Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Let the adventures begin!


Penny, our 4 month old sheltie, has been fully vaccinated for a couple weeks now, so it’s safe to take her beyond our neighborhood. The little girl has no idea how big the world is, but we introduced her to a tiny part of it last weekend.

Where are we, dad? Is this another vet?

On Friday evening my husband and I took her to Katie’s park. She wasn’t sure about the whole adventure thing when she emerged from the car.

I think turtles have been here, mom!

But by the time we got to the pond she was having a good old time. There were so many things to sniff!

This is kinda fun, you guys, being out here in the evening!

We just wandered around the pond, we didn’t do the whole trail. After all, she’s just a little girl, and there will be plenty of time to explore the whole park in the future. This visit was just an introduction.

What’s this down here, dad?

Of course I talked to Katie quite a bit as I took pictures of Penny and her dad. Katie says she is fine sharing her park, especially with her little sister. Of course I wish she could have been there to introduce the park to Penny herself, but I like to think there was a bit of Katie there, showing us all around.

Is there another puppy here, mom?

Then on Sunday I met a friend and her five month old cocker spaniel named Whisky for a longer walk at a park Katie had only visited once.

Ok Whisky, I’ll let you give kisses to my mom. This time. (Picture by Whisky’s mom, Karen)

We walked on a combination of cement paths, wooden boardwalks and dirt paths along a fast moving river.

These leaves smell AMAZING!

Personally I liked the woods the best, and once Penny got over the abundance of leaves on the ground, and realized she couldn’t eat them all, she settled right in trotting along the path.

This place is so cool!

She also got to see lots of other people and dogs enjoying the park. She was interested in all of them. When she sees something new she sits, very alert, and considers what it might mean. She’s a thinker, this one.

What might that be over there?

I think she had a wonderful time. It was her longest walk, and in a new environment, and she was a trooper.

This was the very first log I’ve ever jumped over!

She fell asleep in her crate on the drive home and pretty much napped the evening away. But the next day she was bored at home, now that she knows there are more exciting alternatives out there.

Hey mom! Did you know I can do zoomies in the WOODS?!!

I might have created a monster.

Yep, I got a little muddy. It was amazing!

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.

38 thoughts on “Let the adventures begin!

  1. So happy to read about your new furbaby, Penny. She is so cute!

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  2. How totally awesome – the three of you are in for such fun – and so many memories!

    Seeing Whisky made me miss NAL – aka Holly – her dad was a Cocker – and I had grown up always wanting a buff colored Cocker I would name Chamois –

    I think Penny needs her own FitBit to track HER walks!

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  3. Wow! She is really growing. Looks like Penny had a wonderful adventure, the first of many happy outings, no doubt…



  4. So cute! I love her thinker pose 🩷


    • Me too. I noticed it right away. The first garbage truck that went by, her first week with us she didn’t lunge and bark like most dogs I’ve had. She sat her little behind down and watched it drive down the street. Never did bark at it.

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  5. I love how alert she is. A thinker is right. I foresee many more adventures in her future. And yours, too.


  6. That “sit and ponder the new thing’ pose is adorable!


    • It definitely is. I took her to a new park today and there were lots of people walking their dogs, and she sat down every time one of them came toward us…and just watched them go by. She saw some really BIG DOGS!


  7. have fun while discovering the world and all the funny things…


  8. It’s fun to watch them discover things!


  9. I smiled all through this adventure! How fun! She is growing so quickly! ❤️


  10. Look at her sitting up like a big girl! This was so much fun. Penny, we need more adventures, sweet girl–this was great!


  11. what an exciting adventure you had Penny!!!!! Just think of how much fun summer will be!


  12. Yay! The start of adventuring! You are a natural. Penny!


  13. Photo #5 … well, ok and #9. 🙂


  14. I just love your captions! Gorgeous pics. Glad you guys are all having so much fun together.


  15. What a great first adventure! And how beautiful Penny is, especially when she’s sitting pretty! I’m delighted she got to visit Katie’s park, too — kind of keeps the story going, you know? Looks like it was still cool outdoors, but puppy fur handles that well (as you know!). And you’ve got some great photos to share with her breeder — bonus!


  16. Aww Penny, two adventures!!!! How exciting.

    I love how she sits when she sees something new. So cute. Looking forward to seeing what you guys do next.


    • I’m hoping to camp out in the back yard as a test. We had a guy doing yardwork out there this week, so I couldn’t camp, and next week it will be cold again…but EVENTUALLY it will be warm enough to do a test run and see if she’s a camping girl!


  17. Good to see that Penny is enjoying time out exploring!


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