A Day In Life

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle.  Some days are worth mentioning.  Some days are not worth mentioning.  Yesterday was one of those days which was both.

The day started out like any other day.  We took a short hike because it was warm outside and we came in for breakfast.  Digby took a treat, and I had one too.  But all of a sudden, he started shivering and trembling.  Digby gets little shakes here and there.  Girl Person says it’s what happens when we all get older.  But this was not normal.

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It’s hard to know what to do when someone doesn’t feel good.  It is very hard for me to watch the persons be upset and Digby feel bad.  He was in a lot of pain.  And I will admit as a Sheriff that I don’t always know what to do.  And if I don’t, well, the persons certainly don’t.  They tried to look up stuff online.  They talked to other persons.  But you can only look and talk so much before you realize that you just have to help someone out of pain.  And so we called a vet person and they told us to come, even though we had never been there before.  So we loaded up Digby and took him.  If I could have drove us in the cop car I deserve, we certainly could have got there faster.  But it didn’t take too long before we got there and the kind people gave me treats.  Lots of treats.  Because I was a very good brother.  And I never leave my brother.  Nope, not even at the vet person.  That’s how much I love him.

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Have you ever loved someone that much?  Like you get hurt at the thought of not being together?  I couldn’t let him go thru it alone.  But I let him get his shots alone.  Unless it was a shot to make me even more handsome…which that would have been a miracle drug…I didn’t need it.  But Digby sure did.

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And as the vet person tried to help Digby, he said a fancy word called pancreatitis.  And he knew just what to give him, although no one could determine what caused it.  I think maybe Digby should fess up to that junk he snagged at a campsite the other night…

But either way, I do know this.  At the beginning of the day, we thought we were going to have to say goodbye to Digby.  And the end of the day, he was snoring at our feet.  In our lives, we all only have so many days.  When we wake up, if we are fortunate enough to wake up, we don’t know who will still be with us at the end of it.  In our life, if we are fortunate enough to love someone as much as I love Digby, there is a chance that one day we will not be together at the end of one day.

As Girl Person and Boy Person were telling Digby all of the things they wanted to tell him yesterday…I knew one thing to be true.  It didn’t matter all of the places we had been together.  It didn’t matter all of the things we had seen together.  It didn’t matter in that one moment when we thought that memories were the only thing we would have.  There is no substitute for being with the ones you love in life.  Living your life every day.  Don’t wait to say what you need to.  And never.  Ever.  Take one moment for granted, not even the little ones, the normal ones, the irritating ones.  While you can be together in this life, today, be together. Love each other like it’s your last day.

Digby still is on the mend.  And we still need good thoughts sent his way.  I will be there every step of the way to help.  And when they come out with a handsome shot, I’ll be the first in line.

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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Those Mountains Were Not Meant To Be Carried

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. It wasn’t like I thought we would ever be back to Dade City, Florida and my tower. I thought I had climbed that enough times.

And once I left here the last time, I thought that was it. In our travels, I’ve learned that if you say goodbye to a place, most likely, you will be back.

It’s something you learn when traveling full time.

You try not to get too attached to any one place. Because you know you are going to leave. You also have to shut off your emotions a bit too. You will see many things that you wish could be changed. Many places that we went, it was hard to see the lack of caring for animals or the earth. Sometimes it was hard to see pollution or the welfare of people. Every place had its own battles. Everywhere we went, we took many of those observations to our hearts and we still carry them. We still think about them.

Like my tower that I climbed here so many times before, we can go over the same things in our minds. Over and over. Things we have done wrong. Things we would like to change. But my friends, you were meant to climb those mountains. You weren’t meant to carry them.

What I am saying is that if you can help a situation, someone or some place, do that. Make the climb! If you truly cannot, try to get help. Meet someone half way. Can they help you make that climb?

And just like I wait everyday for Boy Person to run to the tower and give me the motivation to climb up, maybe there is someone to help you too.

He doesn’t carry me. He doesn’t carry my burdens. Or the thoughts in my mind. But he motivates me. We all need motivation. We can’t always solve a problem. We certainly can’t fix the world. All we can do is try to make the climb, help, and leave it there. You can’t carry too much or you’ll never go anywhere else.

And just like my tower that I thought I would never see again, or make it to the top, oh…I did. And I left the mountains below.

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