The Five Stages Of Dog Parent Guilt

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. You know, I am all about the arresting.  That is the name of the game for me, and I play it well if I do say so myself.  And sometimes?  Well, you persons deserve to be arrested. Especially when you leave us…for five minutes, for ten minutes or forbid an hour or two.  Seriously though.  Why do you do it when you know that you are going to feel guilty about it?

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Everybody needs a little time away
I heard her say
From each other
Even lovers need a holiday
Far away
From each other

Saying you’re sorry?  Not about to hear it.

I have been going thru this routine for years now.  Girl Person says that it is just as hard for her to leave us to go to the grocery store as it is for us to wait for her.

Hold me now
It’s hard for me to say I’m sorry
I just want you to stay
After all that we’ve been through
I will make it up to you
I promise to
And after all that’s been said and done
You’re just the part of me I can’t let go

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Even when she leaves us with Boy Person, she goes thru turmoil.  I have labeled them the five stages of her dog parent guilt.  Why did I label them?  I had nothing to do for an hour and a half.

  1. First of all, she thinks about going to the store.  She sees that we all need food, but then she goes back and forth in her mind.  Does she really need food, or can we last one more day? Can she put it off?  Really though.  Why.  Food.  Why.

2.  After she decides that she can’t put off going to the store, she tries not to let us see that she is preparing to go to the store.  She tries not to let us see her face so that we can’t hear what she is thinking.  Then, she tries to quietly brush her hair and get ready.  Why.

3.  After she tries to sneak her purse by the door to go and tries not to let us hear the keys, she stands there for a moment.  Should she tell us goodbye or should she slip out?  If she slips out, will we be traumatized?  If she says goodbye, is that harder?  Why.

4.  After she decides that there is no option but to leave us to go to the store, she calculates in her mind how long we will be left alone, and if we can handle it.  Or if she can handle it.  Half an hour to drive to the store, an hour at the store, another half hour drive back home.  What if there is traffic?  How much time wiggle room does she have to be gone before she starts to panic that we have been left too long?

Couldn’t stand to kept away (baby, I can’t live without you, not even day)

Wouldn’t want to be swept away

Far away from the one that I love

5.  On her ride home, she starts to wonder if we still love her.  Was she gone too long?  Should she put the groceries up before she takes us for a walk?  Should she give us our treats she bought us as a peace offering now or later?  Always now.

After all that we’ve been through

I will make it up to you, I promise you
And after all that’s been said and done
You’re just a part of me I can’t let go

After all of these stages of dog parent guilt, the obvious question is why do you go in the first place?  What are our stages of guilt?  Sleep.  Waiting.  Sleep.  Waiting.  Sleep.  And do we know how long you are gone? Well, I don’t mean to add to your guilt, but I think when persons say we can’t tell time, that they are trying to make themselves feel better about their guilt.

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The fact is persons, we love you and we miss you.  We want you to miss us too.  Because we both need each other.  Should you feel guilty about leaving?  Yes.  And if Girl Person leaves us again with Boy Persons, she.  Is.  Arrested.

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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What Day Is Today?

This is Deputy Digby Pancake.  Question.  Is today Humpday?  Because apparently yesterday wasn’t.  And I need to know what day it is.  I need to mark it on my calendar.  I also need a calendar.  To pee on. You know, mark it.

We had our last rescue visit yesterday with Soft Paws Rescue in Santa Rosa, California.

We did it.  We did it.  48 states and 48 rescues.  But until we post that last article and video, we will hold off on the celebrating.  Because our work for them is not done yet.  I wanted to do more work yesterday for them, but I kept being told it was not Humpday and I only do work on Humpday.  And I suppose when you think it is Humpday and you act like it is Humpday, but it isn’t Humpday, that is frowned upon.  Or when you are trying to film a video.

So apparently, it is ok for Boy Person to look crazy, but it is not ok for me to act crazy when it is not Humpday.  Seriously though.  Who cares what day it is or what time it is?

I could care less about time.  Don’t ask me about it, I have no watch.

And I was walking down the street one day
A pretty lady looked at me and said her diamond watch had stopped cold dead
And I said

Does anybody really know what time it is
Does anybody really care
If so I can’t imagine why
We’ve all got time enough to cry

After the persons had enough of my antics, Girl Person decided that it must be the heat making me hump and making Brickle irritable.  But alas, if that was the case, it would be hot every day.

