need to add y’all to this sentence.  It WAS perfect, y’all.

Girl Person says that one of her favorite things when we are hiking is when we stop and just look.  She says that she so desperately wants to know what we are thinking about.

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As we were hiking, Girl Person and Boy Person were discussing this.  Boy Person asked her what she would think about if she didn’t have any worries, like what she had to get done, computer work, the RV, money, the animal rescues…you know. All that kinda person stuff.  She said if she wasn’t worrying, she really wouldn’t be thinking of much else but what she was looking at.  He said exactly.

You see, when you are looking at the most beautiful scenery like we were yesterday at Mammoth Cave National Park, you shouldn’t really be thinking about much else.  Why would you? We were at the world’s largest cave system!  It is known for its eerie silence…much like Sheriff Brickle.

 

You may be wondering though…do dogs really notice?

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Girl Person says that some persons may not want to think that we notice.  They may prefer to think that we don’t know basic things.  Like our family, and that we belong to them, that we would be lost without you. The persons may not want to think that we know when you are sad, or stressed or seem bothered by us.  Because we notice, just like you.  We just notice more deeply.  More sincerely.  More simply. And we know when a day is plain perfect, like yesterday.

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Dogs aren’t just your pet.  We are family.  We have opinions.  We have likes.  And if we could talk to you in ways beside this blog obviously, we would tell you to try today and be a little like us.  Look at something and truly only think of it.  If you would like to do that to a pancake, that would be my suggestion.  But a pizza would do as well.

What I am trying to tell you is that all the time you spend worrying could be better spent with your dog.  Sit with us awhile.  And let’s just notice.

-Deputy Digby Pancake

 

 

In The Cold Kentucky Rain

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. Welcome to Kentucky! Surprised I can even talk at this point I am so exhausted. Talk about a hard day and a harder night on Monday.

Kentucky rain keeps pouring down
And up ahead’s another town
That I’ll go walking through
With the rain in my shoes,
Searchin’ for you
In the cold Kentucky rain.

You may have guessed that it is cold here in Kentucky. You may have also guessed that we were stuck in a deluge for all of the day and night yesterday. Rain isn’t so bad when you have nowhere to go. But this Big Blue Treat Wagon had to travel through the storm, we had to set up camp in the storm and we kinda got stuck in the mud. After that, we had to move camp again and we were all soaked. All tired. All cold. All hungry and enough was enough. Girl Person said we all had to pull it together. And she blasted this song. You may have guessed that she loves Elvis a little bit.


Now, Girl Person may be a bit melancholy lately. And missing our family and home. So she kinda started crying a little bit after that. Her plan to cheer us up kinda backfired.

Seven lonely days
And a dozen towns ago
I reached out one night
And you were gone
Don’t know why you’d run,
What you’re running to or from
All I know is I want to bring you home
So I’m walking in the rain,
Thumbing for a ride
On this lonely Kentucky back road
I’ve loved you much too long
And my love’s too strong
To let you go, never knowing
What went wrong

 

Well, enough of this. And enough of Elvis. We may be missing home. Just a little bit! But we have been looking forward to this week in Kentucky! We will certainly be hiking in some National Parks, enjoying some Kentucky food and listening to some bluegrass music!  You may be unaware that Girl Person plays the banjo…and that she loves bluegrass. And she probably doesn’t want me showing you these…but a long time ago, her and Boy Person tried to make a TV show, and although it didn’t catch on, it is quite the entertainment for me to look at the pictures bahaha!!!

Some people say that they wouldn’t change a thing in their lives because it led them up to where they are today.  Well, that is true for us, and we are in beautiful Kentucky. So after we dry out today, wash our clothes and clean up the mud, we are going to give Kentucky our undivided attention!  We are so excited to be here.  And by the way, Girl Person needs lessons.

Did I say that out loud?

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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Burps And Rainbows To Indiana!

This is Deputy Digby Pancake.  Indiana?  It’s been a great week…well, some of the days. But it is time for us today to move on to our next state and destination…Park City, Kentucky!  First though, let me thank you for all the burps and rainbows.

It’s true and no secret.  It was super duper cold this week in this Indiana place.  The rain fell for days.  It made Sheriff Brickle all a mess trying to fix his hair.  And I got sick of getting mud wiped off my paws.  But during the rain, we got to visit where Abraham Lincoln lived as a boy.  I got a bunch of learning and it was fun.

