Don’t Rock The Boat

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. I’ve heard not to stir the pot.

I’ve heard not to make waves.

And I’ve definitely heard not to rock the boat.

But what if you’re on a boat and you didn’t know you bought a ticket?

When we arrived in Spencer, Tennessee after a long day, we were exhausted. Exhausted from all the twists and turns. Exhausted from trying to keep dry. Apparently, all of the rain and snow lately found its way in the Big Blue Treat Wagon RV again. And every time we went around a corner, we got wet. It was like a shower of sorts.

And little did we know, it would be warmer than the campground shower later on that night.

Boy Person thought he had fixed a leak before, but sometimes one fix makes another problem. And as we contemplated on what to do, we first had to park our Big Blue Treat Wagon. The website said it had a slight incline. That’s like saying I’m slightly handsome.

After driving all day, we were not in the mood to rock and roll. But that’s what we had to do.

Boy Person would back up. Pull forward. Drive up on blocks.

Drive down. Get out. Complain. And do it all again. Our dinner was late. And it seemed like the Big Blue Treat Wagon would never be level. And I guess it wasn’t.

After we had our dinner and took our walk, Boy Person took a run and Girl Person had her cold shower. As she set up our house with pulling stuff out of drawers, seeing what broke during the ride, and rolling out rugs and vacuuming, she felt like she was slipping. Because she was slipping. This boat was rockin.

When Boy Person came in and felt the waves, he wasn’t happy. He was seasick.

And we all hoped that Girl Person’s graceful way of walking and plopping down on the couch wouldn’t propel us off this mountain.

At this point, we were all so tired we decided the best thing to do was wait till the morning and hope to call for the coastguard. Which would be Boy Person.

Did we ever get level? No. No we didn’t. Was our leak fixed? No. No it wasn’t. We feel like this ship is sinking of sorts. We’ve done our best to keep afloat. But sometimes you have to change course. What will that course be?

It’s not weak to realize you’re in treacherous waters. It’s not weak to realize that in order to keep sailing, you have to make repairs. Changes.

No one wants to sink.

Don’t let anyone else tell you where to navigate to. You know how level your boat is. We could say that we have life all figured out. But the truth is, we don’t. Does anyone? The secret is to keep afloat. No matter what if takes.

If your boat is rockin, how can you stay afloat? Don’t wait until it’s too late.

Get your life jacket and let’s sail away. Together. However, I would highly recommend you book our tickets on another vessel. This Big Blue Treat Wagon is tipsy at the moment…

Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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Everybody’s Got A Mountain To Climb

This is Deputy Digby Pancake. Some days, I surprise myself.  Maybe you have felt the same. Sometimes, I wake up and as I get older, things are a little bit harder.  Things take a little more time.  And sometimes, I just don’t want to do much.


But then, some days, something gets waken up inside me that reminds me who I am.  Something awakens my soul as much as a warm, buttery pancake.  Actually, nothing awakens my soul as much as a warm, buttery pancake.  But still.  Those things that seem impossible all of a sudden get pushed aside.  They say that you only live twice.  One life for yourself, and one for your dreams. I am older in my dreams then, obviously.

Yesterday was like any other day in the life of a traveling dog. We got up and the persons decided that we would go explore the area of Charleston, South Carolina a little more. We waited for the rain to finally stop…again…and started driving to a place called Charles Town Landing Historic Site.


First, Girl Person explained that we would get our breakfast after we walked around. Then she told us about the place a little bit.  She said that it was the original site of the first permanent English settlement in Carolina. And again, we would have to wait for breakfast.  This alone seemed impossible to me.  No, not that people got here in 1670. But that I had to wait for breakfast.


So as we walked and looked at a lot of stuff that the persons found interesting, I saw it in the distance. A boat.  A. Boat.  Now. You may remember that Brickle and I are not too fond of boats after our ferry ride to Martha’s Vineyard or that ride to Smith Island in Maryland.  No, we have not found a boat that we like yet.  But this one looked a little different.  Seemed like no one was actually riding on this boat. But they were just looking at it.  And I could do that.  Sheriff Brickle? Yeah.  Not so much.


As Boy Person climbed in the boat and Girl Person asked us if we wanted to check it out, Brickle firmly planted his paws in the dock.  And I did the same.  But all of a sudden, this was not just like any morning.  All of a sudden it occurred to me.  If we were in fact heading to the mountains on this No Path Path, I had to start getting ready.  I had to build up my strength to climb those mountains. We are supposed to get there in just a few weeks!

And I made up my mind.  It was going to be today.

I couldn’t believe that I was doing it! I was climbing!  Boy Person said that sometimes, when you don’t think about something, and you just do it, it is easier than thinking too long about it.  And as Brickle watched me from below, I felt it.  A sense of accomplish that I had not felt for quite a long time.  I still had it in me.  A sense of adventure.  A sense that I could do anything.  But I could have done more with a little breakfast in my stomach.  Just saying.


I told Brickle all about my epic adventure in the boat.  No, they may not have used this boat to sail the waters, but I used this boat to prove to myself that I can still climb mountains.  I think that all of us have mountains to climb.

They may be different, but sometimes, it seems impossible to reach the top.  But if we don’t try, we may never know. And if that’s ok by you, like Brickle, that’s ok.  But if you want to do it, and you need to do it, never let a little fear stop you.  Sometimes, we don’t even ask for those mountains. Sometimes, you may not even want those mountains. But when they are put there, it is up to us whether we climb.

Seems to me that there is a lot we can learn from going to places and traveling to historic sites.  The lessons may seem to be obvious.  But what we learn from the most is digging deep down inside to apply it to us.  Probably, that boat wasn’t put there to teach me about mountains.  But that’s the beauty of learning.  Everything isn’t always so obvious like the growl of my stomach.

-Deputy Digby Pancake

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