Take Out The Papers And The Trash

This is Deputy Digby Pancake. Some numbers I know. Like the average amount of pancakes in a stack. Some numbers I ignore. Like the scale. Some numbers I need to learn. Like how many licks it takes in the middle of the night to wake up the persons.

But a number that keeps coming up today is a number being thrown around by the persons. 25. 25 years of them saying they would be together forever and a day. 25 years of being married and trying to live every day together.  25 years of listening to their wedding song.  Yeah, glad I missed that.

But there’s also been 25 years of dinners and problems and happy stuff.  Even 25 years of taking out the trash.


Yes, they got married…whatever that means, 25 years ago today. They said that although it feels like it was a long time ago in some ways, in other ways, it feels like yesterday.

Gandma says that time seems to fly by faster the older you get. And I suppose I agree with that.  Time goes by fast for persons when you do a lot of stuff like working and trying to make ends meet and you never find the ends to meet up.


Time goes by fast with the ones we love and the ones that aren’t here anymore.

Time just keeps on keeping on until one year becomes 25.  That’s at least what they told me.

Even though Brickle and I haven’t been with the persons for all of those 25 years, I do know this.  There have been more days of living than more days of anniversaries.  Girl Person says that although 25 years is a reason to celebrate, it’s the normal days of staying together and doing the normal things for each other that make you want to keep on going.  Like getting groceries. Like making dinners and lunches and eggies.  Like decisions on where to live and the laundry and the little things that happen day after day after day.  Even taking out the trash.

Being a family doesn’t mean that things go smooth like peanut butter all the time.  In fact, some years, nothing seems to go smooth.  Some years are hard.  Some years are harder.  But you don’t give up. Even when you say you give up, you try again.   And that’s enough. That’s more than enough.


I know more than just about pancakes.  I know that I always want our family to be together. That means more to me than even an all you can eat pancake buffet.


And whether we are together in this broken down Big Blue Treat Wagon RV or somewhere else, this year will be more than just about celebrating one day like today.  It will be about trying to work.  It will be about trying to make the right decisions.  It will be about continuing to fight that Depression Monster. It will be about moving forward.  Together.  And being the most happy we can be.  Even when we take out the trash.

-Deputy Digby Pancake

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We Can’t Build Our Dreams On Suspicious Minds, Now Can We?

This is Deputy Digby Pancake. Phew.  I feel like I should be breathing a sigh of relief, although Sheriff Brickle says I need to brush my teeth, so I shouldn’t breathe too deep.  Our first couple of days in this Florida place came with a need to regroup.  To make some decisions, and apparently, even if I don’t move fast, these decisions are going to have to be made pretty quickly.  As quick as when I throw myself on a pile of horse poop and roll around in it.

We’re caught in a trap
I can’t walk out
Because I love you too much, baby

Why? Well, obviously The Big Blue Treat Wagon RV is done after over 22,000 miles.  And like a can of worms explodes, which I have never seen by the way, we feel like everything is exploding beneath our feet, which we can feel every step, because we can’t get the jacks down on this thing, and we are rocking just like that ferry we had to take to Amelia Island yesterday to look at houses.

You know, we learned a lot on this trip.  And although the persons can be pretty stubborn with frostbite noses and broken bones in their foot, they realize that this trip was hard on us all.  We will admit it.  The last few weeks were probably some of the hardest. But now it is time for some decisions.  I heard the persons talking.  They didn’t think I did…but I did.  I am very suspicious that way when I hear my name…

We can’t go on together
With suspicious minds (suspicious minds)
And we can’t build our dreams
On suspicious minds

You see, the persons have a lot of things they want to do in their lives still and places that they want to go.  But Boy Person said me and the Sheriff would not want to go to these places and that it would be too hard on us.  So some dreams he said would have to be put on hold because the most important people in their lives were us.  And what we wanted would be put first.  Rest, a little travel, good food and more rest.  We did our jobs.  We did our jobs well on this adventure.


And now the next adventure will be all about us and not just thanking rescues, but thanking us.  Me and the Sheriff.  And by thanking us, we will show others how their dogs and pets should be treated.


Now, I have to say that I am a little suspicious about this.  Because I see no plate of pancakes in my lap right now.  But I get it.  We spent the past year and nine months thanking rescues and shelters and spreading the word about rescue.  But now, our next adventure will include thanking me and the Sheriff for a job well done and continue to be examples that every life counts.


We have some great things on the calendar to do, but first and foremost, we have a few things to accomplish mixed in with our every day adventures, hikes and yep, poop. It always includes poop I am afraid.


We have to fix this Big Blue Treat Wagon RV to either prepare it to move on or to move us on to somewhere else if we can’t find a house here.  There are other areas in this Florida place that we may look at too like Saint Augustine I heard them say.  So give us a few days on that one.  We are going to pound the pavement….or the sand.  Whatever works.  I heard Gandma is coming to visit us from that Tampa place next week to help us too.  So stay tuned.  We haven’t seen her in a long time. She better bring presents.

Here we go again
Asking where I’ve been
You can’t see the tears are real
I’m crying (Yes, I’m crying)

In a way, the persons are in a trap with themselves.  Their depression monsters, their thinking that we won’t find a place to live or that the RV can’t be fixed.  They tell themselves that we will find a way, just like we found a way to go to 48 states and 48 rescues.  I am suspicious that they won’t be able to pull out of this because on top of everything they don’t feel good.  I worry like that.  But Sheriff Brickle tells me we always find a way, that our fans and our family always encourage us.  And we will find a way.  So I will believe him.  He also says that in the meantime, we have many, many arrests to make here in Jacksonville, Florida.  We will make our time here count!  The boys are back in town.  If you look suspicious?  You. Are. Arrested.

When you spend all of your time being suspicious like Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle, sometimes, you don’t trust your own instincts.  You don’t believe that good things can actually happen.  Things seem like bigger problems than what they actually are.  Being suspicious is no fun.  Eating pancakes is fun.  So we are going to try and feel better here, do a lot of laundry, get some groceries, do some hiking and relax. I will do actually none of that but relax.  Don’t be suspicious about that, there is no reason.

Oh, let our love survive
Or dry the tears from your eyes
Let’s don’t let a good thing die
When, honey, you know
I’ve never lied to you
Mmm, yeah, yeah

So.  Let this next adventure start!  I have a feeling it is going to be just as exciting as the last.  And I have another feeling that I have to pee.

-Deputy Digby Pancake

Our rescue visit #2 on the Adventure Of A Lifetime brought us to Animal Lovers Of Edisto  Canine Rescue in Edisto, South Carolina!  This was one of our favorite visits of the entire trip and they inspired us to keep going!

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