No Pants? No Problem.

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle.  There are certain days when you wake up and you know it’s going to be a good day.  The sun is shining, the birds are chirping. Oh, it’s fabulous.

Then, there are mornings that you wake up very quickly.  You wake up and you know that if you don’t take care of some business, your business is gonna be really real business.

That’s how it was this morning.  No, my business wasn’t a meeting.  It wasn’t an appointment with a client, or a peanut butter salesman.  No, this was an emergency.

Since it had been a little cold outside, the persons had our heat on.  And it is already known that I am as hot as hot can be.  So I rarely, ever need any extra heat.  In fact, I despise it so much that it makes me sick. Literally.  And as the persons were all in their blankets and their heater on, I felt it.  That familiar feeling of uh-oh.  I need to take care of this business right away.  Outside.

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Now, Girl Person and I are in tune.  So much so that we know what each other is thinking, but I am not sure why she didn’t think it was too hot for me.  Or why she could not predict how fast I needed to go outside.  But when she opened her eyes since I was licking her face, she saw the look of panic in my eyes and jumped up.  Yet, she didn’t have pants on.  She told me to hold on so she could find her pants.  She could not find them.  And she just threw her hands up in the air and said, well, forget this, I have no pants. And she grabbed a blanket, tried to get me outside the RV in time, which was another issue since we are about ten feet in the air. And yet, there it was… the no pants emergency was underway.

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When you have a no pants emergency in an RV and you have to jump for your life to get out, well, you don’t hear any birds singing.  You don’t see the sunshiney.  You just look for a place to throw up.  Yes, I had no time to worry about Girl Person with no pants on in a campground with a hot pink blanket wrapped around her in a campground.  I can’t read the campground rules, but I am pretty sure wearing pants is one of the rules.

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We had no time to rewrite the rules, so I threw up, Girl Person tried to keep her blanket wrapped around her, and you guessed it. Boy Person and Digby slept thru the whole thing.

Now. When you have been outside in the cold with no pants on and a throwing up dog, you might not be in the best mood.  You might be in a worse mood when no one else gets up to help. Or to make the coffee.  Or to know the predicament that just happened.  And you might lose it, drop your blanket, look for those pants again, and when you can’t find them, take Boy Person’s blanket off him.  And then you might say, oh, allow me to make the coffee with no pants on.  And you might just be crazy.

They say there is no better alarm clock than a throwing up dog.  I say there is no better alarm clock than a crazy Girl Person.  And there is no crazier look than the one Boy Person gave her as he was confused beyond confused.  And yet, not confused enough to realize he better make that coffee.

If there is any lesson to be learned here, it is that when you gotta take care of business, you do what you gotta do.  There are situations in life that all of us have to take care of.  We may look at others and judge them when they are wearing no pants and a hot pink blanket in the middle of a campground field.  But we shouldn’t.  It’s easy to jump to conclusions about others.  But who of us know how that feels? Probably us all.  Love and compassion is what is needed.  Not judgement.  Business is business.  We all have our own.  When we have went thru something, we want love shown to us.  Remember that when we think we know everything about why someone is in a situation they are in.  You don’t know.

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Life is going to throw throw up curve balls at us sometimes. And sometimes..there is nothing we can do but our best.  When you can’t find  your pants, grab a blanket.  And do what you gotta do.  You’ve got this!

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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Sticks And Bricks With Something In Your Pants

This is Deputy Digby Pancake.  I wish that I had better news to report on our house searching this week, but baby…it was no good. Nothin.

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You see, we must have driven a million miles this week searching.  We drove from one end of the island to the other, all around it, and even across the water in the ferry. Gandma came to hep us. And still nothing.  YET.  This Amelia Island place must be something special.

When you are searching for something, like the meaning of life, it is hard to focus. What is the meaning of life by the way?  Girl Person says that all complicated questions always have one answer.  Dogs.  I agree.

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All we do is drive around, and around and around.  We look at a house, or a blank piece of land, and we hear the persons saying over and over again…”Oh, that won’t do.  Oh, that wouldn’t be good for the dogs.  Oh, that is too much money.  Oh, that isn’t for sale.”  I mean seriously. No good, no good, no good, no good.

Baby, you’re no good (I’m gonna say it again)
You’re no good, you’re no good, you’re no good
Baby, you’re no good

All this driving around looking at sticks and bricks called houses is really cutting into my hiking time, my napping time, Brickle’s mirror time, and I was kind of over it yesterday.  I decided that if I couldn’t roll in poop as much as I wanted to, I would just. Poop. Well, not really.  But I would pretend that I had to.

I’m telling you now baby, that I’m goin’ my way
Forget about me baby, ’cause I’m leaving this day

As we were driving around looking at the millionth no good stick and bricks, I decided that I just couldn’t take it anymore.  I started howling, I started crying.  I heard the persons say that maybe I was sick.  It was working . So I turned on the sweet howling charm more.  But then, Sheriff Brickle didn’t like my overdramatic nature and he proceeded to start growling.

broke a heart, that’s gentle and true
Well, I broke a heart over someone like you
I’ll beg his forgiveness on bended knee
I wouldn’t blame him if he said to me

That is when Girl Person broke out the treat stash to calm everyone down.  Well, I forgot about my acting for a minute until I realized that all that acting had really made my stomach sick.  And now, well, I had. To. Go.

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Now the persons were in panic mode. I started circling around, climbing on Brickle’s lap, he was mad, everyone was looking at us, and we were stuck in that traffic junk.  I was beginning to think that focusing on finding a house was nearly impossible when you had to go.  The persons tried to get out of traffic, and as we drove into a park, we pulled over at a pond.

Now, when you are in Florida, you know about those alligator fellows. And even though there was an alligator sign, the persons figured that the only immediate danger was a Jeep full of poop.  They jumped out, I jumped out, and at the same time, some tourists jumped out looking for an alligator show.  They didn’t know that the only tickets for sale that day was a ticket to a poop show.  And they left early.

Feelin’ better, now that we’re through
Feelin’ better, cause I’m over you
I’ve learned my lesson, it left a scar
Now I see how you really are

It was at this point that the persons realized that maybe…just maybe we were trying too hard.  Looking too much.  Trying to make something happen that wasn’t right.  We decided that we had looked enough for the week and that Friday was going to be Brickle and Digby Day.  Mark it on your calendars.

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You see, sometimes, you can try too dern hard.  Sheriff Brickle says that if you try and give it your best, then it is time to rest.  He says what is going to work out will just simply work out.  We can’t force it.  And I say sometimes you can’t hold it.

So on this Brickle and Digby Day, we have a hike planned, a nap, breakfast and we are going to start packing to make a car ride to Gandma and Gandpa’s house in that Tampa place.  Girl Person says we are going to have a pawty or something on Sunday.  With food.  And that my friends is going to be fun.  We will make sure that you join us as you always do.  We will get to walk in the orange grove again and maybe, just maybe, if we take a break, our break will happen. Soon.

Sometimes things seem no good.  But even in the no good, oh, there is good.  We are in a beautiful place.  Even if we don’t get to stay, this sure was fun. Life is a journey.  Sometimes, we have to take detours. And sometimes.  We just have to pull over.  When you gotta go, you gotta go.

-Deputy Digby Pancake

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