How Deep Is Your Love?

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle.  I have a question for you.  Seriously.

How deep is your love?
I really mean to learn

Is it as deep as the deepest lake in the United States? Is it as deep as Crater Lake in Oregon?


When things are going good, it is so much easier to be nice and to show love.


But when things start going, well, as rough as my attitude, it is much harder.

Cause we’re living in a world of fools
Breaking us down when they all should let us be

We are finding out that on this trip, we are needing to pull out our kindness reserves, patience and understanding.  Not just for others, but for each other.  Try living with Deputy Digby Pancake in a Big Blue Treat Wagon RV for over a year.


If there was ever a time that I needed to hold my tongue, it is lately. Digby has decided that he wants everything on his terms. He wants my bed, he wants my perfect temperature water, which is what I require, and he wants my dinner. All I want is for him to respect my authority as Sheriff, and he seems to not want to respect anything. He pulls us off the trail to jump in a lake, he pulls us into the poison oak bush (which Girl Person has all over her butt now by the way) and that was just this morning. How deep was my love then?  Not deep. Not deep.

But as a good Sheriff, I realize that exceptions must be made sometimes. You see, we are all getting a little crazy in this RV thing. The camping thing is hard, trying to find a rescue to visit is hard, and the travel days are harder. Hardest. We know we are in the homestretch, but all of us are getting stretched too. So. We had a family meeting today and decided that we all had to show more love.

And you may not think I care for you
When you know down inside that I really do

Sometimes, you get so tired and stressed that you take it out on the people that mean the most to you, and you take them for granted. Sure, I don’t want Digby drinking my perfect temperature water, but if he wasn’t with me in this Big Blue Treat Wagon RV, there would be no other brother to boss around. There would be no other brother to complain to about the persons. And well, when we visited Crater Lake National Park, it put it all into perspective. Isn’t it funny how nature has a way of explaining things to us?


You see, Crater Lake is a volcano. An active volcano, which is kind of inspiring. This lake was formed when it erupted and it caved in upon itself. Kind of like how our family has been doing lately.

We get upset at the littlest things because we are tired. We get irritable when we can’t find a grocery store for 50 miles…ok, that’s just Digby. He needs his maple syrup, y’all. But when we finally got everything out in the open and talked about what was bothering us and how we could help each other, there came a peace. Very much a peace like we felt at Crater Lake.


The waters are so calm that you can see the tiniest ripple. The colors of blue are more vibrant than any picture could ever show. And this beautiful, serene place came from something very dramatic. But what resulted was the deepest lake in the United States, and the ninth deepest lake in the world.


We may have reason to be tired and irritable, but why be that way? It sure doesn’t change what we have left to accomplish on this trip, which is still to find an Oregon rescue and also to make it to our #48 state, California. We know our love is as deep, if not deeper than Crater Lake for our family and the animals we have left to tell the world about on this Adventure Of A Lifetime.

If I stop and think about it, life would be pretty boring if it was as perfect as my brindle beauty every day. And what we individually may feel is a hardship may very well be someone’s dream…like we know this trip may seem to others. We never take a day of it for granted and we aim to enjoy every day left of it…unless Digby succeeds in trying to throw us off into a lake again.

So today we are headed to Brookings, Oregon on the coast. We hope to find a campsite. You guessed it…we don’t have one. Let’s try and practice this understanding today…persons!

I believe in you
You know the door to my very soul
You’re the light in my deepest, darkest hour
You’re my savior when I fall
And you may not think I care for you
When you know down inside that I really do
And it’s me you need to show
How deep is your love, how deep is your love

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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Burnt Toast And Butter

This is Deputy Digby Pancake.  If I would have known it would be so hot in this Oregon place today, well, I would have planned a trip to a big lake with snow around it.  OH?  That IS where we are going today?  Good thing we drove all this way for it! We can’t wait!

This morning as Girl Person was taking us on a walk thru the campground, we saw and smelled the usual things.   You know, old trash in the overfilled dumpsters, campfires, the lovely smell of restrooms not cleaned from the day before and from persons emptying their RV holding tanks.  Oh? You are eating your breakfast?  Sorry about that.  I just had my breakfast and left half of it on the carpet.  It’s a good morning.


Speaking of breakfast, on our walk, we passed by a campsite that was filled with memories for Girl Person.

Good morning, yesterday
You wake up and time has slipped away
And suddenly it’s hard to find
The memories you left behind
Remember, do you remember?

She told us a story about when she was a little person that her Granny Person always made her breakfast when she stayed the night there.  She said that on the mornings when she slept in too late and missed the pancake buffet (I am gasping at how you could do this), that her new choice of breakfast was toast.  And the question always came from Granny Person.  “Would you like your toast burnt or regular?  And butter or no butter?”.  And Girl Person always answered, “Burnt, Granny.  With half a stick of butter”.


Now, at Granny Person’s house, you didn’t ask questions about the food.  You knew it would be good, Girl Person told me, even if there were crumbs left in the butter from the day before.  I myself, if I have slept in too late prefer my own fan and matzah. Or matzo. Which one is it?

The laughter and the tears
The shadows of misty yesteryears
The good times and the bad you’ve seen
And all the others in between
Remember, do you remember
The times of your life? 

Persons seem to have many memories.  But what I often wonder is why can’t they recognize the good things happening in their day before it is a memory?


Memories are wonderful things, especially when you miss someone not with you anymore.

Reach out for the joy and the sorrow
Put them away in your mind
The memories are time that you borrow
To spend when you get to tomorrow

But do you also recognize when you are living the times of your life, now? The little things?  The funny things?  The things that didn’t go as planned?

As dogs, we are fortunate to live in the moment, and every moment to us is now.  Every moment to us is special, because it is new.  Persons have the privilege of memories, but it is up to them to not only remember, but appreciate the now.  And if you remember something today, hopefully it makes your today better.

Gather moments while you may
Collect the dreams you dream today
Remember, will you remember
The times of your life?

Burnt toast may not have been as delicious as a stack of pancakes, but for Girl Person, the memory was the most delicious of all.  Sitting at Granny Person and Pappy Person’s table talking over burnt toast with half a stick of butter at the time may have been normal, routine and ordinary. But for her now, that memory is a treasure of what it meant to have such wonderful people in her life.  Don’t let an ordinary moment today only be appreciated years later.  Live like a dog today and lap it up!  Take it in!  Burnt toast and butter.  Its wonderful.

Remember, do you remember
The times of your life?

Today, we are headed to Crater Lake National Park.  And then on Thursday, we will be starting our trek to the Oregon coast. Will you join us? Check in with us on Facebook and Instagram for updates all day!

-Deputy Digby Pancake

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