The Acorn In The Dirt

This is Deputy Digby Pancake. A wise man once said “The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.” I never met that man.  But if that man would have been a squirrel, I would have met him…yesterday.  But I guess if that was the case, there would be a squirrel man walking around and I would be scared of that.  I can only imagine he would look like Bigfoot. Perhaps.

Squirrels do some funny things which aren’t so funny when they are irritating you.  Like peeking at us when we are trying to lay in the sun.  Like making noises at us high in the trees where we can’t reach them.  Like being all squirrel like.  Girl Person says that they mean no harm. Girl Person says that they are just teasing us.  Girl Person says they are nice.  I am not sure I believe that.

But as I sat at our camping spot yesterday, I had nothing to do but notice the squirrel.  The squirrel all busy like in our camping spot.  But I tried to ignore that fact.  Because I had a belly full of pancakes and I was trying to sleep it off.

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The squirrel was paying no attention to me either.  Because he had an acorn. And he was burying it will all the fury of a squirrel, yet not with the force of a small man, or a squirrel man.  Who if he had been writing poetry about acorns in our camping spot, I would have listened to him.

Girl Person told me that squirrels are kinda like dogs.  They like to bury food for a rainy day or a cold day.  But sometimes, they forget that they buried their acorns. And then those acorns grow into oak trees! And I thought wow.  So if I bury a pancake, will I get a pancake tree?  Was this the secret all along? Why had I never listened to this squirrel man writing poetry burying an acorn?  Girl Person reminded me there was no squirrel man.  But she did not say there was no pancake tree.

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What I guess the lesson of the squirrel and the acorn is this.  You see, we all live on this earth together.  It’s our choice what we put away for the future.  Not in money, which would grow no trees, but with good deeds, love, acceptance and being the best we can be.

It is up to us to make an impact on the earth and on others that is positive.  We can take away, or we can give.  And if we take, put something in its place.  Grow a tree.  And I’ll bring the maple syrup.

-Deputy Digby Pancake

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The Story Of Us Is In The Small Stuff

This is Sheriff Brickle. It’s been said, because I have said it, that every day is a gift. It’s also been said that I am the most handsome dog in the world, but that is not the point, but yet, always is.

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Girl Person says that every day, every single day, no matter what the calendar says, Deputy Digby and I teach her what is important. She says that every day, we give her a gift. She says that every day, we tell her a story, yet we don’t know it.  Its called The Story Of Us. The story starts with our noses.

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Our noses know. Our noses have smelled that. All the that beneath your feet that you step over, that you step on and that you don’t pay attention to.  Our noses know the smell of dinner before you even start thinking about it.  Our noses know your smell, your special smell that makes you you.  Our noses know the smell of danger, the smell of love, the smell of a new day, which is the smell of hope.

The middle of the story is in our tails.

Deputy Digby and I are as different as different can be if different lived on another planet.

But our tails have been there, done that.  Our tails have been alert to strangers, alert to those pesky squirrels and alert to protecting you.  Our tails have kept us in balance and kept us strong.  Our tails have wagged when we have seen you, coming home, if you were only gone for a minute.  Our tails have bent down in defeat when we see you cry or upset.  Our tails have proved that our beauty is found in the simplest detail.

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The next story is our ears.  Yes, our ears.

You may not think that we hear the negative things, the things that we shouldn’t hear.  But we do.  We want you to know that only so that you try to listen for the happy things in life.  Like the birds, the sound of frying pancakes, the sound of laughter. We want you to hear the happy barks, the protective barks, all the barks. Because one day you will want to hear that.  Don’t tune out life. Don’t tune out the small sounds. And don’t listen to others who say you aren’t good enough. Listen to your dog.  Oh, you are.

The end of the chapter, but not the end of the story yet, is that all of us, every little strand of fur on your dog is put together for you.  You see, the small stuff makes up the big stuff, the important stuff.  You may think that you don’t matter, but you allow us to have a story to tell.  You notice us.  You love us. And for that…that…is the big picture.  You may think that you have lost yourself, but we know you are still in there.  You may have had a bad year, or you may think you aren’t worth much.  You may be feeling lonely, you may be feeling like life is too hard.  Where are you? OH, we see you.  But do YOU see you?

Sometimes, at the end of each year, we can start to feel like we didn’t do much at all.  I grew a few more grey hairs.  Digby smells a little worse.  But a calendar is just a calendar.  Dogs don’t know what a calendar is. The sun doesn’t know, the moon doesn’t know.  So stop trying to live up to a big novel you think you should have written by now.  The short stories, like your dog, are right in front of you.

You are you.  You are your dog’s home. We don’t want to be anywhere else but with you.

If you have put down the book of living life because you are waiting to read a bigger one, remember this.  Every chapter is important, even in the small books. The small stuff makes up the big stuff that makes the good stuff.  Every day is that gift.  Pick it up. Read it.

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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