Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Park burn


Katie here.  I bet you’re getting tired of hearing from me every weekend, ey?  I just wanted to tell you that they burned my park between when I was there last weekend and today!  HUH!

Look at all the burned grass!

Look at all the burned grass!

My mama says they do that every other year or so, it helps keep invasive plants away.  I don’t know.  I just know it smells bad.

It’s a beautiful day here in Michigan and my mama took me for a quick trip to my park after we cleaned up the deck and sat out there for a bit.  I was, as usual pretty excited.

It was windy.  This is not my most flattering angle mama.

It was windy. This is not my most flattering angle mama.

Along the walk to the back of the park I stepped on a bunch of big burs and started limping.  My mama is very observant and checked out my foot right away and found 4 big burrs tangled in my fur and running down right to my pads!  She pulled them all out and I felt lots better, but when we got way back to the point furthest from the car I decided to limp again.  Just to see what she’d do.  She checked my foot again and didn’t see anything, but geeze, she wasn’t wearing her glasses so how much did she think she was going to see?

I decided I’d refuse to walk at all.  I do that sometimes when I feel like messing with her.  Then I asked her to pick me up so she did and we walked a little like that, but it got hot pretty fast, all my fur and her sweatshirt and all.  So she put me down and told me I needed to walk.  I did a little and then I stopped again.  She sighed and picked me up for awhile.  But it’s a long way back to the car and she said I needed to suck it up and walk some more.  Then you know what she did?  She dropped the leash and went on without me!  HEY MAMA!


She walked up to the top of the next hill and turned around and you know where I was?  Right in back of her that’s where I was!  She can’t get away from me!  Na-uh.  So we walked a little bit more and then when I refused again she just left me again.  After awhile she turned around and said “KATIE!  COME!” just like in school and I ran really fast with all my furs flowing and sat in front of her just like I’m supposed to and she gave me a treat!

Well!  After that I just walked along with her like a good girl, no more messing with her cause this time she got me good!  Mamas are sometimes smarter than you think.

Anyway, it’s a good thing mama took pictures of the field of grass last weekend…

Last weekend's grassy field.

Last weekend’s grassy field.

…because this weekend it’s all black.

Smelly black field.

Smelly black field.


But it will be green soon, the grass is already coming up.

Bits of green.

Bits of green.

See you guys next weekend I’m sure.  Maybe she’ll take me somewhere new!  I’m off to take a nap now.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

See you later!

See you later!

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

16 thoughts on “Park burn

  1. Katie, mama is smart and she knows your tricks. Mamas learn this stuff so you can grow up strong. And obedient.

    Sent from my iPad



  2. Katie, Dallas gets those burs in his paws, too, but he never “cries wolf” over them. If he did, he’d be out of luck because he’s far too heavy for me to haul around. Well, unless it’s a real problem, like when he twisted a front leg and I had to carry him up and down the stairs!


  3. hee, hee, oh Katie, you are a silly, silly girl.

    Glad you had a good day at the burned park. I don’t understand how that all works. How do the invasive species not grow back, but the other stuff does?


    • Yes she is a silly girl. We went to a different park on Sunday..she was just as obstinate. I guess she’s out of shape! I think the burning burns off things that are annuals and the native plants have deeper roots and survive..or something like that.


  4. oh Katie, I bet that smells really bad! Arran really hates bad smells. Me and TND laugh at Mum cos she puts on this stinky stuff called moisturiser at night and Arran runs away cos he hates it!

    You is very clever to get your Mum to do almost just what you want and get a treat too. I once got TND to carry me home but he doesn’t fall for it anymore, he says dinner and then I speed up.
    ~lickies, Ludo


  5. Busted Katie – you Mom has figured out that ploy for sure – the dweeb does that too but Mom just ignores him and because he attached to me on the double walker ….I just drag his sorry butt until he starts moving again 🙂


  6. I dont think we like the idea of them burning the grass. I would want to be carried to.


    • She likes to be carried…but she’s too heavy..even at 20 pounds…to carry for long, plus I don’t want her to think that she can get carried regularly. Because I’m too old for that!


  7. You’re lucky you’re little Princess Katie. Petey is too big to be carried, even if his paws hurt. Glad you got to play in the park before it was burned. Bet it’s not on fire this day!


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