The Tail Of Jax, The Dog Lost At Sea

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Once upon a time there was a little stuffed dog.  Since he was a little stuffed dog he couldn’t breathe or eat or even bark like a regular dog. Instead of “ruff ruff”, he liked to say “riff riff”!

But he was a dog just the same. This little stuffed dog was born a humble stuffed animal, made from cotton and stuffing and plastic parts.

He was a bit on the small side with a tongue that didn’t ever want to go back in his mouth.

His family didn’t talk much because sewing machines aren’t the talking type. They didn’t even give him a name. When it was time for him to leave, they said bye. Just bye. So all the little stuffed dog could say was bye. Bye! He had to leave because he was going to be shipped in a box from a place called China to a store that had a machine with a big claw hand. He traveled over with many of his other stuffed animal friends in the box.

When he arrived to the store with the big claw hand, he realized this was his new home for awhile. Persons would put money in the machine and try to win stuffed animals like himself! But he was not really sure if this machine would accept him. Seemed like his lot in life was machines. That big claw machine wanted to do nothing but eat quarters and dollar bills, and one by one, he saw his friends taken away. He hoped that there was something or someone out there better for him. He just knew that this was where his new family was going to meet him. He thought, “one day, one day.” He hoped that they had the skill to pluck him out along with many quarters.

He sang a song every day to keep up his hope.

“I am a dog without a home,

I’m stuck in a machine with nowhere to roam.

But if you bring your change and practice I bet,

You’ll rescue me, and I’m the cutest one yet!”

As he sat there hoping and waiting with all the other stuffed animals, a little girl person came up to the machine with quarters! The little stuffed dog just hoped she had enough.

The little girl person wanted to win the little stuffed dog so much! She fell in love with him right away! She tried and she tried to get him.  And he waited and waited some more. He was about to give up hope because she was down to her last quarter! Then, all of a sudden, that big claw hand in the machine came down, grabbed him and lifted him straight up! It wasn’t a pleasant ride to say the least. He hung on for dear life! When he couldn’t hold on anymore, finally, the claw hand let go and he fell down…down…down into a dark bin! But he was there only for a moment when the little girl reached in and pulled him out! She was so happy! She danced around and around and now he was dizzy! Dizzy with happiness too! You see, family doesn’t always have to be where you came from. Family can be wherever you go. That’s just a fact of life that he was starting to learn. As he was carried out of the big store away from that big claw monster thing, he knew that his life was about to get good. He spent days with the little girl person in her room playing, and nights tucked in to a warm bed.

One day, the little girl’s big parent persons decided that they were going to take something called a vacation on a big boat. And when the little girl packed him in her bag, he couldn’t believe it! He was going to get to go on a vacation thing too. The last time he had been on a big boat, he had been in a box! But this time was going to be different! As he climbed aboard, the little girl person told him that it was going to be a fun time and that she loved him and that she would give him a cookie later. He was ok with that. Maybe even a cookie could convince his tongue to go back in his mouth! He couldn’t wait for that cookie!

As the little girl person was showing him the water below, all of a sudden, a big wind came. The stuffed dog found himself falling even further than when he was in the claw machine. Down, down, down, he fell! And he didn’t stop falling until he landed in the water. He heard the little girl person yelling for him, but he couldn’t swim. His sewing machine parents had not taught him how to swim, only how to sew. And that wasn’t helping. He saw the boat pulling away. Away, away, away! He heard one last thing from the little girl person. She said bye. Just bye. So all the little stuffed dog could say was bye. Bye!

It was at that point that the little stuffed dog had flashbacks. Flashbacks of his life in China, the box he was shipped in, and the little girl person saving him. He knew that the chance of making it out of this situation was a pretty bleak one. But he resigned himself to the fact that perhaps an octopus family or a shark family was looking for a dog like him. And he held onto that hope. You can’t ever give up hope. As he floated up and down in the sea that night, he went to sleep, tired from the fall and then…then he woke up.


When you wake up sometimes, it takes you a minute to remember where you are if you are a travelin’ dog like the little stuffed dog. He opened his eyes and saw sand! He saw shells! He saw a beach! And he saw two big dogs not made out of stuffing staring at him! Where was he? What beach was this?


