I Guess I’ll Starve Then.

This is Deputy Digby Pancake.  If you woke up hungry today, like me, you are hungry.

And if you are like me, well, nothing will help my hunger except a big ol’ stack of pancakes.  And maybe bacon.  And maybe another stack.  And another slice of bacon.  Is there ever enough?  It seems like I am starving all of the time.  Feed me and I am hungry five minutes later.  Food is just good y’all.  And that’s why I had no desire to go on the trail we went on yesterday.  None.

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If there was ever a trail that I knew right away that I would not like, it was this one.

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I mean, why would anyone choose to go on a trail with this name?

In touch with the ground
I’m on the hunt down I’m after you
Smell like I sound I’m lost in a crowd
And I’m hungry like the wolf

The only thing I could figure was that if we didn’t eat snacks on the trail that when we got to the end of the trail, there would be a giant stack of pancakes.  Or bacon. Or both.  A boy like me can work up an appetite walking to the fridge, but a trail really makes me starve.  So I decided that this must be the case.

Scent and a sound
I’m lost and I’m found
And I’m hungry like the wolf

I mean, Girl Person wouldn’t take me and Sheriff Brickle’s boney butt on a hike with no food…right?  Maybe this creek would be a reward for starving a mile.  Maybe there would be maple syrup flowing over its rocks.

Mouth is alive with juices like wine
And I’m hungry like the wolf

Well, we walked without food for what seemed like an eternity, like a mile, and when we rounded the corner, and I saw it, well, I knew I was in fact going to starve.  There was another Oregon waterfall.

Stalked in the forest too close to hide
I’ll be upon you by the moonlight side
Do do do do do do do dodo dododo dodo

And I have decided that I am now afraid of waterfalls, and well, I. Was. Out.

I knew right then and there that even if there were pancakes and bacon tumbling down this mountain and into the creek, that I would starve. Starvation Creek?  Not. Fun.

Oregon may be full of beauty and scary waterfalls around every corner, but I have yet to find my tumbling pancakes and bacon over the edge with the maple syrup creek. Starvation Creek certainly lived up to its name.

Burning the ground I break from the crowd
I’m on the huntdown I’m after you
Scent and a sound
I’m lost and I’m found
And I’m hungry like the wolf

So Oregon?  It is time for us to leave this campground today.  We have other places to go where I don’t have to starve.  And yeah.  We are going to miss this train every 15 minutes.  Columbia River Gorge? It’s been fun.

Where are we going today? Well, we don’t know.  First off, the grocery store.  And then, since we can’t find a campsite for the weekend, we may just drive to where we do find one.  I am going to have to eat plenty of pancakes today to make it through.  If you wanna come with us today, there will be a pancake check at the door.

-Deputy Digby Pancake

Don’t miss Girl Person “live” on our Facebook page Sunday at 8 pm EST making an Oregon dog treat! Brought to you by The Farmer’s Dog

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Thanks Guys. For Doing…What You Do.

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. If you have ever went beyond your comfort zone, you know that well…it’s not comfortable. It’s about as uncomfortable as Deputy Digby trying to squeeze into a pair of last summer’s jeans if he wore pants. Which he should. It’s about as uncomfortable as trying not to look at my gorgeousness. I see you by the way.

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So yesterday, we decided to go to some areas in this Oregon place that were pretty, well, uncomfortable to go to, like a gorge. No, not like Digby gorging on pancakes, but a real gorge. We were kind of late in starting on the trail in the gorge. Why were we late again? First.  The train.  All day.  All night.  I cannot explain it.  It never stops.  But our sleep did.

Then,the persons spent all morning on the phone. Why? Well, we only have camping reservations until Friday here. And we wanted to to the Willamette Valley for wine, but there is nowhere anywhere around for us to stay. They won’t even make room for a Sheriff in a Big Blue Treat Wagon RV.  So we still have no place to go. But when you can’t try, try again. And when you try and still don’t succeed, it’s time to go hiking. In a gorge. Guess we will park on the side of the road Friday if we have to. This was worth letting our problems go. We will worry later.

Anyway, we got to the gorge, and let me just say it. There were too many people there. How many people we wondered had to go to a gorge? Being on the road for so long, we aren’t doing so well in crowds. And it was almost too much to handle, until Deputy Digby pooped right in the trail. That cleared our path.  The Deputy is good for some things.

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So we took it all in.  The freezing water that is. And it was just breathtaking, literally.  In Oregon, it seems like there is an endless supply of waterfalls and hikes and nature at its finest.  The people here take advantage of all the activities there is to do. But there. Are. A lot. Of. People.

So after our hike in the gorge, we decided the only rational thing was to go where there was even more people, at a bridge and waterfall.

Until Deputy Digby had a panic attack.  We knew he was afraid of heights. But apparently, he is afraid of tall waterfalls too, even if he is low to the ground.  After wading our way through a gorge, it should have been easy to make our way thru a crowd of people, of kids, of other dogs, of people who didn’t like dogs and from people who were eating pizza.  Yes, I tried to steal a baby’s slice of pizza.  Yes, Digby tried to steal the same baby’s slice of pizza.  Yes, Digby almost tripped a big man person who yelled at him.  Yes, I tried to jump on a grandmother’s lap who was afraid of dogs and screamed.  And yes, Digby had a panic attack upon looking at the waterfall, and he pulled Boy Person down a flight of stairs trying to run for his life.  It. Was. Fun. Y’all.

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Sometimes, your comfort zone seems like the rational place to be, not in a gorge or in a crowd of baby’s pizza slices.  But then I looked at the waterfall, and I knew that I had to see it, even if the Deputy couldn’t go.

I gazed upon it for a moment.  How did we get here I wondered.  How were we able to see all of these amazing things in our world?  How did two rescue dogs from the south, on our last hours in shelters get to enjoy these special hours with our persons? Other dogs were not so fortunate.  I had to appreciate it.  I had to look at this waterfall, even for Deputy Digby.  So as I looked, and contemplated life as a Sheriff always does, I walked back to Boy Person and Digby.  And he thought I had perished.  He is so overdramatic.

Through all of the crowds and unfortunate pizza slice misses, we were happy to have been able to see what our world is all about, and in the end, we were happy others were appreciating it too.  So as we went back to camp, and prepared for a restful evening, Girl Person thanked us for a hard day’s work as she always does.  But this time, she didn’t thank us for doing a good job.  She thanked us for doing…what we do.  And what we do might be annoying to parents trying to protect pizza.  What we do might be annoying to scared grandmas.  And what we do might even be annoying to everyone else.  But what we do is good enough for her, and always will be.  Wherever we are.  Wherever we go.

We aren’t thanking the train though.  That is another story.

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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