Three Snorts

This is Deputy Digby Pancake. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know when I’m happy and when I’m not, which is hardly ever. I don’t even know what a rocket scientist is. But you don’t have to be one to be happy or know happy!

All you have to do is listen. And if you hear three snorts? I. Am. Really. Happy.

And when we spent the day at Harper’s Ferry National Historic Park in that West Virginia place, I was snorting the three snort tune all day long.

When a place has history, hiking trails and a town you can walk thru? Wow. Just wow.

Snort. Snort. Snort. Happy. Happy. Happy.

The persons were worried a little bit that the hike into town would be too long. But it was all downhill, so we decided to try it.

And Boy Person promised to run back up and get the car so I didn’t have to walk all the way back. And after the double scoop I ate of ice cream that Brickle wouldn’t eat? I appreciated that.

The great thing about new places for me and Brickle is that we feel pretty fortunate sometimes.

We get to go where people are and they talk to us and we get to see stores and parks and things going on. We do wish we could go inside every place like you, but I hear that you can’t use the bathroom inside stores. They call that inappropriate.

But at Harpers Ferry, we could go in some stores. Quickly. And we got to do three things which caused the three snorts snort. We. were. So. Happy.

Do you remember what happy feels like? Sounds like?

We hiked into town over creeks and along the river. We got to be outside and enjoy nature! Snort.

We got to do some learning. Snort.

We got to eat some good food. Oh, the simple pleasures. Although Brickle wouldn’t eat his ice cream. Did I mention I ate his?

You see, happiness isn’t dependent on any of these three things. But put them all together, and you feel alive. You can’t help but snort. Because if we ever stop being amongst nature, if we ever stop learning and when we stop enjoying simple pleasures, something is wrong. And we have to stop whatever we are doing and find what makes us snort three times. What makes you snort? What makes you feel alive?

Harpers Ferry surely made us feel alive, important. Happy.

And Harper’s Ferry made us appreciate how much more there is to see and learn about.

The wonderful part is that happy can be part of every day if we find our snorts. So are you with me? I wanna hear it!

Our last full day in Virginia is today. We leave on Tuesday afternoon. Look for clues and updates on our next destination on our Facebook page!

Deputy Digby Pancake

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Improving A Dog’s Mental Health With New Smells And New Places

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When we adopted Peanut Butter Brickle from the shelter, I wasn’t prepared for the energy he had as a puppy! Since we lived in the country and had always had space for our past dogs to roam off-leash, I never worried about walks or dog parks. Brickle was different. He wanted to run away, our neighborhood was getting more crowded with more cars, and it just became unsafe to do things as we had with our other furkids. Digby Pancake was an even harder dog to tame! His hound qualities were a huge challenge when it came to him running away and not coming back.

Those days seem so long ago, and they are ten years old now, but that brings a new set of challenges, especially to our life on the road.

We have found over the years that new smells and places to explore are what keeps them young. Imagine only ever walking down your street or only visiting one park. Sure, you could survive. But would you be living up to your full potential? Why do we expect that our dogs are any different?

But not all of us can take our dogs traveling every week or maybe we have reactive dogs or dogs with health issues. What then? How can we provide them with new smells and new places to keep their minds and bodies healthy?

We were more than excited when we heard about Sniffspot. And we knew it was an answer to the many challenges of dog parents.

With older dogs, one of the most important things you can do is to provide your dog with mental enrichment. For puppies, it is also important to expose them to different situations, places and individuals as they grow and develop habits that will last a lifetime. A well balanced dog is a happier dog. How can Sniffspot help attain this goal?

Sniffspot is designed for safe exercise in safe environment, private yards and spaces. Dog parents can rent a Sniffspot by the hour. And there are a wide variety of sniffspots to choose from! What was our latest visit to a Sniffspot on our travels like?

We decided to book an hour of playtime for Brickle and Digby near Raleigh, North Carolina. The problem was, it was too hot to play outside, yet the dogs needed some freedom away from the leashes at camp. We were happy to find an indoor Sniffspot that had a huge room, games and air conditioning!

What other kinds of spaces does Sniffspot have for dogs? Spaces with farms, acres of land, hiking trails and swimming spots! And the best part? Even if you have a reactive dog or a dog that can’t be around other dogs due to health concerns, there is a spot for you.

But why should we be concerned about our dogs experiencing new smells and places? How does the availability of spaces offered by Sniffspot give our dogs a better quality of life?

Dogs “see” with their noses. They have 100 million sensory receptor sites in their noses compared to the 8 million we have. The area of the dog brain devoted to smells is 40 times larger than that of our brain. Can you imagine how frustrating it would be to never feel fulfilled as a dog when it comes to what they were designed to do?

When we give them the opportunity to use their noses and explore new places with Sniffspot, we simply have happier dogs with less time or reason to act out. Dogs will use this energy for good or bad. Take the time to give your dog playtime in safe places with Sniffspot.

Also consider how you can help the dog parent community if you have a space to share! Dog parents can be the most supportive community!

Our dogs can’t tell us what they need to be fulfilled. And we can’t read their minds. But since we know how much dogs explore with their senses, try new places. Try new spaces. Get out there!

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Rachael Johnson

Cofounder 2 Traveling Dogs and Your Dog’s Diner

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