All of a sudden, another Girl Person lifted him up and put him in her bag. She told him that everything was going to be ok. This was going to be ok. The first thing this new family did was give him a name. He had never had a name. But everyone needs a name. They told him that he washed ashore on a beach called Jacksonville. But he was too small for a long name like that. So they shortened his name to Jax.  And he really liked the sound of that.


That day, Jax got a new family, a new home and he even got a bath! His family said all of this was something called rescuing. But whatever they wanted to call it, Jax knew that it was good.  Jax missed his old family in China, he missed his little girl person, but he didn’t miss that claw machine.


Jax learned that the dogs that rescued him were named Peanut Butter Brickle and Digby Pancake. He had a name just like them, only shorter.


They told him that they weren’t looking to rescue a dog that day when he washed ashore.  But they told him there was just enough room in their little house on wheels called an RV that they lived in. After all, he was a very small dog.


Brickle and Digby told Jax that his days of traveling were not over, but that he would always have a home with them wherever they went. Jax liked the sound of that, and he was even happier that they didn’t live on a boat!


You see, when you are born a humble stuffed animal and shipped far away, you can find love.


And you can find love even more than once. Jax never gave up. In fact, he gave in. He also fell in. Because you see, sometimes it takes some of us longer to find our family. Sometimes, we have to realize that our family can find us. Even when it seems we are lost at sea.

And they all lived happily ever after.  

We will have a reading of this story with Jax, Brickle and Digby at 8 p.m. ET Monday night! Only on our Facebook page! Don’t miss it!

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Letting Dogs Do The Talking For Pet Releaf CBD Products

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Last month, we told you that we were going to be putting Pet Releaf CBD products to the ultimate test. After almost three years of being with our dogs Peanut Butter Brickle and Digby Pancake 24 hours a day in our RV, we had an upcoming trip. Yes, a vacation of sorts.


It was a very hard decision to leave our boys in the hands of our trusted pet sitter and friend. But we were tired, we needed a break, and our dogs actually needed a break from us. Being full time travelers has a lot of fun benefits, but camping can be hard work and animal rescue is hard work. We had to regroup and refocus. I knew this in my heart, but my head was telling me I that if we were really going to leave them for two weeks, we were going to do everything in our power to make sure that they were ok…more than ok. And the first thing that went in when I packed their bags? Pet Releaf CBD Hemp Oil. You better believe it.

You see, we have been using Pet Releaf products for our dogs for over six months now.

According to the Pet Releaf website, “Cannabidiol (CBD) from the Hemp plant has been known to work wonders with people and with pets when it comes to temporary anxiety prevention. There are multiple scientific studies showing the positive effects of CBD for a multitude of health conditions- including pain management and anxiety reduction.

When CBD enters a mammals endocannabinoid system, specific receptors found throughout the body are activated. These are the only receptors in the body that allow for 2 way communication between body systems. Basically, CBD makes it easier for the body to calm down and relieve tension and temporary anxiety, because receptors in the endocannabinoid system can now “speak” to each other.

Pet Releaf organic CBD oil is extracted using no chemical solvents, it is safe for your pets (they can never over-dose), and it is non-psychoactive.”

We were using Pet Releaf CBD oil for Digby’s mobility issues, his comfort level and his lumps and bumps due to old age. We were using Edibites and Pet Releaf CBD Hemp Oil for Brickle due to his depression and his travel anxiety.

Had we seen any difference? Absolutely. You can read all of our past blogs and our journey to this point here.

But I felt that this was the ultimate test of Pet Releaf.  Were we nervous to leave them? If you know us, you know the answer to that! Now multiply that by a million!


So, the real question is, did Pet Releaf help Brickle and Digby when we were away for two weeks on our vacation? Our pet sitter said it simply but best. “Pet Releaf made the boys so relaxed! I found no separation anxiety or trouble sleeping. They were able to relax, sleep and play and enjoy their vacation too”, Veronica Simonetto, owner of Unique Dog Boarding near Tampa Florida which officially opens in 2019.


