Would You Like Pepper On That?

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. Everyone knows I’m spicy. I’m the kind of spice you think isn’t so bad when you first taste it. But then it hits you a few seconds later just how spicy it is. And it’s deliciously peppery.

Imagine what a world without spices and spicy individuals like me would be like. Pretty boring! But what happens when you run out of spices? When you’re camping and traveling, you realize that you’ve taken for granted being able to get what you need when you need it. Such was the case when we ran out of a few things this weekend and the campground store wasn’t as stocked with supplies as we had hoped.

First. We needed some water. We didn’t calculate Digby’s thirst after a plate of pancakes.

Then we needed trash bags. Yeah. Digby makes a lot of trash. And then we needed salt. Pretty important to Girl Person is salt. She cooks breakfast, lunch and dinner. She can live without a lot on the road. But don’t take away her cooking necessities. Don’t.

So Boy Person does what he always does. He went to take care of it. He would get our supplies. Problem was, we’ve been so tired from the weather and other stuff that Boy Person didn’t care to drive far to get the water. And the trash bags. And the salt. So he decided to stop at the first store he saw. Yes. It was small. But he thought even a small store would have these things.And maybe he wouldn’t have to call Girl Person ten times to ask her where in the store those things were.

As he walked around the store gathering his supplies, he noticed there were no price tags. He also noticed that the only salt he could buy was either in a gallon jug or a small salt with a small pepper attached. Yes. Yes. That would do.

For some reason, persons like to stand behind counters when they give money and take money and buy things. So the counter person took Boy Person’s items and things beeped. And cash registers chirped. And it was proudly announced that the total would be $17.03.

Now. If you know Boy Person, you know he’s the type of guy to look for a quarter on the ground and if he finds one, he does a happy dance. So to hear this total was a shock. He heard Girl Person’s last words to try a dollar store. Oh. How he heard those words. As he asked the counter person how much everything was, he was told the salt and pepper was $4.50. Um. Boy Person almost passed out. He said that’s how much it is for salt and pepper? And the counter person proudly told him pepper was…expensive. Pepper. Was. Expensive.

Boy Person was asked if he wanted bags for his pricey treasures. And Boy Person said yes. Yes to all the bags. Because they did not have trash bags to buy! And as he made his way home with $17.03 less to his name, he felt terrible. Terrible he didn’t go to that dollar place. He contemplated driving back and returning all his expensive goods. But the sun was going down and Girl Person needed her salt. And she was gonna get some pepper. With a spicy attitude.

You can imagine how excited Girl Person was to get her salt, but when she told Boy Person she had pepper already, he exclaimed that he really liked pepper. He really did. He wanted pepper on everything. Everything. Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner. Dessert. Sprinkled on his dreams.

Girl Person told him it was a lesson. A lesson to be more prepared and maybe a lesson to go the extra mile when you have to.

A little extra work at the time can save problems later. And we are trying to put that into action.

We’ve been so busy and on the go so much for years that we haven’t had time to acknowledge we might need to change things up. To go the extra mile to make those changes. You don’t want to be caught on empty with no salt. Because you may get more than you bargain for. Do you need to make changes but afraid of the extra distance or effort? I have just one question. Would you like pepper on that?

.-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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Why Dogs Of All Ages Need Toys

This blog post is sponsored by Tall Tails! No matter where we are in our travels, home is home. 

Tall Tails keeps our boys comfy on the go and makes them happy. That makes us happy. America’s Premier Provider of Super High Quality Washable Dog Blankets. High Quality Dog Toys, Washable Blankets & Beds. Shop online at www.talltailsdog.com

It’s no secret that many of us think of our dogs as our babies.

And although we love them like children, the truth is, they require many of the same mental and physical growth and stimulation to be a fulfilled individual.

Have you ever worked on a crossword puzzle to relax, or read a book for enjoyment? Dogs are no different. Even though they don’t care to read a book, they do need outlets for boredom and enjoyment. Toys provide that at all age levels for dogs.

When we adopted Brickle and Digby from the shelter, neither knew what a toy was or even what to do with them. Did we demonstrate? I admit I did! It’s not the craziest thing I’ve ever done! They soon had their favorites, although they didn’t last so long. We actually had to put a sign by our door for guests not to leave their shoes out. Yes. They thought those were toys too!

So when Tall Tails sent us some toys for the boys, I was excited. We are particular on what dog toys we give them and have our own set of standards. The toys must be made from natural materials. The toys must be nontoxic with no artificial colors. Tall Tails fit all of these requirements.

But do dogs really need toys? Of course, toys are not needed for survival. But they provide benefits to dogs of all ages.

Puppies of course need something to chew on, or they will find something to chew on. The durable Natural Leather & Wool Toys from Tall Tails are perfect!

Whether your pup wants to play a rousing game of fetch, tug-of-war, or lightly nibble for a little while, Tall Tails toys use only sturdy natural materials and stitching to craft their toys. In addition, there are no toxic chemicals, artificial coloring, or simulated flavoring used in the making. If we spend the money to get our dogs toys, we believe they should last and be of the highest quality.

Digby knows many of you think that he is a Labrador Retriever! He is actually a rescue foxhound, so his new favorite toy from Tall Tails made us smile. A fox? You got it. What did the fox say? Digby loves him and even carries him outside.

Tall Tails Plush Toys w/ Squeaker are durable yet fun! he adventure indoors too! Throw, squeak, snuggle, repeat — this plush toy is made with you and your pup in mind. Their plushies make for paw-fect comforting companions. In addition, their squeakers are sewn into a separate pouch and stitched into the seam for extra protection.That’s best for Brickle…his fish won’t be destroyed anytime soon!

Yes. Brickle and Digby aren’t young puppies anymore. Some may even call them seniors! So why are dog toys important to seniors? Their favorite toys provide comfort and mental stimulation when they aren’t able to physically do as much as when they were younger. We like Tall Tails toys for seniors because many are brightly colored and the materials are varied. You wouldn’t want to do the same crossword puzzle every day. So give your seniors a choice. There are so many from Tall Tails to choose from! We think these may be the most impressive dog toys we have tested in terms of quality and attention to detail. That also makes them the perfect gift along with Brickle and Digby’s favorite Tall Tails blankets.

When our dogs are happy, we are happy. Seeing the boys ask for their blankets on a cold day and watching them relax with their favorite toys makes me feel like I am doing something right.

Tall Tails has put together a Gift Guide section within their website to provide customers with options for every budget. No matter what time of the year it is! That makes it easy to narrow down your choices. Digby says his choice after his nightly yogurt barktail is his blankie and fox!

Just like children deserve to grow into fulfilled individuals, so do our dogs. Give puppies toys and watch them grow. Then continue to keep your senior dog’s brain active. Every age of our dogs will bring challenges. But they are more than worth it. We thank Tall Tails for the care that has went into all their products!

A dog that has regular mental and physical stimulation is a happy dog, and happy dogs have very happy owners. Who’s up for a game of fetch?

Head on over to www.tailtailsdog.com to start shopping today! And don’t forget to visit and to “like” their Facebook page and follow them on Instagram!

Rachael Johnson, Founder of 2 Traveling Dogs and Your Dog’s Diner

Although this post is #sponsored and we received compensation, all opinions are our own.