Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Aha! I KNEW you missed me!


Katie here. Finally. Mama told me that since I was getting older and not going on any adventures lately that I was obsolete. Yep, I think that’s the word she used. Might have been redundant, it was a big word that I had to look up and I didn’t like it one bit.

This is me walking away from mama cause she asked me to sit for a picture. I’m a princess. She forgets that.

Anyway, I thought I should check mama’s blog and see what she’s been doing, cause it hasn’t been with me, that’s for sure! Looks like she’s been having fun…and with CATS! I thought I smelled cat on her when she came home last weekend, but I was napping when she arrived and really, it seemed like a lot of work to bark at her so I just went back to sleep.

No, I’m not too upset by her taking a get away without me, cause I really don’t like cats and I’m pretty sure that Ringo dude would have wiped the floor with me, so it’s just as well she left me with daddy. Daddy and I are buddies, we have lots of fun when mama is away.

Don’t tell her I said that.

Ok, mama. I’ll stand for a photo, but I’m not sitting.

No, what I’m upset about is that some of my fans, namely Miss Debbie and Miss Loisajay, asked about me and mama didn’t even tell me! They said the pictures of flowers from our garden would look better if I was included. Well of course they would! I am a princess and a princess always enhances any decor, inside or out.

So anyway, yesterday I gave mama a scare, just to get even with her ignoring me. Yep, we were on our walk around the yard after supper and mama was letting me stick my nose into whatever I wanted (frankly I think she was feeling guilty about the ignoring thing) and she was contemplating the green trees and blue sky when she thinks she saw me grab a berry off a nightshade plant. She lunged at me to pry my mouth open (which I do not allow, by the way) and she thinks she saw me swallow.

This is Davis Lake. My park overlooks it, which is why it’s called the Davis Lake Overlook park. I just call it Katie’s Park II

Yep, mama was in full on panic then. She picked me up and she raced inside and she looked up nightshade and found a site that said even two berries could kill a toddler. Oh my dog! She called my dad who wasn’t home, and then she called the vet to get the emergency number and then she called the emergency vet office where she was put on hold.

Mama is not very patient.

Finally they told her someone would call her back. Mama paced. I, however was very calm and took a nap beside the sofa. The vet tech called her in about ten minutes and told her they didn’t have a protocol for knowing how much of any certain plant could damage any sized dog and she should call animal poison control. Then the vet tech went on with a lengthy spiel about why they couldn’t help mama, and mama cut them right off and asked for the phone number. Did I mention mama is not very patient?

This is me smiling because I’m having fun.

She called poison control which had a long prerecorded message about what the vet would ask about and then said it would cost $75 on a credit card before a vet would speak to her. Mama hung up and started researching how to make me throw up.

Then daddy arrived home and they gave me something that tasted terrible and almost instantly I threw up most of my supper and there wasn’t any berry. Mama and daddy decided they’d just watch me for a little bit before they spent $75 to talk to a vet when maybe mama didn’t really see me eat that berry.

I told them they could watch me all they wanted, but I was going to go sleep on my new princess bed that daddy got me and if they could please be quiet while they watched me I’d appreciate it.

I walked right up to the camera cause I wanted a treat. Mama said that was OK and rubbed my ears.

And I also mentioned that I’d probably be really hungry about 4 a.m. and maybe they should consider being nice to me and feeding me breakfast early. Because they owed me.

So this morning I was just fine, even at 4 a.m. when mama got up with me and let me have a little something to eat. And later in the morning she took me to one of my parks for a short walk, cause, as I may have mentioned, she owes me.

I let her take one artsy-fartsy picture.

And that’s all the excitement around here. I didn’t eat the stinking berry, I never do stuff like that, and mama should have known better. But mama says better safe than sorry sweetie. I don’t know what that means, but I do know a princess does not like to throw up in front of her subjects.

Mama says I’m getting grey hair. I told her she should worry about her own hair and leave mine alone.

So let’s not do that again any time soon, OK mama?

Home, mama! (but thanks for the walk too)

Glad we got that straightened out.

Your girl, Katie.

That short little walk was just perfect for a princess like 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.

44 thoughts on “Aha! I KNEW you missed me!

  1. Katie! So good to see you again! You know, I tried not to laugh at your comment about your and Mama’s grey hair….but I did. I hope your sense of humor is appreciated. I am sure princesses never throw up, but Mama is a good servant (she is your servant, right?) to check up about that berry. Goodness, but that would have been awful. You are looking great, Princess. Stay well. Stay away from berries, too.


  2. So nice to hear from you Katie and see all your pretty pictures. I understand about having to throw up in front of your subjects. Our dog, Taz, (No longer with us) once ate some people medicine. We had to give her peroxide (I think that’s what we did) and she was none to happy throwing all that up. I felt so bad for her and I’m sorry you had to go through that too, especially since you didn’t eat the berry. I’m glad you are okay.


  3. Hi, Katie – It’s wonderful to hear from you. That was quite the adventure!
    BTW – I am sure that your Mama never called you obsolete or redundant. I bet the word that she used was ‘irreplaceable’!


  4. Gosh Katie, you write the story so well. Had me in stitches. I’m sure mama didn’t think it was very funny, but you go girl!


