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.

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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.

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

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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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Do You Remember When? We Used To Sing.

This is Deputy Digby Pancake.  If some days seem to go by in a blur, you are correct.

It has been said that time flies when you’re having fun.  Time also seems to go slower when you aren’t having fun or waiting for dinner.  But time seems to flash before your eyes when you meet the love of your morning, and you know that you only may have that morning to be together.  For the rest of your lives.

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It is not that often that I meet someone at the dog park that puts up with me.  Yes, I know this is shocking to no one, but I like to get attention by humping.  Maybe you are the same way, I don’t know.  But on Thursdays, it is more frowned upon than on Wednesdays.  And as I ran around the dog park while Sheriff Brickle pawtrolled everyone as usual, I knew it to be true.  I had met my match.

It was my match of love with brown eyes and a happy demeanor.  A girl that did not care about my antics, only that I was being myself.  And she let me be myself over and over and over again.

Sheriff Brickle was even so amused by our performance, that he let the commotion go.  He knew it.  It was meant to be.

Have you ever met someone in a moment and still think about them years later?  Perhaps it was someone that was nice to you at a store, or who helped you when you needed it.  Maybe it was someone who helped change your tire when you broke down, or gave you money for food when you could not afford it.  Maybe someone touched your life in an instant that you never were to see again.  But they left an impression on you.

Well, my friend definitely did that for me at the dog park.  I haven’t been feeling so good lately. And yet, she brought the puppy out in me again.  She didn’t know anything about me other than I was happy to see her and play with her and even have a drink with her.

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In fact, she really didn’t need to know anything else other than I enjoyed her company and that I loved her for her, as she loved me for me.

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So many times, persons think that everyone has to know everything about them in order to make a friend.  Sometimes, they aren’t even nice to people that they don’t view as friends, but strangers.  They think somehow that if they are just meeting in passing that niceness is not as important.  But shouldn’t that be even MORE important? If we only meet someone for a moment, don’t we want them to remember us fondly? Don’t we want to make an even nicer impact on their lives?

There are individuals we know our whole lives.  There are individuals we know for an hour that we may not even learn their name.  No, I did not know her name.  But even though we had to part ways, my love won’t stop growing in my sweet memories for her and her acceptance of me as I was.

So wherever you go this weekend, make it a point to make an impression.  No, not the Digby Pancake way because you would be arrested.

But try to make a good impression on someone that needs it.  That is how they will remember you for all of their days if you don’t meet again.  As long as the world goes by in a blur, make that blur one of singing, laughter and as much fun as a Thursday morning dog park romp with my brown eyed girl.

-Deputy Digby Pancake

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