Take My Paw

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. Some days are harder than others. Some years are harder than others. Sometimes, words fail you. Because there are no words to express what you feel. Because there are no words to express the pain. Persons have the luxury of being able to say how they feel. Dogs don’t. Well, at least you can’t understand us. But for Boy Person right now, if he could understand me, I would tell him to take my paw. All four if he needed to.

You see, Boy Person’s father passed away yesterday. We didn’t want to worry you, but Boy Person had to drive and rush to see him. We couldn’t go because it was too hot to travel. And well, he had to do it alone. And he had to say goodbye to his dad.


I haven’t known Boy Person all his life. But his dad sure did. I hear stories of fun times and bad. I hear tales of traveling and hardship. I hear tales of life. The words have never failed before when talking about him. And as some gathered around him in his hospital bed yesterday, more stories were told between the tears and pain. But then. Silence. That silence that comes when your heart breaks.

Think of your life. The beginning. The middle. Where you are now. Think of all the people and animals you loved and lost. Remember some of the good times and the bad. And I’m sure you have regrets. We all do. But there are no words to summarize a life. There are no words that can convey a life’s meaning. Not in a newspaper. Not in a card. Nothing, nothing can.

It’s always amazed me that something can happen to you so devastating and you almost expect the world to stop. But it doesn’t. And the words fail you and they seem to spin around and around. Yet you just can’t catch them.


So for now, we will let the words fail us. We will talk more about Boy Person’s dad next week. And until then, here is my paw. If you’ve lost someone or you need just to feel, I’m here. It’s ok to let silence speak sometimes until you catch your breath.

It’s easy to not see the sun thru the rain. But we have to hold an umbrella for each other sometimes. And I’ve got it now. Get under it, Boy Person.

Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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12 thoughts on “Take My Paw

  1. Dawn Gardner

    So sorry for your loss, BP. Losing a parent is so very, very hard. We all grieve in different ways and for different lengths of time. There is no right or wrong way to grieve. I can tell you this, eventually, there will be more happy memories than sad thoughts. They will come. For now, let those who live you surround you and comfort as only they can, even if all they can offer is a paw or four 🐾. ❤️🙏❤️

    1. Marcia

      Your words. Your words do not fail me.
      I guess I needed that soft and strong paw today, as observations in the world (near and far) had begun to break my own spirit. Thank you for sharing these thoughts with us every day. Thank You for words that are encouraging, uplifting, humorous…and poignant. Tears today while reading of Boy Person’s loss of his father. So sorry. Soon he will return to those warm hearts (and paws) and will be in the best place to begin to have better days…we all need to be reminded sometimes that there will be some better days ahead. And we can be there to offer a paw. 🐾

  2. Kathleen Patz

    Love your post, even though I’m typing through tears. Hugs to you Sheriff and the rest of your family. Losing a pack member is always hard. 💔

  3. Theresa Bates

    I am so very sorry that you have lost your dad, Nate. When I lost mine, there were no words that would ease that pain. It was a difficult time for all of us, as his passing was sudden, the result of a backwards fall down brick steps at home, followed by 4 days of excruciating pain. My heartfelt sympathy during this part of life’s journey. You have Rachael, the boys, and so many friends you’ve never met who care a lot about all of you. May the Lord grant you peace and comfort.

  4. Jodi

    So sorry for Boy person’s loss. You have articulated such soothing words to him, and for me. I have Zephyr’s paws, but I’ll take a paw of yours. Thank you and God bless

  5. Wendy

    Beautiful words Brickle………take good care of BP give him lots of space under your umbrella. You are a fine boy!❤

  6. Lynne Smith

    So sorry about your Dad passing Nate. It’s the worst feeling in the world. I hold you in my heart and in my prayers.

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