The Way You Do The Things You Do

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle.  Even amidst all of the chaos and tragedy still this week in this California place, Deputy Digby has found a way provide distractions from the sadness in only the way that Digby can do.  And I wish he would not do most of them.


Yesterday, the fog rolled into Bodega Bay of Sonoma County, and Girl Person said that she has never been so happy to see fog in her life.  Our breathing got a little better, and it seemed like a little bit of normalcy was trying to creep back in.  So we went to take a drive and decided to take a drive on one of the roads here from that movie, The Birds.  It was one of the things that we had wanted to do since we got here, and since our time is running out, there is no better time than the present.

Well, Digby also had items on his agenda yesterday too, and he meant business about it.  First of all, he decided that since we had been inside so much of the time for the past week, it was time to let all of his energy out.  So he started with eating random poop on the trail, peeing on my head at the same time, and then kicking up dirt in Girl Person’s face when she bent down to pick up my business.  He was definitely into multitasking. And this was before Girl Person had even had her coffee.

You got a smile so bright
You know you could have been a candle

This distraction came at a great time, because Girl Person had been busy worrying about one of her friends in Sonoma.  She had been watching the news too much, and it about broke her heart when she saw what had happened to our favorite dog park we had just visited.

Brickle at “his park” taken one week prior to the fires

Digby sensed this, and thought that he needed to step up his game plan even more.  So as we were walking on our lunchtime walk, we passed the usual piles of horse poop on the horse trail, and Digby decided to grab a snack.  Girl Person was mortified yet again, and as another walker looked at him in horror with straw and poop hanging out his mouth, he threw himself on a rotten peach.

And babe you smell so sweet
You know you could’ve been some perfume

Girl Person asked him what in the world was the matter with him.  She then thought that in order to get out his energy, we had to take an extra long walk around the marina.  Digby thought this was also a good idea because his agenda of distractions also included eating rotten crabs, bird poop as dessert and then barking at fisherman.


You know, a Sheriff needs a day off every now and then, and honestly, Deputy Digby’s arrests were so many yesterday that I didn’t even have enough paper to write them all down.  So as I do on any day off, I just decided to use my time in order to look at myself. You see, Digby’s distractions, although against the law, were helping the persons forget about the awfulness of the past week.

As pretty as you are
You know you could’ve been a flower
If good looks were minutes
You know you could have been an hour

The way Digby does the things he does makes me wonder what we would do without him.  I do know that Girl Person would have a lot more time, our Big Blue Treat Wagon RV would be a lot cleaner, and I wouldn’t have to worry about pee on my head.  But things would be pretty boring around here.  And after the past week, we have all learned to lean on each other.

For now, just to address some business, we are hanging in. The smoke has cleared a little, and we are expecting rain on Thursday.  Let’s keep our positivity up and remember to appreciate whatever today brings you.  Unless it is horse poop, old crabs or rotten peaches.  In that case, send them Digby’s way.  He might need to use them again tomorrow.

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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4 thoughts on “The Way You Do The Things You Do

  1. Jacqueline

    Oh Sheriff, with all of the ICK that has been going on around you and your family this past week, it surely was nice to read a blog about the Deputy being his dirty self, and you gazing longingly into the mirror at yourself!!! So funny. And that is what family is for, even when we get irritated and annoyed with each other, we appreciate the “side-show” and distractions with the love that goes into all of “the horror”. I’m glad the weather seems to be cooperating, and I’m glad that you are getting to get some of your “rascal” back out, sitting inside isn’t any good for anyone!!!! I love you all! Enjoy your evening!!! Thanks for the laughs! xoxoxoxo <3 <3 <3 <3

  2. Linda Allebach

    Ahh, one of the funniest blogs ever. And the way all of them are accompanied by theme-based songs (most of which I grew up with, yes!), is absolutely ingenious. But of course it’s due to the collaboration of persons and furboys law officers…love love love it and all the teamwork. Finding something good in everything that happens, whether or not you have control of it. Very wise, very encouraging, and SO wonderfully musical! Thanks for the memories and the care and the comic relief – all needed for a balanced life. God bless you, every one.

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