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But then, we ended up at a campground with a gun show, and you know good and well why I ended up in the shelter jail in the first place as a hunting dog scared of guns before I was rescued.  So fail on those points Indiana. I will use the hashtag #fail as well because it fits. Suffice to say your arrest report was started. Especially since your trains ran all night.  Again, Sheriff Brickle needs his beauty sleep. You know what happens.

But then, after all the cold and after all the rain, you brought out some sunshiney to make us feel better, and yes, a rainbow of sorts.

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But even if the sunshiney had not come out, we would have still loved ya, Indiana.  Why?  Your beautiful farmland, your nice people who welcomed us, your history and your wooded trails.  Your colored, pretty leaves falling to the ground and brisk air made me stop.  And burp.  Because first of all I am Deputy Digby Pancake and that is what I do.  But I realized that most places are pretty much burps and rainbows.

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Why?  Because if you eat a good meal, you burp. And Indiana had a lot of good things, but then some that did stink like the rain. And the cold.  Like a burp.  But then rainbows of great things that we will never forget.  We most definitely will never forget the rescuers at Another Chance For Animals in Evansville, Indiana.

As Deputy, I always see the good. That is my job, and I am happy to do. So Indiana? Thank you for letting us visit you this week.  The people here love where they live.  And we can see why.  Indiana is a wonderful place like so many other places in this country.  And we still have more to go. Thank you Indiana. We will never forget you. This is my song to you.  Thank you for the burps and rainbows. By the way, these are pictures of Hawaii.  Which has nothing to do with Indiana but it is making me more warm. Why is it so cold here?!

-Deputy Digby Pancake

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My Sister City. Pancake City.

This is Deputy Digby Pancake. Well, here we are in this Indiana place. It’s been raining. It’s been cold. But it has still been awesome! So many nice people, nice scenery and Girl Person says it’s the first time in a long time that she has heard someone say “y’all”. And it sounded real good. Real good.

Yesterday, we decided to sight see a little bit. I call it sight pee. Because any new place is a great place to me and a great place to pee. We walked down some streets in somewhere called Newburgh, Indiana.

When we sight pee, often, the persons stop to read a lot of signs. They like to learn. I like to pee and I do so accordingly on most of the signs. We learned that this city called Newburgh has a sister city in somewhere called Newburgh, England. Sister city? What in the world is that? Seems as though we learned that many places in the United States have them. This is what I read, “Twin towns or sister cities are a form of legal or social agreement between towns, cities, counties, oblasts, prefectures, provinces, regions, states, and even countries in geographically and politically distinct areas to promote cultural and commercial ties.The modern concept of town twinning, conceived after the Second World War in 1947,was intended to foster friendship and understanding between different cultures and between former foes as an act of peace and reconciliation, and to encourage trade and tourism.”

Now, you know dern well I didn’t read that. But Girl Person typed it. Truth is, I only thought of one thing. If this Newburgh, Indiana place can have a “sister city”, I can too. And so, you know what, Indiana? I am hereby declaring that you make a city here called Pancake City. That is MY sister city. And it is going to be awesome!

First of all, I am going to have a big statue of me peeing on a sign that explains Pancake City. The sign will be in the shape of a pancake, but not an actual pancake because that would be not nice. All pancakes should be eaten. No waste in Pancake City. Also, every restaurant will serve pancakes. Every store will sell pancakes or pictures of pancakes or stuffed animal pancakes or rescued pancakes. Yes, there would be a pancake rescue here. Because not everyone knows how awesome they are and I have to make sure if anyone goes to throw away pancakes that they come here.

Every year, I will make a speech at Pancake City telling how we came here to Indiana and that there was no Pancake City and I made it and tell everyone that they are welcome for being so innovative and caring for pancakes. Everyone will have plates of pancakes that they share with everyone else and I will have plenty of signs to pee on for the dogs. And then we will all tell stories of all the pancakes in our lives and laugh and laugh with maple syrup breath.

What would YOUR sister city be? Sheriff Brickle most likely would have a Peanut Butter Cookie City, but more than most likely a Peanut Butter Cookie Police Station City. I am going to leave it up to him to propose this city. I am going to have enough paperwork to do on this before we leave Indiana on Monday.