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So, the persons decided to put me and Sheriff Brickle in an air conditioned room for us to cool down a bit.  Problem is, when I think it is Humpday, I try to break out of rooms and I succeed in that. So as the persons were trying to work with the rescue, we ran out.

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I am good at opening doors and breaking out.  People ask why we always have a harness on.  Now you know.  But as with any people who love animals and work in rescues, they understand that us dogs all have our own personalities and that some of us like Humpday more than others.  So the people at Soft Paws were nice about it, Girl Person and Boy Person were embarrassed about it, and well, I tried to understand why Humpday wasn’t every day like it should be.  I asked my friend Shadow.  She didn’t even know.

IMG_5490.JPGWhen you meet a really cool German Shepherd who just wanted to ignore me, what was I supposed to do on Humpday that wasn’t Humpday?  I guess Sheriff Brickle thinks it is as much fun to sit around policing everyone with a German Shepherd.  News flash, Sheriff.  When I find out when Humpday really is, I will take over.

Does anybody really know what time it is
Does anybody really care
If so I can’t imagine why
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In my opinion, persons care too much about time and calendars.  Just relax and let me think that every day is Humpday.  I am gonna think it anyway.

People runnin’ everywhere
Don’t know where to go
Don’t know where I am
Can’t see past the next step
Don’t have time to think past the last mile
Have no time to look around
Just run around, run around and think why

Take time to have fun no matter what day it is.  Even if the day is after a long weekend that didn’t include Humpday.  Relax, relish what is in your day and find a hot dog for it.

-Deputy Digby Pancake

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Everyone. Is. Arrested.

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. Question. Can someone please turn down the heat? Like, you know. It is my orders. And if you do not, well, You. Are. Arrested.  In fact, I am in a mood today.  Everyone. Is. Arrested.

I cannot control my handsome and hotness, and it seems like this weather has a mind of its own too.

We haven’t been in that Florida place for awhile, so maybe we forgot how hot it can really get. But I have to tell you. The way that the sun hits my brindle fur here is enough to start another solar eclipse.

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And I don’t think that anyone can handle that. Especially not Girl Person. Have I ever mentioned how irritable she can get in the heat? If I do mention it, it may make her madder. And no one wants that either, especially not Boy Person. Please. Someone. Turn. Down. The. Heat.  And please.  Can people have some common sense around here?  I am exhausted from all of the arrests this weekend.  What is wrong with everyone?!

Who deserves arresting?  Let me begin.  Let’s start with the people walking on hot pavement with their dogs in 100 plus degree heat in the middle of the day.  Let’s continue with the people who think that the heat doesn’t affect them and then they pass out and get the fire trucks called, backing up traffic for miles and hours.  Let’s keep going with us.  Yeah, even Girl Person who thought we went hiking early enough, but then it got too hot too quick and we had to go right back home to the air conditioning.  Yeah.  So.  Everyone.  Is.  Arrested.

I feel like everyone loses their mind on a long weekend. So the arrests continued at camp.  First of all, we had to move spaces every few days for some reason.  We got stuck next to bad neighbors who constantly walked thru our campsite, yelled language a dog should not hear and it continued day and night.  Finally, Boy Person told them that I did not like people in my space and they needed to be careful, and that is when they started yelling to everyone that a dog in heat was in our campsite and I gotta tell ya folks. All while we were parked next to the bathrooms and had people thru our campsite all night long, then, the raccoons came out and yeah. Deputy Digby started sounding his alarms. And that was it.  I about have had enough of this crazy weekend.  I have had about enough of these crazy people and crazy heat.  And my sentence stands.  And will all day.  Everyone.  Is.  Arrested.

It is no secret that about this time, camping is getting a bit old.  So the persons drove around all weekend looking at old barns, looking at houses falling down, or ones that did fall down.  And everything was too expensive.  They drove around in the heat in a car with no air conditioning or radio and yet, they were happy to do it.  Why?  Because it is time.  It is time we found a place to call home, to get our new lives started.  So they took breaks and went to produce stands and vineyards and mixed in some fun.  By the way, if you like these types of videos below…please let me know.  I need your input as Sheriff.

We have a positive attitude that we know we are going to find something.  Somewhere. We hope.  Soon.  If not, you guessed it.  Everyone.  Is. Arrested.

