Listen To The Music

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. Seasons and time has a way of speeding by. If I could write them a ticket, I would.

Not only does time go by, but sometimes, the people or furkids in a span of time leave.

Do you remember Bob, the Camphost that was so sad he took his own life and left his furkids here at camp?

Yes. I’m sure you remember him. We miss him. But he made sure before he left that they would have a home. But it’s been awhile since we have seen them.

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We found out today that a man who we considered a friend on the road took his own life. Bob was eccentric. Bob loved his campground host job but sure complained about it. Bob was quick to tell you the stories of his dogs. Bob was depressed. Bob couldn’t see past his troubles. Bob, we will never forget your kindness the first time we met you at camp and helping us set up. We will never forget how you told us over and over again that what we were doing for animals was important. You made us laugh. Brickle and Digby are still looking for you at your campsite. Never underestimate the impact you can have on someone in a short amount of time. Bob. We miss you. You mattered. We are sorry. #2travelingdogs #Repost @2travelingdogs Original post: ・・・ Meet Bob, our campground host. Bob and his three tea cup yorkies are “a family” as Bob says. Bob rescued them from a puppy mill, and the best rider can always be found in his shirt, who you can see if you look closely. Bob lost his wife a few months ago, but finds true meaning in his life with his dogs. They get up every day at 2 am to have a snack before their campground runs. We think that they are pretty lucky too. #2travelingdogs #talesonthetrail

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And after all that has happened these last few weeks, I realize more than ever what others mean to me.

In fact, these last few weeks have taken a toll on not only me but a lot of persons who love Digby. And then, we had a knock on the door the other day.

It was a good surprise when we opened it to see some of Bob’s furkids who came by to say hello.

You see, Bob’s furkids are now living with the campground store person. And he takes very good care of them. They get to go to hiking places and the beach and the woods. The campground store person said they miss Bob. But when they come to visit the campground, they don’t act sad. And I wondered why. If they loved Bob so much, wouldn’t they be sad to visit the place where he left them?

As we talked underneath the shade tree at camp, I looked into their eyes. They weren’t looking at their old camping spot now with someone else parked there. Nope. They were enjoying what was good about the day and biting their leashes.

They were listening to the birds. They heard the music in the day. Not the absence of their Bob.

These little furkids had it all figured out. Life wasn’t about ignoring the good memories in the day by letting the unhappy parts drown out the music.

I suppose we needed to hear this from Bob’s furkids. We needed to remember the music. Without music, there’s no light. Without light, we can’t see the good. And there is so much good…even when there is bad. It’s up to us to listen to it.

We all miss Bob, especially his furkids. But we won’t let the end of Bob’s life overshadow the funny when he was around. Or the music that followed him. We can still hear it if we listen. It’s your turn. Find your music today because we have a lot more days to go. And it will be better with some music and some love.

There will be times we have a loss in our lives. And sometimes, we just don’t know if we can make it thru. Sometimes you have to turn that music up louder. Sometimes you have to change the channel. Sometimes you have to face the music. But be like Bob’s kids and hear what you need to hear. The music is playing.

Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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When You’re Ok With The Storm

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. When was the last time you looked at your watch? Do you even have a watch? I would think most persons would use their annoying phone things and not a real watch.

Funny thing is, but it’s not funny, because that’s just a figure of speech…or bark…is that persons think time goes by fast. But it’s just them. They try to go fast to fill the time they complain they don’t have enough of. And honestly? As a Sheriff I am always honest. They don’t have enough time. And they seem to forget the good times when they are caught up in the bad. It’s been like that for us lately too.

We had a very bad storm here the other day. In fact, the persons were supposed to go somewhere and they couldn’t. The wind came. The rain came. The thunder came. And it didn’t last a little while. It lasted all day. A very long while.

During some storms, you wonder if they will ever stop. It doesn’t seem like it. Sometimes you look around and no one else seems too concerned, but you are. Sometimes, it’s scary. Sometimes, you wonder how long it can possibly last. And with my health scare, and then Digby’s, the storms have been coming much more often.

Sometimes, after you think that you can’t take it anymore, the rain gets lighter. But it’s still falling. The thunder stops, but it may scare you again with one big bolt. And you think you just can’t. You can’t remember what the sun even felt like.

And stops. You get brave enough to go outside. You make the first steps. And you might even have someone helping you with your confidence. We are all trying our best. And we are trying to help each other. It’s not easy. But Digby makes it look easy.

How long will our storm last? For a while longer. But I have to say…it’s ok. Because I would rather be in a storm with my family then be in the sun without them.

I imagine every day what it’s going to feel like when things get back to normal. I had a dream and the sun was glorious, I tell you. Glorious. And I couldn’t even remember being scared. I couldn’t remember the rain. Because I didn’t want to. And I didn’t.

So when you wonder how long you can last or how long you have to endure, remember the sun. The sunshiney. It will be there waiting. And the storms of your past will be there. And you don’t need a watch for that.

Thank you all for your love and encouragement! Digby really appreciates it!! His sunshiney never leaves. And it carries us all thru, doesn’t it?

Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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