What would YOUR sister city be? I would like to hear it. But I would also like to know…will you be booking a trip to my sister city? Pancake City? I charge in pancakes.

Have a great weekend everyone! We can’t wait to show you more of Indiana! We are looking forward to the rest of our time here.

-Deputy Digby Pancake

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Allow Me To Explain.

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. And today, I didn’t even take the day off. A Sheriff can’t ever rest. Especially when there are so many to arrest. Someone has to work. That someone is me.

It occurred to me today that I should use this time when everyone has off work to brief you on a few things. It seems as though lately that a lot of fans on our Facebook page have no clue what we are doing. Well, most of the time, we don’t either. When people ask us what we are doing, how we are doing it and if we have real jobs, we pause. Do we? Because this seems like the most work we have EVER done. And if this isn’t a job, I have no idea what is. But as Sheriff, I want everyone to be informed, so I will fill in those that are questioning what we are doing by addressing some of the questions.

1. Why are you traveling to so many states in an RV with your dogs?

Why not? But really. After we reached a million fans on Facebook and sold our home, we thought of how we could make a difference. How we could give back. How we could make the most of our fanbase. And this is what we decided. Plus I looked good on TV.

2. Don’t you have real jobs?

Well, first of all. Rude. Second of all, valid question actually. We used the funds of our house sale to buy an RV, the Big Blue Treat Wagon. Girl Person and Boy Person can do their jobs on the road. All I can say about this is that if you need help with your Facebook page or your pet business, let them know. Maybe they can help you. We also made dog treats at Your Dog’s Diner before we left and you may have even seen them in BarkBox.  But everything was put on hold for this trip. It is true that we have no sponsors. This is all paid for by us. And it takes away from my peanut butter cookies. But we wouldn’t have it any other way.

3.  Why do the dogs look so tired?  Aren’t you ever going to take them home?  

Ok, well, since I was born, I have looked old.  Its just a fact and trait of my handsome.  And why did people overlook me in the shelter for so long? Again, they thought I looked old.  And mean.  Again, rude.  Someone wanted to name me Benjamin Button after that character in the movie.  But Girl Person and Boy Person thought Peanut Butter Brickle was more appropriate.  I agree.  But really.  Our journey is hard on us.  But it is fun.  And like we call it, it is the “Adventure Of A Lifetime”.  We are getting to see things that even most people and dogs only dream of.  We won’t travel like this forever.  Actually, in May it will be over.  So we are enjoying the ride.  And are we going home?  Well, our Big Blue Treat Wagon is home right now.  And it is a good home.  Home is wherever you are together.  That is certainly true.

4.  What is the purpose of this Adventure Of A Lifetime?

We are endeavoring to visit all the 48 contiguous states in one year and visiting one animal rescue or shelter in each state.  We have around 17 more states to go at this point.  And every week, we do an article and a video for each rescue.  We also want to show you how wonderful every single state is that we visit and what you can do with your dogs! We have been to cities like Manhattan and the wilderness of North Dakota!  We are excited to see more!

5.  How can we show our love and support you?

We get this question a lot and we sure appreciate it.  First, you can tell me how handsome I am.  You can tell Deputy Digby how cute he is. Then, after that, you can read our weekday blogs.  You can click on articles we share on our Facebook page.  You can share our posts from our Facebook page.  The simple fact is, the more fans we have, the more the animals that we visit will be shared.  More lives will be saved.  THEN, you can support the companies that donate to the rescues we visit every week by liking their Facebook page or buying their awesome products.  Thanks to  4-Legger, SqueakNSnap, and New Zealand’s Best and Bowser Beer.

Also, we have a calendar you can purchase and a shop with shirts too!

6.  What are you going to do after this trip?

Well, pretty good question. And for once in our lives, we have no plan. No idea.  Actually, it is making us a little nervous.  We miss our friends, family and ocean in that Florida place.  We miss our wine country of Sonoma where we lived for a year in California.  But we don’t want to get bogged down with heavy financial responsibilities.  We want a simple way of life that enables us to continue to help animals, yet be happy as a family.  Stay tuned as we figure it out.  If you have suggestions, I am welcome to hearing it.  As Sheriff, what I say goes, so tell me what I should say.

