Bring Me A Higher Love

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle.  I learn more about myself every day. I thought that I had all my likes and dislikes figured out.  Because you know I love the ocean.  You know I love the sand beneath my paws.  But I am finding out with each destination that we go to, that I am deeper than what I even thought.


I am learning that I am a complex man…or dog…whatever you wish to call me, and that it is possible to love more than one place.  I am learning that it is possible to broaden your horizons.  You just have to hold on tight and not close your eyes.  For even a moment.

I am learning that when you find yourself in the mountains of Virginia and traveling on the Blue Ridge Parkway, that the higher you go, the higher your love becomes of this place.

You see, I think I was distracted by my love of the ocean and the beach to allow more than one favorite place in my heart.  But as we traveled along the Blue Ridge Parkway yesterday, it became known…my heart was feeling some feelings.  I was feeling this place.  I was liking it.  A lot.


It is not often that you can look outside your window and see the beauty that is here.  Mountains and trees as far as the eyes can see.  You can’t help to realize that if you have the chance…to these mountains you must go.

There should be no choice if you have a choice to see them.


What I realized as we were driving for hours yesterday looking at the views that went on for miles was that even if you only saw a part of this place that it would change you. Kind of like if you only saw a little of me.  You would forever be in awe.


And then when we got out at the creeks and the streams and had our picnic on the rocks overlooking just a part of this place, I felt deeper as a man…or a dog.

I felt higher in my understanding that this world may have even more than I like.  I just don’t know about it yet.

If we only have a little view of the world, how do we know what else is out there for us?  If I would have not come to the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia, I would have not known how much I loved it.  And that part of my heart would have been empty.  I just would not have known why.

Life has a way of bringing us to a higher understanding, whether we want to understand or not.  Sometimes, something can happen to us that leads us to places we didn’t want to go.  Or at least we thought that.  But when you get there, climb as high as you can go and look at everything with your whole heart.  Only then will you be able to see why you ended up there.

We are just starting on this trek on the Blue Ridge Parkway!  We have traveled as far as Roanoke, Virginia, so we have many more miles to go!  We know we will be learning even more along the way.  So pack those cookies, and let’s keep going!

-Sheriff Peanut Brickle

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I Got A Song, Ain’t Got No Melody

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle.  At times, I wonder how I got to be such a fabulous Sheriff.  But shockingly, some days I wonder how I can go to work ever again.  Yes, I get worn out.  It is hard arresting so many every day.


I certainly felt like that on Saturday.  It was another hot one in this Florida place.  It had been a long week.  Girl Person was hiding from that Depression Monster.  And it was all I could do to think pawsitivly.  That’s when I usually look to Deputy Digby Pancake for that.  He is a great backup in that department.


But, as it always happens in our world, something reminds us that we aren’t the only things that make the world go round.  We aren’t the only ones with problems.  We aren’t the only ones who have rough days, rough weeks, or rough months. Or even rough years. There is more to the world than us.  We are only part of it, and it is time to put our attitudes in check.  Leave it up to Campy to remind us.  Campy the cat.


There we were, just driving back from our hike, and one of the hard working, camp ground hosts told us.  Campy had been found in the woods. Campy was all alone.  Campy was tired and hot and not feeling good.  And the truth?  We weren’t really sure she was going to make it another day, another hour.


We were all preparing for the worst.  We put word out that she needed a home. We messaged a local cat rescue.  The campground host lady drove around, trying to see if anyone could help.  All the while, Campy got to rest in the air conditioning with a pillow and some water.  And when I went to go check on her with Girl Person, I became less and less worried.  She was pulling through. Campy might be ok.


Now.  My first order of business was done.  Campy had to keep resting to keep getting better.  But she still needed a forever home.  And as the campground lady host kept working and I kept watching, we kept hoping.  More persons came in to take Campy’s picture and try to find her a home too.  Everyone was working together.  Everyone.


It amazes me as a Sheriff how many people and things I have to arrest every day.  But then, sometimes I am also amazed that there are actually people who care out there.  There are persons that care about even little lives like Campy.  There are persons who will stop their precious weekend time to help someone like Campy.  And so I may have woke up Saturday with the weight of the world on my shoulders.  I had a song, but I had no melody.  I knew life was good, but I wasn’t really feeling it.  I had a dance, but no steps.

You see, I was just going round in circles.  I forgot that there was more to life than just me.  That’s easy to forget when you are this handsome.  But, Campy, Campy the cat was out there and needed help.  And by the end of the day?  She had a home.


Yes, the campground host lady found a home for Campy.  Campy will be headed to Atlanta, Georgia next week after she rests a little longer.  And what do I know about this?  It is not what I think.  It is what I know.  Campy the cat was meant to do great things and go great places.  Campy the cat may have been left in the woods all alone, hot and tired and on her last life.  She may not have made it much longer.  But because of love, because someone stopped their world for a few hours to help her, she now has many more hours.  She now will have a life. The melody will now be written for her song.


So today, when you may think that all is lost, and you just don’t have all the pieces to your day or even your life, know this.  There are others that feel like you do.


None of us have anything truly figured out.  We might be going round in circles.  But we all can enjoy the ride, and help a few others along the way.

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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