Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

It’s all about the parks!


Katie here. I’m certain you’ve all been missing me terribly. I know that mama and daddy have been busy and stuff, and you’re getting to read all about their adventures, but I’m positive you haven’t forgotten about me!

I don’t know why she wants me to sit in this grass.

When I finally got sprung from the slammer….ahem….kennel last month I gave my parents the stink eye for a couple of days and then I forgave them. I mean, what am I supposed to do? They hold the keys to the food bag you know? So I can’t stay mad at them for too long.

These reeds and berry briars are pretty mama. But not as pretty as me.

But then we had a string of bad weather days and I didn’t get to do anything fun for a katrillion billion days. I made my mama’s days miserable. I figure that’s only fair, right? If I’m miserable, everybody’s miserable. It’s a law or something.

Lately, though, she’s been making it up to me. Every nice day she takes me to another park! She says something about not wasting nice days because winter is coming.

I like the way my fur looks here.

I don’t know what she’s talking about, winter is lots of fun! I love running in the snow and I make sure to get her out in it as often as possible. I know she appreciates all those trips outside after she puts on her boots and coat and hat and mittens and scarf and stuff.

More leaves to sit in for mama!

Anyway, this week mama took me to three parks! We went to my park, just a couple of miles away and mama figured out how to use the timer on her camera and we got a picture of us together. That almost never happens.

Hey mama! What’s that over there?

We had to do it about five times and never once would I look at the camera. I mean, why would I do that? The camera doesn’t disperse treats. If it did maybe I’d consider looking at it. Maybe.

Then mama took me to her favorite park (That’s where most of the pictures here were taken.) It was really windy, and lots of oak leaves were blowing around.

Hey mama! It’s too windy here for photos!

We walked down a bike path and I was very good. I didn’t chase the joggers or the people on bikes at all. I didn’t bark at anyone! I even sat still and posed for mama when people were walking by. The only way she even knew there were people walking in back of her was the way I turned my head to watch them. I am such a good girl.

They’re not running away from ME are they? I didn’t even bark at them!

And I let a kid pet me! He even kissed me on my head and I was good with that. I guess all that training mama took me to was worth something after all.

I love walking in the woods with my mama!

And then today I got to go to a big park with my pal Deuce! There was hardly anyone there and the moms didn’t take too many pictures, which was fine by Deuce and me.

This is a pretty cool bench mama, I don’t have to sit too close to the BOY!

We did have to sit together a couple of times, but we’re used to that. We figure it’s the least we can do for them since they take us to these awesome places.

So…three parks in one week! It’s been amazing, but mama says after this weekend all this sunshine is going away. I hope I can convince her to take me fun places even without sun.

I might need your help on that, I know all of you can convince her. I’m counting on you to make sure she pays enough attention to me and I get to have adventures all winter long.

You can start bugging her now.

I got an oak leaf stuck on me mama! Get it OFF!

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.

22 thoughts on “It’s all about the parks!

  1. I love hearing from Katie. Very sweet. Beautiful photos.


  2. You got it, Katie. I will spread the word to BUG MAMA! Especially with that oak leaf on you…I mean, what’s up with that??


  3. Gee, she reminds me so much of Dallas! Especially the refusing-to-look-at-the-camera part and the blowing furs and the leaves stuck on fur. Okay, Princess, since you insist, I’ll remind your mama to keep taking you on adventures despite the winter. Yes, ’tis hard, but a girl needs her exercise!


  4. Nice picture of the two of you. Katie gave you her best side, clearly. Such a noble profile.


  5. Love the picture of you and your Mama together!


  6. love your wind blown look. also love that you and momma got a photo together! good job momma!


  7. She is such a princess, but I love it!! If I looked like her, I’d be a diva too. Dawn, I can’t imagine how much time you have to spend brushing her!

    And I do love the photo of you together. Glad she didn’t mind sharing the spotlight just once, anyway. And yes, I remember living in the northeast, and wanting to take advantage of those nice days as long as you could. I hope this winter isn’t a bad one for you.


    • I don’t spend nearly what I should brushing her. She pretty much cleans herself up, and then she goes to the groomer about every 6 weeks. Her groomer is Nicole. My hairdresser is another Nicole. We laughed about that this year, my hairdresser and I.


  8. Tell Katie that I have extra hair clips to send to her for those blustery days!


    • That would work. Today she visited Santa Claus (who she did not like) and went to the park and fell face first off the teeter totter. She says she’s done being a princess for a little bit.


  9. Sweet pics of Katie! Love the one on the bench with Deuce!


  10. you are so lucky to be able to go to the park


  11. Katie is beautiful !! Lovely days in the parks too !


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