Operation Sugar Pretzel

This is Deputy Digby Pancake. Some days are harder than others. Some weeks are harder than others. At least that’s what the persons tell me.

As you probably know, when we got to camp here in this Virginia place, another camper told us about a cat with no home who was hungry. He was feeding her and petting her. But he left the campground.

And Sugar Pretzel…because we named her right away…well, she went to another campsite. And they nicely fed her and called her “kitty kitty”. And she was very happy. But they couldn’t keep her, and we were going to leave. We leave today. And so we looked and looked for a rescue to help us. Even though the persons strongly considered making her a third family member. Who doesn’t love pretzels? With sugar?

But the facts are the facts. At least that’s what Sheriff Brickle says. He said that me and him require more care and time. He said we didn’t have a house without wheels right now. And he said that my breakfast and dinner would be smaller. And well. I’m not down with that. Or up with that.

So after being turned away by so many places who had no room for one more cat, it looked like Sugar Pretzel had to come with us until we could find help. I was already trying to eat extra to prepare for hibernation.

But then at the last minute, a rescue said they would come and help Sugar Pretzel. But it wasn’t going to happen without some drama. She would not be easy to catch.

When your name is Sugar Pretzel, you are destined to be a star and dramatic and demanding.

So as the nice campers feeding her tried to lure her into their RV with treats, they got her in. But then she started scratching their door and that was that. She was out and off. Girl Person said she stayed up all night worrying and hoping she was doing the right thing for Sugar Pretzel. Did she want to be free like a bird?

But when the nice lady at the rescue came, she was patient. There was food. And Operation Sugar Pretzel was a success! A big success! Although she was mad about it. Dramatic.

Everyone was happy that Sugar Pretzel had a chance to go live where she wanted to. Maybe a barn or a house. Maybe she would be on TV sometime down the road. But now she has that chance. Doesn’t everyone deserve a chance?

Although we couldn’t keep her, we know she will be happy. So many times, we think the only way we can help animals is to adopt them all. But sometimes, helping means finding the right rescue or shelter, even if you are turned away many times. Don’t give up.

Sugar Pretzel matters. You matter. If you need help in some way to live your best life, ask. Find help and don’t give up. We can only help others if we help ourselves. And don’t worry. My dinner will not be smaller. Sorry, Sugar Pretzel. But I have a big appetite. And Brickle has a big attitude. Go live your best life! Enjoy your new penthouse suite until you get your forever home.

We will be waiting to see where you end up forever.

We leave this Virginia place today! Where are we headed? Stay tuned to clues on our Facebook page!

Deputy Digby Pancake

Thank you to For The Cat’s Sake in Flint Hill, Virginia. Find out more about them at www.forthecatssake.org

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.


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.


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.


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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