Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.



I’m washing dishes this early morning, pots and pans left from last night’s dinner. Katie observes me and, deciding I’m going to be there awhile, settles down on her rug in the breakfast room, in front of the door to her deck. She loves to survey her yard from that vantage point, but this morning she’s sleepy, tummy full of breakfast.

Her mind wants to keep an eye on the birds, keep watch for squirrels, but her body is determined to take a nap. I watch her eyes slowly close, then blink open, then close again. Her head starts to bob.

I stop washing dishes and stand there memorizing her.

As if she feels me watching, her eyes pop open and she gives me a side-eyed glance, checking to see if I noticed her dereliction of duty. I stay motionless. She relaxes and her eyes slide closed again, head still held high.

I tiptoe away, back to the living room to get the camera. Taking the lens cap off and turning back to the kitchen I am surprised by a little fuzzy girl standing right behind me, head tilted, watching.

“Whatcha doing mama?”

Sharp as a tack, this one.

My old 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.

34 thoughts on “Sharpie

  1. This is such a lovely photo! ❤️


  2. Our dogs love our routines, they crave them just as we do. I had been out of town for a week after Christmas and returned New Year’s Eve and kept sleeping late until this morning… when I rose before the sunrise. The pups loved it. They’ve been fed and our sleeping, like bookends, at the corners on the couch. Stay well and safe. Peace.


  3. Looks can be deceiving. Alert and at attention are two Sheltie qualities even as they age. Love those dogs so much, and I get teary eyed thinking of our Liam.


  4. Love this! Katie, a picture of peace of love.


  5. She’s just beautiful, even as a senior pup! And trust me, there are lots of advantages in having an old dog. They teach us things the wee pups can’t — things like the value of time passing, like appreciation, like preserving memories for when they’re no longer around. With a puppy, your days are so full and busy, you don’t stop to weigh the feelings about them one day not being there.


  6. Ah, Katie. A very special old girl.


  7. Yup, when they told me Cole was living on borrowed time, I spent agonizing moments trying to burnish his images in my mind. When he;d catch me, he’d give me the glare that reminded me to live in the moment with him (when he wasn’t looking though ,I’d take more pictures).


  8. Pretty girl. They can still surprise us when we don’t expect it


  9. There’s a connection there, a deep one, and it works both ways.


  10. I love these posts, Dawn. I’m doing the same with my Sundipper: clutching her head and sniffing her fur to commit the scent to memory; staring at her Clydesdale-tufted golden feet, locking into her eyes for as long as possible.

    I’m sure she thinks I’m nuts. Harmless, but nuts.

    That’s just what we do with our pooches as they age.

    I enjoy your posts that let me know you’re kindred in this.

    Love to Katie!!



    • Thank you Michelle. It’s hard, but we are doing our best, right? Katie is impatient with me for doing any of this. But once in awhile she lets me snuggle with her. Those times I am grateful and sad, because when she felt better she never snuggled.


      • You’ve got that right, Dawn! Sundew I’d a perpetual wiggler….well, you remember! Even though I’ve never met Katie I feel like I know her well. That’s pretty cool, Dawn.

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  11. Sweet moments of memorization for the future. You are appreciating all your precious times with her, Dawn.


  12. Such a sweet post. I like how Katie knows you and your tactics.


  13. They know when we are trying to get a pic of them sleeping.


  14. They never want to miss anything!


  15. Oh this made me laugh…I can so relate!

    Me, “Oh, you’re so cute when you’re sleeping.”

    Tip toe for camera.

    Sheltie, “I’m awake!!!!!!!!!”

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