This Week Is Arrested. Twice.

This is Sheriff Peanut Brickle. First of all, welcome to Washington. Second of all, can we go to bed now?


Deputy Digby has never needed an excuse to sleep, but he definitely doesn’t need one now. This week, we went through Montana. Idaho. Washington. We went thru rain. Sleet. Snow. And more rain. And more rain. And more rain.  And I wish I could say it was a good week.  But it definitely could have used improvement. And it definitely.  Is. Arrested.  Twice.

One time in a week of breaking down is enough.


And like Gandpa always said, I was about to “break bad” on everyone after the first one.  But then yesterday, when we had yet another long drive ahead of us, the Big Blue Treat Wagon decided to let us know he was not liking the bad diesel gas apparently we got in Montana.  And as we started up a hill, the RV stopped.  We tried to start it again.  It stopped.  It sputtered. There was no where to pull over, and there we were.  Stuck in the middle of the road in a Big Blue Treat Wagon RV and yellow Jeep.  Did I mention the night before that the Jeep was smoking? I’ll save that story for another rainy day.

If you have ever been in the middle of nowhere,  you don’t need me to give you directions.  Your cell phone won’t work.  All you see is miles of hills or mountains and just, well, nothing.  And it can seem overwhelming, you know, being stuck in the middle of the road waiting for someone to plow into you.  And you want to scream and cry and throw a towel in.  But no one would see you do it anyway.

So as the persons tried to calmly yet quickly decide what to do, Girl Person put on emergency mode.  Get water for dogs.  Get food for dogs.  Get treats for dogs.  Get poop bags, get purse and get us out of this death trap.  We tried not to fall out into the pea fields down yet another ditch and got in the Jeep.  Boy Person had to stay with the RV.  I would have liked to push it into the peas.

Since their phones wouldn’t work, Girl Person had no idea where to go to get fuel filters again.  So she drove.  And looked.  And she decided that the only house out there wouldn’t have them, or may have a serial killer there.  She turned around, and all of a sudden she saw it. A town. A little town with auto parts.  And we were going to be ok.

I am shortening this story due to it being boring and due to me being tired.  But let’s just say that after a few hours of being stranded, we loaded up again in the RV and hoped.  We hoped that it wouldn’t happen again and that our four hour drive would be safe.  We called a RV park, they said they had a space and we kept going.

As we started out again hungry and tired, it started raining more and more and more.  And we wondered if we could do this.  And it wasn’t easy. And we were scared. And we were tired.  And I have to tell you the truth. We feel pretty defeated.

But as we neared our destination in Washington wine country, we felt a boost of energy. Actually, the persons did.

I was just irritable and Digby was still sleeping.  We need today to rest.  That is an order by me, the Sheriff.  This trip has taken us longer than expected, and yes, it was harder than expected. It was harder on the persons, us, and the cars. Can we finish the remaining three states and rescues?  We think we can, but only if the RV and Jeep cooperate a little with us!  So, we ask you to send some good thoughts our way, and let’s see what a day of rest can do.  I will rest as soon as I write my arrest reports.  To get arrested twice in one week is a record, Big Blue Treat Wagon RV.

Washington? We have been looking forward to meeting you and your wine!  We know you will renew our strength.  We can feel it.

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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8 thoughts on “This Week Is Arrested. Twice.

  1. Iris

    The finish line is in sight and you will make it! Keep your bullets buttoned up and don’t use them on the BBTW, Barney – I mean Brickle!

    Your travels and challenges inspire us to keep raising the blind on another day. You’ve done so much good for so many animals and this trip is nearly one for the history books, but you’ll never forget it.

    When it’s time to turn the wagon around and head back east, you can always come & rest a bit in TN.

  2. Karen Hampton

    Love, prayers, good Karma & good wine!!! You’re nearly there, completing a task that few would have attempted & even fewer would be able to complete. You’ll make it, you’re TWO TRAVELING DOGS, but more importantly, you are ONE STRONG FAMILY!!!! 🐶🐺🍷🍷🍷🍷😘❤️🐾🐾

  3. Dinae

    You can do this! Keep up the positive thoughts (and keep that BBTW under “house” arrest until you get home – maybe that will keep it in line).

  4. Julie

    It has been a journey for sure. You never know what’s in front of you and I always say things happen for a reason. This thing called life is always a challenge. You are almost there… enjoy.

  5. Barbara Sevrens

    I’m glad you are ok and on the road again. You’ll finish whatever you started and I pray for you all everyday.

  6. Carole Craddock

    Look at all the accomplishments you’ve made throughout your adventure and all of the animals you have helped. Only 3 states, and you’ve made it to one of them, Washington! Oregon and California are just down the coast.

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