I need a yard to lay in without crazy campers.  Deputy Digby needs a convenient pancake house.  And the persons need some stability.  We all do.  So on we keep looking!  And after today, guess what?  Our rescue promise will be completed.  We are going to be visiting Soft Paws Animal Rescue in Santa Rosa, California today.  48 states, 48 rescues.  We did it.

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We will be talking to them to see all that they do for the animals and people here in Sonoma County.  Then, stay tuned for a video and article coming out at the end of the month.  So.  big things are on the way!  Big changes are coming!  And we are so excited! Are you?  If not…you guessed it.  You.  Are.  Arrested.

P.S. By the way, we know so many are concerned about Deputy Digby Pancake.  We will be making a vet appointment this week.  And we will let you know!!  Thank you for all of your love and concern.

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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What’s Happening!

This is Deputy Digby Pancake.  I am sure that you have been wondering what in the world is happening and what is going on with our family here since we got to this California place. Well, beyond us going crazy, we have been settling in. Kind of.

And since Sheriff Brickle has decided he is taking the day off, apparently, it is a Deputy’s duty with a mouthful of pancakes to fill you in as I fill my belly.

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So! What’s happening?!

You may have noticed that since we got to the water, we have not been moving as much.  We are a bit exhausted and well, the RV park we are staying at has been nice enough to let us stay till October, but that means we have to move our Big Blue Treat Wagon RV every few days to a new spot in the park.  Not moving far doesn’t mean it isn’t work. We have to put everything away, hope that we don’t break anything, and Girl Person takes us on a drive so that we don’t get stressed out while Boy Person parks it.  But, we aren’t going to complain, well, Sheriff Brickle will…but we are on the water, and that my friends is a very good place for us to be after a year of going nonstop.

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We know that many are wondering what is next for us, and we are too.  But we still have one more rescue to visit..Soft Paws Rescue in Santa Rosa, California on Monday.  Then, after that, the persons still have to do a video on them and write about them too.  So by the end of September, our trip promises should we 100% fulfilled.  The Adventure Of A Lifetime will be complete. And.  Then.  What.  OH, we are gonna dance!

But after we dance, and after we celebrate, we are hoping that things are going to be a bit more clear on what we should do now.  Right now…it is not.  If you know me, you know I smile any day of the week no matter what.  And I see no reason not to smile now, even though we are confused on where we should live and where we should go.  Usually, Sheriff Brickle would be the one to provide details, but since he has the day off, here it goes.  I usually don’t do this.  So bear with me and give me an extra pancake. I will put them in numerical order as per the Sheriff’s orders.

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  1. Finding somewhere we can afford to live is a problem.  I guess no one will take payments in pancakes.  Animal rescue doesn’t make you rich.  And living in Sonoma County or anywhere near here seems pretty impossible right now unless we can find an old barn or an old building we can redo and have fun with!

If we have to live in the Big Blue Treat Wagon while we do this, we are happy about that. But we don’t want to live our lives struggling.  We want to enjoy the time we have with each other.  So every day, the persons are driving and driving around, talking to people and looking for a place to call home.  We will be showing you more on a daily basis of places we look at and our journey trying to live a simple lifestyle.

2. We are open to finding a home on the water in our Florida place old home too.  So in a couple of weeks, Girl Person is going to fly back by herself…I know…this is scary…and look around.  She will be showing you what she finds too in a place called Amelia Island that they like.  We will be staying with Boy Person and everyone involved is quite nervous about this situation.  Not really…just Girl Person.

What else is going to be happening?

3. As we show you the ends and outs of our days, we are going to be mixing in little road trips, showing you how we enjoy life and we hope that you won’t go anywhere.  Our Big Blue Treat Wagon wheels may have stopped turning for a little while, but we promise that it won’t be boring!  The persons have even mentioned Italy.  Yes, Italy.  But I don’t speak Italian.  Plus, riding in the cargo of a plane? Yeah, that’s a no.

4. What about the boring parts of our day like a vet checkup which we need and maybe a dog daycare to play at?  Yep, we will be showing you that too.  Along with Sheriff Brickle’s new arrests at these places.  You know it is going to happen.

So….what’s happening?  Changes.  Probably big changes.  But keeping our minds open to the good things that can happen for us is going to keep us going, along with your support.  So don’t go anywhere! We won’t be.  Oftentimes, life isn’t about big trips like our Adventure Of A Lifetime.  Because although that was fun, life is really about the every day adventures, isn’t it? And this is going to be fun.

