At A Walmart Parking Lot

This is Deputy Digby Pancake. First day of 2018? Can we get a do-over? Perhaps?


If you follow our Facebook page, you probably know by now that we broke down yesterday. At a Walmart parking lot. Seems as though the Big Blue Treat Wagon RV has about had it after more than 48 states and 48 rescues. It started leaking all kinds of stuff, and as we got over a bridge about half an hour from camp in the pouring rain, ice and snow, it decided that it would let us know where it was leaking. And it wasn’t good.

As Boy Person tried his best to figure out what to do in such cold weather that he couldn’t feel his hands, and we couldn’t feel our faces, Girl Person sat with us in the RV and started her meltdown behind closed doors…which we could hear by the way.

When you are sitting at a Walmart parking lot for over 10 hours, you begin to wonder where in the world you have gone wrong. As she kept running inside for different supplies, she thought of words her fans had said. Fans telling us that at least we were near civilization. Fans telling us that at least we had each other. And she kept trying to remind herself that they were right. But when you are having a panic attack on top of panic attack, nothing seems comforting. She has questioned our decision to sell our Florida home and do this crazy rescue journey many times. Was it all worth it?

Sometimes, Girl Person says that there are no fancy words to say. She tries to hide her tiredness and concern from me and Sheriff Brickle. But Sheriff Brickle knows all. And he knows that she has about given up on wondering how we will figure this part of our lives out. How did we get in this mess? It is messier than when I roll in horse poop. Or eat it. And maybe by the time this blog posts in the morning, she will have regrouped. Maybe we all just need some sleep and some warmth…which by the way, Texas. What is the deal with this?

As Girl Person walked thru the aisles of the Walmart, she thought to herself that all of these people had life figured out. They seemed happy and were getting groceries for a home that they were going to go home to. And she knew that she was imagining that everyone had it better than her at this exact moment. Because that wasn’t true, it was selfish, and she had to realize that. There she was, able to afford a few supplies and had a Boy Person trying his hardest to help us and keep us safe.  As she checkout out with her five gallon bucket, the cashier seemed so happy, so nice.  And Girl Person wondered what she was so happy about when she was having such a bad day.  But what that cashier didn’t know was that she made her stop.  And think.  Was life so bad…even when you were broken down with no propane for heat in a 29 degree, Walmart parking lot?


Girl Person says isn’t that always the case? When we are going thru something, it seems like everyone else has it better. And there is always someone that is worse off than we are. It is true. As true as Sheriff Brickle is mad. As true as the first arrest of 2018. TEXAS. YOU. ARE. ARRESTED.

Stay tuned for updates on our journey back to that Florida place. We are wondering if we are all going to make it in one piece.

-Deputy Digby Pancake

13 thoughts on “At A Walmart Parking Lot

  1. Iris

    😢 Does the Walmart have an auto service dept? They might be able to spot exactly what’s wrong (if you don’t already know).
    I think of your journey a bit like folks headed out in the s Oregon trail – only on reverse. (Not driving on reverse – well, you know.). Anyway, it’s okay to meltdown. You will make it. One way or another, the things that matter will make it back to Florida. Remember the Ruby slippers – or the Verna slippers – the ones that got them through all the hard times. You’ll find a way . 😘

  2. Barbara

    So sorry to hear of your struggles. Terrible weather to have RV problems. Discouraging. However, In Texas, if you sit still for a couple of days the weather will change!!. The sun will come out and put a big smile on your face. Back in the 50s/60s by the weekend. So, you are in a great part of the state, there is a lot to see – have you thought about staying for a while? Maybe that is what the Treat Wagon is telling you. You could be in the middle between California and that Florida place. You should give it some thought. There are lots of poor rural “shelters” in south Texas that could use your talents. Seriously, if you cant stay a while, a go fund me page would let us help you get repaired and ready for your next challenge. You are important too and your followers are here to support you.

  3. A go fund me page is a great idea. You do so much for saving fur kids and making their lives better, how about you let us two leggers help you out a little. I would contribute. Think a lot of others would too. This isnt you sticking out your hand and saying give me, this is all of us who follow this blog day by day that want to help good people . Digby and the sheriff deserve a safe warm place and so do you. Its 40 below zero in kankakee county Illinoiis last night. No one should be cold.This weather is going to be here for a while and any kind of repairs are not cheap. Please let us your friends you may never meet help you?? Besides, any extra funds could go towards a permanent address without wheels. to keep you safe. Prayers are with you.

  4. Lynne M Smith

    You guys have such resiliency!
    I know you will make it back to Florida. Maybe not as quickly as you had planned, but you will get there.
    You can’t control the weather. It is what it is!!
    As for a Go Fund Me. I’m all for it, but I don’t think Girl Person will let you. I wanted to buy her shoes back a few months ago and she told me to spend my money on my dogs!!

  5. Karen Hampton

    Girl Person, you are NOT being selfish!!! You are being ‘human’….when life kicks us in the chops, it’s human nature to feel we’re walking around with a big ‘ HEY LIFE, KICK ME AGAIN’ sign on our butts, thinking that others have it better…….some certainly DO, others truly DO NOT!! You guys WILL make it….it’s like ‘so close, yet so far’ scenario. You haven’t come this far to stop now, even though it seems like you’re at wits end. Ask us, your fans, friends & family….we will help in ANY way we can!!! 💗🐕🐕👍🏼😘

  6. Terry

    I believe in you. Some day in the (far) future, you will look back on this day and laugh.

    Or not. But there WILL be better days ahead.

  7. barbara sevrens

    Good morning guys. Cold here in Texas 24 degrees. At least your at a Wal-Mart and safe in the parking lot. You’ll make it you are a strong team. I will be praying for your family and hope you get the rv fixed soon.

  8. Eileen Geoghegan

    Dont give up Girl Person you and Boy Person are amazing wonderful people and I love you for all you are doing and have done. Huge hugs from New Zealand from me and Molly Malarkey

  9. My thought are with you. I don’t know if it would help but in Australia I believe there is an RV club that you can call on for assistance. Perhaps there is something like that in Florida. There are always good people available if you ask

  10. Jill Ledterman

    I think it’s time to set up a Go Fund Me page! You have many friends in the 48 states you visited, who would be happy to help you out. You could get the Treat Wagon fixed and go home safely! Praying 🙏 for you!


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