Can A Tiger Change His Stripes?

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. One day, not too many years ago, I was a pup. A good looking pup. That goes without saying, but I said it.

I was taken to a school that taught dogs to do things on command. But even back then, I knew I was a Sheriff. And a Sheriff is a Sheriff. And so? I didn’t listen to “sit”. Or “stay”. Or even “leave it”. And in fact, the one thing I ignored most of all was learning how to be trusted off leash. By myself. And so, one day, and maybe two days, I decided to take off running toward a highway. And one day, maybe two days, I decided to leave the dog park beach at low tide. And one day, but not two days, I decided to run after that deer in Cloverdale, California over those hills and valleys. And after that? Well, the leash never came off.

I was ok with the leash. Deputy Digby and I got to go to dog parks to run and on hikes every single day. But lately, Girl Person and Boy Person haven’t been ok with it. You see, they figured that at 10 years old, which is what I turned last week, that I deserved another chance. It seemed like I could do it. That I wanted to do it. And that I deserved another chance. But it was going to take courage. Not on my part. But on theirs.

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Brickle turned 10 last week. Ever since he “failed” obedience school 🤣 and ran away a few times, we have never trusted him off leash. For some reason, today, I felt I could trust him. But it took every ounce of courage I had in me to try, but you can hear the panic in my voice. He did not disappoint. They say a tiger can never change his stripes. I disagree. ❤️ He genuinely seemed proud of himself and had an extra skip in his step. It made us both so happy. #dogparentproblems #grow #live #love #trust #2travelingdogs ________ #dogblog #animalrescue #dogsofinstagram #travelingwithdogs #travel #campingwithdogs #rv #rvwithdogs #livesimple #minimalist #hikingwithdogs #hiking #seniordogsofinstagram #adoptdontshop #todayfanphoto #animalplanet #ellen #ellenshow #hgtv #cnn _______ Becoming an official 2 Traveling Dogs supporter gets you exclusive posts each day from Brickle and Digby! Travel tips, inspiration and recipes are just some of what’s included for $4.99 a month. You will help US help more animals and the people that make a difference by using our social media channels for good! Link in bio to sign up. Thank you for your support! __________

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So as Girl Person worked up her courage in a safe place, she took off my leash. Slowly. And I pretty much could not believe it. I was free. Yet I didn’t want to run away. I wanted to prove myself. It was in my heart to let my freedom guide me. But yet, what was in my heart was appreciation for the trust. And for the love behind that trust.

Every time Girl Person would panic a bit when it seemed I was walking too fast or too far away, I slowed down. A few times, her courage left her and she would put my leash back on. But just for a moment. And after she could see I wasn’t leaving, she let me off again. It was glorious. Glorious, I tell you.

Was Deputy Digby jealous? He seemed to be just as happy for me as if he was off leash. But we know that’s not happening any time soon. Let’s not get carried away.

I suppose that I could have lived the rest of my days on a leash all the time and have not been sad. Or unfulfilled. But when anyone is given the chance to change and to grow, you realize what you are made of. I’m more than peanut butter cookies. I’m more than “just a dog”. I deserved to safely try to be free. Can a tiger ever change his stripes? We have to think why the stripes are there to begin with.

There is a reason that each of us are the way we are. Sometimes we make mistakes. Sometimes we hurt others. Sometimes, we regret those mistakes and we think ourselves that maybe it’s impossible to change when others don’t believe we can.

But it’s not up to them. Only we can change our stripes. Only we can do our best. Only we can prove ourselves.

It may take 10 years like me. But change is not impossible. Where are your true colors? What will it take to bring them out?

So try dropping that leash. Only then will you see where you can go.

Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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Don’t Buy A Ticket To The Shower Show

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. When you buy a ticket to a show, you usually find out what time it is, where it is and you get real excited about it. If you are like me and Deputy Digby, you think about what kind of snacks they will offer.

You might get all dressed up too. Because you know, it’s a show. Unless it’s the shower show. What you don’t wear matters.

And when you are at camp, you expect that things aren’t that high class. You don’t get fancy towels at the shower show. You don’t get fancy shampoo. Or soap. Unless it’s old soap on the floor.

What makes the shower show a show? Oh, the singing. By others. My ticket didn’t mention that. Some people can sing good.

Some people can sing bad. And that’s not the problem. The problem starts when the singing is so loud that you can’t hear the soap squishing on the floor. The problem continues when the singing is not appropriate for all ears. Even dogs’. And the problem doesn’t stop until they are done.

When you are at your show, you try to hold your applause. Because the show has just begun and you don’t want to interrupt it. Because here comes the second act. You have kids and parents to listen to.

“Ugh, don’t touch the walls”.

“I forgot the towels.”

“Get back here and don’t look in the other stalls! What’s wrong with you?!”

“Mom, I don’t want to get dressed. I don’t want to be in here. Mom. Mom. Mom.”

I’m serious about this because Girl Person has told me all about it. And she says that act three is the best one.

She says at the end of the show if you can make it out alive or at least halfway clean, you walk back to your campsite. You have to try not to get your feet too dirty. You try to forget you are walking around with a towel on your head. When did this become normal? Girl Person says she avoids making eye contact, because, well, she feels somewhat undressed.   I don’t really get that.  A towel on your head or around your shoulders especially, spells class to me.

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And then, the shower show is over. But only till the next day. So if anyone would like to buy a ticket, don’t. I won’t. It was enough to hear about it, and I certainly don’t need to see it.  No one should.  Because when the fact that there is two inches of dirt in the corners and half the time the drain gets stopped up, maybe you need something to divert your attention from what is going on.

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Life is full of things we get used to on a day to day basis.  We get so used to little luxuries, that it is hard to imagine life without them, isn’t it?  We may have had to rough it in some ways the past few years camping like when the persons have to go to the shower shows.  But in other ways, life seems like a dream when we can walk to the beach every day, or go hiking where we want, or move where we want.

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The trick is not to get caught up in what is wrong with life, but what is right.  And just don’t drop your soap.

Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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