All I Need Is The Air That I Breathe

This is Jax.  Yes, I know that you have been missing me.  It’s hard for me to get a word in edge wise around here.  Sheriff Brickle and Deputy Digby talk a lot.  And as the new kid, I  have to sit back and learn.  I’m learning already that this traveling thing is pretty awesome.  It sure beats being in a claw machine or riding the ocean waves in a storm like before.  And since I am new to this Virginia place too…let me just say…this is just so much.  So much more than I thought it could be.


After a few days of minor mishaps, we made it here to this new campsite.  The boys said they had been here over two years ago when they first started their Adventure Of A Lifetime.  So they were excited to show me around. The hikes, the creeks, the nice people in the camp office with cupcakes…they were all still here.

And I knew right away this place was special even though we were tired from the long drive.

Did I mention the breaking down and the rain?

But what happened when we woke up the next morning?  The first thing that greeted us was a breeze!  A fall breeze!  This was my first one.  And I have to say.  I didn’t know that I could breathe until that moment.

If you are questioning whether a stuffed animal can breathe, you should have questioned first whether a stuffed animal could talk.  So neither is a valid concern, but one that begs to question your breathing skills as well.  Because what makes you breathe?


Girl Person said that she had forgotten how nice a fall breeze was.  She said that she had also forgotten how nice this campground was.  You see, at the beginning of their trip when they were here before, they didn’t have any idea what they were in for.  This place with hot water and nice showers and laundry machines are a luxury.  But not even all that is the best, Girl Person said.  She said Virginia begs you to sit and stay for awhile.

Virginia wants you to smell the crisp air. But you have to be still to feel it like you should feel it.  And I knew something right away.  I may not have been on their trip before, but I was learning the lessons.  And one lesson started with taking a day off after traveling.  And I was liking this lesson.


The fall breeze begged us to sit and enjoy it.  We may not have a front porch, but we have a front rug.


I also learned yesterday how to lay in the sun and charge up so that I could go back to the shade and then back again to the sun.


But more than anything else, I started to feel like I was part of this family.  Maybe at first I felt like a third wheel.  Maybe I thought I was just something else to carry around.  But it looks like Brickle and Digby are pretty glad I am here for the ride.

What I am learning is that we all need time to charge our batteries. No, that place that made me didn’t give me that kind of battery.

But what keeps me going is my heart that I have picked up along this ride. Because I was rescued.


Sometimes, you may feel like you don’t have any feelings left because of something that you have went through. Sure, I remember being shipping in that box from China, the claw machine, falling from that cruise ship and getting caught in an ocean storm. But what I remember more is when Brickle and Digby found me riding in on that wave.


Sometimes, you may forget how special the first fall breeze is.  Or that bite of a cupcake.  Or even the smell of a smelly dog like Digby.  But if you just sit.  If you just focus on breathing…it will come to you.  If you let it.

-Colonel Jax

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Buffalo Gals, Won’t You Come Out Tonight?

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle.  Here is the deal.  We have been sad this week.  How can you not be when your world is burning down around you, and the people that you love and cherish are losing their homes?  We can’t help it.  We are worried, we are sick from smoke around us.  And Boy Person is very sick with the flu. Yeah, so it has been one of those weeks.  And it is only Wednesday.

But when Girl Person says that we are in the depths of despair, she pulls out all of the tricks.


You see, I am one to pick up on other people and furkids’ despair and emotions.  As Sheriff, that is my duty, my job.  I care, even though I may not look like it in particular.  And I definitely care about everything happening around us right now.


When I am in the total depths of despair, Girl Person pulls out the singing.  I am not happy about that.  But again, since I am being all sensitive this week, I am going to admit that it works.

As I was walking down the street
Down the street, down the street
A pretty girl I chanced to meet
And we danced by the light of the moon

She starts to sing one particular song…and I love it.  I admit it.  I go crazy for it.  It is about the only thing that can pull me out of a bad mood except for peanut butter cookies.  What the song is about, well, I have no literal clue.


Sometimes though, it doesn’t matter what the words of a song are.  Girl Person sings it funny, especially when she comes to the part about the mooooon.  We aren’t from Buffalo.  I don’t know any buffalo, and yet, the moon?  It is beautiful here in Sonoma County, California.  And so?  It fits.  Unlike Girl Person’s holey socks and holey shoes.  Yep, she really needs some new ones.

I danced with a gal with a hole in her stocking
And her knees was a-knockin’ and her shoes was a-rockin’
I danced with a gal with a hole in her stocking
And we danced by the light of the moon

Sometimes, when we are going thru really hard times, you can’t think of a song to sing.  And if that is the case, ask someone to sing one for you.  And then, sing one for them.  Because deep down, we are all strong, we can make it thru just about anything.  It may not seem like it at the time, but the little things are what can keep us going.  And we have to keep each other going.

We all may not be going thru a literal fire, but we all have something that we are dealing with.  It may not seem like a big fire to someone else, but it is to us.  And know that whatever you are going thru, it is important.  You will make it thru.  Someone else is counting on you to sing a song.  But try to sing it better than Girl Person.

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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