The Empty House

This is Deputy Digby Pancake. I heard someone say yesterday that those who live in glass houses should not throw stones. Well. Persons say the fanciest, craziest things to sound as intelligent as Brickle thinks he is. I can only imagine it means you should instead throw pancakes. That sticks to your bones. Which is another saying that I don’t have time to understand.

On one of our hikes this week, we didn’t find any glass houses. But instead, we found an old log cabin in the woods called the Carter Cabin.

The persons said it is really old. In fact, it’s one of the oldest houses around here. It’s from 1774. And it’s been moved a few times to where it sits now.

I wasn’t particularly thrilled with this house to tell you the truth. And I always tell the truth unless my watch is broke. And in that case, I’ll always say it’s dinner time, no matter the time.

I wasn’t thrilled because the house was empty. Dark. It echoed. And I did not want to go in it. Neither did Brickle. But we did. And I wasn’t any more thrilled once I got in there. Because it was empty.

The persons said there were no windows built in the back of the house so that if someone came to attack who was in there, they would have to go to the front. Never ceases to amaze me the fighting that has went on thru the years with persons.

As we stood on the front porch and admired the view, from the outside I might add, I listened to the creek.

I could only imagine the sounds of families and persons who had lived here. The sounds of life and the sounds of home. The sounds of happy.

And I felt almost sad that no one lived here anymore. I suppose it’s not fancy enough for persons. I suppose it’s too hard to get to. I suppose other places are better for them they think.

And I wondered. Do their big houses sound the same as the empty house in the woods? I hoped not. But I know some do.

Persons put so much effort and expense into houses they fill with things. They think that is life. They think that will make them feel less lonely. But a house is not a home. A home is where you laugh and cry. A home is where you feel at peace. A home doesn’t have to be big. A home doesn’t even have to be a house. It can be an RV, a boat, a trailer, or a tent. Mine just has to have enough room for my pancakes.

Travel teaches us many things. And changes our minds on what we thought we knew. Don’t put your value in an empty house. Make your house your home. Appreciate it while you can.

One day, maybe we will have a different home other than the Big Blue Treat Wagon.

But I know this for sure. It will never be empty. Our dog hair will live on.

Deputy Digby Pancake

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Turn Your Love Around, Scarlet Pimpernel

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle.  They say you can’t go home again.  I have heard that.  I have said that.  There is not too many things that I haven’t said in these blogs the last eight years.  But one thing is for sure…wherever home is, you can go there.  But there may be someone else that calls it home too.  And they may have never left.  And well, they may think that they own the place.


Here we are, parked back at site 166 in Jacksonville, Florida.  And there he is.  He never left site 166.  He wondered why we were gone for six months.  And he is making up for lost time.  Scarlet Pimpernel?  When we pulled in and you made your presence known, there was never a time I was glad to see an old friend so much.

But day after day, and morning after morning, well, you made it your goal to tell us that this was your house.  Site 166.


You punch a time clock at 7 a.m.  Rain, sunshiney or wind doesn’t dictate your persistence.  You love yourself.  You love your reflection.  But obviously, you think that there isn’t room in this site for everyone. At least you go to sleep at night…

Let me preface the following by saying that you are a good-looking bird.  I am a very good looking dog.

And you would think that site 166 would not have room for all this handsome.  In fact, it barely has room for the Big Blue Treat Wagon RV.  But perhaps you should look at this situation a little bit different.  Your love is apparent.  But Scarlet Pimpernel? It is time to turn your love around.

We have agonized over the situation.  Are you enjoying yourself by attacking the RV? Do you have fun chasing away other birds from your lady friend?  Are you happy we are here so that it give you something to do?  Does our presence make you feel even better about yourself, your beauty and your mysterious ways?

After almost two weeks now of trying to figure out this mystery, we have come to a conclusion.  This is the way it is.  You are you.  This is the way you want it.  And we are happy to be a part of what you consider family.  Sure, family can irritate you sometimes, but you are always glad they are there.  And the truth is, now, you are family.  Nothing you do will change my love for you, just like nothing you can do will change the love you have for yourself.

Many would not believe that a red bird like the Scarlet Pimpernel would remember us.  Many would not believe that month after month, he would wait for us in site 166.  Many would not believe that Digby and I accept his presence and don’t even bark at him because we know he belongs here.  But it is true.


Sometimes, it’s the moment that persons recognize that all animals are individuals that gives them the most pause in life.


If that is true, and each animal matters, it gives you more responsibility to take account of your actions.  We are sorry to break the news to you if you have been trying to ignore the obvious.  The Scarlet Pimpernel is here to tell you that he has personality.  He has a love for life.  And he has a love for attacking the RV.  He refuses to turn that love around.

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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