Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Reigning in the tomato princess


Katie here.

So, you saw mama’s Wordless Wednesday post yesterday with the cherry tomatoes? Yea. I did too. But I bet you didn’t know how much I love tomatoes. I watched daddy plant a bunch of tomatos in my back yard last spring.


Yep. I know exactly where that garden is and I check it out daily. Several times a day if I can get away with it. Daddy says he put the fence up around it to keep out critters like deer and raccoons and rabbits and groundhogs and stuff.

But I know the truth. Daddy put that fence up cause of me!

You can’t see me if I hide behind this plant. Right?

I like to pick my own ripe tomatoe right off the vine. Every day I pull mama or daddy around the back side of our house when I’m supposed to be looking for a good spot to do my business. They used to be fooled, thinking I just wanted to pee in a new part of the yard.

But they’re not fooled any more. (Sometimes they are smarter than I calculated.)

They’re hoarding all the good stuff!

Mama looked up whether tomatoes were good for doggies and she found out that green ones were very bad and red ones were OK in moderation.

Moderation? I’m a sheltie. I don’t do anything in moderation!

I think daddy needs my help in the garden, mama!

Anyway, they say I can’t have any tomatoes because I’m having trouble with my tummy and my poo. I told them they are way too interested in my poo. They should get another hobby if you ask me.

Shhhhh…don’t tell them.

So I’m a sad puppy. I’m stuck here eating canned pumpkin and boiled chicken and rice and the Royal Canin kibble. I like all that stuff a whole lot (and my folks are relieved I’ve got my appitite back) but none of it is the same as a fresh cherry tomato picked right off the vine by yours truly.

Do any of you other doggies out there love tomatoes like me? Mama says I’m a weird little girl.

I’ll take that as a compliment.

Giving mama the stink eye cause she said “NO” when I tried to eat one!

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.

21 thoughts on “Reigning in the tomato princess

  1. Oh, Katie….my youngest kitty, Pumpkin, LOVES tomatoes. We’re gonna find a way to send you some. We will write ‘Personal and Confidential’ so they come directly to you and not Mama. Be on the lookout! 😺


  2. You may be a bit weird, Katie, but you are also a beautiful, loving, charming little girl!


  3. Garrett would steal tomatoes off the vine. I have to keep all 6 dogs out of the garden when figs are ripening because they steal all of them off the trees, including the unripe ones. Makes a an aficianado pf poo too. We do need another hobby!


  4. The only time I’ve grown tomatoes was by accident–a tomato bush volunteered in one of my planters. It grew and grew and made a lot of green tomatoes that then started turning red and I checked daily for ripe ones. Got a couple–really good–and then one day I looked out and one of the dogs was plucking the ripe-ish ones off the bush. I didn’t try setting up a fence and I never got more tomatoes for myself. (That might go back to Remington and Jake, but I don’t recall any more.) Tika used to stand on her hind legs and even jump from that position to get low-hangging pears or plums off the trees. Jake loved oranges. All of my dogs will get fat on plums that fall constantly, and now I know that that happens for pears, too. But I get that, beause they’re sweet. I wouldn’t necessarily guess that dogs would like that slight tartness of tomatoes.


    • I know, mama was so surprised when I first picked a tomato for myself. But I don’t eat them all, though I would, because they keep me on a leash all the time. I think I should go on strike!


  5. Oh, Katie, you poor doggie. Monkey agrees that human mamas are FAR too interested in poo, but I have to agree that canned pumpkin (and FortiFlora probiotics) have made a world of difference (read: improvement!) in his … um, stools. I hope you feel better real soon. Monkey hasn’t tried tomato, but he loves watermelon, apples, and pumpkin!


  6. Poor Katie! Deprived of fresh tomatoes. But Mama really does know best.


  7. Listen to your Mama! Chance used to each Rose Hips and Grapes…and Grapes are bad for dogs…so we had to dig out the grapes:(


  8. Katie, our dog used to beg for carrots and celery when I was cooking. Nothing wrong with getting your veggies.


    • Well, Mr. Mike, I love carrots too. Mama even used them when we went to school as my reward, when she figured out that I was getting way too much cheese. I don’t like celery much (at all) but I do love raw cabbage!


  9. Our dogs love tomatoes.


  10. LOL. You are a funny girl Katie!

    Oreo and Chewy will eat them, but don’t help themselves! They do eat all the leaves of my coneflowers though. So weird.

    Enjoy your pumpkin!


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