“The Pet Releaf Difference:

  • Our hemp is grown at our certified USDA organic joint-venture hemp farm in eastern, Colorado
  • PR-33, our specialized hemp strain grown specifically for pets, selected because of it’s extremely beneficial cannabinoid profile for dogs and cats
  • We extract our full spectrum hemp oil using only pressurized air and never with toxic solvents and chemicals
  • Our Edibites are handmade and baked in small batches in our Colorado kitchen
  • No 12 syllable ingredients in any of our products
  • 3rd party testing for guaranteed potency”

All of my worse fears about leaving the boys seemed to melt. I truly believe that there are two components to having your dog be happy if you have to leave them overnight or for longer. A trusted pet sitter and Pet Releaf. But just because this was our experience, we wanted to hear from others. We wanted to let the dogs do the talking for Pet Releaf this month. Because let’s face it. A company can tell us all about their products and give us guidance on using them. Pet Releaf may have been started by amazingly devoted people and their company is the best we have ever dealt with.

But the real proof? We believe that is in the personal experiences.

Real dogs and real pet parents telling us how Pet Releaf helped them.  Not just with boarding, but with all of the concerns that you have asked us about!  Let us introduce you to a few!

Meet Trixie.


“She’s 10 and we’ve been lucky enough to have her for 7 years.  When she had a vet visit during the summer, the doctor said she was a bit stiff in her hips and back.  Not wanting to put her on more meds, we started her on Pet Releaf Hemp Oil to help keep her limber.  Since she’s been on it, she doesn’t hesitate to jump on the bed anymore.  Plus she plays with her toys a lot more AND even tries to jump up to say hi.”

Meet Mia.


“Nap time!  Now she can get on the couch.  There was a time she couldn’t.  She loves to nap there.”We love the Edibites and feel they can be very helpful for arthritis and when there are fireworks.”

Meet LadyBug. 


Edibites help her with anxiety, especially during thunderstorms!  They help her when alone and she can get her beauty sleep!”

Meet Bella.


“This is my goofy girl Bella…she gets horrible skin issues on her stomach and in her groin (probably allergies but not sure to what.)  Before we had rescued her, two other families had returned her because they couldn’t deal with her skin issues.  We’ve worked with the vet and she is much better, but she still gets flareups.  Now we use the Pet Releaf Ointment (Cannacare), and if she does have an episode, it is quickly cleared up with the ointment.  We also use the Edibites for her separation anxiety and she is much less stressed when we do have to leave her.  We love Pet Releaf!

Meet Eddie.


“Eddie has arthritis in his legs and hips.  He started using Pet Releaf in September and within a couple of days he was no longer holding his back leg up.  He runs and zoomies at mealtimes and acts like a pup at age 12.  We also use Edibites as his buddy Jasper won’t do the oil.

Meet Peaches 🍑

“This is Peaches.  She had gotten deathly ill with anxiety while being boarded, so for years I was unable to board her.  This past summer I treated her with Pet Releaf Oil and Edibites and for the first time was able to successfully board her with no episodes of severe anxiety.  I’m a believer in this product.

Every time we think we know all of the amazing ways that Pet Releaf can help our family members, we hear more ways…from you!  As pet parents, we have a responsibility to our pets.

It is up to US to help them when they need us, to feed them correctly, to do everything in our power to make their lives not just healthy but happy.  For pet parents considering CBD to help their pets, consider why we personally believe that Pet Releaf is the only company to purchase from. Simply put? You can go right to their website and read all of their testing reports. Their products are organic and made in the USA. Everything is transparent, you can ask them any questions with a personal response, and there is something else. We have used the products from Pet Releaf. We have witnessed the change in Brickle’s travel anxiety, Digby’s mobility and their overall mental health has improved.

We can only hope that if your pet has any issues that have not been helped by all of the ways you have tried, including conventional medicine, consult your vet and consider Pet Releaf, If we felt comfortable enough to leave the loves of our lives while we were half way across the world because of Pet Releaf, you can too.

-Nathan Johnson, Co-Owner of 2 Traveling Dogs and Your Dog’s Diner

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