Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

A roller coaster week


Katie here. You might have noticed that mama hasn’t posted in a week. That’s like 7 weeks in dog math, and almost unprecedented! I’ve been noticing a distinct lack of smiles on mama’s face too, so I decided I needed to take action.

A little snow always makes the world look better.

And this morning, when it started to snow I knew just what I had to do.

I had to get mama off the sofa and out into the snow! Cause who doesn’t like snow? I mean, what’s not to like? It’s white and clean and fluffy. Mama says it’s also cold. And wet. And a precursor to mud.

Yep, a little bit of snow makes everything look better.

Mama tends to get a bit negative toward the end of winter.

Anyway, we went out and explored the backyard. It was simply beautiful, even mama had to agree. And it wasn’t all that wet and cold either. I thought maybe, just maybe, mama would smile.

While mama was busy with her camera, I was busy breaking up sticks. It’s a never ending job.

And she did lighten up a bit when she was focused on that silly camera of hers and all the pretty things in the yard.

Pretty in white.

Including me, of course.

Just the perfect amount of snow to play in.

But you know what really got her to smile? It was these little green nubby things she found in one of her gardens.

Huh…green made mama smile!

And the three red winged blackbirds that sang to us just as we headed back inside. She said that was really worth smiling over!

Though I have to say I should get more credit. Cause really, a sheltie in the snow? That has to make you all smile!

Admit it. I just made you smile.

PS: Mama says that she was feeling very sad because a friend’s sheltie crossed the rainbow bridge Monday and he was just about exactly my age and she feels really really sad for his mom and human brother. Mama almost didn’t let me post today because she was worried it might make the mom even more sad. But I said that we could send our love to her this way, and if she ever needs a sheltie hug I’m available. I hope she’s doing OK, though I know her eyes are probably leaking right now. I wish I could make it all better for her.

Thinking about our friend on this snowy morning.

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.

33 thoughts on “A roller coaster week

  1. Katie you are the best. I’m glad you got your mom outside to look at the green nubs and to snap that lovely photo of the snow on a branch. You done good there, doggy girlfriend.


  2. A sweet post, Katie. You look so pretty in the snow.
    Your mama just spent some time in the Arizona desert (that’s why you were at camp) so no wonder she’s a little depressed returning to the cold. But also the loss of a friend’s Sheltie. That part made my eyes leak. I’m sorry.

    Hoping you and your mama start seeing more sun and signs of spring soon. Tell your mom it’s 80 degrees here today in Arizona.


    • My eyes have been leaking on and off today too. I guess we missed the really hot weather when we were in AZ, I remember wearing two layers all the time. I think we should come back.


  3. Aw, Princess Katie, never be afraid to post. Your gorgeous photo at the end did make me smile — through some wistful tears, of course — and if I get up to your part of the country, I’m going to take advantage of your offer for free cuddles! I love your snow photos (and am ever so glad our ground is clear!). Those “green nubby things” are signs of Spring, my girl — signs we all should welcome. I wonder if Dallas has found the Cowspotdogs yet??


    • We just feel so terrible. Katie says she wishes she had met Dallas, but she will remember him fondly regardless. He was obviously a very good boy. I bet Reilly and Denny are showing Dallas all around, especially the good smells spots, those are the best, so I’ve heard. In fact there’s probably a whole sheltie club up there, with Ludo from England, and Morgan and Maiszy from PA and Misty from New York. Even if he hadn’t known them all, they were all wonderful dogs and I’m sure waiting for him and all the rest of the blogging doggies as they arrive. Oh and there are a few people too…so you can be assured that treats are being handed out.

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  4. Love those green nubby things. You do look pretty in the snow, Katie. Sorry about your friend’s Sheltie.


  5. Shelties in the snow are worthy of a smile or two. Sorry about the friend whose sheltie passed over the rainbow bridge – always difficult to lose furry family members.


  6. You are so smile worthy Katie …you cheer up my day for sure…..but yes, it is sad to lose another sheltie friend


  7. Your dog had fun and I have a feeling you did too. 🙂


  8. Katie–I’m glad you were able to help your mama smile a little bit. It is so hard on us to lose you guys. Hugs to your mama.


  9. Katie, thanks for your never-ending twig trimming–gave me a big grin this morning. Photos are lovely. Sending virtual hugs your Human’s way; losing special dogs, even if they’re one’s friends’ dogs, is so hard.


  10. It’s so hard to lose a furry child. But daffodils popping out of the ground help. And I’m sure Katie kisses help your mom too, Katie.


  11. Katie you did make your Mama smile. I know how your Mama feels….(I am so sorry about the loss of her friend’s Sheltie)….Dakota just turned 13 on Feb 28th and instead of feeling joyous….I was extremely sad 😦


  12. Love how your Momma felt better after the snow playing! And hugs to her friend.


  13. Katie, you’re a beauty and Mama’s best friend. I’m glad you made her go outside and be in the snow. It’s very hard to lose a pet. What we can do is to enjoy the present and not worry about the future because that would take away the time to enjoy the precious present.


  14. We know the feeling Katie and Mama. It is okay to feel sad on Alamo Day. Dad remembers that because it his sister’s barkday. Instead of wishing her Happy Barkday, he would shout Remember the Alamo. That is what younger brudders do.



  15. sorry about the loss for your sweet friend – I think we all feel it somewhat when a pet passes – well those of us who have felt it…
    and sending good thoughts their way–
    and glad you and Dawn got out into the snow, Katie


  16. So sorry for your friends loss, it is never easy losing a best friend.
    Thank you Katie for making me smile!!


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