This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. Digby is still on sick leave…worker’s comp…pancake therapy. Whatever.
So I am writing to you again today. I need a vacation, but I would have to buy two tickets to wherever we were going. Because being lonely? Being without my law enforcement pawtner? It is no fun. No fun at all.
They say…and once again, I don’t know who “they” is…they say that you always have room in your heart for a new friend. Well, Deputy Digby has always kept me pretty busy. Deputy Digby has always scared new potential friends with his howl…and I have never complained about it. Because he was all I needed anyway. Who had time for anyone else? But now that he is on rest orders from the vet person, I do have a bit more time on my paws. So I opened up my heart yesterday to an opportunity in front of me to make a new friend on my morning walk. Without. Digby.
I have never understood cats. They act like they love you from a distance, but generally, don’t want you to get too close. Well, maybe I do understand cats, especially this cat. She was almost as pretty as me.
I tried to talk to her. I tried to convey the fact that I could arrest her if I wanted to, but I was letting her go. I tried to tell her that woof means meow in dog and that meow means woof in cat. But all she wanted to do was purr and look at me. She had no depth. No philosophy for the day. Not even a suggestion on where to get the best peanut butter cookies around here. And I found my heart crying. Crying that Digby wasn’t here to howl at her. Crying in my heart that facts were facts. A best friend is a best friend. You can’t replace them.
As I walked away, with my handsome being tarnished by a lonesome teardrop, it occurred to me. I was still able to walk back to Digby. Things would get better. And I had to focus on that. Because sometimes, you don’t have an opportunity to see someone again. Sometimes, the lonely is for good. And I wanted to remember this feeling of appreciation for the Deputy on the days when he stinks so bad I want to jump out of the car window. I wanted to remember this feeling for the times upcoming when he burps in my face, steals my eggies, or howls in my ear. Yes, yes, I had to remember being lonely so that I would appreciate not being lonely. He’s got my heart. He’s got the title of my Deputy. And my brother. He’s got it.
So if there is someone that irritates you today, remember this. You would be lonely without them. How would your life be without them? We don’t want to think about stuff like that, but if we don’t, we won’t appreciate the now. And cat? You had a chance to be a Colonel Cat. I could always use more on the force. But you did not pass the interview. And you. Are. Arrested.
-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle
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