Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.



Katie here. You might have noticed a distinct lack of Katie-related posts on mama’s blog this summer.

Here I am at my park!

OK sure, she went to Norway, and then Washington DC and then she went camping, all without me.

Pretty in blue.

I guess she had a really busy summer and she didn’t have too much time to spend taking me to my parks. Oh, she says that the reason we haven’t gone to the park in forever is because it’s been really hot.

Mama said the light was magical.

Sure mama.

Though, to be honest, and I’m nothing if not honest, it has been pretty hot here. I haven’t wanted to go out and sit on my deck, or sit in my outside pen either. So she might have a point.

Invasive beauty.

Anyway…tonight mama told daddy that since it was cooler she was thinking about taking me to my park after supper. I didn’t get excited because I’m pretty deaf now and I didn’t hear her.

I had such a good time!

But daddy remembered, and later on in the evening he woke mama up from her nap in her big comfortable chair and asked why she wasn’t taking me to my park!

Goldenrod starting to bloom.

And mama said, let’s go Katie! I didn’t hear that either, but I saw her pack up my park bag and I got pretty excited. And boy! When we got to my park I was spinning circles!

Light shines through the grasses.

Mama said the evening light was pretty magical and she spent a lot of time taking pictures of stuff that was not me. I didn’t really mind, though I did have to take myself on my walk a good part of the time.

Giving mama the stinkeye because she’s lagging behind.

And I also remembered my contract with mama; one photo, one treat. So even when she wasn’t focused on me, when she lifted her head from the camera and looked at me I trotted right over to get my treat.

At first she laughed and said, “No silly, if you’re not the model you don’t get a treat.”

These are mama’s favorite trees.

Really mama? I’m not moving until you pay up. And eventually she understood. One picture, no matter what it was, one treat to me.

Can’t beat this kind of light!

The walk went a lot better after we understood each other.

Little sunflowers hiding in the dusky evening.

It was a wonderful walk through wonderful golden light. I even did a short little run for mama while she figured out how her new camera did multiple shots.

Coming in for treats mama!

I got five pieces of kibble for that one.

I trotted around my park like I owned it. Mama says I acted like I was a teenager again…and that made her very happy.

Pretty gold.

Between you and me I can’t wait for snow, but I don’t think mama is on board with that one, at least not yet.

A wide view.

Meanwhile I hope it stays cooler so mama and I can get out for more adventures. Though I might have to pay dad some sort of salary to keep waking her up. Cause she’s getting kinda old you know, and she needs her sleep.

Another good day at the park with my mama.

I think, though, if she gets out more she’ll act more like a teenager too.

And that would be a good thing for both of us.

That was fun 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.

36 thoughts on “Finally!

  1. Katie–I know honesty when I see it–stink eye not withstanding. You do look absolutely joyous in your photos. Does your mama not see the vim and vigor in your walks?! I think dad is the secret weapon here. Enjoy the walks, and the treats. Good to see you back–you were missed!


  2. Such beautiful images Dawn! Love seeing Katie running, fur flying!


  3. Woof woof to Katie 😊


  4. That IS magical light!!!


  5. You look so beautiful in that magical light, Katie. I can’t wait for snow, either (even though I probably won’t see much of it). 🙂


  6. It’s funny that Katie and Reilly have gone deaf at the same time. Guess they really are a matched couple.


  7. Beautiful photos. One photo, one treat? What a great contractual arrangement. Katie must have had good legal representation.


  8. Lovely pictures. Happy new camera!


  9. Katie, you’re right I had noticed a DISTINCT lack of Katie-esque posts!! The nerve of Mama!!! And you go girl, what does she think? She can take pictures without giving you treats for each one?? Way to go tell Mama what’s what! 🙂 Glad to hear you both enjoyed yourselves.


  10. Aw, Katie, I’ve missed your posts … and YOU! Glad you had such a pawsome trip to your park, and I really love the golden light. Sounds like an excellent idea, to get your daddy on the payroll, ha!


  11. Hi Katie, so Mama went to Norway well it is a good thing she did not go to Denmark because I don’t think they are happy about the Greenland issue. We loves your park and the golden green colors. So you cannot hear as well but I think smell is more important, all those wonderful smells. I am still here much to the surprise of the Vet. My liver numbers have come down 340 points. Still 140 over high but we now have some hope that maybe it can regenerate itself. I’m happy and we sure do wish you had gotten of picture of a cloud that looked like me.
    Your Friend

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  12. Lovely to have a catch up – so many beautiful photos. Faith says “yap”…


  13. 🙂 You are the best Katie, and the smartest.


  14. Great photos.. thank you for the reminder to get up and move with my both of the puppies – the old one and the new one, especially the new one!

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  15. Hi, Katie,

    Yes, you have been missed, but I know that your mama has been very busy. So glad that you had a cooler day to enjoy your park. Fall will be here soon! Hopefully there will be more park visits for you and lots more pretty colors for your mama to photograph. Of course, those things are not as beautiful as you! Gracie pup says, “Hi, Katie!”

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