Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

It’s too darn hot!


Katie here.

Listen people, I’m totally bored. Mama needs to find something for me to do that is inside with air conditioning! It’s just too darn hot outside for me with all my flowing fur.

Let’s take a walk.

I still like to go outside, but only in the morning, and even then only for a little bit. Sometimes I forget and take mama way up the road on my daily walk. Then, when we’re like four or five houses away I realize it’s too hot and I find some shade and lay down!

Mama usually just stands there and waits for me to rest up. So far I’ve rested up in almost every neighbor’s front yard. They’re OK with that, after all I’m the only princess they know, and so they feel it’s somewhat of an honor to have me choose their front lawn to grace.

Bits of color in the woods.

Sometimes I even make mama carry me home. She’s not so happy when that happens, and every time she reminds herself not to let me get so far from home next time. But then the next time comes and I convince her to go to “just one more mailbox mama!”

Mama is a little slow, as I’ve mentioned before.


So anyway, I haven’t been to any of my parks in a very long time. Even the ones with shade. Mama tried once and I only walked a few yards and then I sat down. Mama says she doesn’t want to take any chances with me overheating.

The most exciting thing I’ve done lately is go out with her when she’s weeding in the morning. I get to sit in the shade and watch her work. I think that’s pretty nice. Even then she watches me like a hawk and if I look like I’m overdoing she makes me go inside. She’s sort of a helicopter mama.

More color hiding behind a log.

Yesterday we were sitting on the deck out back. Mama was sitting in the shade reading and I was supposed to be sitting next to her, watching the birds. Well, I decided (twice) to go sit on the sunny side of the deck and go to sleep. Mama was not happy. Each time she got up and brought me back into the shade. When I went over there a third time she picked me up and put me in the house.

Mama is as stubborn as I am.

Growing into the fence.

She says she’ll make it up to me. She says that once it cools off, sometime in September or October she will take me to all my parks. She says I’ll have a good time then. (Obviously she’s never heard that song about the cat and the cradle.) She says I should be patient.

Right mama. Patient. I’m a sheltie, remember?

Bird condo with covered entry.

But she did scout out a new park for me today. She says I’ll like it. There’s lots of shade and hills and a big wide trail. Brand new sniffing places she says! All the pictures on this blog are from her walk over there.

Lots of hills just waiting for me to explore!

I’m trying very hard not to be jealous.

But it’s hard.

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.

25 thoughts on “It’s too darn hot!

  1. Katie, you are such a wonderful writer….and your patience just shines through.


  2. Just remember Katie, everything good comes to those who wait. You know that? But you’re still bored? I’m sorry. I wish I could help.


  3. A Princess should not have to wait for anything! Waiting is so very tiring.


  4. Katie, Ludo was just the same as you about the heat. The park mama find looks so nice I bet it will be worth the wait.


  5. It’s hard to wait… but way too hot to sit in the sun and walk about. Cooler days will come Katie!


  6. I agree with you, Katie. It IS too darn hot!! I think you mama is right about that park. It looks like a wonderful place to explore and I bet you’ll have a great time there.

    I love the Patterns image. It almost feels like I could step right into it. 🙂


  7. Poor Katie. I Dallas empathize. My own mama says it’s FAR too hot and sticky to exercise outdoors. She hops on the treadmill and I keep her company beside a nice fan! I think she got tired of people asking her why she didn’t have me shaved down entirely during the hot summers. How ridiculous would THAT be?!?!


  8. we know all about hot – we hardly step outside during summer


  9. One word: canine cosmonaut costume with built-in air conditioning. I’m sure Amazon carries one.


  10. I’m reading my backlog of blogs. Way late, but I couldn’t let it go without commenting that you got some really lovely shots on your scouting mission.

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    • I’m noticing we were complaining about heat in August and now we’re complaining about cold in November. Never happy are we!

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      • It’s funny when seeing it close together like that.

        I was out for a twilight shoot on a beach last night and it ended up being colder than I expected, even though it hasn’t been truly cold here yet. But after an hour it was enough so I didn’t stay all the way through stars appearing. The breeze kept blowing inside my hood! Brrrr. (This comment on a hot August post will look funny for anyone coming along later.)


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