A Missing Shark Report

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle.  Let me begin by saying that this is an alert.  There is a missing shark. And there is a reward.  I will discuss that later, but let me also say that Deputy Digby Pancake will not be helping me on this case.  Because Digby. Is. Arrested.

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I told you yesterday about the rescue shark that we found on the beach.

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I debated yesterday on whether to return him to the ocean, or to let him live with us in the RV.  Girl Person said we had just enough room for the little shark.  So I brought him home.

Even though I was unsure if the shark wanted to live in an RV, I knew that he had needed our help at that moment.

So the next day, we decided to take the shark on a walk with us to the beach.

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I thought maybe he would want to see his home.  And so Girl Person put him down and let him feel the sand.  She let him feel the breeze.  And Digby kept an eye on him.  At least that is what I thought.

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All of a sudden, Digby lost his mind.  But he never loses his appetite.  And with one gulp, Digby tried to swallow the shark!  I am not making this stuff up.  This was a dire situation.

I could only jump into action so fast, but Girl Person was on it.  With a swift hand, she grabbed the little shark from going down Digby’s throat.  I was barkless, Girl Person was in shock and as she grabbed the shark from his jaws of Digby’s mouth, she accidentally flung the little shark into the ocean, and one…big…wave…swept him away.  It happened that fast. And Digby?  He wasn’t sorry about it.  Whatsoever.

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Sometimes, we lose the ones we love just like that.  One second they are here.  And the next…they are gone.

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The shark was only in our lives for one day.  One little day with one little shark. I know sharks were meant to live in the ocean, but he was meant to live in my heart too. And it hurts.  It hurts.  I am not gonna lie.

So, ok. I do blame Digby for this one.  His new diet is making him try to eat some crazy stuff.  But I know he didn’t mean it.  He meant to eat it.

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I am going to make a plea.  If you see a little shark on your ocean, on your door, or anywhere at all, won’t you check to see if it is little shark?  He can live on land, he can live in the sea.  But my heart is where he was meant to be.  And I will look for him every time we are on the beach, anywhere.  Because you never give up hope to see the ones you love again.

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We never know how much time we have with the ones we love.  We never know what tomorrow brings.  And we never know what Digby is going to try and eat next.  Little shark?  Thank you for being in our lives, if for just a little while.  I won’t ever stop looking for you. But I know if I don’t find you, you will forever be with me.  You taught me that like a shark out of water, any of us can make the most of what we are dealt with. It’s up to us to breath.

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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One Flower Or Two Or A Million?

This is Deputy Digby Pancake. I’m not often told that I smell like a flower. Unless I am standing by a flower.

And when you stand by a flower, it makes you wonder. How many flowers can you smell at one time? I wonder about this.

A flower is pretty and beautiful. Sometimes it has bees in it, and you better leave it for the bees because they need the flowers.

But as Sheriff Brickle and I stood by the pretty flowers yesterday, first, Brickle was wondered who was prettier. Him or the flowers. And then I wondered. How many flowers do you need to smell the fragrance? One? Two? A million? How many does it take for you?

Because you may think a flower is pretty. But do you notice just one? Or does it take a million for you to stop? I would anticipate your answer to be somewhere in between. And while you are thinking of the answer, I’ll pee on a few of the flowers. Or trees. Or whatever.  I’m not choosy.

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You see, the world we live in is set up to distract us. And we don’t see the beautiful things often unless we stop and concentrate. Concentration is hard for me. But if I think something is important enough, I stop. Do you stop?

So notice the pretty things today. Here in this Florida place, we are feeling the beauty, the sunshiney and appreciating where we are at the moment.  And you can better believe that if there is a flower to be smelled, I will find it. Whether it is one flower or two or a million.

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See how much prettier the world smells. Unless I am there. And then I can’t guarantee that.

Deputy Digby Pancake

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