Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Hilltop summer afternoon


Katie here.

Pretty flowers mama. Now can I have a treat?

I don’t suppose it actually qualifies as an adventure, but after spending weeks and weeks doing nothing at all I’ll take what I can get. Sometimes even a Princess can’t be picky.

You’ve all seen mama’s fun with her family, and I liked it a whole bunch when my Uncle and Aunt came to visit me. But I didn’t get to go on any adventures and then she went away for ten whole days! That’s about 70,000 days in dog years!

So you can see why I’ve been bugging mama to take me somewhere now that she’s back home. Somewhere mama! She keeps promising but nothing ever happens. Why I even had to raise my voice today to get her attention! And trust me, a sheltie-girl like me knows exactly how to do that!

This is not the way to treat a Princess!

But I guess it’s true that the squeaky dog gets the grease! (And I’d like mine to be bacon please mama!) After barking at her for hours she finally took me to a park today! And I even got to ride in dad’s truck! Mama says not to get excited about that, I only got to ride in the truck because our car is broken.

Whatever mama.

So we went to a park not too far away and I sat under a picnic table for awhile, just sniffing the park air. It’s definitely different and better than my own backyard air. Lots and lots of interesting things to smell at the park!

You done reading yet mama?

Then mama got done reading and said we were going to walk up this big mountain! Really mama? Remember I’m ten and a half, a senior doggie you know!

Hey mama! Running down this hill is fun!

But it was OK. We stopped along the way and mama took pictures of me in the pretty flowers.

And once we got to the top there was a lovely breeze blowing and I got to run around off leash! Mama says that’s because we could see where all the other people and doggies were from up there and we had the mountaintop all to ourselves. (OK, it’s not really a mountain, it’s just a sledding hill, but it’s huge compared to me!)

You called?

Mama took lots of pictures of me up there and on the back of the hill when we walked down the other side. We even sat in the grass together and just chilled out. I acted like a puppy, all excited to spend time with her, just her and me.

I’m just going to walk over here, OK mama?

Now I’m doubly excited because I got her to set up the tent in the backyard! I supervised while she put it up and made sure she put in my favorite pillows just for me. It’s going to be a beautiful night and I’m going to spend it hanging out with my mama. I can hardly wait for it to get dark outside.

This is my tent. I let mama share it though.

Gee, now that I think about it, I guess I don’t have so much to complain about after all.

It was a good day mama!

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 “Hilltop summer afternoon

  1. love the action shot! Beautiful setting


  2. Miss Katie is one photogenic princess. The flowers pale in comparison.


    • She is that indeed. I have thousands and thousands of photos of her because she’s just so pretty. Can hardly ever take a bad picture of her. And she makes me delete all the bad ones anyway. A princess you know.

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  3. Katie–you do look beautiful with the wind in your hair.


  4. The joys of summer!


  5. It’s about time you went somewhere fun! How dare they leave you for 87 years
    Lily & Edward


    • I know…right? She got to go to a park 2x this week. Today she thinks it’s too hot and is content to nap inside as long as I’m sitting right next to her. Which works for me.


  6. Katie, I LOVE the photo of you running on the hill! I never can get one that good of Dallas, but his fur flies just like that. What a glorious adventure you had — and I’m a bit green that you’ve got cool enough weather to camp out while we’re BAKING down here!!


    • Katie says she’ll tell you the secret. Put Dallas in a sit a ways away, then go way up ahead of him, kneel down, put your camera on “sports” mode where it clicks fast as long as you’re holding down the shutter button, and yell “COME!” Let the camera take a gazillion photos…then look at them and pick the ONE or TWO that turned out perfect! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  7. This is such an adorable post…LOVE it! Your pup is a babe too 🙂


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