Come Closer. I Am Here.

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle.  If you are like our persons, you spend many hours looking for answers that never seem to come.  Like when you ponder the meaning of life, or why I am so handsome.


Or maybe you think about what the answer is to happiness, or possibly what you should eat for dinner, which in fact may be the same answer.  But for Girl Person yesterday, she decided that since the answer to where we should go from here is not coming to her, she should ask a donkey and his friends. And I see no reason to argue with that logic, because it may not be logical.  But at this point, what do we have to lose?

If we could talk to the animals, just imagine it
Chatting to a chimp in chimpanzee
Imagine talking to a tiger, chatting to a cheetah
What a neat achievement that would be.

Questions may be easy to ask.  But finding the answers may not be so easy.  Why?  Persons sometimes have their own agenda, and possibly they think that they know what is best, and don’t want to hear other answers because they really have already decided.  I have never understood this.  Why do persons make things so difficult? Because sometimes, there are in fact are no wrong answers.  Whatever path is chosen, we always seem to make it work. Don’t we?


For Girl Person, the path she chose yesterday was straight to a donkey at camp. And the sheep.  And the goats.  And a rabbit. You heard me.  Because since no person has any answers, she thought maybe a donkey would. Or a sheep.  Or a goat.  Or a rabbit. Taking to the animals at this point is obviously the only thing left to do.  And maybe that is where we should have started.

If we could talk to the animals, learn their languages
Maybe take an animal degree.
We’d study elephant and eagle, buffalo and beagle,
Alligator, guinea pig, and flea.


First, we decided to ask the rabbit where he thought we should go this week, and where we could find a house.  The rabbit said that he thought wherever carrots grew best would be the better option.  He said that carrots are sweet and the sweet life is always the good life.

So that wasn’t much help.  I hate carrots, and I don’t have a green thumb.  I actually don’t have a thumb at all.  So we decided to ask the sheep.  The sheep told us that we should have already made the decision on where to move to about a month ago.  They sheepishly reminded us of the fact that we were taking too long.  They told us we should get on the road and head back to greener pastures.  But they were judging us the whole time they were talking to us, and moved along without saying where that greener pasture was.

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So once again, not much help.  So far, carrots in greener pastures.  This was getting us about as far as Deputy Digby’s eyes from a plate of pancakes.  Not very far at all.  So then, we decided to go and talk to the goats.  Goats.  With their crazy eyes, I wasn’t expecting much of an answer, or a conversation.  The goats told us that because of their four stomachs, food was very important to them.  They told us that they eat just about anything, but that we should go where we can eat the best food and the most food. They also told us that climbing our way to happiness was the best way to go about it.  They said that the view from the top is always the best. And when you are in the depths of despair, that is as low as you could go, and you aren’t helping anyone.  They had much more to say, but their eyes were freaking me out.

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So that was that.  And these animals were all just stating the obvious.  So it was time to go talk to a donkey.  I don’t know why and I don’t even have anything clever to explain why because who needs to be clever when you are going to talk to a donkey?

If we could talk to the animals, learn their languages
Think of all the things we could discuss
If we could walk with the animals, talk with the animals,
Grunt and squeak and squawk with the animals,
And they could squeak and squawk and speak and talk to us.

Some don’t know that donkeys are pretty smart. And I have always heard that a donkey can’t tell a lie.  Actually, I have never heard that, but I would assume that.  Why? Because they listen with their hearts.  As Girl Person talked to the donkey, the donkey leaned in to the fence between them.  He told her to come closer, that he had always been there.


He told her that if she believed that a donkey could give her the answer to the most important decision she felt that she had ever faced…that she could believe in herself too.  He told her what she already knew.  That it may not be possible to stay here in this California place.  He told her that he wishes he could fly, but he could not.  And that sometimes, we don’t have a choice. As I suspected, the donkey could not lie.  He didn’t sugarcoat our situation, because truth be told, if we could have stayed we would have.  But it is not looking good.  We could wait here till the cows come home and still not find a house to buy we can afford.

So tomorrow may be the day we go explore other options.  You see, as much as we want to stay, we did get to come here for a little while. And if we can’t afford to live here?  We can’t change that.  We have to find our happiness somewhere else.  And that is just the way it is.  A donkey always tells it like it is.  Because that is what donkeys do.  And even if persons want to tell us we will find something here, we tried. But we can’t park here forever.  We need our own little home, and our own little yard. So we have to come up with a plan. Tomorrow’s agenda?  Getting the donkey to help us with that.  Because he seems to have all the answers.  Who knew?  I guess the donkey did all along.  We all have a donkey somewhere in our lives.  We just have to come closer.  And listen.  They are there.

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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The Way You Do The Things You Do

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle.  Even amidst all of the chaos and tragedy still this week in this California place, Deputy Digby has found a way provide distractions from the sadness in only the way that Digby can do.  And I wish he would not do most of them.


Yesterday, the fog rolled into Bodega Bay of Sonoma County, and Girl Person said that she has never been so happy to see fog in her life.  Our breathing got a little better, and it seemed like a little bit of normalcy was trying to creep back in.  So we went to take a drive and decided to take a drive on one of the roads here from that movie, The Birds.  It was one of the things that we had wanted to do since we got here, and since our time is running out, there is no better time than the present.

Well, Digby also had items on his agenda yesterday too, and he meant business about it.  First of all, he decided that since we had been inside so much of the time for the past week, it was time to let all of his energy out.  So he started with eating random poop on the trail, peeing on my head at the same time, and then kicking up dirt in Girl Person’s face when she bent down to pick up my business.  He was definitely into multitasking. And this was before Girl Person had even had her coffee.

You got a smile so bright
You know you could have been a candle

This distraction came at a great time, because Girl Person had been busy worrying about one of her friends in Sonoma.  She had been watching the news too much, and it about broke her heart when she saw what had happened to our favorite dog park we had just visited.

Brickle at “his park” taken one week prior to the fires

Digby sensed this, and thought that he needed to step up his game plan even more.  So as we were walking on our lunchtime walk, we passed the usual piles of horse poop on the horse trail, and Digby decided to grab a snack.  Girl Person was mortified yet again, and as another walker looked at him in horror with straw and poop hanging out his mouth, he threw himself on a rotten peach.

And babe you smell so sweet
You know you could’ve been some perfume

Girl Person asked him what in the world was the matter with him.  She then thought that in order to get out his energy, we had to take an extra long walk around the marina.  Digby thought this was also a good idea because his agenda of distractions also included eating rotten crabs, bird poop as dessert and then barking at fisherman.


You know, a Sheriff needs a day off every now and then, and honestly, Deputy Digby’s arrests were so many yesterday that I didn’t even have enough paper to write them all down.  So as I do on any day off, I just decided to use my time in order to look at myself. You see, Digby’s distractions, although against the law, were helping the persons forget about the awfulness of the past week.

As pretty as you are
You know you could’ve been a flower
If good looks were minutes
You know you could have been an hour

The way Digby does the things he does makes me wonder what we would do without him.  I do know that Girl Person would have a lot more time, our Big Blue Treat Wagon RV would be a lot cleaner, and I wouldn’t have to worry about pee on my head.  But things would be pretty boring around here.  And after the past week, we have all learned to lean on each other.

For now, just to address some business, we are hanging in. The smoke has cleared a little, and we are expecting rain on Thursday.  Let’s keep our positivity up and remember to appreciate whatever today brings you.  Unless it is horse poop, old crabs or rotten peaches.  In that case, send them Digby’s way.  He might need to use them again tomorrow.

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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