A Day In Life

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle.  Some days are worth mentioning.  Some days are not worth mentioning.  Yesterday was one of those days which was both.

The day started out like any other day.  We took a short hike because it was warm outside and we came in for breakfast.  Digby took a treat, and I had one too.  But all of a sudden, he started shivering and trembling.  Digby gets little shakes here and there.  Girl Person says it’s what happens when we all get older.  But this was not normal.

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It’s hard to know what to do when someone doesn’t feel good.  It is very hard for me to watch the persons be upset and Digby feel bad.  He was in a lot of pain.  And I will admit as a Sheriff that I don’t always know what to do.  And if I don’t, well, the persons certainly don’t.  They tried to look up stuff online.  They talked to other persons.  But you can only look and talk so much before you realize that you just have to help someone out of pain.  And so we called a vet person and they told us to come, even though we had never been there before.  So we loaded up Digby and took him.  If I could have drove us in the cop car I deserve, we certainly could have got there faster.  But it didn’t take too long before we got there and the kind people gave me treats.  Lots of treats.  Because I was a very good brother.  And I never leave my brother.  Nope, not even at the vet person.  That’s how much I love him.

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Have you ever loved someone that much?  Like you get hurt at the thought of not being together?  I couldn’t let him go thru it alone.  But I let him get his shots alone.  Unless it was a shot to make me even more handsome…which that would have been a miracle drug…I didn’t need it.  But Digby sure did.

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And as the vet person tried to help Digby, he said a fancy word called pancreatitis.  And he knew just what to give him, although no one could determine what caused it.  I think maybe Digby should fess up to that junk he snagged at a campsite the other night…

But either way, I do know this.  At the beginning of the day, we thought we were going to have to say goodbye to Digby.  And the end of the day, he was snoring at our feet.  In our lives, we all only have so many days.  When we wake up, if we are fortunate enough to wake up, we don’t know who will still be with us at the end of it.  In our life, if we are fortunate enough to love someone as much as I love Digby, there is a chance that one day we will not be together at the end of one day.

As Girl Person and Boy Person were telling Digby all of the things they wanted to tell him yesterday…I knew one thing to be true.  It didn’t matter all of the places we had been together.  It didn’t matter all of the things we had seen together.  It didn’t matter in that one moment when we thought that memories were the only thing we would have.  There is no substitute for being with the ones you love in life.  Living your life every day.  Don’t wait to say what you need to.  And never.  Ever.  Take one moment for granted, not even the little ones, the normal ones, the irritating ones.  While you can be together in this life, today, be together. Love each other like it’s your last day.

Digby still is on the mend.  And we still need good thoughts sent his way.  I will be there every step of the way to help.  And when they come out with a handsome shot, I’ll be the first in line.

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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2 Traveling Without Dogs-Fixes, Day Three

This is Peanut Butter Brickle.  You need to know that Digby and I are very busy over here at Aunt Veronica’s house waiting on the persons to get back from their trip. We have big things going on over here.  I am following Aunt Veronica’s mom person around begging for crackers.  Digby has been begging for anything he can beg for. 

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Girl Person gave strict instructions to give us whatever we wanted.  So far, so good.  I have a yard with dirt holes and sunshiney.  And that is living.

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The persons told us about their day yesterday in that Italy place.  I can’t believe how far they walked and the things that they saw. 

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Girl Person said the common word of the day was “wow”.  Wow.  Wow.  She said that around every corner was something even more beautiful, more surprising and more amazing. 

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I usually hear the word “wow”a lot. And usually, it is about me. But I can see why it would be used in this instance as well.

The persons walked about ten miles yesterday, Girl Person said.

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They walked from where they are staying in Corniglia to a village called Vernazza.

Then, they walked to Monterroso Al Mare and got the train back to Corniglia, but then had to walk back to their room…way….up…the hill.  Good thing though that they walked that far..because they had a lot of calories to burn off.  Girl Person says that when you are in Italy, or anywhere you love, the food is part of the trip.  Maybe it’s the main part of the trip if you are Girl Person and Boy Person.

They were determined to enjoy it all.  Girl Person had to get her fixes.

And it wasn’t just about food. No…she needed the dogs.  Dogs.  Any dogs.  All dogs.

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Even cats.  Bring on the cats.  She needed some fur in her day.  She was having withdraws.  So she set out on a quest not only to experience the beauty of the Cinque Terre, but to find any fur bearing dog or cat she could pet.  Stalk.  She was feeling a bit lonely for me and Digby.

Oh, she found them! It was like a dream come true.

She even found cats that are taken care of by many people who give them little houses.

They even ask you to cuddle the cats.  Girl Person said she was only being polite.

She then set out to find more dogs.  More cats.  Oh, they kept appearing.  Maybe because she was following them.  But when you have to have a fix, you do whatever it takes.  And the persons…they had one of the best days ever.

Good food, the sea, people living simple yet happily and paths to walk for that seemed to stretch as far as the sea views.  And this was one place that was better than the dream of it.  It was better in person.

For Girl Person, not only is walking life to her, but animals are life, food is life…LIVING is life.

Some persons may say that travel is a way to escape or checkout.  But we think that travel is not checking out.  It is checking in.  It is realizing that life is more than work and deadlines and expectations we put on ourselves.  It is realizing that sometimes, we all get to a point when how we are living is just not working.  And sometimes, we have to  to find out who we are again.  Have you ever felt that way?  What can unlock the person you used to be?

So how can you get your fix? What is it that you enjoy about life? And if you have forgotten what it is like to be happy or to feel alive, what can give you that fix? You know what makes you happy.  You know where you want to go, what you enjoy.

Don’t push it aside, but push everything else aside and run to it.  Or walk.  Just.  Go.

-Peanut Butter Brickle

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