Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Two looks, one princess


Katie here. Mama said I could hijack her blog again, even though you’ve heard from me a lot lately, cause since she and daddy got sick she hasn’t had a whole lot to talk about.

Hey everybody! This is one of my parks!

Me? I’m a sheltie. I always have something to talk about.

So anyway, mama scheduled an appointment for me to go to the groomer. It’s been a gazillion months (2) since I was there, and she said she was tired of trimming my foot furs.

I have so much fun when we walk here!

But she didn’t tell me that right away. Instead she took me to one of my parks, one where I can walk and run around without being on a leash so much, cause no one ever goes there. Plus it’s the right size walk for me, a trail between two picnic areas, it winds through a beautiful woods.

Mama says she never gets tired of watching me run through the leaves.

Mama says it’s just beautiful, no matter what season, but I say it’s the most beautiful in the fall when the trees compliment my coloring.

I picked out this spot myself, just ran up on this little ridge and sat down. Mama said it was a good choice.

Don’t you agree?

Mama says she figures if she’s going to pay a lot of money to get me all nice and clean and white, well, we should probably go muck around in the woods the day before my bath.

Did you say BATH?

You’d think I’d figure this out by now, it’s mama’s normal mode of operation. Take me somewhere really messy and fun, and then drop me off for a bath. Yep. I should have known that was her plan

But instead I just spent a couple hours having the best time running through the leaves.

I picked these two red maple leaves just for you mama!

And since mama remembered to bring treats I was pretty patient when she asked me to sit in all those leaves. She said she needed photos for our 2021 calendar. Did I ever tell you I’m a calendar girl? Yep. Mama makes a calendar for her and daddy and my Aunt Beth every year from the Katie-girl photos the year before.

Coming in for a treat, mama!

I think she’s silly. After all these photos look just like the ones she took of me last year. But mama says she can look at each photo and remember where we were and what the woods smelled like and whether she was cold or hot or got rained on.

I look good in red, too, don’t you think?

She says every photo makes her smile, and I can understand that. These little adventures make me smile pretty big too.

Then after the park we drove back through a little town that always has a giant pumpkin on display.

What’s over there?

And every year mama asks me to sit next to it for a photo. It’s hard for me because it’s right downtown and people are walking by and worse, cars and trucks are going by too! Every year the people on the sidewalk stop and watch my photo shoot. They know a celebrity when they see one!

Posing pretty for all my admirers.

The next day after my park/pumpkin adventure I found myself at the groomer. Not fair. But mama has found a groomer that takes me right in at the appointment time and I get done in an hour and then I’m safe back in my princess chariot.

This is how I looked when I got home. Mama says she thinks I look like a boy. But most people think I look cute, so mama just needs to get over it.

I’m not sure about this, but I’m glad to be home.

Then this morning mama said might be our last sunny day for awhile, so she took me up the street for a mini photo shoot in a neighbor’s yard.

The morning light was sure pretty today!

She says she guesses my fur cut turned out OK, cause I look pretty spectacular today.

I have to say I agree. Otherwise I wouldn’t allow her to show you photos of me. A princess only shows the good stuff, you know what I mean?

Yea, I got a treat for this one too.

Of course you know.

Signing off, your princess-girl Katie.

Off to have mama polish my tiara.

Always something.

I’m a happy girl.

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.

23 thoughts on “Two looks, one princess

  1. The leaves . . . the dog . . . well, everything. This is as good a fall post as any I’ve seen. It makes me happy.


  2. That mama of yours is a good one, Katie. A little play, a little grooming, a little work. She has your life well-balanced.


  3. ‘Polish my tiara’…Katie, you are the best! Of course, mama needs to do that. How did I not know you were a calendar girl? Has your mama not thought to sell those here?! All I’m saying, little Princess, is more money for treats, right? You look beautiful, Katie.


  4. You do look spectacular, and so does the scenery —


  5. Those are beautiful pictures of you in the leaves. Not sure I’ll get any if my boys. Liam doesn’t really know how to stay yet so I have to be real quick to take the shot and hope I’ve got a decent picture.


  6. It’s always good hearing from you, Katie! You’ve got a super mama, too, for taking you to your park and then for a spa day when she probably doesn’t feel too well yet. Love seeing you in all those leaves, and I’m glad you found pumpkins to pose by. (I never let Dallas off-leash. I just wasn’t brave enough. You must be a VERY good girl to earn that privilege!)


  7. My goodness, Katie, you are one photogenic pup! Sorry to hear that mama and papa are under the weather – please pass along my regards and wishes for a full and speedy recovery!


  8. She looks like a tomboy, which is completely adorable.


  9. Adorable—absolutely Adorable!


  10. Katie does look spectacular! Glad you felt well enough to go to the park. I, too, love the way Katie looks when she runs through the leaves. What a pretty calendar girl!


  11. The best photos ever Miss Katie! You are lucky to have such a wonderful momma, and you look so beautiful with all the fall colors. And such a princess after your bath and grooming! Thanks so much for sharing!! Sure makes me SMILE! ❤️


  12. Oh Katie, you are such a beauty! ❤
    I hope mama and daddy are both completely well again soon. xx


  13. You are such a lucky and pretty princess! Give your mummy & daddy a lot of cuddles while they are recovering! xoxo


  14. You are too cute, Katie! Looking beautiful with your new do! Love the pics of you enjoying the fall leaves!


  15. So many beautiful leaves down there, Katie. You are one lucky dog. Hope your mom and dad fully recover and can take you on long walks (or runs!) before long.


  16. You are beautiful along with the Fall leaves…perfect photos and your haircut looks just perfect just like you! Take care of your Mama:)


  17. Saw you at Ally Bean – what a beautiful post. I am gorging myself here on the yellows – stunning. Have been very irregular this year with blogging, because were planning to return to Holland. When we were ready for that, then covid broke out. Sold our house in California anyway on 4th of July, and made ourselves ready to move, right after hubby built a deck in the forest of Senora (CA) and landed end of August in Austin Texas. That’s it – in big lines. Change is hard … but this year it’s excruciating:):) Anyways, am back!

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  18. Katie’s posts always make me smile, Dawn. Thank you. I’m sorry the virus hit your house. My brother tested positive for it last week — luckily, I tested negative. (I don’t always comment but I read your posts on my phone.)


  19. How pretty you look Katie! Especially in front of those giant pumpkins. I hope Mama is feeling ok and now and Daddy too


  20. Katie is so cute and the photo shoot is amazing. Take care Dawn.


  21. How did I miss this one two years ago?
    Sooooo beautiful…


    • Awwww, how did you find it from so far back? I went to read it just now and it made me smile. I was JUST this evening walking in the neighborhood past where the pictures of her in the yellow leaves was taken, and told my sister that I used to take her there…and then I get to see the original picture. Thank you for finding this! 🙂

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      • Robin linked it in her Walktober recap! I’m so glad you smiled as you reread. It was such a lovely post. And how wonderful that you just last evening went! You’ll have to thank Robin! 🙂


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