Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Waiting on my numbers


Hey everybody! Katie here.

So most of you know that I’ve been fighting kidney disease for much of this year. I go to the vet every month and donate my blood so the lady vet can see how I’m doing.

Me at my park where they have a children’s storybook walk.

Daddy and mama took me to the vet yesterday, they say I shouldn’t be so scared every time, but they aren’t there in the back room when those vet techs get my blood! I’m starting to feel like a pin cushion, all those needle pricks over the past nine months!

At a rest stop on our way home from the vet yesterday.

It’s scary back there, I tell you, and I’m so glad when they take me back to my daddy; I’m always ready to go go go back out to the car where mama waits impatiently for me.

During one of my neighborhood patrols.

But the lady vet and daddy always have to stand around and talk after I give away my blood. They usually look at all the test results, but this time they just talked about my poop!

Checking out my yard.

Geeze! Can’t a princess have a little privacy about anything? Mama and daddy have been taking pictures of my poop for weeks! I guess having soft runny poop is not a good thing. Who knew?

My yard has a katsura tree and all the leaves fell off in one day!

Now I have medicine to help my poops get back to normal. Mama says we’ll see. Literally I guess, right?

My yard has a ginkgo tree too. It’s leaves also fall off in a single day!

And the test results? The ones that will tell us if I’m getting worse? Well, the lady vet sent my blood out to a lab instead of running the tests right there, so we won’t know until sometime next week.

At my park.

I’ll keep you posted, cause I know you want to know!

Meanwhile, I’m chowing down like the food hog I’ve always been and that makes mama and daddy smile.

A little snow.

I hope you all have a great week, and those of you in the United States enjoy Thanksgiving! Mama and daddy say they are very thankful for me. Well of course they are. And I guess, if I’m honest, I’m very thankful for them too.

Another favorite park.

And I’m also thankful for each of you, my loyal subjects. Thank you for stopping by and reading about my poop during a holiday week. I should probably talk to mama about being more appropriate, but you know how mama is. No sense of decorum, that woman.

I love being in the woods with mama!

Anyway, these photos were taken the past couple of weeks during all the walks at my parks and around the neighborhood that mama’s been taking me on. She says she knows how much I love the colder weather and she wants me to get out and enjoy as much of it as I can.

Just another thing I’m thankful for, fall in Michigan!

Come on, mama!

Talk later, your cool air loving, pincushion girl, Katie.

All this walking makes a princess sleepy.

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.

37 thoughts on “Waiting on my numbers

  1. Sending the prettiest princess the best vibes for lower numbers. You got this Katie-bugs.

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  2. Good morning, Katie. You are beautiful, as always. We humans lose our sense of decorum as we get older. Things like poop become important. Maybe they always were, but because we lose our sense of decorum, we talk and write about them more freely.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Katie! I hope your mama has a wonderful one, too, and that the numbers you are waiting on are good. 🙂


    • Thank you Miss Robin! Personally I hope mama and daddy share their turkey with me, but I doubt they will. They’re greedy like that you know? Anyway, we hope you and your family all have a wonderful holiday wherever you are celebrating it!


  3. Sasha Sheltie and I are both cheering you on! Thank you for your update. And while you’re waiting for the latest lab reports, go play in the leaves and celebrate life!


  4. Katie, you make me smile. I admire your ability to go with the flow, even when the flow is your blood. Your positive point of view is encouraging. Happy Turkey Day, your highness.


  5. In Maine, I am rooting for you, Katie! Will be anxiously waiting to hear about the numbers.


  6. Katie–you are the cutest, most regal-looking pincushion I have ever seen. Keeping my fingers crossed for good numbers. And good poop–Signed, your loyal subject.


  7. Hoping your numbers are good, Katie! Thank you for sharing your experiences. It’s cool that you have a ginkgo tree in your yard. You’re a very special Princess who deserves a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family! 🙂


  8. Good morning, sweet Katie! What a lovely start to my day to see your post and all the gorgeous pictures of you, beautiful girl. It makes my heart happy to know that you have been able to visit some of your favorite parks. One does need to keep a close eye on their kingdoms to make sure that they are being properly cared for. I hope that the new medicine helps clear up the ahem…problem with number two. I also hope you and your mama & daddy have a nice Thanksgiving! Sending you a loving pat – your family is always in my prayers. 💕


    • I’ve been having the best time, Miss Denise! Mama says she’s trying to get me to all my parks, while it’s cool, cause I didn’t get to go anywhere this summer! I hope you have a great Thanksgiving too!


  9. Sending all the best wishes to our beautiful Princess Katie!! Happy Thanksgiving from Marlee and her entourage.


  10. Poop is important! Maybe some pumpkin would help but maybe your Mama already knows that! Be a good girl Katie!


    • Hi there Miss Connie! Mama has been giving me pumpkin, sometimes a lot, sometimes a little, sometimes none, my poop appears to be the same regardless. The vet lady says lay off the pumpkin while we’re trying the medicine. I hope it works! I hope you and Far Guy and your family have a great THanksgiving!!


  11. Katie, we are thankful that your mama shares you with the rest of us! And you ARE beautiful, princess! Keep up with that good appetite. As for the rest — well, I’ll leave you with what remains of your privacy.


    • Thank you Miss Pamela! I have so little privacy left. Why the vet poked me in…well…you know. Ahem. I hope you and your Mr. and of course Peasy have a great Thanksgiving wherever you are and whenever you celebrate it!


  12. I hope your numbers are good, Katie. If you still want to eat and go on adventures that is a good sign.


  13. AWW, such beautiful photos of the most beautiful princess ever!! I hope those numbers from the blood stay low to normal. I run blood every day at my job working in a veterinary laboratory here in California. It’s been my job for almost 40 years and I’ve seen too many abnormal blood test results. I hope the meds make you feel better! Happy Thanksgiving! ❤️🐾


  14. Katie with the sun shining on her is such a beautiful sight! And surrounded by fallen leaves… well just perfect. Happy Thanksgiving Katie!


  15. Aww, hi Katie! I know your mom takes good care of you and you are well-loved! You are a beautiful dog in all these pics!


  16. Waiting can be the absolute hardest thing to do. Especially if part of us is scared. xoxo


    • Oh yes, Miss Kathy, waiting is very hard, especially for me. Being a princess and all I am used to getting what I want instantly. And now the lab has lost some of my blood so I had to go allthe way back to the vet and let them poke me again!

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  17. Aw, Katie, you have my sympathy (and Monkey’s). He, too, was fighting that “soft-serve” poop but when he was a wee pup. Eventually, Mama and the vet happened on pure canned pumpkin (at every meal) and probiotics once a day. Finally, success! Here’s hoping your numbers are in the good range and the medicine helps to firm things up. Cut Mama a little slack, okay? It’s not easy scooping up mushy poo. And all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


  18. Katie, you look wonderful in all of these autumn foliage shots. Lucky you!
    I hope your numbers look as good when they come in.


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