Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.



Katie here. You knew it was going to be me, right? Cause who else do you know that loves an adventure as much as me?

This is mama’s artsy-fartsy image of me racing up a hill.

Saturday mama and I went to walk with my friend Queen Abby’s mom. You might remember that Abby got her wings in January of this year, so her mom has been a little sad. We thought maybe getting to walk together, even without the Queen, might make her feel better.

Abby would have loved this park.

I have to say it was kind of hard to be out there without Abby, but we think maybe she was with us even though she wasn’t physically pulling on the leash.

I pulled on the leash enough for both of us.

It was a perfect day for a walk!

We met at a state park I’ve never visited before, and there were a couple of trails we walked, mostly through the woods. I think I walked over a mile! It was so cold that the mamas wished they’d brought heavier clothes, but I was a happy girl, trotting up ahead of them most of the time, even up the hills!

Not going to look at you, mama!

It was such a pretty park, with winding trails and roads and it even had a campground, which of course mama had to explore.

And then we walked down near the lake. It was much windier there and I wasn’t sure about the waves blowing in. I didn’t want to stand close to them just for mama to take another picture

Don’t like those waves sneaking up from behind me!

So I didn’t.

Nope, not going to sit this close to those waves!

But I chose a spot just a little bit away from the pesky waves and let mama take one more picture.

Hurry up mama, let’s not waste any more time on silly pictures!

And then the mamas sat on a bench and talked and I took a little nap on the cement underneath. It was nice and cool and the wind ruffled my fur and I was so happy!

I wasn’t really sleeping, I was just resting my eyes.

This was the longest car ride I’ve been on since I got sick. At first I thought I was going to the vet and I was scared. But mama stopped at a rest area on the way so I could walk around and stuff. That never happens on the way to the vet, so I began to get excited.

Let’s explore up this way!

And once I was at the park and walking with the mamas I was sooooooo happy! I pranced all over that park and couldn’t stop grinning.

I smiled all day!

Thanks, mamas, for taking me on a grand adventure that was the perfect size for my status! Why, I’m still dreaming about it today!

NOW I’m sleeping! But still smiling!

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 “Adventure-girl

  1. How good of your mom to take you on an adventure yesterday, Katie! Not only an adventure, but a new place to explore. She should get gold stars for that! You look very happy, and, of course, beautiful.


  2. It looks like it was a good birthday walk for you & your mom, Katie.


  3. This looks like so much fun, little Princess! And the leaves match your fur! I’m glad this was a good car ride.


  4. What a pretty day you had for a nice walk, Princess! And I know being with you cheered up the Queen’s mama (and I’ll bet Abby was fluttering around all of you, just hoping you wouldn’t forget her). Aren’t naps the best when you’ve gotten some exercise outdoors?!


  5. Aw, what a lovely trip for you and Katie. She looks so darn happy being able to walk, run, play, and rest in nature. The perfect medicine for a beautiful doggie!


  6. What a wonderful adventure sweet Katie!! Tell your mama I just Love all the photos she shared of you and it’s so good to see you out and about and feeling good at this beautiful park. Sounds like the weather was perfect for you but maybe not for the mamas. Haha!! ❤️


  7. Oh, Katie! It’s grand you had such a good time. You are doing so well. Wishing you many more walks in the park


  8. So glad you had such a good time! Such a beautiful day ❤


  9. Well Katie, you are so smart, as usual. Here on the coast of California we say ‘Never turn your back on the ocean. ‘ In Michigan, ‘Never turn your back on the lake,’ applies perfectly. Sneaker waves can be real scary!


    • She says she never has trusted noisy water, the first time I took her to walk on a great lake beach she freaked out. When we were in Alabama and someone went by in a boat causing wake waves, she ran up and down the dock barking at them. I took her back to a great lake with bigger waves and she did the same.


  10. Life is about creating moments. You two are masters.


  11. Hiya Katie, So glad you got to go on an adventure! 🙂


  12. A new Marvel Super Heroine. Mild mannered sheltie becomes Adventure Girl. Swoosh, bark, bark, swoosh. BOL. We are glad you had fun. Hopefully, woo will have many more adventures.


  13. I am smiling with you, Katie. So glad you had such a great adventure — and shared it with us!


  14. Katie, I am so happy to read that you went on an adventure. And what a beautiful day to be outside. No wonder you need some shuteye now.


  15. I’m glad you got to go on an adventure, Katie. I think it’s the best time to explore some parks. I’ll bet you made Abby’s mama feel better.


  16. Looks like a wonderful day! Thanks for bringing us along too! I’m sure your little wiggling butt made Abby’s mom smile.


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