7.  How much do we love you?

This is the most important question of all.  We thank you, our fans for your ever loving, never ending support.  This trip is hard in so many ways.  Expensive.  Exhausting.  But this is what we were meant to do.  This is our SOMETHING.  The animals, shelters and rescues across the USA deserve our attention.

Don’t worry. Tomorrow, we will be back to our regularly scheduled dog blog.  I aim to arrest many today and report back tomorrow in Indiana.  Maybe since we are here in Indiana I will just arrest the whole state.  See?  I never soften as Sheriff.  If I still have your state to visit, don’t worry.  I’m on my way.

Thanks to everyone for your love and support.  We have until Monday in Indiana and can’t wait to see what wonderful things still await us!! But Indiana, you are still arrested for all the rain and cold.

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

Killer Walnuts, Acorns, Fido and Abraham Lincoln

This is Deputy Digby Pancake. Thank you for a great yesterday, Indiana. Today? Not so much. It’s raining. It’s cold. And my Florida swimsuit, which is au natural is not appropriate apparently in this weather. Someone asked us yesterday if we were used to the cold yet. Never. That is my answer.

But let’s discuss yesterday, because that was my first train of thought which is also appropriate because there is a train here that is blowing its horn all day and all night and it is interrupting my beauty sleep. But again, I guess I went off topic, so as long as I am off topic, should we discuss pancakes too? No? Ok, I will save it.

But yesterday, it was a good day in this Indiana place. First, we went to a place where Abraham Lincoln lived as a boy when he moved from Kentucky to Indiana with his family. Well, I know that Abraham Lincoln had a dog named Fido which is not as fancy as Deputy Digby Pancake, but it is known that Fido was a dog of an unknown mixed breed who liked a couch. Maybe we are related! Fido was the first presidential dog that there is a picture of. Ok, seriously. Are we related?

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But did you know that people call dogs “Fido” today because President Lincoln used this name?  So much learning in this Indiana place!

Anyway, we got to learn a lot of history at the Lincoln house and we got to go on trails and one that led to a spring that Lincoln’s family used. All in all, my brain was hurting and I just couldn’t concentrate on peeing on everything anymore. That is when we decided to stop and take a break and have some snacks. It turned out to be a bad idea.

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As we were eating our picnic snacks, a giant walnut fell from the sky or tree, either one, and nailed Girl Person in the head…her concussion head from last week. Fabulous. As she yelled out in pain, we looked for what fell on her head and found the giant walnut. Indiana? You have giant walnuts? What’s the deal with that? Can you possibly put up warning signs about that? Seriously.

As she was nursing her walnut, concussion head, Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle decided to partake of all the acorns on the ground. So is it like a nut extravaganza in Indiana? Girl Person had to laugh because she had forgotten when Brickle was a puppy that she almost named him Acorn because he kept eating them. Can you imagine? Sheriff Acorn? Who would be afraid of such a law enforcement alias? I. Can’t. Stop. Laughing. Sheriff Acorn. You guessed it. I just got arrested. Well go for it, Sheriff Acorn and Walnut, Concussion Head. For once, I am the only one around here with any sense and I plan to eat some pancakes…without nuts for lunch.

We are off today to visit a group of people trying to help animals and save lives here in Evansville, Indiana called Another Chance For Animals. Please give them some love! They deserve it.  And stay away from killer walnuts.  And don’t call Peanut Butter Brickle Acorn Butt.  I just did.

-Deputy Digby Pancake

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Indiana Schmdiana

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle.  Welcome to Indiana!  Wow, what a drive yesterday from that Missouri place.  Sometimes, the drives get long.  The drives get boring, and Girl Person gets annoying. She tries to entertain us by playing games, rhyming names like Indiana Schmdiana, singing and trying to make us entertain her.  Boy Person is busy driving, so he can’t do anything about it.  Oh, and Indiana’s motto is the “Cross Roads Of America” because it has more miles of Interstate Highway per square mile than any other state. Just. Fabulous. More singing.  More of these annoying antics.

But we finally made it here to this Indiana Schmdiana place.  Truth be told, I know nothing about it so far other than it already looks better with me in it!  I also know a song about it. Why?  Girl Person has sang it about 20 billion million times and is already on my nerves.  Is this going to go on all week long?!