  5. Katie, I am glad you are OK. You are a great story-teller. You remind me of when our two-year-old ate some red berries and I went through the fits & scares. He was OK, too, just like you, but we mamas worry.

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  6. Phew! What a scare! Tell that darling girl I am glad everything turned out well.


  7. Awe, such beautiful photos and so happy to hear from you Katie! So sorry your Ma got scared about the berry. Glad you are okay and so is your Ma! Stay safe out there and glad you were able to get out to the park. Your the sweetest princess ever!! ❤️😃

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    • Thank you! I’m glad I got to go to the park too! Though it was pretty hot and we didn’t go for a very long walk. It was just the right amount of time in the woods. Mama is very careful of me these days, now that I’m 13 and a half I don’t do heat very well at all.

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  8. I’ve ‘encouraged’ vomiting with peroxide before… amazing what comes back up!
    Glad Katie-Bugs is OK.


  9. Princess Katie, I’m sorry if it offends you, but I’m laughing out loud over your comments about your mama and your “gray hair”!! You look most regal, my dear, and I certainly wouldn’t advise putting Clairol on your lustrous furs. As for that nightshade, well, as long as you’re milking this whole experience, why don’t you insist your mama dig that poisonous thing up so neither of you has to fret over it again?? I’m sure it’s not as hot and muggy there as it is here. As for the hurling of your dinner, I think I’d expect some payback — maybe a nice overnight camping trip, even in your backyard (once the nasty berries are gone, of course!)


    • Aww Miss Debbie, thank you for the ‘regal’. I have told mama that myself, but it’s good to have it come from someone besides me. You know how mamas are. Yes it’s very muggy and hot here, lows in the high 70s at night and though mama slept out one night she said it was too hot for a princess. I totally agree, as I slept with daddy in the air conditioning. Daddy and I both thought mama was a bit crazy.

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  10. I would have reacted the same way, Miss Katie! I went through the same thing with my dog Brodie thinking he had secondary poisoning for playing with a dying rat in our backyard. He played with it then I saw that he had thrown up twice and I went into panic mode. Many people use poison to control rodents in suburbia and many have reported other animals die because they eat a poisoned rodent. Brodie was fine but only after I called animal poison control and also hung up after hearing the $59 price tag. Don’t scare mama like that again, young lady 🐾❤


    • I didn’t mean to scare mama, Miss Terri. In fact I didn’t even eat the berry. Mama is just a bit over protective, you know. And now that she’s older, I think she is starting to see things that are not there. It’s not easy getting old you know. She says that all the time.

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  11. The best posts are the ones with you Katie.


  12. So good to hear you are okay! Always fun to hear from your Katie and I must say you are looking just beautiful!! I bet all the nightshade is gone from the yard now…tell Mama that Mushrooms are popping up all over and you shouldn’t eat them either! 🙂


    • Why thank you Ma’m! I do my best to look beautiful for my public. Yes, mama has noticed the mushrooms, so far I haven’t been interested in even sniffing those, but she’s staying vigilant. I am never in my yard without being on a leash attached to mama, so hopefully I won’t stray again. Not that I’m saying I strayed, personally I think mama is turning a bit crazy, you know what I mean?


  13. You know these moms Katie…..they worry about everything! Heck’s we eats so many bad things Mom is in a constant state of alert. She has learned to wait …if we throws up she has the medicine waiting and the vet number handy. We miss you too…your nephews Remi and Kenzi


    • I wish I could come visit you too, Aunt Bree. I would love to meet my nephews, as long as I get to sit on the sofa and watch them play. You know a princess does not engage in play. Much. Unless there are treats. Or ice cream. I’m not planning on eating anything that isn’t dog approved treats these days. Mama needs to chill out.


  14. Glad you didn’t eat any of those berries, Katie. I’m sure your Mum was very worried.


    • Mama freaks out whenever I get into something she didn’t approve first, Miss Helen. She’s kind of a crazy mama, but I love her anyway. HEY! I saw you guys got to go camping! Mama went camping too and SHE DIDN”T TAKE ME! Can I come live with you??


  15. Katie, you little rascal! What an innocent troublemaker you are. Silly girl, eat the dog food, not the wild food. You’re much too domesticated to mess with outside berries. Your poor mama, what she goes through…


    • Well, just to be clear Miss Ally, I didn’t eat the silly berry and mama should KNOW I never do that so I personally think she overreacted…and I think if anyone has to put up with stuff it’s me, the princess, who has to accept lower standards than are due be by reason of my royalty. I make excuses for mama cause she’s old. And not royalty. So sometimes she doesn’t know any better.

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  16. Aw – Katie, glad to read you’re okay and so is your mama!


    • I don’t know, Miss Shelley. Mama was so stressed she had to go on a 3 day camping trip without me! What the heck! WITHOUT ME???? OK, so there was air conditioning at home and none in her tent up north. And OK it was really hot up there, so hot mama didn’t use any blankets at all at night. And OK, I got to sleep on my princess pillow here at home and I’d be sleeping in the dirt up there. But still….she went camping WITHOUT ME!!!!

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  17. Katie you are adorable! Princesses are allowed to walk their own way 😉


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