-Deputy Digby Pancake

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The Real Life

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle.  And I have to admit it.  Things have been a little slow around this Big Blue Treat Wagon RV lately.  The persons have been overwhelmed with decisions about where we can live.  They have been overwhelmed with finding camp spots.  And they have been overwhelmed with life in general.  Then, the tragedy in that Texas place happened.  And it is sad.  Real sad.  And it hurts our hearts, as I am sure it does yours.  As we have been trying to find out how we can help, we feel like throwing our hands and paws up in the air.  It is so hard to watch and listen to.  And we literally cannot imagine how it must feel if YOU are in that Texas place, and if you have lost your home, or family. And we are thinking of you, Texas place.

Someday I’ll wish upon a star
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where trouble melts like lemon drops
High above the chimney top
That’s where you’ll find me

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At times like this, it is the easy thing to do when you are going thru bad things, or know of people going thru bad things, to give in to despair.  But is this all there is?  Is this all that there is to life?  Is this the real life?  Or is the real life better than this?

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What I try to do at times like this is remember that there are more good days than bad.  As Granny Person always used to say, “This too will pass”.  And she is right.  Because what life is about is not the bad.  Life is not the sad.  Life is not bad news, tragedy and despair.  Life is sunshiney, good food, good friends and love.  And if you are in Sonoma County like we are…good wine.

Well I see trees of green and red roses too,
I’ll watch them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world

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I don’t know about you, but the last few days when I have found happiness in my day, I have felt a little bit guilty.  Not as guilty as when Deputy Digby eats up that old crab leg in the sand and tries to gulp it down…but guilty.  I have felt guilty about enjoying the ocean and the breeze here in this California place.  But then Girl Person told me that the only guilt that would be correct would be if I was NOT enjoying it.  Because it wasn’t the sunshiney’s fault, or the ocean’s fault that there was goodness still in this world despite all of the bad going on.

Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high
And the dreams that you dreamed of
Once in a lullaby

Now this is camping. #bodegabay #california #48states48rescues

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That Texas place may have a long way to go to their sunshiney days. And it is our hopes that the people who can help will help for all of that time.  It is also our hopes that you will not forget about your local shelters or rescues in this time, like the #48 rescue pick on our Adventure Of A Lifetime, Soft Paws Rescue here in Santa Rosa, California who is desperate need of help too.  Just because there are needs in Texas does not mean that their needs or other shelters’ needs go away.  Let’s spread our love out and help when and where we can, as we know our fans always do.  And wherever you choose to help, please make sure your hard earned time and money go to reputable places.  As Sheriff, I know I have a lot of legwork to do to arrest all the bad ones.  So make sure they are good ones.

The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people passing by
I see friends shaking hands
Singing, “How do you do?”
They’re really singing, “I, I love you.”

If you have been feeling guilty, I am arresting it right now.  Despite all the bad in our world, the real life, the one worth living is made up of good things and good days.  Embrace your real life today and remember that the rainbow means a better tomorrow.  Things will get better, just like me, with age.

Someday I’ll wish upon a star
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where trouble melts like lemon drops
High above the chimney top
That’s where you’ll find me

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle.  You know, it is not often that I want to…well…be available.  In fact, I would love to carry around a “Closed” sign most times.  “Closed for conversation.”  “Closed for annoying banter”.  “Closed for maintenance”.  Because yes, my friends, it takes time to keep this physique in perfect working order. And because of that, I usually have no time to talk, unless it is about myself.

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But I have learned a lot on this trip, and one thing is that I need more persons to talk to about myself.  I only live with two persons who pretty much know how awesome I am.  But what about everyone else?  And actually, talking to my persons and Deputy Digby day in and day out is getting old.  So I decided yesterday to seek out some neighbors to talk to.

Not all neighbors it seems are as thrilled to know me as I would like.  Some seem to run from my brindle beauteousness.  I guess it is too much for them.  Some don’t let their furkids talk to me, or let Deputy Digby try to hump them on Wednesday or Tuesday. Or even on Friday.  And I may not seem very approachable, mostly because I don’t want to be approached.

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But it seems that a few neighbors of ours have taken a liking to this face.  And I have to admit, I changed my “Closed for business” sign to “Open for a few minutes”.  Because I kinda like these neighbors too.

