Crackers And Quarters

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle.  If you have ever thought something was quite ordinary, well, imagine you didn’t have it tomorrow.  For example…and I like examples…hot water.  Crackers.  And quarters.

Money, money, money
Must be funny
In the rich man’s world

Imagine if one night you realized that you were out of quarters, which meant that you could not pay for a shower with cold water.  Why cold water? Well, you don’t expect that you would go to camp and pay for a shower and actually get hot water now.  Do you?  Puleeze.

I work all night, I work all day, to pay the bills I have to pay
Ain’t it sad
And still there never seems to be a single penny left for me
That’s too bad

You guessed it.  Girl Person and Boy Person realized that they had spent all of their quarters on laundry before we left the last camp.  And so, when we got to the new camp in the middle of the desert, we had no quarters.  And they were dirty. Real dirty.

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And this camp? Well, they charge to shower with quarters.  And baby, you get one minute for that quarter. Maybe I should open up a shower business.

They said that they couldn’t use the shower in the Big Blue Treat Wagon RV because we had no hookups or something to dump the water, and we are here for four nights.  And so they frantically were looking everywhere for quarters.  In purses, under seats, in the car. It was very important to me that they take a shower.  Why?

Aha aha
All the things I could do
If I had a little money
It’s a rich man’s world

Well, there are a few things that I really like in life.  One…myself.  Two…looking at myself.  Three…peanut butter cookies.  Four….matzo crackers.  You heard me. Crackers.

Well, the persons in all the laundry haste and moving campsites forgot to buy me my crackers at the store.  I have to have exactly four crackers at bed time.  And if that does not happen, I don’t know what I shall do because that has never happened.  But now, here we were in the middle of the desert and they were dirty and wanted to take a shower before they went to buy me some crackers at any store they could find.  And thus…it was very important to me that they find some quarters! We needed some money.

Money, money, money
Always sunny
In the rich man’s world

They looked and they looked and they looked some more.  And finally they found four quarters so that they each could take their shower. Oh, joy. To. The. World.

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Well, Girl Person turned on the water and out came the cold water.  But when you only have two minutes to wash yourself, and you are dirty as can be, you jump in that cold water screaming.  Because you have to go buy your dog matzo crackers.  And as Boy Person jumped in his cold shower yelling words no matzo loving dog should hear, he tried to rinse the soap off, but nope.  The shower.  Was.  Out.  And you guessed it.  He had to finish his shower in the campground sink.

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Now, as a cracker loving dog, I certainly appreciate the efforts that the persons go thru to make me happy.  I will admit that.  And you also should know that they went to go buy me my crackers, and it was a good night.  Because I have never not had exactly four crackers at bedtime.  No matter if we are in the desert, nervous from all the wind and fires around us, I still got my crackers.  And next time, I would highly suggest to them that if they want to shower in a dirty sink, they use their quarters elsewhere.  I would certainly take my money and RUN.

So, the next time you eat your crackers, or take a hot shower, you probably should think about if you didn’t have those things.  There is always a lesson in life if we look for it everyday.  Even with crackers and quarters.

This weekend, we are going to Joshua Tree National Park!  So tune in to our Facebook page for live updates, pics and videos this weekend!

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

We extended our shirt sale for two days!  Get yours before they are gone! Show the world that you “Make Rescues The Breed Of Choice!”

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Take Me Home. Where Is That?

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle.  Yesterday, we officially started back in that Florida place direction.  And we were a bit emotional about it.  And a bit tired about it. But we aren’t worried about it.

Take that look of worry
I’m an ordinary man
They don’t tell me nothing
So I find out what I can

As we were packing up the Big Blue Treat Wagon RV yesterday, it occurred to Boy Person that we were officially heading back in the direction of Florida.  We were really on the way.  And although we have one more stop in Joshua Tree before hitting the road Sunday again, we know that we are on the way back.  But we don’t know what we are going back for…really.  Seems quite crazy.  And many will say that we are crazy.

Take that look of worry, mine’s an ordinary life
Working when it’s daylight
And sleeping when it’s night
I’ve got no far horizons
And I wish upon a star
They don’t think that I listen
Oh but I know who they are

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Sometimes, things are the way they are and you can’t change it.  We wanted to stay in that Sonoma place.  But things didn’t go as planned, the fires came, things became more complicated, and even I could see that as a dog.  So instead of trying to fight for something that may or may not come, we gathered up what was important to us and realized that home didn’t mean one specific location.  Home was where we could be happy, comfortable and loved.  And if you want to simplify things like Deputy Digby, it only goes to reason that if you simplify, you have to figure out what is most important.  For us, the water, the ocean, the sunshiney, well.  If we can’t have that Sonoma place as our home, we will find another one where those things are.  So, that is where we are going.  But where is that?  We still haven’t found it.

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Seems so long I’ve been waiting
Still don’t know what for

We think that the Florida place will have a home for us if we head back there to find it.  But we are still keeping other options open too.  Maybe even North Carolina or elsewhere.  Having traveled for so long, we see that this world and this country is a much smaller place than we thought.  There is nowhere that is off the table.  I wish we had a table in this RV, but alas, like everything else, it has been turned into a dog bed.  I guess that isn’t so bad either.

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This trip seems like it just started, but it has been a year and a half now.  And in dog years, a long, long time.  It is time we go home.  And so instead of being sad that we are officially starting our trek back, we are going to think of it as the official start of  a new life.  And a happy one.

We think that this part of our journey will be just as exciting as the Adventure Of A Lifetime.  Why?  Because maybe, just like us, you have looked for happiness everywhere that you could find it.

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Maybe, just like us, you thought that happiness was dependent on one thing, one place or one person. But if you look deep inside yourself, and push aside the unimportant things, you will see that happiness only is dependent on you.  We have wasted enough time in our lives reaching for things that didn’t matter.  Actually, only the persons have done that.  We are happy we got to visit 48 states and 48 rescues.  We will never forget that.

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But now?  Take us home Big Blue Treat Wagon.  Show us the way.

So take, take me home
‘Cause I don’t remember
Take, take me home

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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