The Lion Sleeps Tonight

This is Deputy Digby Pancake. I’m not the only one around here with a routine that’s been interrupted. Maybe you love me so much that even your routine was changed because you were worrying about me.

Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s time we pull this together. How are we going to do it? Let me sleep on it first because that has been sorely missing around here.

First I was sick and I’m still on medicine that makes me get up all night. Then Brickle got sick. For two nights, he had to go outside at different times than me. I suppose we could have used better time management, but such is that. We had to usually go out not once.  Not twice.  But three times.  And Girl Person was there every time.  Sometimes with enough time to put on pants. Sometimes not. It’s not important anyway.

Finally, last night, Girl Person prepared her nightly couch spot. She figures that it’s the best chance of making it outside in an emergency if you are closer to the door. But last night? All was still. All was quiet. No one had to go out. Not even Brickle!

Girl Person was so tired that she didn’t wake up till her alarm went off very early.  You see, she thought that since our routine was so off, that part of why Brickle wasn’t feeling all better was that he wanted to go somewhere. Anywhere.

Problem is, if we don’t leave very early, this Florida place gets so hot that you can’t go.  Anywhere.  And so up and at em’ we were. And the world seemed brighter.  Full of any possibilities! If a lion could sleep all night, certainly the day was going to be the best.  Full of old routine that seemed pretty perfect.

We have a long way to go to be back to normal.  And the truth? Our new normal may not be our old.  But if that’s a good thing when you live in an RV…you can adjust, move, get to the place you need to be.  Maybe that’s somewhere cooler.  Maybe it’s a new adventure.  We don’t know.  For now, we wait on the doctors and more tests next week.  And we will try to get some sleep.  There will be nights we may not have sleep though. And Girl Person says that’s ok. We just have to find different times to catch up.  Love can conquer all?  Oh, yes it can.

Routine is well…routine.  Until it is taken away.  Think about the little parts that make up your days and nights.  And appreciate them all.

Deputy Digby Pancake

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You Otter Know That You Are Deer To Me

This is Deputy Digby Pancake.  A busy week is a good week, Girl Person says.  From meeting old friends, to playing at doggy daycare at Aunt Nikole’s house, and the persons’ trip to work while giving us a little vacation…it was so busy I didn’t know which end was up as Granny Person used to say.

It’s funny.  Sometimes, you get tired of the same boring routine every day.  But when that routine is thrown off like a good attitude on Sheriff Brickle, you miss it.


And so when we got to go hiking again yesterday and look forward to eggies at breakfast, we were beyond excited to get back to boring.  But as with any day, you never know what you’re gonna get.

We had walked down this same path about twenty times in the past two weeks.  We have come across alligators.  We have come across raccoons and rabbits.  We have come across mice and alligator birds.  But yesterday, we otter have known that there were more party animals out here wanting to say hello.

I was tired from daycare, and my mind was on breakfast. Girl Person’s mind was on sleep and more coffee.  But the otters only had one thing on their mind.  When we saw the two otters running across our path?  It woke us up.  You see, when Pappy Person was around, he used to tell us that otters could be mean.  Otters could “tear your butt up”.  And when your butt is in danger of being torn up, you think about that, and you try to kick butt and run.  And the cuter the otter is, the faster you better run.

I got so excited about saving my butt that I started panting so much Girl Person told us we had better stop running and look behind our butts to make sure that they were gone. Not our butts.  The otters.

When we were sure the swamp was clear, Girl Person told us that this was supposed to be a restful, boring day.  And that we needed to get back to that.  But as we made our way down the path a little further, oh deer, oh deer.  There they were, almost jumping straight into our tired butts.  About twenty deer being giant.  As they ran into the swamp and the woods, I had to wonder.  When was breakfast?  I also had to wonder.  The next time we walked this path, would it be the same story?

You see, we all have things that we do everyday and roads that we take.  But often, we don’t seem to remember that the things along those roads and those paths will change some day.  When we stop noticing, that is when we forget that there is someone out there who has never been on that road.  There is someone out there that has never been on that path.  How would they see it?


We have to admit.  After traveling so much, when we slowed down here in this Florida place, we started to take it for granted.  But the butt chasing otters and the Oh Dear Deers really forced us to stop and remember as Girl Person’s butt hit the ground dragging us through the swamp.  They were saying “welcome back.  But you aren’t paying attention to us”.  We are going to make you stop.  Or run.  Either one.

As I found a new pile of alligator poop to roll in as Girl Person was getting swamp water out of her shoes, I knew it.  Not only was it good to be back.  It was good to remember.  It was good to take notice.  And it was good that the otters didn’t catch us.  My butt is too cute to be torn up.

What path do you travel every day?  Do you know what someone new to it would notice?

-Deputy Digby Pancake

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