So Indiana?  Indiana Schmdiana? We are here.  We are ready to see what makes you special,  and we are ready to visit our Indiana picked rescue called Another Chance For Animals who is a group of volunteers and fosters trying to save animals from the local animal control here in Evansville, Indiana.  It’s going to be a fun week!  If Girl Person can stop singing.

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle!

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See Ya Later, Missouri!

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. We are outta here Missouri! It’s been fun. It’s been real. It’s been real fun. But time to go to Indiana. Not without a proper goodbye though.

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We had an eventful week in your state. We had to help Girl Person feel better with her head injury. We had to help Boy Person with his migraine monster. And we had to hold down the fort, and or RV until the persons could pull it together. We didn’t miss any dinners, don’t worry there, I know what you were thinking.

We visited a great shelter called Five Acres that was super attractive, like me.  In case you missed our interview with them and how they help animals, allow me to show it to you again.  Yes, Digby and I make an appearance, we always do.

There was lots of good food in Missouri.  Of course, barbecue ruled.  So Girl Person made us a local delicacy called Pork Steak.  Yeah, it passed the Sheriff test and earned my paw of approval.

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Now, I know what you are thinking. What was my favorite thing about Missouri?  Aside from the fact that it showcased my handsome almost perfectly, because nothing can showcase it perfectly because it is not possible, this is a hard question.

Was it the Gateway Arch in St. Louis?

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Was it the many hikes we took in Missouri’s natural display of awesomeness?

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Was it the museum in St. Charles that let me and the Deputy visit and come inside?

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Was it the beautiful sunsets?

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Well, no.  And I can tell you another thing.  It definitely wasn’t the wind and cold.  It definitely wasn’t the bad breath that Digby got eating that deer poop full of berries off the ground.  No, so what was my favorite thing about Missouri?

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The people.  The fans that offered to help Girl Person feel better at the doctor.  The fans that understood when we had to cancel a meetup because of weather.  The people at the campground who were so nice, but not the woman that acted like dogs were evil and trying to attack her because we were not and why would you wear that in public anyway?  NO, but it was the nice people at the stores, the towns, the museum, the cities, the hikers, the people.  The wonderful, nice people.  That is what we will always truly remember about Missouri.

So when I think of Missouri, in the down times I am not thinking about myself, I will think of it fondly.  Thank you to all our Missouri fans and we hope we can see you soon.  Now…off to somewhere called Evansville, Indiana.  Let’s see what adventures and what animal rescuers we can meet this week!  Are you ready?  Let’s do this.  Or, You. Are. Arrested.

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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Around The Corner

This is Deputy Digby Pancake.  Oh, Missouri, you are making us feel better after a long week.  You are making us stop and appreciate nature, your rivers, your scenic scenes.  I crack myself up. And you are inspiring me to learn again.  So much so, I found a song about you, Missouri.  Your official state song.  Allow me to bark along with pancake breath. You can sing if you want.

Now, I am going to admit I literally have no clue what in the world this song has to do with Missouri.  All I know is that I heard something about a banjo. And strumming.  And nothing about pancakes.  So I should eat a pancake now to get me back on track with what I was going to say.

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When we were hiking yesterday, we were tired.  But it was needed for us to get our minds back on track.  Sometimes, when you are going thru a rough time, or a ruff time, again, I crack myself up, it is hard to see past what is right in front of you. But if you keep walkin, eventually, you will get to a corner.  And you will turn with it, and there will be something there to await you.  Something good, if only you keep walking.

So that is what we did.  After a week of headaches and lack of pancakes and peanut butter cookies, we kept walking and in place of all that bad stuff, we found some good in our day.  The Missouri River on a Lewis and Clark trail.  Fall leaves and colors, nice people who wanted to pet us and call us handsome. And Missouri won over our hearts.  Right around that corner.

So if you are going through something not so good, remember that corner.  Girl Person says that she is trying to keep on walking to get back to see her family and her friends who she misses very much, some sleep and some Florida sunshiney.  I am walking to find more pancakes, I mean, what did you think I was going to say?  Brickle is walking to find more handsome lighting and more backdrops for his handsome.

We didn’t think when we came to Missouri that we would be so surprised.  Surprised at its calming spirit, its friendly and welcoming people, and its waters, hikes and yes, wine.  Girl Person told me to say that.  But wherever YOU are walking today, just keep going.  I can guarantee that you will find your corner too.

-Deputy Digby Pancake

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