Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat?

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. If you have ever been to a Vet Person, you may understand what I’m about to say. There’s a lot of stuff going that you don’t want to go into. There’s a lot of stuff you want to avoid. Like being there at all.

 

And life is like a vet’s office. You try not to get poked. You try not to get hurt. You try to feel better. And you get other people’s opinions whether you want to hear them or not.

But yesterday, I had no choice in the matter of a vet visit. As usual, I was told I was handsome. As usual, I was told I was gorgeous. As usual, I knew it. But it’s always good to hear. Over and over.

They did the routine question thing. Question after question. I am a man of mystery.  They did not know that.

But Girl Person told them about this lump who I have named Lump. Because that’s what he is and I call it like it is.

The Vet Person told us that my lump was lumpy. She told me that the safest thing would be to test it. And so, she said she would poke it and send off some stuff to a lab from the lump. A lab?  What does a Labrador Retriever have to do with all this? What can he tell me? I just don’t know.

The Vet Person also told Girl Person that my heart beat wasn’t fast.  Well, yeah.  Because when everyone else sees me, their heart beats so fast that it makes mine seem slow.

Girl Person said I had been like that since a puppy, but since it is so slow, the Vet Person said that testing the lump instead of taking it out was the best thing for now.  So for now, Lump stays. And after all the questions, and poking and temperature taking, well, we still had no answers.  Because we have to wait on the lab.  For a week.

Sometimes, you think that you have one concern in life, and it turns into another concern.  Sometimes, it can seem like you can’t handle it all.  Sometimes, you don’t want to wait for answers.  But sometimes? You have to.  And that may be the hardest part.

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Some parts of life are hard to deal with.  Hard to handle.  Hard not to worry about.  You do the absolute best you can.  Don’t fool yourself that you are doing your best.  Really try to do your best.  It does no good for me to worry for a week.  It does me more good to eat more peanut butter cookies.

My heart may not beat fast.  But as Sheriff, you have to be cool, calm and collected.  I can do this.  I can wait.  And when the lab finally gets around to my results, I will give you the report.  In life, we may be going thru the motions. Not even sure if we are still enjoying much at all.  Sometimes, we don’t feel as alive as we can.  Sometimes, our heart doesn’t beat as strong.  It happens. So it’s up to us to find out why, ask ourselves the questions, and help ourselves to feel better.

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We may think we know what’s wrong, but often, we find out there was an underlying issue.  We can always fix it.  You just have to make an appointment with the truth.

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Bad Case Of Loving You

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. There are some words I could bear to hear today. “Your peanut butter cookies are ready.”

“You are the most handsome dog in the world.”

“You are the smartest dog in the world.”

“Who wants ice cream?”

But some words I don’t care to hear? “The Doctor will see you now.”

It’s been said that sometimes, there is no cure for being the most awesome and interesting dog in the world. It’s been said, because I said it.

But sometimes, I have to trust the persons when they tell me that I need to be checked out. I’m always being checked out, though.

Girl Person said that the lump near my tummy is not to be ignored. She said just like my ego, it seems to be getting bigger.

Love is a strange thing. Seems to me, the easiest thing to do when you love someone is not to dwell on the negative. It’s easier to let things slide. To just ignore problems so that life goes on as normal. But that’s not love. Love means taking care of problems. Even if it’s hard. Even if it’s not the easiest thing to do. Because taking care of problems when they first come up may mean longer to be with the ones we love.

My lump may be nothing. My lump may need taken care of. But whatever the case, the persons’ bad case of loving me may help me in the long run. And that’s not a bad thing. It’s a good thing.

Sometimes, the hard thing to do with love is not to ignore things. And so I’m going to get in that car today and face the music.

I will miss Deputy Digby Pancake while I am gone today. But he already had to go a few months ago. He gave me some advice. Act cute. Act sweet. And whatever you do, watch where they put that thermometer.

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