Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

And then we got stuck


Katie here.

It’s been a mild winter here in Michigan. There’s been hardly any snow which I personally find very disappointing. I’m a sheltie and I love the snow, as long as it’s not higher than my tummy. And as long as my folks plow me a potty path. I am, after all, a princess.

Anyway, the last couple of nights it’s snowed here! Just the perfect amount too! And then the most amazing thing happened. The sun came out! We haven’t seen the sun in weeks and weeks, maybe even 10 dog years! Mama got all excited and told me that we could not waste a day like this.

I love snow!

I love snow!

So she grabbed her camera and me and we hustled it over to one of my favorite parks!

I got to walk on my trail through the woods. We were the first ones out there that morning and I trotted off, nose to ground so excited to be out in my woods. Mama kept saying ‘easy easy baby’ but I ignored her. Especially when we were going down hills.

She finally just dropped my leash so she could protect the camera as she inched her way down the bigger hills. I had to wait for her a whole bunch. Mama is sort of slow.

Come ON mama!

Come ON mama!

I got to do a lot of running too. Mama didn’t always get great pictures of me, what with all the shadows from the big tall trees, but I had a blast anyway.

Get those treats ready mama!

Get those treats ready mama!

Oh – I have a new policy! I’ve let my mama know she’s only got one chance to get her shot. I’ll pose for her, cause I know she’s got treats. But once I hear that camera click I’m going to get right up and trot straight up to her and expect payment. One shot, one treat. That’s the way it’s going to be mama. Get used to it.

One treat, one shot mama!

One treat, one shot mama!

Anyway, after we’d walked a long way back into the woods mama said her hands were cold and we needed to turn around. I said ‘no way mama!’ but she turned around and headed back. I hung around for a bit but then I remembered she had all the treats, so I ran after her. I’m a smart princess.

We got to this one place where the trail hangs on to the edge of a sandy hill that has a big gouge in it from when it rains. It’s sort of tricky to get over in the summer and now it was covered in snow. I jumped right over, but mama hesitated, and then her foot slipped and she flung her bad arm up in the air to catch her balance and that hurt a bunch and she yelled, and I jerked the leash in her other hand just at exactly the right moment and pulled her over to my side safe and sound. She said ‘good job baby!’ But I could tell her shoulder really really hurt. She said she needed to get home to get some aspirin.

But I don't want to go back mama!

But I don’t want to go back mama!

But that didn’t happen right away.

On the way out of the park there is a stop sign at an intersection at the bottom of a big hill. Mama slowed down to make the corner and then she couldn’t get the car to go up that big hill! So she figured she’d back up and get a better running start at it. And as she backed up she slid right off the road. So then we were truly stuck!

I suggested we just go for another nice walk until the snow melted. But she called my daddy instead and he came out with shovels and snow melt. It took a long time. I stayed very very quiet in my crate in the back of the car. I know when to keep my mouth shut, yes I do. Eventually daddy pushed and mama drove and we got going and crept up that stupid hill and made it home safe and sound.

Pretty day to be stuck in the woods.

Pretty day to be stuck in the woods.

It was a great adventure, even with the little misstep at the end. I’m glad we went. Mama is too, but we’re both pretty grateful to daddy for coming and saving us!

I know you are all enjoying any sun you get to see. We hope it sticks around here for awhile. Some people in other parts of the country have been hogging the sun and we’re glad they finally decided to share it with us!

I’m off to take a nap now, talk to you all later!

Your gal Katie.

Till next time.

Till next time.

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.

17 thoughts on “And then we got stuck

  1. Oh my what an adventure!! Thank goodness Daddy was home to come to your rescue! Tell Mama, she took GLORIOUS photos of you! You are always stunning but look EXTRA stunning with the sunlight playing on your luxurious Sheltie fur!! Just beautiful! Oh and I love your motto, “one treat, one photo” I am going to do the same!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota


  2. Always an adventure to be had, even around the corner!


  3. All the pictures of Katie look great, Dawn! And I’m glad you got unstuck. I had a terrible time getting out this morning through heavy drifts. Winter! Sunshine, though, for you — I’m envious!


    • And this is the second day of sunshine! Now we’re getting spoiled!! But of course that means the groundhog saw his/her shadow. Wouldn’t you figure that we get sun for 2 stinking days after weeks of clouds and the sun has to come out for Groundhogs Day!


  4. Oh my, your adventure included a little misadventure, but I’m so happy you were able to get out and enjoy the sun and the snow. You look lovely, as you always do, and I hope Mama’s shoulder is okay.


  5. Katie al always looks so pretty on the snow. I am glad momma is ok.


  6. Katie, you look pawsome with the snow clinging to your furs!! We know what you mean about the sun, too — it’s been forever since we’ve seen it shine, and all that dreariness really wears on you. Glad you had such a fun adventure — tell your mama to be careful with that sore arm!


  7. Who’s a gorgeous puppy? Huh? Who? Why you are, Katie! Tell you mum that I hope her shoulder feels better soon!


  8. Well, that was an exciting outing (maybe too exciting?)! Sunshine and fluffy snow are the best combo, so I’d say it was all worth it.

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