Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Our girl update


I’m sure Katie feels all the love and prayers you’ve been sending her. She always knew she was a celebrity, though sometimes her mama felt she carried that a bit too far, especially in her demands regarding treats durng photo shoots.

But I digress.

By the time I got to the park it had begun to rain.

I just had a call from the doctor in charge of ICU where Katie is recovering. They are going to begin weaning her off of the IV pain meds and get her on oral meds today.

They offered her some chicken this morning and she just about bit their fingers off as she scarfed it down. I laughed and told the vet that Katie would eat chicken all day long if she was offered it. That she’s all about her food.

Artsy-fartsy last of winter’s pretty.

She has gone for a short walk, and they will get her out more today. She might be able to come home tomorrow. The vet sounded a little surprised at that, maybe she thought a 14 year old would be more frail.

Every small thing should be celebrated.

The vet doesn’t know Princess Katie like we know Princess Katie, does she. Katie is a strong little girl, and very stubborn. She always gets what she wants.

It didn’t look at all like spring on this trail.

I imagine what she wants about now are her own pillows (note plural, a princess must have multiple pillows) and her own water bowl and her own food and especially her own people.

Oh…and her squirrels. She doesn’t ever want to be derelict about her squirrel warning responsibilities.

Kind of like a squirrel’s tail. But not.

We, Katie’s subjects, are gratefull for your love and support. It’s been a difficult couple of days, but it was easier with all of your messages. I’ll make sure Katie reads your well wishes when she gets home; I know she’ll want to tell you all about her experience herself.

In fact she’s probably asking them for a laptop as we speak.

We have a lot to be thankful for.

Images in this post are from a walk I took yesterday afternoon after we knew she was doing OK. I walked a short nature trail at a park near me, sat on a bench and took a deep breath and said thanks to the universe that we get to keep our girl for awhile longer.

Grateful for the light in the midst of the storm.

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.

54 thoughts on “Our girl update

  1. Yay Katie! I’m so glad to hear she’s doing well, which means you’re doing better too. Because when our furry kids are having problems, we suffer with them.


  2. Wonderful news! We’ll continue to stream positive thoughts and healing energies your way.


  3. So much good news! I’m happy for Katie and her ‘people’ too! Hugs to all.


  4. Thank the Lord.
    This is such good news
    Pam& Scout


  5. haha! I can picture Katie tapping her little paws away on the laptop. They did honor her request, right?! Such great news!
    ps: that photo of the ‘not a squirrel’s tail’ is a beauty!


  6. She’s a strong one and will keep sending positive thoughts and prayers your way! ❤️🙏❤️


  7. Hi Dawn. Just catching up here. My heart goes out to you, Katie, and your family. Glad I read about her recovery before I read about her getting sick actually.
    Big huge hugs to you all. 💖💖💖💖💖


  8. Whew! Now to get her home!


  9. Wonderful photos and even more wonderful news! Glad the princess is doing well. Hope you do see here tomorrow 🙂


    • I hope if they send her home tomorrow she’s up to walking on her own and will eat and do her #2 without problems. And that I can manage her pain so she’s not hurting too bad. At the hospital she’s been on IV pain meds. I’m worried about what shape she’ll be in. But I’ll be glad to get her back, too.

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  10. So glad she is doing better 😀


  11. Oh, that is wonderful! So happy she is doing better. There is nothing like loving and being loved by a Sheltie! Our boy will be happy to hear this as well. He said he’d chase some squirrels here for the Princess until she is back in her home turf. 🙂

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  12. So happy to hear she is doing so well!


  13. Best to darling Katie! I have been thinking about her a lot. Yay to Katie for going after that chicken. A good appetite is always a promising sign. Will be waiting anxiously to hear more.


  14. So glad she’s doing well. It must be tough waiting to get her home so you can take care of her yourself.


  15. I’m pleased to read about Katie’s progress. Good news, especially the appetite part of the story. Yay chicken!


  16. This is answered prayer. You rock, Katie!! Hang in there, mend well, and you’ll be back home before you know it (don’t look now, but those squirrels are probably trying to overrun your backyard!)


  17. I’m glad she’s doing well.


  18. We are glad to hear Katie came through her gallbladder surgery an will be home soon. Why do we those appendages like appendix or wisdom teeth or gallbladders we don’t seem to need them?
    Extra kisses for her nose from us.
    Sweet William The Scot & Lee


  19. So happy to hear that Katie is doing so well! You are in my prayers.


  20. The photos mirror this episode in your lives so well.
    I dare venture to surmise that maybe one of the reasons Katie is doing so well is that she’s been treated to daily walks her whole life– unfailingly. Good physical condition doesn’t happen overnight. I don’t a couch potato dog would be pulling through as well.


  21. Thank you for the update, sounds like you may get her home soon…I am thinking of you and of course the Princess too!


  22. Glad for the good report!


  23. Just catching up on reading your posts and was worried about you and your sweet Katie. I am so glad that she is wanting to eat and drink – that is always good. No wonder that the ICU staff is surprised that she is doing so well. Katie is a very determined girl and as always does things on her terms. I hope Katie is able to come home today, to her comfy pillows, her yard, and most importantly to her mama and dad who love her so dearly. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Sending **hugs**


  24. This is the most wonderful news! Give Princess Katie hugs from me and Marlee sends lots of healing licks.


  25. Home is the best place of all! 🙂


  26. Glad to hear she was hungry and feisty! Yes, there is no place like home ❤


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