Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

My advice – when you’re stressed, take a walk in the woods


Katie here.

Yes, I know you heard from me quite recently, but mama has been really busy and being a responsible dog, I feel the need to fill the void here on mama’s my blog.

Deuce and me before our walk in the woods!

Because mama is so busy it’s pretty easy to make her feel guilty about neglecting me. So I’ve been exploiting using that guilt to get her to take me on walks at several parks.

Sitting together for our obligitory picture in the fall leaves.

Having wonderful October weather doesn’t hurt either. I think mama should thank me for getting her outside to enjoy the last bit of warm weather before it starts snowing.

Anyway…last week I got to meet up with my friend Deuce and explore Dinosaur Hill, a park over near where he lives with his mom.

Deuce thinks he’s going to get a treat photo-bombing my shot!

As you can see, somebody had decorated the park, getting it all ready for Halloween which is coming up soon here in the United States.

What is all this stuff, mama?

We had a real nice walk. So nice in fact that we walked all the way around the little park two times! I felt wonderful, and sometimes I even led out front, something that I never did even back when I was a youngster!

Hurry up you guys, it smells great over here!

Mama was real happy that I was real happy.

I guess I should tell you guys, if you don’t already know, that I have some days when I don’t feel so good. It turns out my kidneys aren’t working at full strength.

Don’t feel bad for me, I’m still a happy girl.

A few weeks ago the vet said I had progressed to stage 4 kidney disease and that made mama and daddy very sad. But then last week my numbers were a lot better, so now they feel a little bit better.

I don’t know what’s in my future, but you can be sure I’ll parlay it into more walks!

Deuce thought he’d find treats up there, but nope!

In fact, a couple days after my Dinosaur Hill adventure mama took me to one of my own parks, Davis Lake Overlook which is right by my house. I call it Katie’s Park II.

It was another beautiful day, kind of windy, but I don’t mind that, wind just makes me more beautiful.

Me at my park on another beautiful day!

Mama said we were only going to go a little ways down the trail. She didn’t want me going too far because she didn’t want to have to carry me back. Silly mama!

I thought we should keep going, right down this big hill. Mama thought I was over estimating my ability.

We got to the top of a big hill and mama said we should turn back. I said no way! We argued about that for quite some time.

I love being in my woods.

And then I won and we went down the big hill and up the other side and around to my favorite part of the park. I walked all the way back too, I never once asked mama to pick me up.

We saw a little bit of color. Of course mama had to take a picture.

So there mama, you don’t have to coddle me! On these bright beautiful fall days I can’t wait to get outside and into the woods!

I thought maybe I’d find something good under the picnic table. But nope.

In fact, mama took me to another of my parks tonight, but I’ll save those pictures for another post.

Hey! Do YOU guys have any treats? Cause mama is restricting treat dispersment around here.

I figure you’re pretty much overstimulated with all these images of me. Though I have to say, there’s not a bad picture in the bunch. Naturally.

Always a cover girl.

Talk later,

Your Katie-girl, rock star, hiker extraordinaire, and all around glamour 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.

31 thoughts on “My advice – when you’re stressed, take a walk in the woods

  1. Dear Princess Katie–you are a rock star! I hope those numbers keep getting better and better! Keep exploiting….I mean helping, your mama with this blog. **I secretly call it Katie’s blog** ❤

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  2. Oh, beautiful Katie! Wishing you all the best and many more walks.

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  3. I love the pic of Deuce photobombing the Princess. Savor every single day. Hugs to you and Katie.

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  4. Hi Katie! It looks like you had a great time exploring with your friend Deuce. Silly boy, photobombing you! The fall colors are striking, but you are the true beauty! I am glad that you have been feeling well enough (on some days) for mama to take you to your favorite parks. You and your mama & daddy are always in my prayers. Sending you all love and hugs, and a kiss on the head for you, sweet Princess Katie. 💕

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  5. You are the sweetest Miss Katie!! I hope your numbers stay low near normal. (I work in a veterinary laboratory and I run the instrument that tests for kidney function among many tests and I’m always so sad when I see those high kidney numbers, I know what that means for all those older animals getting tested).
    Stay beautiful and you look AMAZING in the parks with your friend and all the fall leaves! ❤️❤️❤️


  6. Another great post Katie. Your walks definitely let you shine!

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  7. Love your posts Dawn! Especially the ones written by Katie-girl!


  8. Ahhh, Katie-girl, you are indeed a rock star, hiker extraordinaire, and all around glamour girl. I am so glad you were able to have these adventures – it’s good your mama helps you take advantage of your good days.


  9. What is prettier, Katie, you or the fall leaves? No contest!


  10. Darling Katie-girl, you ARE a rock star! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the beautiful fall weather. Shelties always look pretty in the autumn leaves, don’t you agree?? And I’m glad to hear your numbers are showing improvement. Fingers crossed that continues. And I’m glad you got to see that “haunted” park … with Deuce, too!


  11. Princess Katie, I am so sorry that you feel rotten somedays, it must be hard for your Mama. I hope you have many more fun walks with your Mama…you have to keep her inline:)


  12. Katie you’ve got more spunk than a doggo half your age. I agree that you’re “Always a cover girl.”


  13. The world is your stage, Katie! Rock on! What a beauty. 🙂


  14. Aw, I know the feeling of having an elderly dog who still has lots of love and spunk and a failing body to go with it. Hugs to you and Katie, enjoy every precious moment you have together. xoxo


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