Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Let’s celebrate!


Katie here. HEY! Did you know it’s NATIONAL DOG DAY? It’s been on the news and everything!

Hey! It’s another opportunity to celebrate ME!

Honestly, here at my house every day is National Dog Day, but don’t tell anyone how spoiled I am. Oh. You’re fully aware of that? ALL of you are fully aware? Hmmmm….I think mama discloses too much information. A review of the nondisclosure clause in her contract with me might be in order.

But I digress.

This is my garden. Mama should make a boquet to decorate the house in celebration, don’t you think?

So as soon as I woke mama up this morning I told her we needed to do something special to celebrate. But so far, nothing.

OK, maybe she wasn’t in the planning mode at 3:30 in the morning when we went outside to explore the yard, umm, pee. But surely when she was making my breakfast #1 she should have been thinking about what we could do that was fun.

Or when she made my breakfast #2 a couple hours later.

I’m waiting, mother.

But no. Mama says she’s going to book us for a camping trip but I haven’t heard anything about where or when yet. She keeps saying it’s too hot for shelties to camp.

One of my favorite things to do is sleep in my tent.

She might have a point about that. I’m thinking early November would be the perfect time to sleep out in a tent. Don’t you agree?

I thought so. Mama is a wuss. She even bought an electric blanket to use when we camp later in the season. I think she should book that November campsite right away! Oh- you say the campgrounds up here aren’t open in November? Well, that’s just silly.

I’m sure if mama was motivated to make me happy she’d find somewhere to camp. I’ll add it to her ‘to-do’ list.

You weren’t doing anything anyway, right mama?

Anyway, if all you doggies out there haven’t gotten anything for National Dog Day yet either, we should band up and form a doggie union. Sometimes the only way to make change is to make some noise.

And you all know Sheltie’s can make some noise!

I usually get what I want when I really put my all into asking.

I hope you all have a wonderful National Dog Day! Even if you’re not lucky enough to be a dog.

Signing off,

Your Union Organizer,


I’m not manipulative. I’m just really super cute.

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.

24 thoughts on “Let’s celebrate!

  1. Katie, your mama’s right–it’s way to hot to go camping right now.

    It’s in the 90s here (105+ heat index). If we don’t go out before 6 am, we just stay inside and appreciate the AC!


  2. shhh, don’t tell Shasta because I really believe every day is her day. You have a lovely garden, Katie.


  3. Katie–you are SO super cute! Yes, you really need to make sure your contract with Mama is airtight–sounds like she might be looking for a loophole! I hope your special day turns out to be perfect!


  4. Happy, happy dog day to one of the most beautiful dogs ever. Or evah, as we would say in Maine. 😉


  5. Happy Day to you Katie!


  6. Happy Day! And a cool off time to tent sounds good


  7. Super cute, yes, and maybe just a little manipulative! I Monkey approve. My mama didn’t acknowledge National Dog Day … at all. She didn’t bake me a fancy cake, she didn’t take me to Petsmart to pick out a new toy or chew bone. Nothing. Nada. Nil. At least you get to look forward to a camping trip. Hmph!


    • You’re going to have to work on your mama, Monkey! I don’t think she understands all the “Monkey Rules” yet. But time is young, you can get her in line if you really work at it. If you need help just let Katie know, she’s got it down to an art.

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  8. Happy Dog Day! You should have a dog day once a week, ask your Mama about that!


  9. Oh goodness Katie, you are as adorable as ever and you and your mama are so fun to visit with here on your blog!! Happy National doggie day to you and all your doggie friends! 💜🐾💜🐾💜


  10. Katie, you’re the most beautiful dog on earth … you go girl!


  11. Every day with a beloved dog is a day to celebrate! I’m sure Katie agrees.


  12. I love this album of Katie doing what Katie does. Perfect for Dog Day… wait, is this what they mean by the dog days of summer? Katie is a lucky girl indeed. First breakfast *and* second breakfast. Harrumph–even this human doesn’t usually get that. Happy dog day!


    • When she was sick she was getting 5 meals a day. We’re trying to transition down to 2. This morning was the first morning after 5 months that her breakfast was all kibble. She ate it grudgingly. Then she threw some of it up. Sigh.


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