When someone takes time out of their day to say hello and mean it, you should say hello back.  Even a Sheriff like me recognizes that being nice is a rare thing lately.  People are caught up in their day, busy as when Deputy Digby plows into a plate of pancakes.  But if someone makes time for you, make time for them.  We miss our family back in that Florida place.  And we feel really alone so much of the time.  Isn’t it funny, how even if you are with a million people in a campground, that you can feel alone?

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And isn’t it not funny that we can count on one hand the amount of times that someone has been overly nice?  So I will put away my closed sign for our camp neighbors until they leave.  Every day, they tell me and the Deputy good morning, they make sure we are feeling ok, and they invite us to their campfire.  They talk about dogs they used to have, and how special they were.  And maybe I can help them remember for a little while. Doesn’t seem like such a big deal, but it is a big deal, and I am going to admit that right now.  My perfect appearance may put off some, but underneath this brindle exterior, I am more grumpier than I appear.  I am more irritable than I appear.  But these campground neighbors seem to like that.  And I like them.

So if you haven’t put away your “Closed” sign for awhile, maybe you can today.  Say hello to someone and really mean it.  And maybe then someone will say to you, “Won’t you be my neighbor?”

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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Have You Ever Seen The Rain?

This is Deputy Digby Pancake.  And today is Tuesday, which is not Monday.  And for the persons, well, Tuesday just seems like a better day.  But for my Girl Person, some days, the fog seems to roll in, even on a Tuesday.  Even on a Saturday.  And sometimes, even on Sunday Funday.  The depression monster is back again.

When the fog rolls in #bodegabay #california #sonoma

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We are in this Bodega Bay, California place, and we will be parked here at this spot in Sonoma County till at least the end of next week. It is was good we found a RV park to let us stay this long, but every few days we have to move campsites. At least we don’t have to go far, and we are on our favorite place…the water.

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But when you have fog that you carry with you all the time like Girl Person, sometimes, sitting still is a hard thing to do.  Because it makes you stop and think.  And thinking is hard to do when you are so overwhelmed I hear with some depression monster. I don’t seem to get overwhelmed.  At all.

Sound up for full derp factor. #digbypancake #masterderp

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Fog is the norm here in Bodega Bay, California. And it is a sight to see it roll in and out.  It makes you appreciate the sunshiney when it comes for those few hours.  And that is how I feel when Girl Person’s depression monster doesn’t show up.  It hasn’t made an appearance in awhile, but when she feels it coming back, it is time to step up the happy.  Which means more hiking, more eating spaghetti, her favorite food, and more time with me and Sheriff Brickle.  Because if she doesn’t deal with the fog, soon after, the rain comes.  I want to know, have you ever seen the rain?

If you have to deal with the rain, it can be hard to get dry again.  So you have to watch the weather.

Someone told me long ago
There’s a calm before the storm
I know it’s been comin’ for some time
When it’s over so they say
It’ll rain a sunny day

Girl Person says that she knows a lot of people deal with the fog.  And knowing the sun will come back out keeps her going.  She told me that so many persons deal with this depression monster, no matter where they live or who they are.  When she feels like this, she tells people, because she wants everyone to know that they are not alone.  The depression monster doesn’t care when it comes to visit..even now in our most happy place. And she is upset because she doesn’t want the depression monster to ruin our time here in California.  Because we don’t know how long we can stay…even though we want to.

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We know that we have a lot to do in this California place that we have been waiting to come to for so long.  We have our rescue visit with Soft Paws Rescue this week in Santa Rosa, California.  We have been looking for a place to live here, but the persons say that even a simple way of life here is half a million bajillion dollars.  So what do we do?  Where do we go?  This depression monster is trying to get us down and foggy and we won’t let the rain come.  We have too much to be thankful for, when so many people are dealing with real rain and real problems in that Texas place.

Yesterday and days before
Sun is cold and rain is hard
I know been that way for all my time
‘Til forever, on it goes
Through the circle, fast and slow,
I know it can’t stop, I wonder

So…to make ourselves feel better, the way we do it is this.  We help others!  So how can we help Texas?  Here are a few links to check out today if you want to help the animals in that Texas place.  Helping others always helps us.  And we will be waiting till tomorrow for Girl Person’s sunshiney to come back.  Sometimes, we all need a day to stop and appreciate the good we have, to imagine if it wasn’t there tomorrow.  We are sure that the ones in Texas are feeling that too.  Now. Let’s see what we can do.

