Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Sheltie speak


Hey everybody! Katie here!

I know, I know. Today is Wednesday, and so I’m supposed to be wordless. I don’t know who thought up that stupid rule, but let me tell you, this girl has never been wordless in her whole life. And I’m not going to start now!

Mama? Can we please go on another walk?

Actually I don’t really have much to say, being that I hardly ever get to go anywhere anymore, except the vet or the groomer, and those are not places you want to hear about! Or maybe you do?

They’re not going to weigh me are they? Cause I’ve put on a couple pounds.

Really? Well, OK then.

This past week I went to a new groomer. You know how I used to go to my groomer Nicole, I’ve been going to her since I was a baby. And then this weird covid thing happened and her groomer place wasn’t open. So after months and months of no baths or nail trims mama was getting sort of desparate and she asked on her neighborhood FB thing if anyone was a groomer and would be willing to take care of me under the radar…and I went to see Jessica.

Mama….do I look round to you?

Jessica was really nice and the good thing was that I’d get an actual appointment and not have to be dropped off at the beginning of the day and picked up at the end of the day like at Nicole’s. I only had to be in the scary place an hour. And it was pretty close to where we lived so mama liked it. I went to Jessica for over a year.

But Jessica didn’t really listen to mama. Mama likes my furs long and flowy. She loves to watch me walk with all my fur blowing in the wind. Jessica would nod her head and then when mama picked me up in an hour I looked like a tough street kid with short spiky fur! Everybody thought I was cute in the short cut, but mama was frustrated.

I don’t know…I guess it’s a look.

Then Deuce’s mom (you remember Deuce, my cocker spanial friend?) started taking Ace, his little brother, to a groomer right here in my very own town!

Deuce and I went for a walk while Ace was at the groomer, but it was so cold and windy the moms made us go back home.

She had high praise for this groomer, cause Ace, who has only just turned 2 and is a real handful, has a thick heavy coat, sort of like mine, and he takes a lot of maintaining. Kinda like….well….me.

A couple weeks ago mama took me to meet Tracy and to get my nails and feet done.

She only did my nails this time, but I still got a bandana.

And last week mama got a full grooming appointment for me. Mama dropped me off and went home to do some vacuuming in peace. Tracy, the new groomer, sent mama pictures of me and asked if she should take off more or leave parts of me longer. Mama appreciated that.

I was cute but not really feeling the pink floof.

OK, I came home with silly pink things in my furs, but at least I had some furs left! Mama likes Tracy a lot, and I like that I didn’t have to stay there very long, and that the car ride was really short. Cause lately when I get put in the car I go to scary places, so I’m sorta not liking car rides so much any more.

Ah….I remember the old days when mama and I used to go on long car rides and stop at lots of rest stops with great smells, and sleep out under the stars and run on the ocean beach, and walk among old growth pines and hang out on my lake house deck and explore the world and meet new friends.

Me and my Florida friends in 2018!

Yep. I remember those days. I sure miss doing fun stuff like that, but I appreciate mama and daddy taking me out on short walks around the neighborhood whenever I ask. And I ask frequently, cause let me tell you it’s boring here in the house!

Mama, me and my shadow going for a walk this week.

Mama’s been feeling a bit stircrazy too and she says if I stick around until spring she’ll set the tent up in the backyard and we can sleep under the stars again. I can’t wait, I hope spring hurries up and comes! But mama says I shouldn’t wish the days away, cause there are only just so many.

What you talkin’ about, mama?

Sometimes mama is a little obtuse, you know? I think I’ll go take a nap while she wipes her eyes. Darn woman is just so leakey-eyed these days. She never used to be like this, I don’t know what I’m going to do with her.

I guess I’ll sign off for now, mama will have to figure herself out on her own.

Sometimes a girl just has to take a nap

Your perfectly coiffed princess,


Don’t forget to wake me up for supper!

PS: Mama says she’s sorry about the quality of the images…most of them are from her phone. She hardly ever takes me on photo shoots with her big camera anymore. She says she can’t give me treats, and so she doesn’t think it’s fair for me to have to pose for free. Plus it’s cold out there.

Mama is a wimp.

Mama and me.

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.

26 thoughts on “Sheltie speak

  1. It’s the one thing we could all learn from our dogs: to live in the moment. So true: don’t wish your days away. Such wisdom from such a little princess.


  2. Oh Katie, you are soooo lucky to be such a loved Princess!


  3. Finding a groomer who knows what a Sheltie is supposed to look like is imperative!! I Monkey have a wonderful groomer, who keeps my furs long and flowing — just the way Mama likes ’em. I’m sorry, but that photo of Princess Katie looking “round” made me giggle! That’s a teddy bear look, one Mama isn’t fond of (but I guess it’s okay for certain breeds). Mama wants to know how you use a collar instead of a harness when going on walks. She says my neck is so much bigger than my head that, if I weren’t wearing a harness, why, I’d slip right out and race after squirrels. And probably school buses, too.


    • Katie can slip out of her collar and she does that when she doesn’t want to go back inside but mama does. Luckily as soon as she realizes she’s free she rushes right up to mama to be picked up. She doesn’t really like her harness.

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  4. I just love these posts, Dawn. Katie looks so good, too!


  5. Katie, you are a beautiful princess, much loved by your mama and dad. I’m glad you like your new groomer, and that you don’t have to spend the whole day there. Shasta needs a bath, but it’s so hard for her to get in and out of the car anymore.


  6. Katie, no matter the haircut, you are a beauty. Really like that Florida picture of you and your dog buddies.


  7. Katie–you are a gal who can wear any look. And I think the pink floof is kinda cute on you. You know, in a royal crown sort of way. You still look princessy.


  8. It’s tough finding a good groomer ….took Remi to one a few months ago and laid down the law of what I did and didn’t want …..she did perfect ……second time I took him she used a furminator on him and stripped all his undercoat …..something she was told NOT to do. Luckily it’s all grown back already but I don’t think I will trust them again ….sigh.


    • Yes, it’s been really hard. I liked the first groomer, she worked with the groomer next door to Katie’s original vet, which is how we started with her. Then that business moved further away and we followed her. Then that business closed and she went to work for another groomer place and we followed her. Then she moved to a third grooming place even further away at a busy intersection and we still followed her. I feel bad that we’ve abandoned her, but really, she’s too far away now.


  9. You are a beauty! 🙂


  10. I don’t care if you freeze your axx off, Dawn, you get that doggie out there and cuddle and coo in that tent. And, yes, give her treats. What is life all about anyway?
    signed Me, with a tear in her eye.
    Katie, you keep working on your momma for what’s important ok? I will too.


  11. Hello sweet Princess Katie! It is always wonderful to read your updates. I am glad that you and mama are pleased with your new groomer. The pink poufs do look cute on you – they remind me of tiny tutus! Sending you loving pats – enjoy your snowy walks. 💕


  12. Hi Dawn, sorry I’ve been away from blogging for so long, reading and writing them. Good to see that Katie is still going strong, and being her princess-y self. I have bought an RV and plan on being on the road very soon.

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