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A day at the park


Katie here! I had the best day yesterday!

You know how I’ve been stuck in this house for a gazillion years? And when I did go out it was so cold that mama made me wear those silly booties? Well, I’ve been telling mama off. Repeatedly.

This is a lot of snow mama!

I’m doing my best to make her life miserable and it must have worked because yesterday mama bundled me into the car really early. I was suspicious at first because we hardly ever go anywhere that early unless it’s to the vet or the groomer or camp.

So I was sitting in my crate in the back of the car being very very quiet(so that she’d forget I was back there and maybe not take me somewhere bad) when I smelled my park! Well! I got all exited and started barking and pawing at my crate. Mama told me to be patient.

Right mama. I’m a sheltie, remember?

It was cold and windy out but mama and I walked around my pond so that I could make sure everything was good there. I hadn’t been to my park in a very long time, and you know how things can get out of hand if you’re not there to supervise.

Checking out my pond at my park in the early morning light.

It turns out things were just fine in my park and I wanted to stay longer but mama said her face was freezing and we had to go back to the car. Halfway back I refused and sat down. After all I am a princess, and this was my park. I wasn’t ready to leave.

So mama sighed and picked me up and carried me to my car. Mama does not play fair.

I was sad thinking that all the fun was over, but no! Mama took me to another park! There was a fenced area and no other doggies in it so mama let me run without my leash! I haven’t run in a very long time!

I don’t know why I have to stand on these things, but if it makes mama happy…

And then mama found a tennis ball! Oh boy my eyes lit up and I told her to throw the ball woman!

Throw it, throw it, throw it mama!!!

I wouldn’t actually pick up the ball, after all who knows what mouth that ball had been in, but I’d chase it and circle it and then run back to mama with a grin and make her go get it and throw it again.

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It was a very very fun game, and we played it for a long time. Then we walked around the park a little bit and I met a new friend. This is Louie. He and I sniffed each other and decided we could be friends. But Louie’s dad was calling him and Mama said it was time to go home and check on stuff.

Louie ignoring his dad.

Stuff? What stuff mama?

Well! When we got home there were trucks in our driveway! And lots of people coming and going! What was going on? I needed to be here to supervise! Let me at em mama!

Mama said we were getting a new furnace and that’s why she and I left so early, so that they could all work without my interference. Interference? Really mama?

Anyway, I got to supervise the last 5 hours of the furnace installation and all the people said I was a very good girl. I watched them go in and out, and I checked things out regularly. It appears they did a very good job, but it wouldn’t have been as good without me there to make sure things were done properly.

I’m watching you guys!

So I didn’t get any of my usual naps in yesterday. I figure that’s the sacrifice I have to make when my family needs me to oversee a project. Today I’m taking the whole day off….wait…what’s that you say mama? That today is going to be the warmest day in weeks? That we shouldn’t waste it inside? That we should maybe go to another park?

Well OKAY then mama! Let’s get moving woman, no time to waste! The princess demands her chariot…um…car…be brought around front for her next adventure.

Talk later people, I’ve got places to go.

Your Katie-girl.

This might be a bit much 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.

24 thoughts on “A day at the park

  1. Love this post. Katie’s post are so whimsical and sweet.


  2. Love that first pic with the wild hair and snowy face. 🙂 Great action running shots too. Looks like she thinks balls are for herding.


  3. Wow, Katie! Maybe the saying that “good things come to those who wait” is true. I can see how much fun you had in the beautiful photos your mama took. What’s that? Oh, of course – how could they not be beautiful when they were of you?


  4. Katie–you are adorable. So happy to hear your thoughts about that ball. God knows where that ball has been! A princess cannot take chances. Glad you were there to make sure the furnace men did a good job. What would your mama do without you?


  5. Love seeing Katie and the ball- and what a cute friend ! New furnace? Hope you weren’t without heat!! Looks like a sunny bright day, even if it was cold. Our temps almost hit 50 today so all the snow melted!


  6. I just love when Katie does the blog! I laughed at the picture captions. Very cute!! Hi, Dawnster!


  7. Katie, you had a spectacular day with lots of good surprises! It is a beautiful snowfall in your park. A new furnace is something to be happy about, too. We have just returned from Florida. There was no snow there but it was a bit chilly. I will take a chilly day in Florida over a cold frigid day in Missouri any old time! Enjoy your Sunday, Katie!


    • Katie says she agrees, cold and damp is the worst! She says her new furnace is working just fine and she’s all comfy on her pillow for her afternoon nap! We went to PetSmart today to get some poop bags. She wasn’t excited about the purchase but she got a biscuit from the cashier so all is good.

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  8. Katie, I think snow might be a lot better than fog and rain, which we have here. After all, Sheltie fur looks adorable when it’s snow-dusted, but wet, muddy footprints in the house are nasty! Dallas envies your adventure day, but he doesn’t understand about the ball. Mama tells him repeatedly that *she* throws the ball and he fetches it, not the other way around!!


  9. Maybe you could get another furnace so you could go to the park again.

    If we had our choice between supervising or park, we would pick park.

    Sherman & Gemini


  10. Gorgeous photos Dawn–but I mean obviously with such a photogenic subject ;).


  11. We got out today but didn’t get to a dog park, just a long walk around the neighborhood. You got some beautiful shots.


  12. Katie, you are so smart! It is a good thing your mama has you! I was happy to hear that you have your mama trained to fetch the ball. Not many dogs are smart enough to do that. And lots of mamas just don’t get it even when their dog is smart like you are. Hope you get to go the park again soon!


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