-Deputy Digby Pancake

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Put A Little Love In Your Heart

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. Some days are quite simply awesome. Pawsome. However you want to put it, your choice. I prefer awesome because most dogs I would assume, would say pawsome and I am not most dogs. Does that sound conceited? Your choice again, but I prefer confident.

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When you have been away from a place and people you love for over five years, when you get back, everything seems extra awesome (not pawsome). And what made our weekend even better was meeting a new rescue friend named Shadow.

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Girl Person’s friend adopted Shadow about a week ago.

Think of your fellow man, lend him a helping hand
Put a little love in your heart
You see, it’s getting late, oh, please don’t hesitate
Put a little love in your heart

Some may call it a foster fail. I call it a foster win. A win for Girl Person’s friend, a win for Shadow, a win for new friends, and a win for the rescue who can now save another life.

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All of these wins reminded me of how awesome (not pawsome) that rescuing can be. And I just had to forget about everything else I wanted to write about today and talk about my new friend Shadow, who does not know she loves me yet. Yet. Conceited? Confident? Your choice. Actually, it is Shadow’s choice. And I know she will choose to love me.  She will eventually put a little love in her heart.

Shadow has never had a real chance at a happy life before.  And I don’t need to bore you with the bad parts of Shadow’s past.  Because from now on, Shadow will only know love, grass, sunshiney, treats and her new favorite thing.  The beach.

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From being kept in a cage her whole life, to smelling the salty air, we watched as Shadow took it all in.

Take a good look around and if you’re lookin’ down
Put a little love in your heart
I hope when you decide kindness will be your guide
Put a little love in your heart

Can you imagine how she must have felt?  I can imagine, and Deputy Digby can imagine, because we were there once too.

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But what do we remember most now?  The happy days we are living now, like when a fan treated us to a cookie yesterday.

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That is much more fun to remember, and I don’t understand why persons can’t do that.  To have a fresh start is a gift.  To to able to see the happy in your day now, and forget about the sad days past is important to do.  And Shadow can be your guide today.

And the world will be a better place
And the world will be a better place for you and me
You just wait and see. Wait and see

It is true that sometimes, we have to work thru the bad to get to the good.  Some days, we may feel like we can’t do it.  But if Shadow can do it, you can too.  Shadow has a lot of better days even ahead when she can get used to people, used to the sunshiney.  But Deputy Digby and I will be here now to help her.  And we think she is going to be a great friend.  Why? Someone cared enough to show Shadow love, to give her a second chance.  They put a little love in their heart.  You can too.

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We have exciting news to share! The LAST rescue we are going to visit on this Adventure Of A Lifetime will be the ones who saved Shadow’s life.  Let’s show some love to Soft Paws Rescue in Santa Rosa, California!  We can’t wait for you to meet them!  Let’s show the world that love can make a difference.  Every life counts.  Every life matters.  And let’s finish out this Adventure Of A Lifetime by showing that a little life like Shadow makes life worth living.

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

Visit the Soft Paws Rescue Facebook page today and meet their adoptables, like Lulu!

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That’s Not All, Folks

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle.  It is time I clear the air.  And since Deputy Digby Pancake is not in the room, it will be much easier for me to do without his smelliness.

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So many fans are worried…worried that this is the end of the line for us, the end of this blog, the end of our life’s journey…let me tell you something.  Don’t you worry about a thing!  Seriously now. Don’t you have enough to worry about?

If you have been with us since we started this blog, over five years ago now, you know that it wasn’t always about this trip for us.  First, we wrote about moving to California from Florida.  Then, we wrote about moving from California back to Florida.  We wrote about our family, losing some family, our furkid friends and family, and about animal rescue.  We wrote about starting a business, failing business, depression, selling our home, and all of life’s good and bad happenings. Then, we sold our home, bought an RV, and started this trip to help animal rescues. All along the way, some days were more eventful I suppose than others.  But no matter what, even if it was just an ordinary day, that day was special.  And me and Deputy Digby have wrote to you almost every single weekday for over that five years.  Has it been hard work?  It has.  But we have never stopped, and we won’t ever stop.  As long as we have your support, and as long as you want to read about our days, we aren’t going anywhere.  That’s not all folks!

