Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

It’s my birthday!


Katie here. Mama said it was OK for me to hijack her blog cause it’s not every day that it’s my birthday. I know I get spoiled every day, but that’s not the same thing. That’s just what’s due me as a princess.


We got sunshine!

But today, Saturday December 15, is my birthday! I am now a big mature girl of 12. Mama says I am too old for cake and ice cream and presents and that I should be happy to just go to my park for a birthday walk.

Does she think I’m going to buy that?

Whatcha mean no presents mama!

Well…going to a park for a walk is my most favorite thing to do. But geeze, mama already took me to two different parks this week. So she’s going to have to up the ante a bunch to make it a special enough walk to qualify as my birthday adventure.

Do I get an extra treat for standing up here?

The pictures I’m posting today are from our two walks. One was last Tuesday when we had our one day of sun. Mama said we shouldn’t waste it and we hurried right over to my park.

It was extra cold that day so I was very very happy. I trotted around that park like I was a puppy! I love it when it’s cold out. Mama? Not so much.

Yep, the pond’s frozen. Must be winter now.

She was wearing about 50 thousand layers and she was still cold, but she let me sniff wherever I wanted and we stopped to take a lot of pictures (of course).

Mama says it’s very hard to take a selfie with a sheltie. I personally think it’s very hard to take a selfie with a mama.

What’s that over there mama?!

Then on Thursday we woke to new snow all over my yard and mama said we shouldn’t waste that either, so she bundled me up in the car early in the morning before it all melted.

Are you going to make me sit in front of a bunch of stuff again today mama?

I was scared. Usually when we go somewhere in the morning I end up at the vet or the groomer or camp. But this time we ended up at a new park!

There was a nice wide path that had been mowed and it moved through the woods which were covered in the new, wet and sticky snow. It was beautiful!

It was hilly too, mama said we did the equivalent of 6 flights of stairs!

But not as beautiful as me!

I don’t know what I’m getting for my birthday, but mama got a new camera for an early Christmas present and Thursday was her first time taking pictures with it. Of course most of them were of me.

Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful.

Personally I don’t think she needed a new camera to take pictures of beautiful me. I look good no matter what camera she uses. I can’t help myself.

Which way should we go mama?

But anyway. We had a great time walking through the snow even though the sun didn’t shine until we got home. Mama says that figures. I don’t know what that means but I hope it means we get to go out again soon.

Come ON mama! You are sooooo slow!

Like today, for the promised birthday adventure. Maybe even without the silly camera.

A princess can only hope!

Happy Birthday to ME!

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.

26 thoughts on “It’s my birthday!

  1. Happy birthday to the sweetest princess ever…..those pictures make you look even more beautiful. Sniffs and tail wags from your fiancée Reilly

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    • Katie says she wishes she could spend her day with you, her love, Mr. Reilly. But since she’s stuck here with her boring mama she’ll just send special sheltie kisses you you and your brother Denny. Oh and to your folks too.


  2. Happy birthday, Katie. I hope you have a special walk.


  3. Happy Birthday Katie. I hope you get an extra special walk today. You are a beautiful girl.


  4. Aw, Katie, you’re just so beautiful — Happy Birthday, Princess! Love the closeup of you with snow in your furs. Our snow has gone away — finally! — but I’m sure it will return before winter is over. Tell your mama she’s doing a great job with her new camera (but Shelties and selfies are hard to get right any which way you look at it!) Dallas turned 12 on Nov. 28, so they’re about two weeks (and hundreds of miles!) apart.


  5. Happy Birthday, Katie! I am so proud to share my birthday month with a true Princess. Silly mama and her new camera–you always look wonderful. Enjoy your day, Katie. Wishing you lots of treats and walks.


  6. Happy birthday, princess. I have to tell you I love, love, love the “don’t hate me” photo!


  7. Happy Birthday, Katie. I think there still should be cake. You went for some awesome walks and your Mum took very nice pictures of you.


  8. Happy birthday beautiful princess! Looks like you’ve taken some wonderful walks. Your mama is doing well with her new camera, too. 🙂


  9. Oh, to be hijacked by one so pretty!


  10. New Camera!! Oh. Sorry. Katie Happy Birthday to YOU!! It looks like you had a very Merry day–as you should, of course.


  11. Happy Birthday to you Katie!! LOVE the selfie with Mama!


  12. Katie what a pawesome birthday post!! Happy Happy Belated birthday precious Princess!!! Dakota is right behind you, he will be 12 in February. So hard to believe!!!!! I had a good laugh at this sentence you pawed “Mama says it’s very hard to take a selfie with a sheltie. I personally think it’s very hard to take a selfie with a mama.”………that is the best Sheltie wisdom EVER!!! Sending lots of barks and licks and birthday love your way! Caren and Dakota


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