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It is true that we may be slowing down a little bit on the travel part of our days.  And after a year of moving at least twice a week, and visiting the 48 states, we are very, very tired.  But that doesn’t mean that our adventures are over.  First off, I keep having to remind you that we have one more rescue to visit here in this California place.  And it is a very important visit.  They deserve it!  So stay tuned for our announcement next week on our California pick.

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It is true that we can’t tell you what life holds in store for us still.  We can’t tell you, because we don’t know.  But we hope that is part of the reason why you will stay with us.

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We need your help and suggestions on where to live, how to live, and things you want to see!  Remember what we told you a few months ago?  If you don’t, You. Are. Arrested.  We will be doing fun videos on lifestyle tips for dog parents, cooking tips, podcasts, and some really fun things.  And showing you the fun side of animal rescue will always be a part of us as a family.  Someone saved our lives, we will always thank them by giving back.

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But just like your dogs and furkids, even if a day isn’t extraordinary by person standards, it is to us.  We may not be headed down a road in a Big Blue Treat Wagon as much, but we can guarantee that our day is still special enough to share.  So are we ending this blog?  Are we not going to post on our Facebook page?  Puleeze.  Do you know how many pics and videos from our trip that you haven’t seen before?  Plus, we need your help in finding somewhere to live and we will be asking for your feedback. So, sit back friends and relax.  We have a lot more entertaining to do. Are you with us?  That’s not all, folks! Did I clear the air or is that Digby’s smell again?  I don’t know.

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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Where Does Your Heart Live?

This is Deputy Digby Pancake.  Well, we have been back to Sonoma County, California for just two days.  And in two days, we seem to feel a bit more settled.  A bit more…well…relaxed.  It seems like we have been running around like crazy the past year, because we have been running around like crazy the past year.  Since we are in Bodega Bay right now, I will liken how we have felt to this…

We still have to focus to complete our trip because we have one more animal rescue to visit on our 48 state, 48 rescue tour.  Which rescue will it be?  Stay tuned.  I haven’t finalized it yet.  I am waiting to see who offers me the most pancakes.  But being back to this place we left five years ago feels good, although it feels a little odd.  We went to a beach last night that we used to come to all the time.  You may recognize it a bit.  Am I afraid of the birds here?  You better believe it.  I hear they are pancake stealing fools.  I am best friends with many, but not pancake stealing fools.

Girl Person says it feels odd to be back somewhere after so many years, and how so many things are the same, yet different.

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Girl Person told me a story that one day, after her Pappy died, she looked out the window and saw people going about their daily business, keeping the same routines as always.  People were walking their dogs, people were driving down the road.  And although it seemed like her world had stopped, and a person who so many had loved was here for 90 years, then gone, still, other life went on.  The world kept turning although she felt like her’s had stopped.  And that is how she has felt since coming back to a place that had been in her heart for the five years since we left.  She said how odd it felt to her that even though her heart had hurt so bad being away, life went on without us.  She would dream of this California place every day and try to work so hard to come back.  But it didn’t know we left.

And it made me think a little bit.  Not much makes me think except a sale on maple syrup, so this must have been big.

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Where does your heart live?  Are you where your heart wants to be?  For us, although we more than love this place, we have realized after traveling thousands of miles the past year, that there really is no perfect place except where we are at the end of the day.  Unless there are birds coming in that place, and in that case, you need to get out.  Pancake stealing fools. Bodega Bay? You are on the Sheriff’s arrest list.

If we are together, that is where we need to be.  A lot goes into a day for persons.  Working and worrying and worrying some more.  That stuff can fill your hearts with things that crowd out the good.  And before you know it, you forget the good.  You watch that bad news box all day and worry some more about bad things going on.  And again, you forget the good.  Don’t let that happen.  Even on a day when pancakes are lukewarm, that was a good day.

Girl Person said her heart has lived in Sonoma for years now.  And to be back here is overwhelming to her, especially since we may not be able to stay.

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But some of her heart likes to travel back to that Florida place too and her heart goes there quite often.  Especially when it is cold!! Our hearts know where we need to be, and it is up to us to listen.  What makes us happy is in our hearts.  So if you can change what you need to change to get to where your heart wants to live today, you have to do that.  My heart wants to go to IHop.  But any pancake house will do.

The simple fact is, the world will go on without us here.  Sonoma has went on without us here.  So make your place count in the world for today.  We may not be here tomorrow.

-Deputy Digby Pancake

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